Yallingup, Western Australia
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I'm a multi-faceted, friendly Piscean with Gemini tendencies, who loves variety, a good soul chat, and can be a little obsessive when it come to my passions, especially Qoya! I'm blessed to be a mother of two girls and am grateful to be living at a time where I can also embody the countless other expressions of my divine feminine being. Music festivals are my spiritual home.
For 25 years, I've played and taught percussion in high schools, performed in orchestras, rock bands, and African drumming groups leading workshops and circles, but only in recent years been called to the spiritual feminine path of frame drum, and I birthed my own medicine drum in 2018. I am an advocate for women to reclaim their bodies, power, and voice through drumming, dancing and singing—the things we all did before anyone told us we couldn't.
I consider myself a gentle agitator who encourages others to stretch just a little to their edges and hopefully find they really enjoyed the process. I love sharing rhythm in all its forms and aspire to travel the world leading retreats while always returning to the beautiful South West to reconnect to my roots and our growing Qoya community.
When did you take your first Qoya class? I only took my first Qoya class at the end of 2018, only 6 months before becoming a Qoya teacher myself. A year or so prior to this, I had stumbled across Qoya listening to interviews with Danielle Laporte and Kate Northrup, and when I clicked on the Qoya website, I literally got a chill up my spine and immediate knew I had to teach Qoya (and this was before I had even tried it!). From there, I started a daily movement practise from the free resources and couldn't wait until I could teach it! The second class was at my Initiation training with my dear friend Jill Lacina, and the third was at online Intensive with Rochelle!
What does it mean for you to teach Qoya? Teaching Qoya is part of my soul path, and all the synchronicity and blessings that have supported me in doing this is just an affirmation of this truth. To share with others what has brought me so much joy, life, creativity, fun, and energy is simply a divine gift! It still amazes me that Qoya is this perfect package of everything I love in one place, and the unfolding of the magic never seems to end!
What is your favorite song to dance to right now? This is a ridiculous question to try to answer and the answer is whatever song is playing right now! :-)
What book has inspired you on the path to embodying the feminine? So many......”Women Who Run With the Wolves” by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, even though truth be known in over 20 years I haven't quite actually finished it, but it still feels like soul nourishment every time I open it! “Pussy-A Reclamation” by Regena Thomashauer, and of course “Qoya: A Compass for Navigating a Life that is Wise, Wild & Free” by Rochelle Schieck!!
What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking Qoya class for the first time? Don't even think - just go! And be open to the trajectory of your life changing in a beautiful and magical way!