Unearthing Power through Movement

Taru Festival

Forestburgh NY, Catskill Mountains August 25th - 28th, 2016 

Details for 2017 coming soon!!

Pilates Yoga Dance

August 25th - 28th, 2016

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Hi there!

I've been noticing some pretty amazing changes in the world right now, but first I want to hear,

Do you feel distracted from a life you were meant to live?

Like there is literally never any time for you?

Maybe you know inside that the way you are living -up to your eyeballs in emails, and constantly racing from one thing to the next- is crazy.

You know that there is another way... you just don’t know how, exactly.

You crave grace and ease, to flow with life instead of moving against it.

To know, for once, how to hold your center with poise, no matter what is happening around you…

I have been privileged to witness the deep transformation and healing of re-connecting the mind and body throughout the work I have done over the last 10 years.

Watching women overcome their deepest concerns in only a few days is magical.

Which is why I have created Taru for you.

I want you to: 

~ Never again, be separated, from the clear voice of your inner truth.

~Be at one with your body, cultivating a harmonious, congruous, relationship with it for life. 

~Drop negative self- talk.

~Learn to find flow in your life, so that you can live with ease.

As a long time fitness advocate, student of spirituality (with a BA in World Religions and Culture), and Pilates instructor, I have been privileged to witness the deeply healing and transformative affects of merging the mind with the body. It is a process that deeply connects us to Spirit.

Through this embodied spirituality, I have come to know the vast potential of my femininity. 

I've learned to find harmony with the world around me, make deeper connections with nature, and have better access to my intuition. 

I believe that this is a very exciting time for women! 

 It is time to embrace all that it means to be a Woman. 

For this reason, I have gathered top level professionals, from Yoga, Pilates, and Dance as well as specialized teachers to guide you to better connect with nature, and your intuition

All of this to help usher you into a new era of being You! 

If you are ready for powerful transformation, experiences of deep healing, and connection to the land in a community of like minded Sisters, I welcome you to TARU, and I can not wait to celebrate with you.


Love and Blessings,

Bianca Velez

owner of Find the Midline, ltd 

TARU (Akkadian for “to know,” as well as “to return”) is a 4-day festival celebrating the transformational power of women's bodies.

Under the guidance of leaders in Pilates, yoga and dance, we will gather in the pristine woods of the Upper Delaware River Valley to explore the connection between mind, body and spirit, unearthing the true potential of the divine feminine.

For millennia, the healing properties of connecting mind and body have been explored. A truly global canon of movement has been established–from shaking, singing and twirling to calisthenics, strength training and stretching. Pilates, yoga and dance are powerful modalities that help us relate not only to the self, but to the earth. They cultivate a deeper awareness of our inner and outer journeys and empower us to meet life's challenges.

At TARU, we will:

• Learn from teachers renowned in their fields

• Move our bodies in celebration

• Nourish ourselves with delicious meals created from the earth

• Relax during guided meditations and sacred forest journeys

• Commune in the beauty of nature

• Support each other wholeheartedly

• Laugh to our heart's content 

Taru Leaders

Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She’s also a proud mom to her son Timothy, a contributing editor at *Health*, a brand ambassador for C9 by Target, and has appeared frequently on television: *Today Show*, *Good Morning America*, *Early Show*, CNN, Fox News, among other programs. Whether working privately, watching her DVD in the comfort of your home, or working out in one of her classes, she will help you get in shape and have fun while doing it. Kristin aims to make her programs fun and accessible to all… beginner yogis included

Mary Bowen learned Pilates directly from Joseph Pilates, and his wife Clara. After 59 plus years of study her original wisdom and expertise make her an invaluable asset; she is affectionately referred to as an elder within the Pilates community. In the same year that she began her Pilates training, Mary started Jungian analysis. Both disciplines went so deep in her that they became parallel professional pursuits. After 20 years of study the analyst in her began synthesizing with the Pilates method. Each client could be viewed in all their in depth, and the combination of her professions helped her to engage with the whole person- conscious and unconscious. Mary believes that the greatest potential gift each one of us can give to the word is our cultivated Self. She is a life line to lost souls, and helping hand to all who wish to go deeper, an encounter with Mary of any size will be a treasure for a lifetime.

Rochelle Schieck is the founder of Qoya. Since its inception in 2009, she has trained hundreds of Qoya teachers, taught thousands of Qoya movement classes, and led dozens of retreats in the most sacred places on earth with one intention in mind: to remember, and to help others do the same. Her work has been featured in outlets like New York Magazine, Oprah.com, The Telegraph, and Psychology Today.

Arawana Hayashi’s work as a choreographer, performer and educator is deeply sourced in improvisation and collaboration. Currently she brings embodied presence practices and meditation into the capacity building programs of the Presencing Institute. With Otto Scharmer and others she is creating the arts-based social change method, Social Presencing Theater. She also brings her work to the ALIA Institute, Halifax, Nova Scotia; the Sustainable Leadership program, Norre Snede, Denmark; the Naropa University Authentic Leadership program, Boulder, CO; and the Society for Organizational Learning’s ECW. She is an Acharya (senior teacher) in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. She brings embodied awareness practices to organizations and social change projects throughout the world.

Monisha Chandanani is an Intuitive Advisor and Founder of See.Love.Choose., a system for conscious creation. At the age of 23, Monisha had a life-altering experience that woke her up to the interconnectedness of all things. She experientially learned that the power of a focused mind, coupled with a loving heart, establishes a strong foundation to create all that is desired. For the past 12 years, Monisha has dedicated her life to teaching these principles to individuals and groups. Her current passion is rooted in harnessing the power of consciousness on a community level to create a world that works for us all.

Dhyana Masla – Influenced by, and committed to, the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition, Dhyana brings the depth of inquisition into her classes offering the opportunity for her students to cultivate intimate relationships with their multi-faceted Humanness while simultaneously taking a step back, a step deeper into the Truth of WHO and WHAT we really are; beyond our stories, our fears, and our limitations. After studying Ayurveda extensively with her father in Florida, Dhyana received her bachelors degree at Naropa University in Psychology and Traditional Eastern Arts with a focus in Yoga. Born and raised on a path of Bhakti Yoga, she weaves her background of Western Psychology with her experience and knowledge of the eastern sciences to bring a holistic approach to living a balanced and empowered life.

Dhyana leads Yoga Teacher Trainings, workshops, retreats, and pilgramiges around the world.

Jeannine Tidwell is co-Founder and co-Director of Twin Eagles Wilderness School, a family-operated educational school offering nature connection, traditional arts of mentoring, wilderness living skills and cultural repair and restoration. She leads Rites of Passage for girls and soon to be leading them for women as well. She is mother to two boys and lives in Sandpoint, Idaho. 

Kim Vetter is a dance artist, teacher, and student of life who creates work with the intention of facilitating transformation. She is the artistic director of Kosmic Dance Theatre and has been dancing and teaching for over 30 years. She holds an MA from SUNY Brockport where she focused her studies on Dance in the African Diaspora in Northeast Brazil and an MFA from UCLA in World Arts and Cultures. Kim founded the African dance program at the University of New Mexico and has led workshops throughout the United States, South America, Asia, and Canada.


Lauryn Bellafiore- Ancient Wisdom for Modern Living: (CAP) Ayurvedic Practitioner & entrepreneur- founder of Surya Chandra Ayurveda, BD Certified Biodynamic grower, and Medicine curator. Having studied and lived in India, Lauryn encourages bringing forth the connection of body, mind, soul, and sense organs through providing; Self Care practices, Panchakarma detoxification, lifestyle regimens, understanding your constitution, tracking seasonal eating, local foraging, and medicine preparation for optimal well being. She is inspired to collaborate and weave the future of integral healthcare, liberation, and wellness in these present times. Her intention is to observe the seasons, resources, and plants that are coming forth each month- infusing indian herbs with Hudson Valley, NY herbs brings her great satisfaction and gratitude for the wisdom & sustainability of the medicine around us; utilizing what is in her local region. She uses the Ayurvedic framework to alchemize body oils, medicines, and food that will support our beings as we ebb & flow with the constant change of life. 

Alissa Dandrilli Laterza is a Licensed Massage Therapist of 10 years, with her Bachelors degree in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training. Her degree and certification as an Athletic Trainer lead her to spend many years working with athletes of all levels, from children to high school and college to professional. Her experience working with these athletes and recognizing, assessing and rehabilitating their athletic injuries has been the basis of her massage therapy skills. Utilizing massage to heal the body, mind and soul, Alissa connects with each of her clients and meets their needs through various techniques, such as myofascial release, trigger point therapy, craniosacral therapy and active release technique, to name a few. She teaches yoga as well and incorporates the power of mindfulness into her clients' sessions, encouraging a more wholistic approach to caring for oneself.

Keynote Speaker

Elizabeth Velez is an outspoken advocate for diversity and empowerment of women, and a sought after speaker on women’s leadership and work/family balance. She is the President of the Velez Organization, a 45 year old family owned and managed construction services firm - creating schools, hospitals and parks throughout New York. She is a Trustee of Boricua College; an accredited private institution serving primarily Latinas with three campuses in NY. She serves on the advisory boards of numerous NYC and NYS agencies, industry non-profits, and groups supporting mentorship and scholarships for youth. On the international front, Ms. Velez is Co-Chair of Iran 180 – an organization that advocates for human rights. She is a contributor to media outlets such as Fox News Latino, The Daily News, The Wall Street Journal, El Diario La Prensa, Hispanic Business, ENR, City & State and Crain’s New York Business. Elizabeth holds a Master of Business Administration from Hofstra University. Her greatest joys in life stem from embracing culture, family, and her son, David.


Syama Masla was raised in a family of Bhakti yogis and now serves as the director of Yoga at The Bhakti Center. She teaches weekly yoga and meditation classes as well as 200 hr yoga teacher trainings five per year. She was given formal initiation in the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition by Radhanath Swami in 2014.

Syama is a life long vegetarian and lover of animals. In her classes she places a strong emphasis on tapping into the rhythm of breath as it guides movement. With over 1000 hours of certification in both Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, she keeps the practice rooted in its tradition and uses creative sequencing, inviting her love of dance and rhythm.

Taru Founder and Director

Bianca Velez is a Pilates instructor, and founder of Find the Midline Pilates, in Mineola NY. She was inspired to create Taru while thinking about how to be of service to her largely female client base. It is also the combination of many of her lifelong passions. Bianca has been through years of training in shamanism in the Hopi tradition, and has a baccalaureate in World Religion and Culture from Georgetown University. She has also studied the environment and psychology extensively through Columbia University, Colorado College, New York University, and Pacifica Graduate Institute. Bianca looks forward to opening her second studio in Pond Eddy, NY, and spending more time in nature, with her four year old daughter Francesca. 

What's included:

4 Night Stay ~ Campsites or Cabins, your choice

Mindfully constructed workshops from Taru Leaders designed to create change in your life and help you access your most authentic Self 

Daily Meals and Snacks 

Admittance into our Healing Village where you can make appointments for massage, ayurvedic healings and assessment, intuitive guidance, as well as work privately with many of our Taru Leaders (additional fees apply)

Access to exclusive hiking trails, and 12,000 acres of wilderness in which to play

Prema Breathwork

Meditation instruction

Bonfires ~ Dance ~ Song ~ Ceremony

Opportunities for creating lifelong relationships in a community of like minded Sisters

Deep experiences of Connection with Nature

Sample Schedule

Give yourself the best gift you've had in years! 

Where To Stay

Our site is RUSTIC

The woods are largely untouched. They feel amazing. Camping sites have a pretty sunset view ... and if you want to be in a bunk house, we have those too! 

We love the simple verdant feeling of this place, but we understand, some of you may want other options. 

If you're psyched to see our line up of great teachers and experience TARU, but sleeping this close to the great outdoors is simply not for you we will give you support on where to lay your head. Remember, staying with us is free, all other options you would have to pay for in addition to your registration. 

The Inn At lake Joseph

Best Western Monticello

Grateful To our Sponsor KIND ~Healthy Snacks!

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