Maddy Vertenten

Freeport, ME

When did you take your first Qoya class? At the 2014 Autumn Menla Mountain retreat in Woodstock, NY

What does it mean for you to teach Qoya?  I discovered a love for dance near the age of 40 which I had abandoned at age 8. Today there is nothing I find so life-affirming as dancing wild, wise and free among a circle of women. Through movement, I remember everything I need to know to live the fullest expression of my life. I cannot help but share the most profound lessons I have learned with those people with whom I meet and resonate. Therefore it was inevitable... I had to have Qoya in my life, and I had to share it.

What is your favorite song to dance to right now? See you in the Light by Michael Franti

What book has inspired you on the path to embodying the feminine?  Today there are many. My earliest pointers toward re-discovering the Divine Feminine within me were Julia Cameron's 'The Artist's Way' and 'Intimate Communion' by David Deida.

What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking a Qoya class for the first time? To trust that intuitive nudge. My hunch is that it's not so much 'thinking,' as it is an urge to move, somewhere from the heart or the hips, or a wish to find more freedom, or deeper expression through movement.  It doesn't matter exactly how the idea originated... please keep following it.