Soul Motion®: Lean Back

Soul Motion®: Lean Back

w. Brietta Leader & drummer Ali Thomas

Saturday February 10th

7:00-9:00 pm

My dance completely changed when my teacher, the creator of Soul Motion, Vinn Arjuna Marti invited us to dance with our back body. Instantly, my body relaxed, my curiosity was sparked and my relationship to the space I occupied shifted.

When we relax into our feet or sit bones and gently lean back, there is an opportunity for a broader view, a chance to experience life with a perspective that is less linear and more circular and creative. This practice of Soul Motion with our beloved Ali Thomas on the drum is a great opportunity to lean back, listen and gain insight through the movement of your body.

Open to Every Body!


Cost: Sliding Scale $12-20–no pre-registration necessary

To learn about soul motion go to:


WildCore™ On the Mat

WildCore on the mat:

Developing Your Fluid Power w. Integrated Thai Massage

4 Week Series

Saturdays 9:00-10:15 am

Begins January 20th – February 10th

This series is designed for men and women ready to learn new ways of moving within their body, ease pain and increase overall mobility and flow. Each class is designed with different level choices and encourages the body to move as one fluid system. Increasing body awareness through movement develops a new sense of power and intuitive connections. Throughout the class there will be integrated Thai Massage stretches and self massage techniques offered.

Key components we will explore:
*Psoas function and awareness, this is our deepest core muscle.
*Exploring our fluid spine
*How breath supports our movements and movements support our breath.

What is WildCore on the mat?
WildCore is a blend of choreography, conscious dance, breath-work and belonging. It is designed for all levels and when offered on the mat it is essentially a dancing asana class, which means we take simple yoga poses, synchronize our movements with music and allow our untapped expression to lead.

Please pre-register by January 15th
$40 for session or $12 to drop in
$50 after 1/15

Held at Embody Studio 823 Main St, Sandpoint

Contact: Brietta Leader 208-304-3143

Streams of Light

A celebration and nurturing experience to honor the Winter Solstice.

Thursday December 21, 2017

6:00-8:00 pm

This healing artist collective has come together to stoke your inner fire, cultivate gratitude and empower this transition into more light.

The evening event includes:

*Shamanic Journey led by Blissa Nizzoli

*Soul Motion® with live didgeridoo and drumming led by Brietta Leader and Katie Trelstad

*Crystal Bowls with Gaia and Shannon Rei

Cost: Sliding Scale $10-25

Held at Embody Studio of the Healing Arts

823 Main St.

Soul Motion®: Poetry in Motion

Join me for this evening of exploration as we use words as an entry point to our conscious dance practice. Poetry in Motion was designed by friend and colleague Winky Wheeler, based in Portland. I had the opportunity to experience this class and loved how accessible it was, inspiring new movements and new ways to play with descriptive words. I am excited to share this creative event with you!
This is a great introduction to the practice of Soul Motion®, no experience necessary.
Cost: $20 pre-registration or $25 at the door
Friday October 6th
6:00-8:00 pm

Free Classes October 2 – 7th

Looking for a new way to workout?
Take advantage of this amazing week of free classes at Embody!

Each class is unique yet they all contain:

*Cardio fitness component
*Movements that increase flexibility
*World music
*Exercises that strengthen your core
*Education on developing body awareness


Monday morning 9:00-10:00 am Nia® w. Blissa Nizzoli
Monday evening 6:00-7:30 pm Tribal BellyDance w. Julie Wise

Tuesday morning 8:30-9:30 am WildCore™ w. Brietta Leader
Tuesday evening 5:30-7:00 pm Drumming w. Ali Thomas

Wednesday morning 9:00-10:00 am Nia® w. Blissa Nizzoli
Wednesday evening 6:00-7:15 pm Dance Conditioning w. Brietta

Thursday 6:00-7:30 pm
Special Co-Creative Event blending WildCore w. Tribal Bellydance w. Julie Wise and Brietta Leader

Friday 8:30-9:30 am WildCore w. Brietta Leader

Saturday 10:00-11:30 am Special Class w. Blissa Nizzoli
‘Moving through the Medicine Wheel’
A transformational map integrating journey work & movement.

Autumn Equinox One Day Retreat


Autumn Equinox One Day Retreat

with Brietta Leader and Holly Walker

Sunday September 24th

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join us for a special one-day retreat exploring the equilibrium of day & night, sun and moon, doing & being, during the weekend of the Fall Equinox.

We will cultivate balance in our lives by focusing on each of the five elements through WildCore™ on the mat, a dancing yoga practice. After a nourishing farm-to-table lunch we will dive into an art integration session with time and space to set intentions for the new season. Our retreat will culminate in a fire ceremony that will support this transformation.


Cost: $60 includes lunch
Space is limited
Please pre-register by following this link:

Your Hosts:
Holly and Brietta have been best friends since meeting in college in 1992. They share the roots of growing up in rural Northern Idaho in simple families. Holly & Brietta were college roommates, turned global travelers, mommas, earth lovers and artistic pioneers. Over the years they have offered a variety of co-creations and have used each other as a muse for self- discovery through dance and art expression. The synergy that Brietta and Holly offer as a team is palpable and supports a dynamic container for artistic exploration of body & soul. Their events include laughter, play, good food and loving support for your own evolution.

WildCore™: Return to Center in Cd’A

WildCore™: Return to Center

A 2 hour workshop in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Friday June 2, 2017  6:00-8:00 pm

One of the most divine offerings we give our body is our attention. In a world with many distractions, our attention can be fractured and our awareness of center minimal. Being centered is ultimately an emotional-mental-physical state that needs attention each day. This workshop with Brietta Leader creator of WildCore™ will offer movements that engage your internal core power, actively balance your energy body through creative expression and provide stillness to calm the mind. Connecting your roots to your core and threading this awareness into your everyday dance of life.

Cost: $20 pre-reg o$25 at door

Held at the Harding Center 411 N. 15th St. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Monday Love from Conscious Dancer Magazine’s Mark Metz

Dance First Member Spotlight! Brietta Leader and WildCore Movement

Delighted to introduce you to Dance First member Brietta Leader today, the founder of WildCore Movement and an all-around awesome mountain woman you should know about! I’ve been fortunate to get to know her as a new Dance First member and as we’ve been working together on her practice building projects.

She’s based in the upper region of Idaho, in the town of Sandpoint, where she lives with her son and husband, and has a yurt for movement practice at her home. Her life and history in the mountains of Idaho and Alaska inform her practice and the retreats and experiences she offers with a natural wildness and spirit of the great outdoors. Also an accomplished body worker, she does one-on-one massage sessions at her home studio.

With over 15 years of teaching experience under her belt, and certifications in both Soul Motion and the Nia Technique, plus a background in outdoor wilderness experiences, she’s uniquely suited to bridge the world of embodiment with the natural world itself. She’s also active in youth leadership, as the director and lead choreographer of the Gypsy Diva’s Dance Troupe based in Sandpoint.

I highly recommend that you take a few minutes and watch the video introduction to Wildcore she recently produced. (click here or on the photo above) You’ll get a good impression of the work she offers and her overall teaching aesthetic as well. She’s available to travel and open to invitations to provide any level of her work at gatherings both public or private.

She’s offering some amazing experiences this spring and summer, starting with her Spring Renewal Women’s Retreat March 11-12, and then the Wildcore on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River rafting trip happening August 21-26, week of the Solar Eclipse!

The Spring Renewal Women’s Retreat is co-hosted by her long-time friend and teaching partner Holly Walker, and includes an additional Self-Guided Study option. This is an 8-week e-course with weekly writing and art journaling prompts, how-to videos, and a follow up group circle integration. The self-guided option starts February 11, so check it out right away and reserve your spot.

Thank you so much Brietta for bringing the valuable threads of nature and embodiment together! You’re a shining light in the Conscious Dance world and I’m honored to be helping you get your message out to the global community!

Visit her website at to learn more.

Spring Renewal Women’s Retreat with Brietta Leader and Holly Walker
March 11-12, (self-guided course starts Feb 11)
Eureka Retreat Center, Sagle, Idaho

Wildcore Movement Dance and Rafting Adventure
August 21-26
Middle Fork of the Salmon River