Once Upon A Time

IN THE JUNGLE IN A FAR OFF LAND, A COLLECTIVE VISION WAS FORMING

Our story starts in the northern jungle in Nicaragua with two starry-eyed world wanderers from Montreal talking about life, love, existence and everything in between.

These two wanderers spoke about how to become the authors of a life story worth being told; of leaving a mark on those around you, of doing only the things that make you thrive, of training the mind and the body to grow the soul. Their synergies quickly blossomed into a deeply rooted friendship and the Momentom philosophy was born. With the sound of waves crashing behind, dreams starting meshing with reality, and they knew we’d stumbled on a lifelong adventure. In 2016, the duo became a trio with the manifestation of an Australian yogi, circus artist, designer and seed planter to complete founding family.

This trio co-founded Momentom with a mission to make yoga and circus arts more accessible in schools and on the humanitarian field. Establishing their activities in Nicaragua and in Montreal, Momentom is a collective – a cooperative enterprise free from hierarchial structure, promoting decision-making based on consensus. This prioritizes transparency and collective mindset.

Momentom Collective is an initiative created to combine the benefits of “OM” Moments – moments of self-reflection and stillness – with “MomentUM” – moments that propel us out of our comfort zones. We find this balance by merging circus and yoga.  It is within this equilibrium of stillness and movement, introspection and exhilaration, silence and communication, that we believe we become the fullest expression of ourselves. We have developed our ideas into a teaching methodology to make our practice accessible.

Today, Momentom Collective instructors teach in schools and community centers throughout Nicaragua and Montreal and continue to expand in Universities. Our social responsibility program delves in community centers and the humanitarian field, including refugee camps providing opportunities for yoga and circus artists to gain experience on the field. To raise awareness of the benefits of circus and yoga, the team that now consists of over 15 collective members provide conscious circus performances in partnership with international organizations such as Performers without Borders and the Red Cross across Nicaragua. We conduct research on the cognitive and psychosocial skills that are developed through our arts with the mission of legitimizing circus and yoga as viable sports in development contexts: sports that can help with social reintegration and life skills.

OUR VALUES

THE PRINCIPLES THAT HELP US THRIVE

ACTION

Be the change you want to see in the world. We see the inequality, divide and disconnection left in the trace of our capitalist system. We also see the infinite benefits of play, introspection and self-expression that arise from practicing yoga and circus arts. We give back by entering the humanitarian field, refugee camps, war torn countries, schools ect.


AUTHENTICITY

“Today you are you. That is truer than true. There is no one alive who is you-er than you.” – Dr Seuss.

We aspire to act with the best intentions without exception. To be true to what makes us thrive as people.


CREATIVITY

We believe the movement is inherently creative. We believe in the power of original choreography and original thinking, and work to support out of the box thinking.


COMPASSION

We act with the idea to do onto others what we’d like to have done to us.


COOPERATION + PARTICIPATION

Our collective is committed to a participatory ethic. We believe that we are stronger toghether. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. Our business model is based on consensus and open cooperation practices. We strive to produce, promote and protect space that support such interaction through our classes and performances.

 

COMMUNITY BUILDING

We believe the circus and yoga have powerful abilities to bring people together, whether through play or shared space for meditation. We believe the circus itself is multi-faceted: a form of art, a social instrument, a vehicle self-empowerment. All comprise part of the community, and all are valued.

 

EXPERIENCE

“Today is the tomorrow that you worried about yesterday”- Dale Carnegie.

We drop into the now and strive to be present. Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture.. We understand that no idea or intellectual understanding can substitute the experience.


INCLUSION

No prerequisites exist for participation in the momentom community. We strive for horizontality in our relationships. We welcome everyone and are constantly driven by enhancing our artistic knowledge.


LEAVING NO TRACE

Leave more than what you take. We are committed to cleaning up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.


SELF-EXPRESSION

While yoga is the dissolution of the self, circus is the exploration of all your selves. Yoga allows you to discover the power of awareness. Circus provides infinite possibilities of self-expression through non-traditional, communication and expression. In this spirit, the collective promotes all self-expression- from the inside out.


PLAYFULNESS

Don’t take anything too seriously- everything is non-permanent. Circus is seriously playful and playfully serious.