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I took a week off from regular teaching to work on my book, Octabusy: How To Let Go in a Sea of Doing and was grateful to have a chance to move together at Dancing Water on Thursday morning. All week, I’ve found myself contemplating the creative process ~ whether you’re creating collages, cookies or kids, spaghetti sauce, spreadsheets or sculpture. We are in the midst of creating whether we acknowledge it or not. How can you approach your life with the lens of creativity and possibility? What if there were fewer rules than you thought? What would be different if you thought of yourself as an artist and your life as your art?

Below is Thursday’s playlist! If you’d like to listen to the music, you can find almost all the songs on Spotify (you can listen for free)! As always, please let me know if you have any questions about any of the music we dance to!

And friends, I am always ALWAYS looking for new music. Do you have a song that you love to move to or that moves you? I’d love to know what it is! Please respond in the comments below or email me at sjmnia@gmail.com!

Before the playlists, here is the scoop on a whole slew of great things happening this summer!

SUMMER SPECIAL for Nourishing Movement Classes at the Studio at Dancing Water
Nourishing Movement classes with Susan on Thursdays at 9am ~~ my mix of guided and unguided movement, meditation and creativity! Now on SUMMER SPECIAL ~~ You and a friend move in the trees by the river at a discounted rate of $20! Please go to http://www.susanmcculley.com/shop for the details. Come join us in the trees by the river for grounded, flowing, spacious movement. Second Thursdays are followed by a pot luck brunch/tea/snackie! Nourish yourself with movement and bring something nourishing to share! There is space in upcoming classes so please go HERE to sign up!
* The Studio at Dancing Water is at 2370 Old Lynchburg Road ~ detailed directions at http://www.susanmcculley.com and via email when you sign up!

Saturday July 27, 9-12noon – Moving & Writing with Light: Nourishing Body & Eyes with Susan & Rebecca
Susan & Rebecca offer a morning to expand your perspective on two things that everybody has: a body and a smartphone. The word “photography” means “writing with light.” A photo isn’t a copy of something— it’s a story written *by light*! And light is weaving stories all around us, all the time. Using the simple cameras that we all carry —the ones in our phones! — we’ll play with the stories of light around us and experience how changing our perspectives can change everything. Susan will weave movement and mindfulness into the morning to practice being with light & shadow. No experience in photography or movement needed, just bring a phone or tablet with a built-in camera and your body. If you like, from 12-2pm, bring a lunch and savor it on the porch, on the bench overlooking the river or on a rock in the middle of it. Bring water shoes and you could even sit in the water. $75. Register at http://www.susanmcculley.com/shop.

Decoding Your Body’s Wisdom ~ Video Series with Cecily Armstrong
Over the past few years I’ve been inspired and energized by the teaching and guidance of Cecily Armstrong. She is so generous with her offerings ~ her latest is a three-part video workshop Decoding Your Body’s Wisdom. If you’ve ever felt confused about how best to nourish yourself and live your healthiest, happiest life, Cecily offers amazing insights. You can sign up for the video series here.

Decoding Your Body’s Wisdom

Nia Moving to Heal with Rachel ~ Sundays at 330pm
Join Rachel for an hour of Nia Moving to Heal on Sundays in Studio A, ACAC Downtown. The intent of every Nia Moving to Heal class is to feel better. You are invited to seek self-healing for your body, mind, emotions and spirit as we engage in simplified Nia routines, adaptable for all. Treat yourself to an hour of slowing down.

First Friday Freedance with Kate ~ Aug 2 at 11:25am
Nia Freedance is an opportunity to play and tap into the creative wisdom in our body, emotions, mind and spirit. For a full hour we get to dance together with the intention of stimulating our own unique movement creativity. The next Nia Freedance will be at ACAC Albemarle Square Friday, Jul 5 from 11:25 -12:25.

Nia White Belt Training with Kelle Rae Oien Aug 15-21 at SoulShines in Richmond
Whether for personal growth, developing your practice or preparing to teach, the Nia White Belt training is a life-changing experience. Join stellar White Belt Trainer, Kelle Rae Oien at the new SoulShines Studios in Richmond. Go here for more information!
https://www.facebook.com/events/796684947329568/ (NOTE: A belt can audit 3 sessions for free. (They will need to pay for classes with Kelle – not included in the free offer) A retake (anything more than 3 sessions) is $99 to HQ and $400 to Kelle. That includes all classes.)

As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.
Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sig

Thursday, Jul 11, 2019, 9am Nourishing Movement at the Studio at Dancing Water ~ The Art of You

One Good Dub 8:16 Kaya Project
State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.) 5:17 Jim James
Rafiki (Sidewalk Mix) 6:25 Bob Holroyd
Don’t Say 5:47 Deep Dive Corp.
Crayola Doesn’t Make a Color for Your Eyes 3:35 Kristin Andreassen
Oye Como Va (Latin/Trance Mix) 4:17 Celia Cruz
Reconfluence 6:19 Bob Holroyd
Sometimes 4:06 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Freedom (feat. The Mail Pilots) 4:39 Nossa Toca
Fireflies 3:31 Mofro
Shanti (Peace Out) 6:59 MC Yogi

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NIA?

For more information about Nia and this rich system of training and learning? Everything Nia is at http://www.nianow.com…
If you’re traveling or moving, you can find a teacher or classes wherever you’re going.
Interested in teaching or deepening your practice? Check out the Nia White Belt Training. They are offered all around the world so you can find one near you or where you may want to go!

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It’s Art Week! Next week, I’m taking the week from teaching at acac to focus on making art for Octabusy: How to Let Go in a Sea of Doing.

When I’m in the midst of a big project (read: up to my armpits or maybe my eyelashes), I find it helpful (and sometimes productive, we’ll see!) to take time to focus on it as exclusively as life allows. I know how slippery time can be, though, so it’s also helpful to approach time away from my normal schedule with intention.

My feeling is that it might not (who am I kiddin? probably won’t, most certainly won’t) go this way, but it truly won’t if I don’t set the intention.

I’ll let you know how it goes when I come back to acac teaching next week!

I will be teaching at Dancing Water on Thursday morning, July 11 at 9am! Please come ~~ I’ll be hankering to move with you!

Until soon, friends!

Speaking of water and oceans and surfing, work on the Octabusy book continues! Here’s the latest on the front cover.

The practice we do together is about sensation: allowing ourselves to feel whatever is arising and then responding as skillfully as we can. Sometimes, this goes smoothly, sometimes not. Sometimes we surf the sensation effortlessly. Sometimes we get pitched ass-over-teakettle off our surfboards. It’s all part of the practice.

Below are our playlists for the week. If you’d like to listen to the music, you can find almost all the songs on Spotify (you can listen for free)! As always, please let me know if you have any questions about any of the music we dance to!

And friends, I am always ALWAYS looking for new music. Do you have a song that you love to move to or that moves you? I’d love to know what it is! Please respond in the comments below or email me at sjmnia@gmail.com!

Before the playlists, some announcements of things that are happening!

Nourishing Movement Classes at the Studio at Dancing Water
I’m delighted to announce that I am now offering classes at the studio at Dancing Water* on Thursday mornings from 11-1215pm (Thursday, May 16 and May 30 are full and there is one spot left for May 23. I’ve started a waiting list for the full classes and there is still space in Jun 13 & 20). Classes are my mix of guided and unguided movement, meditation and creativity! Come join us in the trees by the river for grounded, flowing, spacious, nourishing movement. Go HERE to sign up!
* The Studio at Dancing Water is at 2370 Old Lynchburg Road ~ detailed directions at http://www.susanmcculley.com and via email when you sign up!

Class + Pop Up Pot Luck at the Studio at Dancing Water on Jun 13
On Thursday, Jun 13, come to Nourishing Movement class at Dancing Water and stay for a Pop Up Pot Luck! Nourish yourself with movement, then bring something nouishing to share (or bring your own lunch if you’d prefer) to enjoy together on the deck, the porch or by the river! Water shoes and/or sturdy walking shoes might be a good choice if you’d like to go down the trail to the river!

Summer Schedule Shift
For the acac summer schedule (starting June 13), Jeanne Catherine will be teaching the Thursday morning 8:40-9:40am class. I will be teaching on Thursday mornings at the Studio at Dancing Water…so lots of choices for nourishing movement!

First Friday Freedance with Kate ~ Jun 7 at 11:25am
Nia Freedance is an opportunity to play and tap into the creative wisdom in our body, emotions, mind and spirit. For a full hour we get to dance together with the intention of stimulating our own unique movement creativity. The next Nia Freedance will be at ACAC Albemarle Square Friday, Jun 7 from 11:25 -12:25.

June Women’s Retreats with Coach, Michelle Goodrich
Perhaps you sense a greater possibility for your life than what you are currently living?
Michelle Goodrich invites you to join her and a tribe of brilliant women on retreat this June. Together we will identify the number one block that holds you back from the life you came here to live, you will gain the tools to forge an unshakeable bond with yourself, with life and with others…. and you will have the opportunity to take the next step into the life you long for. Dates: June 15 (Saturday daylong) 9am-5pm; June 23 (Sunday) 1pm-5pm; June 30 (Sunday) 1pm-5pm (Attendance at all 3 sessions is requested.) For more information see http://www.MichelleGoodrich.net or contact Michelle at MichelleGoodrichCoach@gmail.com.

Nia White Belt Training with Kelle Rae Oien Aug 15-21 at SoulShines in Richmond
Whether for personal growth, developing your practice or preparing to teach, the Nia White Belt training is a life-changing experience. Join stellar White Belt Trainer, Kelle Rae Oien at the new SoulShines Studios in Richmond. Go here for more information!
https://www.facebook.com/events/796684947329568/ (NOTE: A belt can audit 3 sessions for free. (They will need to pay for classes with Kelle – not included in the free offer) A retake (anything more than 3 sessions) is $99 to HQ and $400 to Kelle. That includes all classes.)

As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.
Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sig

Monday, May 13, 2019, 1045am ~ Surfing Sensation

Once Upon The Sea Of Blissful Awareness 7:31 Shpongle
Rafiki (Sidewalk Mix) 6:25 Bob Holroyd
Walk on Water 4:02 Marc Cohn
Tamacun 3:26 Rodrigo Y Gabriela
Land & Sea (Feat. Molly Parti) 6:01 Emancipator
Sargasso Sea 7:02 Daveen Rowala
Rafiki (Hi Life Mix) 6:04 Bob Holroyd
Johnny at Sea [Mix] 4:48 Afro Celt Sound System
Bustin’ Surfboards 2:29 The Tornadoes
Walk on the Ocean 2:58 Toad the Wet Sprocket
Blue Ocean Floor 7:22 Justin Timberlake

Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 840am ~ Surfing Sensation

Once Upon The Sea Of Blissful Awareness 7:31 Shpongle
Rafiki (Sidewalk Mix) 6:25 Bob Holroyd
Walk on Water 4:02 Marc Cohn
Tamacun 3:26 Rodrigo Y Gabriela
Land & Sea (Feat. Molly Parti) 6:01 Emancipator
Sargasso Sea 7:02 Daveen Rowala
Rafiki (Hi Life Mix) 6:04 Bob Holroyd
Bustin’ Surfboards 2:29 The Tornadoes
Walk on the Ocean 2:58 Toad the Wet Sprocket
Blue Ocean Floor 7:22 Justin Timberlake

Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 11am ~ Surfing Sensation

Rafiki (Sidewalk Mix) 6:25 Bob Holroyd
Walk on Water 4:02 Marc Cohn
Land & Sea (Feat. Molly Parti) 6:01 Emancipator
Sargasso Sea 7:02 Daveen Rowala
Rafiki (Hi Life Mix) 6:04 Bob Holroyd
Water Of Love 5:27 Dire Straits
Walk on the Ocean 2:58 Toad the Wet Sprocket
Dark Waters 4:37 Bob Holroyd
Yoga Meditation 365 4:13 Healing Meditation Zone

Thursday, May 16, 2019, 840am ~ Surfing Sensation

Once Upon The Sea Of Blissful Awareness 7:31 Shpongle
Rafiki (Sidewalk Mix) 6:25 Bob Holroyd
Walk on Water 4:02 Marc Cohn
Love Is the Seventh Wave 3:32 Sting
Sargasso Sea 7:02 Daveen Rowala
Rafiki (Hi Life Mix) 6:04 Bob Holroyd
Water Of Love 5:27 Dire Straits
Dark Waters 4:37 Bob Holroyd
Yoga Meditation 365 4:13 Healing Meditation Zone

Thursday, May 16, 2019, 11am Mindful Movement at the Studio at Dancing Water ~ Surfing Sensation

Blue Ocean Floor 7:22 Justin Timberlake
Once Upon The Sea Of Blissful Awareness 7:31 Shpongle
Rafiki (Sidewalk Mix) 6:25 Bob Holroyd
Water She Dances (feat. Rising Appalachia) 3:35 The Dogon Lights
Love Is the Seventh Wave 3:32 Sting
Dive 3:58 Steven Curtis Chapman
Sargasso Sea 7:02 Daveen Rowala
Rafiki (Hi Life Mix) 6:04 Bob Holroyd
Water Of Love 5:27 Dire Straits
Dark Waters 4:37 Bob Holroyd
Yoga Meditation 365 4:13 Healing Meditation Zone

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NIA?

For more information about Nia and this rich system of training and learning? Everything Nia is at http://www.nianow.com…
If you’re traveling or moving, you can find a teacher or classes wherever you’re going.
Interested in teaching or deepening your practice? Check out the Nia White Belt Training. They are offered all around the world so you can find one near you or where you may want to go!

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