Adelaide, Australia // tour internationally
I am currently touring around the northern hemisphere and teaching Qoya classes alongside my dance work FEMME.
The most up to date information for my classes can be found at https://www.facebook.com/ErinFowlerProjects/ or IG: @Erin_Fowler_Projects
My website www.erinfowlerprojects.com also has class information.
- Stockholm, September 6 (details TBC on FB)
- Morning Qoya as part of the Eliyah Tantra School Living Tantra Retreat in Spain, August 18-25 https://www.eliyah.com.au/event/ltrspain2019/)
- Prague and Iceland coming soon
When in Adelaide I teach a monthly class which is announced on my Facebook page.
Erin is immersed in the feminine arts. She is an award winning dancer/choreographer and musician and her creative work includes the internationally toured solo dance work FEMME which explores femininity and the pressures of being a woman in the modern age and, the environmental dance film GAIA (www.gaiadancefilm.com) in which she embodies Gaia, the earth goddess. She teaches embodied movement to actors at a tertiary level and has studied Daoist martial arts in Wudangshan, China on numerous occasions.
Her holistic work includes teaching Qoya as well as facilitating women's circles, mother blessings and other sacred gatherings. Her theatrical background invites a sense of richness and creativity in the spaces she holds. She also works closely with the Eliyah Tantra School in Australia.
Erin is very connected to her inner child and is always happy to make a fool of herself or have a laugh to ensure people feel comfortable. Her professional dance training does not mean that she expects her class participants to be prima ballerinas! In fact, she is the queen of daggy dancing.
When did you take your first Qoya class? I took my first class at a retreat with Rochelle in Woodstock, NY. It came about through a magical and bizarre occurrence - as often seems to happen with Qoya. I did a Facebook quiz about 2 months before which asked you questions to determine what movement practice was best for your star sign. I never usually do these kinds of things but when I looked at my results Qoya came up. As soon as I looked at the website my heart felt alive and I felt like I had found all I was looking for, without even knowing it. As it happened, I was about to travel to the US and was thrilled to see Rochelle was leading a retreat in NY. I relished the two days and then fortunately there was space to fit me into the 2 day teacher initiation that immediately followed. It felt like I had come home!
What does it mean for you to teach Qoya? Qoya gives me the opportunity to connect with the sisterhood and I am incredibly grateful for that. It offers a sense of community and connection with other women, both within the class space and through the Qoya community around the world. I travel a lot for work and so always look for Qoya classes near by as I know its the ideal way to meet likeminded women. I've also been fortunate to teach Qoya in many places outside of my hometown such as Iceland, Bali and Sweden and seeing people discover this practice for the first time, and to feel the feminines collective yearning for this kind of work all around the world, is a true joy.
Qoya also gives me the opportunity to share my life's true love - dance and movement - in a way that is accessible to anyone. As a professional dancer I had fallen out of love with formal dance classes for a while and finding Qoya brought the joy of moving back into my body. I felt a liberation from the disciplined and controlled way of moving in my dance training and found a sense of true expression and feeling. I love that I get to share that with others, and that it's not about how it looks or how complicated the moves are, but how it feels in your body. We all need a little more pleasure and joy in our lives and Qoya certainly helps me find that.
What is your favorite song to dance to right now? I have a few! To get my energy going I love Freedom by Pharell Williams . To connect with a place of spirit, Faith's Hymn by Beautiful Chorus. To open up my heart I can never go past Aretha Franklin's version of Let it Be. My heart explodes. If I want to get into my hips and feel a little sexy I love "Here" by Alessia Cara. I'm also a bit obsessed with Beyonce's latest song 'Spirit' and can't wait to use it in a class.
What book has inspired you on the path to embodying the feminine? I loved Betsy Blankenbaker's Autobiography of an Orgasm for its raw honestly and compassion. The Red Tent connected me to the ancient wisdom of the feminine and inspired me to start my own "red tent" gatherings, as well as a dance work around similar themes. The Book of SHE: Your Heroine's Journey Into the Heart of Feminine Power by Sarah Avant Stover jumped out at me in a book store right after my first Qoya class and was full of wisdom.
What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking a Qoya class for the first time? If you are thinking about it, then there must be something within you that is called to try it. You have found it for a reason, so trust your calling and jump into the unknown. Qoya is such a carefully crafted practice and will only welcome you with open arms and make sure you feel safe and comfortable. Beyond the leap of faith, magic happens.