Schedule of Activities

Friday, August 24th, 2018

Brainstorm Experience
Guest Speaker Bessel van der Kolk

Bessel van der Kolk, MD, is a clinical psychiatrist whose work integrates mind, brain, body, and social connections to understand and treat trauma. His research ranges from the impact of trauma on development and brain imaging to the use of yoga, neurofeedback, EMDR, and theater for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. Bessel is a professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and is the author of more than 150 peer-reviewed scientific articles and several books including the New York Times best-seller The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.

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Saturday, August 25th, 2018


NYA Sports & Fitness, 4 Primrose St, Newtown, CT

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Festival Welcome & Morning Warm-Up


Transformation begins here!  Recording artist, Jennifer Aurelia, will start us off with her rendition of “Magic” written by singer songwriter Sarah Morris.  Sarah wrote the song after 12/14/12 in honor of Avielle Richman.

Our special guest speaker Bessel van der Kolk, MD will open the day with some inspiring words.  Licia Sky will guide participants through gentle movement.

Morning Community Class

10:00AM On the Turf Field

Ray Crist & Kathryn Templeton

Back by Popular Demand!  Join us for a vigorous morning session with Ray Crist (10am) and Kathryn Templeton (11am).

Ray Crist
Ray traveled to Peru hoping to meet shamans to assist his healing process and to learn from them. In his travels he discovered their culture, mythology, and shamanic ceremonies. He found a world of healing beyond his highest expectations and was given tools to work with, as well as the gift of experiencing a healed state of being.
In this workshop, he will explore a flowing Vinyasa yoga practice through the shamanic view of moving energy, and savasana as a bubbling well of healing energy.  Using shamanic techniques for freeing energy, we will see how yoga practice assists the somatic release of stagnated energies (Samaskaras).  Learn More
Kathryn Templeton
Katherine has devoted her life to the health of others. A psychotherapist for more than 30 years, Kathryn is a Master Teacher in the field of Drama Therapy and continues to work both clinically and as an educator specializing in the treatment of individuals with anxiety, depression and complex trauma. As an E-500 RYT, NAMA-registered Ayurvedic practitioner and Senior Para Yoga teacher, Kathryn has worked to develop specialized treatments integrating the principles of yoga, ayurveda and clinical psychology.  
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The Courtyard – Vendor Village

If you don’t want to participate in the community class, take a stroll out to the courtyard.  The courtyard offers our vendor village, food, live music and pop up wellness demonstrations.  Everything you could ask for from conscious companies.  Shop and support our local vendors.  The market is open to the general public as well as NYF attendees.

Enjoy a bite to eat from one of our local food vendors – Aquarian Catering, The Black Market Kitchen, or Seasonal CateringIf you have a sweet tooth, you can get a delicious cake or cookies from Crave Custom Cakes & Cookies, a protein snack bar from PowerCrunch, or health products from Juice Plus+.   Listen to live melodius music of The Bindu Band.  Audience participation is encouraged in this divine call and response kirtan and bhajan chanting of ancient Sanskrit mantras, sacred poetry, and music.  Stroll around and get a sneak a peak at the Silent Auction items.  For more detail about our vendors, here’s a list of our Supporters. We are grateful to showcase these gifts.

You will also have some opportunities to participate in mini yoga sessions, enjoy a chair massage, have a Reiki session, or bask in sun in the courtyard.

10:00AM Courtyard

Paula Brinkman will be sharing her love of art.  Your kids will be in good hands!

Paula is Newtown’s first officially certified “Creator” of the PeaceLove movement, a curriculum of creative exploration.  PeaceLove’s mission is to help millions of people create peace of mind through expressive arts and storytelling through workshops in diverse communities.  Paula is a writer, artist, illustrator, pre-k teacher, and mother.  She illustrated YogaBear: Yoga for Youngester with her childhood friend and NYF co-founder, Karen Pierce.  Learn more about the program at

11:00AM Courtyard

While you are in the community class, there will be children’s yoga to keep your children (age 7-11) busy.  Denise Nobile, founder of Youth Nation Yoga, located in Brewster, NY. 

We are thrilled to have Denise back this year offering a Children’s Yoga Class (7-11yr olds) as well as a Family Yoga Class (Age 3-11). Denise is also an educator with the Somers Central School District where she teaches English language arts at the middle school level. As a long-time yogi, Denise always shared yoga and mindfulness with her students. She knew in her heart that children needed a practice that supported their growing developmental needs, physically, emotionally and socially which is why she enrolled in Little Flower Yoga’s teacher training program in 2015. Since then she has taught local children in studios, schools and public libraries. Additionally, she’s studied extensively with Mindful Schools, completing their Year Long Certification Course.  Learn More

12:00-12:15PM Turf field

Celebrate and get your groove on with  Joanne Keane – Journey Dance.
Yoga is to everlastingly dance the dance of oneness. 
The JourneyDance™ Flow leads participants on a ritual journey of physical and emotional transformation. Through breath, sweat, and expression, you gain a palpable experience of yourself as pure powerful joanne-keaneenergy.  JoJo is inspired to help people harness their full power and potential.  She is a Shamanic Energy Healer, Yoga teacher and JourneyDancer.  She has studied extensively for the past 25 years in the magic and science of harnessing the power of the Universe to shift the Mind, Brain, Body and Behaviors.  Learn More


Or if you’ve been wanting to learn a challenging balance pose, stop by and join Jess Rockwell in this From Ground to Air: Mini Crow Pose Tutorial.

Taking the fear out of flying!  In this quick 15 minute tutorial Jess will walk you through the basic physical foundations for learning safe lift off in your Bakasana (Crow Pose). Physically, crow works your arms, core, wrists, upper back and legs. Mentally and spiritually this pose can foster focus and presence.  Jess chose crow because even though it is looked at as a beginner inversion she struggled to find balance in the pose, she even learned forearm stand before crow! Jess hopes to share what she has learned to help you to accept your fears and embrace your strength and courage to fly.

Jess is a 200 hour RYT with over 1000 hours of teaching experience. She hopes that through sharing her love and practice of yoga others can find the physical, mental and spiritual benefits as well.

Dharma Talk with Tao Porchon-Lynch

You will be inspired by Tao’s wonderful wisdom.

Happy Birthday to 100 year old Tao!!!  She will share her wisdom on how to reach our highest potential regardless of age. In 2012, she was named “Oldest Yoga Teacher” by Guinness World Records. The twinkle in her eyes and the brightness of her spirit capture you. Her YouTube videos have garnered over two million views. In June 2015, she wowed judges on America’s Got Talent dancing with her 26-year-old partner to Pitbull’s “Fireball.” More about Tao

Then you can head out to the courtyard for lunch and get your book signed by Tao.

Afternoon Community Class

1:45PM On the Turf Field

David Schouela

Our last community class of the day features David Schouela, Trauma Sensitive Yoga.

David Schouela
Born in Montreal, Canada, David worked in the banking industry for 20 years prior to pursuing his life-long interest in yoga and meditation. He holds a 500-hour yoga certification from the Kripalu Institute of Yoga and Health in Lenox, Massachusetts and completed the Trauma-Sensitive Yoga certification at the Trauma Center in 2014. Since 2012, David has taught the weekly men’s class at the Trauma Center in Brookline, MA where he also supervises students in the trauma-sensitive yoga certification program for yoga teachers. David has taught an 8-week stress reduction program as part of a research study conducted by the Dept. of Psychiatry at MGH and Mclean Hospital in Boston involving young adults with childhood maltreatment. David is also a co-founder and board member of True North Insight Meditation Center in Quebec, Canada. Read More
1:45PM Courtyard

While you are in the afternoon community class, there will be Family Yoga (children age 3-11) with Denise Nobile and activities to keep the little ones busy.

While the community class is going on, there will be more activities going on in the Courtyard.

Relax with Shamanic Yoga Nidra

2:45PM – 3:15PM On the Turf Field

You loved her 7 Directions meditation last year, so join co-founder Karen Pierce again for another beautiful meditation.   Yoga nidra, or yogic sleep, is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping.  Karen blends this powerful meditation technique with Shamanic Journeying, a method of inner consultation, to deepen your experience.  Leave the fest deeply rested…20 min of yoga nidra are equivalent to a 3 hour nap!  (You can purchase both meditations from the Information Booth.)

Karen is an E-RYT 500 yoga teacher, certified yoga therapist, yoga teacher trainer, and shamanic healer with nearly 40 years of practice.  She’s also a professional organizer and author of YogaBear, Yoga for Youngsters and co-contributor to Yoga in America.

Relax with a Sacred Sound Bath & Closing Mantra

3:15PM – 3:45PM On the Turf Field

Jennifer Aurélia (Aurelia’s Light) will perform a closing mantra and lead a powerful sacred sound and energy circle. Guiding participants into a journey through sonic bliss using her voice and sound to tap into our highest vibration of love. She will be supported by intuitive sound healers Kelvin Young and Kundalini yoga instructors Chris Smith and Jen Ripa-Edson.

One of last year’s participants said “If there’s a heaven, that’s where she took me!”

  Jennifer Aurelia
Jennifer Aurelia (Aurelia’s Light) is the founder and director of SOUND. She is a new age artist & composer, Reiki Master & sound/resonance healer, teacher and an explorer of sound and it’s effects on conscious evolution.For more information about Jennifer and her music visit
  Kelvin Young is a Holistic Stress Management Instructor and Sound Healer.. The first time he was exposed to sound healing, Kelvin discovered that the sound of the crystal singing bowls calmed his mind, relaxed his body, and nourished his soul. He went onto study sound healing with Master sound healers, Paul Hubbert of The Institute for Holographic Sound & Inner Balance and Satya Brat Jaiswal of The international Academy of Sound Healing.  Kelvin has presented around the country in a diversity of settings.  He is passionate about holding space for people to heal and is known for his warm, loving, and down-to-earth way of connecting with people.
3:45PM Courtyard

Silent Auction drawing.  (You must be present to pick up your item.)  Last opportunity to shop at the Vendor Village.