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TWISTED WILLOW AND Be CommUNITY PROJECT

Twisted Willow Studio is committed to making a lasting and significant contribution to the community of Port Alberni. Since it opened its doors, the Studio has provided health and wellness services to its students and community through contributions of time and financial donations to local events, as well as free and by-donation classes.

Twisted Willow Studio and its associates began offering Seva classes (offerings of service/good will to the community) in January 2015. These yoga classes were offered “By Donation” to benefit several Port Alberni charities and organizations in need. From January to June 2015, proceeds from these classes were donated to the Port Alberni Shelter, Alberni Community And Women’s Services (ACAWS), the SPCA, Bread of Life, Kuu-Us Crisis Line, and the North Island Wild Life Recovery Centre..

The instructors at Twisted Willow Studio were inspired by the commitment they saw in the community of Port Alberni and felt that Seva classes could be expanded further. They have been collaborating to present Twisted Willow Studio’s Be CommUNITY Workshops bimonthly ever since!




The workshops officially began in the Summer of 2015 with a workshop intensive focusing on the pose perhaps most commonly visited in a yoga practice: Downward-facing Dog. Three instructors contributed to the workshop to share presentation and to assist with alignment, safety, and answering questions. The students enjoyed a positive learning experience and many have returned to attend nearly every Be CommUNITY workshop offered, demonstrating sincere commitment on their part to creating a caring community in Port Alberni.

As an extension of the Be CommUNITY workshops, Twisted Willow Studio’s annual Christmas fundraiser began in December 2015. For the last two years, the studio has facilitated the collection of items for two family hampers with over 50lbs of food in each. Beyond a healthy holiday meal and items for a nutritious breakfast, the studio provides clothing, recreation passes, personal care and household items.

Current Community Initiatives

The bi-monthly Be CommUNITY Workshops are now an ongoing part of Twisted Willow Studio’s community initiatives. Each one and a half hour workshop is themed to a particular yoga pose or movement pattern with an emphasis on safety and mindful practice. Using a focused approach, participants learn the details of poses and alignment, preparatory poses, the safe and effective movements in and out of the poses, and the inner experience that can be cultivated within practice. Students leave with a deeper understanding of the poses and movement patterns, and how they might fit together in a sequenced class or home practice.

Bi Weekly Friday Evenings, Twisted Willow Studio offers a Be CommUNITY Meditation class entirely free of charge. Participants are welcome to join our instructors to explore a variety of meditation and mindfulness practices in this accessible, all-levels class. Each 30 minute class begins with a brief discussion on the technique used, followed by 10-20 minutes of seated practice.

The Studio and its associates also contribute time and donations to annual community events and initiatives in Port Alberni, such as the Our Town Community Events, Walk With Your Doc, Paws for a Cause, Raise-a-Reader, and the Alberni Canal Downwind Challenge.

Twisted Willow Studio also offers a small lending library dedicated to enhancing the knowledge of those interested in health and wellness, and to encourage literacy by providing the opportunity to borrow books for children related to health and wellness. The library is volunteer-run and free of charge.

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