500 HOUR YOGA TEACHER TRAINING AT YOGA FARM
“Because masterful teachers are forever students”
Our 500 hour level yoga teacher training is an incredible opportunity for you, yoga teachers, to become a student again, advance your teaching skills, develop in-demand professional skills, and deepen in your inner work.
You’ll refresh and rediscover your love for teaching methodology, philosophy, anatomy, assisting, special populations, advanced poses, and new styles of yoga.
While you are continuing to learn for yourself, you will also gain instantly useful, marketable skills in key areas of focus you choose, from our curriculum of weekend (Saturday-Monday) modules.
You are equally welcome to select one or more of the modules as CEU credits towards your ongoing education.
This is a continually revolving program - you can begin your 500 hour YTT with us at any time, starting with any module, and you’ll be able to take all the modules at your own pace. Each module will come around at least once per year, and new modules will be added from time to time.
WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THE YOGA FARM PROGRAM?
Come back into a caring environment with a faculty of highly experienced teachers of teachers to help you refine and improve your professional skills.
Yoga is so much more than asana!
Yoga is also walking in the woods, chanting, intentional movement, breathwork, meditation, connection and healing.
Yoga is transformation, yoga is reconnection to Source.
Our program will give you the space and support to deepen your own practice, your connection to nature, to the Divine, to others and to your own clear, authentic wish to be useful.
Our beautiful, natural setting, the forests and waterfalls, the conversations and personal explorations are an integral part of our curriculum.
Every weekend results in you learning specific, vital, professional skills you can teach as a whole class or as a complement to your existing classes and workshops.
WHO IS THIS FOR?
Our modular advanced curriculum provides you with useable, meaningful, actionable education to help you serve your students now.
Modules are open to graduates of any 200 Hour teacher training or the equivalent training/experience from any school of yoga. If you are currently enrolled in a yoga teacher training you are also eligible to take our modules.
This masterful teacher training it is intended to be completed over the course of 1-3 years in order to give you the opportunity to learn at your own pace, assimilate the knowledge, practice what you’ve learned in the field, and return to gain greater insights and practical knowledge as you complete additional modules.
Every module of our program continues your own human development. Your own healing and learning didn’t stop when you completed your 200 hour. Pause, regroup, and reignite the passion and purpose that called you into this field.
What is the schedule? (read about all the modules here)
July 13, 14: “Power of Awareness” - a Radiant Living Retreat - (Yoga Of Knowledge & Awareness Module A)
The first step in awareness is to understand your mind. This module brings together inquiry and awareness practices in a very practical way, that give you tools to know you. You will complete this weekend having discovered and reconnected with the nature of your fullest capacity and potential. You will discover the roots of your inhibitions and habitual patterns, and how to embody your personal Key and learn to live a Luminous, Radiant life. Instead of a 3rd day for practicum, YTT students receive a one-on-one coaching session to help you step into clarity and awareness in the fullness of practice.
Aug 17, 18, 19: Kundalini Yoga Immersion - (Yoga Of Devotion & Love Module A)
In this module you will have the pleasure of experiencing and learning to guide people into the practice of Kundalini yoga. You’ll immerse in ‘bhakti’ the path of devotion, including using your voice in chanting, practicing kriyas to clear your mind, and exploring both guided and intuitive movements that will uplift your life.
Sept 28, 29, 30: Teaching Advanced Yoga Immersion - (Yoga Of Body, Breath & Meditation Module A)
You will learn to practice and teach masterful asana. We’ll break down and study advanced poses including inversions, deep backbends, challenging arm balances and more. Hands on practice with adjustments and assists will support your teaching incredible group classes and will bring you the skills to teach healing and transformative 1-on-1 sessions.
Oct 26, 27, 28: Yoga and Mindfulness in Schools - (Yoga Of Service & Action Module B)
This module is geared to yoga teachers who want to use their gifts as a teacher as service and outreach in different settings. It will prepare you to teach in schools, shelters, hospitals, refugee service centers, human service settings, prisons, jails and detention facilities. You’ll immerse in understanding of your own needs for self-care, and how to prepare and maintain yourself for a lifetime of joyful service through group exercises and restorative yoga.
Dec 7, 8, 9: Awareness, Coaching, Curriculum - (Yoga Of Knowledge & Wisdom Module B)
This module is an essential component for your own continued development as an individual, as you cultivate self-awareness of beliefs, attachments and the cultural programming that is influencing your words and behaviors. From this awareness, we will teach you coaching basics - how to help your students connect to their own inner teacher and move beyond advice-giving. Weaving coaching skills into your interactions with your students will create even more connection and potential for transformation for them. On the business side, we will go over how to create a yoga course, from curriculum development to marketing and promotion. Learning to move beyond the drop-in yoga class mentality will open you to connection, financial success and long-term relationships with those you are called to serve.
Feb 1, 2, 3: Kirtan and Sacred Song - (Yoga Of Devotion & Love Module B)
You’ll discover why Kirtan, chanting sacred songs, is a potent access for so many to the Direct Experience of Grace and Divinity. Learn a little Sanskrit and the origins of many popular songs, chants and bhajans from many traditions, including songs in English!
Mar 7, 8, 9: Yin Yoga, Meditation and Pranayama - (Yoga Of Body, Breath and Meditation Module B)
Raja yoga is the yoga of meditation, in this module, we take the ‘work’ inward, studying yin yoga, meditation and breathing practices to heal and rejuvenate body and mind. You’ll immerse in your inner world, your connection to Divinity, and learn to guide others through the labyrinth of their own lives and bodies.
April 25, 26, 27: Trauma informed Yoga and Mindfulness - (Yoga Of Service & Action Module A)
Drawing from neuroscience, developmental psychology, and interpersonal neurobiology, this view of trauma considers body-based therapeutic methods, such as trauma-informed yoga, to be at least equal in importance to more traditional therapies, like talk therapy. You will immerse in understanding the nature of traumas that many experience, and how you can be a healing presence and skillfully guide movement and meditation practices that serve the widest possible populations.
… Modules will continue, 8-10 each year, repeating and evolving so you can take them at your own pace
Each module can be taken individually in a shortened format as Continuing Education (CEU). This variation is only Saturday and Sunday, and has a lower tuition. The CEU variation is for learning more about that aspect of yoga, and has no practicum or teaching project.
SCHEDULE FOR BOTH CEU AND YTT:
Tuesdays before each weekend: 7pm - 9pm (online on zoom, recording will be available)
Saturdays: 8:30am - 5:30pm (+ 1-2 hours of homework in the evening)
Sundays: 9am - 6pm (+ 1-2 hours of practicum preparation in the evening if you are in the YTT)
ADDITIONAL FOR THOSE REGISTERED IN OUR 500 Hour YTT:
Mondays: 8:30am - 2:30pm (additional practice and practicum)
Special project, reading, research, or practice teaching in your community (on your own schedule in the month that follows)
Q&A about the topics and projects support on the private Facebook group
Unlimited private email support continue to learn and practice teach
A vegan, GF lunch each weekend day as well as snacks and tea throughout the day are all included
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Our modular 500 hour training program builds on your 200 hour yoga teacher training (from any school) with additional 37.5 hour modules, to bring you to a full, certified, 500 hour yoga teacher after 8 modules in 1-3 years of practice and study.
Each module has unique, actionable, relevant teachings from one of the ‘4 paths of yoga’, while including advanced practice, community, shared meals, business tools, practice teaching, and a Heart-filled renewal of your own love of yoga and humanity in every single weekend.
Each module can be taken as part of your 500 Hour Certification Program or, in a shortened version independently as a CEU weekend to supplement your knowledge base and experience something new.
Each module includes a full weekend training at Yoga Farm, as well as a zoom call in an evening the week prior (replay available for registered students)
YTT students additionally have a 3rd day (Monday) for additional practice teaching, a final practicum. You will also design your own follow up project and join a wrap up zoom call about 2 weeks after the weekend, to complete your full 37.5 hours of training and receive a certificate for this module.
Those who are not in the YTT, and are taking this for 20 CEU credits only, will only stay for Saturday and Sunday and will not practice teaching or receive a teaching certificate.
Best of all, you can start any time! The modules revolve, so that you can begin when you are ready and complete your 8 modules as quickly or slowly as you’d like.
WHAT HAPPENS ON EACH WEEKEND?
Every weekend module incorporates inspiration, practices and techniques from one of the paths of yoga to expand and explore the core topics.
Each weekend includes specific, marketable practices that you will learn to teach, and receive a certificate for, after completing your practicum on Monday when the 3-day weekend ends.
Each weekend has both an immersion into a powerful aspect of yoga as well as learning to teach new styles, practice, or process of yoga
You will deepen in mindfulness and awareness practices, so you can be with you, in Truth.
Every weekend module gives you the opportunity to expand on your strengths and skillfully navigate around your challenges in your yoga teaching.
Each weekend also includes practical lessons on business as it relates to your service work, or career
All curriculum and topics are subject to change
I’m out of town - is there housing available?
Our retreat center with cabins and dorms is in the planning phase. In the interim, we have 2 private bedrooms with a shared bathroom available for the training weekends. There are other local airbnb’s available that are very affordable - don’t let the travel sway you if you feel a pull to our program.
We have two private rooms in the upstairs of the farmhouse. These are comfortable, warm, quiet rooms.
If you are traveling in for this yoga teacher training, you are eligible for a room - first priority goes for those in the YTT 500, then if available for those taking the CEU.
If available, a private room for 3 nights is an additional $225 per weekend.
Please register ASAP if you’d like this option as there are only 2 rooms available.