Featuring special guest speaker and instructors

Move To Heal South Dakota presents Experience Healing Arts 2021. Participate in movement and mindfulness classes throughout the day, including powwow yoga, art + yoga, kids and youth yoga, 7 generations prayer flow, indigenous flow and collective meditations. Read class descriptions here.

You’ll also hear Serene Thin Elk, Behavioral Health Director at SD Urban Indian Health and Co-Founder of Generation Red Road, Inc., talk about culture, mental health and movement and watch a healing performing arts show by Acosia Red Elk, 10 time world champion jingle dancer and an indigenous yoga teacher and facilitator.

Classes will have an intergenerational focus with the goal of cultivating mental health, healing and joy for those who are unable to afford or access these types of classes on a regular basis.

Thank you to our Scholarship Sponsor, Sanford Health, for supporting the accessibility of our events by making it possible for attendees to register using the following code: Sch@larsh@p as needed to attend at no cost.

There is an option to register for the full day of events OR register for the healing arts performance show only.

  • Saturday, Aug. 14 at Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Community Memorial Park, Sisseton, S.D.
    • A free lunch sponsored by the SWO Diabetes Fitness Center will be available at the Sisseton, S.D. event.
  • Sunday, Aug. 15 at South Dakota Network Basketball Gymnasium, Sioux Falls, S.D.
    • Backyard BBQ food truck will be available for purchase during lunch at the Sioux Falls, S.D. event.

Click to view the schedule of events.

Sisseton Event Schedule
Sioux Falls Event Schedule

Learn about our guest speaker and instructors:

Serene Thin Elk

Move To Heal SD Lead Volunteer Speaker

Serene Thin Elk MA, LPC-MH, LAC, QMHP is the Behavioral Health Director at SD Urban Indian Health and Co-Founder of Generation Red Road, Inc. She is an enrolled member of the Ihanktonwan Nation (Yankton Sioux Tribe) and is also from the Sicangu Oyate (Rosebud Sioux Tribe). She is passionate about addressing patterns of inter-generational transmission, and finding ways to help individuals, families and communities heal from the effects of historical traumas. Her primary role is being a mother to her beautiful children and she believes that healing begins within each individual, which extends to family, community and society. She has worked in hospitals, clinics, community-based mental health centers, and residential facilities since obtaining her Master’s degree in Expressive Therapies in 2008 from Lesley University. She integrates L/D/Nakota culture and the creative arts in her therapeutic work with others in various settings. She has been trained in dialectical behavior therapy and also utilizes this approach to address the mental health and addiction needs of those she works with.

Cary Thrall

Move To Heal SD Lead Volunteer Instructor

Cary is an enrolled member of the Sicangu Oyate. She is a Black Hills winyan, heart and soul. Born and raised in South Dakota, she believes in the importance of compassion and kindness. Cary works in many facets through her business, finding flow and seeking harmony every day. CAT Scratch Studios, Creative Arts and Therapies, links her passions of teaching, yoga+meditations, art and community. Cary is a certified educator, artist, community organizer and change maker. Engaging with people is vital for her. She perceives connections and strives to deepen them. She connects people through holistic, healthy living, creative community collaborations, teaching, art, and yoga+meditations to harmonize life.

Acosia Red Elk

Move To Heal SD Lead Volunteer Instructor

Acosia Red Elk is an enrolled member of the Umatilla Reservation in Northeastern Oregon. She is a 10x world champion jingle dancer and an indigenous yoga teacher and facilitator. Acosia travels the world sharing cultural knowledge and movement, and is known for her unique style of dance, indigenous approach to yoga, public speaking and storytelling. Finding the practice of yoga seven years ago has guided Acosia toward her natural role as a wellness leader, shown in her passion for sharing yoga with Native people. She seeks to spread awareness about the healing benefits of movement and the power of thought, and how these tools can be used daily to release toxic stress and reduce historical and bodily trauma. Acosia is the creator of powwow yoga, a movement practice that combines indigenous powwow dancing with yoga, using the 7th generation principles to protect and ensure a future of healthy generations.

10x World Champion Jingle Dancer, 200 hr RYT, 500 hr CE, Yoga Master trainer, certified: Sculpt, Bands, Hotcore, Buti, Vinyasa. 300 hr YTT in progress. Switzerland UNICEF Representative. 

Victoria Marie

Move To Heal SD Lead Volunteer Instructor

Victoria Marie, Wáčhiŋhiŋ Máza Wíŋyaŋ (Iron Plume Woman), is a mother, an artist, the founder of Indigenous Lotus and an enrolled tribal member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate. She is a certified 500-hour yoga instructor, Buti yoga instructor, a yoga of 12-step recovery leader, a life coach, a communication facilitator for indigenous youth and holds a degree in business management.

Ryan Allen

Move To Heal SD Lead Volunteer Instructor

Dr. Ryan Allen is an educator, consultant, artist, advocate, and coach. He is the author of two books of poetry and his work has appeared in South Dakota Review, The Louisville Review, and Under the Sun, among others. He is also the non-fiction and Siouxland editor for The Briar Cliff Review. Dr. Allen has over 20 years of experience working with young people in a multitude of different settings as a camp counselor, environmental educator, team builder, judo instructor, paraprofessional, yoga teacher, and college professor. He’s also the father of two boys and a girl.

Meghan Nelson

Move To Heal SD Lead Volunteer Instructor

Dr. Meghan Nelson has been practicing physical therapy for over a decade in a variety of settings including home health, skilled nursing facilities, pediatrics, and outpatient clinics. Dr. Nelson is a certified Professional Yoga Therapist who offers Medical Therapeutic Yoga (MTY), an integrative healthcare approach to reduce pain and improve strength, mobility, and function. Key components include learning and practicing breathe techniques to train the nervous system to be calm and focused, and developing postural awareness aimed at creating stability to facility mobility.

In addition to MTY, Dr. Nelson offers a variety of other specialties in physical therapy. She’s a certified lymphedema therapist, she holds a certification in LSVT BIG treatment for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease, and a specialization in vestibular therapy to treat individuals with vertigo and/or dizziness. Dr. Nelson is also a practicing yoga and yoga and mindfulness teacher with a passion to make yog accessible to all bodies, abilities and experience. In addition to her E-RYT-200, she has completed a 45-hour training “Yoga for the Special Child” as well as a certification in gentle and chair yoga.

Katherine Fideler

Move To Heal SD Lead Volunteer Instructor

Han mitakuyepi, my name is Katherine and I’m an enrolled member of the Ihanktonwan Nation (Yankton Sioux tribe). After graduating from Marty Indian school, I became a mom to 3 children. I lived overseas for 3 years in Greece, Israel, Hungary then came home and finished my nursing degree. I currently work at Sanford health as a primary nurse for a family medicine doctor. I am Buti yoga and a 200 hour certified yoga teacher. In winter of last year I founded Sovereign Nation Studio that provides yoga classes, apparel and beadwork designed by myself. I have a passion for healing and walking with others in their healing journey, fitness, nutrition, wellness and helping others.