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Where you can find me in the next few months…

Monday, August 10, 2015 by Marianne Elliott

After a year of focusing pretty much exclusively on ActionStation, I have a few teaching and presenting events coming up:

Muse Camp 2015

August 21st-23rd, Bend OR

muase campMuse Camp is a three-day women’s retreat devoted to inspiring positive social change. It offers workshops, talks, and community building opportunities to provide women and teens with the inspiration and support necessary to become catalysts for positive social change. Muse Camp is open to women 12 and up. Lodging is in Sioux-Style Tipis equipped with cots beside the magical Blue Lake. Meals will all be organic and include vegetarian options. Workshops include: photography, poetry, improv, leadership, yoga, writing, and mindfulness.

I’ll be repeating the workshop I taught at Muse Camp in 2013: Writing as Activism.

World Muse also has a new online magazine – they launched this week and I’m honoured that they included one of my pieces on courage in their first edition: Leaping before I Look‘ 

I can find the audacity to do work that seems far too big for me because I know that the work is bigger than me and because I know that I’m not doing it alone. … This is what faith looks like to me right now: I am not the whole story. I am only a very small part of the story. And I need only do the work that I was born to be doing right now – with integrity, with compassion, with courage.”

Yoga in Action: Off the Mat

Sept-Oct – Wellington, NZ

Embody-Your-PurposeThis is designed to be a personally transformative journey that will help clarify your sense of purpose and develop your collaboration and leadership skills. Yoga in Action is a program of 4 workshops that will help clarify and deepen your sense of purpose through a mix of mindfulness and yoga practices, self-inquiry and practical tools for leading and collaborating. We’ll explore what healthy, self-aware and sustainable activism looks like and how to apply that both to your everyday life and to the ways in which you serve your family, your community or the world.

If you already engage in a regular yoga practice this will deepen your awareness and experience of what is happening on the mat and give you clarity about how to take those insights off the mat for the benefit of your community. For those new to yoga it will introduce yoga as more than just stretching: Yoga as a way to reach for a brighter future and a more courageous version of yourself. The small group setting builds community over the four weeks and will leaves you with a support network to continue the exploration and build on any service projects that emerge. 

If you can’t make it to this training but want to keep up to date on all the exciting news from Off The Mat New Zealand come like us on our new facebook page.

Game Changers: Yoga Journal Live Event

27 Sept-1 Oct, Colorado

When the introduction to a yoga event reads: 

Understanding the dynamics of oppression, prejudice, bias, and ignorance, as well as, the ways in which we are complicit are the keys to changing things.” 

You know this is not your average yoga conference.

So what is this? It’s a three-day yoga-based training in cultural awareness and social justice, and how to be a part of a grassroots movement that is committed to creating real change–all starting from the inside out. A training to help us all take our yoga off the mat and not only be a part of the change, but also redefine what true change means. 

If you are looking for a deeper understanding of what yoga can be, to discover what’s next for you, or to find inspiration around the work you’re already doing, please join us and connect with a community of conscious activists who understand it is time to get real, engage with heart, and make change for the good of ALL. Come and learn what it means to be a game changer yourself and how to put your compassion into true action!

Join us USE PROMO CODE: ELLIOTT to save 15% off Game Changers pass! 

Led by OTM founders Seane Corn, Hala Khouri, and Suzanne Sterling, this conference also features the 11 leaders interviewed by Seane in Yoga Journal’s GameChangers series over the past year. We’ll cover:

* The power of language * How global change starts within *

* Social justice basics * Trauma & building resilience * Co-creating change *

* Body image & disordered eating * Finding your voice *

* Yoga accessibility for all * Yoga in 12-step & underserved communities *

Click on the photo below to learn more about the presenters & check-out the daily schedule HERE 

Leaders of Game Changers Event

What I’ve been learning, reading & writing

Sunday, August 9, 2015 by Marianne Elliott

It’s been a long time since I wrote here. Not because I haven’t had anything to say, but because I’ve been utterly consumed by the work of launching, nurturing and getting ActionStation through something known in the start-up world as the ‘Valley of Death’. Over the past month I really feel that we’ve emerged from that […]

A #mycourage round-up!

Monday, April 20, 2015 by Marianne Elliott

These last few weeks I’ve been honored to share the brave stories of friends who are making their way through the world one courageous step at a time. At home. At work. In the neighborhood. In themselves. They really have blown me away, but I shouldn’t be surprised. This is how it happens for all […]

The Bravest Yes

Saturday, April 18, 2015 by Marianne Elliott

A guest post from Christine Mason Miller

This essay was originally published in Skirt! magazine in 2011, and provided the inspiration for a book Christine is currently writing about her family.

I had been mired in angst as my husband’s son’s wedding drew closer. It would be an intimate gathering—only 50 guests—taking place on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, with a week’s worth of sun, surf and celebration leading up to the ceremony. Houses were rented, flights were booked and a taco joint reserved for the rehearsal dinner. A family wedding in paradise—what could be wrong with that? But that was the problem. It was a family wedding, and who was I? No one important—just the dad’s wife.

Finding the Courage to Stay the Course

Friday, April 17, 2015 by Marianne Elliott

A guest post from Brigitte Lyons

Sitting on my shelf is a book that terrifies me. A gift from my husband, I never made it past the fourth chapter.

I should have read this book. I’m the kind of person that always finishes books, even when they give me nightmares. I waded through Joyce Carol Oates’ We Were the Mulvaneys, which should come with a trigger warning. I read Stephen King’s Pet Sematary and Christine when I was 13, setting myself up for a lifetime of low-level anxiety.

But this book, which sits so innocently on my shelf and boasts the label, “National Bestseller. The book EVERY small-business owner should own,” stopped me in my tracks.

Beyond Bravery

Thursday, April 16, 2015 by Marianne Elliott

A guest post from Natalya Pemberton

I must have been about twelve years old. A blonde kid in a bathing suit, at the top of a tower on a gorgeous, Sydney summer day. A man gave me a plastic board with hand-holds in the sides. “Sit on the board, lean forward, and don’t let go.” I did as he said, heart racing. I looked down as water rushed over the steep incline. Wondered whether I could really do this. I’d barely made the waterslide’s height limit. I’d never been up this high before. What if I accidentally let go, or sat up, or fell off? I absolutely wasn’t ready. But the attendant was, and there was a line of people behind me, waiting. I tightened my grip on the plastic board and pushed off. Scared, but doing it.

The Courage of Conviction — Or Lack Thereof

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 by Marianne Elliott

A guest post from Tara Gentile

“We are to find God in what we know, not in what we don’t know; God wants us to realize his presence, not in unsolved problems but in those that are solved,” wrote Dietrich Bonhoeffer from Tegel Prison. Bonhoeffer had faced over a year imprisoned by the Nazis for conspiring against Hitler and the Third Reich. He was a pastor, a theologian, and a committed pacifist.

He had the courage to risk his principles for the good of people who would come after him. In doing so, he shook his own belief system to the core. In his own “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” moment, he decided to do so that others might have the chance to live in a world not plagued by mass slaughter. Eventually, he paid the ultimate price.

The courage to begin again

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 by Marianne Elliott

A guest post from Laura Calandrella

I walked out on to the deck and took a seat in one of the lounge chairs.

It was a beautifully sunny day and I knew I could easily blend in with the sunbathers at the edge of the pool. No one would suspect why I was actually there.

The minutes ticked by, each one bringing me closer to the first swim practice I had been to in 10 years.

If we were anything, we were honest.

Monday, April 13, 2015 by Marianne Elliott

A guest post from Laurie Wagner In 2005, when my oldest daughter was 10 years old, she and her little sister were sitting in the back of my husband’s truck while he stepped into the store for milk. Leaving them alone in the car wasn’t the worst thing that happened in the five minutes that […]

The Moment Courage Stepped into My Life

Saturday, April 11, 2015 by Marianne Elliott

A guest post from Ryan Sallans The room felt as if it were shaking up and down until there was gentle pressure placed on the top of my knee. I looked down to see a brown leather shoe holding me in place, anchoring me to the moment. The shoe belonged to my therapist, who was […]

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