Maddy Vertenten

Freeport, Maine

I teach regularly in Freeport, Maine in a beautiful barn some have dubbed 'the magical fairy barn in the woods.' I offer a Monday morning series, Monday evening series, and a monthly New Moon circle. Specific dates, times, and registration details are at where you'll also find classes posted by other Maine-based teachers-in-training. Our community is growing!

I help women transform their everyday experiences through personal coaching, movement classes, ritual & ceremony, and above all - self care. 
I believe that gathering in circles and cultivating our unique feminine essence has a profoundly positive impact in our local communities and the wider world. I’ve been offering coaching and personal wellness programs since 2006, and began teaching Qoya in Maine in 2015. My background is in music performance, corporate leadership development, and entrepreneurship. In recent years, I’ve found board work with my local school district and other organizations related to children, nature, and the arts extremely gratifying. I have a daughter and a son, and live in the farmhouse of my dreams in Freeport, Maine with my husband and the most wonderful cat.

When did you take your first Qoya class? I've followed Rochelle's work for years, but didn't get to my first Qoya retreat until 2014 at Menla Mountain in Woodstock, NY. It was a magical experience! I stayed to begin my teacher training right away.

What does it mean for you to teach Qoya? It means so much for me to be able to practice Qoya, and the experience of having a community of women with whom to practice regularly has been very meaningful. I was a girl who quit ballet classes at the age of 8, because I didn't feel comfortable or safe in that environment. I didn't grow to appreciate my body, or my ability to feel and to heal through movement until I was much older - my late thirties. I'm very grateful for the experience of dancing with a group of women in Austin, Texas (where I lived at the time). In that place I began to realize my love of music in a new way - and found expression and healing through movement. When I moved to Maine, my Texas friends foretold that I would teach movement classes once I got here. I never saw that coming.... I'm so grateful for Rochelle and for Qoya that this has come to pass!

What is your favorite song to dance to right now? 'The Course' by Ayla Nereo has become a perpetual favorite.

What book has inspired you on the path to embodying the feminine?  Jean Shinoda Bolen's books have played a role in my personal inquiry. I also love reading representations of the Magdalene story, including 'The Moon Under Her Feet' by Clysta Kinstler.

What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking a Qoya class for the first time? Please don't think about it too much, just trust your intuition and come! Qoya is for every body. And your body, in her infinite wisdom, desires movement and community. You will be well met there.