FNWYI is a unique, 80-hour trauma-informed curriculum and training that will prepare First Nations women and two spirited people to practice and offer culturally-responsive and trauma-informed yoga programs in their respective communities.

We are in the second phase of our project, focusing on curriculum development. We are collaborating with community leaders, Knowledge Keepers, and Elder women living in the North Island region of Vancouver Island to support curriculum development. The first cohort was offered virtually in February 2021. Our second cohort is set to launch in early 2022.

Project Partner CEDAR + GOLD

Cedar and Gold is an Indigenous-led initiative that facilitates the development of culturally-rooted health and wellness programs for Indigenous communities and organizations across Turtle Island. We collaborate with  Indigenous Knowledge Holders, Elders, artists, and health professionals to offer a variety of initiatives for youth, women, and men to promote balance in body, mind and spirit. Learn more about us at cedarandgold.ca.

Applications now open!

On behalf of the First Nations Women’s Yoga Initiative, we would like to thank you for your application! This 80-hour trauma-informed curriculum and training will support Kwakwaka’wakw womens’ toolkit of grounding and body-based practices to promote healing and wellness. Our goal is to prepare Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw women to practice and offer culturally-rooted yoga programs in their communities.
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  • For the following questions please provide 2 - 3 sentences for each answer. These questions help us to get to know you so please give them careful consideration.
  • Dates checklist: Please look at the dates and confirm that you can attend all sessions. We expect participants to attend a minimum of 80 % of sessions and to complete all program materials. If you need to discuss any foreseen potential absences with us, please contact info@yogaoutrech.com before submitting your application.
  • Dates & Times PST
    Feb 11, 2022 6 PM - 9 PM
    Feb 13, 2022 9 AM - 1 PM
    Feb 20, 2022 10 AM -12:30 PM
    Feb 25, 2022 6 PM - 9 PM
    Feb 27, 2022 9 AM - 1 PM
    Mar 6, 2022 10 AM -12:30 PM
    Mar 11, 2022 6 PM - 9 PM
    Mar 13, 2022 9 AM - 1 PM
    Mar 20, 2022 10 AM -12:30 PM
    Mar 25, 2022 6 PM - 9 PM
    Mar 27, 2022 9 AM - 1 PM
    Apr 3, 2022 10 AM -12:30 PM
    Apr 8, 2022 6 PM - 9 PM
    Apr 10, 2022 9 AM - 1 PM
    Apr 22, 2022 6 PM - 9 PM
    Apr 24, 2022 9 AM - 1 PM
    May 1, 2022 10 AM -12:30 PM
    May 6, 2022 6 PM - 9 PM
    May 8, 2022 9 AM - 1 PM
    May 15, 2022 10 AM -12:30 PM
    May 27, 2022 6 PM - 9 PM
  • The FNWYI acknowledges that our students may experience barriers to participation in this program. Once identified, we are committed to collaborating to find solutions to overcome those barriers. Supports we can offer may include child care subsidies and/or connecting to community organizations for internet access or other subsidies for internet access, or supplying props to support home practice for example.
  • Selection Process:
    Our selection involves:
    >Pre-screening by staff and categorization of First Nations (i.e. Kwakwaka’wakw and other Indigenous applicants).
    >Review by committee.
    >Final review of shortlisted applicants with Elder consultant and primary facilitators.
    Invitations will be sent to successful applicants and a waitlist will be created. Space is limited to 20 participants.
    If you are not selected for this cohort, we strongly encourage you to re-apply in the future. You are welcome to join our facebook group to be notified of our public workshops and events.

Phase 1 project funded by the Province of British Columbia