Conference

Yoga Service Conference

Leading With the Heart & Cultivating Wisdom in Yoga Service

May 03 - May 05 2019 Rhinebeck, NY
Celebrate your practice, purpose, and passion at the eighth annual Yoga Service Conference.

“Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.” —Rev. angel Kyodo williams

As our world continues to fray and divide, it is more important than ever to cocreate communities based in wisdom, compassion, and leadership through yoga service. Dedicated to making yoga and mindfulness accessible to all, yoga service calls on everyone who has benefited from yoga or mindfulness practices to be a leading part of this movement of sharing yoga’s teachings with diverse communities in need.

The eighth annual Yoga Service Conference offers practical methods to maximize effectiveness, sustainability, and impact of those who already work in yoga service as well as individuals looking to start.

Copresented by the Yoga Service Council and Omega Institute, this conference provides opportunities to hear from voices in yoga service and related fields—voices widely known as well as those quietly doing the work of service every day. Inspiring conference presentations provide sustenance for our hearts so that we may serve from a place of compassion. Informative workshop sessions provide practical tools and opportunities to apply them so that we may constantly cultivate the wisdom relied upon by those we serve.

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

Choose one of three Preconference Intensives. Then, join the full Conference to:

  • Learn about fundraising and fiscal health of yoga service organizations, including how to negotiate high-level contracts
  • Find new resources and ideas for building and sustaining an effective volunteer team
  • Experience the power of diverse healing practices and learn practices to support personal reflection and growth
  • Explore ways to adapt yoga to meet individual and community needs
  • Deepen your understanding of Universally Inclusive Yoga
  • Address issues of cultural competency, inclusion, and safety
  • Examine the intersection of yoga and social justice

You also learn from peers and have the option to share your work through Common Interest Community Group gatherings. Join optional roundtable discussions with Advisors and Board members from the Yoga Service Council. Plus you can enjoy a Saturday evening community-building party to connect with other conference participants. You leave the conference with a renewed sense of purpose as a member of a dynamic community working for individual and collective change.

Looking for a great way to start the Yoga Service Conference? We are offering three Pre-Conference Intensives on May 3. The Pre-Conference 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.

Interested in gaining deeper skills for teaching in diverse communities and service settings? Join the Yoga Service Council for its first Yoga Service Certification Training.

Learn more about Yoga Service.

Things To Bring

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.

Schedule

Pre-Conference Intensives

FRIDAY MORNING • May 3, 2019
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 3. 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 with Individual Intensives beginning at 10:00 a.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m. Learn more.

Friday Pre-Conference Intensives  

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

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 3, 2019

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.–9:30 p.m.
Friday Night Welcome (Main Hall)

8:00 p.m.–8:15 p.m.
Welcome and Introduction to the Weekend - Pamela Stokes Eggleston and Amina Naru

8:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
Opening Keynote - Mark Lilly

SATURDAY • May 4, 2019

7:00 a.m.–8:30 a.m.
Breakfast in Dining Hall

7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m.
Optional Yoga Practice Sessions

Vigorous: Marshawn Feltus
Gentle: Matt Taylor
Meditation: Christine Marcella

9:00 a.m.–Noon
Conference Sessions

9:00 a.m.–9:15 a.m.
Introduction, including a short practice - Molly Lannon Kenny

9:15 a.m.–10:45 a.m.
Common Interest Communities (CICs):

  • Working with Diverse Bodies - Jaime Bedard
  • Sustainability, Self-Care and Social Justice  - Michelle Johnson
  • Considerations in Working with Mental Illness and Cognitive Decline  - Barrie Risman
  • Considerations for Spirituality in Yoga Teaching and Practice – RW Alves

11:00 a.m.–Noon:
Yoga for Cognitive Health & Mental Wellness - Nicole Absar

Noon-1:15 p.m.
Lunch roundtable meet-up groups (optional)

1:30 p.m.–2:15 p.m.
Community Building Practice, Rest and Renew  - Tina Paul

2:30 p.m.–5:15 p.m.
Conference Sessions

Breakout Workshops: 

  • Next Level Collaboration for High Impact: Digging Deep for Relationships with Optimal Organization Partners – Brett Cobb
  • Expanding in the Service of Yoga : How to Curate, Expand, and Sustain Yourself and the Mission of Yoga Service - Kwasi Boaty
  • Universally Inclusive Yoga – Mark Lilly & Danielle Rousseau
  • Heart to Heart ~ Breath to Breath:  Yoga at End of Life  - Jennifer Collins Taylor
  • Accessing, Evaluating and Conducting Scientific Research on Yoga - Sat Bir Khalsa

6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
Catered Reception and Celebration

SUNDAY • May 5, 2019

7:00 a.m.–8:30 a.m.
Breakfast in Dining Hall

7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m.
Optional Yoga Practice Sessions

Vigorous: Michelle Johnson
Gentle: Lynne Boucher
Meditation: RW Alves

9:00 a.m.–Noon
Conference Sessions

9:00 a.m.–9:15 a.m.
Introduction and short practice – Kwasi Boaty

9:15 a.m.–10:15 a.m.
Plenary: Honoring the Heart in the Other- Matt Taylor

10:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m.
Keynote: Community, Connection and Service - Reverend angel Kyodo williams Sensei

11:45 a.m.–Noon
Conference Closing – Amina Naru and Pamela Stokes Eggleston

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.

Meet the Teachers

  • Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei is an author, activist, maverick spiritual teacher, master train ...
  • Matthew J. Taylor, PT, PhD, C-IAYT, has spent four decades as a leader in integrative rehabilitat ...
  • Mark Lilly, director of Insight Communication, is founder and president of Street Yoga, a no ...
  • Michelle Johnson is a yoga teacher, social justice activist, licensed clinical social worker, and ...
  • Barrie Risman, codirector of the World Spine Care Yoga Project, is creator of The Skillful Y ...
  • Susanna Barkataki is a teacher, inclusivity promoter, and yoga culture advocate. She believes in ...
  • Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, PhD, has been fully engaged in basic and clinical research on the efficacy ...
  • Pamela Stokes Eggleston, MBA, E-RYT 500, is coexecutive director of the Yoga Service Council. She ...
  • Amina Naru, coexecutive director of the Yoga Service Council (YSC), is the owner of Posh Yoga in ...
  • Brett Cobb, author of Toward Spirit and the Christ Within, is president of Compassionate ...
  • Jennifer J. Taylor, MSW, has supported Hospice patients and their families for over fifteen years ...
  • Tina Paul, MS, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, completed a master of science in yoga therapy at the Maryland U ...
  • Kwasi Boaitey is a dedicated wellness professional with more than 15 years of experience. Kwasi ...
  • Danielle Rousseau, PhD, LMHC, a licensed therapist and certified yoga teacher, i ...
  • RW Alves, C-IAYT, SEP, E-RYT 500, is a social justice educator, certified yoga therapist, yoga te ...

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

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

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

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.

$ 398.00

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

B Double Cabin Room

Shared 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

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

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

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. Air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. 

$ 436.00

B Single Cabin Room

Private Room With Shared Bath
1 queen bed. Bath shared with adjoining room. Heat. Air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. 

$ 628.00

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.

Refunds are available (less a $55 processing fee) up to eight days before your program or stay.

Nonrefundable credit toward a future Omega program or stay (less a $55 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

Credit Hours: 14.5

Certificate of Attendance$25
YA - Yoga Teachers$50.00

Learn More About Continuing Education Credits

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 3, 2019
10:00 a.m.-Noon; 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

The Pre-Conference 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.

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

Choose One of the Following Intensives:

1) The Intersection of Yoga Therapy & Yoga Service
Course 0801-827 / Tuition $95 (Members $85)
Matthew Taylor

Bringing yoga service into our communities requires looking back down many roads leading us here at this intersection and looking forward to the many roads ahead. Socrates defined therapy as “service of the gods.” Current creativity research mirrors the classic yoga texts. Dive deep to discover your roads, both past and future, and how they give practical guidance for expressing your one unique contribution to creating a best possible future through yoga service.

Matthew J. TaylorMatthew J. Taylor, PT, PhD, C-IAYT, has 38 years as a leader in integrative rehabilitation and is the editor of the graduate textbook, Fostering Creativity in Rehabilitation.


2) From the Heart
A Compassionate Approach to Leadership
Course 0801-828 / Tuition $95 (Members $85)
Pamela Stokes Eggleston and Amina Naru

Presented by the executive directors of the Yoga Service Council, Pamela Stokes Eggleston and Amina Naru, this intensive is designed for leaders, directors, and entrepreneurs in the yoga service field. Whether you are with an organization, or handling the business side of yoga service, you learn to:

  • Identify strengths and challenges
  • Cultivate relationships
  • Navigate staff and volunteers
  • Strategize short- and long-term goals
  • Uncover what gets in the way
  • Explore feelings around leadership, spirit, and purpose

Pamela Stokes Eggleston, MBA, E-RYT 500, coexecutive director of the Yoga Service Council, is a contributing editor of Best Practices for Yoga With Veterans and a contributor to the upcoming Best Practices for Yoga with Survivors of Sexual Trauma.

Amina Naru, coexecutive director of the Yoga Service Council (YSC), is the owner of Posh Yoga in Wilmington, Delaware, and works as a yoga instructor, workshop facilitator, and YSC Best Practices project manager.


3) Current Teaching Standards in Yoga Service
(What Most 200-Hour Training Programs Don't Tell You)
Course 0801-829 / Tuition $95 (Members $85)
Jennifer Cohen Harper
This session has been canceled.

The principles and practices of yoga service have the potential to support teachers in all settings, from the yoga studio to community and public spaces, and make classes safer, more accessible, and more effective for all students. Join us for this one day workshop to explore current developments in yoga education, including easy, trauma-sensitive ways to help your yoga classes be experienced as holistic and educational. Connect (or re-connect) with your core intentions for teaching, and learn strategies to create classes that empower individuals and communities while building strong conscious relationships. Other areas of study include:

  • Ethics—including an exploration of bias, teacher-student relationships, and consensual physical contact
  • Inclusive, multi-abled cuing strategies that support student connection with the practice, their freedom of choice, and themselves
  • Classroom management skills, including nonviolent communication, boundaries, and safety

This is a highly interactive workshop that welcomes everyone, and is geared towards developing practical skills.

Jennifer Cohen HarperJennifer Cohen Harper, MA, E-RYT, RCYT, author of Little Flower Yoga for Kids and coeditor of Best Practices for Yoga in Schools, is board president and a founding member of the Yoga Service Council.

What People Are Saying

“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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