Paula Ishtar Biography
Paula Ishtar Biography
Since 1998 to the present, Paula has been running a busy dance business. She has presented dance in therapeutic, entertainment, educational and team building contexts.
Paula has also led women's empowerment workshops and retreats in the UK and Europe.
Paula taught Psychology for Liverpool City council for twelve years.
Paula has an MSc in Consciousness, Spirituality and Transpersonal Psychology and a BA in Psychology and Women’s’ Studies. Ishtar also has professional qualifications in teaching adults and in Holistic Therapies. She has a stress management qualification and has completed courses in diversity and inclusion.
Paula has spoken on subjects of Feminine Spirituality, Embodiment and Middle Eastern Dance and the relationship between economic systems and religious constructs. She has spoken and performed all over the UK, Europe, and America.
Ishtar currently has regular classes run from LIC ( based in Liverpool Bluecoat) and her own dance studio in Wallasey. She has run many successful national and international pilgrimages, to a variety of spiritual locations including Christian, but in particular Neolithic and other sacred sites.
Ishtar has run many events that engage with nature in an artistic, ritualistic and spiritual way.
Ishtar has attended many dance classes and workshops with international teachers over the years in contemporary dance, contact improvisation, Ball Room, Flamenco and Indian classical dance. Her main training and focus have been in Oriental dance.
Ishtar has been a Yoga and meditation practitioner for 25 years.
Ishtar has delivered sessions and courses to many organisations, including Women's Aid, various schools, corporate and charitable organisations. Paula has had many clients, including Homotopia; Gay Pride, various schools, and colleges; St Helens Women’s’ Aid; The Arabic Arts Festival;
Cosmopolitan Magazine; ITV; BBC 3; Glastonbury Goddess Conference; The Green Gathering; The Greenbank Project; The RSPCA; Age UK, Wirral Multi-Cultural Organisation, Wirral Change Granby Children's centre and many more.
Ishtar has run a variety of community magazines including Quiggins News and written for various magazines including Kerrange! She has been published in a variety of international journals, writing about dance and spirituality. Her courses on The Psychology of Self, Sociology, Shamanism and The Divine Feminine, have been published by international correspondence school; ‘The British School of Yoga’.
Ishtar is the creator of 'Club Orientation' a vaudeville, cabaret. The show features themes of Divine Feminine, Queer values, and diverse community performances. This has been in operation successfully for fifteen years, running out of various venues and consists of around twenty performers and technicians.
One of Ishtar 's most enduring hobbies is horticulture and she has created several gardens from scratch. She enjoys growing plants for food that also have an aesthetic value.
Family and cultural background- Ishtar's paternal grandparents were professional, international dancers and had their own dance school in Liverpool. Ishtar's Father also taught dance and practiced fine art.