Preconference Intensives | Omega

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.

May 19, 2017 • 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Choose One of the Following Intensives

1) Tools for Social Change: Building a Movement of Well-Being for Everyone
Course 1201-796 / Tuition $95
Kate Werning, Autumn Leonard, Jacoby Ballardand Teo Drake
As we engage in yoga service work, many of us are firsthand witnesses to the pain and suffering caused by systemic inequality and injustice in this country. How do we take that in and not be subsumed by the scope and size of the problem? What would it look like to dramatically change the root causes of the conditions where we serve?

We can’t do it alone. We need each other to build the collective power to make systemic change. To do this, we need an ongoing community that can practice together, support one another, and activate toward the vision of a society where full well-being is a possibility for everyone.

In this intensive we:

  • Explore our practice on a community and systemic level
  • Deepen our understanding of systemic injustice and how social change happens
  • Learn about the Circle organizing model that is supporting practitioners, instructors, and studio owners across the country to deepen their practice, build community, and activate collectively for social change
  • Gain the tools to activate Circles of well-being and social change in your own community and places of practice

Kate Werning, a Hatha yoga teacher and organizing director of CTZNWELL, practices the critical connection of personal well-being work with a deep commitment to collective liberation through social change.

Autumn Leonard, operation director of CTZNWELL, is a yoga teacher at Urban Asanas in Brooklyn, New York. She holds a 500-hour certification from Rolf Gates and Heidi Sormaz and is a member of the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance.

Jacoby Ballard, a social justice educator and writer, has been teaching yoga for 15 years. He cofounded the worker-owned cooperative Third Root Community Health Center, and Bending Towards Justice, which trains contemplative teachers.

Teo Drake, an educator, practicing Buddhist and yogi, and spiritual activist. When he isn’t helping spiritual spaces become more welcoming and inclusive of queer and transgender people, he teaches martial arts, yoga, and woodworking to children.

2) The Art of Compassionate Facilitation
Course 1201-797 / Tuition $95
Melody Moore

When students and clients feel safe, their vulnerability is able to surface. It is through vulnerability that we are able to connect, and it is through connection that we are able to heal.

As facilitators, it is necessary that we understand how to become safe havens for our clients and students without causing harm to ourselves. Often, in our attempts to serve others, we end up overwhelmed, overinvested, or overcompensating. Holding space for others brings up our own wounds, triggers, and reactions, and an attachment to our students’ growth can become too much to bear.

In this full-day intensive, we explore ways we can help set up conditions of safety for ourselves and our clients. We look at how to hold space as facilitators and be open to our own emotional experiences while also staying grounded and centered, regardless of what dynamics arrive or play out in sessions or classes. We explore attachment theory, boundaries, shadow work, family systems, and group dynamics in order to become the kind of containers that are informed, sustained, and competent.

Melody Moore, PhD, RYT, is a clinical psychologist, yoga teacher, author, and activist. She is founder and president of the Embody Love Movement Foundation, a nonprofit that works to empower girls and women to celebrate their inner beauty, commit to kindness, and contribute to meaningful change in the world.

3) Practice, Reflect, Connect: A Retreat Day for Service Providers
Course 1201-798 / Tuition $95
This intensive has been cancelled.
Molly Lannon Kenny and Mark Lilly
Take time before the conference starts to settle in and re-calibrate from daily life. With the abundance of information that will be shared during the conference, allow yourself to begin the weekend inspired and nurtured in heart, body, mind, and spirit.

In this day-long retreat, you are invited to step into the center of your own practice as you:

  • Identify sources of renewal
  • Connect intimately with your own spiritual practice
  • Nurture your own active, caring, 24/7 practice by surrendering deeply and rising clearly
  • Allow yourself to be nourished through deep, authentic heart connections
  • Awaken to your own unique truth, beauty, and power

All are welcome for this inspiring day of practice, discussion, and connection.

Molly Lannon Kenny is founder and director of the Samarya Center and the Samarya Yoga School, a nonprofit service and training organization dedicated to individual transformation and social change. Creator of Integrated Movement Therapy®, and an advisor to the Yoga Service Council, she has been featured in Yoga Journal and the New York Times.

Mark Lilly, director of Insight Communication, is founder and president of Street Yoga, a nonprofit based in Portland, Oregon. Along with sharing the practice of yoga with thousands of youth, he conducts workshops in mindful communication and has developed many special yoga curricula in addition to the core and advanced Street Yoga trainings.


Teachers and schedule subject to change.