Join us for 3 Days of personal renewal and professional development with time set apart for Yoga and meditation worship, classes, education, professional development, fellowship, and networking.
Beginning Yogi's welcome!
Gainesville is widely celebrated for being on the cutting edge of education and medical advancements in the healthcare industry.
Join us for an interactive discussion with respected healthcare and wellness leaders as we collectively explore the movement towards the inclusion of somatic practices, mindfulness, breathing techniques, and Yoga as part of treatment plans, programming, and standards for care. Bring your questions for Q & A from the floor.
Forge new relationships and nurture treasured friendships with time and space dedicated to refresh your whole being!
After worship each evening, stay for fellowship and FREE flowing, 100% Certified Organic and Fair Trade herbal tea as you share stories and browse through the Missional Marketplace, discovering new resources, tools, and opportunities to support wholeness, health, and wellbeing.
Explore how ancient Eastern Yoga Philosophy can inform our contextual understanding of the Bible with an overview of the fundamentals of 8 Limb Path of Yoga and a deeper dive the Yamas and Niyamas and Contemplative Christian Theology.
The Enneagram is an ancient tool for self-discovery and personal growth. Learn how to engage with and interpret this powerful resource in ways that lead to meaningful transformation and sustainable connection with the totality of our human experience.
Learn the essentials of Level 1 Chair Yoga, including basic adaptations for centering and relaxation, as well as warm up postures and variations for Sun Salutations A and B. This class is appropriate for anyone who is interested in making Yoga accessible for every body, in every setting.
Yoga breathing (Pranayama) is central to Yoga and fundamental to cultivating mind, body, spirit connection. In this workshop, you will learn how different breathing practices impact the nervous system and how to integrate simple breathing practices for stress reduction and wellbeing.
Come to the mat for a full-body experience that will cultivate greater connection to your core and enhance your wellbeing. This mat-based class that will be adaptable for those who are true beginners to seasoned Pilates pros. (This class is not recommended for chair-based participants.)
Take a few quiet moments to center and listen for God's movement in your life as you take time to "be still and know" (Ps. 46:10) while being gently guided through a Loving Kindness Mindfulness Meditation for Stress Reduction (MBSR) designed to refresh and renew your whole being.
Join us for an interactive discussion panel with respected clinicians, teachers, and leaders as we explore health trends and the movement towards integrated wellness through embodied practices and holistic wellbeing in clinical, therapy, coaching, studio, and ministry settings.
Grab your mat and some water for an energizing flow that will cultivate greater vitality and positivity in your life. This will be a mat-based class that will get your heart rate and your spirit lifted with movement that is adaptable for most levels. (Not recommended for chair-based participants.)
Discover the benefits of this ancient form of holistic wellbeing as you learn about the fundamental principles of Ayurvedic Nutrition and ways that you can intuitively apply this knowledge to cultivate health and wellness in your own life.
Learn the fundamental poses that make up the Moon Salutation sequence with adaptations and modifications to make this series accessible for all bodies, and variations to reflect the natural cycles of change that reflect the human experience.
Explore what science is discovering about the ways Yoga can help to heal the Vagus Nerve, aiding in trauma recovery and chronic stress management, while facilitating the completion of stress cycles and promoting positive mind, body, soul connection.
UP to 6 CEUs
Take up your mat and join us at the feet of Christ as we worship together in Spirit and Truth, moving and breathing in unity as we glorify God. Come early or stay after worship to nurture relationships that will inspire, encourage, and uplift your soul!
Discover additional resources, offerings, tools, and opportunties to culitivate wellbeing throughout the YogaWell Conference and by visiting the Missional Marketplace available before and after worship, during registration and the Friday afternoon break.
Studio owners, YACEP or RYS Insturctors, clinicians, coaches, ministry leaders...
Become a YogaWell Partner and promote your offerings during the YogaWell conference with a variety of way to expand your reach within our growing community. For more information on how to become a YogaWell Partner, click below.
Yoga Alliance Accredited Certification Course Options
Begin or Advance your Yoga Teacher Certification journey with courses offered through the Pointe of Grace Yoga Institute. For more information on courses that are being offered in partnership with this conference, click below.
(Note: additional fees apply.)
DINNER BREAK/FREE TIME
WELCOME, WORSHIP & FELLOWSHIP
EVENING WORSHIP & FELLOWSHIP
CLOSING WORSHIP & COMMUNION
(12:30 - 1:30 PM Lunch Break)
Rev. Lenora Rousseau is the Pastoral Director of the Pointe of Grace Project and serves in this role by extension as an Elder in the FLUMC. In addition to being a seasoned Pastor and Chaplain, Lenora is a Trauma-Informed RYT E-RYT/RYT 500 Yoga instructor, Certified Spiritual Director, and founder of YogaWell. (Read more...)
Francoise “Franny” Long is a classically trained chef, Certified Holistic Health Coach, RYT E-200/500 Yoga Instructor, Certified Yin Yoga Teacher, Certified Children's Yoga Teacher, Certified Breath Coach, and an enthusiastic wellness advocate. (Read more...)
Randy is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Gainesville, FL with a PsyD in Clinical Psychology. He has an interest in the integration of spiritual wisdom with neurological and psychological science. He has certifications in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Mindfulness-based Strengths Practices. He is a regular practitioner of yoga. He integrates concepts and therapeutic practices from these diverse fields into his work as a therapist, first emphasizing his own well-being practices. He is married to Sandra and has two teenage children.
Elise Cation is an Occupational Therapist specializing in sensory integration for the last 20 years. She began a private practice with her husband, Steve, named the Lamp Post Therapy Center to serve and bring light to families and children challenged with disability. She is the founder of Joyful Sensory Parenting and Sensory Mentor. Elise is mom to two beautiful daughters, several pets, and some houseplants who are defying the odds (so far). She is a yogi whose passion is to create space for healing - body, heart, mind, and spirit.
Tami has spent her working hours dedicated to the healing of Veterans with heart failure as a Nurse Practitioner. She is a devoted wife, mother of 3 and grandmother of 6 beautiful grandchildren. As a Yoga Instructor, she is passionate about creating sacred space to promote healing, peace, and joy to all that join her on the mat. She serves her community through her church and prison ministry and loves traveling, reading and spending time with her family.
Denise Papajorgji holds a Master's degree from Florida State University and is an experienced E-200 RYT Instructor, a AFAA Group Fitness Insturctor, and 500 HR Certified Pilates Instructor with a passion for fitness and wellbeing. (Read more...)
Natalie Faria-Campbell has a Masters of Divinity with specialities in Religious Education and Justice, Peacebuilding, and Conflict Transformation. Natalie is a Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher and currently completingly the final stages of her certification as an Enneagram teacher through The Narrative Enneagram. She is a Florida native who loves spending time with her husband, their chocolate lab Luna, and family and friends. Natalie is a big believer in the power of both yoga and the Enneagram to support all people in their journeys toward healing and transformation. She is a lover of books, houseplants, and hammocking in the backyard.
Want to help others thrive in community and partner with us?
YogaWell Conference registration fees represent our true cost with the leaders and speakers generously contributing their time and energy at no cost or for a nominal honorarium. Even so, we realize that there are some in our community for whom this conference will be beyond their means.
Consider making a donation in any amount from $25 - $250 that will enable us keep our fees as low as possible and allow others in our community who need a hand to attend on scholarship.
YogaWell 2023 will be hosted at the spacious and beautiful campus of Trinity United Methodist Church, located at the north end of Gainesville, just minutes from Celebration Pointe and downtown.
Trinity UMC is one of the premier facilities in Gainesville, Florida, hosting over 4,000 events a year. We are excited to be gathering on these sacred and hallowed grounds to encounter God and grow together in grace. With over 70+ acres, Trinity has public walking trails, ponds, and open space to encounter the Spirit move in your life. While here, make sure to stop by the Chapel for a time of solitude and prayer. This peaceful space nestles up against nature, creating the perfect environment to center your soul.
The closest hotel to the conference location is the Best Western Gateway Grand. This hotel is just minutes from Trinity UMC and easily accessible from 75 at 4200 NW 97th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606. For more information, click here.
As per Travel Advisor Gainesville is: Home to the University of Florida, the largest and oldest university in the state, as well as the Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville is a hub of education and culture. Perhaps due to its strong student population, the city is also at the heart of independent music in Florida, having produced numerous musical acts from a variety of genres. The natural surroundings, including parks, lakes and Paynes Prairie State Reserve provide a green getaway from the bustle of city life.
Looking for a place to eat, shop, stay, or play - Celebration Pointe will this modern area of Gainesville is worth visiting time and again.