Things have been a little quiet on the blog lately for a few reasons – an abundance of freelance work, a trip to NYC (while I love the idea of blogging on the road, I just can’t do it) and preparations for the 3rd annual Yoga Festival Montréal have been taking up my time.
So it’s fitting that I have one full-weekend YFM pass for all you IAYB readers who have eagerly been awaiting the latest yoga news and views!
Yoga Festival Montréal (June 6-8) is a three-day, locally-sourced, grassroots and community-driven celebration of all things yoga in Montréal. There will be 32 workshops taught by more than 40 of the most dedicated and passionate yoga teachers in the city, representing a variety of styles, traditions and lineages. The carefully curated line-up includes yoga fest standbys like Acroyoga, vinyasa and yoga+music classes, along with more progressive programming such as chair yoga (for differently abled people and those who teach them), yoga for round bodies, and conversations about the ethics of teaching yoga. Taking place at Le Conservatoire, a conservatory of music and drama arts, the festival is a meeting place of experiential learning, creativity and practice. With an expected attendance of 250 people and no corporate sponsorship, YFM is intentionally small-scale and not driven by profit.
I am a proud co-producer and co-founder of the festival, as well as the organization behind it (Yocomo: Yoga Community Montréal). I see it as a real-world extension of the work I do here on IAYB – connecting awesome people, sparking conversation and challenging the yoga industrial complex. While the minutiae of community organizing sometimes makes me crazy and deprives me of sleep, I believe so strongly that this community needs one weekend a year to come together, elevate one another and breathe. I believe every community (yoga or otherwise) needs this, and I hope to see a constellation of projects like this pop up around the continent.
Okay, enough about the festival! Who wants to win a pass (valued at $179)? Simply answer the following skill-testing question: What does community mean to you? Leave a comment below before 5pm Sunday, June 1. One name will be drawn at random and notified by email.
This contest is open to anyone from anywhere in the world, but please only enter if you can actually get yourself to Montréal for this event. IAYB will not cover travel expenses or accommodation fees. The festival pass is non-transferable to any other yoga festival event.
Please note that entrants’ email addresses will be added to the IAYB and Yocomo mailing lists. If you’d rather not be added, simply write OPT OUT at the end of your comment.