June 12th - 18th, 2023Join 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!
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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.
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.
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
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!
Every time I come back from VIVA, I am inspired not only in my practice but also in my whole being. The Montreal community vibe is so hot, beautiful and contagious! The people are warm, versatile, humble and welcoming! You can feel the true values of Acroyoga anchored in their practice and it is refreshing to play and share with them!
A well-organized festival, with quality workshops, renowned teachers, which will certainly take your practice further. I am blessed to be part of this wonderful team!
If you love Acroyoga festivals, VIVAcroyoga should be on your list!
VIVAcroyoga is a full week meeting with acroyogis from across Canada and around the world. This event allows you to have a beautiful landscape of the different communities and styles of AcroYoga.
Creativity, expression, conviviality and expertise are the words that define for us the quality of the workshops and the speakers in the festival. In addition to the quality of the speakers, the organization team is doing a great job focusing on the values of communication, consent and safety in practice. You can also join the team and bring your energy because they provide some volunteer places.
When you come from abroad you can therefore meet and create great links with great practitioners with a diversified and fun practice. It is with inclusion, affection and sensitivity that you will be welcomed into the festival and the community in Montreal.
VIVA is a really interesting festival environment. It feels small and intimate because of the studio where most of the festival activities take place. Still, it feels big and expansive because the beautiful city of Montreal is the backdrop with some classes and amazing jams happening in the park near the studio.
As far as classes go, there are fun and challenging classes for all levels and it seems like the most amazing acroyoga teachers are all at this festival, teaching and taking classes. And I don't mean the most amazing in terms of skills, I mean they're the best kind of humans – kind, encouraging, supportive and badass. And the students are just as amazing!
In 2019 I had the pleasure of teaching a beginners class and it was such a great teaching experience that I would love to teach again as often as they allow me....haha. Come to VIVA and see for yourself! I will see you there.
VIVA is Montreal's annual acroyoga event, attracting talent from all over the world and offering a variety of inspiring workshops at all skill levels.
Community values are geared towards consent, inclusion and play, which helps create an uplifting and comforting experience.
I love this event and I'm grateful to be part of it!