Days 32 & 33: Tirtagganga ~ The Palace of Holy Waters

Today as I awoke the sky was pink and the earth was misty. There was a fine line between heaven and the ground. Perhaps I have found a place where the two become one. The ocean lies on the horizon, and some mountainous islands sitting as if they were afloat on the majestic sea. The thousands of lotuses open and close, devoted to the low light, and the fragrance of incense and frangipani’s wafts through the air. My ears are not distracted but soothed by the constant sound of the ever flowing spring fed fountains. My eyes relax as I take in the early morning sunlight through the trees, giving thanks for another day in this blessed, beautiful, holy land. I can see dozens of fountains from my pillow in my hand carved wooden bed. I feel the wind and smell the morning mist. I am honored to awake in such beauty; a waking dream. I give thanks.
I have been rising at 5AM so that I don’t miss one single second of this precious light. 

I feel like a Queen. I am actually staying in a villa that was formerly royal headquarters. There was a time when this was truly a palace, now it is mostly a place for tourists to view and local children to swim, but luckily, I have a connection to a friend who owns a beautiful villa on the property. I am using this time and these sacred grounds for creation. I am allowing my waters of creation to flow. Of course, my moon water has also come during this time. By moon water I mean ‘my period’. This is auspicious in my eyes, as a woman’s moon time is her prime peak of creative focus, a time for nesting and being nurtured, and a time to honor the waters of the world. So Here I Am, in the Palace of Holy Waters, being served delicious and nutritious foods, writing, dancing, and feeling right at home as a royal citizen of this precious planet. 

I am only here in Bali for one more week. I am writing this on a Thursday and I leave next Wednesday. I will be back on Maui in 8 days. Wow. It’s kind of crazy and hard to feel into that. I feel like I am just completely arriving, actually. I am just learning my first words of Indonesian and Balinese. It’s peak Durian season! I am just now beginning to know the names of the beautiful faces I have been meeting and seeing over and over again amongst the festivities and social happenings (which are ALL the time in Ubud). I really love it here. I tell the truth when I say I will have a home here some day. One day, hopefully in the near future, I will have a place here in South East Asia to call my own, a place to keep my ‘Bali Wardrobe’ and snorkeling gear, my Asian adornments and Hindu inspired altar pieces. I realize I want homes in many regions of the world; Continental North America, Hawaii, Asia, South America and even though I haven’t been there yet I feel the call to Southern Europe. As a global citizen, I feel blessed to be able to travel the way I have, to stay in places like this beautiful Water Palace, from where I write these words. 

As my skin is softened and browned by the sun during my time here in Bali, the waters have softened and suppled my soul. I feel more radiant and in my female prowess than ever before. Finally, I feel like a woman. I have embraced my power, my beauty and my mission ten fold since setting foot on this lovely land. I am beyond grateful for these people, the culture, the food, the wisdom, the volcano which I have to visit first thing when I return, and especially thankful to my dear sister in creation Jaguar Mary who created Sacred Circularities, the platform that I love so much that brought me all this way. I may have made it some other way at some other time, but I am so glad I was invited to teach hoop dance in Bali! I keep saying it over and over again, but it's real....Dreams Do Come True!

Lunch is now served, so it is time to retire from my keyboard for the day. Until tomorrow, be well and vital in all that you do, and know that time is only a tool to keep us on track in achieving our purposes, passions and positive perceptions. As the time has flown by as swiftly and silently as an owl in the night during my time here, I realize that we are simply spinning, turning, twirling like the tides, neither coming nor going, but moving in the moment, as the moment also moves. It is time. Whatever you desire, now is the time. Follow, reach, grab and go. Don’t cling or hold, just flow with the wave. Wherever it drops you, there you are. Sometimes you get lucky, and the tide drops you in some magical royal quarters at a beautiful Water Palace in rural Bali. Hold the Flame!
Bless You!
May you see magic in every moment,

Shellie White Light

Enjoy the magical pictures!






Day 19: Finger Stickin’ Good

Today was a productive and very painful day, in more ways than one. I had a hard conversation with my babe, simply due to distance. I had a lot to do regarding my visa and performances, plus private sessions and it all caught up with me as I was taking a step and sunk slightly into the soft rain soaked earth, felt my ankle begin to roll again and saved my fall on this crazy spiky tree that jabbed into my finger and left it numb, swollen and possibley sprained. Ugh! My foot that I hurt just a few days ago was finally better, and now I have genuinely hurt my finger. Luckily I had done most of my writing for the day and gotten my shopping task done, but on my way to the private session I was thinking about the heartache happening in my relationship and that’s when I stepped in the squish and stabbed my finger into the insanely evil tree with poison in it’s spikes. Ironically, this tree is right beside the lotus pond and I have sat near this tree in meditation and observation of the blooming and closing lotuses. So, I recognize this is a lesson for me. Francie busted out her Louise Hay app that tells you what the metaphysical reason behind a physical dis-ease could be, and for this one it was clearly applicable. Finger translates to “the details in life”, and the right ring finger translates to “unions and grief.” WELL. I have certainly been caught up in the many details of writing, planning, and performing as a teacher for this amazing gathering that I am so deeply dedicated to, and also dealing with some grief in my union due to my extreme life style of international travel. I am willing to look deeper. What this has done for me has shown me two things. #1: I am moving too fast, and can still accomplish everything while taking my time and not needing to attend to every detail. (My blogs are about to become shorter.) #2: My sacred union with Kellen is very important to me and I am ready to attend more to the details of that aspect of my life. My partner is very supportive of my being here, my dreams and my lifestyle, and would like to be here with me. Life calls, however, and he is embodying the epitome of a sexy man by upholding a stable environment for his beautiful children. Both of us are perfectly in alignment with our own individual circuits, yet are patiently awaiting for our pathways to align in a balancing act between these two very different ends of the spectrum. I trust, I trust, I trust.

I was able to give my private sessions and attend the Opening Circle which was awesome, but my finger just kept swelling and swelling. Good thing that I love this family so much, and their presence alone literally takes away pain. As I looked around at the new and familiar faces of this Week Three Opening Circle, I felt generously blessed by Great Spirit. To be able to be here in Bali, at Sacred Circularities Hoop Dance Retreat for THREE WHOLE WEEKS, in the company of the most epic hoopers on the planet, wow. Hurting my finger is a very small price to pay. Putu came around and gave us the traditional water and rice Balinese blessing, and it felt just as beautiful and cleansing as the first two times. We were recognized by name and place and showered with flowers by Jaguar Mary and friends. We celebrated and the energy escalated! We opened a fresh Portal for this final week to take flight. I can’t believe I have been here 19 days. Tomorrow marks my half way point. And I feel like I am only just beginning......
Always Grateful,

Shellie White Light

Day 13: Mother, Water, Life

As I type these words I am a complete puddle; juicy with thanks, saturated with love, and overflowing with awe at the Creation around me. Today was a day filled to the brim with traditional cultural worship, humble learning, activation and contemplation. Thank you for reading and coming with me on this one. May you feel how blessed I feel through these words. 

I awoke early and feeling a bit sore and sleepy from such a full on day yesterday, but was able to work through that due to the excitement of giving a bodywork session first thing and then heading out on my excursion to the temples. The massage went great, and I felt really connected to what her body was saying, and was thankful that she was in such a sweet space to receive it. I love giving bodywork, even at 7AM! We have to fit each other in where we can during these retreats. My people need me, and I am happy to work it in so that everyone wins. And winning, we are!

After that I was picked up by the small group I would be touring around with for the day. Wayan was our driver, and Rhaiti, a Balinese Princess our guide. As we were driving to Basahki, The Mother Temple, we were noticing all of the Ogoh-Ogoh creations everywhere. These Ogoh-Ogoh’s are huge flammable statues made in the image of demons, monsters and evil spirits. They represent lust, greed, and all of the “sins” that humans confront within themselves. The idea is that Friday night, the day before Nyepi, they parade around these Ogoh-Ogoh’s and bang pots and pans and hoot and holler and call attention to all of the demons and spirits, attracting them into the Ogoh-Ogoh’s. The spirits come into these creations because they look like each other. Likenesses. Helps the little demon feel right at home. Once all of this has taken place, they then burn the Ogoh-Ogoh’s in an effigy. Then all goes silent. Nyepi begins. Seeing all of these structures on our way to the temples was fascinating. Each small district raises money and builds one. I am looking forward to seeing how this all plays out.....

The Mother Temple, Besakih, is the Central Temple of Bali. It is considered the most holy, and sits terraced on Mount Agung. Tradition claims that all souls comes from the Mother, and to the Mother Temple they shall return. I wore traditional Balinese dress of a long sleeved cabala, a sarong, and a sash. We entered the temple, and began to make the long descent up the stairs. On the right side the gargoyles were smiling, on the left side the had faces of anguish, the stairway up led right through the center of these stone creatures. Rhaiti said it’s because you have to focus your mind, our minds are always in the middle of happiness and anguish and we have to stay focused on what we are thinking about. Just at that time I saw some little children making offerings to a baby goat. The little children were all laughing and smiling, making the offerings to the goat as a man was tying the goats feet together. Rhaiti looked at us and explained that this was a sacrifice to purify the land. Sacrifice? I asked her if they were going to kill that little goat. Yes, she said. “Like, right now?” I asked. “Yes”, she said again. I decided to go on the other side of the wall to look at some messy offerings on the ground. She said the offerings were purposefully offered messily because ‘that is life’. I heard the goat bleating. No pun intended. It made a few noises that sounded sad to me, and I said a prayer for it’s soul. Being raised Christian and reading about how Jesus encouraged the Jewish people not to sacrifice the paschal lamb anymore created a belief in me that there is no need to sacrifice animals to Spirit. I have no judgement around this little goats life being offered, but it was still hard to witness. 

So up we went. Each level of the Mother Temple represents a chakra. We prayed at the first level. I really appreciate this method of prayer. We had little bowls of flowers in front of us and some incense. The Princess said ‘the incense is the witness, the flower are the beauty’. We lit the incense and before each prayer (there were five) we purified our hands in the incense smoke. With each prayer, except the last one, we held a flower in our hand. When done with the prayers we put the flowers in our hair and behind our ears. The first prayer was for ourselves, one prayer was to the sun god, one prayer to the Creator of All The Universe and I can’t remember what the other two prayers were. For me, each prayer was full of gratitude. After four prayers, the priest came around and slung a bit of water on our head, and then gave us water in our right hands to sip three times, then the fourth handful of water was to cleanse our crowns. Finally, rice is placed on your third eye. Then the fifth prayer. We were kneeling all the while. Your feet are never meant to point towards the temple. We didn’t pray at every level, just the first one. We walked around while Rhaiti explained how the Balinese people pray, and how they are different and similar with the blend of religions (Muslims, Hindu, Christian, etc). It was all very fascinating, and I am honored to have bared witness.

Next we had lunch in the company of a view of the volcano. Rhaiti explained to us that the Balinese believe that three dragons keep the Balinese islands together. Praying to the dragons keeps the volcanos from erupting or earthquakes from shaking the islands apart. It was amazing to see the pathway of the lava flow from the top of the mountain to the village. The black sands leading down the mountain were like scar. A stark reminder against the green jungle that this island is ever changing, and even with all of the prayers to the three dragons, there is still a chance that lava could lap up this lushness in the blink of an eye...

Finally we arrived at the Water Temple. Tampak Siring. We went into the temple portion and were led through the same Five Prayer Practice that we learned in the Mother Temple. The Mother Temple is where the Balinese go to retrieve the souls of those who have passed, and the Water Temple is where they go to Purify and Cleanse their own soul while it’s still in their body. The water comes from a Holy Spring that bubbles up out of the ground and flows into the stone fountains and pools for praying. The spring fed pool was beautiful. Fish and eels freely swimming. Freshwater coral and plants swaying softly. When we went into the Fountains, Rhaiti explained what each one was about and what I  was meant to do. At each fountain we washed our mouths out three times to purify the words we speak, and cleanse our mouths from anything harmful or hurtful we have ever said. Then we wash our face three time, to purify any harmful actions or movements we have ever done. Then you bathe head under the fountains to purify your mind. There was a fountain for each chakra, the two for funerals which we skipped over, one for cleansing bad dreams, one for forgiveness of the father and one for forgiveness of the mother, and then finally one fountain that you actually drank the water three times instead of spitting it out, and that fountain represented being blessed by 99 Priests. There were some other fountains that you could collect water from to bless your home, new job, family, new car, etc. I just stood in front of them and prayed instead of putting my body in them since I didn’t have a little jar for collecting water. Then we got out and dried off and went home. Just like that. I had some profound sensations while in that Holy Water. My prayers were deep, saturating me to the core. I trust Great Spirit heard, felt and saw my intention. I am feeling very grateful that I was able to participate this way, especially in the days leading up to Nyepi.

I got back to Ananda in time to receive another massage, and take a very hot bath. After that I wrote this blog, feeling like a puddle of a watery woman. The water is a theme here. My dreams have all had the reoccurring symbols of tidal waves or rain. The last dream I had about tidal waves I actually leaped into the wave. I feel that this is poignant, as I have taken the leap to live based solely on my creative pool of resources. We are water beings, and being blessed by the water today resonated deeply with my soul and spirit. Tomorrow I teach again, Twinning and Spinning. Then the Ogoh-Ogoh parade, and then the Silence Begins. Until then...may the water within you vibrate at it’s purest cellular structure possible. Aho!
As One,

Shellie White Light 




Day 11: Self Centered

Today is the beginning of Week Two Sacred Circularities 2015. It was a pleasure and necessity for me to take some seriously playful time to myself today, to get centered for the upcoming workshops I will be sharing this week. I am teaching Sustained Spinning over the course of the next six days, and feel so grateful to be teaching in the company of Tiana Zoumer, Gail O’Brian, Tammy FireFly, Malaika Darville, Francie Fishman and Jaguar Mary X. Wow! What a powerhouse team. Today was a day for me to go inward, take some ME time, and prepare for the powerful week ahead.

I woke up this morning bright and early, got all dolled up and went out into the rising sun for a Selfie Photo Op, tutorial filming and simple admiration of a beautiful Bali Sunrise. I captured some great images of blossoming lotuses, the rice patties, and me with my hoop, all in the light of the rising sun. After a yummy breakfast with the new teachers and participants, I went to the pool for more Selfie time and some sun. A little too much sun, actually. After taking hundreds of photos (only of which a few a usable) and laying around like a little kitten I am looking like the Coppertone Baby! White Bum Red Cheeks ;) Tee hee! It was a very fun morning of creating self-portraits by the infinity pool. Afterwards I felt inspired to head to the wantilan for an in depth hoop practice. I danced and stretched and sang and hooped my heart out for what felt like hours! I am ready to begin practicing for hours and hours again everyday. I used to do that, and now with my travel schedule I have become a bit slack about it. I felt refreshed today to begin my practice anew again! It is a perfect week to recommit to my creativity. 

The Balinese people and all of us blessed to be on Bali at this time are preparing for Nypei. The locals are ceremonially cleansing their temples and creating huge demon puppets, preparing for the big Ogah-Ogah parade that scares off all of the evil spirits. Then, Nyepi is a Day of Complete Silence. No cooking, eating, talking, fires, lights, entertainment, travel or leaving the house. The airport is closed and the streets and beaches are deserted. Today as I awoke at sunrise and sat by the lotus pond for a while, I found myself looking forward to communing with these flowers and water on the Day of Silence. Today was such a lovely day self centering, and I am greatly looking forward to another day of reflection and experiencing.

The rice patties are barren now at much of Ananda. They harvested the rice, and now what was a lush green field is now a beautifully muddy terrace of lakes. A new type of beauty is there, now. Instead of green fields there are now wonderfully white birds, starkly contrasting the brown water. As the weeks come and go, and the view of the rice is ever changing, I hold on to the sweet smells in the air and the vivid colors in front of my eyes as long as I can in the moment before having to let it go. I am so grateful to be here, amongst these people, at this time, in this body, on this planet! Truly, every day I give thanks that the life I have co-created is so blessed. I must have done something right in a previous existence, as this bliss is beyond my wildest imagination.

The Opening Ceremony was tonight, and seeing the new faces was a delight! We had a very special visitor, a very kind and compassionate tabby cat graced us with it’s company and continued to hang out all night. I loved it up in the circle and carried it all around the jam later on. Putu, the Balinese Priest, was back again to perform the very sacred water and rice blessing for us for Week Two participants. It was profound to receive this amazing blessing a second time! I am honored to be able to sit in a circle and receive sacred ceremonial blessings from a traditional lineage. These types of rituals build so much power over time, and I could feel it. I feel that this place is changing me....mutating me....in a very good and gracious way!

After the ceremony with all of the flower tossing and cheering, hugging and ritual, we jammed and held space in the portal we are creating here together. I am looking forward to getting to know everyone better throughout the week, and so thankful to be in the midst of such awesome community! It is super amazing that hoop enthusiasts from ALL around the world (especially Alberta, Cananda) are inspired enough to gather together on tiny Bali. Smart folks! :)

The stars were shining as I walked back to my room. The stars were bright and the frogs and crickets were serenading my every step. In my heart a fire is kindled, warm and full of love for each woman and man here, not just at this gathering, but on this earth at this time. We are a part of something really special, and I can feel the shift culminating. This week is POWERFUL with Saturday being Nyepi, The New Moon, A Total Solar Eclipse plus Spring Equinox. Wow. That was my one word for the Opening Circle; WOW! Other participants shared their ‘one word’ for the week; words like Transmutation, Creation, Healing, Manifestation, Magic, etc. My word was simply ‘wow’, because that is exactly how I feel around all of this beauty and continual blessing. Week Two is already proving to be a climactic moment of dreams manifested, and I look forward to the string of moments that will stay in the center of my heart forever.
One in Self Love,

Shellie White Light

Day 10: The Space Between

A Whole Day Off! Last night while some of the hoopers went out for cocktails and shenanigans I opted for a hot bath and deep massage! YES! That was a good way to initiate my 36 hour break between retreat weeks. I had a nice sleep in until 9AM when the cicadas were so loud and the sun was so bright I had to jump right out of bed and into my swimsuit to get to the pool. It felt so nice to know I had nothing to do really but sun and have fun today! Of course my writing is a major priority right now, but that is part of the fun ;) I am enjoying it more than I imagined I would, even though it is a large commitment. But hey, if I want to write a ‘best seller’ and make something of these words, I must make a habit of ‘being a writer’, and where better to do that than with my 40 Days in Bali? I took Kellen’s little 6 year old daughter, Kaya, on a virtual tour of the grounds through skype. She said “Wow that looks amazing! I wish I could teleport there.” Smart kid. One day, Kaya, you’ll be hooping with me here, too! :)

After a long while in the sun a few of us went on a trip into town and to the rice patties just outside of Ubud. I was happy to do some shopping and buy some gifts for friends, family and of course, myself. I found some amazing and unique pieces that you can only find here in Indonesia, and I am looking forward to sharing with my loved ones. It was also just super great to spend time with some of my best lady friends Caterina, Tiana, Morgan, Sofia and Bailey. We hired a driver to take us around, and enjoyed ourselves with some good ole’ retail therapy, and loads of photos and videos fun in front of the rice fields. I had an interesting moment where my foot slipped into the rice patty and got stuck in the mud! I was laughing so hard. My boot was the only thing to really get dirty. I did get a little bit of mud on one of my new and super sparkly HipTronic Hoops made by the lovely Lisa Disinger of HipTronic Arts, but that’s ok. Now the hoop has some character, and proof of being in Bali. (Shameless plug alert) Speaking of new hoops, if you would like to purchase some seriously spectacular hand-crafted hula hoops click here and use the promocode ‘whitelightlove’ to begin hooping with the loveliest hoops on the planet! I love my new hoops and look forward to sharing all of the pretty pictures and photos I have taken with them here in Bali! :)

To complete our fun trip of rice patties and pictures, shopping and spending, we had a delightful dinner at the local favorite, Alchemy. After a coconut & greens drink, sensational salad, mouth watering raw quiche and a bite of raw chocolate I was high as a kite! We floated back to the hotel toting all of our goods, hugged the new-comers we found in the lobby (Gail O’Brian and Lynn Spencer-Nelson!) and all went off to our rooms to enjoy a night of relaxation and work details. I love the women I am friends with in this community! We are all so talented and straight up kindhearted, loving and likable folks. Everyone is just so easy to hang out with! I want us to all form a community and just live together, haha. Hoopers take over the world! Sounds like a ‘well-rounded’ society to me... ;)

I can feel the energy just building and building and am ready and grateful to begin Week Two of Sacred Circularities Bali 2015. So here I am, catching up on the final blog before Week Two begins. Feeling blessed that my passion in life has brought me here, and inspired to help others discover this for themselves. If you are interested in creating a life that includes your best friends, travel and actually doing what you love to make money, I am here to help you. I am not a business coach or career consultant, I am just an inspired woman living her dreams, and here to help you eliminate excuses and begin creating a life that inspires YOU! If you can live a life that you are inspired to wake up to every day, than your life will easily inspire others. That is how I got here, to Bali. Being inspired and in turn, letting that inspiration continue to flow through me. There are hundreds of hoopers coming here between March and July, so it’s not like this is some fantasy reality! If we can do it, so can you! Did you know that Sacred Circularities is happening again in July? Click here to register for July. Just do it! If you want to JOIN US SEDONA, CLICK HERE And if you want to save a serious bundle on next year, click here to receive almost HALF OFF the 2016 price!
There is no reason NOT to make it out here. I promise, it is SO worth it. It is absolutely worth the time off, time away from family (bring them if it’s possible), time away from daily life and time away from a normal routine. Traveling to a foreign country changes lives and brings epic joy! We are having an amazing time and would love to see your face on this side of the screen. Until then.....
Blissings from Bali,

Shellie White Light 


Day 8: The Authentic Moment

Slept in late today. Internet wasn’t working. Oh well! I’ll have to wait to post the blog.  Grabbed some java and made it in time to Jocelyn’s workshop to watch her demonstrate an exercise called “Waiting for the Authentic Moment”. 
Ah....perfect timing. I needed to witness this, in the moment of my frantic and ‘not going as planned’ morning. As I watched, Jocelyn inhaled, stood gracefully in her hoop, waited until the inspiration arose, and then danced in flow complete with punctuation to a song that will always remind me of her since I saw her perform to it at Hoop Camp years ago. The lyrics say “Taking my time, taking my time, taking control of the elements.” Her dance, and the dance to which she invited the students of this Hoop Yogini Alchemy and Flow session, was sweet and authentic. Sensual and in tune with the elements of the space, body and collective flow. “The Authentic Moment” arises when it arises. I woke up this morning when my body authentically needed to, not when I felt like I needed to be up to write at 5:30AM. My blog will be posted in the most authentic moment possible, when the internet authentically works, haha. This is really what going with the Flow is all about. Today is the last full day of Week One Sacred Circularities Hoop Dance Meditation Retreat. Today will reveal the most authentic moments of the week as we witness instructors Babz, Tiana and Caterina go ‘In Depth’. These ‘In Depth’ sessions are a showcase of the inner workings, deeper practices, personal stories and backgrounds of these beautiful women who have inspired us so deeply throughout the week. I am looking forward to peaking beneath the surface of the lovely hoop legends lives, and enjoying the last full day of this amazing week. 

Babz Robinson was the first In Depth experience. From the Great White North of Canada, she is a well traveled hooper, and a rock climber. She loves home! Something I admire about Babz that I can resonate with deeply is that she does not watch YouTube videos to learn or gawk. Neither do I! She says she doesn’t want it to affect her style. I totally get that. I really appreciated Babz sharing herself with us in a sweet and open way. Thanks for leaving home to come play with us in Bali, Babz!

Tiana Zoumer was next, gracing us with her innocent, heart felt tears and a tale that told all a story we could all relate to. Many of us had experienced something Tiana endured in the beginning of her journey, a lack of self love. It’s hard to imagine our hoop idols being anything but happy and hooping all the day long, but the reality of life is this: we create to help heal our pain. Tiana stated “we dance to heal”. It’s true. We emoted with her and were inspired by her as we listened and learned deeper about the life that created this genuine hoop legend, a prodigy of practice, a ring master for sure. Thanks for bearing your soul to us, T.

Caterina Suttin sat center stage next, and blessed us with a beautiful ball of light as she practiced for us to witness her devotion. She told us her story of riding the waves of inspiration to injury, healing to being humbled, making it and breaking it, and everything in between. She also got real about the psychological effects of being a ‘hoop celebrity’, so to speak, and the mental experience that ‘the attention’ can bring. Between Babz, Tiana and Caterina sharing with us their authentic experiences I feel like the retreat came to an intimate and transparent climax of the actualization of this years theme: Realization. As a group we realized that these teachers are just people, accessible and open, raw and vulnerable. Our friends. Our sisters. Our equals. Yes, our greatest inspirations, too! I am looking forward to taking the role of teacher in Weeks Two and Three, and these AMAZING trail-blazers have shown me such a beautiful and shining example!

After the day was done I had a very sweet private session with Shilpa who had so many epic breakthroughs in her hoop practice. It is amazing to witness someone ‘get it’ for the first time and literally jump up and down screaming in joy. It helps me remember why I am doing this in first place. I love helping women feel totally empowered in their bodies, minds, spirits and TALENTS. We are all so different and private lessons give me a wonderful opportunity to experience the different way different hoopers learn. Teaching is literally my favorite thing in the world to do for myself, and for others.

After our lesson we joined the rest of the group at Clear Cafe for a delicious ‘last supper’. There was a lovely view of the sky and the lightening was flashing intermittently in the darkness. Between the faces of my friends, and the flashing of the lightening, I literally felt  “lit up”. This has been such a profound week, and I feel grateful beyond description, really. Tomorrow is the Closing Circle, but truly this is just the beginning. This is really my life! The life that this community has created together. What a beautiful community we have all co-created. This Sacred Circle is always open, never broken. 
Love From Bali,

Shellie White Light 

Day 7: It Takes Two

This morning brought so much good news from ‘home’. When I wake up around 6AM to Skype with Kellen, who is already 3/4th’s of the way through his day, and what an awesome day he had today! A special day for both of us. One of my ‘claims to fame’, I guess you could say, is the fun fact that I haven’t had an actual address in seven years. As of today, Kellen was approved for a house! We officially have an address. It’s a bit strange receiving the news that I have a ‘home’ while I am in full gypsy mode and halfway across the planet. It is comforting, however. It is a beautiful thing to know that I am in a relationship that harbors trust over distance and time apart; enough trust to provide a home for this gypsy heart. I feel so blessed to have somewhere to toss down my backpack (for a while), and look forward to grounding in to my new work, living and loving space with Kellen and his kids. I am excited to create studio space for tutorial and flow filming, vlogs and blogs, The Shellie Show, book writing and anything else that comes through. It takes two to make a family, a family to make a home, and a home to humble a heart. My heart is happy to have a humble home. 

In the meantime, here I am in Bali, full throttle in the most amazing Hoop Dance retreat ever. Todays workshops related, of course, to my interpersonal experience and were based on hooping with Twins; with two hoops of the same size. Caterina took us through detailed drills and foundational skill building to set us up for success in our twin play. The key elements to working with two hoops are control, timing, and keeping the planes level. It is the same when working with two people, ie. relationships. You must build the foundation, be in control of your emotional output, understand that timing is everything and keep your head level when expressing yourself. I had some amazing breakthroughs in Caterina’s class on weaving, and trust that this is related to the breakthrough in my non-hoop reality on weaving a home into the web of my wonderful life.

Jaguar Mary led an amazing meditation on The Plastic Circle Part II, The Inner Playground. There were so many beautiful aspects to her opening meditation and the exercises she led. The one that was my favorite however, I am choosing to call Dreams & Fears. We stood inside of our hoops, our partners in their hoops, and asked each other two very important questions; What is your biggest fear? What is your biggest dream? It takes someone asking and someone answering for this to be fully expressed. It takes two. We can have all the dreams in the world, big and huge, but if we never speak them out loud, they are less likely to manifest. And as for the fears, as we speak them out loud, they dissolve as the stories change. Being this reflection for each other was profound. Morgan and I shed a few tears for sure, as we had a very special exchange and deeply related to one another. The closing aspect of JM’s class was a group circle, where everyone was safe to dance in the center surrounded by the support of their hoop family. We are safe in the center of our plastic circle, our community circle, and our global circle as we dance our divine dance. Each moment is an opportunity to share from a centered perspective, trusting that just by being who we are is inspiring the collective wave to wake up and live in JOY :)

Tammy Firefly continued to rock our worlds in Twin-Landia. I love dancing with one hoop, but there is something about two hoops that opens up a whole new dimension of awesome. Tammy expanded on my breakthrough experience in the realms of planes, petals, flowers and unfiltered two hoop flow. Later that night at the hoop jam I just practiced by myself in front of the mirror and was able to really lock in a lot of what I had learned throughout the day. Perfect practice makes perfect, and I intend to use what I learned from Tammy and Caterina today to make my Two Hoop Practice the best it’s ever been. I feel the healthy relationship with two hoops directly related to my healthy relationship with Kellen. I am able to move freely throughout the planes and directions, with momentum and purpose, and he is moving right along side me at the same rhythm. We might be on opposite sides of the body, but we are working to create one beautiful pattern indeed. 

Keeping busy, I was blessed to give two Human Design Readings during the free time. I LOVE giving the basic version of these readings. Just the overview of a someone’s chart is a wealth of knowledge. Both of the ladies I provided readings for were feeling really amazed and affirmed by the information they received. ‘That makes total sense’, was the phrase I kept hearing over and over again. I am looking forward to continuing Human Design Readings throughout Weeks Two and Three of Sacred Circularities, and am happy to have such interest happening around it. Everyone wants to know their design! It is my pleasure to decode. Message me for more information and scheduling.

The final event of the evening was the jam. The hoop jam was a simple moment of integration for me. It is always good to step away from the cerebral ‘learning’, and into the intuition and knowing of the body. I was totally able to dance with my two hoops in a new type of flow that was more unlocked and confidant. I remember when I started dancing with two, and it felt so strange. But now it feels so natural and I love it more and more as the petals unfold on this aspect of my Hoop Art.

Overall, this day was all about being graceful in life working with TWO. Not just me. Not just one. TWO. Me AND Kellen. TWO Hoops. Revolving around each other and working together without smacking into each other. My twin hooping practice evolved yesterday right alongside my actual partnership. I love this correlation. Kellen and I are going to grow so much from having a solid space to live and work from. My hooping practice will evolve a great deal, too, and what will evolve the MOST is the amazing services I will be able to offer my community. Roots equal fruits. Stay tuned for the juicy developments!
One in Bliss,

Shellie White Light

Day 6: The Temple Within

This morning at breakfast the lotus was closed, quiet and resting. As the sun rose and the people began to bustle, the lotus unfolded, opened, and revealed it’s beauty. This was a foreshadowing of the day that was about to unfold. The Sacred Circularities group is going to pray and cleanse at the Tempak Siring Water Temple. Because I am on my moon cycle, I cannot go. There was a small amount of disappointment, but mostly, relief. I need some self care. Instead of a trip in a van, to practice devotion in the sun in a traditional Balinese Way, I will relax by the pool, receive a massage and go to the Temple next week instead. Today, my body is my temple. The Sacred Waters are within. My rest is my devotion. Tonight is the Tribal Market and Performance Showcase, which I am honored to be Emceeing. I will be like the lotus, quiet and folded, until it is time to shine.

I took my Beloved, Kellen, on a tour around the gardens of Ananda Cottages here in Ubud, Bali via Skype. It was so fun to show him the statues adorned with offerings and the lush jungle, the expansive rice patties and the freshly blooming pink lotus. He was so happy! Just what he needed to feel included on my journey. It’s amazing how we can be thousands of miles and entire oceans and continents apart, yet feel so connected through technology and virtual face time. I loved being able to include him in my morning routine of tea, blogging and walking around these beautiful grounds. It felt like he was right here with me, and on the esoteric level, he is. Love knows no distance, no space, no time. Love just IS. It is always there, present, ready to be expressed in any and every way possible. Love is limitless. I am so grateful to know a love like this :)

Last night walking back from the drum jam, I crossed paths with a snake. It was small, thin and black. It was quite calm, actually. I was more fascinated than startled, and took it as a sign that it was time to shed some skin, shed some layers. Heal my body. This is happening naturally, and I can also assist the process. When a snake sheds it’s skin, it also sheds the skin over its eyes, leaving it blind during the final phases of the process. I feel ready for the shedding, and recognize that we don’t always see with our physical eyes the transformation occurring, but we can feel it, and know for sure that we will be renewed and refreshed on the other side. As my womb is also shedding my most inner layer; my moon blood, I release a water with a creative capacity that could have formed physical life. The Sacred Moon Water holds great life force, and I choose to use it as fuel for this creative writing project, my personal hoop practice, and honoring my body through rest and rejuvenation. There is always much to be discovered beneath the surface of the old, and exploration of the new. I loved myself up today and nurtured my ‘old’ skin that is ready for shedding with some yummy sunshine by the pool, a cooling dip, and a super deep and well deserved massage. I love this body, and vow to treat it as a temple always!

The Performance Showcase and Tribal Market went so well! Oh my goddess, the Performers were incredible. I can’t really put into words the fullness of my heart when watching these beautiful dancers express themselves in such an authentic and unique way. I was genuinely moved by each one. Lex took the stage for the VERY FIRST TIME! And totally rocked it. Luna put so much feeling and release into a tear jerking contortion hoop number. Caterina blew our minds with her debut of a six hoop routine. Tiana gracefully delivered a sweet and savory lyrical piece. The Fire Pixies (Shouniez & Shaheen) brought the delightful element of couple’s acro play into the mix for us all to adore. Each act was just perfect. All 14 of the performers had their own flavor and style, and brought so much joy to the Ubud community. Thank you to everyone who made my job as the emcee last night so wonderful by simply shining! Thanks for your courage and sharing of talents.

After a day of amazing, relaxing beauty and witnessing others shine in their light, I headed to a well known community house for an epic party. I was invited by my friend who I met in Oz but lives here, and once I got there I realized I knew at least ten people! That’s how it goes for me frequently, actually. I meet people all over the world and then meet them again in another amazing corner of the planet! I mingled and danced and chanted mantra, had some coconut cream cake and really enjoyed myself big time. I made new friends and embraced old ones. The connections here are powerful, and the web we are weaving runs deep. Roots deep. I am honored to be connected into this amazing tribe, and trust Great Spirit is weaving some Divine Magic in a very profound way. I can feel that some of the connections I made last night will come full circle soon. A lovely evening!

The whole day was just what I needed. Rest, Water, Sun and Massage for my body temple, emceeing the show for my community temple, and then some awesome dance and music for my Spirit Temple that is not seen, but being built and beautified every day. The Temple Within me is grateful for these offerings and prayers. May you honor your own body as a Sacred Temple for Great Spirit to move through you, as you, for you, with you. Allow it, and watch the miracles manifest before your very eyes!
Until Tomorrow...Shine Sweetly!
Shellie White Light






Day 4: Details

As I walked to the dining hall this morning, I watched in awe as one of the gentlemen that works here at Ananda was going around collecting flowers. The way he did this with a long picker that reached up very high, and he would just pop the highest blooming hibiscus right off the vine and it would fall onto a plate he held in his hand. Later at breakfast, he went around and replaced all of the old flowers with the new, freshly picked ones. Every day there is a fresh flower on each table and each statue. This is the element of detail that makes Bali so beautiful. They even use little pieces of eggplant to hold the descriptions of the food at mealtimes. They carve little faces into the leaves of the flower bouquets. There are offerings all around. It’s amazing, all of this detail. 

Our practice in the hoop and outside of the hoop is also about details. I am remembering to focus on the details in many aspects of my life  here. Floss daily, step lightly, edit my writing, shift my weight in my feet properly for balance and success in certain hoop postures, etc. 
Today’s workshops focused on detail. 

Jocelyn Gordon is an entrepreneurial goddess and creator of the Hoop Yogini Spinal Awakening Series. She blessed us with the first morning class. The details of her workshop focused on the important detail of spinal alignment, proper posture and strengthening the muscles that hold us upright. One participant, Karla, said “My mind was so busy when I went in this morning, and now my mind feels totally quiet. I also had some lower back pain, and now it’s gone. I am so glad I got up early and went.” Jocelyn has put so much commitment and dedication into creating a Doctor Recommended Hoop Fitness program; a course that you can take in person or online! The hoop is a wonderful tool to awaken the dormant or blocked energies of our spine. The nuance of bending, twisting and turning can activate this energy fully! Thank you Jocelyn for bringing this important detail to our attention.

Tiana’s workshops focused on the details of creating the runway across the arms and back for rolling the hoop from point A to point B. From finger tip to finger tip, addressing the details of subtle placement of hands, timing, finger positioning and posture, we created clean runways for our hoop to roll effortlessly across our bodies. Tiana has been traveling the world sharing her metaphorical and ‘flowetic’ teachings, helping hoop dancers all over to clear the way for an effortless expression. In her workshop we discovered that if we naturally open to our full expression, full posture, and full power...the pathway is available, and has always been there...a major detail that makes a world of difference. Thank you, Tiana.

Babz rocked our worlds with all kinds of epic tricks such as The Polish Flip, Chest Duck In’s, Hit Pop, and so much more. Together Babz and I created the GreenLight Spin Pop Special. Ha! This class was so much fun as we learned all kinds of flashy looking tricks that with practice are actually simple, but look like we are on rock star status (because we are). It was so awesome to witness everyone taking the tricks they learned and creating their own combinations and dance additions. Thanks to Babz for opening up our creative world of trickery and fun.

After lunch, Jaguar Mary delivered a sweet experience called Plastic Circle Meditation MixTape. I love the name! JM is from a family that practiced Buddhism and other types of deep meditation. She incorporated the essence of these practices into some really fun exercises for hoopers including eye gazing and witnessing. Witnessing simply means watching another dancer dance for a matter of minutes, as the dancer hoops for you while you simply witness the dance, then switch roles. It was very powerful to observe another hooper dancing in an authentic moment, and to report back on feelings you observed, not technical skill. It is a beautiful practice! It allows us to feel completely seen, and also allows us the opportunity to really watch. To listen with our eyes.
The eye gazing was so sweet. As we eye gazed with another hooper through the frames of our hoops, a powerful connection was made. Eye gazing is a simple yet profound practice that feels very vulnerable and intimate. To gaze into another persons eyes, a detail of deep connection often avoided, opens up our humanity into our True Nature of Eternal Presence. Thank you, Jaguar Mary for helping us step into the Circle in a meditative, playful and transforming way.

After a full day I felt tired but knew I needed to move my body in a freestyle and flowing way. The LED hoop jam and skill share was just what I needed! Babz had some seriously epic tunes bumpin’ and I had to know who it was. Turns out it was SOOHAN out of Baltimore, MA, so stay posted for videos and tutorials featuring this epic new favorite of mine. I swirled around to the beats and bass in the therapy of my lighted hoops, watched my friends do acts of wonder inside of their own circles, and just straight up had a good time. I love this life!

I really do. This life; my life, your life, the life that we create together is AMAZING! All of the little details make it so special. To have the honor and privilege to see our friends spinning in bliss, to be able to join them, to smell and see the fragrant flowers, to witness the creativity of Great Spirit, to be able to craft our own experience as we walk along this perfect path with all of its divine spirals is nothing short of a tremendous blessing. I hope you have the time today and everyday to witness the tiniest and most magnificent details of all around you, for that is where the greatest beauty tends to reside.
Blessings from Bali,

Shellie White Light

Day 3: Balance, Breath & Breaking Open

Day 3: Balance, Breath, and Breaking Open
Morning time is special here in Bali. It brings promise. As the rooster crows and we begin to rustle and rouse, the potential for exponential growth is real. The sun was streaming in the window as I opened my eyes. The light reminds me of who I am, who we are, and why we are here. We are here to remember. We are here to dance. We are here to realize ourselves and each other. Today is the first day of instruction. We begin.

After a super yummy breakfast and orientation, the Instructors for the week took the mic to speak on their curriculum and demonstrate the teachings. The healers (including myself) also took a moment to give insight to each ones unique offering, delivered with love to help attendees who choose to receive sessions a chance to expand greater and integrate deeper. Once we covered all the bases of hoop etiquette (don’t leave your hoops on the floor or steal another hoopers hoop) we were ready to receive our first teaching of Week One of Sacred Circularities Bali 2015. Yay!

Tiana Zoumer was the first to teach and presented an amazing workshop on Balance.  Through poetic metaphor and somatic wisdom she took us on an inner journey of core stability and micro-movement, as we practiced balancing the hoop on our palms, finger tips and faces. Yes, faces. It is amazing to see just how well practiced Tiana is at balancing the hoop on her forehead. It’s a wonderful meditation, and truly a practice that will take a lifetime to master. Balancing the hoop is like balancing life. It takes practice, dedication, learned skill and repetition. Micro-movements. Core stability. Making adjustments that become more and more refined. Thank you, Tiana for taking us deep into the worlds of inner and outer balance.

Next up was Babz’s workshop on combos. I learned so much with just the first move! It was really fun to play and watch everyone get inspired to put their own flare on the given combo. It was also very inspiring to witness the way that everyone helps each other out. This is not a competition sport. Hoop dance is all about sharing and sweetly encouraging each other. I love seeing my sisters in this way! I wish all of the women of the world could see it just even for one day. Babz filled our hearts with inspired movement and helped us push the boundaries of movement and motion. By the end, we were all excited to put our spin on this new and fun series of movement, and thankful to Babz for delivering such a fun challenge.

The final workshop of the day was a beautiful delivery of Caterina’s Breathing Breaks. I have taken this workshop in a more original form in Sedona. I loved it then and today, wow, next level! We worked on the technical elements of breaks and paddles (hoop vernacular, there will be much hoop speak in these blogs, comment if you do not know what something means and would like to!) And also worked deeply on the breathing techniques that Caterina has been using to meditate with these movements, also helping to strengthen her practice. This workshop became so much more as Caterina took us further into the practice of gratitude, and had us use our focus to create intention and also to share this cultivated love with special people who need it in our lives. It was very touching to hear each participant speak into the circle the loved ones they wished to dedicate this practice to. A bittersweet moment, and a highlight of my day. We completed our breathing and breaking practice and you could feel the energy in the room. Everyone was feeling their hearts open and blessings received. If it couldn’t get any more amazing, there was an epic thunder and rain storm that poured down during all of this, and a few brave hoopers took their hoops into the rain to feel mama Bali blessings of water from the sky. Thanks to Caterina for giving us a beautiful practice that incorporates the most important element of any meditative movement....gratitude!

As I type this there is yet another epic experience happening in the Wantilan. Malaika is leading her infamous 5 Elements Ecstatic Dance Activation! What a wonderful way to integrate the epic string of awesome moments that created today! The 5 Elements Dance is always life changing for many participants. The work is deep and profound when you combine movement, breath and beat. 
 I am currently having to practice something we have deemed ‘JOMO’: Joy Of Missing Out. As a certified 5 Elements Dance Facilitator and student of Malaika’s, I so want to be dancing my face off right now! But my writing called, and my body is still feeling the effects of a 36 hour travel stint. Lucky for me, there is another one on the first day of instruction next week. I will certainly be rested by then and be extra ready for the juicy goodness that Malaika always brings. I love this dance and I love that woman! Thank you Malaika for always giving us the best of yourself, the essence of the elements, and the adventure of the journey inward. 


Other highlights of my day include walking through misty rice patties after a fresh rain, the tears in a sisters eyes that I know came from the depths of her soul, swimming in the pool and sunning with some of my best friends in this family, and writing this blog so that you can live these moments with me. Until tomorrow, shine on! 

Day One: Arrival

I have the stamp on my visa. I am officially in Indonesia for 40 days. Jesus was in the desert for 40 days and became a prophecy fulfilled. I wonder what will happen for me. Truly, I wonder what it is that will come through me. What will the Universe have me create? I am so excited! It was such an initiation just GETTING here. 36 hours of flights, layer overs and everything in between. Maui > Honolulu > Tokyo > Jakarta > Bali. 

I always meet such sweet people on planes. This time I sat next to (on four different flights) a man named Tracy stationed in Osaka with his wife and two kids, who was astounded I could make a living from hula hooping. He proclaimed his daughter would think I was very cool, and that she would want my boots (My new cowgirl boots from Texas). There was Sara, who is Indonesian but lives in Australia, and was going diving with her boyfriend in Flores. She was also very excited about my chosen career and was also very excited that this was my first time in Bali. “You’re going to love it!”, she said with a heart felt smile. Then there was the kid in the rock metal band. 22 years old and leaving California for the first time. He was so stoked! He couldn’t believe I was 30. We had one thing in common (and one thing only I realized deeper into the conversation). This ‘one thing’ is the most important ‘thing’ to both of us, and probably the most important ‘thing’ to many others. We do what we love. We are doing what we love and traveling the world and making a life. A good life. A GREAT life! He gets to travel all over Asia and play heavy metal with his favorite bands, and I get to travel and teach hoop, breath and conscious living. 
I am so happy that there are so many people creating lives like these. 
And it has brought me to beautiful, beloved Bali. To Sacred Circularities 2015 Bali! Where there are flowers and coconut leaves in water bowls as offerings all over. Where there are women carrying heavy objects on their heads. Where there is delicious curry. Where there are butterflies and dragonflies and frogs in your bathroom that is mostly outside. Where there are terraced fields of rice patties sparkling in the sun. Bali. 
Where the smell of flowers permeates the air and everyone seems to be smiling because they know that they live and breathe beauty. I am so grateful to be here.

I got a massage as soon as I checked in to the hotel, Ananda Cottages. I unpacked my bag and my altar and went to the Spa straight away. It was imperative that I take care of myself after all that crazy travel with hardly any sleep at all....so I ordered the 75 minute Double Hand (two people, four hands) Massage and a Rice and Turmeric body scrub. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh....the relief! 
Rhythmic and synchronized awesomeness. After the hot shower I recognized I felt like a new woman. And then I realized, I AM! I am a woman, a new me, on a new day, on a new continent, in a new country, learning a new culture, being touched by new people, opening to new possibilities. 
I am so ready to receive the blessings this will bring. 
After my relaxing treatment I had a nice dinner by myself, which felt really good after being around so many people on planes and such. After dinner I brushed my teeth and was in bed by 7:30. I woke up this morning at 3:55AM feeling amazingly rested and ready to write THIS blog. I am inspired to write 40 blogs in 40 days. I want all of you to experience this beauty through my eyes. Today is officially Day Two as I am writing this....and today the Sacred Circularities officially begins with an opening circle at 7:30PM. I am so grateful to this hoop community for showing me so much love, enough love to bring me all the way across the ocean to teach and share more about hoop, breath and being impeccably YOU. It is because of this amazing community, and the generous and visionary Jaguar Mary X, that I am able to live this aspect of my biggest dreams. We are all living our dream together! Me, you and that rock metal kid on the plane ;) Hundreds of hoopers are gathering here in March and July to celebrate and recreate who they are, celebrate The Year of Realization.
 In a good way, with a good heart, we dance in the land of sacred devotion, we thrive on fresh faces and old friends, we hold hands to form the most ancient and knowing of all shapes; The Circle. We truly are creating a new world. I am honored to be your eyes from the other side during this time of great transformation and celebration! Stay posted....there is so much beauty yet to be revealed. 

Until tomorrow, baik-baik ya (take care) <3