Vivacroyoga began three years ago as a one-day gathering at Parc Lafontaine. That was the inception year and it was very casual. We had a full packed day with 10 short format classes. Folks came from Ottawa, Quebec City and Burlington and we had many participants from the Montreal area.
The next year it was two days at the park and last year we decided to formalize the event with ticket pre-sales and an actual venue in case of rain! We also added a Post festival daylong with Danya Xena.
Happy to report, as you can see, that this year we have added another day, making this event 5 full days and certainly worth traveling for! The Pre-fest with Ellio Blox and Post-fest with Danya Xena complete the three-day weekend schedule in style.
The driving force behind the festival is Jill Campbell, but many volunteers have helped build the past years’ events. Her vision is simply to create an event to bring the Montreal community together and then expose us all to skills we train less frequently. She is happy to welcome you all again for this year’s, better than ever, Vivacroyoga!
Jill has been practicing Acroyoga since 2005 and became intimately involved with Acroyoga Montreal (Jessie Goldberg and Eugene Poku) circa 2009. She has assisted or co-taught 10 teacher trainings so far. She finds deep solace in the vision and principles of AYM, the practice being founded on creativity, inclusion and communication.
In 2010 she began collaborating with her long-term acro partner, Miss Heidi Blais, known for her fierceness as a practitioner and her creativity and precision as a thinker. Together, the two travel the world teaching a unique style of Acroyoga that provides a full body experience for participants and focuses on awareness and breath in movement and skills. She also works in partnership with many other talented folks and loves to collaborate.
Their teachings have taken them far from Montreal and VIVAcroyoga is Jill’s vision, or way, of supporting and giving back to her local community, fellow teachers, and budding and experienced practitioners.
She hopes this festival will uphold the high standards her teachers have built-in setting the space for creation, play, training, and the hard work… the work of being human.
Sebastien or Coco as he likes being called, has been passionate about AcroYoga for 5 years, and recently completed his teacher training in Vancouver. He attended VIVAcroyoga since its inception and decided to get involved.