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200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Australia

Take your first steps towards enlightenment in the peace capital of Australia, Byron Bay.

Barefoot Yoga School offers a holistic and grounding experience at their retreat training, in Byron Bay. Opposite the famous General Store Cafe & nearby all the beaches, shops & restaurants.

Through having a small group training, your lead teachers, Adam and Jess are able to tailor the program and mentor their students throughout the program and beyond. Just read the reviews in the gallery to see what others have said before.

No matter whether you want to teach, or just deepen your self-practice - due to the family-like connections in the group, everyone can blossom & gain the most out of their immersive training.

Not only will you be taught by experienced teachers specializing in their fields but you will be fed the best local organic gourmet food, prepared by our private chef, Angie.

Barefoot Yoga is a truly family-orientated and owned Yoga School. Not only will you walk away as a skilled teacher and/or an intelligent student of Yoga, Philosophy, Human anatomy & physiology, Meditation, and more. But you will walk away with friendships for life & mentors to help you every step of the way. Your next steps may be a new career move, an interview, or setting up your own business. In our eyes, your success is our success.

Meet the instructors

Jessica & Adam
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Highlights

  • The only Central Byron YTTC that is an immersion!
  • Coffee shops, Beaches, Artisan & Farmer's Markets Shops literally meters away from your front door
  • Luxury accommodation and a place to call home for 21 days!
  • Inspiring and Technical workshops in Acro Yoga, Holistic Nutrition, Business & more
  • Daily 60-90 min Yin, Vinyasa, Meditation & breathwork
  • A world recognized 200-hour certificate to register with Yoga Alliance Australia & Internationalen Epic graduation ceremony with live music
  • Locally sourced organic produce prepared by a private chef
  • The opportunity to further your Education with Barefoot Yoga School & learn more about Chinese Medicine, Hatha Yoga, Energetic Anatomy + even a Diploma of Yoga.

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


20 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Greek
Group size: 8-8 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Shopping
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio
  • Conference room
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Medical assistance
  • Outdoor shower

Capturing the true Byron Bay lifestyle is the Yogi home. This is where 8 students will gather on-site to enjoy a place they can call home whilst immersing themselves in their studies.

The house has its own Yoga studio and Pool

There are 4 bathrooms, 5 bedrooms with various different bed arrangements.

Program

Becoming a yoga teacher is like gaining a ticket to freedom for life! Not just freedom to have a career and job which looks after you and can grow in a multitude of different directions, but also the freedom from the conditional mind; allowing you to see.

Barefoot Yoga has a Buddhist and Taoist philosophy. Their teachers practice these philosophies in their daily lives and are able to offer mentorship on how you too can live a yogic lifestyle. It's important to note that is not just about teaching, it's about living. When you teach Yoga, you are embodying the philosophy that you choose to practice by, translating what happens on the mat, back into your daily life and vice versa.

This Level 1 certification is just the beginning, you may like to take it further and complete studies in Chinese Medicine, energy healing, and advanced teaching with Barefoot Yoga. But for now, you will focus on taking the first step towards changing your life forever...

Are you destined to be a teacher?

This course is for those who wish to expand in self-development and teach yoga, as a school that prioritizes quality over quantity; Barefoot Yoga limits their numbers to 8 students. The Barefoot ethos is influenced by the Buddhist Eightfold path which can be likened to and will be studied alongside the Eight Limbs of Yoga. To do this, we must begin a deep healing process one of self-inquiry and honesty. One thing many people don't realize when they sign up to this immersion is the level of growth that will be undertaken, you will be challenged throughout the course, this is where the real practice of yoga begins - not in trying to touch your toes, but in self-mastery beyond flexibility and strength.

If you are someone looking for a course that prioritizes peak postures over tradition and a well-rounded practice, then you are recommended to go to a different school. Barefoot Yoga is not about the mainstream hybridized yoga. Their lead trainers question everything and have endeavoured to dig up the best science and spiritual meanings behind their yoga practices to help bridge the gap between Eastern and Western beliefs. Their lead trainers, Adam and Jess have completed all of their own yoga trainings in India and are passionate about translating these teachings to more students throughout western society in the most authentic, yet scientific way. They are also qualified across a broad range of fields but mainly study neuroscience, anatomy, psychophysiology, and Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture.

This course revolves around creating a family - therefore they appreciate and practice, mindful eating, family time, movie nights, storytime, non-awkward silences, and deep and meaningful connections and conversations. Barefoot Yoga is a small family-owned school and they can't wait to welcome you into their home!

Structure

  • 20 hours online component

This aspect of the course is designed to help introduce you and your fellow students to the foundations of philosophy, history, asana practice, and Yin + Vinyasa yoga. This is a great way to get warmed up and prepared for the immersive training.

  • 180 hour in-person in Byron Bay

This part of the course is in person, with all 21 days accommodation, organic breakfast and dinners, tuition, course materials, extra-curriculum workshops, and activities included.

Daily schedule

Monday - Saturday

  • 06:00 - 08:00 Vinyasa Flow
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Teaching methodology and peer teaching
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Anatomy or philosophy
  • 12:00 - 13:45 Lunch
  • 13:45 - 16:00 Asana practice
  • 16:00 - 16:30 Snack
  • 16:30 - 17:30 Yin theory
  • 17:30 - 19:30 Yin practical
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Dinner/ movie on Wednesdays!

Friday - Your full day off! There are free surfboards and bicycles with a list of activities for you to do! Food on your day off is up to you.

Your itinerary will change slightly as the weeks go on and will include the following workshops:

  • Inversion and handstands
  • Sound healing
  • Nutrition
  • Acro yoga

Instructors

Jessica Martin-Jones

Adam Kaoullas

Retreat location

The house is situated on Seaview Street in Byron Bay, opposite the famous Byron Bay General store.

A short stroll from all the local beaches including Tallow beach, Wategos, The Pass, Main beach & The lighthouse walk

Amenities nearby:

  • Woolworths, Bay Grocer, and more

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Holistic health and nutrition are what they are equally as passionate about, therefore they will be delivering nothing but the best seasonal organic foods, there won't be any processed food available, (including vegan alternative meats and butter, etc.). Their food choices are based on a holistic approach, designed to encompass the seasons, circadian rhythms, and local produce. This plan is upheld by Jess, who is also a nutritional therapist and lovingly prepared by their wonderful organic gourmet chef from GG's Organic Wellness, Angela.

Barefoot Yoga doesn't believe in extreme dieting - therefore, they only cater for allergies and intolerances only. Whole food vegan and vegetarian organic food with occasional fish on sushi nights. Get ready to be totally inspired and amazed by how delicious the food is! You will find the lunchtimes a fantastic opportunity to prepare your own food or enjoy some time out of the house. This is also done to make sure you can balance your diet where you feel necessary and enjoy the local eateries and cafes to create a more full experience whilst living in Byron.

Example meals

Breakfast:

  • Healing Apple, rhubarb, and pear strudel with seasonal spices and coconut
  • Green brekkie bowls with seasonal leafy greens with egg, avocado, and feta
  • GF homemade green bread made with almond meal and spinach served with breakfast salad and eggs

Dinner:

  • Starter: pea and smoked paprika soup
  • Main: Portobello mushrooms stuffed with ricotta, roasted fennel, and leeks, served on a bed of zucchini and carrot noodles, tossed in a homemade sweet peanut/sesame dressing with tatsoi and purple sweet mash potato on the side.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Lactose Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

This is a great time to channel your inner yogi, explore the Hinterland or watch the whales pass through on their migration. You may want to consider some of the following fabulous experiences on your day off such as massages, yoga on the beach, private surf lessons, and a private driver for connections to and from the airport or trips around Byron Shire.

Activities at an extra cost

  • Explore the famous lighthouse, shops, cafes, beach, surfing, restaurants of Byron Bay
  • Surfing, walking, hiking, meditation, beach yoga
  • Day trips to Crystal Castle and Nimbin
  • Waterfalls or hikes to Minyon Falls, Protestors Falls, Whian Whian Reserve and Falls, Killen Falls, and more!
  • You can also rent a car or organize a group at your own expense for your day off!

What's included

  • 20 nights accommodation in a luxury beach house in Byron Bay
  • All organic, gourmet style breakfast, dinners and snacks
  • All tuition, including a 20-hour online introductory module
  • All course materials on arrival ( some recommended books at your own cost)
  • All extra-curriculum actives and workshops such as Acro Yoga, Nutrition workshop, Business of Yoga workshop, tarot card readings, moon rituals and ceremonies, movie nights, homemade sushi and pizza nights
  • Certification on completion with Yoga Alliance Australia and International
  • Celebratory ceremony with feast and live music event
  • Photographs taken throughout the experience to use for your own social media, website and marketing materials

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Insurance
  • Lunch
  • Meals on the day off (1 day per week)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Ballina Byron Gateway Airport (BNK) or Gold Coast Airport (OOL). From there, take a taxi, Uber or hire a car from the airports. Ballina is the nearest airport and only 28 minutes' drive to the house while Gold Coast is 50 minutes' drive to the house. If you are driving up yourself, please just let Barefoot Yoga know so that they can organize a spot for you to park. Street parking is available.

Gold coast usually has cheaper offers, however, the transfer from Ballina to the house will also save you a lot of money. Check both! Ballina is also a very small airport, making it really easy to exit quickly and navigate around.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 8 participants

Saturday September 17, 2022
(21 days / 20 nights)

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