Hosted by Renée Tillotson with featured presenters
Saturdays 3:00 – 4:00 pm Hawaii Standard Time (HST)
Started April 11, 2020
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.
Moderated by Renée Tillotson, Director & Founder of Still & Moving Center, engaged in an earnest, life-long spiritual quest.
To view past talks click the links in the titles below.
October 3: “All Men are Brothers” – Cliff Tillotson on the interfaith tradition of Mahatma Gandhi
October 10: “Becoming Wholly Reliable” – Maurice Bisheff on the American Transcendental tradition of Emerson
October 17: “Irreversible Resolve” – Dr. Mark Morisaki on the Western Medical tradition
October 24: “Right Mindfulness”
October 31: “Beyond Mine or Thine”
September 12: “The Bridge Connecting Heaven and Earth” – Elton Hall on the Theosophical tradition
September 5: “Vanquishing Victimism” – Ramdas Lamb on the Hindu ascetic tradition
Aug 29: “Right Livelihood” – Jonathan Colbert on the Theosophical Tradition
Aug 22: “Why Obstacles?” – Renée Tillotson on the Hindu mythological tradition of Ganesh
August 15: “Casting No Blame” – Katharine Harts on the Christian mystic tradition
August 8: “Mental Hygiene” – Roger Johnston on the Stoic tradition
August 1: “Are We our Brothers’ and Sisters’ Keepers?” – Joe Miller on the Christian mystic tradition
July 25: “Right Action” – Debbie Rosas from the Nia perspective (View the recording)
July 18: “One-Pointed Focus” – David Sanders on the Hindu yogic tradition
July 11: “Egotism and Compassion” – Robin Fujikawa on the Dōgen tradition of Buddhism
July 4: “Spiritual Democracy” – Maurice Bisheff on the Native American and American Revolutionary traditions
June 27: “In the Language there is Life: I ka ʻŌlelo no ke Ola” – Mālia Helelā on the Hawaiian tradition (View the recording)
June 20: “The Vision of Prometheus” – Jim Tepfer on the Ancient Greek tradition (View the recording)
June 13: “Self-Mastery and Freedom” – Veena Howard on the Gandhian perspective of the Hindu tradition
June 6: “Development of the Neuro-Muscular-Skeletal System” – Rachel Klein on the scientific perspective and healing traditions
May 30: “Right Intention” – Reverend Blayne Higa on the Jodo Shin Buddhist tradition
May 23: “Beyond Pleasure & Pain” – Cliff Tillotson on the the Bhagavad Gita perspective of the Hindu tradition
May 16: “Right View – Inner and Outer Perspectives” – Christopher Edwards on the sculpting tradition
May 9: Honoring the Behest of the Divine – Mary Bird on the Catholic tradition
May 2: “The Buddha’s Search to End Suffering” – Kirk Gradin on the Buddhist tradition (View the recording)
April 25: The Value of the Pause in Classical Indian Music – Joss Jaffe on the classical Indian music tradition
April 18: Re-becoming People of Place: Caring for our Earth and All Beings – Miku Lenentine on the Native American Tradition
April 11: Pythagoras on Meditation, the Heroic Ideal and Self-discovery – Jim Tepfer on the ancient Greek tradition
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
with Amit Heri & Anandra GeorgeSign Up Now!
Kirtan with Anandra and Amit is a heavenly experience of call and response mantra chanting set to Indian classical rāgas and refined tablā rhythms.
We begin the saturation in sacred sound with call-and-response rāga singing on the Sanskṛt vowel of ānanda (bliss) shakti Ā… with the delicate strains of the heavenly guitar. Then Amit starts laying down his funky Indian/jazz/funk grooves as we sing the names of the Beloved and churn out the divine nectar from within in ecstatic surrender!
Join us… Discover the worlds within worlds of each musical mood, within each mantric syllable, and release the sweetness of your own uniquely sweet devotional voice. Beginners welcome.
Anandra has been practicing yoga and meditation for almost 20 years. Anandra teaches Sanskrit mantra for meditation and profound personal transformation internationally. She studies Indian Classical music with a master teacher in India, bringing the deep joy of sacred sound into her classes, kirtans, retreats and teacher trainings. A dynamic and lifelong teacher, she facilitates a magical, inspiring experience for all participants.
Named in OPEN magazine’s list of 50 most creative Indians in their 2010 indepence special issue, Amit Heri‘s artistry is centered around presenting Indian music and Jazz in an innovative and global form, with the purpose of bringing joy and connection between people and cultures.
He is one among few exceptional Indian musicians to have performed in prestigious internationalvenues, including the Kennedy Centre, the Barbican, Montreux Jazz festival, Berlin Jazz festival WOMAD, London Jazz festival, Rome World Music festival and the Paris Jazz festival. As a guitarist, he has shared the stage and worked with numerous internationally renowned Jazz and World music artists including Charlie Mariano, Zakir Hussain, Salif Keita, Angelique Kidjo, Trilok Gurtu, Matt Garrison, Dominique DiPiazza and Robert Miles.
A prolific composer, Amit Heri’s work combines explorations into the soulful melodic and intricate rhythmic traditions of India with the energetic and innovative expressions of Western music. He has composed music for feature films (including ‘Morning Raga’), dance, theatre productions, television and radio. To date, Amit has released two albums (‘Jhoola’ and ‘Elephant Walk’), a soundtrack, as well as several collaborations with leading musicians. At the early age of 16, his passion for music earned him a scholarship at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston where he studied Jazz Performance & Composition. He also has a strong foundation in Indian music – melodic and rhythmic, having studied voice, sitar & vocal percussion from a young age.
Sunday, April 1st
6:00 -8:00 pm
Advanced tickets are recommended 397-7678
Chitravina N. Ravikiran from Mysore, India, multi award-winning Carnatic music performer and composer, has been hailed as a true instrumental virtuoso in world music today.ravikiranmusic.com
His maiden instrumental performance was in 1979, at age 12. Today, he is recognized as one of the most eminent instrumentalists in the world, and has performed at prominent venues like the Theatre de la Ville(Paris), Vienna Palace (Austria), Tate Modern Gallery (London), National Theatre (Australia), the Institute of World Music (New York), Oji Hall (Japan), Esplanade (Singapore), Sadler’s Wells (London.)