Sacred Justice: From Charity to Solidarity

Saturday, January 5, 2013 - 22:30 to Sunday, January 6, 2013 - 02:30

Please send am email with the subject line "Sacred Justice Workshop" to to register.

This workshop is a collaboration between Karma Teachers and Community Yoga Vancouver and will take place on un-ceded Coast Salish Territory.

Many people committed to a spiritual practice, or to simply just living a moral life, feel compelled to offer their energy, hearts, time and hard work in service to others. Usually this service is offered up to those seen as “less fortunate”. Service work of this nature is often well intentioned, but can function to reinforce power dynamics that keep people in a position of receiving charity, rather than empowerment, meaningful connection and liberation.

In this workshop we will delve into the meaning and construction of the service relationship for yoga teachers. We will explore the difference between charity – usually someone with more giving to someone with less – and solidarity –building horizontal networks that can be utilized to resist oppressive power dynamics.

A team of facilitators and yoga teachers will lead participants through meditation, group discussion, break-off groups and asana. All levels of experience (to yoga and anti-oppression) are welcome.

This workshop is free, but we will be collecting donations to put towards the rent for both Karma Teachers and Community Yoga Vancouver.

Space is limited and we will be sending out confirmation letters, resources and ground rules prior to the workshop via email so it's important that you email us before attending.

Accessibility info TBA: you must be able to climb several flights of stairs to enter 45W. It has 2 gendered washrooms.


Andrea MacDonald is one of the founders of Community Yoga Vancouver - a collective of teachers, eccentrics and healers striving to make our work accessible and anti-oppressive. Before becoming a yoga teacher Andrea spent several years as an organizer and volunteer coordinator. She worked on many issues from oil-tankers to affordable housing. She brings a passion for social justice and community building to her teaching and strives to make her classes safe, accessible and empowering. Her writing on social justice and yoga has been published on Elephant Journal, Tikkum Daily and in UBC’s Ignite Journal. You can read her pieces and see her updated teaching schedule and anti-oppression policy at

Danielle Hoogenboom created Love Light Yoga and praises the art of yoga as the origins of her physical healing and the source of her spiritual and social activism. She started a conscious community building and grassroots fundraising project called Lead with Love in collaboration with Off the Mat, Into the World. She leads Yoga in Action groups with Karen Sainas, that bridges yoga and leadership to support new leaders/yogis/activists in their communities.

kandace can’t remember when she first started taking on yoga as a practice. something about it has always felt familiar to their body and mind. kandace can however remember what it was like to explore a yoga practice as a street youth in toronto. how this practice helped her sleep, stay in tune with her body, to be mindful enough to practice self care. how this practice is helping them overcome past traumas and experiences. how deeply this practice has edited how they live their life. kandaces main focus is to hold a welcoming, open space for everyone to explore, play, and have fun. kandace aims to teach classes that honor the individuality of every person/body in the room. she intentionally creates the space for people to meet themselves wherever they may be. kandace offers sliding scale classes at community yoga vancouver as well as the dragonfly den a.k.a their living room!

Karma Teachers
45 West Hastings
Vancouver , BC
49° 16' 56.0208" N, 123° 6' 21.2004" W
British Columbia CA

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