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100/300 HR Yoga Teacher Training: Empower Module

February 2 - 12, 2020

~ Refine your offering as a teacher at Lake Atitlan ~

Location: The Yoga Forest
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Early Bird: $100 off tuition!

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On the top of a mountain overlooking the magical waters of Lake Atitlan lies time and space for connection. Our module-based 300hr yoga teacher training program allows you to advance your teachings when it suits you, and empowering you as a teacher in this module.

This tropical intensive is designed to give you a wide range of tangible tools that can be incorporated into your teaching right away.  Alongside advanced yogic wisdom, you will receive the opportunity to dive deep into your personal practice of meditation, pranayama and bhakti as well as creative, holistic asana. As summer is in full bloom in the mountains, lake, and forests, it is a perfect time to deepen your knowledge and reveal the wisdom to follow your passion and your purpose. 

In addition to the core curriculum of yoga philosophy, energetic principles, and yoga asana (alignment, anatomy, and teaching), we will explore spiritual traditions from the South American Andean Quechua, Central American Mayan, and North American Cherokee and Lakota traditions. To connect with the land surrounding The Yoga Forest, we will collaborate with local healers from the Mayan traditions for offerings that include a traditional sweat lodge ceremony. The sacred stillness of this ancient mountain range is a deeply nurturing place to become aware of the divine reflection within yourself. 

In the process of co-creating and expertly facilitating the group space, we support open sharing of passions and tools and encourage participants to grow into their role as facilitators and space holders. Drawing on the natural serenity of this idyllic valley, cleansed by the seven sacred springs of the property, and nourished by the abundance that surrounds, this training offers a space for deep and purposeful growth. With such creative freedom, our 300hr graduates leave with a strong momentum to incorporate advanced yogic principles in all aspects of daily life, feeling deeply inspired and clear in how to share their essence and live their dharma.

Highlights of the Explore Module 300-hr Yoga Teacher Training...

  • Focus on the expansion of your own sacred consciousness as you dive deep into Shamanic Healing, Holistic Cleansing and Ancient Wisdom.

  • Co-create holistic classes from a variety of lineages, artistically woven together with themes, intentions, and therapeutically based sequencing, encouraging advanced levels of awareness throughout the program.

  • Uncover your heart’s true voice through ancient and modern practices of Bhakti (the Yoga of devotion) with ceremonies of sacred song, Kirtan, Bhajan and Mantra practice.

  • Refresh your understanding of consciousness and meditation in the lessons of Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep)

  • Discover the science and philosophy of Nada Yoga —the Yoga of inner and outer Sound, learning how to integrate your unique creative expression into your classes using sound, mantra and mystical poetry.

  • Hold ceremony in an awe-inspiring and ancient cave-like fire circle, a space kept sacred and used for this purpose for many ages

  • Explore the beautiful forest gardens, waterfalls and natural abundance

  • Experience the powerful heart-medicine, cacao, in its home land.

  • Live in sustainably built eco-cabins and experience conscious off-the-grid living in a Permaculture Food Forest, with delicious vegetarian meals and fresh teas sourced from our own organic gardens and local producers

  • Help local charitable organizations with their work in our Kula Karma program

  • Swim, SUP or kayak in the beautiful Lake Atitlan

  • Shop for beautiful textiles and handicrafts in local indigenous villages

  • Professional Massage & Wellness Counseling and various therapies available

 

About the Kula's Modular program...

The Kula Collective 300-hour Module-Based YTT (yoga teacher training) program is a fusion of the ancient and mystical traditions of Yoga, Shamanism and the healing arts, offered in shorter, retreat-style intensive courses that you are free to style in your own way. 

These practices, designed to grant us access to the infinite wisdom we carry within ourselves, are smoothly blended together to form an offering rooted in the principal of yoga as union, a channel for connection to the divine. 

This training is designed to advance the teaching and personal practice of 200hr graduates, although some elective modules may also be available for those who wish to deepen their study without the foundational course in teaching. All of our 300hr programs offer a deeper exploration of yoga as a therapeutic healing practice. Our modules are grounded into the very foundation of yoga: the exploration of personal practice, yogic philosophy and meditation practices. These are complemented with a focus on holistic health, through shamanic healing, ayurveda and self-inquiry.

In addition to meeting the Yoga Alliance standards for teaching methodology, anatomy, yogic theory and special education, all of Kula Collective's 300hr programs focus on the expansion of our own sacred consciousness, so that we can fully embody our practice and radiate the teachings in our own presence. 

Throughout the modules we engage in self-inquiry to clear space for the true teacher within to shine, sharing prayer, ceremony and Bhakti Yoga, as well as Karma Yoga - selfless service to gracefully and mindfully help the whole. By releasing the stories and holdings that no longer serve us, we create more space to see our gifts, our passions and the essence of who we are as teachers and beings on this path.

 

How the Module System Works…

All students on our module-based 300hr program complete the following, in no particular order:

Explore - Empower - Expand


Explore: 100hr Module
(required) 

  • Daily creative asana, mantra, pranayama, conscious movement, and meditation practices

  • Advanced yogic philosophy: Yoga Sutras in Depth and Yoga History

  • Theory and practice of Meditation

  • Pranayama, Foundations and Practices

  • Chakras in Depth

  • Ayurveda: Theory and personal practice

  • A Therapeutic Approach to Yoga, including holistic yoga sequencing, yoga anatomy, advanced alignment and assists

  • Yin and/or restorative asana

  • Personal and co-creation based Practicums and professional feedback

  • Shamanism and sacred ceremony

  • Guidance in personal development, self-inquiry and clarification of unique steps towards living your dharma


Empower: 100hr Module
(required)

  • Daily creative asana, mantra, pranayama, conscious movement, and meditation practices

  • Advanced yogic philosophy: Bhagavad Gita, Tantra and Radiance Sutras, Upanishads and more

  • Energetic anatomy, mantra/bhakti, dance, somatics, martial arts, reiki, shamanism/ceremony, nidra, breathwork, thai massage, Chakras & Ayurveda

  • Shamanism and sacred ceremony

  • A Therapeutic Approach to Yoga, including holistic yoga sequencing, yoga anatomy, advanced alignment and assists, following the model of the Koshas to unite the mental, emotional and spiritual with the physical aspects of a holistic practice and its therapeutic benefits

  • Yin and/or restorative

  • Personal and co-creation based Practicums and professional feedback, including the creation of a unique therapeutic sequence following a certain scenario

  • Guidance in personal development, self-inquiry and clarification of unique steps towards living your dharma 


Expand: 25 - 100hr Electives

(participant’s choice)

Choose from any of Kula Collective’s diverse selection of YACEP approved programs!

 

What you’ll love about The Yoga Forest…

The Yoga Forest was founded as a sustainable living experiment, through a desire for living simply, greenly and in communion with everything surrounding us.

In yoga practice, we clear the body and mind making space for wisdom and deeper understanding to flow freely and openly. In making space, we allow ourselves to experience our fullness and connection to everything around us. Yoga is therefore about cultivating flow through the body and mind and opening up to optimal experience - union.

Permaculture follows the same principles. In Permaculture, we are essentially making space for the wisdom of the entire system to fully flow, to become a more open and thriving container for life. Permaculture teaches us to observe the natural environment and work with rather than against the natural order of flow. Thus, in Permaculture we are also cultivating union. Through the Yoga of Permaculture, we are facilitating the experience of Yoga as deep ecology – by allowing the ecosystem, and ourselves within that system, to demonstrate their own evolution.

Immerse yourself in an eco-friendly conscious community for a month of transformation. Enjoy the perfect sub-tropical climate in the western highlands of Guatemala, with stunning views through the Yoga Forest taking in Lake Atitlan and its magnificent volcanoes. Let your body and mind come into a tranquil balance among mystical scenery and powerful energies.

Check out testimonials of The Yoga Forest on TripAdvisor
 

Meet your Facilitators…

Zachary Towne-Smith

Zach (RYT200Hr) is a passionate connector. His innate creativity, flexible perspective and quick smile make him a natural leader, inspiring participation and thoughtful consensus in the wide array of groups he works with. he has dedicated his life to the study and development of intercultural relations and the facilitation of innovative solutions for sustainable well-being. 

His Cum Laude B.A. from Harvard College led him to explore issues of privilege and work for justice from his hometown of Philadelphia to the Guatemala City garbage dump. This work has taken him throughout the Americas engaging diverse stakeholders in strategic planning through the development of creative and critical thinking in fields such as education, public health, business, creative industries, and entrepreneurship.

Jessi Luna

Jessi teaches a Vinyasa based practice to combine elements of dance and natural movement with traditional yogic sequencing. She incorporates attention to rhythm of the breath, and allows for organic movement to flow in each pose. She is grateful for the journey of yogic creativity and loves to share this movement of bliss with others along the way. 

Jessi, along with her husband Zach, are also in the process of creating a Holistic Retreat Center, Seven Springs, in her mountain home of East Tennessee. Seven Springs is a place of natural abundance and cultural diversity where people learn how to create holistic sustenance for themselves and their communities. The space seeks to provide an innovative and transformative space for local and global communities to experience high quality holistic education. Retreats offered vary from yoga, massage, natural medicines and foods, creativity, social innovation, team-building, eco-building and permaculture.

 
 

Typical Kula Day:

6:30 - 8:45 AM: Art of Practice

9 - 10 AM: Silent Breakfast

10 - 12 PM: Art of Living

12 - 2 PM: Lunch and Self Sadhana

2 - 4 PM: Art of Teaching

4 - 6 PM: Art of Healing

6 - 7 PM: Dinner

7 - 8:30 PM: Evening Gathering, Satsang or Ceremony (alternating days)

 

What you'll love about the Kula Collective 300 hr Module Training…

The Kula Collective 300-hour module training is a transformational journey to your highest self, to understand your true essence as a teacher, healer and a part of All That Is. This course is a deep-dive immersion that provides tools to deepen your practice and sharpen your spirit, cleansing away that which no longer serves and creating space to manifest that which does. This is a self-purification to connect with the deep, intuitive and creative part of yourself, inspiring you to step onto your mat as a teacher from your most aligned and luminous state of being.

The Kula Collective 300-hour module training provides a deep immersion into the practice of yoga - living, learning and embracing all aspects of a yogic lifestyle and deepening the connection to oneself and the earth through the wisdom of shamanic healing practices. These traditions, designed to grant us access to the infinite wisdom we carry within, are smoothly blended together to form a holistic offering rooted in the Indian philosophy of yoga.  

Kula Collective's 300hr YTT focuses on honing in on your essence as a teacher; following your greatest excitement towards the cultivation of your unique gifts. Through the expansion of your own sacred consciousness and the full embodiment of your practice we support you to radiate the teachings of yoga in your own powerful and distinct way.

Our classes are held in beautiful and inspiring spaces and led with open and informative guidance that encourages interaction and group participation. We spend the day communicating from the heart, discovering new parts of ourselves and the world, and expressing the Guru within.

Mornings start by going deep into advanced practice, with expert sequencing drawn from asana, pranayama, meditation, bhakti and worldwide spiritual, energetic and movement practices. Our days center around your own self-discovery, healing and spiritual advancement, through  comprehensive discussions on yogic philosophy, ancient wisdom and mystical teachings; complementary healing practices such as Ayurveda, energetic healing and shamanic healing and interactive workshops that refine and break down the techniques and artistry of holistic yoga teaching.

 Throughout our time together we engage in self-inquiry to clear space for the true teacher within. From the beginning we offer personalized attention to support you as you let go of past stories and draw out your wisdom and passions, helping you to identify your most aligned essence as a teacher and practitioner. Interspersed throughout the days and evenings, we create sacred space for sharing and celebrate our connection through Bhakti Yoga. We meditate as we breathe, bend, dance and laugh our way through our experience. We allow our practice to be a ceremony each time. We live this practice. And in doing so, we do not just share Yoga, We Embody Yoga. Every day is constructed with care and attention to offer a way of experiencing each one of the Four Arts as a part of the whole… the Art of Yoga.

We bow to the inner guru who knows what calls you, and give thanks to the wisdom that is yet to be revealed.

The Kula Collective 200-hour YTT provides you with concrete tools and clear strategies to live your life with passion and purpose. Perhaps you’re wondering if it’s really worth your time, money and effort to become Yoga Alliance certified as a 300-hour registered yoga teacher (RYT-500). We understand how you feel; this path is not an easy one, yet we observe over and over how the advanced training and powerful personalized offering that is the Kula Collective 300-hr program can not only take your teaching to the next level and reignite your offerings with passion and inspiration, but also bring transformational clarity to all areas of your life as you leap forward in your own personal spiritual journey.

Through the unique experience of uncovering and discovering our true nature, we empower our students to become inspired leaders in their communities and wherever they go in the world. Step away from the rush and come closer to your calling, through connecting to your deep inner rhythm and embracing the interconnectedness of all.

Conscious Exploration Through The Four Arts...

Our curriculum is split into four teaching tracks, woven through each of the three cycles.  The Four Arts recognize and develop our studies in yoga in a thoroughly holistic manner, stimulating our students to become inspired, knowledgeable and intuitive teachers, expressing and modelling all aspects of this ancient lifestyle practice.

Art of Practice: Asana, Pranayama and Meditation infused with related themes, creative sequencing and personal practice design


Art of Living: Meditation, Yoga Philosophy of sacred texts and personal exploration and transformational developmental work


Art of Teaching: Theory and Methodology, Pranayama, Adjustments, Alignment, Sequencing, Transitions, Workshopping and Asana Analysis, Anatomy and unique therapeutic focus on various areas of the body


Art of Healing: Sacred Ceremony, Therapeutic Yoga for mental health, Ayurveda, Chakras and Shamanism and other energetic and holistic healing practices

 
 

 Pricing

 
 

1. Tuition
$1295 USD

2. Room & BoarD

  • SHARED - $500 USD

  • PRIVATE - $750 USD

 

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Our intention in all we offer is to create a world wide conscious community of space holders and healers who go on to share their own version of this work with others. We honor our sacred sites and give back to the communities who host us. We celebrate with ceremony and music, honoring the teachers who have come before us, our ancestors, at the same time trusting in the power we all have to heal ourselves and be our own greatest Guru. We invite you to come and be a part of our greater mission and vision of global spiritual awakening... and help us spread the Kula spirit!

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