YEARS IN THE MAKING
Mat Collective has always been about bringing people together, and began that way as well. It started with our founder writing “free yoga” in chalk at the beach, going up to strangers, and asking if they wanted to join a class. The first day, we had one student (she’s still at every class all these years later!). Word spread, neighbours became friends, and organically the Collective grew. By its second summer, Mat Collective’s wholesome programming had catapulted into the largest of its kind in BC, and now, all of Canada.
With more than 10,000 people per summer joining our classes, Mat Collective has embraced its accidental role as a ‘quintessential Vancouver right of passage.’
,Rebecca Holgate and Selina Pechlaner.
Mat Collective has now been running outdoor yoga for 8 years. We have expanded across the whole city of Vancouver, with classes from Granville Island to the Vancouver Art Gallery. We are honoured to have consistently glowing reviews with 5 stars on every platform, and recognition for our work towards diversity, inclusion, and affordability in yoga. Mat Collective has been recognized locally and internationally as a Vancouver 'institution' for locals, recent immigrants, and tourists. It’s a great way to make friends and see what our beautiful city has to offer!
We are regularly featured in local media such as the Daily Hive or Vancouver Is Awesome, but can also be found internationally with feature stories on Indian state television, and a recent feature in Hong Kong Airlines in-flight magazine. We even made it onto the radar of Tastemade, Japan!
We now provide over 20 classes a week of public outdoor yoga and fitness classes, host sold out events, have a mat rental business, mat recycling program, and an eco-friendly yoga mat line. All of this is done with a conscious effort towards being socially and environmentally progressive, and our programs staying barrier-free. In 2021 we are launching a new era of female-run, "ethical by design" companies with our sister company Foreij. Foreij is the new home for mat rentals and locally manufactured, zero waste product development, and is a compliment to Mat Collective’s unique outdoor yoga experience.
A sunny class at Kits Beach. July 2018.
Selina, Helena, and Rebecca at Kits Beach. August 2018.