Creating a Mindful Campus 2017: Practicing Our Values in Times of Change

April 14-15, 2017

Sherrill Center, UNC Asheville
Asheville, North Carolina

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Inaugural Yoga CARE Conference Yoga and Social Justice

Invited Presenter

FREE Telesummit

April 20-23, 2017

Breitenbush Hot Springs, Oregon

Hosted by the DAYA Foundation and Sarahjoy Marsh

Keynote Speaker, University of Mary Washington Mindfulness Week

October, 2017

Keynote talk: How Mindfulness Can Help Us Be Better Agents of Social Change

Workshop: Mindfulness for Preventing Activist Burnout

Mindfulness and Anti-Oppression Pedagogy Workshop

Facilitator for the Racial Caucusing

Interactive Session at ARPAC, St. Cloud State University

June 17, 2016

Learning Objectives:

·      Learn the philosophical basis for bringing mindfulness into anti-racist education.

·      Participate in some simple mindfulness practices to help unlearn internalized racism, interrupt privilege, and work towards compassionate communities.

·      Learn how to incorporate these practices into your courses and address some potential pitfalls of doing so.

"Yoga and Feminism Part II: Being an Ally is a Practice"

Dancing with Compassion IV

Your Yoga, Uptown Minneapolis

Sunday July 17th 10-11:30am

Yoga and Feminism Part II: Being an Ally is a Practice

This discussion will explore how our yoga practice can help us be more effective allies in the work of ending oppression. We will explore how yoga can help us sit with the discomfort, uncertainty, and empowerment of ally work. Participants will leave with some specific tips for being allies and some deeper reflections on the complexity of showing up to build more compassionate and just communities.

"Yoga and Feminism" Discussion Workshop

Dancing with Compassion Series

Your Yoga, Uptown Minneapolis

May 15, 2016

This interactive discussion will explore how gender operates in our lives and in society. Using a feminist framework, we will explore social constructions of gender, for women, men, transfolk, genderqueer individuals, and so on. How does gender show up in our yoga practice? How can we combine feminist and yogic principles to create more empowered, compassionate, and just communities? All genders welcome.

Proceeds go to Access Your Yoga, a Minnesota 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides yoga and wellness practices to communities that typically lack access.

Other Recent Talks and Presentations

"Mindful Self-care for Activists Workshop" and "Unlearning Oppression Workshop." Power in Diversity Conference. St. Cloud State University. January 27-29, 2017.

"Contemporary Feminist & Womanist Praxis: Spiritual Activism and Social Change," with LeeRay Costa, Association for Contemplative Mind in Society Annual Conference, October, 2016.

"Contemplative Practice and Social Justice," Roundtable with Alan Godlas, Takafumi Kawakami, and John Makransky, facilitated by Erin McCarthy," International Symposium for Contemplative Studies, October, 2016.

"Making Diversity Relevant to ALL Our Students," In-Service Keynote Talk, St. Cloud Community and Technical College, August 18, 2016.

"Mindfulness Tools for Unlearning Oppression," In-Service Breakout Session, St. Cloud Community and Technical Community College, August 18, 2016.


Photo Credit Andy Howe and the Yoga and Body Image Coalition

Photo Credit Andy Howe and the Yoga and Body Image Coalition

Engaging Our Bodies: Toward a Feminist Pedagogy of Mindfulness.  

Poster presentation at the International Symposia for Contemplative Studies. April 26-29, 2012. Denver, Colorado.

Gender and the Body is an innovative combination of first and second year Honors students and third and fourth year Women’s Studies students. (HONS 263/WS 305). We study feminist theories of the body and discuss issues such as:

  • Eating Disorders
  • Body Image
  • Medicalization of the Body
  • Feminist Disability Issues
  • State Endorsed Violence on the Body Gendering the Body
  • Queer Gender Performance
  • Cultivating an Empowered Relationship to Our Bodies 

Yoga and Body Image Coalition Podcasts

I hosted severalYoga and Body Image Coalition Podcasts with fabulous people integrating Yoga and Social Justice. I spoke with Jessamyn Stanley, Sabrina Strings, Chelsea Jackson Roberts, Teo Drake, Roopa Singh, Sarah Joy Marsh, Linda Sparrowe, and so many others.

Click here and scroll down for some of the great conversations I've had with different yoga teachers.

Click here and scroll down for some of the great conversations I've had with different yoga teachers.

Photo credit  Molly Hebzynski

Photo credit Molly Hebzynski