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Take advantage of an amazing opportunity to spend days with Birthlight founder, Françoise Freedman, for a combined retreat and 80-hour teacher training course in "Well Woman Yoga" offered in conjunction with the Yoga Academy. This is a specialty yoga post-graduate course for qualified yoga teachers where all aspects of women's health are covered except for pregnancy. Birthlight has a well-established reputation as a training provider in women's yoga. You will have an enjoyable balance of personal restoration and intensive training for over seven days and you will have customized teaching, meeting individual participants' needs in a warm style.
Accommodation options are in single and double ensuite rooms. Set in a secluded location, Santillán is an Andalusian paradise, ideally suited for the Well Woman yoga retreat course. It's located in the countryside, surrounded by the silence of the mountain and with wonderful sea views. A farm of 30,000 square meters, it is located in the peace of the Spanish countryside, and yet, is conveniently only 20 minutes from Málaga airport.
The family atmosphere, the delicacy of service, gardens, small corners, and interior spaces make it an ideal venue for yoga, retreats, or explore meditation, deepening silence, and stillness space.
Santillán staff have informed that they have used the lockdown time to develop the new and existing vegetable and tropical gardens, expanded their animal family, worked on improvements to the yoga studio and retreat facilities, and have added delicious new recipes and homemade conserves from the kitchen. The original studio and the pergola have also been renovated for offering additional indoor and outdoor yoga practice spaces.
This week-long training retreat is intensive to cover the hours and contents of four or the five modules of the Birthlight Well Woman Diploma course (80 contact hours). Yet it is also an opportunity to restore, go deeper into yoga practice and enjoy the beautiful surroundings, facilities, and pampering accommodation and food offered by the Santillan Center.
Santillan is the perfect environment for supporting Birthlight Well Woman Yoga and as in all of the courses, they wish to give course participants the best possible experience with high-quality standards and lasting inspiration. They have postponed this retreat course due to lockdown and they hope that the October 2021 dates will remain open.
The Santillan staff have kindly offered to arrange single accommodation at the normal cost of double/triple rooms in order to comply with social distancing. Numbers are limited to 18, ensuring a great deal of individual attention and focused teaching. They have worked out an all-inclusive course fee that covers both teaching and residential costs in full. What is not included is your travel to Málaga and fare from the airport or rail station to the center, by public transport or taxi.
The Birthlight Well Woman yoga diploma course is accredited with Yoga Alliance Professionals as an 80-hour postgraduate course for certified yoga teachers. Since 2020, they have developed this course in a modular form. In Santillan, course participants get the benefit of "live teaching" complemented with online resources that they can study in their own time. Ideally, it should provide the best of both worlds, with quality online resources and a personal contact that you can now appreciate as a life luxury.
The course is currently the most comprehensive teacher training course in yoga for women’s health and wellbeing, covering the entirety of the reproductive cycle in a therapeutic perspective that is holistic and empowering for women.
The Birthlight approach draws on Ayurveda but offers a rejoinder to biomedical health care, teaching a respectful and considerate approach to women’s needs. After a long evolution and maturation, this course offers tried and tested yoga practices, solidly founded on anatomy and physiology, with variations accessible to women of all levels of fitness.
3 mandatory 2-day modules
1 of 3 optional 2-day modules
Each day includes a careful balance of theory and yoga practice:
From the evening of the arrival day, you will be offered full days with long morning sessions (8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) with a substantial brunch break (10 to 11:30 a.m.), followed by a light lunch and afternoon break allowing pool or nature enjoyment. The afternoon sessions run from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by dinner and an after-dinner optional session. The retreat course will end on Day 8 at 2:30 p.m.
The program will combine group classes and bespoke individual instruction. The intensive course will provide you with the key techniques to lead interactive yoga classes for women of all abilities and ages. The yoga taught on the course is a unique eclectic set of practices incorporating the principles of yoga and Ayurveda in women’s lives.
By the end of the week, your awareness of how yoga can contribute to women’s wellbeing will have transformed. Plus, there will be an opportunity each evening to participate in dedicated explorations of relaxation for yourself as well as for enriching your teaching.
Women transform through life in cycles. The reproductive cycle, from the onset of menstruation, to childbirth, and menopause, changes bodies and psyches. Yoga can help women to make the most of their life transitions when the practice is wisely adjusted to support the spirals of growth that each gateway opens.
Each new stage offers opportunities to heal new or old patterns and face current challenges, with an expanded loving connection to themselves and others. Yoga supports personal evolution. Well Woman yoga does so in a way focused on women. At any phase or age in these cycles and spirals and at times of personal challenge, yoga can bring an unprecedented state of vitality and Wellness.
Well Woman yoga is open to interested yoga teachers, both men and women.
Well Woman yoga is not a new brand of yoga that excludes other styles of practice. It is an invitation to interweave gentle, subtle, and interactive ways of teaching into your current style of teaching. Equally, it often also opens up new dimensions and subtleties that may take you in new directions in your own practice and in your teaching.
This retreat course is equivalent to Well Woman Yoga Part 1 (principles and applications of yoga for women’s health and wellbeing) and Part 2 (focus on the pre-peri and post-menopause stages). If you wish to gain the Well Woman yoga qualification, you will need to complete coursework consisting of two case studies (group OR one-to-one), a worksheet, a DVD/book review, and a home-study report. The training can be taken further later to gain the full accredited Well Woman yoga diploma (Yoga Alliance Professionals), for more information, please send an inquiry.
Françoise is a known pioneer of pregnancy and Postnatal yoga, developed Well Woman yoga in response to the needs of women who were not comfortable returning to their yoga practice after childbirth complications or when facing other reproductive challenges. The course was first offered as a module of the Yoga Therapy Diploma at the Yoga Biomedical Trust, London, before expanding into a diploma course accredited with Yoga Alliance Professionals (50 hours).
Kirsteen Ruffell is the coordinator for Birthlight’s land-based training courses and is one of the experienced Perinatal and Baby Yoga tutors. She is a registered senior yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals, has been teaching yoga since 1998, and began tutoring in 2008. Kirsteen is passionate about nurturing students’ professional development on every training course and enhancing their ability to use new understanding creatively to best serve the students in their own classes.
The retreat will be in an outstanding yoga center with beautiful rural surroundings overlooking the sea. The course will be based at Centro Santillán, judged to be one of the "20 Best Yoga Retreats in the World!". It is close to Málaga in Spain, but a haven of peace in the countryside with sea views.
Santillán is located in Rincón de la Victoria, 20 kilometers from the center of the capital of the Costa del Sol, Málaga. It is nestled in a hill overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. It is only 25 kilometers away from Málaga's airport and the train station (RENFE) and buses are 24 kilometers away. Approximately, a taxi transfer is 55 EUR each way, shared wherever possible with other participants. This is a super venue as noted in The Telegraph, The Times, and The Guardian.
All meals that are included are prepared with produce grown at the venue and locally.
You will have time for optional excursions at additional costs.
Transfer not provided
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