We had the good fortune of connecting with Amber Ryan and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Amber, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Freedom is very important to me; creative freedom, the freedom to make decisions that feel in full alignment with who I am. My business is first and foremost a community, so alignment is foundational. Kate Shela, my partner in The 360 Emergence, and I are very much aligned. Our alignment, our similar ways and our unique ways in the creative process is in part how The 360 emerged.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?

I have been a mover and dancer all my life. I was always better at freeform dance than technical,
though I did follow the path of the performer up until my early 20’s.

Yet, having injuries early on as a dancer, my path as a mover was forever changed when I learned of
Gabrielle Roth. In studying with her, I learned how to do what I love, dance
and listen to the intelligence of my body simultaneously, allowing myself to move in new creative ways
that are in alignment with how it feels good to move.

I eventually became a teacher of Gabrielle’s work, and traveled the world facilitating workshops.
It was in Costa Rica, and working in the heart of the powerful jungle that my unique path began to open more.
Practicing movement in the jungle brings out a certain wildness that many of us
have forgotten.
Living and teaching in Costa Rica taught me many things, including the joy of collaboration and being part of larger scale events, like Envision Festival.

My path to this moment in time has been a challenging one, yet I am so proud of the good work Kate and our amazing team have brought to the world in such a short amount of time. We have actually just launched our first apprenticeship which has been years in the making. Though the path is a challenging one, it is also a very rewarding one.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take them to shows at both Red Rocks and The Mission Ball Room. Have dinner at Amu in Boulder, drop by for a juice at Wonder, and take a walk by the river in Lyons.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Kate Shela. She is my partner in The 360 Emergence
We are a new company that is 2.5 years old.
We have been creating together for 9 years,
yet took the leap to expand from our root system of the 5Rhythms
movement meditation practice, to The 360 Emergence.
We met on the dance floor with our mutual teacher, Gabrielle Roth,
in 2000. A seed of resonance was planted.
Years later, we joined forces and began to offer retreats in the heart of the
Costa Rican jungle. In a space which was in the shape of a circle: 360 degrees. Our work began to organically
emerge. We have continued to follow the path of creation and evolution all these years together.
We support each other, challenge each other, and want each other to realize our individual dreams as well.
I am eternally grateful to Kate.

Website: www.The360emergence.com

Instagram: @the360.amberryan

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The360AmberRyan

Image Credits
photo by Sarah Prikryl

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