The Yoga Academy teacher training course is structured into four core residential intensives of 7 days and 6 nights each plus a final intensive with graduation of 3 days and 2 nights. The intensives are held at our charming country venue Bore Place near Sevenoaks and Oxted in Kent, which we hire exclusively for us with private catering, and at The Yoga Academy’s Mediterranean home base Santillán, a yoga retreat and training centre approximately 30 minutes east of Malaga in Spain.
We have scheduled this course to be as user-friendly as possible for students still in full-time employment or parenting, while maximising the effectiveness of intensive study. Each new intake will be entering a study and practice community that will exist long after the course has been completed, but in changed format, with your fellow trainees eventually becoming your colleagues.
The next course, TT17, begins in April 2018. Below is the schedule for the current course, ‘TT16’, so you get an idea of the timings of the residential intensives. The exact dates of TT17 will be announced shortly. You can register your interest in the training at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Dates TBC||Intensive Week 1, at Bore Place, Kent|
|Dates TBC||Intensive Week 2, at Santillán, Spain|
|Dates TBC||Intensive Week 3, at Bore Place, Kent|
|Dates TBC||Intensive Week 4, at Santillán, Spain|
|Dates TBC||Final intensive with graduation, at Bore Place, Kent|
Below is an example of how our study days are structured on the residential intensives.
|7.30 am – 10.00 am||Chant, sit, practice, pranayama|
|10.00 am – 11.00 am||Brunch|
|11.00 am– 1.00 pm||Class study session|
|1.00 pm – 1.30 pm||Break|
|1.30 pm – 3.30 pm||Class study session|
|3.30 pm – 5.00 pm||Break|
|5.00 pm – 7.30 pm||Class study session|
|7.30 pm – 8.30 pm||Dinner|
We observe silence on the residential intensives from 10.00 pm to the start of the morning class.
We also have small karma duties that involve everyone over the course of each residential intensive to make community living a comfortable, tidy, peaceful shared experience.
On each residential intensive, each student will have a private interview and discussion session with course principal Simon Low. These meetings will enable Simon to see how each student is progressing with their studies and students can voice any concerns and ask questions.
Students will also have meetings with course tutor Eija Tervonen, who sees students at each intensive in one-to-one sessions to help them develop their self-practice, unlearn limiting postural habits and musculo-skeletal holding patterns, and progress with their uniquely personal understanding, practical application and embodiment of the course teachings.
Our student mentor Belinda Edwards is present at each intensive helping to ensure that each Yoga Academy trainee teacher achieves their chosen outcomes from the course.