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Grand Rapids Michigan – March 1st and 2nd 2019 Better Body Image Conference,
Arlington Virginia, Sun and Moon Yoga, April 26-28 2019 Bridging the Divide: Yoga is for all of us
Honesdaly PA. May 17-19th Rise Gathering
Yogaville Virginia June 7th-9th Yogaville
Dearborn Michigan July 19th-20th Yoga Shala
Plymouth Vermont – August 25-29 HAES® Professionals Only
Galapagos November 9-16th Galapagos Retreat
Grand Rapids Michigan March 1 & 2, 2019
Friday Evening Workshop: Yoga, Connection, and Social Justice with Dianne Bondy
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On Friday, March 1st, I’ll be hosting a workshop about Yoga, Connection, Accessible and Social Justice.
This workshop combines joyful movement (yoga asana), breathing and meditation, and self-study, as well as engaging interactive lecture and dialogue on how we move forward with real purpose in the world.
People of any type of body are welcome – any age, any size, any health, any fitness level, any ability.
Please bring a yoga mat, water, and anything else you like to practice with. We will have a few mats on hand if you do not have one, as beginners are always welcome.
On Saturday, March 2nd, I’ll be sharing a keynotes address and breakout session at Better Body Image Conference in Grand Rapids Michigan. Come learn and practice with me!
My Talk: Stand In Your Power
We are influenced both positively and negatively by the Body Positive Movement. What does it mean to truly be at peace with your entire being as opposed to just making peace with your body? How do we go about cultivating the fullest experience of ourselves? Get the full conference itinerary here.
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Arlington Virginia April 26-28, Bridging the Divide: Yoga is for all of us
Sun and Moon Yoga Arlington Virginia
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Community Class and Dharma Talk – Friday evening
6:30p – 8:30p, $55
Come as you are, use what you have, do what you can .
This session offers an accessible, inclusive and challenging asana practice. All bodies and abilities are welcome to enjoy a customized practice that connects your breath, body, and intention on the path to self-acceptance. The practice will be followed by an interactive dialogue on how we use yoga, self-care and self-study to become more conscious and empowered. Please bring a pen, paper and your curiosity.
Yoga and Body Image – Saturday early afternoon
12:30p – 3:00p, $65
How do we make peace with our bodies by using the yoga teachings, meditation and self-reflection as tools to change our internal dialogue. It’s time to change the narrative to self-acceptance and inquiry. How do we invite all bodies on the mat? This session will include a gentle, reflective asana practice with a focus on letting go of the things that keep us small.
Creating Accessible Yoga Spaces: Asana Playground – Saturday late afternoon
3:30p – 6:00p, $65
In yoga, Lila is the play of universe. As children we learn by playing as adults we often learn by doing. In this workshop, we explore playing with asana and doing joyful movements. We will explore how asana works in our bodies. We learn our customize poses for any ability. For students, you will learn how to customize your practice to fit your body. As teachers, how to create inclusive and customized classes for all bodies. This session will challenge your ideas around asana and teach you how to create an accessible yoga inclusive space. We will explore innovative warm-ups and sequencing, inclusive ways to incorporate props. Variations on Standing Poses. Seated, twists and supine poses. Transitions. Accessible Vinyasas. Balancing Yoga at the Wall
Yoga, Consciousness, and Social Justice – Sunday early afternoon
12:30p – 3:30p, $80
Bring your questions, your ideas and your asana and let’s flow freely as we share in this inspiring practice.
$250 for the full weekend
Honesdale Pennsylvania May 17-19, Rise Gathering
Yogaville Virginia June 7-19 2019
Bridging the Divide – Creating Inclusive Yoga Spaces
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Join Dianne Bondy in an accessible Yoga workshop designed to help you bridge the divide of social limitation and experience the inclusive nature of Yoga. Through lively discussion, reflective journaling, and dynamic asanas (Yoga postures), this practice will encourage you to safely explore the themes of self-acceptance, diversity, and social justice.
June 7-9, 2019
Cultivate strength, confidence, and self-love as you:
- Explore Yoga for all levels, shapes, and sizes as an expression of life and joy
- Discover one-on-one modifications and suggestions specifically tailored to your own unique body
- Learn how to connect with underserved communities through Yoga by creating body positive and accessible Yoga spaces
- Uncover the strategies needed to break through the societal norms and divisions that block us from social change
- Consider how to use your Yoga practice to help change the world
- Come and enjoy the experience of listening to your body, connecting with your inner strength, and empowering yourself and others with the practice of Yoga.
Dorm – Bottom Bunk – $180
Dorm – Top Bunk – $180
Dormitory – Private – $250
LGH – Single – $300
LGH – Double – $300
LGH – Family room – $300
Tent-Site – $120
DATE & TIME DETAILS:
Check-in: 4 – 6 pm
Check-out: 2 pm
Friday – Sunday Program Schedule
Continuing Education Opportunities
- Yoga Alliance (YA): Approximately 7 contact hours
- Integral Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) can provide you a CE certificate of your program’s total contact hours. For more information, email [email protected]
*All sessions have an asana component
On the Journey to Self Acceptance
Explore asana, breath, and the mind-body connection in a way that illuminates your strength and creativity. This practice integrates asana, journaling, and discussions on how we cultivate svadhaya (self-study) and self-acceptance as a sustainable practice.
Yoga for All: Redefining Asana and Accessibility
Collectively we will examine how to connect with underserved communities through our Yoga practice. Topics we will explore are:
Yoga, diversity, and body image
Methods for creating a cultural shift
Principles and foundations for creating body positive and accessible Yoga spaces
Customize Your Practice
Every Yoga practitioner has at least one posture that causes frustration or fear. But conquering fears from the safety of your Yoga mat can fill you with confidence and a healthy boost of self-love! Bring your trouble poses to this session and let Dianne give you a helping hand. Bring your questions, your ideas, and your asana and let’s flow freely in a supportive, non-competitive environment.
The Body Politic: How to Cultivate a Positive Body Image
Together we rise. This is what the Yoga practice teaches us. Conclude your weekend with a mind-opening exploration into the power of social change as it relates to the tenets of Yoga. You are invited to experience the power of Yoga as a vehicle for shifting consciousness. We will also explore the impacts of our conditioning on the injustice and inequality experienced in our local communities.
Learn how to use your Yoga practice to help change the world!
Wow! I had tears a few times as I listened to and felt the intention behind the words in the first lesson. I’m pretty selective with the teachers I choose and thought I was being careful in deciding which classes to attend. It seems I was just donning an invisible cloak of denial and defense against the unspoken (and sometimes spoken) expectations and judgement. I didn’t realize the slow-moving and cumulative toll they were taking on my power and self-worth. Thank you for this training! I can’t wait to be a different kind of teacher and share this gift of inclusive Yoga. — Lisa Parks
Dianne Bondy, E-RYT 500
Dianne is a celebrated Yoga teacher, social justice activist, and leading voice of the Yoga For All movement. Her inclusive view of Yoga asana and philosophy inspires and empowers thousands of followers around the world regardless of their shape, size, ethnicity, or level of ability. She applies over 1000 hours of training to help her students find freedom, self-expression, and radical self-love in their Yoga practice. She shares her message and provides millions of followers with affordable access to online Yoga classes, workshops, and tutorials at her virtual studio: Yogasteya.com. Dianne contributes to Yoga International, Yoga Journal, Do You Yoga,
Dearborn Michigan Yoga Shala July 19th & 20-21st
Bridging the Divide: Yoga For All
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An accessible yoga practice designed to help you safely explore the themes of self-acceptance and compassion towards the self and others.
This unique practice integrates asana, journaling and open-dialogue discussions centered on the philosophy of yoga as it relates to equanimity and unity. Explore asana, breath, and the mind-body connection in a way that illuminates your strength and creativity. Together we will explore our values and how we show up in the world. Come and enjoy the unique experience of standing in your power as you connect with your inner light.
Friday July 19th, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Yoga Shala West Dearborn
Sat Date: Jul 20 2019 From: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Location: Yoga Shala West Dearborn
Join celebrated yoga teacher, social justice activist, and lead voice of the Yoga For All Movement, Dianne Bondy, at Yoga Shala for a Bridging the Divide weekend immersion.
Dianne’s inclusive view of yoga asana and philosophy inspires and empowers thousands of followers around the world – regardless of their shape, size, ethnicity, or level of ability. Through in-depth, open forum discussions, practical hands-on asana labs, and interactive yoga practices, you’ll learn how to deconstruct the values, norms, and perceptions that guide the current western view of yoga, beauty, and success.
Together we will bridge the cultural divides that keep us segregated. By the end of this series, you’ll learn how to apply the principles and practices of yoga to create inclusive spaces where all bodies are invited to the yoga mat. Learn how to structure accessible yoga classes using socially informed language, innovative modifications, and conscious movements, to broaden your teaching style so that it caters to individuals that are currently on the sidelines.
Saturday, July 20th, 2019 10am-5pm (1.5hr lunch)
The Principles of Accessibility: An introduction to yoga, diversity, and body image.
What is diversity in yoga and who gets to define it?
Why are some bodies deemed more valuable than others?
The intersection of yoga and body image.
Perceptions of yoga in the media.
Strategies to help combat the “yoga body” narrative. Engaging under served communities: How do we invite others to the practice?
Creating Accessible Spaces
The power of language
Consent on the mat
Methods of teaching in non-traditional spaces
Accessible yoga class planning and execution
Teaching from the 8 limbs of yoga: How the Yamas and Niyamas support and promote inclusion and accessibility
Sunday July 21st, 2019 9am-4pm (1.5hr lunch)
Developing yoga classes for body positivity and self-acceptance.
How to create inclusive and innovative warm-ups
Innovative and inclusive ways to incorporate props
Taking Action: asana break, modifications and variations for the following postures
Seated, twists and supine poses
Innovative sequencing & transitions
Empowering your teaching and serving yoga students: Discover, Explore, Play – The Asana Research Lab
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Plymouth Vermont August 25-29th
HAES Professionals only
Restore, Recalibrate, Reconnect A HAES ®Professional Retreat with Dianne Bondy and Fiona Sutherland at Good Commons Plymouth Vermont August 25-29th
Join friends and colleagues in a spectacular location for 4 days to reconnect with community and re-energise your passion for doing meaningful, body-inclusive work in the world.
Breathe In – the warmth and energy of a like-minded community who get it
Breathe Out – the challenges of living & working in diet culture.
Feel held by experienced retreat facilitators who love to both dig deep into the tough stuff, AND have fun.
Who is this suitable for?
- Health professionals with a sound understanding of, and commitment to, Health At Every Size ® principles
- Folks who wish to connect with, and be in community with others who share a commitment to equitable, body-inclusive care
- People who want to explore how yoga intersects with HAES® and social justice – taking your practice from the mat into your communities.
What can you expect?
This will feel less like formal “training” or “workshop” style and more “sit on comfy couches, and have meaningful discussions with others who want to do the same.” There will be a mix of organised sessions (including yoga) & less formal time where you can really feel into what YOU need (and actually respond to it!). Once places are filled, we’ll be communicating with you to fill in a few gaps in the program so we can find out about what YOU need and want
Breakfast and Dinner
1-2 daily body-inclusive yoga practice with Dianne and Fiona
Hosted sessions with Dianne & Fi eg. Couch-centered Book Club, Social Justice: from (yoga) practice to (clinic room/real world) practice
Free time to explore the area, settle on a couch – whatever you like!
Does not include:
Transport to and from the venue
Lunches (can bring your own into the house, or head out into a nearby town)
It’s important to us that we provide as accurate information as possible, and we are relying on that as provided by the house owners. If there is anything you would like to know that is not mentioned here, please do contact us directly and we will find out for you! We will undoubtedly be a supportive and welcoming group and if anyone needs some assistance, we will do whatever needs to be done to ensure that your needs are met.
All of the bedroom are on the 2nd and 3rd floors, and this is a very old house with long and steep staircases. The baths (on all levels) have walk-in showers, there are no tubs other than the hot tub on the deck (yay!). There are several steps from the ground to get up into the house from outside in both the front and back entrances. There is are no private bathrooms allocated to specific rooms, but there are plenty of them throughout the house.
The yoga shala is fully accessible, and all care will be taken to cater for everyone’s needs.
Please note: The multi-share room is on the third floor
The owner of the house tells us “I describe the house as a funky antique Vermont/New England farmhouse with its own warm and welcoming style. When you step in the door it feels like you have come to visit a good friend’s place, not a hotel or inn/BnB.”
Getting to and from the venue:
The house is mid-way between Ludlow, Vermont and Killington.
4771 Route 100A
Downloadable directions from major centres (pdf)
Boston (3 hrs drive)
There are 3 styles available:
- Single KB (only one available) $1189 USD
- Twin share (2 people, a combo of SB/QB/KB) $859 (10 available), all twin share rooms are on the 2nd floor
**larger QB & KB beds offered at the same price, on a first-registered basis; please contact us if you are registering with a friend who you would like to share with.
- Multi-share (please note this is a large room on the 3rd floor, with 9 x twin/single beds in the same room, no bunk beds) USD$697 (9 available)
Reserve Your Room
To reserve your room you must leave a $250 non-refundable deposit.
After you have made your deposit using the “Reserve your room” button below, Please fill out this form
Cancellations and refunds:
$250 non-refundable deposit required at time of booking to confirm your space
Full Payment is required 30 days before the retreat (Payment by July 25)
Cancellation of the retreat: Full refund less your $250 non-refundable deposit up to 30 days before the retreat with a written request.
NO REFUND AFTER JULY 25, 2019
This Retreat will be hosted by Dianne and Fiona Sutherland
Fi is a body inclusive Dietitian & Yoga Teacher from Melbourne Australia, Director of The Mindful Dietitian. Fi is an experienced retreat host, professional supervisor and clinician, passionate about the importance of community in building our own longevity and resilience in our doing body-inclusive work.
Dianne Bondy is a social justice activist, author, accessible yoga teacher, and the leader of the Yoga For All movement. Her inclusive approach to yoga empowers anyone to practice—regardless of their shape, size, ethnicity, or level of ability. Dianne is revolutionizing yoga by educating yoga instructors around the world on how to make their classes welcoming and safe for all kinds of practitioners.
Galpagos Islands Nov 9-16, 2019
Let’s explore how we make peace with our bodies. It’s time we let go of all that holds us back from experiencing the fullness of life. Become immersed in Dianne’s signature spirit of compassionate self-love and radical self-acceptance. And what better place with the Galapagos islands as your backdrop!? Through her guided meditation practices, expertly sequenced Yoga For All practices, and enlightened conversations, you’ll uncover insights into your deepest desires and personal strength.
What You Can Expect:
- Learn practical tools, meditations, yoga postures and intelligent modifications designed to re-connect you with your body and desires
- Let go of negative self-talk and limiting beliefs through practical techniques and daily strategies
- Re-connect with your body and mind through self-reflection
- Join like-minded soul shakers who are looking to make a difference in the world
- Discover the techniques of radical self-acceptance
Your days will be filled with wellness and maximum exploration – starting and ending the days on your yoga mat with sweeping views of Santa Cruz Island and giant tortoises beyond the yoga shala as they roam around the property. Be prepared to see everything and anything in the Galapagos with your handpicked guide accompanying you and giving you a local flavour of the beauty of the islands.
Celebrate your uniquely beautiful self, cultivate a whole new level of self-awareness, and emerge feeling more focused, centered and accepting of who you are and all you stand for.