“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 at 9:00 a.m., 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.
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 Intersection of Yoga Therapy & Yoga Service
- From the Heart: A Compassionate Approach to Leadership
- Current Teaching Standards in Yoga Service (What Most 200-Hour Training Programs Don't Tell You)
Friday Pre-Conference Intensives
Morning session 10:00am-12:00pm
Lunch Break 12:15pm – 1:45 pm
Afternoon session 2:00-5:00pm:
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 – 8:15pm:
Welcome and Introduction to the Weekend: Pamela Stokes Eggleston and Amina Naru
8:30 – 9:30pm:
Mark Lilly, Opening Keynote
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 Session
Vigorous: Marshawn Feltus
Gentle: Matt Taylor
Meditation: Jacoby Ballard
Introduction, including a short practice: Molly Lannon Kenny
9:15 – 10:45am:
Common Interest Communities (CICs) -
Annamaya (Body) : Movement, touch – Jacoby Ballard
Pranamaya (Energy) : Energy and self-care with social justice - Michelle Johnson
Manomaya (Mind and Emotions): considerations in working with mental illness and cognitive decline - Barrie Risman
Vijnanamaya (Wisdom): Considerations related to history of yoga/India - Susanna Barkataki
Anandamaya (Spirit): considerations for spirituality in yoga teaching and practice – Leslie Booker
11:00 – 12:00am:
Nicole Absar, Yoga for Cognitive Health & Mental Wellness
Lunch roundtable meet-up groups (optional)
1:30 – 2:15pm
Community Building Practice, Main Hall - Tina Paul
2:30 p.m.-5:15 p.m.
Breakout Workshops (
- Fiscal/fundraising – Brett Cobb
- Programming and sustainability - Kwasi Boaty
- Universally inclusive yoga – Mark Lilly,
- Yoga and end of life care - Jennifer Collins Taylor
- Research in Yoga: Sat Bir Khalsa
6:30 – 9:30pm
Catered Reception and Celebration
Dinner in Main Hall: Food from Omega chef/caterer Malcolm Sanz
6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
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 Session
Vigorous: Michelle Johnson
Gentle: Susanna Barkataki
Meditation: Leslie Booker
9:00 – 9:15am:
Introduction and short practice – Susanna Barkataki
9:15 – 10:15am:
Plenary - Matt Taylor
10:30 – 11:45am:
Reverend Angel, Keynote
11:45 – 12:00pm:
Conference Closing – Amina Naru, Pamela Stokes Eggleston, Chandlee Kuhn
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, and master trainer that has been bridgin ...
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 ...
Jacoby Ballard, a social justice educator and writer, has been teaching yoga for 15 years. He cof ...
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 ...
Leslie Booker, a cofounder of the Yoga Service Council, brings her heart, wisdom, and compass ...
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 ...
Jasmine Chehrazi is founder of Yoga Activist, a nonprofit outreach organization dedicated to ...
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 ...
Tuition & Fees
Yoga Service Conference
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This is the price of your workshop. Choosing this price helps Omega continue to retain world-class teachers and sustain classroom facilities.
Tier 1 Donor-Supported
This is our partially subsidized price for those with temporary or minor financial need.
Tier 2 Donor-Supported
This is our fully subsidized price for those in need of deeper financial assistance.
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).
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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Certificate of Attendance $ 25.00
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 at 9:00 a.m., 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) The Intersection of Yoga Therapy & Yoga Service
Course 0801-827 / Tuition $95 (Members $85)
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.
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)
Whether new to yoga service or not, make sure you remain responsive to current developments in yoga education, including easy, trauma-sensitive ways to ensure your yoga service classes are experienced as holistic and educational, rather than just another exercise class, ideas for practicing cultural appreciation rather than appropriation, and new and competing interpretations of yoga history and what history demands of us as teachers today. We also explore methods and yoga philosophy resources to connect with the evolving needs of existing and potential students in today’s political, environmental, and financial insecurity, instability, and inequality. Other areas of study include:
- Ethics including being yourself, bias, teacher-student relationships, and consensual physical contact
- Inclusive, multi-abled, cuing practices so that the way you present practices doesn’t prevent students from connecting with the practice, their freedom of choice, and their selves
- Classroom management skills including nonviolent communication, boundaries, and safety
This session welcomes everyone and is geared toward developing practical skills.
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.’”
“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.”
“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.’”
“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!”
“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