Practicing Presence: A special class with Lisa Wells

Saturday, June 22nd, 2024 4-5:30pm | [Cancelled]

Saturday, October 19, 2024 4-5:30pm | Register Here*

Saturday, November 16, 2024 4-5:30pm | Register Here*

2 Step Registration: 1- Buy class passes or $15 Single Pass on TouchNet if you don't already have passes

2- Save Your Spot on Momence* (Pre-registration is required)

* To reserve a spot on Momence, you must have a class pass. Note: it takes up to 24 hours for passes to display on Momence, as we add them manually. Contact or leave a voice mail at 541-737-4785 for assistance.

Marigold Studio: 648 SW 2nd Street in Corvallis 


A lightly guided practice of meditation, movement, & conscious engagement. We come together to be more awake in the moment, whether in stillness or motion, in silence or with sound, in solitude, in duets, in community. This practice helps us hone our ability to hold mindfulness as life presents itself. 

Roughly quoting Thich Nhat Hanh from a lecture in 1988 on Mindfulness: ‘when driving just drive, when walking just walk, when doing the dishes be present to doing the dishes.’  

Pre-registration is required and the session is limited to 20 people. 

Lisa has been teaching yoga and dance for over 20 years. Lisa revels in the exploration of movement and the adaptation of yoga to bodies of different shapes, sizes, proportions, abilities, and histories.

Lisa has studied with many contemplative teachers most importantly Thich Nhat Hanh, Martin Prechtel, Sister Antoinette (Shalom Center), and Sheik Nazim (Cyprus). Their personal philosophy is grounded in a sense of rapture and intimate relationship with the natural world. Their contemplative practice includes dance, yoga, meditation, hiking, walking, and playing her junkyard gamelan.

Lisa’s Contemplative Dance Practice is founded on the work of Barbara Dilley who developed the practice at Naropa University combining Improvisational Dance with Buddhist meditation. Lisa has studied with many postmodern dance innovators including Barbara Dilley, Deborah Hay, Keith Hennessey, Steve Paxton, Alito Alessi, Gabrielle Roth, Vincent Martinez Grieco among others.

In Lisa's first career, they were an Academic Geologist and Geographer, getting their PhD at Stanford University and then holding Assistant Professor positions at The University of California Berkeley and Vanderbilt University. In their dance/yoga life they incorporate this appreciation and understanding of place and ecology, working to break the conceptual barriers we have constructed between the human and natural worlds.