travels extensively, sharing the essence of her 26 years at Esalen. Ellen founded MovingVentures, whose mission is vocational education in the fields of breathwork, and somatic and movement arts. Since 1998, she has focused on supporting the people of Bali, Indonesia.
Join Tihikpas and Ellen on the longest day of the year to welcome and celebrate summertime on the sacred land of Esalen.
We will embody the sacred teachings of antiquity brought uniquely together through the framework of tribal ceremony and SpiritDance meditation. Our tribe is not one of bloodlines or lineage; we ask that people of all tribes, beliefs, and color take part in this journey of the mind, body, soul, and spirit. Let’s all dance, sweat, sing, pray, meditate, and relax together as one global tribe.
“SpiritDance, created at Esalen during the 1980s, is a moving meditation practice, a bowing, a praying, a weeping, a prancing and dancing, rollicking, frolicking, bone-shaking, brain-jiggling invitation to fully occupy yourself — to wake up and roar,” writes leader and SpiritDance co-creator Ellen Watson. “A fusion of cross-cultural, neo-shamanic somatic arts practices, Wake Up and Roar cultivates wellness, both physical and metaphysical. The alchemy of movement, sound, and song is a path, portal, and doorway to cultivating embodied presence.
SpiritDance is a moving meditation practice created at Esalen. A fusion of cross-cultural, neo-shamanic, somatic arts practices, Wake Up and Roar cultivates wellness, both physical and metaphysical.