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The Center for Religion and Spirituality invites you to this Yoga, Mindfulness and Social Change workshop of with activist and yogi Mark Lilly.

In this workshop, we will focus on building safety and self-awareness for all participants in a yoga practice. We will learn how to best offer sustainable yoga programs to young people and teachers in secondary and primary schools, as well as young people in foster care (and the staff and carers who support them), dealing with homelessness, or otherwise struggling with the fallout from past or ongoing trauma.

The lens of safety will allow us to embrace serving the most vulnerable people in any population, and the internal directive to be as participatory as possible will challenge us to give all members of the project—be they teachers, yoga instructors, vulnerable young people, and other key stakeholders—a say in how the material will be looked at, documented and used in both the near and longer term. Both a focus on safety and a goal of broad inclusiveness will also be viewed as part of the whole scope of the practices, and will be used as opportunities for each person to gain additional knowledge of self and others.

To Attend
Registration is open online (click Buy Tickets button). Times listed are set to Pacific Time. This is a virtual workshop. Registered participants will receive an email invitation prior to the start of the workshop to connect via live videoconference using Zoom. Read here on how to connect.

In the event the workshop is canceled, participants will be notified by Wednesday, the week of the workshop. Registration fees are refunded only if the workshop is canceled; no refund for partial attendance or no-show. For further information, please email the Center at

About the Speaker
Mark Lilly is the founder and Board President of Street Yoga, an internationally recognized non-profit which provides yoga and mindfulness classes to at-risk populations in Portland and Seattle. Mark is a mindfulness and communication trainer who has taught workshops all over North America to widely diverse audiences including physicians, nurses, social workers, police officers, therapists, and countless others. Mark has developed many specialized mindfulness curricula in addition to the core and advanced Street Yoga trainings, including specialized work for young people recovering from sexual abuse, and workshops for adults moving through entrenched traumas or grappling with high-intensity communication situations.

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