Are you feeling stuck within the endless to-do lists of adulthood or at a job that pays the bills but doesn't feed your soul?
Do the menial chores of parenthood or the stress of high, monthly bills got you down?
Do you feel miserable - panicked with feelings of overwhelm and anxiety; distracted by social media; or, bored by everyday life?
Are you depressed, or feeling apathetic and unable to take forward steps towards the life you have always dreamt?
Is your grief over the loss of a loved one, or your confusion about the current state of our world, consuming you whole?
I too have felt all of this, and more.
I'm Cara, and I help people - such as beautiful women & mothers who are committed to their spiritual paths
(maybe you?) -
to lead more passionately fulfilling lives by experiencing greater ease in all of their relationships, including with their Selves,
their partners, children and families, their businesses and more.
I do this by guiding people back into their bodies through authentic movement and creative expression
as well as through my unique Emotional Fitness programming.
I am excited to learn what lights you up and moves you!
"Dancing with Grief"
Especially now when our planet seems to be whirling in Covid, chaos and calamity, we need the tools in our handbag for helping ourselves to drop into our deep feelings of grief.
We don't need to have experienced the death of a loved one to know grief. Whenever I am feeling irritable and bitchy; when I am quick to frustration and lacking in patience; and when I feel my rage boiling just below my surface, then I know that I need to cry.
When we allow our sadness to emerge and our tears to be released then we can truly move on.
Here is a little snippet of a few exercises I use to 'dance with my grief.'
Relationships are Everything.
As a dancer,
I know that relationship is everything.
Eg, my relationship to the Earth is primary as it first gives form to my body. From the Earth comes weight and mass. The rotation of our planet around itself - and the sun - makes for our experience of gravitational force. I experience being both pulled down towards the Earth as well as pressing my feet and legs into it so as to move around it.
With my body, I push against the ground in order to rise up and, potentially, fly through the air. I can experience velocity and speed here which then expands my experience of relationship - now, with the element of air. As I move quicker through space and time, I can feel wind and molecules caressing the skin of my cheeks, arms or legs.
A teacher of Contact Dance Improvisation for the past decade, I begin my classes by honoring
the trifecta of Relationship:
1.) Earth, 2.) Self 3.) Others.
My relationship with my body is integral to my movement on planet Earth.
Once I am connected to my sense of center within and upon only then do I turn my direction and gaze outwards, towards others.
My work promotes and inspires authentic relating and relationships.
I am here to help you move from feelings of malcontent, dissatisfaction, misery and stuck-ness
to passionate, juicy aliveness in all arenas of your life.
We do this two ways – first, we work with the triad of Relationship.
Second, we use the language of the dance towards harnessing greater Emotional Fitness.
As important as physical health is to living a vibrant, optimal life, our emotional bodies have everything to do with the way we move through the world, with our relationship to ourselves, and to others.
An emotionally fit person is able to do extraordinary things with their lives,
because they’re capable of a full range of emotions, and they have the capacity to experience life to its fullest. (Including looking and feeling vibrant, sexy, loving, strong, grounded, confident, vital, prepared, self possessed & more.)
Emotional Fitness uses our bodies and our voices to explore all of our e-motions, so that we can:
identify what we are feeling; communicate our needs and desires; and
embody the P state of authentic Power, Pure Potential & Positive energy.
I have been following the unique rhythm of my own heart my whole life.
For the past 20 years, I have been exploring embodiment by studying and teaching dance and dance philosophy at U.S. universities and in my hometown of San Diego.
The past decade was filled with a deeper dive into greater intimacy with myself and others.
As a result, I now vibrate within a tight-knit clan of over three dozen people - none of whom I am related to,
and any of whom I can call up anytime to vulnerably share about my life, or to ask for help.
Learn more about me & my work by clicking below.
Words from My Clients
Cara's therapeutic dance group is a safe haven to feel, and integrate my thoughts and feelings with authentic physical expression, which is so freeing! She guided us with sweetness and compassion. With her I feel accepted, and welcome in my uniqueness as she brings grounded and attentive energy to the group. She is gifted in her ability to hold space, notice, and invite deepening of the connection between feelings, mind and body. I felt remarkably better the entire week after my first class and the big knots that were in two areas of my body before our 1.5 hour session were just not there anymore. The release was huge. I am inspired to pay more attention to the body element of my feelings, in order to fully express myself authentically and naturally. The effects of Cara's guidance are lasting! Thank you, Cara!
Deborah Del Debbio
I was struggling to pen an autobiographical tale that I feel compelled to share with the world, when I met Cara in Ecuador where she offered me an intelligent proposal and timeline for completing my work. Since Cara regards our bodies and their movement as vital vehicles for our storytelling, her embodiment and expression exercises have helped me to get out of my own way as well as to cull more material for my work. A wise guide, Cara helps me dive below my life long habits of self judgement and negative thinking in order to regularly identify and reinforce what my heart really wants. Now, I am reclaiming my power in determining the course of my life even at 70 years of age!
Cara and I became fast friends through our San Diego dance community in 2008. Back then, I hired her to serve as an event artist for my entertainment company at corporate events in San Diego, Phoenix, Las Vegas and San Francisco.
She also served as an event manager and social media writer. Most importantly, she helped to successfully launch my retreat and wedding center by coordinating our first major event.
Since then, our friendship has continued to evolve as I witnessed Cara blossom into a juicy marriage and loving motherhood. I stood by Cara's side and was amazed by her tenacity and perseverance during her husband's 18-month cancer journey. Cara's courage to face adversity and to keep moving forward inspire and awe me. Today, and during this confounding time of the Corona virus, Cara has once again been working with me to help pivot my business towards an online platform. What a blessing it will be for you to receive Cara's wisdom and guidance!
I just couldn’t get to my writing project until I sought the support of Cara Cadwallader. Everything else jumped to the top of the priority list, for months! A magazine publisher was interested in an article - what an opportunity! - but overwhelm kept stealing the day.
After calling on Cara for help, the project unfolded seamlessly, and punctually.
Cara gave me great feedback. She gave me just the right nudge when needed. She is very flexible, offering full ghost writing if desired, or co-writing, and coaching.
She is a delight to work with, and I highly recommend her!