The Universe

is calling you

We Are Pilgrims of Life

Inspired by Nina’s recovery from cancer, Dancing Spirit Tours is a family run business that cultivates holistic relationships with our guests, each other, and the Earth. Every destination, workshop and conference is hosted by knowledgeable and passionate teachers who have expertise on each travel destination. Meet the team below, and then say hello!

Nina Hirlaender

Dream Activator / Owner / Trip Facilitator

Hi! I’m Nina. An entrepreneur, theologian and storyteller devoted to helping you experience the sacred as a powerful force of joy, meaning and connection.

My mission with Dancing Spirit is to bring people together in community to explore our fascinating world and celebrate the wonder of being alive. We visit sacred sites around the globe and create powerful, life changing retreats. Each journey, no matter the destination leaves me feeling that human beings are more the same than we are different. I believe with all my heart that we can accomplish anything when we work together.

As a cancer survivor, I am humbled and honoured to be alive. Having a life-threatening illness was the most eye-opening experience of my because it showed me that our lives have a purpose. The reason we’re here on this planet is to love as much and as often as possible. Everything we do at Dancing Spirit is to help you fulfill your soul’s vocation.

My body of work is informed by animism, sacred activism, feminism, Catholic mysticism, Celtic shamanism, community building, the performing arts and a dream of a world where we all feel a sense of belonging.

It’s been an adventurous career so far! My official title is “Dream Activator.” Why? Because heroically long hours, heaps of passion, and a sprinkle of divine intervention have led me to some wonderful milestones. For instance:

  • Collaborating with my mentor and internationally bestselling author Caroline Myss, on retreats, pilgrimages and conferences in Italy, France, Germany and Austria.
  • My friend and mentor Dr. Robert Holden interviewed me on Shift Happens! Hay House Radio about our joint program ‘Living Your Purpose’ in Italy.
  • St. Francis of Assisi inspires me everyday. I am humbled to be in soul-companionship with this great mystic.

From these brilliant teachers and many others, I continue to expand my own ideas about what it means to live a meaningful life.

I hold a BFA in Theatre Production, and a diploma in Ecovillage Design from the University of Catalunya in Barcelona. I am currently working on a Masters degree in Theology with special focus on St. Francis of Assisi and St. John of The Cross.

I completed shamanic training with Alberto Villoldo at The Four Winds Light Body School as a certified energy medicine practitioner. Trained as a yoga teacher, I’ve been an enthusiastic student of yoga since I was 9 years old.

I’m perpetually refining my communication skills with Marshall Rosenberg’s Non-Violent Communication and the exceptional programming of Landmark Education. I’ve become skilled at expressing vulnerability in full view so others feel comfortable to do so.

Before cancer, I lived, loved, shed blood, sweat and tears for the performing arts. Notable positions include General Manager of Theatre Terrific, a company dedicated to employing arts with physical and mental health issues; Managing Producer of November Theatre, committed to creating alternative musicals; and Operations Manager of Theatre Under The Stars, a vibrant training ground for young performers.

When I’m not globetrotting or theologizing, I’m drinking coffee on Vancouver Island, Canada. Home is a magical sanctuary. I treasure my friends and family. All of these things, and more make up who I am.

Favourite Trip Experience

Arashiyama Giant Bamboo Forest near Kyoto, Japan. Wandering deep into the enchanted emerald forest and discovering a tiny Buddhist temple is the stuff of fairytales. The haunting clatter of giant bamboo stalks in the breeze sounds like wind chimes and feels like magic. I felt like a real faery!

Horst Prelog

The Skeptical Pilgrim / Trip Facilitator / Nina's Father

An adept, discerning, global executive leader, Horst Prelog has spent the last 30 years in the Automotive Industry with the past 10 years as President and COO at the helm of a multi-billion dollar global company.

His success and his achievements are highly regarded by those who have had the benefit of working with him and are undisputed in the Automotive Industry. Horst has a natural gift for collaborative team building. His reputation as a visionary leader and astute businessman are underlined by his intuition and passion for empowering and motivating people to achieve results by tapping into their potential.

His entrepreneurial spirit and optimistic attitude has served him to create his own reality in the business world for 30+ years. Horst believes that the key to a fulfilling life and career is discovering your unique talent and combining it with passion and action.

In early 2012, Horst was motivated to take a break from the rat race of the corporate world and to turn his focus and his attention to his relationship with his two children: his son Mathias and daughter Nina.

In September 2012, Nina, with her passion for spiritual evolution and personal awakening, encouraged her father to join her on a pilgrimage to the South of France in the hope that he would decompress from the hectic pace of his corporate existence and so she could share with him some insight into a spiritual perspective. Horst welcomed the opportunity to spend time with his daughter and reconnect on a new level. It was during his time in the South of France, that Horst warmed to his own inner life.

After this important pilgrimage, father and daughter were inspired to commemorate this experience by embarking on a business venture that would allow them to continue learning from each other and share their passion for harmonious relationship and insight for healing with others. Horst is thrilled to apply his knowledge and extensive business experience to this exciting project.

Favourite Trip Experience

Vienna at Christmas is my favourite time of the year and my favourite trip every year. Whether it's strolling the cobblestone streets decorated for the season, visiting the amazing historic sights or experiencing the magic of the many concerts, each fills me with the feeling of Christmas like nowhere else I have ever known.

Justina Wheale
Justina Wheale
Sales & Marketing Coordinator

With a background in independent media, Justina adores the art of impactful communication. In her role with Dancing Spirit, she can usually be found working behind the scenes to support guests or wrestling big ideas into real-world results. But whether it be creating ad copy, responding to a guest inquiry, writing a trip guide, or introducing Dancing Spirit to a new client, the ultimate goal is the same: connection.

In her early 20s a 10-country, 18-month world journey solidified her lifelong fascination with travel, culture and spirituality. This experience completely redirected her life: shifting her mindset from the pursuit of things to a search for meaning in all things. In her role with Dancing Spirit, Justina is thrilled to combine all her fascinations in one place. When she’s not working, Justina can be found by the river with her husband Neil, young son Walter, and dog, Bear.

Favourite Trip Experience

A spontaneous motorcycle trip with my husband up the California coast from San Francisco to British Columbia’s Okanagan. Nothing beats the child-like freedom of riding on two wheels!

Donna Tulloch
Director of Guest SErvices

From early childhood, Donna dreamt of traveling and exploring the world, romping through the forests of northern Ontario in Canada with her friends, imagining she was on an Africa safari. Setting out at the age of 17 to pursue her education and launch her career was her first glimpse of the big, wide, world and the beginning of a journey that has never ended.

One of the highlights of Donna's career was being recruited to a post in South Africa. "This was an amazing, breathtaking, pinch-me-this-can't-be-for-real, dream-come-true, highlight in my life", says Donna. Since then, travel has been woven into the fibre of her life.

After stepping off the corporate roller-coaster in 2012, Donna has worked as a human resource consultant and is thrilled to be part of the Dancing Spirit Team, fulfilling her passion to help people and share the beauty and magic the world offers.

Favourite Trip Experience

Namibia, Africa. The sheer tranquility of the Namibian Desert night canopied by a million stars and immersed in the exotic desert wilderness. Pure and utter enchantment!

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Download our Trip Catalog for an overview of all our pilgrimages.