For episode 18 of the Acro Jam we are bringing you, and the worldwide acro community to our home, here in Newcastle, Australia – where we catch up with our city’s first Acro teacher, and a great friend of ours, Mr Matt Worley.
So I am biased, I am a mate of Matt’s, but I personally think he’s great – Matt is a thoughtful and spiritual dude with a lot of talents and he’s dedicated a lot of time to practise in many different, interesting areas. He’s certainly learnt how to combine these different areas to create some really special things, and become a pretty special person. I really hope you folks enjoy this conversation, it’s a really nice one, and if you are a fan of Australian accents, you are in for a treat.
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This episode we are joined by the one and only Jean Luc Martin.
A former Cirque De Solei performer, Jean Luc has gone on to create the San Diego Circus Center, where he is the head coach.
Those of you who have been lucky enough to train with him know that he is an incredible coach, specialising across a whole range of circus disciplines, including Handstands, Hand to Hand, Russian Bar, Teeter Board and many many more.
Jean-Luc has recently created Circus Centre Online, a revolutionary approach to online coaching. Using technology employed by Olympic-level coaches, combined with his years of experience and an expert eye, Jean-Luc can fast-track your circus training no matter where you are in the world.
Monika Kolb is a professional circus artist specialising in hula hoop, acrobatics, aerials and fire toys. She is a circus educator for adults and children alike, sharing her passion and skills with the world. Most importantly, Monika is a mother to her son Reuben, a special young man some of you out there in the acro world may have already met – because as many of you know, Monika lives a very international life!
Each year involves travelling the world with her partner Niko Douwes, again, someone who I am sure some of you might know – if not, make sure you go back and listen to our very first episode of the Acro Jam Podcast! We were lucky enough to sit down and record this conversation with Monika at the Tasmanian Acro Flyaway in Tasmania in early 2019. I think if you listen closely you can hear Reuben and Niko playing together in the background.
If you want to keep track of Monika and make sure you can train with her when she comes through your town – you should check out her website at www.monikakolb.de and have a look at her calendar for upcoming teachings, workshops and performances.
To keep up to date with Monika, make sure you check out her website and social media
Jacob Brown and
Debbie Collis are Acroyoga and Partner Acrobatics coaches from
Oregon, USA. Their great coaching, clear communication and awesome
dynamic has led to these two becoming well-respected regulars at
Partner Acrobatics festivals around the world.
covers how Jacob and Debbie have grown as an acrobatics couple, how
they develop their skills and their creative process for creating new
washing machines and flows.
Getting to record this conversation at Jacob and Debbie’s home in Springfield, Oregon was very special for us. Not only were we in the middle of our bicycle tour from Canada at the time and very smelly and tired cyclists, but we got to spend time and learn about these wonderful folks and their cool town.
You can catch Jacob
and Debbie at their upcoming intensives:
Eugene, Oregon – March 20-22 Austin, Texas – March 27-29
Christine Moonbeam is the real deal as a coach, and a truly wonderful person.
cultivating partner acrobatics as an inclusive, artistic co-creation
that focuses on
healthy relationship building and dedication to empowering each other
in their role.
Moonbeam is a super
experienced partner acrobatics, handstand and dance coach;
she is a very active
internationally with teaching offerings
all over the world!
As a coach Christine is great at assisting her students on the journey of finding the balance between training and play and its her goal is to create safe and enriching training space to foster her students’ exploration and work toward their goals.
She is the co-founder of the Colorado Acro Fest, which is running at the Boulder Circus Centre in Boulder Colorado February 14 – 16th, 2020.
Other upcoming opportunities to train with Christine include:
Who better for our first Remaster than the man himself?
Hey guys here is the first of our re-released episodes! We want to provide the best podcast we can. We decided to re-do the sound engineering of some of our early episodes so you can enjoy!
If you have already heard this episode with Niko, feel free to skip it and enjoy our most recent episodes here or re-listen and enjoy this wisdom!
Niko Douwes, co-founder of Partner-acrobatics, an international acrobatics teaching phenomenon, one of the OGs of Dutch Acrobatics and organiser of the Pre-Con to the Dutch Acro Convention.
With 28 years of training and teaching under his belt, Niko is an incredible teacher and the kind of guy who will level up your acro skills in an afternoon. If you are looking to take your training further and hone in on how you can improve whether as a base or flyer, we highly recommended tracking this man down and locking in some training time with him!
We are grateful we were able to sit down and share his wisdom, and excited to be able to share it with you.
Our guest for this is
episode of the podcast is a very special man. He is a father, and a
metaphorical grandfather of acro yoga in Vancouver, he is the
Co-founder of International Teacher Trainers, Vancity acro, he is
Devon French. This is a very special episode for us, Devon means a
lot to both Sara and I, and I hope that through this conversation you
can get a feeling why.
I mention it in the start of
this podcast, but we recorded this conversation on our very last day
in Vancouver… and that is a while ago now, and a lot a lot has
happened in between!
In all honesty, this man is
someone really special and if you ever get the chance to take a class
or workshop with him, you gotta take it. There is a lot of wisdom in
this episode, I will let our man Devon speak for himself.
Thank you for joining us for
a very open, honest and vulnerable conversation with the man who
defines majestic casual, Devon French
We are so happy to
release this is thoughtful, touching and inspiring conversation with
Cedar Lyn; festival creator, community builder, mum and an awesome
friend. We will let this amazing woman speak for herself,
Cedar is the co-creator of the AY Unity Fesitval, held in Enderby British Columbia in late August – we LOVE this festival, it’s the best!
You can find Cedar
in beautiful Vancouver, Canada. We caught up with Cedar while we were
living there in the summer of 2019.
We have a very special episode of the podcast, it’s our first conversation with a couple! Katie Thacker and Brandon Sherbrook, two special people setting a great example of what it means to be a duo within the acro world. They embody everything you would want in a partnership: awesome communication, support for each other, and working to each other’s strengths.
Living in Victoria on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, we caught up with Katie and Brandon while they were running the Van Isle Acro Pile.
Oh and a heads up, this episode comes with new and improved sound quality! We hope you like it!
Hey guys! For this episode
of the Acro Jam Podcast we are doing things a little differently.
Over the last month or so on the road we have met so many fantastic
acro communities and the people who make them up, seen beautiful
lands, and really enjoyed the West coast of the USA.
We wanted to do a little
episode to share our experiences, where we have been, what we are
doing and who we are meeting!
Join us for this bonus catch up episode, recorded while we were living it up in Boulder, Colorado, training within the Pitch Catch Fall program.
is a highly praised and well known international acrobatics teacher,
high energy and great
Being a student of
her teaching style, positive environments
she creates and her fun, awesome attitude
for both Partner Acrobatics and Acro Yoga International, make sure
you follow Mimi to catch her somewhere in the world, teaching at
teacher trainings, immersions, intensives and workshops!
Millissa Greenwood is a superstar of Canadian Acroyoga!
For those who have worked
with her, you know Mil for her contagious enthusiasm, her ability to
bring the stoke and her ability to help others see the light within
themselves. The energy, effort and time she has put into building
acro community is inspiring. Mil is personally one of our favourite
teachers in Vancouver and a big part of what brought us back to
Vancouver. We know you will love her as
much as we do!
Ezra LeBank is an internationally recognized movement specialist. In fact, he is a Professor of movement, residing as the Head of Movement at California State University Long Beach. When he is not guiding students through the exploration of their bodies in space, Ezra travels across the globe, teaching acrobats and dancers to fly bossy, and performing like the boss… If you want to catch a performance with Ezra, he is currently performing in THREE at the Winnipeg Fringe.
We are joined by Scott Cashins! Mover, acrobat and beautiful human
Cashins is the definition of a
movement specialist. His area of study and expertise is far
reaching – not only is he a Partner Acrobatics and Acroyoga
teacher, he is a Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) Mobility
Specialist, a Personal Trainer, MovNat level 2 trainer, Yoga teacher,
Thai Massage practitioner AND a PHD in Ecology!
one half of Threads Tasmania, Scott, along with co-founder Ebony
Prins, run weekly acro and handstand classes in Hobart and run annual
acro retreats, the Threads Flyaway Events! It is within these classes
and events that Scott channels and condenses his broad knowledge into
digestible chunks that allow his students to explore, grow and
develop their physical and mental capacities.
We are joined by the amazing Nirvana Pilkington, and we go DEEP!
Nirvana is a Brisbane based Acroyoga and Yoga teacher and a Somatic Sex Educator. She blends her knowledge of traditional Yoga with Yin, Antigravity Aerial Yoga and body awareness to provide students with movement practice and philosophy to help them reach their full potentials. Taking a deep approach to acroyoga, movement and spirituality, Nirvana is renowned for empowering her students and helping them access their inner wisdom and abilities. With a wealth of knowledge and experience, Nirvana shares enlightening perspectives and principles we can apply not only to our acro practices, but our lives.
SHOW NOTES Nirvana’s Acro Journey; partner acrobatics, circus school, acroyoga and more Training and improving without a local teacher or community Building a partner acrobatics community Consent and communication within partner acrobatics practice Healthy touch in acro Incorporating boundaries, healthy touch and consent into your life and practice Sexological Body Work or Somatic Sex Education Promoting social issues with acrobatic performance Bringing Yogic awareness and principles to partner acrobatics The values found when bases fly, and flyers base Values and principles learnt as a Ladybase Nirvana’s training history: Montreal Acroyoga, Divine Play, Australian Partner Acrobatics Convention, Dutch Acro Convention and heaps more Where to find Nirvana
Katarina Sofia or Acro Kat joins us on this episode of the Acro Jam Podcast! Born in Finland, Kat is currently living and attending circus school in Spain with her life and acrobatics partner Jared. Before becoming an acrobatics teacher and performer, Kat was a school teacher and her skills and abilities as an educator really shine through in her calm, yet enthusiastic acro teaching style.
Kat and Jared are organising “the only Acro festival where the sun never sets”, the Midnight Sun Acro Convention! This festival which will take place in Lapland, Finland, June 20th to 24th.
SHOW NOTES Kat’s acro journey Basing, as a flyer Building acro communities in small cities and towns Kat’s training history, teacher trainings, circus school, intensives etc. Partner acrobatics in Finland, fesitvals and community Acroyoga and partner acrobatics differences and how to integrate the two Life as a student at circus school in Spain training and performing with your life partner; the pros, cons and how to manage them Handstand tips and training ideas How to remain disciplined and motivated to train, and balancing training and play time Bringing creativity and innovation to your practice How spotting and learning to fall improves your training and skills Life after circus school Where to find Kat and what she has going on
Ebony Prins joins us for this episode of the Acro Jam Podcast! Ebony is a delight to train and spend time with, we had a great time sitting down to chat with her about her acrobatic life as a teacher, trainer, retreat facilitator, commnity builder and business co-founder. Residing in Hobart, Tasmania, Ebony is one half of Threads – the acro duo responsible for puting Hobart on the map! We have been lucky enough to attend two of her events, the Byron and Tasmanian Flyaways, where I promise you’ll have a great time, train with world class teachers and make heaps of new friends. We hope you enjoy the episode!
The next Tasmanian Acro Flyaway with Threads will take place January 24th to February 2nd 2019. For more info on the Flyaway and Threads check there website: www.threadstasmania.com