“Harmonious relationships require awareness, not agreement, so that barriers that result in misunderstanding, discord, and harm can be dissolved.” —Dr. Gail Parker
Join us for the 9th annual Yoga Service Conference and dive deep into an exploration of service-based leadership models that reflect the YSC values of collaboration, inclusivity, and community.
The era of top-down leadership is ending. New ways of leading are evolving, and we believe that the yoga service model holds tremendous potential for creative and collaborative opportunities. With its unique combination of yoga practice, conscious relationship, and self-reflection/self-inquiry, yoga service encourages a horizontal leadership model that’s truly collaborative and emergent.
At this year’s conference, copresented by the Yoga Service Council and Omega Institute, we explore the idea of collaborative leadership through keynote talks, breakout workshops, Common Interest Community gatherings, and a Saturday evening community-building party.
You do not need to be a yoga teacher to join us—social workers, health care providers, school teachers, counselors, therapists, and others will find the resources, inspiration, and support necessary to make yoga and mindfulness practices inclusive, effective, sustainable, and accessible to all.
Choose one of the three Preconference Intensives on May 15. Then, join the full conference to:
- Network and build community
- Learn leadership skills and strategies
- Discover how to build a sustainable service-based practice
- Explore the relationship between neuroscience and trauma
- Develop and maintain a self-care practice
- Learn about the expanding role of research in yoga
You also have the opportunity to attend roundtable discussions with Yoga Service Council advisors and board members.
You leave the conference with a renewed sense of purpose as a member of a dynamic community working for individual and collective change—and a new way of looking at what it means to be a service-based leader.
Are you looking for in-depth training with some of the premier teachers in the yoga service community? We are offering three Preconference Intensives on May 15. The Preconference starts on Friday morning with individual intensives beginning at 10:00 a.m. and ending 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.
A limited number of props and mats will be available in classrooms and for sale at the Omega Store; please bring your own if you can.
Friday Morning/Afternoon • May 15, 2020
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 Preconference Intensives on May 15. 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.
- Developing Leaders: An Inquiry into Values, Mission and Service
- Growing in Community: A Transformative Immersion into Yoga and Social Justice
- Expanding Reach: Bridging Cultural Divides through Yoga, Rhythm, and Compassion
The Preconference starts on Friday morning with Individual Intensives beginning at 10:00 a.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m. Learn more.
Friday Preconference Intensive Schedule:
Morning session: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Lunch Break: 12:15 p.m.–1:45 p.m.
Afternoon session: 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Yoga Service Conference
Developing Leaders • Expanding Reach • Growing in Community
Friday-Sunday • May 15-17, 2020
Please note that there is a special schedule for this conference. The tentative schedule below is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty. The final schedule will be available upon arrival.
Friday Evening • May 15, 2020
4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Arrival (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
7:30 p.m.–7:50 p.m.
Campus Welcome & Orientation
8:00 p.m.-8:20 p.m.
Welcome and Community Agreements
Rajni Tripathi, YSC Interim Executive Director, with the YSC Board of Directors
8:20 p.m.-9:20 p.m.
Jennifer Cohen Harper
Building a Service Based Leadership Model
9:20 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Saturday • May 16, 2020
7 a.m.-8 a.m.
- Vigorous Yoga: Kwasi Boaitey
- Gentle Yoga: Rachel Allen
- Meditation: RW Alves
Welcome and Community Building
9:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
Neuroscience and Service: Yoga, Co-regulation, and Connection
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Common Interest Communities (CIC’s):
- LGBTQIA+ communities in yoga service; yoga service for LGBTQIA+ communities: Colin Lieu and RW Alves
- Spirituality in Teaching and Practice: Rachel Allen and Mel Buttarra
- Yoga Service in Mental Wellness: Allie Middleton
- Yoga and Sexual Trauma: Danielle Rousseau
1:30 p.m.- 2:15 p.m.
Community Building Practice
Social Presencing Theatre
2:30 p.m.-5:15 p.m.
- Growing Yoga Service Programs in a Sustainable Way: Danielle Rousseau and Kathryn Monti Thomas
- What’s up with cultural appropriation + yoga? What is cultural appropriation in yoga and how do we proceed?: Tina Paul and Kwasi Boaitey
- Yoga as a Peace Practice: Jana Long and Dr. Gail Parker
- The Myth of the Yoga Body: Fatphobia, Sizeism, Healthism, and Yoga: Jenna Weintraub and RW Alves
5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
- Vigorous Yoga: Lynne Boucher
- Gentle Yoga: Jafar Alexander
- Meditation: Daniel Hickman
6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Saturday Night Event
Catered Reception and Celebration
- Acro Yoga: Lynne Boucher
- Reiki Sessions: Amina Naru
- Tarot Readings: Pamela Stokes Eggleston
- Henna Art
- Speed Dating: Leslee Trczinski
- Vibe & Debrief: Kwasi Boaitey
- The Uncommon Yogi: A History of Blacks and Yoga in the U.S.: Jana Long
Sunday • May 17, 2020
7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.
- Vigorous Yoga: Leslee Trczinski
- Gentle Yoga: Christine Marcella
- Meditation: Allie Middleton
9:00 a.m.-9:15 a.m.
Welcome and Community Building
9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
Dr. Sat Bir Khalsa
Expanding the Reach of Yoga into Mainstream Society: The Role of Yoga Research
10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Dr. Gail Parker
Transformational Leadership: Be the Change
12:30 p.m.–1:45 p.m.
Lunch and 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.
Michelle Cassandra Johnson
Leslie Salmon Jones
Jeff W. Jones
Jennifer Cohen Harper
Sat Bir Singh Khalsa
Pamela Stokes Eggleston
This workshop is by application only. Please submit your materials according to the directions on this page.
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
Tiered Pricing Options
Tuition option can be selected during the registration process. Click "Register Today" to customize your registration.
This is the price of your workshop. Choosing this price helps Omega continue to retain world-class teachers and sustain classroom facilities.
This is our partially subsidized price for those with temporary or minor financial need.
This is our fully subsidized price for those in need of deeper financial assistance.
Stay With Us
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).
2 nights commuter fee
The commuter fee includes the full benefits of our unique Accommodations & Meals Package, excluding the cost of accommodations. A list of local Local Hotels and Inns is available.
See our Cancellation Policy.
Certificate of Attendance : $25
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 15, 2020
10:00 a.m.-Noon; 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
The Preconference starts on Friday morning with individual intensives beginning at 10:00 a.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m. Please note: the Children's Program will not be available during intensives.
Choose One of the Following Intensives:
1) Developing Leaders
An Inquiry Into Values, Mission & Service
Course 1201-240/Tuition $95 ($85 Members)
Join David Lipsius, former CEO of Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Yoga Alliance, and The Yoga Alliance Foundation, to explore how the principles of traditional yoga philosophies can help us unlock our unlimited leadership potential.
Together we cocreate a space of deep self-inquiry and community to explore the nature of conscious leadership and learn how to cultivate and bring forth the extraordinary leader that already exists inside each of us—as well as how to better support and lead positive work environments that prioritize collaboration, cooperation, creativity, success, and sustainability. We also:
- Investigate the qualities necessary to responsibly and ethically hold power
- Learn how to become an effective values-driven leader
- Enhance leadership capacity for high-quality decision-making that is inclusive, collaborative, and wise
- Create a personalized mission statement to help fulfill your svadharma, the unique calling and life purpose that will help you further develop into an inspired and inspirational leader.
This intensive is designed for existing leaders—at all levels, in any field—as well as those who wish to become leaders.
David Lipsius is a values-driven nonprofit executive, Emmy-nominated creative artist, and teacher of traditional Hatha Yoga dedicated to helping people discover their unlimited potential.
2) Expanding Reach
Bridging Cultural Divides Through Yoga, Rhythm & Compassion
Course 1201-239/Tuition $95 ($85 Members)
Leslie Salmon Jones and Jeff W. Jones
Tap into your internal resources of wisdom and guidance with deep listening through the lens of an embodied practice of movement, yoga, and live music.
Using the Afro Flow Yoga® model, Leslie Salmon Jones and Jeff W. Jones discuss holistic leadership that integrates the mind, body, and soul of the individual, considers the impact on the community and the environment, and taps into the wisdom of our ancestors—exploring our roots and stories and experiencing the interconnection to self and others.
With time for reflection, journaling, and peer-to-peer connection, you identify your leadership style and learn how to:
- Align your values and vision
- Identify obstacles and motivators
- Set clear, smart goals
- Take appropriate self-care
- Care for others and the planet
- Maintain sustainability on all levels
- Take action from deep listening
- Create structure and flexibility
- Lead with compassion
- Practice what you preach
All are welcome.
3) Skill in Action
Michelle Johnson and Kerri Kelly
Yoga & Social Justice
Course 1201-241/Tuition $95 ($85 Members)
In these trying times, we need spaces to truth tell, grieve, learn, heal, and build skills. None of us can escape the effects of white supremacy, patriarchy, and capitalism. It is time for all of us to be part of creating a just world. Michelle Johnson and Kerri Kelly offer this workshop in the spirit of sharing collective space to wade through what arises when we speak truth from our social location or embodied racial identities.
We explore the intersection of contemplative practices (mindfulness, movement, and yoga) and justice through a dharma talk, discussion, meditation, partner and group work, race-based caucusing, movement, and breath work.
We discuss spiritual bypassing, social location, and mindful action in order to deepen our understanding of how we can engage with spiritual practice to respond to the cultural context. We also learn strategies to create liberation and how to organize and build power.
Michelle Cassandra Johnson (she/her) is a yoga teacher, social justice activist and licensed clinical social worker who has been leading anti-racism trainings for over 23 years.