Desire as a Guide - Month 5, Week 2 with RW Alves

November 1 - 5, 2021

Desire as a Guide: Imagining and Visioning towards Collective Liberation

How can we use our desires and our longing to imagine into new ways of being in the world, and new ways of creating the world we’re in? What does it feel like to orient around what gives us meaning, purpose, and pleasure-- and to move towards that in service to a greater vision of social change and collective care? If trauma is a loss of imagination (individually and collectively), then practicing imagining is an antidote. Imagining can be a practice just like any other-- one that we come back to and try on, one that we learn from and evolve over time, and one that we don’t expect to be perfect the first or the fiftieth time. What is your greatest dream for the world? What is your deepest longing for your own life? What do these dreams or longings on the collective and individual levels have to say to each other? How can we come together to individually vision our lives-- and build those individual imaginings of liberation into an interconnected web of collective care, interdependence, mutuality, and collective liberation?


This week's sessions will include:

  • Monday Lecture: Imagining & Visioning Collective Liberation | 2 - 3:15pm pdt | 5 - 6:15pm edt
  • Wednesday Practice: Imagination in Movement | 9 - 10:15am pdt | 12 - 1:15pm edt
  • Friday Meditation: Resourcing and Imagining Collective Liberation | 9 - 10am pdt | 12 - 1pm edt

100% of your contribution to this course helps to support and sustain our network of community leaders, activists, our ongoing scholarship program, and our greater OTM community worldwide who are at the frontlines of change for our collective wellbeing. We greatly appreciate your support!


For your reference: Each week will consist of 3 (three) independent online offerings that will tie into one another and take you on a full experiential journey. The arc and content of this training has been very carefully designed, in deep collaboration with an incredible list of community leaders, activist, and educators.

At OTM, we are committed to accessibility and cultivating diversity in our community and trainings. If you would like to request a discounted rate, please email [email protected] and answer the following questions:

  • If you are from, or belong to, a community that is often under-represented in the yoga community at-large, please describe.
  • How do you foresee using the skills and information offered in this training in your work in the world?

NOTE - We close off all scholarships 24 hours prior to the course start date.

DISABILITY JUSTICE is a conversation and practice we are moving to the forefront of our work with OTM. If you have specific accessibility needs that would better support you while participating in any of our online courses, we’d greatly appreciate your input. To make requests and/or ask any questions, please email: [email protected]

Meet Your Teachers


RW Alves
RW Alves

RW Alves, C-IAYT, SEP, E-RYT 500 (she/her and they/them), is a social justice educator, certified yoga therapist, yoga teacher trainer, and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner based in Seattle, Washington. Her work in the world and in yoga is informed by her experience as a fat white queer femme with a lifelong involvement in social justice and activism. She works at the intersections of social justice and spiritual practice by developing curriculum, training and mentoring yoga teachers and yoga therapists, creating spaces for self-care and community-care for activists, and teaching about inclusive languaging and teaching, trauma-informed yoga, nervous system resilience, accessible asana, justice, privilege, and spiritual practice.

RW serves as Faculty for Off the Mat, Into the World and the Yoga Service Conference, is currently developing a Trauma-Informed Yoga certification program with Hala Khouri and Kyra Haglund, and is a co-founder and trainer for Bending Towards Justice, which provides anti-oppression, equity, and social justice trainings for yoga teachers, practitioners, studios, and organizations around the country.


Courses Included with Purchase



Imagining & Visioning Collective Liberation: Week 2 Lecture with RW Alves
Monday, November 1
RW Alves
$25
Imagination in Movement: Week 2 Practice with RW Alves
Wednesday, November 3
RW Alves
$25
Resourcing and Imagining Collective Liberation: Week 2 with RW Alves
Friday, November 5
RW Alves
$25

Original Price: $75


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
Your three courses will take place November 1 - 5! If you register for a full week, you'll have access to recordings for one extra week. If you sign up for one month of our program, you'll have access to recordings for an additional two weeks at the end of the month. If you sign up for the full 6-month program, you'll have access to recordings until June 17, 2022.
How long do I have access to the course?
You will have access to your course for one week following the last session.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Can I join a mentorship group if I'm entering into the full 6-months after the July 5th start date?
Unfortunately not. All mentor groups have been organized in advance and are being held as a safe container with the people already registered.

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