Holding Space - Trauma-Informed Professional Development Workshops

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October 10, 2017 5pm - 9pm


Stretch Yoga Vancouver

Price (CAD)

$75 ($25 for current volunteers)

Holding Space is an ongoing professional development workshop for trauma-informed yoga teachers, or yoga teachers with an interest in creating accessible yoga classes. This workshop, developed by Nicole Marcia in partnership with Yoga Outreach, is a safe place for like-minded yoga teachers to gather, reflect, and grow while supporting the growth of other teachers within the community.

Together we will:

- Explore and gain a deeper understanding of the teacher/student relationship, and professionalism in service yoga and studio settings.

- Learn how to establish and communicate effective and compassionate boundaries.

- Consider and discuss where traditional psychological theory and yoga intersect.

- Develop an understanding and inclusive community to address questions about our work, debrief difficult teacher/student relationships, and discuss ethics.

What Holding Space participants have to say:

“I appreciated the Holding Space Workshop because it reminded me of the basics of being a teacher: how to construct a class and places to draw inspiration for theming, as well as the importance of self-care and boundaries. I found the workshop an effective reminder of what excites me about teaching yoga.”

“Despite the abundance of yoga teachers in Vancouver we can easily be isolated and disconnected from one another; particularly trauma-informed and strength-based therapists and teachers who tend to work at recovery centres, social access agencies, etc. rather than at yoga studios. I would love to see this workshop offered more often!”

About the facilitator


Nicole Marcia

Nicole Marcia has taught therapeutic yoga classes and offered individual sessions to trauma survivors since 2004. She trains yoga and healthcare professionals in the trauma-informed yoga theory and techniques required to support trauma survivors in their healing, long-term stability and recovery. In 2009, she was awarded a master’s degree with a specialization in yoga therapy from Lesley University in Boston, MA. She was employed by the Provincial Health Services Association at their Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addictions as a yoga therapist from 2008 - 2017. She is the Program Director for Incorporating Yoga as a Trauma-informed Practice to Enhance Drug Treatment Outcomes for Justice Involved Youth as well as a training facilitator and mentor with Yoga Outreach.


Annual Self-care Retreat



June 2, 3, 4, 2017


Springbrooke Retreat & Conference Centre Langley BC

Price (CAD)

Varied based on accommodation

Join Yoga Outreach for a weekend retreat at the tranquil Springbrooke Retreat Centre, a beautiful 16 acre Fraser Valley property nestled in a grove of cedars on the banks of the Salmon River, in beautiful Langley, BC.

Price Includes

• 6 meals
• accommodation
• all yoga classes
• unlimited access to the pool, hot tub and sauna!

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