About

Embodied Movement.

Circus. Yoga. Dance.

Barefoot Sanctuary is a non-judgmental, come-as-you-are, start-where-you-are kind of place. It’s not a studio or a gym. It’s a space – an experience – to come and relinquish your armor and welcome in the healing. It may come in the form of a yoga asana that lets the sweat pour out. Or it may come in the form of a few tears shed on the mat so that your day finishes just a bit less stressful. Whatever your healing is, Barefoot Sanctuary – is your sanctuary. Come and enjoy, learn – or release.

I came to Barefoot Sanctuary looking for the missing piece of my spiritual journey, I found it and so much more. The instructors truly care about you and your practice. They have created a safe place to learn, share and expand your body, mind and spirit.
Megan, Student

Barefoot Sanctuary delivers an eclectic and daring mix of circus skills and yoga asanas in programs for children, teens and adults, all over the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada. From the local circus summer camp to the restorative lakeside yoga retreat, Barefoot Sanctuary brings an infusion of nature and community to every program, workshop and retreat.

Barefoot Sanctuary is a place I feel open and stress-free.
– Stefanie

ALVIN TAM

CO-FOUNDER

Captivated by a vision to travel the world and meet new cultures, Alvin Tam discovered the National Circus School in Montreal at the age of 18 and trained intensively for 4 years. He ended up crossing the globe several times as an acrobatic performer, coach and actor working with many circus and theatrical companies, including the renowned Cirque du Soleil, in KA. He now speaks four languages, has traveled to 11 countries and performed in over 3000 shows. Alvin is also the author of “The Art of Impossible” and pioneer of Acrofit, an acrobatic system of movement designed to increase strength, precision, and flexibility. He now lives in Lumby, British Columbia.

JADA TAM

CO-FOUNDER

Jada was born and raised in New York. After two decades of world travel she followed an intuitive calling to awaken her inner healer through a multicultural blend of native ways. She has been leading a diverse union of embodied movement and yoga practices for over 18 years. An artist, herbalist and sacred dancer, Jada is a fire artist ~  as she finds the healing element fire a spirit ally to co-infuse all the work she creates. Her greatest strengths are in performing arts, creative direction, teaching, healing and inspiring community connectivity.

Jada has travelled the globe studying indigenous people, culture and expressive art forms, shamanic healing modalities and also the art of circus. She has performed in Las Vegas with various productions including specialty events with Cirque du Soleil.

Jada is a certified art educator with a degree through New York State and Queensland Australia. She is well versed and passionate in art and yoga therapies, anthroposophical study and holistic living, circus arts, sustainable wild crafting, plant spirit healing and the wild woman archetype. Jada is the author of “Relinquish the Armor, 14 Ways to Illuminate Your Inner Fire” and the illustration artist and co-creator of the Ancient Animal Wisdom, Oracle Deck. Jada is also the creative director and founder of Wolf Kin, a locally cultivated performance art troupe.  Jada lives off grid in Mabel Lake Valley, BC with her vibrant family whom all share a strong desire to foster creative and healthy community connections from the heart of the forest.

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