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! Jennifer Aurelia will start us off with her rendition of “Magic” written by singer songwriter Sarah Morris.  She wrote it 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

Kathryn Templeton and Ray Crist

Back by Popular Demand!  Join us for a vigorous morning session with Kathryn Templeton and Ray Crist.

  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. Read More
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
10:00AM Courtyard

Paula Brinkman will be sharing Peace Love Art, where participants express themselves through art and create peace of mind.  Your kids will be in good hands!

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, founder of Youth Nation Yoga, will help the kids create mindful crafts – breathing sticks, eye pillows, glitter jars and mantra rocks!

If you don’t want to participate in this vigorous community class, take a stroll out to the courtyard where there will be Tai Chi, Restorative Yoga, Reiki sessions, Reflexology and chair massage.


Celebrate and get your groove on with Journey Dance, join in on Family Yoga, participate in activities with the children, shop in our vendor village and enjoy the many services of our wellness providers.

 joanne-keane 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 energy.  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
Paula Brinkman – Peace Love & Art
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.  Workshops are designed for the participants such as Creative Calisthenics, Rhythm & Color, Dual Emotions, Mandala Poetry, Story Shoes, and Transformation Collages.  Paula is a writer, artist, illustrator, kindergarten 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
Denise Nobile – Children’s Yoga & Activities
We are thrilled to have Denise back this year!  Denise is the founder of Youth Nation Yoga, located in Brewster, NY. She 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

Lunch, Music & Shopping

12 Noon – 1:30PM 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 and Great Seasons Catering.  If you have a sweet tooth, you can get a delicious cake or cookies from Crave Custom Cakes & CookiesListen 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 get some gentle adjustments, enjoy a chair massage, have a Reiki session, experience reflexology, or bask in a sound bath in the courtyard.  Yoga teacher Jess Rockwell will guide you in a fun journey to learn how to do Crow pose!

Lunch & Learn with Tao Porchon-Lynch

Tao Porchon Lynch
100 year old Tao Porchon-Lynch 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

Afternoon Community Class

1:45PM On the Turf Field

David Schouela

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

Daivd 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 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 Tai Chi, Restorative Yoga, Reiki sessions, Reflexology and chair massage 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! 

Karen is an E-RYT 500 yoga teacher, certified yoga therapist 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 – Tibetan Singing Bowls, Didgeridoo & 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 Casey Dixon and 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
  Casey Dixon is a musician dedicated to offering intuitive sound therapy in which he weaves the sacred vibrations of the Didgeridoo, Gong, Crystal Bowls, with the rhythms of the flute, drum and other various traditional indigenous instruments.  Deeply relaxing and transformational.  He is also a master at Digi beatbox and will make you want to get up and get your groove on!


  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.  Last opportunity to shop at the Vendor Village.