Tumi Johnson

the poemdances

March 9 2018

My new poemdance, Now You Are Free, is now available to watch. It is a guided meditation and dance piece that was created as a heart-opener. Enhanced with music by the talented Eddie deSouza, the dance is intended to help us rise up into our true, deeply loving, and creative selves. To experience the meditation/dance, please click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lekmgPjWGaY&t=31s  Much love and healing to you <3>

February 23 2018

My book, Delicious Healing, came out this month and I have been so humbled and thrilled by the response.  

The book is not just my writing but also contains my dance.

I wrote this book to share my own personal story of healing as a testament that with the right tools, true and sustained well-being is possible.
I share the tools that I used on my journey-- the very ones that I often share with my clients and  

January 22 2018
Chiang Mai dance rehearsal

Chiang Mai dance rehearsal

Happy 2018! I have had a busy beginning of the year-- giving yoga classes as well as dance performance/holistic health presentations at the amazing #fruitwinterfest in Thailand.. as well as working on my new poemdance which is a dance and guided meditation poem on opening our heart spaces. Getting into Nature, rehearsing barefoot on the earth has been grounding for me during this time. Wishing you a healthy and beautiful year and I am so excited to share more healing dances with you soon <3>

December 8 2017

Sending so much love to a place and community that are dear to my heart: Ojai and those that live in/nearby who have been affected by the fires. You are in my thoughts and prayers.  Here is a clip from a recent rehearsal of my new poemdance, which is all about opening up our heart space. Doing this, in my experience, is so healing in the aftermath of trauma <3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v="ufaswujlacs&t=2s" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v="">

November 17 2017

Love, Barcelona, and the book Eating Animals are all some of my inspirations behind the new poemdance I am working on. I just uploaded a video about these current inspirations including rehearsal clips. And you can check it out here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Nm8mzZUoac  <3>

October 27 2017

Feeling grateful for being on the beautiful island of La Palma on the Canary Islands. It's been a wonderful place for getting some much needed rest, and also for dancing. To see some short video clips of my dancing, you can find me on Instagram @thepoemdances.   I will be coming to you soon about the new poemdance I'm creating. In the meantime, I hope you are enjoying this season wherever on the globe you might be <3>

October 6 2017

My new poemdance has been completed. It is called It Happened, and the piece is all about how we navigate through and rise through trauma. To see the dance and hear the poem, you can watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boZ9D11dh_Q&t=1s  Much love and healing to you <3>

September 22 2017

My short poemdance film, California, has been selected to be a part of 40 NORTH Dance Film Festival in San Diego, CA. The film will be screened September 30 at Art Produce in North Park. For more information and to get tickets to the festival, please check out www.40northfest.com <3 also="" fyi:="" my="" new="" poemdance="" is="" almost="" completed..details="" coming="" soon!="" also="" fyi:="" my="" new="" poemdance="" is="" almost="" completed..details="" coming="">

September 4 2017

A new poemdance is slowly getting created. And a lot of it is inspired by trauma-- how we navigate through it and heal from it. To craft this piece, I am pulling from recent (and more remote) personal experiences as well as a lot of the traumatic events that are happening in our world right now. Here is a clip from a recent rehearsal for the piece. I will keep you updated on how the piece progresses and when it is completed. Much love and healing on your journeys <3 to="" see="" the="" rehearsal,="" please="" click="" here:="" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v="wzsy1odjgci" to="" see="" the="" rehearsal,="" please="" click="" here:="" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v="">

August 12 2017

An integral part of my ability to express myself and work as a channel for healing through dance, has to do with how I nourish myself both physically and mentally/emotionally. On August 19 at 2:30pm at Presidio Park in San Diego,  I will be giving a holistic health talk about true nourishment, how a HEALTHY plant based diet can be transformative for one's well being, and how we need to nurture activities outside of eating to truly feed our souls. I will also be offering a dance performance as  

July 26 2017


I am thrilled to be performing and presenting in a place I called home for 2 years and which keeps calling me back: Ojai, California. If you are in the area, come by Saturday, August 5 at 2:30 pm for a talk interwoven with dance performance.

The talk will include me sharing my journey from a sick doctor-in-training to someone who feels like my health (and sense of  

July 14 2017

One of the joys of traveling for me is dancing while traveling; moving my body in the diverse and beautiful spaces our planet offers. One such place- Crater Lake. It felt truly special to dance by this volcano-turned-deepest lake in the U.S. The following is a link to some improvisational dance movement I did while there. I  hope the movement and scenery uplift your day, and that you seek out some connection with Nature this weekend. Here is the video:   

June 26 2017
Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos

I've been in Kauai for the past few weeks -- celebrating with a dear friend who got married here--- and it has been amazing to dance in a few of the many beautiful spots on this magical island. I am also so excited to be coming to the mainland to be offering my dance and holistic medical work. If you are in the Washington area, come join me Saturday July 1 at Colman Park in Seattle, Washington 2-4pm. I will be giving a holistic health talk interwoven with dance, and  there will also be a Q+A  

June 6 2017

I have completed "I Am the Sane" and in just a few days,  I am leaving Asia after 6 months here, and coming to America! I am so excited to be sharing my work while Stateside, including performing this poemdance in full and giving holistic health presentations. I will be in Hawaii, Seattle, Portland (Oregon) and throughout California from June through August. If you are interested in booking a performance and/or presentation from me, or you just want to say hi, please send me a message or post  

May 23 2017
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Timeline Photos

Photo from this morning's rehearsal of "I am the Sane also." Loving my current dance studio-- a sand bar during low tide on a beach in Siquijor in the The Philippines. I am completing the poemdance this week and you can then check out my YT channel (thepoemdances) to see the the complete dance piece. Much <3>

April 28 2017
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I recently made a video on some of the inspirations for the new Spring poemdance I am working on. They include experiencing an earthquake in Bali as well as some of the interactions I have had recently with patients and clients around the ideas of transformation. Here is the link to the video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RATUNHnqYDM I hope you enjoy it. I am looking forward to sharing the poemdance with you once it's complete Much <3>

April 17 2017
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"One morning I danced and the earth decided she'd join in. It registered 6 on the Richter scale...." Excerpt of the poem I'm writing for the new Spring poemdance. This piece will be all about awakening and how we wake up to our best dreams. Photo from morning rehearsal on Koh Samet, Thailand. Much <3>

March 24 2017
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Timeline Photos

The poemdance for this past season is up. It's a bit of an experiment this time- a hybrid of dancing and me sharing my experience and advice around the healing practice of self love. The poemdance is called Renaissance and you can check out the video here:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywKrgYYFM5o&t=4s   Much love to you and Happy Spring!

March 9 2017
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Timeline Photos

I just submitted a film to an international dance film competition. The challenge: create a dance film that lasts just 60 seconds. Not 48 seconds or 65 seconds...60 seconds. The film took over 6 hours of editing but it was a joy to create. Wishing you much joy in whatever you are currently creating <3 here="" is="" the="" link="" to="" the="" film:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v="yvwhvdlvary" here="" is="" the="" link="" to="" the="" film:="" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v="">

February 10 2017
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Timeline Photos

I am really excited to be in the final stages of creating this season's poemdance that is centered around self love. I recently made a video about the inspirations for the piece. Check it out here if you have a chance, and I'll be back soon with the completed dance. Here is the link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcZrEyyM9n4&t=1s  <3 to="" you="" to="">