Testimonials and Interviews:

 

Katie interviewed live on Inspired Choices Network Radio

ICN: https://www.inspiredchoicesnetwork.com/media/awakened-bellydance-open-mic-spotlight-guest-katie-holland/

YouTube: https://youtu.be/mtC2bCUYUMs 

Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/inspiredchoicesnetwork/awakened-bellydance-open-mic

https://www.findhorn.org/blog/10-ways-meditative-dance-will-transform/ :: by Katie Holland

http://www.pechakucha.org/presentations/journey-to-awakened-bellydance : by Samantha Jane

https://wendysteele.com/2017/12/20/awakened-bellydance-7-months-on/ : by Wendy Steele

https://us2.campaign-archive.com/?u=3f81fe7b79fd90180421002db&id=da5f442e0a : Zameena magazine

http://www.starandcrescent.org.uk/2018/05/23/belly-dancing-for-womens-health-and-empowerment/

https://wendysteele.com/2018/06/29/magic-matters-2/  : by Wendy Steele

''This was my experience during Awakened Bellydance with the founder Katie Holland facilitating yesterday. Fully activated, fully electrified, fully allowing every cell of my body to vibrate and sing with the universe, whilst feeling grounded and connected to the physical and the earth by the unconditional love flowing through the hands of the women around''

''What a wonderful couple of days dancing with others. My cup is filled and my energy largely re charged. In spite of having been ill in bed for the large part of 10 days, I managed to participate in the classes (having given myself permission to lie down or leave at any point if I needed) and contrary to my fear of collapse, I actually raised more energy and spirit through the act of movement and engagement with my body than I would have from sleep. This is a great lesson for me as facilitator as well as participant......that the un - wellness and inertia we often feel can also be shifted through the simple act of movement and engagement with what is present, dropping into ourselves''

"Hi Katie, it was a true pleasure to meet you too and experience awakened belly dance I've been really good since the session, I know lots was processed and my root chakra was definitely in need of some TLC. It felt powerful to share in expression of the feminine and to feel so supported and nurtured in the loving space. I felt that the work we all did was so sorely needed for healing and balancing the wounded macuoline and feminine polarities. Thank you truly for your service and kindness xx"

''Just wanted to share that after moving through my journey through my life as a little girl, young woman, mother to 4 and grandmother to 6 ..... AWBD brought out the woman in me I never knew even existed. Never felt more close to other women than when we dance AWBD together."

''Thank you for being such an awesome teacher and space holder. You totally rock. Loved every minute of this weekend. Wonderful to find another who can hold such deep containers, I really needed this immersion, in so many ways, thank you from my heart, womb and soul."

''When I woke up this morning I was astounded, literally lying there feeling so different....the sense of wonderment was palpable. Also the stillness inside myself has increased dramatically. When I did an illumination tonight with a friend as part of my practise cases I could feel the shift in myself and how that was affecting my being and everything I am doing and all around me. The sense of presence in the room was stunning..quite literally, neither of us could move for quite a while afterwards. Incredible!! I'm really excited to see how all this integrates into my life now''

''How wonderful to feel such a special connection, closeness and respect from and within a group of beautiful women over two days. Waves of emotion ebbed and flowed, and Katie held a space where we all felt safe and held together in a “chalice” created by and for us all''

''Thank you and big love from my heart to all our hearts and inner warrior strong spirits. Our tribe was created and will forever be''

''Still have head and body vibrating with all we shared together in Immersion weekend. Thank you so much for brilliant facilitator lead as always''

''I believe the work of Katie Holland and others is to heal these wounds and empower ourselves to be whole and be the owner of our bodies, the inner flame of our passion and creativity. This shame lives in us as a cultural collective, even if the voice inside is a little one, it is there''

''A huge thankyou for your workshops yesterday. They specifically worked well together & I found them moving and inspiring. Loved the blessing dance, what a perfect way to start. The last one really touched me, in life as well as dance & I felt today a real shift. I found today & yesterday I could keep eye contact with acquaintances (as opposed to close friends) more and spoke more and let myself be seen and heard without shame, embarrassment, apology, fear of being judged or fear of shining too brightly. It was groundbreaking for me. I felt it made a real difference to me and I'm sure it will continue to help with future dances as well as in the day to day. I really do feel such a difference from being around you. So I am very thankful to have you as such an inspiring mentor in my life''

''Awakened Belly Dance Facilitator training was everything I'd hoped for and more. Set in a beautiful location and hosted by a bright, cheeky goddess, with everyones best interest at heart. I experienced a deeper connection with myself, and the opportunity to fully be with the energy blocks I'd been carrying. I explored and moved through various body-mind patterns, releasing unhelpful believes and deepening into my path. It was a potent experience of reclamation and the experience is still unwinding within me. I feel ready and supported to lead my own groups, encouraging this magic to ripple further outwards and create a larger community of dancing Shakti beings liberating themselves. I recommend Katie Holland with all my being. Thank you''

 

''I had considered seeing a counselor to help me through some major transitions in my life, but then I had a go at Katie Holland's free online course. I love to move, I love belly dance and felt that this method could work for me. So I then signed up for the 9 month course. I like to put meaning behind the movements and use the movements to open my mind and help me think about things differently. The combination of movement, vocalization, free writing and journaling has really helped me to come to terms with events from the past and begin to move on with love and consciousness. Having an online community is inspiring and helps to put my own issues into perspective. It's eye opening to see everyone revealing similar fears. We all like to portray an image of success, so it's hard to see that underneath we all have the same fears. Keeping up appearances, the facade, it's only part of the story. Knowing that we all have the same fears deep down is comforting, it makes me feel normal and makes overcoming them seem possible. Awakened Bellydance has helped me to see my dreams as something that can be made into reality - ARE being made into reality. Bringing my imagination to life and into the physical realm. It feels so positive to work with my physical body in order to sort out my mind, heal my thoughts, cure my consciousness. I love the feeling of energy coursing through my body. I am enough, I can do it - I AM doing it. Everyone else is enough too. Shake it all up and let it go. Recognise your patterns and who they belong to. It's physical therapy for the mind. Let go of that which does not serve you. Awakened Bellydance even kickstarted my menstrual cycle after being pregnant and tandem breastfeeding for 2 years, thereby marking another transition in my life!''

 

Online course - ''day 5 I felt the fear of appearing arrogant, then posted the pics and words per our assignment. Then I took a deep breath and realized: Those who don't want me to grow big are no longer going to be my focus. My focus is now growing into my own fullness. Eye-opening for me. Thank you Katie Holland !''

''Thank you very much! I just caught up with this and loved the feeling of the movements.I can say straight off that this course has given me much more confidence in following my body's own movements and I feel quite peaceful with it, though there is lots still to do! There is more work to be done at my end with the journaling side of things- I feel I want to go through the course again and journal more next time- I have been enjoying the practice rather than the journaling this time around! The one issue that always comes up though is feeling good enough and that I keep on receiving guidance on is " yes you are- just get on with it"! Interesting how doing this " free" dance gives me so much guidance!!! Much love to you and thank you so much for this brilliant course. I really felt is was perfect for where I'm at and intend to continue practicing it''

''Awesome!''

''I appreciate being held and guided through - on the surface, very simple, every day actions.
Yet, to know the power of them (and realise my previous resistance to them was connected to that power) 
The power to stop time and empower my own innate ability to love and heal. It’s a gift that keeps returning''

''Knowing my body can tell a different story to the one it was conditioned to tell
It is gold, real gold''

''Awakened Belly dance is an incredibly powerful and and direct tool for self transformation''

 

'During the meditation I felt there was a tremendous shift in me. I felt emotional, also empowered and stronger. I seemed brighter and clearer in my mind going onto the dancing. There was a significant message I was hearing and few days later I was having  conversations. This has now resulted in handing in my resignation (retiring) which felt a great weight off my shoulders and I am now embracing and preparing a new lifestyle after also going through cancer treatment... time for a change!!' 

 

''A huge effect on my life! Thank you for this experience in the workshops, I do believe that weekend helped me enormously''

'"Taking part on the online course with Katie revealed some new surprising, deep and significant revelations about my sensuality, which I wouldn't have arrived at without the help of their heart based work. Thank you to you both, keep going with this enchanting heart and important work!"

''Sunlight glistened on the snow topped mountains. Eleven women embarked on a journey of a lifetime, guided and supported by Katie Holland. We breathed, we feared but we trusted and within the safe, protected space of our room, we danced, allowing the music to shake up our bodies and free our minds. We let go and the layers began to peel away.

Every day, we learned, shared, discussed and laughed and then we danced again, fear, judgement, disempowerment and pain, relinquished from our bodies and minds, into the earth to be transmuted to the love we craved.

Together, we healed, allowing our minds to be free to think, to create and to manifest and to step closer to our bodies, to feel the emotions and energy rising through us.Deeper we delved into the closed off parts of ourselves, removing all obstacles and reinstating the power of the goddess, the women we truly are. We reached up, beyond ourselves, out into the universe, to the stars from whence we came''

''Katie is woman, dancer, teacher and healer and I’m blessed to have been part of this unique, transformational experience, shared with a group of awesome women who I now call sisters and friends. With Katie’s guidance, I look forward to sharing with the beautiful women of the world, helping them to be free of the constraints that bind them and imbuing them with the power that is truly their own''

''The way you looked at me Katie in Bulgaria made me believe that there must be something. The same kind of beauty inside and magical also that I see in other women and people. Also while practising awbd in Bulgaria I realised how "small" I was thinking myself. I got so much love and mirroring with you awesome sisters. That is changing and I believe in myself so much more, even though there is still lots to do''

''I've been doing morning pages for a while now and did them this morning. At lunch I was thinking about some stuff and feeling down when i had an urge to do some more pages. Talk about unleashed.... have written pages! The stuff which came up. Stuff I havent really got out and looked at for years. So emotional. Tears all the way and snot everywhere. So different for me as tears are usually cut off at the first hint or suppressed as quickly as poss. I let them fall as I wrote and wrote not thinking much. More accessing the feeling and what was running through my mind back then. Its been exhausting but some things are becoming clearer. I think between AWBD and inner dance there is a lot I'm starting to access and work with. So Thank You ladies for sharing this journey with me. I just needed someone to share with and you I can trust with my heart to bear witness for me. Strange words I know but they feel right. Important shit happened today and I needed some people to just know it happened xx''

''I think what stands out for me was times I was really emotional and allowed to be just that with love and acceptance. There was no one trying to fix me or close me down. The emotion was accepted. I can remember sobbing on your shoulder Katie and you held me but at the same time kept facilitating. That felt very safe like ...its fine to fall apart ....keep on with it and we are still here and will be here when you are ready''

A before and after testimony:

''Hi, Katie. I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for this weekend. I attended three of your workshops as I loved your workshops at your last visit. Each workshop (Bollywood, Balinese / Nepalese and Awakening) were all so different and I loved them all for different reasons. The Bollywood class was just so much fun! And the speed definitely helps tighten your transitions. The Balinese / Nepalese was beautiful and helped me with control and focusing on making more simple moves look beautiful. But the class that hit me the most was the Awakening class. I'll be honest, had I know what it would entail I may have run for the hills as it hit home emotionally. My husband and I have been trying for a baby for 18 months and whilst I know it can take time, we are facing the reality that it is looking like we need medical help and are waiting on a specialist fertility consultation to see if IVF will have a shot at working. I've known I've had issues for a while but it turns out my husband does too and that was a curve ball. It breaks my heart seeing him reconciling himself with that, plus the realisation we may not have a child naturally. Not that that matters; we have options. But it's heartbreaking. The work to cleanse out wombs and pull that positive energy into us and speak out our wishes broke me. And when my friend and I were working together, I know she was sending every ounce of her hope into me. I could feel it. She could feel it. She's 22 years older than I am but the most amazing friend and surrogate Auntie and we are even more connected now. I felt emotionally drained on the drive back home, but also hopeful. More balanced''

After:

''Hi. I just wanted to give you an update to emails we shared a couple of years ago after JoY. We did a workshop where we spoke out a word and worked in pairs to meditate and connect. It made me cry as my word was ‘faith’. My husband and I had been trying and failing to conceive for two years and just before JoY we were told not to get our hopes up. Well...I am 23 weeks pregnant! And not only that...with twin girls! It feels like a miracle. We are going to raise these little girls to be caring, thoughtful but strong women in this beautiful world we have. I want them to embrace who they are and not suffer with the confidence issues I did which held me back as a child. I always think of that group we did - it was special x''

''OMG this is just amazingly awesome. I went to a workshop on Sat! Be prepared to open and shine!!! Thank you so much Katie."
"Thank you Katie, your wisdom and intuition are outstanding. I’m still buzzing!''

“This kind of feminine awakening & connecting course is a must do for any type of woman''.

 

''We were all deeply touched by Katie's teaching and the experience of AWBD. It was a powerful and beautiful experience, painful yet I felt and learned so much about myself and others and relationships, and so much more''

''Katie held the space as if we were supported in a womb. Soft warm nurturing safe protected, as though we were developing embryos. Moving flowing through stages of growth. Rather like trimesters of pregnancy, we blossomed and grew, dancing the whisperings of our souls as we immersed into each chakra letting go the shackles of fear and judgement. Healing past present and future pain and suffering, and transmuting what layers presented into love and light. Breathing into life our hidden depths, our truth, just being, dancing, shimmying singing shouting screaming laughing smiling tearful passionate angry raging at times, noticing our dormant connection to the universe, no longer feeling isolated or separate. Embracing all that unfolded and letting the scaffolding of the ego it fall away. What a unique, beautiful, mind altering transformative journey of the soul, a priceless gift to our being, to my way of being. ‘Let’s dance and awaken the fire within!''


''Katie, I feel incredibly blessed and privileged to have been part of your first awakened belly dance training, and to have experienced it all with such a beautiful tribe of wild sisters, please never ever forget you are all F*****G AWESOME!!!! Namaste xx''

''I went along to the Awakened Bellydance facilitator training day with an open mind and heart. As a teacher Katie guided us through along so many paths filled with so many experiences and beautiful practices. We were in an environment created by Katie that felt safe, nurturing and filled with an inspiration that evolved and flourished within each one of us as we moved through the course. We were led with love, compassion and an insight that only could have come from the purest truest and highest source, and as we evolved and flourished, we stumbled as the path was rocky and painful and deeply emotional. But all the time Katie with love, care and an intuitive sense that was all emcompassing of mother, woman, sister, friend and seer, guided us through. And we reached a level of understanding that will continue to develop and deepen as we continue our own practices. The knowledge and influences Katie imparted with subtleness yet qualities of inner strength can only be put in words. But the depth is immeasurable, and the memories and creativity she nourished went beyond the soul, to a place I have never been before. If I can in time, share some of Katie's training and knowledge and ancient wisdom of the universe to other women, it would be such an honour and tribute to her universal insight and wisdom. I am so fortunate to have found my tribe, my sisters, my inner path, and life journey''

''You are very welcome ~ you are so very talented, and I gained so much from your dance......I will recommend you to everybody in search of inner exploration and growth xxx so much love and gratitude to you xxx''

 

''Awakened Bellydance is a bit like peeling an onion, as well as much more fun and enjoyable, with a healthy dose of the indescribable! 
If you're anything like me peeling an onion hurts and brings tears... But I need to do it to create something tasty and authentic, I like to be flexible with recipes but sometimes delicious and luscious really requires that peeled onion.
The process of peeling our own layers of protection and releasing our stories will be painful at times yet will reveal something beautiful: your awesome beautiful and exquisite Inner Goddess. There will be those layers that seem half skin and half onion that will leave you wondering what to do with them. In the kitchen of Awakened Bellydance you are not left alone to figure it out, you are supported and loved, part of a tribe led by an amazing and truly inspiring chef, Katie. The possibilities are endless yet what you are to create will be clear. You will step into who you are, become your true self, finding the strength to be your truth and speak your truth. No knifes, only movement, breath, dance and music there to carry you on your journey of transformation, as well as the magic of the Universe that will bring the people you need around you to hold you up and propel you forward. For the first time in my life I understand what is meant by sisterhood. Feels good. Dare to step into the womb of the unknown, the adventure will be greater than you can imagine.

Thank you Katie for all the "onions" you peeled to create Awakened Bellydance. I am in awe of all the ingredients you've layered together and incredibly grateful for your openness in sharing all your knowledge''

''I seem to be noticing how tough life is for so many women, from unkind cheating partners to financial worries and everything in between; It's a hard cruel existence for many. I am so grateful to have met Katie and people like her who are changing lives''


''Michelle and Katie ran theirs with sensitivity, grace and joy, yet it was full of power. After spending the last few years realising that my resistance towards women’s gatherings and femininity was actually more of a rejection of the way our society had been portraying these things, I have been slowly re-connecting with unknown parts of myself''

''Despite being in a very loving relationship, I was not completely at ease with my sexuality, or enjoying sex as much as I knew was possible, Michelle and Katie’s guidance through their powerful techniques helped me to understand more deeply some of the reasons around this, and I’m definitely feeling more sensual!''

''I'm tempted to do it  (the training) again Katie!''

''I am REALLY tempted to do it all again Katie. Will have to see the outcome of the next few weeks before serious consideration, but something to seriously look towards as a maybe reality. It would be so beautiful if it happened. Wouldn't it be weird if you had almost all of your first babies on this course all over again!!!!!!''

''Hi, Katie. I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for this weekend. I attended three of your workshops as I loved your workshops at your last visit. Each workshop (Bollywood, Balinese / Nepalese and Awakening) were all so different and I loved them all for different reasons. The Bollywood class was just so much fun! And the speed definitely helps tighten your transitions. The Balinese / Nepalese was beautiful and helped me with control and focusing on making more simple moves look beautiful. But the class that hit me the most was the Awakening class. I'll be honest, had I know what it would entail I may have run for the hills as it hit home emotionally. My husband and I have been trying for a baby for 18 months and whilst I know it can take time, we are facing the reality that it is looking like we need medical help and are waiting on a specialist fertility consultation to see if IVF will have a shot at working. I've known I've had issues for a while but it turns out my husband does too and that was a curve ball. It breaks my heart seeing him reconciling himself with that, plus the realisation we may not have a child naturally. Not that that matters; we have options. But it's heartbreaking. The work to cleanse out wombs and pull that positive energy into us and speak out our wishes broke me. And when my partner and I were working together, I know she was sending every ounce of her hope into me. I could feel it. She could feel it. She's 22 years older than I am but the most amazing friend and surrogate Auntie and we are even more connected now. I felt emotionally drained on the drive back, but also hopeful. More balanced. So thank you. I think you're such an inspirational woman. I read your blog often and adore how open about your journey. You exude such calmness and balance that it's wonderful. I love how inclusive and easy it is to be in your classes and workshops. I hope to see you again in the future x''

''Wow! I feel my wings! - Katie holds such a magical and supportive presence. Thank you''


''This was quite an experience, and I am honoured to have shared the time with so many wonderful women, I felt more connected then I have been for a while, I am bright, sparkly even! I feel the experience has done me the world of good, as I sink into my bed shortly- but still buzzing! I am cat watching- playing''

''I find Awakened belly dance to be a very spiritual and empowering experience. For me it both enlivens and empowers my spirit and my own sense of self. Opening me up to the oneness of all things''

''Loved your classes. I'm older now so dance for pleasure and to keep fit but always ready to learn. Awakened Bellydance class great insight and having many spiritual experiences in my life helped me tune in to be calmer. I just felt happiness that us ladies were as one. We all carry baggage in our lives, some deal with problems easier than others. Luckily I cry in private and ask my angels to make me strong. Thankyou Katie for lovely workshops and for making me aware of the shit that we deal with in life xx''

 

''This was quite an experience, and I am honoured to have shared the time with so many wonderful women, I felt more connected then I have been for a while, I am bright, sparkly even! I feel the experience has done me the world of good, as I sink into my bed shortly- but still buzzing! I am cat watching- playing'.  *Above all, watch glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places, Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it” ( Roald Dahl)

Testimony from the Earth Soul Dance Retreat 
''Dearest Suzy and Katie 
I would just like to send you both this message holding my deepest gratitude for the space and time I have shared with you and the circle of women this weekend. The events of this weekend have touched both my heart and soul. I know there is a lot of processing to be done now. I'm not sure what lies ahead but I know for sure it will look differently and more beautiful than it would have done a few days ago. Love and heartfelt blessings to you both for your love, holding and generosity. I hope our paths cross again soon xxx''

''I actually went into the workshop  a bit sceptical but then pushed the idea away saying I wanted something positive from it. The initial holding hands with one of my friends was weird, I could hear my other two friends sobbing at one point and that surprised me (and upset me a bit) but then I went back to concentrating on the breathing etc. right towards the end I suddenly started to really violently shake or shiver all the way through my body and arms etc. It shook us both up. The back to back bit was more difficult I think my friend wasn't enjoying the experience and she felt heavy and I felt unbalanced? When I was looking in her eyes I felt happy to have her friendship and happy to be there.  When we were individually doing the pushing out thing I felt  a bit strange then too but enjoyed the prancing around freely part. at the final standing posture with our hands on the heart. you were going around to everyone in turn. I was towards the end of the circle so it was a long time. Anyway I was getting a bit tired from the posture and was suddenly aware (eyes closed) of an intense heat radiating behind me and then some warmth in front of me too. Suddenly in front of my still shut eyes there was this amazing red orange glow and warmth with a few black feathery streaks a bit like flames but not. This continued for a while it was lovely and warm and really enjoyable. I didn't want it to end. I was taken aback by feeling your presence so obviously and the strange orangey glow. I wasn't frightened but calm, what does it mean - does it mean anything? I was surprised by others that had cried too and I was a bit confused? You did warn us though so I was comforted by that. I would have said something if I was maybe one of the first to talk but as the conversation seemed to go off track I thought maybe I was the only one that felt those things so felt embarrassed to share. I am doing stuff now I never dreamed I would do and although I still get worked up about performing I love it when I am up there. For me dancing has changed my life I am a much happier person these days and try to face up to new challenges like the learning to drive. But I am still aware I could easily go back into depression in the future and it haunts me somewhat. I do feel held back but I really do try to be more positive these days. I spend more time outside as I also suffer  with SAD and its coming up to that time soon! I love being outside in the garden, at the allotment or anywhere outside woods, beach etc as much as dancing - I love nature and hate to be inside too long. I have been wondering if there is anything else I can do to heal myself and stop worrying about everything?''

 

''I feel unbelievably clear and joyful - amazing!''

 

''I can't tell you how much I enjoyed that awakening dance :-) ''

''It was definitely unexpected, (not sure what I did expect but it wasn't tears, and so soon in the workshop). It was a very intense workshop and probably the experience that will last long after the other workshops have become a dim memory. It certainly took the rest of the afternoon to process one's feelings as there was such a range of emotion. You feel a complex mix of vulnerability and freedom, love and sadness. It certainly was a unique experience that I feel privileged to have participated in. Thank-you for sharing it was amazing!''

''I think I must have awaken (anger side) something, I wasn't taking any rubbish on that day from anyone hahaha!''

''It was wonderful : still coming down! It was lovely to meet you: and feel your quality: your open heartedness. My crown feels wide open : I feel it now: I had not thought how easy it is to access consciousness! All sound now is "piercing" me. I'm now aware of another sense that was "shut down".
Thankyou for sharing your beautiful soul. That you be an example : of knowing how to open gates that the heart sometimes will lock down. With gratitude for a lovely evening and new doors opened!'' 

''Just had confirmation from work that I can take time off attend this facilitator training course with Katie Holland in Bulgaria next April to May. I am beyond excited and feeling incredibly blessed to have such a gifted and love & light filled teacher and mentor to learn from. So very thankful for this opportunity. Katie is in the U.K throughout September and October as well and I can more than recommend taking any/every opportunity to train and learn from her'' 

 

''I just wanted to thank you and Katie very much indeed for Tuesday’s Awakened belly-dancing and Inner dance. I know I have written briefly on Facebook but I also wanted to write something to you both at slightly greater length (which you could put on a website if you would like, although there’s no need!). It was a very joyful experience and I felt very well when I arrived home- many of my usual “ pains” were gone!''

''So enjoyed the workshop I did with you. I got alot from it and I'll treasure it always xx Thanks xx''

''My heart feels so full after your workshop. I feel totally energised. Thank you for this gift xx''

''Loved all the workshops but Katie Hollands 'find who is within' and awakened belly dance was an inspiring workshop and has helped me make a life decision which I have been putting off for far too long - thank you Katie x''

 

''I come as you know from the background of having tried the Eurythmy for a few months about 17 years ago, followed by a few years of each of Tai Chi, QiGong and yoga and many years of classical music playing and teaching, Reiki training and healing, tuning fork training and healing and more recently drumming and chanting, in which I run small groups. I quite often dance freely at home to classical pieces I am learning, or when I am drumming, or to chakra dance cds and dvds. I really loved what you offered and it felt just right for me to develop dancing in this way. It was gentle, my body felt progressively freer, the ideas behind it felt beautiful and it was very respectful of where each of us was. Although the moves were new to me  it was well presented so that i felt able to follow.  I would love to experience some more if and when Katie returns to UK and if Galit decides to train in Awakened bellydance or when she offers Inner dance classes, if I am able to get to the venue. I wish you both all the best in developing these dance activities- very freeing and uplifting!''

''I was so impressed with the taster class for Awakened Bellydance I attended last year with Katie Holland, that I immediately booked on the facilitator training. Not knowing how I was going to go and how I was going to pay for it, (I just had to be there!). The course was fun, challenging and enlightening. Katie has developed a system that is a wonderful experience, as well as getting deep down to the core of one’s psyche. 
The system does what it says on the tin. It awakens the soul and clears the heart bringing a new dimension to one’s existence. Katie certainly knows her stuff and has really inspired me. Although a novice at Belly dancing I always found that things were explained well and I was supported along the way. 
The atmosphere was electric and very positive. Katie held the space fantastically, and we always felt safe and secure. 
I would not have missed the course for the world and would go again and again.''

''Well I realised why I didn't vocalise much on Sat...think I was holding back. Driving to work on Sun at 8am and mulling over some crappy family conversations and got swept away with such sadness and rage and just did three huge roar/screams and sobbed for about 2 mins, then felt ok. Guess things are coming out!''

''Thank u so very much for inviting me to join u on yesterday's journey...the more I think about it the more I feel so priviledged to have been able to be a part of such an extraordinary day...it was amazing and much enjoyed! Thank you!''

"Hi Katie, I know you must get hundreds of emails like this everyday, but your workshop in awakened belly dance was a real eye opener for me...and a bit of a heart opener too! I have had various crappy things happen to me over the last couple of years, but they have helped to magnify the amazing people I have around me, and the blessings that I have. I give thanks for them every day. After arriving home my beloved little elderly black cat was literally on her last legs, she was put to sleep the following day. As fate would have it, no one was around to help me get her to the vet hospital, or to be with me when I had to say goodbye. I had been dreading this moment for years and yet, I was able to cope. I could cry and feel sad, but feel solace and calm in the knowing she was in a better place. I swear this was because of the healing and understanding that I experienced in your workshop, as if it had prepared me for this. My mother is also going through a cancer scare at the moment too, and your knowledge of letting go of past family issues and genetic history really resonated with me. I have tried to use the methods I learned in your class to help me with my anxious spells, and i was so happy that once again, i was able to open my heart and mind, and expel a lot of negative emotions. It is the strangest thing to be crying and laughing at the same time!!

All in all I would like to say a heartfelt thank you for showing me something beautiful, special and powerful. I am beginning to save up so I can attend one of your awakened belly dance training courses, as I left your work shop with my spirit shouting 'YOU NEED TO GO AND LEARN THIS!' :-) I am keeping an eye on your workshops in the uk and hope to go to another one soon. Sending you thanks and happy smiles x"

''Amazing day, thank you all so much!''

''Lovely to be part of such a wonderful experience! Thank you so much!''

''I had a truly moving experience working with Katie in Awakening session, which is why I am going to spend two weeks at her retreat in Sophia. Different reasons from (the post) above but everything we did reached deep into my psyche and touched my heart in a loving, healing and meaningful way. Just need more, and two weeks was irresistible''

''A huge thankyou for your workshops yesterday. They specifically worked well together & I found them moving and inspiring. Loved the blessing dance, what a perfect way to start. The last one really touched me, in life as well as dance & I felt today a real shift. I found today & yesterday I could keep eye contact with acquaintances (as opposed to close friends) more and spoke more and let myself be seen and heard without shame, embarrassment, apology, fear of being judged or fear of shining too brightly. It was groundbreaking for me. I felt it made a real difference to me and I'm sure it will continue to help with future dances as well as in the day to day. I really do feel such a difference from being around you. So I am very thankful to have you as such an inspiring mentor in my life. I'm not saying I'm gonna transform overnight but its a shift in the right direction. Thankyou.''