Does anyone actually learn anything at these online summits?

A year confined to a small room, endless amounts of time laid out ahead. A worldwide pandemic, quarantine and lockdown. And summits. Seemingly everyone has created some sort of free informational summit.

But are they worth your time? 

There are some people who like their knowledge to overwhelm and confuse them with unlimited content and this is definitely the way to learn things if that’s you.

For the rest of us, they might take a little more skill to navigate…

Here is a list of the Summits I attended over the endless wasteland of 2020, and whether or not I learned anything at all:

1. The Embodied Yoga Summit

A large selection of embodied yoga, that felt like a roller coaster, and I admit, in my green summit state I did not place quite as much importance on being selective and preserving my sanity. But, lead me into a deeper and closer connection with some teachers I was already distantly working with, either online, through their written works or in previous classes.

2. Embodied Festival

A week long womens’-focused yoga and embodiment festival. I had summit burnout from the previous summit, and was struggling but felt the need to continue. I did however, notably attend a lovely morning Puja and a couple of embodied yoga classes that left me feeling fantastic. I learned how to bring sacredity and ritual to my everyday, and this was the most precious gift.

3. Embodied Psychology Summit

Psychology is not my professional training background, but as any professional healer working with vulnerable people will know (including themselves), a little knowledge and the names and experience with practitioners is an incredibly useful thing. So an asset to my personal and professional understanding of the place of psychology within the embodied world.

4. Conscious Voices Rising 2020

Some detailed and thoughtful content that wove spiritual practice into the things that really do concern the modern practitioner, including its place within inclusion, diversity, business, finance, and how it can help to combat misogyny and marginalisation of minorities. 

5. The Embodiment Conference

One of the most confusing summits to attend because of the mammoth amount of content. They had created an excellent search engine just to be able to look through the speakers that was well categorised and marked whether the classes were for beginners or more advanced. It would take you probably two years to see everything. I did however, learn a great deal about the social impact of embodiment through different lenses and through the experiences of people that I would have otherwise probably never even considered to come into contact with. I could no longer participate with other summit-goers. It became too much. 

6. Embodied Social Justice Summit

By this point I decided to simply tune in whenever. This was now, and is my summit mandate. Scan the schedule for familiar faces I want to listen to, then just (when I remember) leave it on in the background like a radio and let my attention be grabbed. I learned about the need for embodiment in expression and I took the time to connect with some of my fellow attendees who were out there, working in their communities and trying to find something that they could bring back to help those in need. There were some vibrant speakers from varying backgrounds dedicated to reaching more vulnerable people from ethnic minority and LGBTQ communities to serve their processing through embodied practice.

These are just the summits that I attended. There were so many more. So the answer is that, yes, you can absolutely learn something new and connect to your teachers through these summits. Just remember – content overload is very easy, and summit burnout is most definitely a thing.

Do you have a story about a summit you attended or are thinking of attending? Has this article given you anything useful?

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Jazmin is a yoga teacher, somonaut and creative being learning how to navigate this human experience. On her journey to a more harmonious life, she hopes to share the fruits of her path so that yours might be more easeful.

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