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Workshops

TOPS offers a variety of workshops at the TOPS Studio in Vancouver and in various locations throughout North America and beyond. Our workshops provide a safe, non-judgmental space that is open to everyone. No previous experience is required. In an effort to include all, many of our workshop fees are open to sliding-scale payment based on the participant's need– please contact us about the workshop you're specifically interested in. 

Classes are led by TOPS associates who are experienced working with people with back issues, particularly scoliosis. Our team of associates includes yoga, Pilates and dance instructors, life coaches, physiotherapists, massage therapists, chiropractors and Tension and Trauma Release (TRE) providers.

 

Upcoming workshops:

 

Yoga, Scoliosis & the Nervous System
with Deborah Wolk on Salt Spring Island
5:00 pm Friday, July 7­ to 2:00 pm Monday, July 10, 2017

This workshop will be held on beautiful SaltSpring Island
on the West Coast of Canada.
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COST FULL PACKAGE: $750 +tax (CAD) includes workshop, double lakeside accommodations and three dinners.


COST WORKSHOP ONLY: $405 +tax (CAD)
(Camping accommodations available for reduced rate)

**Deposits are non-refundable.

***Sliding-Scale Fees for the workshop are available based on need. Please contact us for more information.***

 

Come and join acclaimed teacher and scoliosis specialist Deborah Wolk on the majestic west coast of Canada! Enjoy a revitalizing and rejuvenating 4-day retreat surrounded by the wild and natural ocean, rivers, mountains, ancient trees and wildlife of Salt Spring Island.

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: As Deborah has learned from her 20+ years of teaching, the scoliotic spine affects not only the bones and muscles but also the nerves. In this workshop, you will learn yoga movements that help your spine follow your eyes to redirect it’s movement patterns through the use of props, walls and other external stimuli. With this expert guidance, you’ll find you have more extension, alignment, and balance than ever before.

ABOUT THE DESTINATION: Salt Spring Island is known as the largest and most popular of the many gulf islands on the west coast of Canada. With its spectacular coastal and pastoral scenery, the island offers many outdoor activities, as well as the opportunity to explore dozens of artist studios and artisanal farms and markets. The workshop will be held in a private studio with accommodations close by. Salt Spring Island is a quick float plane ride from Vancouver International Airport. Or you can arrive via a stunning ferry ride from Vancouver or Victoria.

ABOUT DEBORAH: Having practiced yoga for her own scoliosis since 1994, Deborah has found that alignment-based yoga can control back pain and arrest the progression of the curvature and twist. She has been teaching students with scoliosis and other back conditions since 2000 in New York City, nationwide and in Europe and Asia. From 2007-2014 Deborah co-founded and served as co-Director of the successful Yoga Union Center for Backcare and Scoliosis. In January 2015 Deborah founded the workers' cooperative Samamkaya Yoga Backcare and Scoliosis Collective in Manhattan.

WORKSHOP ITINERARY:
*Note, this is a tentative schedule. Running/ Break times are subject to change.*

TOTAL 15 hours

  • Friday, July 7
    7:00-9:00pm – Intro (2)
     
  • Saturday, July 8
    10:00am-1:00pm – Class (3)
    1:00-2:00pm – Lunch
    2:00-3:30pm – Saturday SSI Farmer's Market excursion
    3:30-5:00pm – Class (1.5)
     
  • Sunday July 9
    10:00am-1:00pm – Class (3)
    1:00-2:00pm – Lunch
    2:00-5:00pm – Class (3)
     
  • Monday July 10
    10:00am-12:30pm – Class (2.5)
    12:30-1:30pm – Lunch and Goodbyes

Yoga for Scoliosis in NANAIMO, Parts 1 & 2
with Elise Browning Miller
September 14-18, 2017
11:00 am-5:00 pm

Yoga for Scoliosis, Parts 1 & 2

September 14-18, 2017
Part 1: Thursday Sept 14, evening to Saturday Sept 16, mid-day.

Part 2: Saturday Sept 16, evening to Monday, Sept 18, mid-day.
(exact times TBD) Take one or take both!

COST FULL PACKAGE: $1250+tax (CAN)
Full retreat includes both workshops, accommodations and 3 meals per day.
$500 deposit secures your spot.

COST WORKSHOP ONLY: $320+tax (CAN) per workshop.
$200 deposit secures your spot.

*Deposits are non-refundable.

***Sliding-Scale Fees for the workshop are available based on need. Please contact us for more information.***

Join Senior Certified Iyengar Teacher Elise Browning Miller for a special 5-day, two-part Yoga for Scoliosis workshop. This is Elise's fifth visit to teach in BC and she has inspired and trained many local TOPS associates in yoga for scoliosis.

The retreat will be held at the fully equipped and stunning Yoga Weyr near Nanaimo on gorgeous Vancouver Island. Guests will stay close by at the 10-acre park-like waterfront estuary that is Kiwi Cove Lodge. Optional evening activities will include a mixture of social and educational events. Nature walks, river swimming and delicious shared meals included. Get away from your routine and immerse yourself in the teachings. With all of your material needs taken care of, you can focus on learning, relaxing and socializing in your preferred amounts.

These workshops are designed for students with scoliosis of all levels and are also great for yoga teachers seeking to expand their knowledge.

TRANSPORTATION:
From Vancouver to Nanaimo, one can take public transit (bus), the ferry, a private bus or a plane. For rates on flights from Vancouver to Nanaimo, see here: http://www.islandexpressair.com/

“I thought the course was perfect. Everything was great. I would recommend this course to anyone with scoliosis.” - 2016 participant

 

WORKSHOP ITINERARY:
*Note, this is a tentative schedule. Running/ Break times are subject to change.*

TOTAL 10 hours per workshop - 20 hours for both Parts 1&2 

  • Thursday, Sept 14  
    7:00-9:00 pm – Intro class (2)
     
  • Friday, Sept 15
    10:00am-1:00 pm – Class (3)
    1:00-2:00 pm – Lunch
    2:00-5:00 pm – Class (3)
    6:30pm – Dinner
    7:30-8:30 pm –Activity at hotel TBA (other kind of movement class, film, lecture, sharing etc)
     
  • Saturday, Sept 16
    10:00am-12:00pm – Last class Part 1 (2)
    12:00-1:00pm – Lunch and goodbyes

    Saturday evening - PART 2
    7:00-9:00pm – Intro class (2)
     
  • Sunday, Sept 17
    10:00am-1:00 pm – Class (3)
    1:00-2:00 pm – Lunch
    2:00-5:00 pm – Class (3)
    6:30pm – Dinner
    7:30-8:30 pm – Activity at hotel TBA
     
  • Monday, Sept 18
    10:00am-12:00pm – Last class (2)
    12:00-1:00pm – Lunch and goodbyes