Marathon Success!

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It happened! I completed my fourth full marathon on September 30th of this year, and raised over $2300 for the Portland Community Free Clinic in the process, thanks to the generosity of community members, friends and family.

I ran dressed as the Resilient Rose, embodying the feminine spirit and the strength of perseverance! Whether it’s the fight for universal health care, equal pay, justice, or the freedom of expression… persevering pays off!

May we never give up, on each other, on ourselves, and on doing what is best for our planet.

Nia at the Common Ground Fair

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It was such a joy to share the Nia Technique with fair goers in Unity, Maine, once again this year. My Nia sister and Maine Nia Blue Belt Teacher, Anna Fiedler, joined me in offering Nia moves from the classic routine by Nia creator, Debbie Rosas, Vibe. Our focus was on the five sensations of fitness: Flexibility, Agility, Mobility, Strength, and Stability. We embodied what Nia teaches so well: personalizing the experience of fitness through awareness of sensation.

My wholehearted thanks to all who joined us for the “Taste of Nia” this year!

One week until the Maine Marathon!

 “Oh, the places you’ll go!” It’s fun to look back on just some of the locations I've had the pleasure of training over this summer…

“Oh, the places you’ll go!” It’s fun to look back on just some of the locations I've had the pleasure of training over this summer…

I am honored and awed by the show of support for my upcoming run! Thank you to all who have given any amount to the Portland Community Free Clinic: friends, family, and people who I don’t know but who know of the Clinic and support the mission of providing quality healthcare to all. I am truly astounded by the generosity all around. If you would like to give, or share the link to give with a friend, here it is:

Once you are on the page, scroll down until you see the Portland Community Free Clinic listed, then click “select” and follow the directions. Thank you!

The race on September 30th will be my fourth full marathon, and the second time I am running the Maine Marathon (first time was in 2006, my first marathon!).

I am looking forward to what looks to be a beautiful weather day and lovely course up to Yarmouth and back. If you are in town and have some free time, supporting the runners with a smile and a wave, a shout of encouragement, always means so much to THIS runner! I plan on wearing something festive and colorful so I should be easy to spot.

You can have my personal race updates texted or emailed right to you by clicking here and filling in your info.

Again, thank you for your interest and support. I could not do it without you. I know for certain I would not be in the shape I am without Nia: the spirit of Nia gently guides me toward optimal body balance, the harmony of stability and mobility, full range of motion, and stillness… listening always.

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Erin Emcees PechaKucha Portland Night Sept. 13th!

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Join Erin for a night of storytelling and image sharing the way only PK delivers: fast and fun! Never heard of PechaKucha? Come and be delighted and inspired by your friends and neighbors as they share their passion in a 20x20 format: 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide. PK nights are wonderful networking and neighborly events where you are sure to make new connections and leave feeling inspired. Our upcoming theme is…


For the artist, the inventor, or the entrepreneur, it’s the call to persevere, keep experimenting, and letting the bumps, bruises—and sometimes very painful setbacks—inspire and inform the next great success.

Speakers in order

Emcee:  Erin Curren

Lisa Whited,  "To Err Is Human, To Engineer Divine"
Alan Lishness,  "An Overnight Success In Just 50 Years"
Willy Jones, "Making Amends to a Whale Named Flask"
Joanne Arnold, "Make No Mistake"  
Bennett Steele,  "Order Out Of Chaos"
Arthur Fink, "The Sometimes Bumbling Path" 
JR Pelletier,  "Imagination Assembled" 

Thursday, September 13th 2018

Doors open at 6:30pm, showtime is 7:20pm. Arrive early for best seats!

At the Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St. Portland, Maine

$7 General, $5 Student

Pay at the door!

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Running for a cause: Healthcare shouldn't be a privilege

It's heartbreaking to hear the stories of people encumbered by medical debt, or avoiding treatment due to the high costs of healthcare. This year I have decided to run the Maine Marathon on September 30, 2018 to raise funds and awareness for the Portland Community Free Clinic.

The PCFC --now in it's 25th consecutive year of operation-- is almost exclusively staffed by volunteer doctors, nurses, therapists, and nurse practitioners. On a shoestring budget, the clinic sees over 500 patients a year who are working and stably housed but without health insurance. Learn more about the PCFC on their website, and click here if you are inspired to donate any amount.

In many ways marathon training reminds me of the kind of 'slow medicine' often practiced at the Free Clinic. Doctors and nurses take time to listen and treat the whole person. The time and commitment it requires to successfully train for a marathon requires a similar commitment.  It means I need to listen to my body and not overdo it.

The PCFC's volunteer docs and nurses show up for their once-a-month commitment reliably.  Likewise, I must adhere to my training schedule, rain or shine, whether I'm at home or on the road. 

I have found that the Nia Technique offers the perfect compliment to running: with its dynamic full range of motion moves, the low-impact and sustainable cardio, the focus on flexibility and agility, and the creativity I get to express at every cycle of the class.

We all know running can be stressful on the joints and repetitive as heck, that's why Nia is my saving grace when I am training for a marathon and am logging 5 runs per week, including one long run.

If you'd like to start running or connect with me on Map My Run (a free app that allows you to track all kinds of exercise) you can find me under my name, Erin Curren. If you need a running buddy, reach out! And if you feel inspired to give any amount of money in support of the Portland Community Free Clinic, please do! 

Thank you!