Yogis in Service 200-Hour Teacher Training

Please note this event has moved to the delavan-grider Community center, 877 E. Delavan Ave, Buffalo, NY 14215. See YIS website below for further details.

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Community Meeting At The Nest

March 3rd, 1pm - 2:30pm

Bring Snacks

This is a meeting where all staff and community members are encouraged to come and voice any matters that are important to them. Last meeting we covered topics such as requested classes and consent in acrobatic practice. 

If you would like any topic of discussion added to the agenda, please message Tanner Dumez.

Holistic Circus Therapy Training

APRIL 13TH & 14TH, 9 AM - 5 PM

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Holistic Circus Therapy and The Bird's Nest Circus Arts would like to invite you to join our community of people using circus as an educational and therapeutic tool for people with learning differences, special needs and socio-political challenges.

The two day intensive training is suitable for educators, occupational therapists, parents, circus trainers, mental health workers, special needs service providers and anyone who works with marginalised populations. Participants will leave with theoretical and practical skills to enable them to incorporate circus as a social, emotional, physical, and cognitive capacity building tool for individuals and communities. No prior circus or university experience necessary. Participants will certified by Holistic Circus Therapy (HCT) in teaching circus to people with learning differences, special needs and socio-political challenges.

Below, you will find information on the time and location, learning objectives/curricula, pricing and payment, and further information about CircusAid, the social circus project that 100% of the proceeds from this training will benefit.

Two consecutive days: Saturday April 13th, 9:00am-5:00pm and Sunday April 14th, 9:00am-5:00pm. The location is at The Bird's Nest Circus Arts, located on 64 Fillmore Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14210.

1. Understanding and utilizing the Holistic Circus Therapy Practice Model.
2. Occupational Therapy Theory and Practices: Grading tasks, client centeredness, assessment, intervention and goal setting.
3. Examining and applying instruction for the purpose of increasing social, emotional, physical, and cognitive capacities.
4. Teaching to different learning styles.
5. Identifying and working with differences in sensory-motor abilities, visual perception, gross and fine motor control, and executive functions.
6. Working with refugee populations.
8. Safety of staff and participants.
9. Individual and group focused instruction.
10. Planning and evaluating a workshop.

DAY 1. Circus as a tool to increase the acquisition of life skills, individual, and community health
The first day will provide you with essential knowledge about life skills education and functional capacities including; social, emotional, physical, and cognitive components. The experiential learning includes occupational therapy theory, practical applications for multiple populations, individual and group focused activities. Participants will be able to define, explain, and discuss processing differences, motor control, executive functions and how to facilitate a circus experience to increase participation and functional capacity of individuals and communities.

DAY 2. Circus for All: Adaptive Instruction
The second day of the training will enable participants to apply the knowledge gained in day one with additional tools of adaptive instruction and adaptive environments for people with variations in functional capacity, learning styles and social conditions. Participants will be supported in planning and executing their own unique adaptive circus-based sessions with case studies. Participants will leave with a database of different activities they can use to immediately bring these skills into their working and teaching environments.

Early registration is $450 paid in full before February 15th. Regular registration is $500 paid in full before April 1st. Spaces are limited. To pay and secure your spot, please visit this link:
For alternative payment methods or more information relating to training content please contact Jill Maglio at Credit towards future course can be arranged if the buyer needs to cancel. No refunds will be given post sale.

Your participation in this training does not only give you skills, but it also helps CircusAid bring programming to people displaced by the atrocities of war and natural disasters. From mid January, 2019 we will collaborate with the residents of Lombok to rebuild infrastructure and community strength through providing social circus programming that will meet the community’s occupational needs. Previously, in 2016, CircusAid facilitated circus camps for refugees in Lesvos, Greece and Calais, France. In 2017 we taught circus to over 1000 refugees surrounding Athens. In 2018 we provided over 1800 circus experiences to Syrian, Afghani, Iraqi and Kurdish refugees within camps around Athens.
For more information on CircusAid, visit

All of the information for this event is also viewable in one place at
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Thank you for taking the time to read, and if you have any questions, you can email Jill Maglio at