Our mission is to support and empower one another in cultivating awareness, peace, connection, joy and personal growth through dance, movement, mindfulness, and meditation practices.
We want to support you to LIVEMBODIED by
*fostering greater body and mind awareness and integration
*cultivating more balance, ease and joy in our lives
*strengthening relationships with ourselves, others, & the natural world
*developing personal movement and meditation practices
*building the resilience to meet life exactly where we are
*exploring restorative, healing, and preventative care practices
*nurturing healthy and compassionate communication
*encouraging self-expression, creativity, and living with an open heart
*building and strengthening our own sense of belonging and community
*sharing the love, art, and foundations of Brazilian Zouk, Kizomba, and other dance forms
Our programs include Embodied Dance, Embodied Retreats, and Embodied Life
Founder & Director, Rachel Ashley
Rachel is a dancer, an educator, a community builder, and a meditator. She is a free and playful spirit with an equal capacity for deep presence and space holding. Her great passion is to inspire and empower others to live embodied, connected, balanced, and joyful lives through dance, movement, mindfulness and meditation practices.
Her enthusiasm for teaching has inspired both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Education. For over 20 years, she has worked as an educator in a variety of settings with elementary through college-aged students and adults teaching Language Arts, dance, movement, and mindfulness. Her study of dance and movement forms have included Brazilian Zouk, Kizomba, Bachata, Salsa, Flamenco, Hip-Hop, Contact Improv, 5-Rhythms, Zumba, Yoga (RYT 200), and Clinical Somatics. She has also been an avid Vajrayana Buddhist practitioner and is deeply committed to living the path of a Bodhisattva.
In her offerings of classes, events and retreats, Rachel enjoys weaving together her practices of meditation, mindfulness, dance, movement, and connecting with each other and the natural world. She believes that integrating these practices is a potent way to help us evolve and transform as human and spiritual beings.
In addition to her work with EMBODIED, she also serves as the Community Steward for the Tibetan Buddhist Namchak Foundation, where she continues to study the teachings from this lineage and share them with others. She currently resides in Jemez Springs, New Mexico, where she is cultivating the magical Sky Dancer Retreat.