The Passion Project Scholarship - Skatetistan

I like to pay it forward. I hope you do too.


SKATEISTAN – is this year’s chosen organization for you to create momentum toward.

Upcoming 2018 Scholarships:

One full scholarship will be available for my 200hr training next summer in Squamish, July 30 – August 24th, 2018.

*As well a scholarship for the 300 Hr in Britannia beginning June 2018. Please note, the Britannia training is also a Passion Project Group Summit – similar but in a group format. This means essentially you will have two projects to complete post-training.

(Partial scholarships for some participants as well)

Value of the Scholarship: Around $3000 CDN. This scholarship does not include travel/airfare or books.

Deadline 200Hr:  May 1st, 2018 

Deadline 300Hr: May 30, 2018 

Origin of this Scholarship: On a hot summer afternoon in 2011, I was practicing at my home studio in Whistler. Whenever I feel bored with my work, I remind myself that stagnation is a catalyst for evolution and learning. I asked for a sign to give me direction and the “Passion Project” vision came my way. It is my intention, through this project, to provide structure to your passionate but otherwise floating-in-the-ether idea. Whatever it is that stirs inside you, I will support it. It is also my vision that three local initiatives with big visions are also supported. (see below) Passion Defined: Passion is what makes life move and feel limitless in potential. If a passionate idea is given a supportive space to express itself in – art is made, revolutions occur, science ignites and life changing involution occurs. Without direction or support, passion will quickly lose steam and fall flat, not knowing how to express itself. Focus is key in propelling passion towards fruition. If you look at the most brilliant artists, revolutionaries and teachers of our time, each of them had a fiery vision that helped them spread their message whether their medium was paint, a yoga mat or a soapbox.

WHO CAN APPLY? So long as you are breathing, love yoga and have an amazing idea that needs support, this is an all-inclusive offering. Obviously a deep interest in transforming your practice on the mat is necessary and your willingness to commit with me as your teacher for three weeks is necessary. “Teacher training” is an overused term these days.  Yes, there is a big teaching component and I will prepare you to be a strong new teacher but it’s more about learning tools via yoga’s ancient teachings in order to live a better life. This is why I’m doing what I’m doing.

HOW TO APPLY: Think of what you love to do. You get to design your vision. It can be environmental, artistic, business-oriented, community-based, yoga-based – really anything at all that has a pay-it-forward effect. Upon being accepted, you will join me in one of the above locations and you will make a promise to yourself and the world that you will see the project through to the very end within the year.  In one year after being gifted your spot with me, quantifiable/qualitative results must be met.  I will be checking in intermittently throughout the year to see how it’s going – but ultimately this is 100% up to you.  I will not be holding your hand to do this.

**NEW MANDATORY MUST: You are required to help North Yoga with daily signing in and studio duties during the training. You are also required to design a fundraiser or series of fundraisers for SKATEISTAN – Skateistan is a phenomenal charity that empowers children and youth through skateboarding and education.


1. Email me a detailed one-page letter about why yoga is important to you, why you want to immerse in yoga for 21 days and anything else you would like to share about yourself that will paint me a better picture of you.  (No novels here, 300-500 will do!)

2. Please include a reference letter (scan and email) from a teacher/co-worker/boss – basically someone who isn’t related to you, has your back on this and can attest to your commitment.

3. Choose your Passion Project and tell me which date you are applying for.  Key words to think about when putting together your plan of action/proposal for the year ahead: creativity, ingenuity, fire, spirited, something you are equally excited/freaked out to do, soulful, movement, inspiration, brave (it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks or says about it, so long as you love it) helpful, contagious kindness, artistic, experimental, pioneering, abundant, worldly, humanitarian, colourful, whole-hearted and of course, passionate.

4. In a proposal format (separate from your above letter) tell me your vision and plan it out in detail as though it has already happened. See below.

5.The detail of your plan can look like this (unless you think of a better way of doing it…a) Your project name b) The location(s) of it c) About the Project and why it is important to you d) The Plan (How You are Going to Do it) e) This MUST include your fundraiser(s) plan. Be DETAILED and SPECIFIC showing me a one-year projected plan. Please think-out the year as best as you can and break it up into detailed parts.  It can either be month to month, or seasonally – this is the “how you plan to do it” component.  How do you intend to see through various parts of the project in one year?  You can submit it via a creative youtube/Vimeo presentation if you like.

EXAMPLE (this is an example for you to roughly follow, not me pushing that a green-agenda will be the recipient. Please also use more detail then I have in the below):

Project Name: For The Planet

Locations:  Whistler, Vancouver, Lower Mainland About the Project:  This project is an environmental initiative. I have always been drawn to nature as a kid…and I’m going to implement a green bin project by doing…. fill in the blanks.  Insert why you Are passionate about it. Example Plan (it could take you a full year or six months…up to you): January In point form concisely break down how you plan to carry out your vision. – Buy laptop and get started – Meet with Mr. So and So and gather team members – Plan to meet with Vancouver council – Research sustainability projects/businesses in downtown Vancouver April 1st – Have Green boxes produced – Facebook Marketing Project – Plan fundraiser May – Aug 1st Hold fundraiser Create small business plan October DONE! What will the completion/start of a new chapter look like?  PROJECT COMPLETE: This will happen and this will happen and I will do this etc… (I’m hoping it may just be the beginning of something amazing for you that you will continue to carry on). Be as creative as you like in how this proposal looks, if the above doesn’t work with your vision.  So long as it is clear, concise, creative and has substance. Have me hooked and I will gladly have you with me on the mat.

FOR THOSE WHO DO AN AMAZING JOB but aren’t granted full scholarship, I will support your idea and deduct $500 from your tuition fee.  Again, it has to be big, in detail and fully committed on your part in order to receive my support.

DEADLINES FOR APPLICATIONS: TBA – Please submit the below to me by email:

Email entitled: Passion Project Entry & Your Name – no later then midnight of the above dates.  No late entries will be accepted.  I will email/call you in person if you are the recipient of the scholarship.

Good luck, peace and much love to you, Julia

Andrea Helleman, 2012 Recipient

See her project here:

2014 Recipient, Zachariah McHugh

Zachariah Mchugh