BY I AM THAT GIRL
When she’s not leading movement and meditation retreats in Costa Rica or Peru, Rochelle Schieck can be found helping women uncover authentic spiritual connections through Qoya, her one-of-a-kind dance practice. Rochelle developed Qoya after years of studying dance, yoga and massage therapy while learning about the transformative energies in various shamanistic traditions. Outside of her classes and retreats, Rochelle works to intensify her own spiritual relationships and quench her thirst for knowledge. Up next on her already crowded docket is a dream trip to Japan, which will include hiking through the countryside, relaxing and meditating in the hot springs as well as enjoying fellowship with her traveling companions over karaoke.
If you could describe yourself in three words, what would those words be?
Wise, Wild and Free.
Tell us about a girl in your life who rocks.
My mentor Marcela Lobos. She’s a spiritual teacher of mine who told me that when she experiences fear, she says ‘bring it on’ because she believes the underlying truth of this world is love and no illusions can make her believe otherwise. Hearing her say that forever changed me and I draw on her strength as I cultivate my own courage every day.
What are your dreams/goals/ambitions?
To live the perfect expression of my innate strengths and soul-stirring passions that serve the highest good of all. For me right now, that’s sharing Qoya classes, workshops and retreats with the world, writing a book and training other teachers to carry forward the message of Qoya; that through movement, we remember. We remember our essence is wise, wild and free.
What are you most proud of?
When I create a Qoya experience and see a woman dive deep into the embodiment of her own deepest truth and see it shining brightly out of her eyes and feel her heart beat like a drum of awakening in this world. More than proud, I am humbly and ecstatically honored.
What piece of advice changed your life?
A mentor of mine told me that most people get caught in a mindset of more is better. They said that instead of thinking how big I can take my work to think of how deep I can take the work. This advice changed my life to stay aligned with the real reason we do the work and devote ourselves to our passions, which is to achieve the deepest experience possible.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
The Martha Stewart of reverence, providing ideas and inspiration on how to honor the sacred in movement, travel, home, life, rituals, building community and service.
What is the number one item on your bucket list?
Finish writing my first book.
Who has been the biggest female influence in your life and why?
My mother. She courageously brought me into the world and supported my passion for dancing from a young age. Dance was my life growing up and the power of transformation I experienced through movement is at the center of the work I do with women. I would not be where I am today if she had not recognized and nurtured that deep desire in me to dance and am forever grateful.
What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken and what did you learn from it?
It’s the same risk that I’ve taken a couple different times. I pray and ask for guidance and promise to do what I’m shown. Three times in my life that has been putting everything in storage and buying a one-way ticket to somewhere like India, Nepal, Africa, South America, Thailand, Australia or New Zealand and setting off on an adventure led by spirit through my own intuition. I’ve let go of the comforts of having a home and stability in exchange for the experience of magic, synchronicity and miracles beyond comprehension. I learned that it’s rarely about the things we do or do not do, but the consciousness within which we do those things. To set an intention that resonates as truth in your body and follow it is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves.
Why are you a THAT GIRL?
I am THAT GIRL because when there is a fork in the road between love and fear, I choose love.
*Interview conducted and compiled by Sheila Moeschen*