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Renée Tillotson

About Renée

Renee Tillotson is the owner and director of Still & Moving Center Hawaii. Learn how joy inspired this visionary founder to bring our mindful movement wellness studio to life in Hawaii!

Renée Tillotson lives a life of Joy and whole-heartedness, which radiates into all she shares and creates. Fluidly balancing action with deep thought, she developed Still & Moving Center, a thriving hub of mindful community, from a little seed of an idea. In 2011, the beautiful mindful movement and wellness center in the heart of Honolulu, Hawaii, came to life.

Active in her youth, Renée competed in gymnastics for 11 years and served as the team captain for her high school then college gymnastics team at UC Santa Barbara. However, her dynamic movement-filled days went on pause when she began working and raising her three children. Over the following decades, she eventually stopped being active, nearly altogether. It wasn’t until age 46, when Renée was exposed to Nia, that she had a life-changing realization that she was born to dance — and she thinks perhaps everyone else is too!

Renée’s journey back into a life of dynamic movement brought her absolute Joy! She came to understand the essential connection between physical activity and mind-body-spirit wellness. Since 2002, Renée has trained in this unique movement practice called Nia, where martial arts meets dance meets yoga, meets self-awareness and inner growth. She earned her 2nd Degree Nia blackbelt from the Nia co-founder Debbie Rosas, and continues to share this gift with others in her weekly Nia classes at Still & Moving.

Raising her as a citizen of the world, Renée’s parents taught her to love peoples and traditions from around the globe. She learned how valuing diversity makes our own slice of the world even richer. Later, in her adult life, Renée participated and studied at the Institute of World Culture in Santa Barbara. The Institute showed her a clear path to lifelong learning on an array of topics, from sciences to arts, to religions and philosophy. Her time at the Santa Barbara based cultural center especially helped to shape the global-minded ethos of Still & Moving Center.

Renée sets forth on her life’s path with grace and enthusiasm. Honored by Nia Headquarters offering her a position as an international Nia teacher trainer, Renée declined the offer. She dreamt up Still & Moving, a wellness center in the heart of Hawaii, as a space where students, teachers, and trainers of a vast variety of moving meditation and yoga practices could meet and learn under one roof.

Renée incorporates philosophical and spiritually-minded conversation into the activities of Still & Moving Center. Engaged in a life-long spiritual quest, Renée assembles the Still & Moving Center Almanac each year, imbuing it with inspirational quotes by everyone from the Dalai Lama to Dolly Parton! With deeply intentional weekly and yearly focuses, this almanac offers a guiding light for both personal growth and meaningful community.

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Renée’s Story of Opening Still & Moving Center

I was feeling less of a sense of urgency about my presence in the office, having headed up the administration of our company Prometheus Construction for many years. Since 2002, I had been having a blast learning and teaching Nia. I Immersed myself in the Nia belt training system from White to Blue, and upwards to Black Belt.

My thunderbolt from the sky hit me in 2010 in the form of a mysterious black envelope with beautiful silver handwriting. It was from Nia co-founder Debbie Rosas, inviting me to become an international Nia trainer. Me! There were only 14 Nia trainers in the whole world at that point, so it was a tremendous honor. That letter turned my world upside down, causing me to take an entirely new look at my life and ask myself – at age 54 – what I really wanted to be when I grew up.

As turns out, I actually did not want, to travel the globe training people to be Nia teachers. I yearned for a studio for moving meditation on my beautiful island home, O’ahu: a hub in the middle of the Pacific for teachers and students from around the world to share their many mindful movement practices. I wanted a place where everyone could come to find Joy and “claim their magnificence”!

I am incredibly thankful to my husband, Cliff, for his support in fulfilling my dream. Within 7 months of my epiphany of wanting a studio for moving meditation, we opened Still & Moving Center on March 18, 2011 at 1024 Queen Street in Honolulu. That night of our Grand Opening, with all of the bright lights and smiling people watching wonderful performances of Yoga and Bharatanatyam dancing, Aerial Silks and Nia movement, I felt as if I had woken up in my own dream!

Since that time, we have seen hundreds of teachers and countless students make personal growth and achieve self-transformation within the nurturing context of Still & Moving Center.
Prometheus Construction provides a strong financial backing for all the ways that Still & Moving Center gives back to the community.

We focus on moving to heal and thrive.

Upcoming Events

Jan 13, 2024 January 13, 2024, - March 18, 2024,
Global, HI United States
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Saturdays, 12:45 - 2:00 pm  Jan 13 - May 18,  2024  (19 Saturdays)Price: $700 - 2 payments of $350 Aerial Youth Performing Group is an opportunity for preteens & teens to train and advance their aerial skills. We will meet weekly to work on choreography with opportunities to perform at Still & Moving Center for our […]

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Jan 30, 2024 January 30, 2024, - March 12, 2024,
Global, HI United States
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Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 pm  January  30 - March 12, 2024Price: $210 plus tax   Enroll your keiki aerialist into a weekly series with the opportunity to perform at Still & Moving Center's birthday celebration show on March 16. Young aerialists will learn choreography and routine progression. Their possible apparatus include aerial hammock and lyra. Your […]

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Feb 03, 2024 February 3, 2024, - March 16, 2024,
Global, HI United States
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Saturdays, 11:15 - 12:15 pm  February 3  - March 16, 2024Price: $210 plus tax   Enroll your keiki aerialist into a weekly series with the opportunity to perform at Still & Moving Center's birthday celebration show on March 17. Young aerialists will learn choreography and routine progression. Their possible apparatus include aerial hammock and lyra. Your […]

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Feb 04, 2024 February 4, 2024, - March 3, 2024,
Global, HI United States
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FREESundays Feb 4 - March 3 20248:30 - 9:30 am HST Start out your New Year with the Tao as we connect with the wisdom of the Tao Te Ching. The series will begin on February 4th and take us into the Chinese New Year – perfect timing to celebrate and invite our own nature […]

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Feb 11, 2024 February 11, 2024, - May 19, 2024,
Global, HI United States
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    Sundays 3:30-4:30 pm12 week Spring Series: Feb 11 to May 19 2024 No class Easter Sunday 3/31, April 21 (Kumu travels), or Mother's Day May 12. Plus performance for May Day- May 26, 2024 Price: $230    By the ages of 7-12, hula students have developed a longer attention span. They have greater […]

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Feb 16, 2024 February 16, 2024, - March 15, 2024,
Global, HI United States
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Aerial Silks 5-Week Series:February 16 to March 15 , 2024Fridays, 5:30 - 6:30 pm HST$150 plus tax This 5 week series will culminate in an optional performance for Still & Moving Center’s 13th Birthday Celebration on March 17 2024 4-5:30 pm HST. What does it feel like to move in and suspend in the air, […]

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Feb 20, 2024 February 20, 2024, - March 12, 2024,
Global, HI United States
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  Tuesdays, 7:15 - 8:15 pm February 22 - March 12,  2024 - with performance on March 17, 2024 Price: $125 + tax   In this series, you will learn dance skills in the Hammock, as well as in floor exercises and stretching. The techniques and strength-building exercises are relevant to all aerial mediums. By […]

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Feb 22, 2024 February 22, 2024, - May 22, 2024,
Global, HI United States
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    Thursdays 4:00-4:40 pm12 week Spring Series: Feb 22 to May 23 2024 No class Thursday April 4 or April 25 while kumu travels. Keiki performance for May Day, May 26, 2024 Price: $230    Little children seem magnetically drawn to Kumu Mālia. She’s full of laughter and magically engages their attention and imagination. […]

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Mar 08, 2024 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Global, HI United States
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Women’s Circle for International Women's DayMālia Helelā Friday, March 8, 20246:30 - 8:00 pm HST$39 plus tax$25 for Members            Happy International Women’s Day! Join us in a women’s circle full of nourishing food - both for digestion and for thought! Celebrate being a woman and uplift others around you. Our […]

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Mar 17, 2024 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Global, HI United States
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Still & Moving Center’s 13th Birthday Celebration - In-person & Live-streaming!Theme: Eyes to the StarsSunday, March 17, 20244:00 - 5:30pm HST Save the date!! It’s our 13th birthday! Join us to celebrate! Come party with us on our 13th birthday! We feel so lucky to share this mindful community at Still & Moving Center with […]

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