Joaquin de Teresa
Joaquin de Teresa
Joaquin Antonio teaches Yoga and Acroyoga that is rich in intention.  He’s a certified level 2 acroyoga teacher and 500 hr level E-RYT Living in Miami Beach, FL.  A teacher of teachers, and practitioner of Vinyasa Krama, Thai Bodywork, energy work, Acroyoga, aromatherapy, Karma yoga, indigenous medicine and meditation. Founder of BoomYoga producing and promoting high conscious vibrations curating Yoga programming and activating Healing Arts villages at events and music festivals.
Join us for an exploration of the healing side of AcroYoga! This class features a short lunar yoga (asana) warm up to sensitize the body, and a variety of Thai bodywork flows that translate into therapeutic flying. This practice is both a perfect introduction to AcroYoga and an amazing stand-alone healing modality. *NO Previous Experience Required, NO Partner Necessary
Join Boomyoga: Joaquin De Teresa in deep yin yoga practice designed to clear space in the mind and body for nourishing, rejuvenating energy flow. This practice will be focused on deep rest and deep release for healing & stress relief. Coupled with nurturing hands-on assists and an ambient, therapeutic soundscape. This class is the perfect recharging experience.
In this class you will be inspired and challenged by a creatively designed vinyasa krama sequence, breath awareness, alignment exploration, hands-on assists, meditation, chanting, yoga philosophy, and deep relaxation.
Grant Adkisson
Grant Adkisson
Grant Adkisson has a deep appreciation for the outdoors. He believes in the inherent genius in us all and is inspired to share in a way that fosters each person’s gifts. He has nearly twenty years’ experience in Internal Chinese Martial Arts, Chi Gung, and a variety of Healing Arts. He is fascinated by the natural world, and actively involved in teaching & facilitating in the Earthskills community. He often spends days being still and quiet in the woods, and nights laughing & sharing with friends.
Learn how to move through the landscape with a deeper awareness of your environment and your impact on it. We will use awareness games and movement exercises to gain some of the basic skills used in stalking animals, avoiding detection, evading pursuit and generally seeing more than being seen. Use your knowledge of different environments to blend and move undetected. These skills go well beyond their original uses in hunting and warfare. Fun, enlivening and applicable in a myriad of circumstances. No experience necessary. Be prepared to get dirty, have fun and play hard.
Before it was renowned as a fitness and health practice, Tai Chi Chuan was a highly evolved and effective martial art. Push Hands is the bridge between the solo form and Martial applications. Work with partners to connect, relax and listen. A safe method to explore the possibilities of martial movement with others with a minimum of ego and maximum fun. We will explore some basics of Tai Chi body mechanics in a dynamic two-person exercise where size and strength are not a determining factor for success.
Tanya Neplioueva, E-RYT 200, RYT 500
Tanya Neplioueva, E-RYT 200, RYT 500
Yoga teacher, bodyworker, dreamer, life enthusiast, and handstand advocate.  Originally from Belarus, Tanya has been living and teaching in Asheville since 2012.  She found yoga after a family tragedy sent her reeling, coping through addiction, depression, and self-isolation.  Yoga began to uncover light, hope, play, and an unshakable deep inner strength.  Tanya’s teaching style combines her training in advanced yoga therapeutics, Ashtanga, Thai Bodywork, massage, dance, and the unpredictable journey of life. She is the owner of Embody Asheville Bodywork and Yoga Therapy.  www.embodyasheville.com
Flow Yoga is an exploration of breath, body, play, and intuitive movement. This all-levels class will move through a flow of basic postures to energize the spine, wake up the mind, and gently open the shoulders and hips.  We then move the spine in all directions with standing and balancing postures, followed by an introduction to arm balances and binds to mobilize and stabilize the shoulder girdle. The class will wind down with gentle back bends, twists, and restorative poses, including breathwork and a guided meditation. All are welcome, including those new to yoga. Come prepared to not take yourself too seriously and to move outside the box.
Nick Atlas
Nick Atlas
Nick Atlas is a psychospiritual educator, holistic therapist, meditation teacher, dreamworker and lifelong explorer of consciousness. The founder of Evolutionary Education® and Yoga Sleep Therapy®, Nick is also an accomplished artist, athlete, musician, world-traveler, forthcoming author and graduate of Emory University in Atlanta. He is currently finishing his Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of West Georgia, where he teaches experiential courses on self-discovery, conducts pioneering research on lucid dreaming, and inspires the next generation of multidimensional artists to realize their maximum potential. www.nickatlas.com / www.evolutionaryeducation.org
Explore the ancient Taoist healing art of qigong, a flowing practice and philosophy designed to balance yin (feminine) and yang (masculine) energies in the bodymind. Connect with the elemental forces of nature, learn to circulate and revitalize your vital energy, to self-heal and heal others! No experience necessary.
Rob Lenfestey
Rob Lenfestey
Rob Lenfestey is an educator, author and innovator in the world of creative, holistic self-empowerment. In his book ‘Unleash Your Creative Genius’, Rob combines advanced movement practices, permaculture and ecological sustainability, music and composition and adventure into a coherent system. Every person has a creative genius waiting to be expressed, and Rob is dedicated to helping others find their own thread of deep inspiration.

Rob went to Appalachian State University for Sustainable Development with concentrations in Permaculture, Agroecology and Appropriate Technology. Rob is an ecologist and board member of the Cloud Forest Conservation Initiative non-profit working in Guatemala.

Rob is a certified Yoga teacher with additional certifications in Thai bodywork, Yogaslacker’s slackine and Acro Yoga practices. He has been teaching for 14 years. Rob ahs taught at events ranging from the Wanderlust Yoga Festivals to the Yoga Journal Conference. In 2010 Rob created Wilderness Yoga to combine his passion for primitive skills, primitive movement and the principles of yoga.

As a pianist and composer, Rob has worked on Grammy Award nominated musical projects and published two albums as his genre-bending musical project, Amorphos. Rob has played with musicians ranging from members of Rock band Ween to Bluetech to Burning Spear and George Clinton and The Parliament Funkadelic.

Lenfestey is an entrepreneur and nutritionist, sourcing the best foods he can find through his company, Mandala Naturals. With his love for cacao he also started Mandala Chocolate, which is available in stores and online. Rob works directly with indigenous farmers to find the healthiest sources for the greatest foods on the planet.

For more info about Rob’s retreats, workshops and classes please visit www.roblenfestey.com

This class is centered around my principle of ‘Wild Inversions’. A ‘Wild Inversion’ is any handstand or arm balance that utilizes the natural environment, rather than the planar surfaces that most are accustomed to. By utilizing natural, uneven surfaces, you are able to develop a wider range of stability and strength in the entire body. The strength gained from wild inversions and standing balances provides greater injury-proofing and overall resilience than traditional planar practices. This class will meet and hike into the woods and find an area to practice. Students are encouraged to try each pose in different configurations on different surfaces.
This workshop will introduce students to the subtleties of movement in the wilderness, drawing on yoga, martial arts, Qigong, and ancient tracking/stalking knowledge to reestablish our natural & healthy way of moving and connecting to the natural environment. We will explore different native edible & medicinal plants, and learn how to understand how they communicate their uses through where and how they grow, also learning how to tap into their spirit any time we need without needing to consume them directly.
Sunshine Jupiter
Sunshine Jupiter
Sunshine Jupiter is a multi-dimensional, multi-media artist, dancer, teacher, videographer, producer, and student of earth wisdom. She radiates effortless joy contagiously through her vibrant dance and will put you in a mystical trance with her pristine film production. Extensive training in a broad range of dance styles, from ballet to West African, led her to the energetic roots of all that is in motion. She now applies her ever-deepening awareness of energy movements to flow arts such as Hula Hooping, Poi, Fire Staff & Helio Dragon, as well as teaching and film production. She lives in a world of movement, rhythm, and inspiration… radiating her inner light. Learn more about her work at Facebook.com/sunshinejupiterflow and youtube.com/sunshinejupiterflow.
In this workshop, we explore the deeper realms of flow and dance, where our movements are no longer expressing just our ego, but something much bigger… Vast and mysterious… When we are no longer the dancer, but the dance itself. We will journey directly into this world through explorations of the various levels of encoding meaning into our movements. (Open to dancers and flow artist of every prop and style.)
Melt into your soul. Drip into the cauldron of the one. Freedom in movement of water. In this exploratory workshop, we will re-discover the effortless movements of nature within our own bodies, surrendered to the rhythm. Relaxing is the fundamental path of all natural forces and we are those forces. Just as light always takes the shortest path between two points, though dance, we will take the shortest path between tension and total freedom… liquid dance.
Cassidy Walpole and CJ O’Reilly
Cassidy Walpole and CJ O’Reilly
Cassidy takes great care with creating an experience for students that builds self confidence and brings easeful mastery, knitting a tapestry of connections which can serve as a foundation for one’s own inspired practice. Formally trained in Restorative Yoga and Thai Yoga Massage, Cassidy’s attention carries a sensitive and compassionate presence that cultivates trust, comfort, and courage in her students. She is a Level 2 certified instructor with Acro Yoga Montréal, an immersive experience that has imbued her personal practice with a sense of creative exploration and mindful integration. Her passion for this practice is seen clearly in the light of her shared experience with her students.

 

CJ appreciates the dynamic and profound philosophy of Contact Improvisation, a movement art repleat with metaphor and space for research and learning. He seeks to find the one-ness behind the thousand things, is a student of the Dao, and has studied Taiji in China.  He is also a yogi practicing beyond asana, embracing the path of yoga’s 8 limbs. After moving to Asheville from China in 2014 he has taken to the collaborative arts of acroyoga, circus, and rekindled his love for partner dancing. His goal in life is to creatively integrate these diverse movement forms into everyday life and the other domains of language, food and relationship.
This workshop aims to introduce fundamental elements of improvisation and partner connection that allow for enjoyable, free-form, co-creative movement. The fundamental movement principles we’ll explore, including connection and frame, dynamic leading and following, weight sharing, and the improvisational mind, come from movement modalities such as modern dance and partnered fusion dance, Contact Improvisation principles, and fundamentals of AcroYoga.
AcroYoga is a practice of trust, communication, and centered movement that combines Yoga, Acrobatics, and Thai massage in a beautiful balance of effort and ease. In this all-levels workshop we will learn a set of fun and accessible partner yoga poses and balances that illustrate and integrate the core elements of Acroyoga. We’ll then engage our powers of curiosity and exploration to combine these poses into a unique creative flow.
Stephen Opper
Stephen Opper
Stephen Opper has trained in a diversity of movement and martial arts for over 30 years. He has practiced structural bodywork for 17 years, and is an experienced naturalist.  He blends these perspectives into Natural Movement System, which is a study of how the human body interacts and aligns with natural forces, such as gravity and momentum. The result is self-healing, relaxed power and increased vitality.                  StephenOpper.com
This is the study of the interaction of momentum, gravity, & bio-mechanics, and the resulting shapes of expression: pendulums, circles, ellipses, waves, spirals, figure 8s, and tangent lines. This practice cultivates fluidity and efficiency of motion, and has wide application for health, longevity, performance, & martial arts. All levels welcome!

“Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny.”  The bodies of both ourselves and our ancestors developed in response to natural forces and pressures, leading to incremental changes of each previous existing design.  This story is written in our bones, soft tissues, joint mechanics, gait patterning, and our neural programming.  By re-tracing the steps of our ancestors, we gain a deeper appreciation of our own design.   All levels welcome!
Timbo Slice
Timbo Slice
Timbo was first introduced to the world of flow arts 7 years ago via being heavily involved in the mid-atlantic east coast regional burn communtiy. Fueled by inspiration and direction from a very talented group of peers, he quickly fell in love with the more technical side of spinning poi. After a couple years he discovered and shifted his focus to spinning double staff and has since gone on to teach and perform double staff and poi at many flow festivals, music festivals and burn events all over the east coast, such as FLAME, Kinetic, Flow Camp, Fahrenheit, Pex Summer Festival, and Big Dub. He has also been involved with organizing for Fahrenheit and FLAME Festival for the past 4 years and is now a member of the board of directors for both FLAME Festival, and Fahrenheit Flow Arts Festival.
In this workshop we will learn about and familiarize ourselves with all the basic concepts and families of moves that become the building blocks and components of pattern based double staff spinning.  We will learn about reels, weaves, static spins, isolations and various types of flowers, as well as timing, direction and transition theory.  Please bring your own staves if possible, there will be some extra sets available for use, but supplies will be limited.
The Vulcan Tech Gospel is a framework for pattern based spinning that applies to a wide array of props, including poi, clubs, double staff, double hoops, and fans, it is basically the scales of flow arts.  The VTG was first developed several years ago by a group of very talented flow artists mostly located in the bay area of California, who have since been spreading the word of the gospel all over the country and the world via the internet and teaching workshops at flow festivals.  Come learn the ways of the VTG from one of its loyal disciples, bring any doubles prop, an open mind, and possibly a way to take notes.  There will be some extra props available for use, as well as a pamphlet to take home with some helpful visual aids.
Slack-Librium
Slack-Librium
Based in Asheville, North Carolina, Slack-Librium is a slacklining collective whose mission centers on building community and instilling positive change by teaching instructional slackline and mindfulness workshops at schools, festivals, camps and other events across the country. Slacklining, for those of you who don’t already know, is the act of balancing on a one to two inch piece of webbing that is tensioned between two objects, usually trees. More advanced “slackers” will then add various tricks and static yoga poses into their practice. Successful slacklining requires a seamless connection between body and mind, making slacklining an extreme form of movement meditation. Our workshops are taught using mindfulness meditation techniques in order to help participants cultivate a greater awareness of both body and mind. Find out more at slacklibrium.com

Our Slack Park will be open all weekend long with scheduled slackline and mindfulness workshops every day! You will enter our workshop as a human being… and leave as a human being who knows how to slackline. We like to keep it simple. No experience necessary. All ages welcome. Slack-Librium instructors will offer personal one-on-one guidance for participants in addition to providing a wide assortment of daily group workshops.

Never stepped on a slackline before? This is the workshop for you! We’ll go over all the basics and fundamentals including set up and take down of the lines, simple slackline physics, slackline philosophy, and of course an engaging introduction to the practice of slacklining itself! Come prepared to practice standing (on both feet), walking, knee balances, and sitting. Intermediate skills that we might break into include crouching, turning around, and jump mounts. We’ll have multiple Slack-Librium instructors on site to assist participants across various skill levels. Step into Slack-Librium… don’t be shy 😉
We like to begin our day with mindfulness and meditation, so we figured we’d send out the invite for the rest of y’all to join us! Every morning at 10:00 AM Slack-Librium will be offering guided meditations and mindfulness discussion circles for anyone who’s interested in participating. We’ll explore different types of meditations each morning ranging from simple breath based techniques, to loving kindness meditation, to eye gazing! After our practice is complete, we’ll open up the circle for discussion and exploration of our thoughts, feelings, and experiences with each other in a safe, comfortable, and compassionate environment.

Improve your balance, posture, strength, coordination, and concentration all at the same time!

Our slackline fitness classes are designed to emphasize the fundamentals of slacklining while providing a workout that is both physically and mentally challenging for beginner and advanced slackliners alike. Expect to learn exercises that can be performed both on and off of the line and will help you to develop the muscles that are necessary for improving your slacklining skills.

Take your asana onto the line! This class is designed for slackliners and yoga practitioners of all skill levels. We’ll explore some basic and intermediate yoga poses that will help build the strength and flexibility needed to really take slacklining to the next level. We can increase the intensity of some of these poses by utilizing the slackline as an exercise prop, similar to a fitness ball. For the truly advanced practitioners, we’ll take our yoga poses onto the slackline itself, and work towards developing routine and flow on the line.  Slack-Librium instructors will offer adjustments and variations for every pose so that you can truly make the practice your own.
Traditional slacklining is an incredibly individual sport, but in this workshop we’re flipping tradition on its head. Bring a friend or get paired up with a new friend as we explore and redefine the boundaries of balance and movement!  We’ll begin with some partner exercises on the ground, building strength, balance, and trust with our partners. Then things start getting interesting once we bring our partners onto the line. Come play with us and try out something new!
Once you’ve mastered the basics of slacklining and have started to move into more intermediate and advanced tricks the possibilities for what you can do on the line start to become nearly endless. Intro to Slackline Dance is a workshop dedicated to exploring the art of interpretive slackline dance. We’ll use music as a catalyst to inspire creativity on the line.