Gems from the Wisdom Traditions – A Conversation Circle – LIVE ONLINE, INTERACTIVE with Renée Tillotson

Hosted by Renée Tillotson with featured presenters

Saturdays 3:00 – 4:00 pm Hawaii Standard Time (HST)

Starting April 11, 2020

Freely Offered

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This weekly offering gives spiritual seekers the opportunity to learn and share from the great wealth of the world’s wisdom traditions. Each week we will focus on one brilliant gem, a teaching to illuminate our minds and hearts.

Various cultures in all times and places have produced sparkling gems of inspiration – the crystallized essence of spiritual insight. In many cases we know something of the enlightened being – sage, seer, saint – who gave us that gem and lived his or her life accordingly. In all cases, these teachings have informed the lives of the tradition’s followers, bringing clarity to their daily decisions and depth to their meditations.

To begin each circle, one featured speaker will give a short presentation on a brilliant spiritual teaching from one of the world’s wisdom traditions, together with information on the Teacher who conveyed and embodied it.

The group will then take up the topic presented, with opportunity for free conversation and questions, wonderings and examples, of how we might apply this week’s teaching.

Moderated by Renée Tillotson, Director & Founder of Still & Moving Center, engaged in an earnest, life-long spiritual quest.


Upcoming Topics

May 23: “Beyond Pleasure & Pain” – Cliff Tillotson from the the Bhagavad Gita perspective of the Hindu tradition

May 30:  “Right Intention” – Reverend Blayne Higa from the Jodo Shin Buddhist tradition

June 4:  “Development of the Neuro-Muscular-Skeletal System” – Dr. Rachel Klein from the scientific perspective and healing traditions

June 13: “Self-Mastery and Freedom” – Veena Howard from the Gandhian perspective of the Hindu tradition

June 20: “The Vision of Prometheus” – Jim Tepfer from the Ancient Greek tradition

Future Topics

September 5: “Vanquishing Victimism” – Ramdas Lamb from the Hindu ascetic tradition

Past Topics

April 11: Pythagoras on Meditation, the Heroic Ideal and Self-discovery – Jim Tepfer on the ancient Greek tradition

April 18: Re-becoming People of Place: Caring for our Earth and All Beings – Miku Lenentine on the Native American Tradition

April 25: The Value of the Pause in Classical Indian Music – Joss Jaffe on the classical Indian music tradition

May 2: The Buddha’s Search to End Suffering – Kirk Gradin on the Buddhist tradition – view the recording of this Conversation on YouTube

May 9: Honoring the Behest of the Divine – Mary Bird on the Catholic tradition

May 16: “Right View – Inner and Outer Perspectives” – Christopher Edwards from the sculpting tradition

Renée Tillotson

Renée Tillotson, Director, founded Still & Moving Center to share mindful movement arts from around the globe. Her inspiration comes from the Joy and moving meditation she experiences in the practice of Nia, and from the lifelong learning she’s gained at the Institute of World Culture in Santa Barbara, California. Still & Moving Center aspires to serve the community, support the Earth and its creatures, and always be filled with laughter and friendship!

Enthusiasm fills every class and event Renée leads. The motto: ‘Move your body. Still your mind. Find center. Find Joy!” motivates her daily life.

A second degree Nia Black Belt, Renée says, “Through Nia I realized that I was born to dance…and perhaps everyone is! Nia connects me to pure Joy. I aspire to extend that Joy into the rest of my life and share it with every student who steps into my circle. Nia embraces both the yin and yang energies, helping all of us to balance our natures. Nia serves as a moving meditation for me, as well as a chance to play like a child again! I like to think of my classes as invigorating the body and elevating the spirit.”

Engaged in an earnest, life-long spiritual quest, Renée assembles the Still & Moving Center Almanac each year, filled with inspirational quotes by everyone from the Dalai Lama to Dolly Parton. She loves taking part in conversations that merge philosophical, spiritual and scientific thought with a lifestyle of compassion.

Renée has been moving and sharing Nia since 2002. She took all of her Nia intensive trainings at Nia International Headquarters from the co-creators of Nia: Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas. She considers herself a citizen of the world, and brings mindful movement practices from around the globe under one roof at Still & Moving Center.


Directions for getting to the online Zoom class:

1. One hour in advance, kindly sign up for your live online class on in MindBody / on our website. Our desk staff will then email you a link to your class on Zoom.

2. Please use the link to sign into Zoom, 5-7 minutes before class, allowing extra time to download the the app if you are  new to Zoom.

3. Contact the desk staff at 808.397.7678 for troubleshooting.

Photographs by Greg Hatton, @renaissanceman

1 Comment:

  • By Sharon Tanaka 18 Apr 2020

    Register for april 25 class. In Hawaii we are considered indigenious people and have keepers of the game, our amakua and rocks are have special alive characteristics and treated with respect. We never take fresh lava as many tourists have found and mail back something that doesnt belong to them but Pele. Yes, people who are not born here should learn the culture and walk softly until they have been educated. Many outsiders come and do as they please and always broadcast why is it done like that in Hawaii. Where we are from its done like this… That kind of mentality has been a concern to people of the land. We should all be speaking with some fluency in Hawaiian or learning the language. In the past Hawaiian ways, language and culture was frowned upon and said it was paganistic and modern world. Yes the the virus is like a portal and an opportunity for those who seek to mend out ways and thinking, time of reflection. Mahalo nui loa nō manao.

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