Heartwood Yoga Institute is an intimate seven-acre retreat site that specializes in yoga teacher training and yoga oriented personal growth programs in Florida.
Yoga Retreats (4)
Ginny is an ERYT-500 yoga teacher, a certified yoga therapist with International Association of Yoga Therapists, a Reiki Master and a trained Ayurveda counselor from the Kerala Institute, India, and a registered member of the National Ayurveda Medical Association. She is the director of Heartwood Yoga Center and Heartwood Retreat Center and the founder of the Florida Reiki Association, as well as Yoga for the Balanced Child, a YA certification program designed to qualify teachers to share yoga with children ages three-teen.
Denver is an ERYT-500 yoga teacher and certified children's yoga teacher who specializes in meditation, yoga therapy, yoga anatomy, and restorative yoga techniques. She is an advocate for positive body image awareness and creator of Full Bodied Yoga, a class designed to enhance self-acceptance and love. She works extensively with essential oils and crystals, incorporating energetic healing modalities to her practices. Denver is the owner of a company called Buddha body, that makes organic bath and body products, as well as a Jewelry Design company called Silver Siren.
David is an RYT-500 yoga teacher, YACEP, and a Reiki Master. He is a licensed professional engineer in both mechanical and electrical fields as well as having a bachelor's degree in Information Technology. He is an airplane, seaplane, and hot air balloon pilot, a master gardener, a former paramedic, a musician (guitar sitar, piano), wood crafter, champion canoe racer, a writer, gourmet chef, and more which defines his love of learning and passion for exploring life in all its diversity.
Pauline is a Heartwood Certified RYT-500 yoga teacher. She draws from over 45 years of practice and experience in various yoga traditions, blending her love of yoga with a passion for teaching. Pauline specializes in providing a gentle approach that meets the needs of senior citizens, those with arthritis, and other special needs. She is a four-time cancer survivor and believes that her purpose in life is to help others find and nurture the inner strength to adapt to and overcome many of life's obstacles.
from United States, November 2018
"Real teacher training by real yogis."
This is a magical place ran by true yogis. The food was prepared with love, by the owners. The staff was knowledgeable and caring. Their intention was to have us prepared to walk into a classroom and teach a yoga class, in a warm and inviting manner, the day after graduation. They teach the yoga philosophy above all else. They taught me to 'hold space' for students (and all folks). They taught me what real yoga is. It's more than a piece of paper. Let them teach you too.
from United States, July 2018
"A lovely experience! "
Heartwood is a beautiful place! I stayed on the property for the two-week immersion program and I felt very welcome. The program introduced us to various types of yoga and all the philosophy behind it. We all discovered sound-healing, had a moon workshop, and learned about chakras. The best part was all the amazing new friends I made!
from New Zealand, April 2018
"An amazing life changing experience "
Everything was very well organised and complete, we had a syllabus and we covered it all, the teachers always made sure to answer all of our questions.
Overall it was a beautiful experience.
I love the chakra garden. the property itself is very peaceful and full of beautiful energy.
They have 2 friendly dogs and a beautiful cat, they are adorable.
I highly recommend this place. I love Heartwood.
from United States, January 2018
"Heartwood isn’t just a beautiful retreat centre it is a home"
Heartwood isn’t just a beautiful retreat centre it is a home. I’ve just completed the Yoga teacher training immersion and from the moment I stepped off the plane from the U.K. I was greeted by a friendly loving face to put me at ease. Ginny, Denver and David have so much energy, love and grace and this is radiated in their teaching and around the whole property. Whether you are coming to an immersion, a workshop, a class or just to meditate in the chakra garden you will feel a natural peace and a transformative energy here that will replenish you. An amazing place ran by amazing people. I’m sad I’m leaving.
from Uruguay, February 2018
This is a very well organized 15-day intense Yoga teacher training. Days are long but well prepared with lots of different materials to learn from. With this training you get so much more than just the required hours to join Yoga Alliance!! The course leaders Ginny, David and Denver are amazing and spent all their time with you to give you an once-in-a-lifetime experience. Next to a lot of learning postures and sanskrits, we had anatomy classes, learned a lot about the 8 limbs, the chakras, different mediation and breathing technics. We were able to attend different yoga styles: kundalini, ashtanga, restorative, chair, aerial, yin, flow. We also got an introduction on Reiki and Gong meditations. There was always plenty of vegetarian food with vegan options. I got inspired by so many new delicious recipies! The rooms are small with very comfortable bunk beds, but after a 12h class day you just fall deeply asleep anyways! The garden of the retreat center is amazing to enjoy the sunny days in florida.
Overall I learned a lot during this time, I met incredible great persons and enjoyed my time at heartwood! Namaste!
from United States, February 2019
"Highly highly recommend "
Very welcoming, generous, caring hosts and instructors. Beautiful grounds. Very peaceful. A very relaxed atmosphere and energy. Plenty to do, while also not required to attend activities, encouraged to do what was needed for yourself. If you go to heartwood you MUST get a massage from Denver! I can’t wait to go back.
from United States, February 2019
"Transforming and peaceful!"
Oh my. Everything! From the moment you pull in and park here, you feel peace and tranquility. The owners, Ginny and David are so warm and welcoming. I've gotten many massages, and Denver, performed the BEST massage ever on me. I swear, I will definitely be back for her. :) She is so gracious and kind as well. All wonderful souls here.
from United States, February 2019
"Life changing!! "
This place is amazing! The pictures online are not enough. The food, the grounds, the owners, teachers, the energy you feel when u are there...there are no words to describe. This place is a gem.
from United States, June 2018
"I felt like family"
This overall experience was fantastic. Everyone was super welcoming and inviting. Ginny is an amazing cook and host. Denver is a book of knowledge and is so eager to share it, David is a fab speaker and as far as lectures go he keeps it light and entertaining. Pauline has lots of wisdom and love within her, she’s an inspiration to us all.