Sita Devi is a yogini, Kirtan artist and ecstatic dance facilitator in service to the divine. She teaches Bhakti Vinyasa Flow Yoga, a combination of hatha vinyasa yoga and Kirtan, the art of ecstatic chanting. She holds a BFA in dance from the University of California Santa Barbara, and is registered with the Yoga Alliance RYT 500.
As a Kirtan Walli, Sita sings and plays harmonium, guitar, kartals and mrdanga and has performed with Jai Uttal, David Starfire and Freq Nasty in Dub Kirtan Allstars, Dave Stringer, C.C. White, Jaya Lakshimi, Arjun Baba, Govindas and Radha, Prema Hara, Joey Lugassey, Saul David Raye, Steve Ross and Craig Kohland of Shamans Dream. Sita has performed and taught at – Lightning in a Bottle, Wanderlust, Symbiosis, Gaia, Pranafest, Bhaktifest, Shaktifest, Earthdance, Yoga Rocks the Park, Hawaii Spirit Festival and Mystic Island Festival.
She has accompanied yoga classes with live Kirtan for Baron Baptiste, Elena Brower, Annie Carpenter, Janet Stone, Shiva Rea, Micheline Berry, William Duprey and Govindas. Sita’s devotional service is intended to include all beings in experiencing divine love and light.
Tyler is lover of many Energy Arts. His embodied spirit began from the games of an early Athlete, and after depleting the body from chasing after too much competition, he entered into the depths of Healing through Table Massage, Vibrational Healing, Reiki, Breema, Psychic School, and Matrix Energetics before becoming one of the first Certified AcroYoga Instructors in 2006. After overcoming a childhood fear of dance, Tyler went on to cofound Ecstatic Dance Oakland in 2008, helping to ignite Ecstatic Dances around the world from the inspiration that began on the Big Island of Hawaii. Ecstatic Dance also launched his DJ career, this time fulfilling a childhood passion, making mix tapes with a storyline. He now uses his Spirit Name from the OSHO Community, as DJ Avani, meaning River. Tyler is also currently working on his Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medical QiGong, and is an advanced student of QiDao, a Tibetan Shamanic QiGong taught by lineage holder Lama Tantrapa. He is also a new Father, and the Adventure continues to Evolve…
Rana Satori, passionate playful soul, is a veteran teacher of dance and movement workshops and classes for the last 10 years in the Bay Area. She co-founded Santa Cruz Contact University and also teaches Contact Improv at Motion Pacific Dance studio in Santa Cruz . Her offerings and performances can be found at Festivals, Retreat Centers and outdoor adventure trips across california as well as NCDC Summer and Winter Dance Camps, Ecstatic Dance Oakland, and Ecstatic Dance Los Gatos. Rana balances the structure and athleticism of contact improv with mindfulness and expressive arts practices to bring participants to full presence and surrender to the mystery of improv. Rana Satori is also the creatrix and captain of the Shamanic Cheerleaders, CEO of Rana Satori Designs and senior member of the cabaret clown troupe FouFouHa! She has been featured in Yoga Journal Magazine, Conscious Dancer Magazine, Project 52, San Francisco Chronicle, Marin Independent Journal, and recently won “Most Revolutionary Spiritual Guide” in the East Bay Express “Best of the Bay” Awards.
Hamid is an embodied and passionate man of integrity who is fully embracing his human experience. He has a deep appreciation for and a respectful relationship with the natural world. He enjoys growing food on his family’s permaculture farm, surfing, and dancing as a way of life.
Hamid has a profound innate awareness of the body and the healing available through it. In his open-hearted approach to life, he has experienced healing of emotional wounds, soul-level traumas, and broken bones from launching off 50 foot cliffs on his snowboard. Through these experiences, he has cultivated an ability to support others in walking through the fire of life.
Hamid has been deeply supported by spirituality and inner awareness. As a young man, he chose to embrace the spiritual practice his parents had been involved with since before his birth. He continues to explore and develop a healthy relationship with his ego.
Coming from an athletic background, and seeking a sense of fulfillment, Hamid’s passion for the experience of being fully alive led him down a path of trying every thing out there from extreme sports to a career in massage therapy. Finally, it was free-form dance that began to awaken his true creative expression. He dove in.
Hamid is passionate and desires a life of meaning for himself and his community. He left a professional snowboarding career because he wanted more. After experiencing the deepest state of surrender through spiritual practice, and bringing this surrender to the dance floor, Hamid found his purest and fullest experience of being ALIVE. Even though his fear of stepping into the unknown tried for years to prevent him from offering a sacred container for dance, he could not avoid his soul’s calling. It was too painful not to step out and risk it all to follow his dream.
His commitment to living his dreams and supporting others in discovering how to do the same is shown by his life mission to create a dance container in which people feel safe to explore and express the fullness of who they really are.
Hamid says, “If we could express ourselves fully authentically, with total freedom, what would that look like? On the dance floor, and in the daily dance?”
I am a student of the Star and the Stone :: of the Circle :: of the Stomping of Hooves and Raindrops on Ocean. Drum and Chant, Soundcraft and Dance are my Wayfinders of Communion in Body, Tribe, and Cosmos. In 11 years on the Big Island, i cofounded and nourished the community ritual of Ecstatic Dance at Kalani to a weekly gathering of 300 people ~ and the seed for the movement which now ripples the planet. I am joyful to celebrate the gathering of Ecstatic Tribes in Hawaii! Now in Boulder, Co :: i lead Ecstatic and Exploratory Dance, Contact Dance, WombAwake programs for womyn, and GYROTONIC® movement. In my somatic-shamanic coaching practice, I facilitate individuals to awaken from trauma and Embody their Bliss. My spark* of inspiration lies in listening into our collective soma to dissolve defensive posturing, craft our soulscape into coherence, and Replenish the Gaia with our Sweat and our Breath.
Michál Anna Carrillo has been studying different modalities of dance since she was five years old. As a teenager she danced with Garlutzo Dance Company in Colorado, and was a competitive figure skater for nine years. Michal took her first West African dance class while in college at The University of Washington, where she graduated from with a B.A. in English. Since then, she has studied West African dance with a variety of master teachers, many of whom she hosts on the Big Island to share with the Island community; Moustoupha Bangoura, Fara Tolno, Yousouff Kombassa Naby Bangoura, to name a few. As the founder and director of Lavaroots Performing Arts, she teaches dance on the Big Island, and her company has performed island wide for the past 8 years. In 2007 she released an album and she continues to write & sing. She is a Teaching Artist in the schools, a PrinceDance Institute Faculty Teacher, a Board Member of The Big Island Dance Council & the Director of the Kahilu Theatre Summer Arts Program. Michal is also a Licensed Massage Therapist in the State of Hawaii and brings her healing work into many facets of her teaching and sharing as well. Empowering children and adults through authentic movement, the spirit of dance, and understanding of self; she shares the joy of music & culture, and encourages others to do the same.
Tammy Firefly is an internationally acclaimed performance artist whose unique and refined style is rooted in modern dance, theatre and circus arts. Inspired by creativity and self expression, with a repertoire ranging from fire dance to aerials and acrobatics, her performances fascinate and entrance viewers with decadent magnificence.
In early 2007, Tammy FireFly embarked on her first world tour and has since captivated audiences across Asia, Europe, Australia and North America. Her refined and unique style has been enriched by each stop around the globe, providing new inspiration and creative progression to her diverse range of acts. In addition to performance, Tammy Firefly offers a wealth of experience in teaching technical and performance classes, from private instruction to group workshops.
Erina Love is a movement therapy specialist with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She was drawn to the healing arts due to her deep love and in-born intuition of the human body’s ability to heal itself. Through her own journey of searching for healing from chronic pain and dysfunction, Erina discovered true healing only occurs when emotional, mental, and spiritual healing align with the physical. Emerging out of pain and dysfunction using Tai Chi, diet modifications, prayer and play, she arrived to the understanding of health from the holistic perspective. Body, mind, and spirit transformed, Erin now dedicates much of her time to her performance art including poetry, dance, and aerial acrobatics.