Creatively igniting transformation

Contact Susan to bring this workshop to a studio near you.

I first presented the Igniting workshop in Seattle in 2009. Since then, I have had the honor of sharing this in many locations, including:

Waimea, Hawaii
Antwerp, Belgium
St. Catharines, Ontario
Seattle, Washington
Whidbey Island, Washington
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Charlottesville, Virginia
Santa Barbara, California
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Anacortes, Washington
Deurne, Belgium
New York City, New York
Washington, D.C.
Leavenworth, Washington
Richmond, Virginia
Bainbridge Island, Washington


The pelvis, often called “the seat of the soul,” is a powerful container for storing thoughts, feelings, and emotions about sex, money, and power. This very special workshop provides a safe and loving exploration of these topics. Through presentation, inquiry, discussion, movement, and meditation, this workshop is designed to ignite or amplify the power of your pelvis. You will be invited to stir in your values and spiritual beliefs as you honor your intuition. For dessert, we will seal the experience into the body with the power, grace, and sensuality of a uniquely choreographed Nia routine. No prior Nia experience needed.


While she was an assistant professor at the University of Virginia, Susan proposed, developed, and taught the “Sexuality Today” course that received international attention and praise. USA Today, 60 Minutes, BBC radio, and Rolling Stone Magazine have interviewed Susan for her innovative teaching techniques and positive approaches to teaching sexuality. Susan discovered Nia in 1997 while she was the Director of Health Promotion and assistant professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Virginia. She is the author of four health-related books.

After moving to the Seattle area in 2000, Susan founded Washington Wellness Associates. In 2013 Susan made the decision to dissolve the entity of Washington Wellness Associates and move forward sharing her wellness work in her own name. She moved back to Charlottesville in 2016.

A licensed Black Belt Nia instructor, a member of the Nia Moving to Heal master teaching faculty, and a licensed Nia 5 Stages of Self-Healing teacher, Susan has been teaching Nia since 1999. She teaches internationally and also locally at the University of Virginia’s Cancer Center.

©2000 – 2022 Susan Tate

What people globally are saying about the
Igniting Workshop

The workshop affected my mind, body, and spirit in a truly positive way. I am now more conscious about my internal ‘flame’ and will use it in a harmonious way to protect others and myself . . . Thank you, Susan, for reminding us in a peaceful way who we are!

~Josiane, Brussels, Belgium

The igniting workshop was powerful for me on multiple levels. I enjoyed the dancing so much–it has been a long, long time since I felt so free. Honoring the seat of my power, the ember that gives rise to the flame. I know that something has shifted and that I am standing on earth with both feet on the ground and more me than I was before.

~Ellyce, New York City, NY

Thanks so much for coming to Hawaii to share and model the gifts from your Igniting the Power of the Pelvis offering. In the airport on the way home, it felt good to walk with Hara awareness and enjoy the sensations of support, stability, and alignment. 

~Ann, Kihei, Maui

This workshop works and keeps on working! Igniting the Power of Pelvis helped me to settle more deeply into my personal power and strength through increased body awareness and body appreciation. I have not been the same. This is one workshop I highly recommend!

~Sandra, Tacoma, WA

The Igniting the Power of the Pelvis workshop opened a door for me to step into teaching my Nia class with ease and power. The workshop felt like a gentle touch of a fairy’s wand. I have noticed an increased desire to nurture myself. Thank you, Susan!

~V.B., Pahoa, HI

I can’t yet even articulate what has been happening for me since the Igniting workshop, but here are some pearls:

– a release of fear and stress
– renewed gratitude and wonder
– more awareness of connection and love     

~Katrina, Seattle, WA

In just a few hours, Susan taught us to open up an area of our body, which can be a bit scary to many. With a combination of reflection and dance, she guided us to experience a new freedom in movement and thinking when we allowed our pelvis to be—to let it free.

~Marianne, Antwerp, Belgium

The combination of angelic Susan Tate and this pelvis power workshop is an experience I had over 3 years ago. It fired and re-centered my inner power as I blissfully moved and danced with the intention of Love!

~Sommer Joy, Whidbey Island, WA

I forced myself to come to this workshop with the belief that it might nourish my soul. I’m not really sure what it is that I experienced, except to know that I want more of it 🙂

~Stephanie, Charlottesville, VA

With great skill and sensitivity, Susan guided us on a magical journey into our bodies and beyond. Enlightening, profound, and fun!

 ~Barbara, Washington, DC

If you are searching for deeper meaning in your mind body spirit workout,  I would highly recommend Susan’s Igniting The Power of the Pelvis.

~Gail, Niagara-On-The Lake, Ontario, Canada

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