June 12th - 18th, 2023

Join us for 7 days of practice and play!

TEACHER applications closed!

The VIVA23 teaching team this year is full of international and local talent. Full schedule coming soon!

Apply to VOLUNTEER in 2023

Volunteer applications close May 1, 2023

Train

Training VIVA-style means working techniques from a variety of AcroYoga and Acro lineages and practices. It means preparing the body, drilling skills, using smart progressions, hitting peak skills with confidence, and cooling and caring for the body.

That’s just the physical…

Training VIVA-style also means communicating clearly and honestly with your partners, creating and upholding a safe practice environment, and challenging yourself to simply be a better human. That’s a lot. This is big. Come try.

Connect

This is a boutique event, which means we have a limited number of participants. That means you get time with people, real time, to talk, practice, giggle and develop REALationships.

Each class and workshop has a humanities theme, a concept to be explored that helps us be better acroyogis above and beyond our physical skills. Inclusive languaging, consent and reciprocity are some examples of past skills woven into classes.

Communal eating spaces and a cozy venue, as well as Acrochats at lunch breaks help bring us closer.

Play

We encourage our teachers to give tons of time for participants to practice skills and have fun. Giggles are encouraged, experimentation and creative process too, and of course… all the jamming. Montreal’s jams are some of the best in the world.

Come experience nightly jams in public parks throughout the festival. There will also be a space for jamming on lunch breaks on the main festival days.

The Saturday Night VIVAFlow talent show and dance party is another way we play. Last year’s show was beyond incredible and everyone was involved!

Meet  this year’s Daylong Teachers

Millissa & Devon - VANCOUVER

Flow State L-basing and Transitions

Millissa and Devon have been working and creating together for the past 6 years. It is the love of Acro and the connection it brings that keeps them. It  is rooted in the self expression and the creativity it fosters in all AcroYogis, from beginner to advanced. For Millissa + Devon,, the cherry on top is the strength and delicacy required in this beautiful and creative practice. 

Kimo & Bryan - DETROIT

Dance Lifts & Role Switching

Kimo Frederiksen is a human of many talents. Such talents range from the expert coffee maker, master of sass, and something that has been coined only as a “Fart Machine.” In addition to the aforementioned talents, Kimo is one of the kindest, most inclusive, and most passionate people you will ever meet. 

Ariel & Liz - SAN FRANCISCO/OAKLAND

Standing Partner Acrobatics

Liz and Ariel began their acrobatics partnership in 2009; dare we say it was love at first flight? They have trained extensively with world-renowned coaches over their years of practice and have been teaching together since 2011 in the Bay Area and in festivals throughout the US. In 2017 they founded Precision Acrobatics to share their teaching in a more structured format.

Micah & Christine - ASHEVILLE

Standing partner Acrobatics

Christine co-founded LIFT School of Acrobatics, is a Coach at Pitch Catch Circus, and an RYT 200 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the University of Iowa. She began studying dance & tumbling and teaching at an early age and competed throughout the country in all disciplines earning numerous accolades & awards.

Jill & Heidi - MONTREAL

Creative Flows, Role Changes

Jill Campbell and Heidi Blais are integral members of AcroYoga Montreal and have been co-teaching annual AYMTL teacher trainings since 2011 and 2012 respectively. They love to guide practitioners into experiences of alignment, ease, balance and creativity. Grounded in practicality, filled with humour, and technically meticulous, their teachings emphasize human connection for a life-long practice.

Become part of our community

 

There is a unique community here in Montreal, we are talented, creative, and kind. VIVAcroyoga is a place where we come together and open our beloved family to the rest of the world.

Come experience how we push our physical abilities in safe, conscious ways. Come lift each other up and support a communal evolution that uses skills and drills as a medium for personal elevation. Come for the festival, stay for the friends.

VIVAcroyoga is more than a festival, it is an experience in human connection and play. You are part of it!

I loved the passion of the teachers and the variety of the sessions offered. The warm ups were always fun, grounding and energizing and there was ample opportunity to work with many different people on many different skills.

Thanks for organizing such an incredible event! I learned so much and met some amazing people.

Diana McLaren-Kennedy

Participant , Quebec

Sunny Espace 215 studio did not give the impression of a full weekend stuck indoors, good quality of teachers who are attentive to participant questions and progression, good size of group for the space, good schedule structure, running reasonably on time, lots of smiles

Having a better idea of what each class is about ahead of time instead of the 30 seconds before the class in order to reflect on what we are most interested in and able to do, I felt rushed to pick without having a clear idea of the content. Coordination of content of classes - for example lots of Crocs in 4 different classes, intro to hand to hand given after progression to standing hand to hand (the skills learned in the 2nd would have been useful for the 1st class)

Thank you for the wonderful weekend!

Joelle Seguin

Participants, France

VIVA is a really interesting festival environment. It seems small and intimate because of the studio where most festival activities take place. Yet it seems big and expansive because the beautiful city of Montreal is the backdrop with some classes and incredible jams happening in the park near the studio.

In terms of the classes, there are fun, challenging classes for all practice levels and it seems that the most amazing acroyoga teachers are all at this festival, teaching and taking classes. And I don’t mean most amazing in terms of skill set, I mean they are the best type of humans - kind, encouraging, supportive and badass. And the students are just as amazing!

In 2019, I had the pleasure of teaching a class to beginners and it was such a great teaching experience that I would like to teach again as often as they’ll let me....haha. Come to VIVAand see for yourself!

I’ll see you there.

Vanessa Flores

Participant / Instructor, USA and Brazil

VIVA is *the* annual acroyoga event/gathering in Montreal, drawing talent from all over the world and offering a variety of inspiring workshops to any skill level.

Community values are directed towards consent, inclusiveness and playfulness, helping to create an uplifting and heartwarming experience.

I love this event and am grateful to be a part of it!

Byron Hardie

Instructor, Montreal

Our Mission

We want to be a living example of a safe and supportive community. The festival is built on this cohesive group of people. Our VIVAvalues help remind us of the kind of community we work to be everyday, every practice, every interaction. This is who we are:

Physical Practice

Inclusivity

Empowerment

Creativity

Safety

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Communication

Ready to become part of our community?