Welcome Packet - Tennessee

200 hr Yoga Teacher Training!


Operations Contact Information:

Kula Collective
Operations Director: Johana Stark
Website: www.thekulacollective.com
Email: info@thekulacollective.com

200hr YTT Required Books & Readings:

  • (200hr) The Wisdom of Yoga by Stephen Cope -This is required pre-reading, you do not need to bring it with you although it is also a useful reference for the course content, but please read it before the program begins.

  • (200hr) Yoga Sutras - any translation is fine, we recommend the commentary by Chip Hartranft or Nischala Joy Devi. Please bring a copy with you to the course.

  • (200hr) Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff (second edition). The first five chapters are required pre-reading for the course. You can either leave it at home after that or bring it with you for reference during the course.

  • Course Books: Yoga Teacher Training Manual: The Kula Collective Manuals are included in the price of tuition and we will have it for you at the start of the course.

200hr Homework & Certification Requirements:

We reserve the right to certify only students who pass the practicum for safe teaching, and demonstrate an ability to facilitate and communicate effectively with a group in a class setting. In the case that you do not receive the certificate directly, we offer a coaching program to help students achieve certification. More details on our Homework & Certification Requirements page. 


We will assign various reading assignments from the manual throughout the course.

You will also be asked to answer some questions for reflection at the end of each of the three cycles, ideally the first session on the last day of each cycle. This helps you and the facilitators know whether you are spending enough time reviewing the concepts learned in the course, or whether you need to increase the intensity of your study and class participation.


During each day’s Art of Teaching class time, trainees will be gradually introduced to teaching by teaching their peers each pose or mini sequence in the class. This will progress towards ‘Group Teaching’ in the Review time each day - teaching one pose or mini sequence to the whole class, to help you find your voice and prepare you for the two practicums.

We will have two individual teaching practicums of 75-90 minute classes:

  1. The Kula Basic Flow will be taught to a peer.

  2. Your Unique Creative Sequence you will develop will be taught to a peer.

Dietary Restrictions:

Please let us know us know if you have any dietary restrictions and we will do best to accommodate.


If you don’t already have a regular practice, please take some time prior to the beginning of the training to start practicing yoga and meditation 3-5 times per week if possible.  This will help your body and mind more quickly adapt to the schedule once we begin the course. Please review the Kula Basic Flow.

Stay Healthy:

We recommend you begin the process of preparing your body by eating fresh foods that are organic and alkaline-forming such as fruits and vegetables that are high in nutrients.  You may also want to begin limiting your consumption of meat, dairy products, salt, sugar, alcohol and caffeine in the months leading up to the training. Drink water as often as possible and begin to listen to and notice any changes in your body’s responses to this purification process.  As we are cleansing the body from the inside out, you may also want to consider the effects of cleansing from the outside-in. This is a perfect opportunity to look at the products you are using on your skin, hair and scalp to determine the safety or toxicity of them.

A helpful website you can consult for products (such as sunscreen or bug spray) that you may be packing for this trip, is http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/.  The cleansing and fasting is not a required part of this training.  It is only offered as an additional way in which you can create more space for more light in your life and in your practice.  If you are taking medication or have any personal or physical conditions that may be a contraindication to cleansing, please let us know.

Packing List:

Please refer to the Location section of the Kula Website to know what to bring specifically to your particular location.

  1. A neti pot and a tongue scraper are encouraged to be used as a part of the course curriculum. You can purchase both of these on your own at any health food store or on Amazon.  

  2. We encourage daily journaling before, during and after the training. Please bring a journal, as well as any creative tools that enable you to express yourself such as musical instruments, painting/drawing materials, etc.

  3. Please bring with you any sacred objects you work with such as crystals, tarot cards, mala, stones etc.

Health Questionnaire and Liability Form

This form must be filled out prior to the course.

Please join the Kula Community Page:

This group is for all Kula alumni of all programs. This is a good place to share thoughts and ideas, questions and revelations, poetry, art, music... or if you're on the road and looking for a place to stay, your Kula has got your back, just ask.

Venue Contact Info:

Training Location: Seven Springs

Website: http://www.sevenspringsretreats.com/

Email: info@sevenspringsretreats.com


Water: We will provide fresh and clean drinking water during our time together.   

Laundry: Laundry can be done at a small additional fee.

Internet: There is limited internet access at Seven Springs. We highly encourage you to disconnect to reconnect! Please be prepared to only check your email/networks on occasion.

Arrival Instructions:

Please plan to arrive at Seven Springs no later than 1pm on the first day of your training. You can contact Jessi at jessi@thekulacollective.com to book an extra night(s) before or after the course. We will complete our course together after breakfast on the last day of the course. Please be sure you arrange your flight to fly out the the late afternoon on the last day so you don't have to leave us early! 

Travel Instructions:


Enter into your GPS or Google Maps: 120 Sweet Hollow Way, Maryville, TN 37803

BE ALERT! Our address isn’t recognized by some systems, and others might send you to another location or to our inaccessible back entrance.

We recommend coming in via Montvale Road, State Route 336. From Maryville, travel 6.5 miles south on Montvale Road, turn left on Old Piney Road (there is a ProSign shop on your right). Travel 1.1 mile and take your second left onto Galyon Rd. Travel 4/10 of a mile and you will see a large blue mailbox with 120 Sweet Hollow Way sign on top (this is next to 1344 Galyon Rd address and mailbox). Turn left immediately after the blue mailbox onto our gravel driveway and follow the signs to Seven Springs parking. You may drive to your yurt or camping space to unload, and you will then return to park your vehicle in our parking area.

If you get lost, please call +1 (865) 268-3913 or +1 (717) 441-6761. Verizon Wireless has the best service in this area.


The nearest airport is the Knoxville International Airport, TYS. The airport is located only about 25 minutes from Seven Springs. You may also look into flying into the Atlanta International Airport and taking the bus or renting a car to drive to Seven Springs. The Atlanta airport is about a four hour drive. Nashville offers additional airlines and the airport is about a three hour drive (and in central time zone). 

What to Bring: 

  • Lightweight loose clothing (long sleeves and pants recommended for bugs), one white outfit
  • Yoga mat (There are yoga mats for your use at Seven Springs. You may bring your own if you wish.)
  • Head lamp
  • Natural bug repellent and natural sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Hiking shoes
  • Flip flops/sandals
  • Bathing suit
  • Water bottle
  • Biodegradable body products
  • Required texts (above)
  • Notebook/journal
  • Writing materials
  • Tongue scraper
  • Your passport and passport copy (if international)
  • Please also bring a journal and any creative tools that enable you to express yourself such as musical instruments, painting/drawing materials, etc.. 
  • We have a few more recommendations to consider bringing with you for your stay. 


  • Probiotics
  • Arnica
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Apple Cider Vinegar

Activated Charcoal and Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE). Both are easiest to bring and take in capsule form. Please note these are medicines and should only be taken if you experience stomach issues.


The local currency is US Dollar (USD).

1 USD = 0.78 CAN

0.78 USD = 1 AUD