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Ozark Mountain Yoga Festival

Echo bluff state park, missouri MAY 18-20, 2018

 
Matthew Krepps at Ozark Mountain Yoga Festival 2017

How it all started...

OMY, with a hOMebase studio in Springfield, Missouri was created in 2006 to celebrate the incredible beauty and energy of the Ozark Mountains by providing Yoga nature retreats that included activities such as hiking, camping, rock climbing and paddling all across the greater Ozarks region. As more like-minded people joined in these interests, getting them all together for a festival was the next step.

The Ozark Mountain Yoga Festival is a growing, unique grassroots event which was held for the first several years in NW Arkansas at the Circle Yoga Shala a residential Yoga training facility and organic farm representing the deepest values of compassion, Yoga education and union with nature. As the popularity of the Ozark Mountain Yoga Festival grows more people are seeking access to this one-of-a-kind event and more presenters eager to share. We are blessed that Echo Bluff State Park is anxious to facilitate this natural process.

Echo Bluff State Park, nestled in Mark Twain National Forest has a lodge with conference areas, deluxe rooms, cabins and a 62 site campground. It also features a full-service restaurant and snack/gift shop. The grounds include a mountaintop covered pavilion, amphitheater, trail system and a large spring that creates "Sinking Creek" which flows into the Current River. Numerous other public and private campgrounds and lodging options are very nearby.

During the festival we envision several pavilion tents, the mountaintop pavilion and amphitheater all busy with presentations as well as interesting venders, guided hikes and children's activities all available. Attendees may attend workshops and presentations by featured teachers within one of the three large conference areas of the new lodge which will be scheduled throughout the weekend.

Presenters

Matthew Krepps Holly and I and a couple of close friends decided to buy a working homestead in the Ozarks, intent on developing a retreat center. Enter Circle Yoga Shala, where folks come to be immersed in nature, train in classical yoga and other forward thinking modalities, eat the food we raise on the property, drink living water from a local spring: basically to heal and realize their highest potential. The shala is the embodiment of everything that has been and still is important to me: food, philosophy, activity, and inquiry. I am adept in cuisine from every continent and use the principles of Ayurveda in my preparations. It is our example of what it means to live a life that is intent on thriving. It is an offering to our fellow students, teachers, friends, and Mother Earth, in service of the possibility that humans can evolve consciously.

Matthew Krepps

Holly and I and a couple of close friends decided to buy a working homestead in the Ozarks, intent on developing a retreat center. Enter Circle Yoga Shala, where folks come to be immersed in nature, train in classical yoga and other forward thinking modalities, eat the food we raise on the property, drink living water from a local spring: basically to heal and realize their highest potential. The shala is the embodiment of everything that has been and still is important to me: food, philosophy, activity, and inquiry. I am adept in cuisine from every continent and use the principles of Ayurveda in my preparations. It is our example of what it means to live a life that is intent on thriving. It is an offering to our fellow students, teachers, friends, and Mother Earth, in service of the possibility that humans can evolve consciously.

Holly Krepps I began my affair with Yoga in 1992 which led me to study with Shri Ananda Ma of the Dhyanyoga Center. In 2000, My husband, Matthew and I had the privilege of owning a studio in Little Rock for close to a decade developing into one of the premier yoga studios in the state. During that time, I had the opportunity to study and train in with a variety of teachers, Dr. Robert Svoboda, Doug Keller, Godfrey Devereux, Ana Forrest, Richard Miller, Erich Schiffman and Shiva Rea. In 2009, we created Circle Yoga Shala!Currently, I am in a 2-year study in the Center for Action and Contemplation’s Living School, a non-dual contemplative wisdom school. I lead a full and content life that is a result of fearless sensitive living and radical acceptance of what is.

Holly Krepps

I began my affair with Yoga in 1992 which led me to study with Shri Ananda Ma of the Dhyanyoga Center. In 2000, My husband, Matthew and I had the privilege of owning a studio in Little Rock for close to a decade developing into one of the premier yoga studios in the state. During that time, I had the opportunity to study and train in with a variety of teachers, Dr. Robert Svoboda, Doug Keller, Godfrey Devereux, Ana Forrest, Richard Miller, Erich Schiffman and Shiva Rea. In 2009, we created Circle Yoga Shala!Currently, I am in a 2-year study in the Center for Action and Contemplation’s Living School, a non-dual contemplative wisdom school. I lead a full and content life that is a result of fearless sensitive living and radical acceptance of what is.

Bill Lynch Bill  began Ozark Mountain Yoga in 2006 as a way to take yoga outdoors. Beginning with retreats in the National Forests of the Ozarks that included yoga with activities such as hiking, camping, rock climbing  and getting to know other yogis that felt a connection to the natural world. He has been developing educational programs for over 20 years and his yoga teaching heavily incorporates the traditions of the Ashtanga Vinyasa system of Shri Pattabhi Jois as learned from teacher Richard Freeman into a highly accessible Vinyasa Flow. His intuitive, heart-centered style of teaching focuses on breath and the present moment promoting an invigorating, personally relevant and meditative yoga practice. He teaches daily public classes and is a Director of Education at Ozark Mountain Yoga studio in Springfield, MO. 

Bill Lynch

Bill  began Ozark Mountain Yoga in 2006 as a way to take yoga outdoors. Beginning with retreats in the National Forests of the Ozarks that included yoga with activities such as hiking, camping, rock climbing  and getting to know other yogis that felt a connection to the natural world. He has been developing educational programs for over 20 years and his yoga teaching heavily incorporates the traditions of the Ashtanga Vinyasa system of Shri Pattabhi Jois as learned from teacher Richard Freeman into a highly accessible Vinyasa Flow. His intuitive, heart-centered style of teaching focuses on breath and the present moment promoting an invigorating, personally relevant and meditative yoga practice. He teaches daily public classes and is a Director of Education at Ozark Mountain Yoga studio in Springfield, MO. 

 
Kat Robinson Kat Robinson is the owner and education director of Active Kat Yoga and Energy Rejuvenation Center. She is a Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, she is a YA Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher and an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach trained at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Kat trained at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Integrative Oncology Yoga with Lorenzo Cohen, Alejandro Chaoul, Jennifer Buergermeister and many others. Kat believes that integrating traditional medical treatment and complimentary health and wellness modalities not only provides a well rounded treatment protocol it also gives a sense of empowerment to those who are undergoing treatment providing them with the ability to be proactive in their own health and wellness. Kat’s approach to yoga is very bio-individual, providing the basis for her philosophy that no one else lives in your body.....make your practice about you. .

Kat Robinson

Kat Robinson is the owner and education director of Active Kat Yoga and Energy Rejuvenation Center. She is a Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, she is a YA Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher and an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach trained at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Kat trained at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Integrative Oncology Yoga with Lorenzo Cohen, Alejandro Chaoul, Jennifer Buergermeister and many others. Kat believes that integrating traditional medical treatment and complimentary health and wellness modalities not only provides a well rounded treatment protocol it also gives a sense of empowerment to those who are undergoing treatment providing them with the ability to be proactive in their own health and wellness. Kat’s approach to yoga is very bio-individual, providing the basis for her philosophy that no one else lives in your body.....make your practice about you.

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Wes Pilcher Wes Pilcher is a teacher and co-owner of the Arkansas Yoga Collective in Little Rock, Arkansas. His teaching style comes from a unique combination of training in the Dynamic Yoga Method with Matthew and Holly Krepps and Duncan Wong. Wes also studied holistic healing through Clayton College of Natural Medicine and studied Ayurveda with Dr. Champa. Wes is co-owner of the Arkansas Yoga Collective, teaching there, at the Jim Dailey fitness center and Bigrock Yoga in Little Rock, Arkansas. Wes also produced and developed a video, "Satellite Flow", a Vinyasa or flowing series based on his unique style. He encourages students to challenge themselves while maintaining an atmosphere of lightheartedness that allows students to practice, experiment, laugh and grow.

Wes Pilcher

Wes Pilcher is a teacher and co-owner of the Arkansas Yoga Collective in Little Rock, Arkansas. His teaching style comes from a unique combination of training in the Dynamic Yoga Method with Matthew and Holly Krepps and Duncan Wong. Wes also studied holistic healing through Clayton College of Natural Medicine and studied Ayurveda with Dr. Champa. Wes is co-owner of the Arkansas Yoga Collective, teaching there, at the Jim Dailey fitness center and Bigrock Yoga in Little Rock, Arkansas. Wes also produced and developed a video, "Satellite Flow", a Vinyasa or flowing series based on his unique style. He encourages students to challenge themselves while maintaining an atmosphere of lightheartedness that allows students to practice, experiment, laugh and grow.

Dustin Turner Dustin Turner, has been teaching Yoga for over 15 years and found it to be one of the greatest joys in his life. The structure and balance of the Iyengar tradition as learned from teacher Gabriel Halpbern has brought so much healing and joy into his life that he is dedicated to sharing it with others through all levels of class and therapy. Besides being an accomplished Iyengar teacher, Dustin is also a Relax and Renew Trainer through Judith Lasater.

Dustin Turner

Dustin Turner, has been teaching Yoga for over 15 years and found it to be one of the greatest joys in his life. The structure and balance of the Iyengar tradition as learned from teacher Gabriel Halpbern has brought so much healing and joy into his life that he is dedicated to sharing it with others through all levels of class and therapy. Besides being an accomplished Iyengar teacher, Dustin is also a Relax and Renew Trainer through Judith Lasater.

Cheryl Hemmert Finds great joy in sharing her energetic practice. "I love how vibrant, radiant and alive it makes me feel. " Teaching techniques to help not only attain but to sustain a higher level of energy, happiness and sense of stability. Cheryl was the aerobic program director for World Gym and won the 1990 Body Building title for Ms Vancouver- All Natural and studied Tibetan Buddhist meditation on The Big Island of Hawaii at the Nechung Temple in Wood Valley, where she lived for 13 years before moving to Springfield where she took her first Yantra Yoga class with Lama Lobsang. She also trained in Buddhist Theravada meditation with Aya Dipa, Tantra Yoga at Teach to Inspire, and most recently Kundalini Yoga with Ana Brett and Ravj Singh. Her favorite quote is "the body is the physical manifestation of enlightenment if you can learn to actualize it".

Cheryl Hemmert

Finds great joy in sharing her energetic practice. "I love how vibrant, radiant and alive it makes me feel. " Teaching techniques to help not only attain but to sustain a higher level of energy, happiness and sense of stability. Cheryl was the aerobic program director for World Gym and won the 1990 Body Building title for Ms Vancouver- All Natural and studied Tibetan Buddhist meditation on The Big Island of Hawaii at the Nechung Temple in Wood Valley, where she lived for 13 years before moving to Springfield where she took her first Yantra Yoga class with Lama Lobsang. She also trained in Buddhist Theravada meditation with Aya Dipa, Tantra Yoga at Teach to Inspire, and most recently Kundalini Yoga with Ana Brett and Ravj Singh. Her favorite quote is "the body is the physical manifestation of enlightenment if you can learn to actualize it".

Rod Buckner Rod is a professional Yoga teacher and bodyworker from Springfield, MO. "I teach Vinnyasa Krama as I learned it from Rod Stryker. Vinyasa Krama means masterful sequencing. I sequence poses to bring about the greatest amount of balance in the body/mind connection. Yoga works in complete harmony with my other services. The essence of structural balancing and massageis to create greater harmony in every area of your life. Ideally there would be a seamless flow from one area of one's life to another without pain, restriction, or discomfort, as long as there is the constant will to surrender." He has trained with Beth Spindler, Rod Stryker, Seane Corn and is a Kundalini yoga instructor with Ravi Singh and Ana Brett.

Rod Buckner

Rod is a professional Yoga teacher and bodyworker from Springfield, MO. "I teach Vinnyasa Krama as I learned it from Rod Stryker. Vinyasa Krama means masterful sequencing. I sequence poses to bring about the greatest amount of balance in the body/mind connection. Yoga works in complete harmony with my other services. The essence of structural balancing and massageis to create greater harmony in every area of your life. Ideally there would be a seamless flow from one area of one's life to another without pain, restriction, or discomfort, as long as there is the constant will to surrender." He has trained with Beth Spindler, Rod Stryker, Seane Corn and is a Kundalini yoga instructor with Ravi Singh and Ana Brett.

Amber Treece "I had been practicing yoga on and off for about 10 years and left Missouri in February 2014 to study yoga at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, Arizona. It was there I knew. I knew that I was in the right field. It felt natural. After graduation I made my way back to Columbia and started teaching at Yoga Sol. Then ventured back to Phoenix, Arizona, where I joined the Sutra Studios family as a vinyasa instructor . It was there I really fell in love. I fell in love with yoga and the self love and growth the comes along with it. My biggest yoga passion is bringing it to every BODY. No matter your background, size or age. Helping people find freedom, love and peace through breath and movement. Now, coming full circle, back to Columbia, Missouri."

Amber Treece

"I had been practicing yoga on and off for about 10 years and left Missouri in February 2014 to study yoga at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, Arizona. It was there I knew. I knew that I was in the right field. It felt natural. After graduation I made my way back to Columbia and started teaching at Yoga Sol. Then ventured back to Phoenix, Arizona, where I joined the Sutra Studios family as a vinyasa instructor . It was there I really fell in love. I fell in love with yoga and the self love and growth the comes along with it. My biggest yoga passion is bringing it to every BODY. No matter your background, size or age. Helping people find freedom, love and peace through breath and movement. Now, coming full circle, back to Columbia, Missouri."

MORE TEACHERS AND PRESENTERS COMING SOON

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Tranquil SOunds

A Saturday Evening of Melodic Gong and Tibetan Singing Bowls

Cheryl Hemmert will energize and sooth the evening with incredible, melodic crystal singing bowls and gong music. Relax into the moment and receive healing through music, breath, relaxation and sound immersion. This will be held in the pond amphitheater next the Echo Bluff Lodge. More info to come...

 
Ozark Mountain Yoga Festival Fun!

early bird

tickets on sale now!

There is a chance of weekend passes selling out this year and early bird tickets are limited. The completed schedule and lineup of teachers, presenters, activities, venders and specialty offerings will be announced no later than January 1st, 2018 at which time Early Bird pricing will end. Click the link below to be directed to ticketing...

 

CLICK HERE FOR tickets TO THE 5th Annual Ozark Mountain Yoga FestivaL May 18-20, 2018

 

get involved!

Would you like to Present or Teach at the Ozark Mountain Yoga Festival? We are seeking presenters on topics ranging from healthy living to outdoor skills, as well as teachers of Yoga and meditation and would love to hear from you! Please contact us using this form and we will send you the official application! 

 Partner and Sponsorship opportunities are available! A partnering or sponsorship with OMY is a unique opportunity to reach your audience of like minded people that share the same healthy values, love of Yoga, outdoors recreation and connection to nature. Use this form to get more information on how we can help support you or your company!

For Vending, Lodging and Camping information and registration please contact Echo Bluff State park directly. 

 
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Echo bluff state park

34489 Echo Bluff Drive
Eminence, MO 65466

(844) 322-3246