This course will give you basic tools for creative facilitation design. You'll practice spiritual leadership, active and participatory learning techniques, and pedagogical tips to maximize and assess experiential learning. On the shores of the powerful Lake Atitlan, you will come together to form an open and safe learning environment to deepen your knowledge and skills in group leadership.
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You will stay in a shared cabana which is a part of The Yoga Forest retreat center in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. The shared cabanas accommodate four people in large single beds. Using natural building techniques, the cabanas are constructed with either bamboo or cypress, palm roof, and natural adobe walls or traditional bahareque (wattle and daub) of the area. The beds are comfortable, with warm feather duvets and pillows, and decorated with Peruvian Shipibo fabrics and Guatemalan cushions.
The art of facilitation is directed toward honing your personal facilitation skills to lead and support from an emotional and spiritual level. You will practice and discuss tools for trust building and creative facilitation design, including spiritual space holding, group trust, holistic pedagogical design, ethics and dharma, artistic expression and creativity, and compassionate communication.
A special emphasis will be placed on the art of giving and receiving feedback. Kula Collective has designed this training to be an experiential training, co-created by all participants. You will have several chances to facilitate during the course in both group and individual settings. As a group, you will take time and space for feedback, sharing reflections, wisdom, and new perspectives.
In addition to the art of facilitation, the facilitator intensive offers an experiential component for those who are interested in pursuing the Kula Path. The intention of this experiential aspect of the training is to provide a solid foundation for upcoming Kula facilitators to prepare for the roles of apprenticing and co-facilitating 200-hour yoga teacher training with the Kula collective. This training does not guarantee a role as a Kula facilitator but is an important and required step on the path.
Each morning, prospective facilitators will teach the signature Kula Flow weaving in relevant themes and spiritual intentions. This is an opportunity for students to increase their level of confidence in teaching and to prepare for the potential of facilitating the Kula Flow in 200-hour level trainings. Students will receive constructive feedback on their teaching to address ways in which they can improve their overall deliverance of a Kula flow yoga class. Participants will be provided with the Kula basic flow and signature sequences prior to arrival.
Each afternoon will focus on breaking down the four arts: art of practice, art of teaching, art of living and art of healing. The intention is to provide prospective facilitators with tools to guide a yoga teacher training that meets the protocol for Kula Collective and Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level. As an essential part of the learning process, students will receive constructive feedback on the topic presentation, organization, student engagement, and comfortability in presenting their lesson plan. Participants will be provided with pre-course homework for preparation where applicable.
Present a pre-assigned topic related to the art of practice. Topics may include holistic practice design, meditation, pranayama, mudras, bandhas, or intention setting. Pre-course homework will be to prepare 30 minutes lesson to share with your peers and Kula facilitators.
Present a portion of an art of teaching class using the Kula-designed, step by step facilitation process for sharing asana analysis (asana techniques, anatomy of pose, variations, modifications, alignment, and assists). Assignments will be given during the course, and the lesson will be shared with peers and Kula facilitators.
Present a pre-assigned yoga sutra for the art of living class. Pre-course homework will be to prepare 30 minutes lesson to share with their peers and Kula facilitators. Present an assigned topic related to the art of healing. Topics may include chakras, Ayurveda, kriyas, or shamanism. Assignments will be given during the course, and the lesson will be shared with peers and Kula facilitators.
Students will also have an opportunity to co-create in small groups an evening satsang. Satsang sharing may be inspired by kirtan, ceremony, community building, trust building, artistic expression, creativity or compassionate communication. Assignments will be given during the course and lesson will be shared with peers and Kula facilitators.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200, RYT 500 (Yoga)
Since a young age, Jessi has studied dance and creative movement. Since her first 200-hour registered yoga teacher training in 2008, Jessi has led retreats and workshops throughout the US, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Colombia, and Costa Rica. She completed her 500-hour registered yoga teacher training hour certification in 2012 and now leads teacher training in these places she most enjoys to share.
Zachary is a passionate connector. His innate creativity, flexible perspective, and quick smile make him a natural leader, inspiring participation and thoughtful consensus in the wide array of groups he works with. He has dedicated his life to the study and development of intercultural relations and the facilitation of innovative solutions for sustainable well-being.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200, RYT 500 (Yoga)
Randi is certified E-RYT 500, influenced by many traditions such as Ashtanga, Sivananda, Iyengar, Yin, and Restorative. She has facilitated over 25 international 200 and 500-hour yoga teacher training since 2010, and has helped to establish an experiential permaculture and yoga retreat center on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Randi continues to teach and practice wherever she is in the world. She currently offers 200 and 500-hour yoga teacher training courses and retreats in Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, and Thailand. She is also a certified Thai masseuse.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)
C.J. Ananda is an ERYT 500-hour certified renowned teacher of yoga, dance, and meditation. She has combined her joy of these self-healing therapies with her experience as a wellness leader and healing practitioner to create international retreats and trainings. Ananda facilitates 200-hour and 300-hour yoga teacher trainings, shamanic cleanses, and transformational retreats giving each person the heartfelt attention and direct facilitation that cultivates ecstatic, healing, and magical experiences. As a teacher, she sees each of her classes as an opportunity to hold sacred ceremonial space.
The Yoga Forest is located in San Marcos la Laguna, in the western highlands of Guatemala. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of mountains looking out over Lake Atitlán towards volcanoes San Pedro, Toliman and Atitlán. The Yoga Forest was founded as a sustainable living experiment, through a desire for living simply, greenly, and in communion with the surroundings.
The Yoga Forest is a young dynamic earth-based spirit community, which officially opened in November 2013 with an inaugural PDC course. The community is still in the process of evolving social, ecological, and economic structures and recognize that this journey will be ever unfolding.
Together, with the help of work stayers, interns, staff, and a crew of local Mayans, many beautiful things have been created there and there is still much to be done. The Yoga Forest loves to connect with mutually supportive souls and to expand the evolution of humanity toward a communitarian way of life; a way of life that harmonizes nature with spirit.
In this retreat, you will be served three gourmet vegetarian meals every day.
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