Conference

Yoga Service Conference

Finding Healing & Justice In Community

May 11 - May 13 2018 Rhinebeck, NY
Come celebrate community, practice, and purpose at the seventh annual Yoga Service Conference.

In these challenging times, it feels more important than ever to build and celebrate community. The work of developing real partnerships with our students, peers, and the communities in which we live and serve, is vital in an increasingly divisive world.

How do we offer yoga that is accessible, inclusive, and effective for all individuals and all communities? How can our yoga practice—in and out of the studio—support us in becoming ever-stronger stewards of conscious community and advocates for justice? And how do we use this individual and collective work to create positive social change?

Join us at the 7th annual Yoga Service Conference, copresented by the Yoga Service Council and Omega Institute, as we gather to strengthen our community, our practice, and our vision. Connect in fellowship with friends, teachers, and colleagues, old and new. Throughout this joyous, community-building weekend, we explore concrete tools we can use to support our common work of sharing yoga service and its many benefits in our lives, our communities, and the world.

You do not need to be a yoga teacher to share these transformative practices with your community and to radically improve lives, including your own. Social workers and health-care providers, school teachers and counselors, yoga and mindfulness teachers, and many others will find the resources, inspiration, and support they need to reflect and build on their work and mission in the world.

Choose one of three Pre-Conference Intensives, and then join us for the full Conference to:

  • Experience the power of the healing collective
  • Learn embodied practices to cultivate resilience and well-being
  • Deepen your understanding of trauma-informed yoga for children and adults
  • Address issues of cultural competency, inclusion, safety, and implicit bias
  • Examine the intersection of yoga and social justice

Select breakout workshops designed to teach skills, build capacity, and support personal reflection and growth. Choose from optional roundtable discussions with Advisors and Board members from the Yoga Service Council, as well as peer-sharing Service Community Network groups. Saturday evening we gather for a community-building party with other conference participants, teachers, and leaders of yoga service organizations from around the world.

Looking for a great way to start the Yoga Service Conference? We are offering three Pre-Conference Intensives on May 11. These full-day intensives begin 10:00 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m., and can be taken alone, or as part of the Yoga Service Conference. Please call Omega at 877.944.2002 to register for preconference intensives. Learn more about Yoga Service.

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EVENING ENTERTAINMENT ON SATURDAY NIGHT

Join us for a special evening event with Emmanuel Jal, a former Sudanese child soldier, public speaker, recording artist, actor, author, and peace ambassador.

Schedule

Pre-Conference Intensives

FRIDAY • May 11, 2018
10:00 a.m.-Noon; 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Looking for a great way to start the Yoga Service Conference? We are offering three Pre-Conference Intensives on May 11. These full-day intensives can be taken alone, or as part of the Yoga Service Conference. Please call Omega at 877.944.2002 to register for preconference intensives.

The Pre-Conference starts on Friday morning at 9:00 a.m., with Individual Intensives beginning at 10:00 a.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m. Learn more.


Yoga Service Conference

FRIDAY EVENING • May 11, 2018

4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Arrival

8:00 p.m.-8:15 p.m.
Welcome & Introduction to the Weekend
Jennifer Cohen Harper

8:15 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Cultivating Connection
Marshawn Feltus, Molly Lannon Kenny, and Lynne Boucher

SATURDAY • May 12, 2018

7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.
Optional Practice Sessions:
Meditation, Vigorous Yoga, or Gentle Yoga

9:00 a.m.-9:15 a.m.
Introduction and short practice

9:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Stepping Forward into Your Medicine:
The Relationship Between Spiritual Practice and a Path of Service
Rolf Gates

There is a dynamic relationship between what we are learning to give ourselves and the form of service we can provide to our communities. In this talk we will look at this learning process that is spiritual practice and how that process includes both the role of the student and the role of the teacher. My meditation teachers describe it as internal and external mindfulness. In modern education theory "teaching something back" offers the student her best chance at retention.

In 12-step programs they may have said it best: "you have to give it away to keep it". The ability for an individual to experience physical and emotional well-being, freedom from limiting or self-defeating beliefs, clarity, abundance, and creativity has never been more attainable, and doing so fundamentally changes that individuals ability to impact the world in positive ways. My talk will focus on the words of a shaman who has taught me that as I step forward into my healing medicine I am stepping into the medicine I was born to bring into the world.

10:45 a.m.-Noon
Integration and Group Work

Noon-1:30 p.m.
Lunch roundtable meet-up groups (optional)

1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Breakout Workshops (choose one):

  • Skill in Action: An exploration of the Intersection of Yoga and Social Justice How to be Skillful and Responsive: Michelle Johnson
  • Essential Considerations of Trauma Informed Yoga: Mark Lilly
  • Yoga Research: A Guide to the Process of Creating and Evaluating Quality Yoga Programs: Catherine Cook-Cottone
  • Radical Togetherness: Best Practices for Building Community Within and Beyond The Yoga Classroom: Marshawn Feltus and Lynne Boucher

5:00 p.m.-5:45 p.m.
Yoga Practice with Rolf Gates

6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Reception and Celebration

SUNDAY • May 13, 2018

7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.
Optional Practice Sessions:
Meditation, Vigorous Yoga, or Gentle Yoga

9:00 a.m.-9:15 a.m.
Introduction and short practice

9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
Common Interest Community Presentations and Discussion

10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Exploring the Role of Contemplative Practices When Identity-Based Suffering Has Happened
Rhonda Magee

In this dynamic presentation, Professor and Mindfulness teacher Rhonda Magee will explore how contemplative practices assist us in the work of personal and social transformation leading to a more just world. She share stories from her own life and work experiences, and she will review research indicating some of the ways we might bring contemplative practices to bear in a variety of contexts to support teaching, learning and engaging with others confronting social suffering at personal, interpersonal and systemic levels.

Some practical and ethical considerations related to offering particular practices in a variety of contexts will be explored, with the aim of enhancing the inclusivity of research, inquiry and communities of practices across the field. She will guide a practice and facilitate discussion aimed at demonstrating the potential of contemplative awareness practices to support the work of social justice in a world beset with both challenges and opportunities.

Participants will:

  • Learn about and reflect on research on the benefits of contemplative practices for decreasing bias, for regulating emotion and for facilitating difficult conversations
  • Explore practices that support being willing to see, and seeing, turning toward and engaging with identity-based suffering
  • Experience how contemplative practices may support their own efforts toward personal, interpersonal and/or systemic transformation

11:45 a.m.-Noon
Conference Closing

12:30 p.m.–1:45 p.m.
Check Out

The above schedule and teachers are subject to change at the discretion of the faculty. The Children's Program will not be available for this conference.

Dining Hall Hours (Meals begin with dinner on arrival day and end with lunch on departure day.):
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Lunch: Noon–2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.

Daily Open Classes in meditation, yoga, tai chi, or movement (subject to availability):
7:00–8:00 a.m., 12:15–1:00 p.m., 5:30–6:15 p.m., 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Meet the Teachers

  • Rhonda V. Magee, JD, MA, a Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute, is professor of law at the Univ ...
  • Rolf Gates is a former social worker and United States Airborne Ranger who has practiced med ...
  • Jivana Heyman, C-IAYT, eRYT500, is founder of Accessible Yoga, an international nonprofit organiz ...
  • Sue Jones is founder and executive director of yogaHOPE, a nonprofit outreach organization dedica ...
  • Jasmine Chehrazi is founder of Yoga Activist, a nonprofit outreach organization dedicated to impr ...
  • Michelle Johnson is a yoga teacher, social justice activist, licensed clinical social worker, and ...
  • Catherine Cook-Cottone, PhD, is a licensed psychologist, registered yoga teacher, associate profe ...
  • Mark Lilly, director of Insight Communication, is founder and president of Street Yoga, a no ...
  • Marshawn Feltus, a Chicago Westside native, just shy of his 18th birthday, was sentenced to 38 ye ...
  • Lynne Boucher, RYT, is a yoga coach/teacher from Rochester, New York, who coordinates the work of ...
  • Molly Lannon Kenny is the founder of The Samarya Center, a nonprofit service and training organiz ...
  • Jennifer Cohen Harper, MA, E-RYT, RCYT, is a leading voice in the children’s yoga and mindfulne ...

Tuition & Fees

Title Price

Yoga Service Conference

$310
regular
$345
Tier Name Tier Price

Standard Tuition

This is the price of your workshop. Choosing this price helps Omega continue to retain world-class teachers and sustain classroom facilities.

$345

Tier 1 Donor-Supported

This is our partially subsidized price for those with temporary or minor financial need.

$270

Tier 2 Donor-Supported

This is our fully subsidized price for those in need of deeper financial assistance.

$195

Tuition covers your workshop costs and time spent in class with the faculty. Please see Stay With Us below for accommodation choices—which include meals and other amenities for those who wish to stay with us. Or see Commute for those who will not be staying on campus overnight.

Accommodations cover your room, all meals, and use of amenities and facilities—which includes optional classes, evening performances, sampler classes (during the week), the lake, walking trails, parking, and all other guest services. A list of local hotels and inns is available for those who wish to stay off-campus and commute (see Commute below).

TYPE Rate - 2 Nights

A Double Deluxe

Shared Room With Private Bath
2 double beds. Heat. Air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. Wheelchair-accessible rooms available. Register with a companion, or a same gender roommate will be assigned to you.

$ 604.00

A Single Cabin Room

Private Room With Private Bath
1 queen-size bed. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi.

$ 702.00

A Couples Cabin Room

Private Room With Private Bath
You must register with a companion if you choose this type of accommodation.
1 queen-size bed. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi.

$ 510.00

A Double Cabin Room

Shared Room With Private Bath
2 double beds. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. Wheelchair-accessible rooms available. Register with a companion, or a same gender roommate will be assigned to you.

$ 548.00

B Single Cabin Room

Private Room With Shared Bath
1 queen bed. Bath shared with adjoining room. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. 

$ 588.00

B Double Cabin Room

Private Room With Shared Bath
2 twin beds. Bath shared with adjoining room. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. Register with a companion, or a same gender roommate will be assigned to you.

$ 446.00

B Couples Cabin Room

Private Room With Shared Bath
You must register with a companion if you choose this type of accommodation.
1 queen bed. Bath shared with adjoining room. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. 

$ 396.00

Dorm Single

Private Room With Shared Bath
1 twin bed. Hall bath shared by 5-to-12 guests. Heat. Air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. Pillow and blanket provided. You may rent sheets and towels for a small fee, or bring your own. Dorms are generally single gender, but may be coed.

$ 378.00

Tent Cabin Single

Private Room With Shared Bath
2 twin beds. Wood-framed, screened walls with canvas roof. Bathhouse nearby. No heat. No air-conditioning. Please bring your own sheets or sleeping bag, blanket, towels, and pillows. You may rent sheets, blankets, towels, and pillows for a small fee. Reserve as a private room.

$ 376.00

Tent Cabin Double

Shared Room With Shared Bath
You must register with a companion if you choose this type of accommodation.
2 twin beds. Wood-framed, screened walls with canvas roof. Bathhouse nearby. No heat. No air-conditioning. Please bring your own sheets or sleeping bag, blanket, towels, and pillows. You may rent sheets, blankets, towels, and pillows for a small fee. Register with a companion.

$ 292.00

Camping

1 pre-assigned campsite. Bathhouse nearby. Bring your own tent and all appropriate camping gear. Stoves, campfires, and recreational vehicles are not allowed on campus.

$ 246.00

The commuter fee includes the benefits of our unique All-Inclusive Stay, without the cost of accommodations. A list of Local Hotels and Inns is available.

1 Night/Per Person Rates

Friday or Saturday Sunday-Thursday 7-Night Stay
$ 55.00 $ 45.00 $ 40.00

Rhinebeck Campus

Omega reserves the right to cancel a program at any time. If Omega cancels a program, you will receive a full refund. Some programs may have special cancellation policies; see individual workshop descriptions or the more detailed Omega Cancellations & Refund Policies page.

Refunds are available (less a $50 processing fee) up to eight days before your program or stay.

Nonrefundable credit toward a future Omega program or stay (less a $50 processing fee) is available if you give notice between seven and one day(s) before your program or stay. Credit may be applied to any Omega program or stay for one year following date of issue.

No credit or refund is available if you cancel on the arrival day; if you do not show up; or if you leave an event early for any reason. No refund will be available if you attend a program and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content.

For more cancellation policies, see individual workshops or the more detailed Omega Cancellations & Refund Policies page.

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Continuing Education

Certificate of Attendance $ 25.00

Credit Hours: 16.5

YA - Yoga Teachers $ 50.00

Preconference Intensives

These full-day preconference workshops offer you the opportunity to deeply immerse yourself in study of important topics in the field, supported by extraordinary teachers and leaders. Each of these workshops provides an inspiring and grounding way start to the full Yoga Service Conference, which begins on Friday evening.

Please call Omega at 877.944.2002 to register for preconference intensives.

FRIDAY • May 11, 2018
10:00 a.m.-Noon; 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

The Pre-Conference starts on Friday morning at 9:00 a.m., with individual intensives beginning at 10:00 a.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m.

Pre-Conference Continuing Education
Certificate of Attendance $25.00
Credit Hours: 5
YA - Yoga Teachers $50

Choose One of the Following Intensives

1) Accessible Yoga
Course 1001-428 / Tuition $95
Jivana Heyman

Join Accessible Yoga founder Jivana Heyman as we explore the question: “Who deserves the teachings of yoga?” Together we discuss practical ways to make the teachings and practices of yoga available to all students, regardless of ability or background. In particular, we look at how to integrate different levels of ability into our classes so that we can serve the needs of all our students. We consider how the essential principals of yoga are accessible to everyone, and how the challenges that come with disability, illness, and pain can lead to greater wisdom and insight. This program includes a mixture of yoga practice, lectures, small group work, and practice teaching. We also explore:

  • How to make the subtle practices of yoga available for all students
  • The role of the yoga teacher in accessibility
  • Variations of popular asanas, including chair yoga and bed yoga
  • Techniques for creating integrated Accessible Yoga classes
  • How to empower people with disabilities by giving them a deep understanding of yoga teachings

Jivana Heyman, C-IAYT, eRYT500, co-owner of the Santa Barbara Yoga Center, is founder of Accessible Yoga, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing access to the yoga teachings. Accessible Yoga offers conferences, trainings, an ambassador program, and an online network dedicated to sharing yoga. accessibleyoga.org


2) Inclusive Cuing
Course 1001-429 / Tuition $95
Jasmine Chehrazi

How do we decide which practice options to offer our students, and how do we offer them in a way that equally fosters each student’s inclusivity and self-empowerment? Explore the best practices of using objective rather than subjective qualifiers in cuing, as well as process-oriented cues rather than goal-oriented cues.

Our discussion also examines how to present options sensitive to common physical and psychological conditions. We learn how to use class time before the practice begins to set guidelines that promote inclusivity and celebrate diverse practice expressions. If we are to authentically offer our students diverse cues in a way that the options are perceived as equal, we must offer ourselves the same opportunity. Accordingly, this session provides an opportunity for us to explore how we approach our personal practice, working to leave behind any self-judgment for our own sakes, and for our students’ too.

Jasmine Chehrazi, founder of Yoga Activist, teaches yoga studies as faculty at the George Washington University School of Public Health. She also is founder of five community-based yoga studios where she leads trauma-sensitive 200-hour teacher training programs. yogaactivist.org


3) Safe & Supportive Touch in Trauma-Informed Yoga
Course 1001-430 / Tuition $95
Sue Jones

Where, when, and how to touch survivors of trauma in trauma-informed yoga classes is rarely addressed and often labeled as taboo, even though it can be profoundly healing. This workshop teaches you the fundamentals of offering safe and supportive touch in yoga classes and programs for survivors of trauma.

You leave with a basic understanding of the role touch plays in healthy neurobiological and psychosocial development, positive implications of touch in society, and potential short and long-term impacts of traumatic events on the experience of touch in survivors. You also learn the components and practices necessary for creating safe spaces within which students can choose to receive touch, as well as principles and practices for touch itself.

This workshop includes a practicum component allowing participants to put their knowledge into action. After an afternoon of practicing safe and supportive touch under the supervision and coaching of a qualified team, you leave this workshop with the confidence to begin offering this powerful modality to students in all your classes.

Sue Jones is founder and executive director of yogaHOPE, a nonprofit outreach organization dedicated to establishing rehabilitative yoga programs in residential facilities for underserved women. She has trained, inspired, and led hundreds of volunteer yoga teachers, who have donated their time in substance abuse rehabilitation centers, domestic abuse safe houses, and homeless shelters for women. yogahope.org

What People Are Saying About the Yoga Service Conference

“Presenters at the Yoga Service Conference were knowledgeable, attentive, engaged, and ever so inspiring. The conference was a wonderful opportunity to connect with folks whose yoga, meditation, and mindfulness practices are primarily focused on ‘service to the world.’”
—Sue Julian

“The Yoga Service Conference was an excellent way to receive mentorship from those who are paving the path of yoga service! The teachers adeptly wove the thread of learning through spheres of personal, community, and global transformation. I left feeling nourished and supported in both pragmatic and spiritual ways.”
—Paula Soto

“At the Yoga Service Conference, I experienced the size and intensity of the energy of commitment of many teachers serving ‘underserved and under-resourced parts of our communities.’”
—Midge Kinder

“What an incredible, jam-packed weekend of service, love, and light. Thank you so very much. I joined the Yoga Service Council and I look forward to next year's conference and to our collaboration and revolution!”
—Emily White

“Attending the Yoga Service Conference was immensely impactful for me and my newly founded yoga service organization. It was such a tremendous value and so well put together. Many, many thanks for offering this. I feel we found our larger community. We are not alone.”
—Jackie Le Meur

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