VT's first ACRO YOGA FESTIVAL
July 4-5th, 2015
Celebrate Joyful movement together Interdepence weekend with 15 workshops of all levels, 10 inspiring teachers! Come in this beautiful natural setting; 36 acres with swimming brook, waterfalls, circle garden, amphitheater for performance, lush green lawn and rustic Indoor space for Acro Yoga, Thai bodywork & Contact Improvisational movement!
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Announcing our line up of Amazing teachers….
Aaron Lind http://www.aaronlindyoga.com
aron is a renowned international teacher of partner acrobatics and an advocate for empowerment and growth through partnership. He has been fascinated by movement-based practices since childhood, which led to many thousands of hours of playful exploration. Aaron has explored and trained handstand, gymnastic movement, biomechanical alignment-based yoga, and partner acrobatics. He is also a musician, holding an MFA in Jazz Studies and a burlesque artist trained in the New Orleans tradition. He brings a creative flair to his offerings and invites students to cultivate performance as a natural extension of skill-based practice. Aaron brings all of his artistic talents into his teaching. His classes are inclusive, playful, and fun, while remaining grounded in practical and well-tested training methodology. His ability to articulate sophisticated movements in anatomical and action-oriented language creates a powerful learning environment for students to access deeper levels of refined embodiment. Aaron’s intention for teaching is to create empowering and fun environments for students to learn new skills, grow as humans, and have a ton of fun!
Joe Yonek http://www.divineflight.com
Joe is both a certified AcroYogaMTL teacher and a 500 hour certified yoga instructor and has been teaching both since 2011. His additional interests have had him traveling and studying Taoism, shamanism, various forms of energy work and Thai Bodywork.
He teaches from the perspective that learning should be fun and that we should focus more of our energy toward what makes us feel good. His classes are typically filled with a great deal of laughter and joy even while students are meeting new and exciting challenges. Joe teaches his classes to challenge his students to expand beyond what they think is possible. Expect to laugh, to play, to meet new people and to be challenged. He will strengthen your personal confidence and show you the world from a different perspective.
Elizabeth Burris (M.S., RYT-200) has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. During her 200-hour teacher training at Yoga District in 2011, she stumbled upon AcroYoga and immediately fell in love with the practice. After years of practicing and working with the best AcroYoga teachers and practitioners all over the country, she decided to take the leap and become a certified AcroYoga teacher. In 2014 she received her AY teaching certification with the Australia Kula under the guidance of Jason Nemer, Bonnie Argo, and Katie Capano. Along with creating a playful atmosphere to explore the kid at heart, she believes AcroYoga can be a vehicle for healing and life changing transformations. Her goal as an instructor is to create a safe place to build trusting partnerships, cultivate receptiveness, facilitate community building, and encourage people to just have fun!
Jennifer Jang http://acroyoga.com/jennifer-jang/211
As a certified Acroyoga Montreal teacher, Jennifer is skilled on leveraging fundamental techniques to accelerates your practice. Jennifer wants AcroYoga to be accessible for every body. Working long hours sitting down, Jennifer aims to help other office workers rediscover safe fun play, experience healthy touch, and build trust and connection with one another. Jennifer has a sweet joyfulness to her that brings lightness to the practice. Aside from working and teaching at colleges and universities, Jennifer is working on her doctorate and enjoys spreading the Acro joy around the world.
Jeff Mandell http://acroyoga.com/jeffrey-mandell/183 Jeff Mandell is devoted to bringing peace and joy to the world by inspiring others to move, laugh, touch, and play. He is a certified Acro Yoga teacher (Montreal Style) and has been studying and working with the body for more than 10 years. Jeff’s classes are like joining a team of old friends. You build confidence, foster trust, and get creative. It is this safe, energetic, atmosphere that leaves students feeling more connected, sweaty, and smiling. Jeff is also a mediator, adjunct professor at Champlain College in the master’s in mediation program, and the New England Director of Kids4Peace International.
has been studying, teaching, and performing various somatic movement modalities throughout the United States and in Canada for the past 12 years. Though this love affair mostly centers around the work of contact improvisation, she has studied to varying degrees Butoh, Skinner Releasing Technique, Axis Syllabus, Authentic Movement, Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, Body Mind Centering, Somatic Experiencing, Joanna Macy- “The work that Reconnects”, clowning, physical theater and puppetry. Her work weaves these forms together as the threads of a deep listening to the self as body.
Abbi Jaffe is an embodiment activist, teacher, social worker and community builder. With her cultivated presence she authentically moves like a playful and listening animal, dancing with the earth in each moment. Abbi inspires others to follow their own body's curiosity and impulses, unleash their radiant resilience, and to be exquisite.
Abbi passionately teaches yoga, contact improvisation dance, acro yoga, authentic movement and embodied community building and has been leading people on expeditions in the wilderness and within themselves since 2000.
Abbi would love to invite you to her Dharma Door retreat in Underhill VT and to discover the Somatic Body training. dharmadoor.com
Lori Flower is the founder of Karmic Connection Yoga, part of a living, breathing movement which promotes healing through conscious and creative connection. Based in the Green Mountains of Vermont, she is a mother, naturalist, & Yoga instructor with 15 years’ teaching experience. Certified in AcroYoga MTL in 2011, Lori pioneered a community of AcroYoga practice in Vermont and has supported the growth of AcroYoga around New England. Lori is strong as a base as well as a flyer, despite her 100 lb. stature, and this has given her the freedom to develop Acro relationships with a wide range of people. While Lori is super happy upside down and learning hot new tricks, her true gifts are expressed through holding powerful, nurturing space where people feel safe playing together, investigating self-discovery, and exploring human interrelationship. http://www.karmiconnection.com
Sammi Dandelions (Acrogangster)
Yoga has been a part of Sammi's life for over 10 years, the practice has helped her grow stronger both on and off the mat. Practicing yoga and Acroyoga motivates her to live out each moment of her life to its absolute fullest. She lives to inspire others to laugh, play and spread joy and happiness through movement. In her classes, she works to create a safe, fun and supportive environment where students will be challenged, build trust and a sense of connection through touch.You can expect to leave her class sweaty and smiling! Sammi completed her 200hr Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training with Bhava Yoga in Brattleboro, VT and recently returned from Bali, Indonesia where she received her Level 1 ACROVINYASA Teacher Certification. Aside from teaching yoga, Sammi is also an avid gardener, adventurer, and lover of life.
Christine Moonbeam, Acro Revolution Teacher and RYT 200 with a BA in dance, grew up studying dance and tumbling in a tiny town in rural Iowa where her love of movement and the arts were fostered. She started working with Zip Zap Circus, a program that empowers youth to dare to dream by bringing the magic of circus arts to children in inner city schools in Washington D.C. Christine was first introduced to Partner Acrobatics while working with Zip Zap Circus and it was here that her passion for Acro started to take flight! She has been studying Partner Acrobatics ever since and teaches Acro and Creative Movement for children locally in Washington D.C. area. Christine believes that Acro, at its best, is about the willingness to approach ourselves and our partners like children playing on a playground for the first time. She wishes to help others find healing and empowerment through creative movement, dedicated training, partnership and community the way she has!
Evening Fire Acro Yoga performance by Meg Agni Warren
Food As Medicine to Nourish Your Body, Mind and Spirit
Prepared with Love by Lisa Mase, Harmonized Cookery
Lisa Mase is a culinary medicine educator, homesteader, folk herbalist and creative cook from Northern Italy who now lives in Central Vermont. To learn more about food as medicine and mindful eating, visit her website: www.harmonizedcookery.com
Lisa's prepared meals are vegan, gluten-free, filled with local ingredients, and delicious!
Cost $10 per meal
Red lentils simmered in a sweet & spicy sauce
Steamed brown rice with peas and mint
Millet polenta with garlic scape pesto
Nutty lentil loaf with shredded carrots & zucchini
Black bean and lime soup
Vegan Cornbread .
Pre-Register for meals and pay online *
Our sponsors also include local companies: Darn Tough & Up Pup Yoga wear ! http://www.uppupvt.com and http://www.darntough.com