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Program

Conference on Ending Homelessness
September 29-30, 2022


Keynote Speakers

Keynote speakers at COEH 2022, including Vu Le, Gregg Colburn, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, and Ann Oliva

 

A Better Normal: Unlocking Our Sector's Full Potential to Create a Just and Equitable World

During these tumultuous years, nonprofit and philanthropy have served as a beacon of light and hope. At the same time, there are many problems we need to address. As we struggle to get back to some semblance of normality, we must acknowledge that "normal" was full of inequity. What must we unlearn? What can we reimagine? How do we evolve our philosophies and practices and unlock our full potential to help advance an equitable world?

  • Vu Le, Founder of Nonprofit AF, former Executive Director of Rooted in Vibrant Communitites

 

Homelessness is a Housing Problem: How Structural Factors Explain U.S. Problems

Gregg Colburn’s book, Homelessness is a Housing Problem, seeks to explain the substantial regional variation in rates of homelessness in cities across the United States. In a departure from many analytical approaches, Colburn and Aldern shift their focus from the individual experiencing homelessness to the metropolitan area. Using accessible statistical analysis, they test a range of conventional beliefs about what drives the prevalence of homelessness in a given city — including mental illness, drug use, poverty, weather, generosity of public assistance, and low-income mobility—and find that none explain the regional variation observed across the country. Instead, housing market conditions, such as the cost and availability of rental housing, offer a far more convincing account. With rigor and clarity, Homelessness Is a Housing Problem explores U.S. cities' diverse experiences with housing precarity and offers policy solutions for unique regional contexts.

  • Gregg Colburn, Author, Assistant Professor at University of Washington College of Built Environments

 

Developments in the Movement to End Homelessness

Join the new leader at the helm of the National Alliance to End Homelessness for updates on important work happening at the federal level.

  • Ann Oliva, Chief Executive Officer, National Alliance to End Homelessness



Breakout Sessions


Alternatives to Evictions (1.0 CEU)

Evictions out of publicly subsidized housing should always be a last resort, but it is a tool that is often utilized by nonprofit and public housing landlords. This workshop will explore alternatives to evictions from harm reduction and equity perspectives. Speakers will share their own organizational strategies as nonprofit landlords to reduce their use of evictions. Mental health professionals will discuss the intersections of behavior related evictions and disabilities, while exploring interventions based on addressing the disability and resolving problems. And eviction experts will share eviction trends and alternatives to eviction that are available, while still resolving problems. This workshop is especially geared towards nonprofit landlords, homeless service providers, discharge planners, case managers and advocates.

  • Edmund Witter, Senior Managing Attorney, Housing Justice Project, King County Bar Association
  • Dan Wise, Deputy Director, Catholic Community Services
  • Lynn Marquez, Director, Integrated Case Management, Catholic Community Services Eastern Washington

     

Building Relationships with Housing First Residents to Increase the Use of Services (1.0 CEU)

This workshop will present findings from a qualitative research study of a permanent supportive housing program in Washington state that uses case management, integrated healthcare, and mental health support to extend the benefits of Housing First, beyond housing. This research identifies patterns of client engagement with medical and human services professionals, as well as strategies used by program staff to improve connections to services to ultimately strengthen health, engage clients in care, and improve overall quality of life.  

  • Tim Hilton, PhD, MSW, Professor, Eastern Washington University 
  • Kara Lopez, PhD, MSW, Assistant Professor, Eastern Washington University 



Centering Lived Experience for Transformational Organizing: This is Why We RAP
 

Join this session to hear from leaders with the Resident Action Project who are ensuring people with lived experience are at the center of changing the landscape of housing justice in Washington.

  • Duaa-Rahemaah Williams (moderator), Statewide Organizer, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance
  • Mattye Berry-Evans, Resident Services Coordinator, Mercy Housing Northwest 
  • Mercedes White Calf, Southwest Washington Advocacy Coordinator, Native American Youth and Family Center 
  • Michelle Pappas, Program Manager, Futurewise 
  • James Hill



Creating an Action Plan! Ensuring Housing for People with Behavioral Health Needs (1.0 CEU) 

In Washington, there are more than 49,000 Medicaid beneficiaries with substance use disorder and more than 60,000 with mental health needs who experienced housing instability in the last year. The Health Care Authority and the Housing Alliance have spent the last year developing a community-informed action plan to achieve stable housing for people with behavioral health needs in Washington. We'll walk you through the process and the recommendations here. 

  • John Stovall, MPA, Special Policy Projects Manager, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance 



Data Erasure, Inequities in Homelessness, and Where to Start (1.0 CEU) 

Data is at the center of conversations on homelessness and has been used to keep the BIPOC community disproportionately homeless. We will discuss ways data has been used in the past, the impacts of present data, and how and why we need to address it in the future. 

  • Sam Wallingford, MSC, Program Manager, Washington State Department of Commerce 



Discharge Planner's Toolkit for Reducing Homelessness (1.0 CEU) 

Historically, individuals have been discharged back into homelessness from inpatient settings due to the ever-changing housing system. Please join the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery to learn about an exciting tool to support all service providers in ensuring early interventions in connecting individuals to housing and related resources in their community. 

  • Maureen Bailey, Recovery Support Services Supervisor, Washington State Health Care Authority 
  • Kimberly Castle, CPC., Supportive Housing Program Manager, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Washington State Health Care Authority 
  • Matt Christie, MA, Foundational Community Supports Program Administrator, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Washington State Health Care Authority 



Diversion, Housing Outcomes, and Racial Equity: Findings from a Statewide Study (1.0 CEU)
 

Diversion is an innovative approach used in communities throughout Washington to help resolve housing crises quickly and permanently. This session shares findings from a statewide, mixed-methods study using interviews and statistical analysis to examine the impact of Diversion on housing outcomes and the extent to which Diversion is racially equitable. 

  • Matt Lemon, MPA, Director of Research and Evaluation, Building Changes 
  • Kristin J. Ward, PhD, MS, Founding Partner, Clarus Research 


 

Examining the An-ti in Anti-Blackness: What Is It, Why Is It Important, and How Can We Break the Deep Patterns that Exist in Our Culture and Systems? | Please pre-register here

In this Actionshop participants will gain the ability to define and understand what anti-Blackness is and where it began. Participants will examine historical and present anti-Blackness practices within the institution of housing, and many other systems that “talk to each other,” to further continue the patterns of the beliefs, norms, standards & values our culture has created to keep anti-Blackness alive. Participants will look at what steps they can take within their institutions to begin to erase anti-Blackness.

  • Sidney Morgan, Red Sea Road Consulting LLC



Exploring Solutions to the Workforce Crisis

We can’t resolve homelessness, or secondary trauma for workers while paying wages that leave them in insecure housing situations and without enough resources to securely meet their basic needs. One-time funding bumps will not create  sustainability – we need a coordinated, systemic solution. If we want to diversify the workforce and hire more people with lived experience, increasing pay and benefits is an equity issue as well. And better supported workers can result in better delivery of services and better outcomes for people experiencing homelessness. Join us for an open conversation that will unpack the problem, highlight the consequences of this going unresolved, discuss solutions and the state’s role in making those solutions stick. We recommend attending the related workforce tracks at this year’s conference and to come to this one ready to share your insights into the problem and ideas on solutions! We encourage people in organizational leadership, funders, frontline workers, people with lived experience, and policy makers to attend.

  • Nicole Macri, State Representative, Legislative District 37, and Deputy Director for Strategy at DESC
  • Derrick Belgarde, Executive Director, Chief Seattle Club
  • Degale Cooper, Chief Executive Officer, YouthCare

     

Foundational Community Supports Transition Assistance Program (FCS TAP) (1.0 CEU) 

Short-term, flexible funding resources like FCS TAP help supportive housing program enrollees develop individualized solutions to housing instability while lowering financial barriers to affordable housing. Join this session to learn about FCS TAP – a new flexible funding resource serving Washington’s FCS Supportive Housing network. 

  • Scott Tankersley, MSW, Housing Subsidy Program Manager, Division Behavioral Health and Recovery, Washington State Health Care Authority 



Harm Reduction and Safe Consumption Sites (1.0 CEU)

Harm reduction is a long-term, adaptive, and compassionate approach to substance use treatment and recovery. Harm reduction aims to minimize risks to the health and wellbeing of people. This can look like safe consumption sites—also known as supervised injection or overdose prevention sites—where people may use substances with trained staff available to respond to overdose and direct people to behavioral and social services, if desired. Though Washington does not have safe consumption sites, cities around the world are developing these sites to provide evidence-informed substance use treatment. This session will define the why, how, and what of harm reduction; highlight the history and research supporting the development of safe consumption sites; and provide recommendations for safe consumption practices when physical sites are not available.

  • Chloe Gale, MSW, Vice President of Policy and Strategy, REACH
  • Amanda Kerstetter, Harm Reduction and Substance Use Specialist, REACH

     

Hiding in Plain Site: Implicit Bias (1.0 CEU)

Did you know that our brains are naturally biased? Let us explore the functions of unconscious bias together and navigate their impact on our decision-making processes. We will examine our own background and identities so we can interact more authentically with colleagues, participants, and the community at large.

  • Pat Tucker, MBA, MA, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Senior Program Director, Advocates for Human Potential

 

Housing & Healing: A Body of Work (1.0 CEU) 

At the intersection of housing, trauma recovery, racial equity, and cultural and indigenous knowledge is healing. This workshop will present learnings and practices from Building Changes' 2022 homelessness funding strategies – in partnership with Tribes and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) organizations. What is healing? How does it look in practice? What are the benefits? Join us for an interactive and lively discussion as to how we move forward from the homelessness experience. 

  • Edgar Longoria, Senior Manager, Grantmaking & Capacity Building, Building Changes



Housing for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (1.0 CEU) 

Self-advocates with intellectual and developmental disabilities have been fighting for housing justice for decades. Washington State does not have a good track record. It still maintains four state operated institutions and develops plans based on institutional living – ignoring client rights and person-centered best practices.

  • Ivanova Smith, Faculty, Lend Program, University of Washington 
     


Housing Justice: Ending Housing Discrimination Based on Involvement with Criminal Legal System 

Everyone – no matter our race, income, or past – should have access to a home. Currently, landlords deny our rental applications based on a past conviction or arrest. Learn how the Housing Justice Act will make a meaningful difference in addressing housing disparities and ensuring that everyone has access to housing. 

  • Duaa-Rahemaah Williams (moderator), Statewide Organizer, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance
  • Brittany Lovely, Coordinator, Washington State Reentry Council
  • Kelly Olson, MPA, Policy Manger for the Civil Survival Project, Civil Survival 
  • Cyril Waldrond  



Housing Options for Survivors of the Sex Trade (1.0 CEU) 

Eighty-four percent of people involved in the sex trade have experienced homelessness. REST provides emergency shelter, a residential program, and permanent housing to survivors. This session will share housing models and best practices in offering person-centered, harm reduction services that meet the unique needs of survivors of the sex trade. 

  • Audrey Baedke, Program Manager, REST 
  • Mary Yeldon, Housing Specialist, REST 

 

Innovative Solutions to Family Homelessness (1.0 CEU)

This panel discussion will cover the current state of need related to family homelessness in Washington state, the unique challenges of offering and providing services to families with children who are currently experiencing or facing homelessness and explore the generational impact of trauma caused by homelessness. Our experts will share innovative and successful practices for working with families at first contact and through mobile outreach, utilizing a diversion approach, and will explore the impacts of working upstream to keep families in their homes to prevent the trauma of homelessness.

  • Dominique Alex, M. Ed., Chief Program Officer, Mary's Place
  • Sherry Tillman, Director of Intake, Mary's Place; Continuum of Care Board Member, King County
  • Ryan Disch-Guzman, MSW, Outreach & Diversion Director, Mary's Place
  • Miriam Clithero, Prevention & Stability Director, Mary's Place

 

Leading the Way to Ending Youth Homelessness in Walla Walla through the Anchor Community Initiative (1.0 CEU) 

Walla Walla has decreased youth and young adult homelessness by more than 60% in the last year and a half through their work in the Anchor Community Initiative (ACI). In this session, experts from A Way Home Washington and on the ground in Walla Walla will share the data, the data-driven and justice-centered strategies they are using, and what they have learned in their journey to end youth homelessness by the end of 2022. 

  • Ashley Barnes-Cocke, Anchor Community Initiative Project Director, A Way Home Washington 
  • Elisha Pritchett, Data Capacity Building Coordinator, A Way Home Washington 
  • Sam Jackle, Anchor Community Initiative Data Coordinator 



Mapping Out Washington’s State and Federal Housing Resources (1.0 CEU)
 

Safe, stable, and affordable housing remains out of reach for many Washingtonians, ultimately undermining mental well-being and access to behavioral health care. Join this session to learn about Washington’s array of supportive housing services and rental assistance programs, each aiming to eradicate financial barriers to housing stability for individuals with behavioral health conditions. 

  • Kimberly Castle, CPC., Supportive Housing Program Manager, Division Behavioral Health and Recovery, Washington State Health Care Authority 
  • Dani Rylander, Permanent Housing Subsidy Program Manager, Office of Supportive Housing, Washington State Department of Commerce 
  • Scott Tankersley, MSW, Housing Subsidy Program Manager, Division Behavioral Health and Recovery, Washington State Health Care Authority 
  • Whitney Joy Howard, MSW, Statewide Lead Supportive Housing Program Manager, Aging and Long-Term Support Administration, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services  


Matter is the Minimum: Why Race Equity Executives are Essential to Every Organization (1.0 CEU)

In 2020, after the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, millions of people took to the streets to proclaim that #BlackLivesMatter. Fortune 500 companies hired Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion trainers, companies held moments of silence for nine minutes and twenty-nine seconds, and Instagram went black. So, how far have we really come in these last two years, and what does any of this have to do with housing? Black, Indigenous and other people of color are still experiencing homelessness at significantly higher rates, scoring lower on assessments, and leaving places of employment faster than white folks. This session offers an opportunity to learn why having a racial equity executive in your organization is necessary for long term change. 

  • Erica Tucker, MSW, Interim Chief People & Culture Officer, REACH Community Development
  • Ma.Caroline Alonzo Lopez, MSW, Director of Equity, Racial Justice, and Electoral Organizing, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance
  • Siobhana McEwan, MSW, Equity and Advocacy Director, Council for the Homeless
  • Tasha West-Baker, Director of People and Culture, Building Changes

 

Moving People Inside, Not Just Shuffling Them Around: Humane, Effective Encampment Response Models (1.0 CEU)

Encampment sites are the communities unhoused people build despite policies, like encampment sweeps, that work to push them outside the margins of society. Such displacement comes both with a financial and psycho-emotional cost to the unhoused and the cities navigating the national housing crisis. In this session, REACH will apply its over 20 years of experience providing street-based, outreach services to discuss why effective encampment closures are important, the process and timeline for effective encampment closure, and creative solutions that address houselessness in humane and effective ways. This session will review various encampment response models, including Nav Team, JustCare, and King County Greenbelts for Rural and Suburban Areas.

  • Rebecca Gilley, LICASW, Outreach Coordinator, REACH
  • David Delgado, MSW, Neighborhood Care Coordinator, REACH



Navigating McKinney-Vento and the School System (1.0 CEU) 

Training participants will have an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of how to navigate the public school system and its supportive programs and roles built for students and families experiencing homelessness. Centering the importance of equitable access, we will highlight key pieces of the McKinney-Vento mandate and showcase examples of effective school/housing partnerships. 

  • Samie Iverson, MSW, Senior Manager, Education Strategy, Building Changes 
  • Mehret Tekle-Awarun, Director of Practice Innovation, Building Changes 


 

    State Legislative Roundtable 

    The last two state legislative sessions have been unlike any we’ve experienced before. In addition to being virtual, legislators were responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. For housing that meant allocating unprecedented resources to keep people safe and housed, and passing strong tenant protections including just cause for evictions and the first-in-the-nation statewide right to counsel for low-income tenants in eviction court. Join Housing Alliance Executive Director, Rachael Myers, and legislators for a virtual roundtable about what to expect in 2023 and how advocates can help keep up momentum on solving our state’s affordable housing and homelessness crisis.

    • Rachael Myers, MSW, Executive Director, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance
    • Representative Nicole Macri, Legislative District 43
    • Representative Strom Peterson, Legislative District 21
    • Senator Patty Kuderer, Legislative District 48
       


    Supporting Workers Experiencing Primary and Secondary Trauma

    Supportive housing is a broad category of care, and for many frontline workers this work includes seeing, hearing, and learning about significant trauma. The affects are compounded for many staff who also experience their own behavioral health conditions. Left unaddressed, the effects of primary and secondary trauma can derail staff, teams, and programs. With the hiring challenges in our communities – teams, supervisors, and agencies can no longer ignore the effects of trauma on their staff. In fact, many of the decisions we make may make things worse for our employees. Join this session to explore the sources of these occupational hazards, tools for support including how to combat burnout and compassion fatigue, and to understand what practices and policies may be unintentionally hindering healing.

    • Rayan Orbom, Behavioral Health and Permanent Supportive Housing Program Manager, Division of Behavioral Health & Recovery Services, Washington State Health Care Authority

     

    Trauma-informed Property Management (1.0 CEU) 

    Navigate the sometimes-contested dynamics of the landlord/tenant relationship with new tools and skills emphasizing collaboration, empathy, and a leveling of power. Participants will learn the basic tenets of trauma-informed care, awareness of power dynamics in landlord/tenant interactions, incorporation of trauma-informed practices in the landlord/tenant arena, and critical engagement with policy development using a trauma-informed lens. 

    • Ami Manning, Director of Housing Services, Transitions 
    • Jaime Borgan, MSW, PhD Student and Adjunct Professor, City University of New York, Gonzaga University 

       

    Washington’s New Right of Way Initiative and Ensuring Best Outcomes for People Experiencing Homelessness

    The Governor’s office and the state legislature created a new initiative in 2022 to move people off of state owned land. Five counties are eligible to participate (King, Thurston, Pierce, Snohomish and Spokane) and the plans for how to utilize the dedicated funds vary widely. Come get an overview of the program and get ready for a conversation on the practices that are needed to ensure the best outcomes for people experiencing homelessness – with an eye on what is needed from the state in 2023 and beyond to move people into permanent housing and prevent sweeps. 

    • Noha Mahgoub, Senior Policy Advisor on Housing & Homelessness to Governor Jay Inslee
    • Marc Dones, Chief Executive Officer, King County Regional Homelessness Authority
    • David Delgado, MSW, Neighborhood Care Coordinator, REACH
    • Tye Gundel, Co-Director, Olympia Mutual Aid Partners

     

    Workforce Trauma Among Homeless Service Providers: A Statewide Study 

    Last year, the state operating budget created a task force to conduct an assessment of the state's COVID response through ESSB 5092 – including funding to develop interventions and responses to workplace stress and trauma experienced by homeless services providers. This session will explore the emerging themes from the Homeless Service Providers Study & Survey and will engage participants in the recommendation development process. 

    • Melodie Garcia, MPA, Project Manager, BDS Planning & Urban Design 
    • Jackie St. Louis, LMHC, Owner, D-Fine Concepts; Tender Tongues Counseling 

     

     

    Listening Sessions, Focus Groups, and Gatherings

    At the Intersection of Behavioral Health and Permanent Supportive Housing: A Listening Session

    Calling all people with lived experience and community service providers, including case managers as well as those in management and leadership: As investments at the intersection of behavioral health and permanent supportive housing grow across Washington, individuals experiencing behavioral health challenges frequently encounter barriers that prevent them from accessing safe, quality, affordable places to call home. Join this session to share your knowledge and experience with Washington’s housing subsidy and housing support services serving individuals with behavioral health challenges.

    • Scott Tankersley, Health Care Authority
    • Danielle Rylander, Department of Commerce
    • Whitney Joy Howard, DSHS/ALTSA
    • Kimberly Castle, Health Care Authority

     

    Resident Action Project (RAP) Power Hour | Please pre-register here

    RAP is a statewide network led by people who've experienced housing injustice. Together we are building power to change policy through storytelling, organizing, and civic action. Interested in learning more? Join us for a RAP Power Hour where you'll get to know current RAP members and hear about how we are organizing for housing justice! We'll talk about how we use our lived experience to make change statewide and how you can get involved in our movement.

    • Brook Fadley, Statewide Steering Committee, Resident Action Project

     

    Frontline Service Provider Focus Group | Please pre-register here

    Frontline workers are invited to share their insights and experiences to inform a state study into how to improve working conditions, pay and benefits of Washington’s frontline homeless service providers. Any and all workers who work directly with people experiencing homelessness or who work with people in permanent supportive housing or other very low-income affordable housing are welcome to join, including people who work directly with youth experiencing homelessness. This session will also include a live Q&A about the upcoming homeless worker stipends. You’ll learn who is eligible, how to apply and also how to ensure that you also get the second stipend.

    • John Stovall, Special Policy Projects Manager, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance

     

    HEN, ABD, and Homelessness Advisory Committee Stakeholder Gathering | Please pre-register here

    Join stakeholders for a conversation on what is working, what changes are needed and where there are gaps in the Housing and Essential Needs rental assistance program, the Aged Blind and Disabled Program, and in other homelessness programs. This is an opportunity to share what you are seeing in your community and to hear from others who work directly with these programs. Impacted people and program recipients are welcome to attend and to weigh in on what is working and what needs improvement. This will also be an opportunity for homelessness advocates and impacted people to identify and discuss the most urgent needs in your community – even beyond the HEN and ABD programs. Come prepared to share and discuss!

    • Michele Thomas, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance 

     

    Caucus Spaces

    BIPOC Caucus | Please pre-register here

    Black, Indigenous, and people of color are welcome to join a series of facilitated caucus meetings that will be held throughout the conference. At different meetings, participants will be invited to break out into smaller affinity groups to explore intersections of race with other identities we hold, including disability status, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The final BIPOC Caucus meeting at the end of the conference will be dedicated to growing leadership and influence in the movement to end homelessness. Our facilitator team includes:

    • Ma.Caroline Lopez, Director of Equity, Racial Justice, and Electoral Organizing, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance
    • Carmen Pacheco Jones, Executive Director, Health and Justice Recovery Alliance
    • Ganesha Gold Buffalo
    • ChrisTiana ObeySumner, Epiphanies of Equity LLC
    • Faapouaita (Po) Leapai, Advocacy Organizer, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance

     

    Black Caucus | Please pre-register here

    In addition to the BIPOC caucus meetings throughout the conference, we will host a special pre-conference Black caucus following the free training on undoing anti-Blackness. Join us in this space to debrief and connect.

    • Duaa-Rahemaah Williams, Statewide Organizer, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance



    White Caucus

    White folks are welcome to join a series of facilitated caucus meetings that will be held throughout the conference. At different meetings, participants will be invited to break out into smaller affinity groups to explore intersections of race with other identities we hold, including disability status, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The final White Caucus meeting at the end of the conference will be dedicated to exploring how we can support the leadership and influence of people of color in the movement to end homelessness, along with people with lived expertise and and people whose communities are disproportionately impacted by housing injustice. Our facilitator team includes:

    • Siobhan Ring, Dahlia Strategic
    • Fleur Larsen, Fleur Larsen Consulting
    • Mels Felton, INDEx Program Director, Disability Action Center Northwest
    • John Stovall, Special Policy Projects Manager, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance
    • Rob Huff, Communications Specialist, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance
    • Gian Mitchell, Community Organizing Fellow, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance

     

    Frontline Service Provider Caucus

    This caucus space is for frontline workers who work directly with people experiencing homelessness and/or people who live in subsidized, affordable housing. Join us in this relaxed environment to reflect and talk with other workers across the state to debrief the conference and talk about your work. Brainstorm what you need from the state to make your jobs more sustainable and to ensure you are supported. Conversations like these at past conferences have inspired state legislative action in the past! This will be a facilitated discussion. We ask that management and administrators not attend.

    • Facilitated by Ganesha Gold Buffalo
       

     

    Wellness Sessions

    Decolonized Yoga

    Decolonized yoga means returning to the authentic ancient roots of yoga as taught and led by its authentic lineages. This year's conference will offer two sessions led by an authentic lineage practitioner who will guide us in pranayam, chanting, and laughter yoga and explain to us why decolonizing yoga is so important for healing.

     

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