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dancers write –Christine Haviland

Good Wednesday to you my friends!


So much going on in my GCTB headquarters these days… I love growth and contribution, journeys and words, teaching and dancing, sharing and giving, and more than anything I love to see where our dance, our wellness, our inspirations take us, collectively and individually… Nothing makes my heart beat faster when  client makes breakthroughs, a dancers steps up to her desires, a body feels better, and life gets even better and juicier! You know I LOVE what I do… what I can share with your and guide you to and dance with you and watch your journey unfold!

One of my projects right now is having three, not one, but three new websites built, for Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance®, for my Movement, Momentum, and Magic Transformational Coaching page, and for Tribal Grooves™! So exciting…and here is my new logo for GCTB!!! Isn’t it just so freakin awesome??!!


So while I’m in this process, I have asked my dancers to re-write about their journey with me and for themselves…

Christine Haviland, from New Zealand, sent me this this morning and I have to share with you… my heart is singing and my gratitude well is overflowing…I have just spend several weeks with her in New Zealand, traveling around the country teaching and dancing, and what a beautiful time it was, very profound…

Enjoy her story…

christine-3-tf2015-deMy Gypsy Caravan journey started in 2002 meeting and dancing with Paulette and her husband and musician, Jeff Rees, in Auckland, New Zealand. I already knew I loved the dance but the feeling of Dance connection was intriguing and I wanted to know what else it had to offer.

In 2009 I made the decision to go to Adelaide, Australia , I gained Gypsy Caravan’s Collective Soul Certification Level 1 AND Teacher Training Level 1.

Since then I have continued my role in this Sisterhood. I’ve explored my passion for our Dance which has also fueled my creativity enabling me to create my own range of Tribal Head pieces and accessories.

I am proud to say I am part of GCDC, Int, Director of Caravan Project Auckland and NZ, student at CS level 4 (for now), Certified teacher Tribal Grooves™  in Level 1, (first in NZ) and most recently GCTB Master Teacher Level 1. In this newest role I am excited to be able to take the Dance across NZ!

My life circle embraces Family, Friends, Dance, creativity, Health & Fitness, uniting life, work and dance balance which feeds my contentment. I enjoy the Self awareness and healthy mind set that evolves .
Being involved and sharing with others as they bloom as women and dancers is so rewarding and I feel honored to be part of that.

GC is so much more than just a Dance. There is christine, paulette 2014=- NZsuch an intense surge of energy created in the circle when we dance, that connection is palpable to both dancers and those watching, its raw and inviting, a special moment, recreated whenever we dance, however big or small the circle.

Its definitely a lifestyle choice which weaves its way insidiously through your life embracing and uniting in all areas. That shared experience growing together on so many levels; learning more about ourselves as the woman, the student, teacher, mentor and dancer within, its nurturing and grounding.
We refill, refuel and reconnect each time we gather.

We are forging Roots of the GC tree of Dance … sharing the knowledge and the connection, our growth, our individual journeys and the growth of this Sisterhood.

The energy we share is powerful and woven across the Globe, this Dance unites us, I am fortunate to say I have a GC global family and have danced with women all over the world.

Amazing… our global tribe is so full of love and inspiration and wisdom and gratitude! I am so honored and blessed… and this is a great way to being our Thanksgiving long weekend…

full of gratitude!

many thanks for being here on our journeys together…

















I am super excited to offer another series in Portland!

Tribal Grooves 
starts Monday November 21, 6:10 pm, 4 weeks
with Paulette at SomaSpace
Register here

Portland Authors Discussion Series
Book Party

Tuesday, December 13 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Dares and Desires:
With Gerri Ravyn Stanfield and Paulette Rees-Denis
at SomaSpace

Dance and Desire: From the Body to the Page,8 week online ecourse, now available to you! This course takes you through many ideas, using body, heart, and soul to get you moving and grooving… dreaming and desiring, making changes and acknowledging your beauty and your being… I love diving into this work and sharing concepts, inspirations, and others’ stories as well. Go here to learn more

Dance and Desire:

From the Body to the Page:   Honor, Claim, Desire

A three day movement and writing journey

Our Women’s Weekend Retreat at Breitenbush Hot Springs,
in Detroit  Or–(about 2 ½ hours south of Portland, OR, in the beautiful mountains…

        With Paulette Rees-Denis,
with my beautiful co-presenters…

Lynea Gillen, and Elena Lipson

Go here to read more and register (spaces are already filling up!)

Join our growing tribe of amazing women at

Dance and Desire…
our private FB pages…
Our gathering place of a like-minded tribe for women, of women who want to dance with life, move and share, who need support, who wish to dive in, who want to shine, to desire to honor their bodies, who want to be accepted as they are, or who want to make some changes that feel important to their heart and soul, who want prompts to get their groove on, who want to succeed, try something different, who want to be seen, and ultimately, who want to celebrate themselves and each other, in this global grouping of fabulousness!

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Dance and Desire… on my website

My worlds collide in such a great way!

Hey friends… Greetings from the tribal road! Boise Idaho this weekend where I am teaching and performing at Akasha’s Tribal and Improv Fest, along with Gypsy Caravan Dance Company dancer and Master Teacher, Amanda Richardson! Life is so good… I love sharing this dance (you know that already!), and all things GCTB! The body wellness,… Continue Reading

Meet our newest Gypsy Caravan Dance Company member!

Welcoming our newest dancer to the tribe: It is with pure delight, proudness, excitement, inspiration, and so much more that I introduce you to our newest Gypsy Caravan Dance Company member! Richelle Spencer! I’ve known and taught Richelle for over the past 12 years, and have watched her true, non-competitive, all-encompassing, heart and soul-felt, tribal spirit… Continue Reading

Tribal Travels

Tribal Travels Over the past month I have had the great opportunity to take my dance half way around the globe–Australia and New Zealand–teaching, performing, sharing.  I have taught amazing women so many aspects of our dance, this dance we love with our heart, soul, and bodies. I am blessed to see so many women blossom into their… Continue Reading

Calendars and us…

As a traveling gypsy, wandering dancer, bohemian prancer, glamping honkytonker, blogging maven, pleasure siren, creative magical coach and teacher, and everything in between, it is imperative that I work deeply and intimately with my boss… “Who’s your boss?” you ask. “We always thought you worked for yourself!” Weeeellll…I do. My boss is my calendar! Without… Continue Reading

In your words:  Misha talks about her Collective Soul dance course experience!

In your words: Misha talks about her Collective Soul dance course experience!

In your words: Misha Cain Nell I love to get my dancers and clients writing. Expressing, releasing, diving in, searching, sharing, so much good stuff goes on in that brain, and to get it out and on paper is full on CLARIFICATION! and I talk a lot about clarification these days! And then I love… Continue Reading

the creative process and feeling good…

the creative process and feeling good… Hello friends… I’ve been thinking about the creative process and what it feels like to feel good… A few months back I took a retreat for myself and my writing, and it was sublime. An awesome thing for me to do for myself, and I needed time to check in… Continue Reading