(panel discussion) Building PEaceful Communities.
Ahimsa is the practice of non-harming; it is a central tenet in the practice of yoga. In physical yoga practice, we achieve ahimsa by treating our bodies and ourselves with loving kindness and by practicing non-judgment of others in the room. In this workshop, we will explore ways of taking the practice of ahimsa off the mat in order to build peaceful communities. Four very different panelists will explore this question through storytelling and discussion.
- Vince Greason is a popular educator, community organizer and philosopher who has spent much of his career helping local community groups acquire the skills and strategies they need to build the communities they want and need. He has long practiced ahimsa but he hasn’t done much yoga or swimming.
- Heather Haynes is well known Canadian artist, who has been painting professionally for nearly 20 years. It has always been her intention to use her art to help make the world a better place. From the beginning of her art career Heather has been very active in supporting local and national causes with her art donations. She loves to practice yoga.
- Jolene Simko was once an angry teen dressed all in black who got introduced to both activism and yoga at pretty much the same time. Since then, it's been a fantastic journey learning to balance an exhaustive list of volunteer commitments with work, life, fun and yoga.
- Amanda Janke is a Waldorf teacher, a yoga teacher and a young mother who has chosen to live off the grid in South Frontenac county. She’s an avid gardener, a lover of children and someone who tries to walk very gently on the earth.
- Michael Cooke will moderate the panel, encourage panelists to stick to stories and short presentations so there will be ample time for participants to ask questions and share their stories.