Melissa DeKellis

Northern California

You can see more upcoming Qoya classes in Northern California on our Facebook page "Qoya Sacramento."

My awakening journey brought me to the divine feminine. Teaching me to honor my intuition, to feel deeply, to connect with myself and others. To be open and receptive. Reminding me that I am connected to everything around me. Honoring that sacred pulse. I feel and trust this so deeply. It has helped me embody the true essence of who I am, understanding that is I am are here. To offer my unique expression into the world.

When did you take your first Qoya class? I had actually booked a Qoya retreat before I had taken a class. The retreat was April 2016 in Costa Rica. I was so compelled to do Qoya. I knew instinctively I was suppose to immerse myself in Qoya. It was an amazing experience. It was as if I found my tribe again, and they all spoke my language.

What does it mean for you to teach Qoya? To me, teaching Qoya is about being of service. It's about holding space for other women to connect with their own beautiful essence. Creating a community where we are supported and connected. Where we honor sisterhood, ritual, and ceremony.

What is your favorite song to dance to right now?  I'm really loving Alina Biraz. Really sensual music.

What book has inspired you on the path to embodying the feminine?  There have been so many books on my path of the divine feminine, from "The Great Cosmic Mother" by Monica Sjoo and Barbara Mor to "The Mist of Avalon" by Marion Zimmer Bradley. I love Rochelle Schieck's book "Qoya: A Compass for Navigating an Embodied Life that is Wise, Wild and Free" it really helped me anchor in my truth and my connection to everything. I'm currently reading "Moonology - Working with the Magic of the Lunar Cycles" by Yasmin Boland.

What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking a Qoya class for the first time? Do it! If you are hearing about Qoya and are able to get to a class or a retreat, then you are supposed to go. The experience is meant to be.