Irèni's curiosity for the healing arts began in her dance career when she experienced spinal difficulties while in high-impact performances, tours and running her own dance company. Receiving numerous treatments, her mentorship with Nancy Topf of the Topf Technique / Dynamic Anatomy 1996 -1998 was the modality that shifted her way of being in the body and movement, a life-changing somatic training that offered longevity practices for dancers.
Irèni discovered the unplugged world of remote Costa Rica in the year 2000 in an Artist Residency project at Estudio Los Almendros and mentorship with Dr. Ninoska Gomez (Soma rhythms).
Falling in love with the pure life force of Costa Rica, ocean, jungle and wildlife, she immersed herself in the blue zone environment. A journey of nearly two decades of personal growth and professional development ensued; advanced yoga certifications enriched her teaching and artistic practice. She developed a Healing Arts Practice in remote locations in Costa Rica; founded Bamboo Yoga, FullMoonRise Yoga, and Ocean Shakti Women's Retreats.
Her therapeutic work deepened at The Harmony Healing Center in Nosara, Costa Rica, where she combined Somatic and Yoga techniques in her Bodywork, Barre, Dance and Aerial Modalities.
Her healing practice influenced her choreographic explorations resulting in collaborations and performances in San Jose, Costa Rica, Granada, Nicaragua and mentorship for Montreal dance artists.
Presently Irèni is integrating her knowledge and experience with Irèni Movement Arts based in Peterborough, Nogojiwanong, Ontario, and continues her projects in Costa Rica and Greece.
"Irèni, you are truly a creative force and our last dance "bones" I don't think I will ever forget...there was such a high level of exploration, such courage, such adventure...the work, so strong."
Nancy Topf, New York
" Irèni is kind, present, and compassionate. She beautifully integrates the physical with the spiritual, truly embodying what people talk about when they talk about the mind-body connection. She's so much more than a bodyworker or yoga instructor. She's a healer. Katie, Washington, DC"
"you were already such a highly attuned, gifted healer and teacher; you came in as a master".
Angela Boltz, Rasa Yoga, Montezuma, Costa Rica
2014-17 Hayley MacMillian Ord, Nosara Aerial Yoga, Nosara Costa Rica
2000-2003 Dr. Ninoska Gomez: Soma Rhythms, Los Cedros, Costa Rica
1996-1998 Nancy Topf: Topf Technique, New York, New York
2018 Circasana Aerial Yoga, Popoyo Nicaragua
2016 Volo Restorative Aerial Yoga, Nosara, Costa Rica
2015 Self Awakening Yoga Therapeutics Dr. Don Stapleton,
Nosara Yoga Institute, Costa Rica
2012 Essential Thai Yoga Massage, Lotus Palm, Montreal, Québec
2009 Rasa Yoga, Montezuma Yoga, Costa Rica
Peterborough, Nogojiwanong Ontario
Irèni Movement Arts
Inner Quiet Yoga,
Peterborough Living Yoga
Sarovara Yoga, Salti Yoga
Monocle Centre of The Arts
Peterborough Yoga Festival
The Healing Centre Nosara, Costa Rica
Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort, Nosara Costa Rica
Nosara Wellness, Nosara, Costa Rica
Lagarta Lodge, Nosara, Costa Rica
Ylang Ylang Yoga, Montezuma Costa Rica
Montezuma Yoga, Costa Rica
Casa de Tres Mundo
Zen Yoga, Nicaragua
Estudio Los Almendros, Los Cedros Costa Rica
A somatic dance movement medicine practice. Dance movement medicine integrates moving meditation, Topf Dynamic Anatomy technique. A conscious free form movement tuning into the physical, emotional, spiritual, energetic body. Guided structured improvisation for stress relief and movement research.
Integrating Topf Technique and Lotus Palm Thai Yoga Massage: an ancient technique with the western application. Learning the essential qualities of spiritual and professional practices to perform the poses and tailoring for the client.
Offered by request
Poetic mindfulness, subtle energies, dance-like, guided in loving-kindness is what makes Irèni's approach to Aerial Yoga unique. Restorative aerial yoga a deeply relaxing, regenerative, therapeutic practice for spinal health and gentle core awakening—high Aerial Yoga, full inversions, mindful and dynamic practice that deepens and expands; a compliment to any movement art.
A zen practice integrating yoga and movement with a tall Bamboo Pole. Between earth and sky for grounding and resilience.
Remote nature retreats to awaken the senses, wild self, heart and inspiration.
Deepening practice, nourishing body, mind and soul.
Costa Rica Greece Canada
Introduction to The Topf Technique®, Chakras and Prana for an embodied, experiential practice to develop and deepen perception and sensation.
Offered as an educational module
Integrated in seasonal offerings
Irèni Movement Arts