Catalina is a movement and mindfulness educator and co-founder/co-director of the Spirit Loft Movement Centre with her husband, Andre Talbot, established in 2011. She has a lifelong love affair with movement and learning, and is committed to the practice of maintaining beginner’s mind.
As a competitive gymnast, she spent her formative years bounding off any surface she could find. Through her teens and University studies she continued to explore a variety of athletic pursuits, as well as yoga & mindfulness practices and artistic pursuits. For the past decade she has dedicated and directed her practice and studies through a broad vocabulary of embodied practices. Through her commitment to depth and breadth of practice, she continue to develop her awareness, resilience, communication skills, movement potential, resilience and compassion.
Catalina has had the opportunity to study and learn from a diverse and accomplished set of coaches and teachers in the disciplines of mindfulness, yoga, strength & conditioning, mobility & flexibility training, acrobatics, dance, martial arts and somatic movement. Her teachers past and present include Jozef Frucek of Fighting Monkey/Rootless Root, Shawn Mozen & Sara-Clare Lajeunesse of Agatsu, the Ido Portal team, Poep Sa Frank Jude Boccio, the late Shoken Michael Stone, Laura Sygrove, Annie Carpenter, Schuyler Grant, Pat Harada Linfoot & Scott Davis. She is ever grateful to all her esteemed teachers for their generosity, exacting encouragement and mentorship.
Catalina believes in a balanced practice, one that is steeped in diversity, discipline, curiosity and creativity.She leads classes, workshops, retreats, intensives, teacher trainings and carries a full roster of private clients ranging in age and ability. She also mentors teachers with the New Leaf Foundation, a not for profit organization that shares trauma-informed body practice and mindfulness based life skills with under-serviced youth in custody facilities and TDSB schools/community centres. She is dedicated to the development of curious and diligent students of movement, stillness and community practices.