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Saturday, October 19th, 4:30-7:30pm

The Eleanor (1605 NW Everett St, Portland, OR 97209)

Join us for our largest fundraising event of the year! This year's event will include a cocktail hour with drinks, small bites, and a silent auction, followed by an informative and inspiring live program. The live program will feature:

  • Panel Discussion with sector experts from corrections, recovery, community health, equity and trauma-informed care. The discussion will center around the healing potential of yoga and mindfulness, and the need to increase access to mind-body services. Special attention will be paid to the intersection of Living Yoga's trauma-informed approach and social justice.

  • Video highlighting Living Yoga classes at Columbia River Correctional Institution.

  • Live storytelling by Living Yoga students and volunteers.

  • Auction and Paddle Raise.

Facebook event page here!



Reiko Hillyer - Associate Professor of History at Lewis and Clark College and former Living Yoga volunteer at Columbia River Correctional Institution. Reiko piloted an inside-out prison exchange course on the history of crime and punishment in the United States and recognizes the profound impact that trauma-informed services can have on the resiliency of the incarcerated.


Erika Preuitt - Director of the Department of Community Justice. Erika has more than 20 years of experience with the DCJ and is committed to evidence based practices, community engagement, and community partnership.

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Brent Canode - Executive Director of Alano Club of Portland and Co-Founder of Oregon Recovery High School Initiative. Brent is a visible champion for recovery locally and nationally, and advocates for trauma-informed yoga, mindfulness, movement, and meditation as integral pieces in the recovery process.


Dawn Mautner MD, MS - Former Site Medical Director for Mid-County Health Center of Multnomah County. Dawn has dedicated 20 years to care and advocacy for underserved populations and believes that the tools of yoga and trauma-informed practices change lives.


James K. Hanley – Correctional Rehabilitation Manager for the Oregon Department of Corrections at Columbia River Correctional Institution. James has been working for the ODOC for 20 years, and believes that Living Yoga classes provide respite in what can often be a hyper-vigilant environment. He feels that yoga, and other mindfulness practices, are necessary components for implementing and sustaining lasting change.

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Angelina Vasile, Panel Facilitator - Angelina has more than 10 years of experience with Living Yoga as both a volunteer teacher and teacher trainer. She has taught extensively within drug and alcohol recovery centers, and believes that the acknowledgement of trauma and availability of trauma-informed services can create real, lasting health, justice, and humanity.


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Joshua Wright - Former Living Yoga student at Columbia River Correctional Institution and current Living Yoga volunteer. Joshua is the co-founder of Liberation Literacy, a nonprofit dedicated to racial justice, prison abolition, and building social justice literacy in prisons. Joshua advocates for prison abolition and a broad range of social justice issues as an organizer, writer, public speaker, and activist.

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Jessica Velazquez - Living Yoga student, volunteer, board member, and co-facilitator of Living Yoga’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team. Jessica is committed to connecting communities across all cultures to create meaningful and powerful relationships. Her involvement at multiple levels of the organization has provided her a deep understanding of Living Yoga’s mission, goals, and growing edge.


Thank You Sponsors!



Become a Sponsor!

By sponsoring Living Yoga's Annual Benefit, Resilience in Action, you join us in our mission to foster healing and resilience through trauma-informed yoga. In return for your support, we offer varied levels of recognition through a robust, integrated marketing campaign so that our supporters and donors can get to know you and your work.


Make an In Kind Donation!

Are you connected to a business that has resources to support Living Yoga’s Annual Benefit? We’re humbly accepting in kind donations for our silent auction and live auction. Please contact Avery at to coordinate your donation.


Volunteer at the event!

It takes a team to pull off a great event! We need folks who can help with set up, check in, bar tending, serving, staffing our buy it now tables and wine wall table, and more! Click the button below to see the full list of volunteer jobs and available shifts.