Join our growing community of teachers creating social change with yoga and meditation! Learn trauma-informed teaching strategies, boundary training, verbal adjustments, and much more. This training is for yoga and meditation teachers as well as anybody wanting to study yoga based tools to work with people in prison.
In this two-day training, you will hear stories from the field, learn trauma-informed teaching tecniques and tools, gain a greater understanding of the prison culture, get real-time feedback and guidance from masters in the field, and receive the Yoga Behind Bars manual, one of the best resources available for teaching in prisons. Class counts for 15 CE credits with Yoga Alliance.
Friday, October 28th from 6:30-9:00pm
Saturday, October 29th from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, October 30th, 9:30am to 5:00pm
Be prepared to have your mind blown and your heart opened.
This training is for yoga and meditation teachers as well as anybody wanting to study yoga based tools to work with people in prison.
Experience and or/training in teaching yoga is required for teaching yoga in prisons/jails, however it is not a requirement for taking this workshop.
About the Trainers
Rosa Vissers, Executive Director. Rosa joined Yoga Behind Bars as a volunteer in 2010 and has never looked back. She became a staff member in 2013 contributing a wide range of experience working for grassroots nonprofits such as Velocity Dance Center and Dance Art Group. Originally from the Netherlands, Rosa combines her commitment to service and social justice with an international dance career.
Rosa fell in love with yoga in 2005 and completed her 500-hour Yoga Certification in 2007 at Centered City Yoga in Salt Lake City. She earned an MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah, a BFA from ArtEZ in the Netherlands, and is a certified Permaculture Designer. She teaches at the women's prison in Gig Harbor and men's prison in Monroe. You can see her TEDx talk about the power of yoga in prisons here.
Jess Frank, Program Director. Her passion for providing transformative opportunities to incarcerated people sparked at the start of her career and has only grown since she became a YBB instructor over two years ago. As a program coordinator for the Post Prison Education Program and University Beyond Bars, Jess became both intimately acquainted with the challenges facing people in the criminal justice system and deeply inspired by the dedication of the students. As YBB's program director, Jess manages and mentors volunteers, oversees program expansion, and conducts site visits and evaluations. One of the highlights of her week is teaching yoga to 25 students at the men’s prison in Monroe.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There is a parking lot that trainees will be able to use, and also free street parking on the weekend. Please visit our Facebook event page to coordinate carpools.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
Are scholarships and/or payment plans available?
Yes, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
What is the refund policy?
If you cancel up to 14 days before training, you will get reimbursed in full, minus a $25 administrative fee
Cancellations within 14 days of the training will be refunded 50%
Cancellations within 7 days of the training will not be reimbursed, except in case of emergency