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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.

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    June 29 - July 27, 2024Saturdays, 11:15 - 12:15 pm Price: $149 + tax Calling all keiki: Come explore vertical space! You get to make discoveries and learn skills on both the aerial hoop (lyra) and in the aerial hammock. Your vivacious teacher, Jody Morse, is a seasoned aerial performer and instructor. Increase […]

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Tuesday, 7:15 - 8:15 pm July 2 - August 6, 2024 Price: $179   Enjoy the in-the-air thrill of Aerial Hammock Dance, while staying within reach of the floor! Tone up the entire body - arms, legs and core - learning expressive dance skills in this soft, remarkably versatile apparatus. Prepare for your ascent into the […]

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    Sundays 3:30 - 4:30 pm4 week Summer Series: July 7 to July 28, 2024 Price: $75 + tax By the ages of 7-12, hula students have developed a longer attention span. They have greater facility in using a medley of hula implements, and are capable of more advanced choreography. Participation in this hula halau […]

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  Monday July 8 - August 12, 20247:15 - 8:30 pm$140 + tax for non-MembersFREE for Unlimited Members - just a commitment to regular attendance This six-week Contemporary Dance committed series is a great way to learn movements that are common in Contemporary Dance, Jazz, and Ballet and carry over to other dance forms, while […]

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Jul 11, 2024 July 11, 2024, - August 1, 2024,
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    Thursdays 4:00-4:45 pm4 week Summer Series: July 11 to Aug 1, 2024 Price: $75 + taxYoung children seem magnetically drawn to Kumu Mālia. She’s full of laughter and magically engages their attention and imagination. She has produced her own album of Hawaiian songs for children called “Keiki Hula Love”, many of which the […]

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Jul 26, 2024 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Live Music Night - Kai Ea with Kumu Mālia Friday, July 26, 2024 6:30-7:30 pm HST FREEKai Ea is the musical duo of Mālia Helelā and Umi Perkins. Their style is an eclectic mix of traditional Hawaiian, classic, contemporary and original music. Kai Ea has many meanings, including rising tide and sovereign sea. Through Kai […]

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This Summer:  July 29 - October 48 am HST  |  11am PDT  |  2pm EDT Small Group Meetings via ZOOM8am HST | 11am PST | 2pm EDT Mindful Movement Online Training, Instructor Level 1:Coming this spring! This is a 40 hour online certificate course of 4 hours per week which includes 1 hour of Independent […]

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Let it Out: Sing & Move 6-Week Series Mondays, 7:15 - 8:15 pm July 29 - September 2, 2024 Price: $120 + tax 20% discount for Members  Are you looking to strengthen your voice & learn to move while singing? Are you craving to express yourself more freely? Join local recording artist, Faith Rivera, in […]

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Aug 02, 2024 August 2, 2024, - August 25, 2024,
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August 2 - 25, 2024 Fridays & Sundays5:00 to 7:00 pm 16 Hour Training PAY BY SLIDING SCALE: $550 | Supporter Rate (support others as well as yourself)$475 | Sustainer Rate (pays for you)$395 | Community Rate (discounted)Hawaiian lomilomi massage is unique in all of the ways that Hawai’i is unique. Lomilomi acknowledges and honors […]

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