Hi, I'm Richi Kai Karou!
I am the “Foundational Force” behind Dance Alive. I live the true spirit of Dance Alive. Dance Alive is more than anyone sees, it is the spirit of Life Itself.
I am the “Foundational Force” (name given to me by Mariane) in Mariane’s personal and professional life, always have been and always will be. I am not only here for Mariane and I am also here for everyone that Mariane ever touches. I am a living breathing force behind her sails in which she is the navigator.
I first recognized Mariane when I was in my early 20’s and saw she had a special spirit that I had never seen before. I knew I wanted to be around her. I knew she was connected to a magic that was magnetic, vibrant and dynamic and she disarmed everyone she met. I was amazed by her freedom of spirit, and not only did I want to be around her, I wanted the world to be able to experience what I felt in her.
We went from friends to getting married, and now 40 years later, I am proud to say my deep level feeling and intuitive sense of Mariane has served me well. I have proudly protected her, watched out for her, provided for her so she could live the life she was meant to live and do the work that she is here to do. She has also provided the same for me.
We’ve raised 3 children together, and now 2 daughter in laws and 1 grandchild, and have weathered all the storms and enjoyed sunny days that marriage and family bring. No one has ever inspired me to move to the depths that Mariane does.
Living with her is a daily experience in Dance Alive. She is true to her nature, as I am too. We believe in each other, in giving each other space to truly be ourselves and both live the passion that burns within us both so strongly.
I started out at 18, working 72 hrs a week at a store and within 9 months was partners in a successful company (working 85 hrs a week) which I dissolved a few years later to go on my spiritual quest, as something was igniting in my very spirit and money was not so important to me then. Something deeper, something more valuable was pulling at me.
It was then that I met Mariane. We were both experiencing every new workshop, consciousness training, movement program we could find. We loved all these explorations.
Right before we married, and the reality of life in Los Angeles was setting in, with 2 large extended families, I recognized right away I needed to return to the working world and began the Corporate journey.
I, along with my partner, created Paradise Creations, Inc. (a national sales company), The Hits, Inc. (a national distribution company) and Entertainment Calendars, Inc. We published & exclusively sold the 1st Britney Spears & Pokemon calendars & distributed & sold the 1st NSync & Backstreet Boys calendars). Diving into the corporate world, and interfacing with the top chains in the United States (All Record Chains, Wal-Mart, Target, GNC, 7Eleven, CVS, Walgreen’s, Claire's Boutiques, etc.), gave me a growing business savvy.
I was the managing partner, overseeing 50 employees daily, handling the top accounts, all manufacturers and interfaced with all the legalities, banking and accounting that was necessary to keep our business thriving. We created very successful businesses. As the internet came in, the Record Chains (our main area of distribution) became a dinosaur and we had to close our doors. I closed all our companies on a Friday and reopened the next Monday morning, in a new business, Urban Marketing Group,Inc. which I worked in for the next 10 years. I am continuing to be on the leading edge of all kinds of new business projects which keeps me vibrantly engaged in the business world.
About 2 years, ago I began to stretch my wings and develop my personal interests of essential integration, healing, crystal healing, personal transformation, energy work and water and earth vortex work. I began to utilize my healing abilities which I discovered in my early 20’s, clearing headaches & stomachaches immediately and other physical symptoms that were energetically based including panic attacks & migraines.
I now work individually with many of the Dance Alive students to support Mariane as she has transitioned out of most of her private work. I am a steady force in her classes. I have consistently been not only an ear for her to bounce off of, I have continuously encouraged her to take on the next level of her work and always been there in full support.
We operate very differently, based my corporate background and her intuitive fluid movement orientation and together we create a strong, steady flowing vibrant force.
My other passion is going to Hawaii. We’ve been going to Maui and North Shore Kauai for the last 37 years, our entire marriage. I am vibrantly alive and very happy when on the islands, very connected to Mother Earth and the living mana that seeps through my whole being when I’m there. We’ve owned a house in Kula, Maui for 12 years and spent a month a year in Hawaii for 25 years straight with our family. This land continues to call me, to nourish me and to speak to me and through me. You will feel the islands as you enter our home here in the Pacific Palisades. I take care of the gardens, keep the hibiscus blooming, the pond filled, the amethyst clear in which the water flows through, the impatiens bright and beautiful, the ferns well tended to. My home is in the Living Mother Earth and Her Life Giving Waters. I water my plants every day and bless her & all life as I do. Our home is filled with the crystals from the Earth, all colors, rainbows and freshly created alters that vibrate with the current vortexs of energy that are being created. I am grateful for such a rich & abundant life. I am the steady force in which the waves roll. I am the “Foundation Force” here forever in Dance Alive.