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5 Days "Yoga of Birth" Specialty Teacher Training and Weekend Retreat in Australia

The Krishna Village, 525 Tyalgum Road, Eungella, New South Wales, Australia

Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Australia

Are you a certified yoga teacher looking to expand your skill set? Do you love to provide a nurturing space of loving self care for women? Or are you a doula or mum-to-be who would love to deepen your understanding of yogic practice through a beautiful, nourishing retreat experience?

Either way, join us for a joyous, wholesome getaway with seasoned teachers who create a loving space of femininity, self-care and motherhood for all stages of life. This course serves as a nurturing time of self-care for expecting mothers as well as an accredited training for yoga teachers!

Meet the instructors

Lila & Katie
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Highlights

  • Yoga practices
  • Pranayama sessions
  • Asana and Sadhana session
  • Pregnancy meditation classes
  • A copy of Katie's book 'The Yoga of Birth'
  • Vegetarian breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • 4 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


5 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Smoke-free property
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

Krishna Village can host up to 85 people in a combination of rooms, dorms and camping spots. There are usually around 30 full-time volunteers who work in the organic gardens and maintain the grounds, 15-20 retreat guests or Karma yogis and up to 40-course participants on a variety of courses that may run parallel in our different teaching venues. All rooms have shared amenities. The amenities blocks include showers, toilets, and a coin-operated laundry (byo laundry powder). Common areas include the kitchen and campfire area (the heart of the Krishna Village), the reading room (with Internet hotspot), and the yoga hall where guests gather for classes.

Single and double rooms in the White House

The latest addition to the Krishna Village accommodation options is the White House - a beautiful rustic Queenslander that has been fully renovated in 2018. The newest yoga classroom is on the first floor, while underneath offers seven retreat rooms with private verandahs. Each room is equipped with a double bed and available as single occupancy, or double occupancy for couples. Bedding is being provided. Shared toilet and shower facilities are on the same floor.

Single, twin share and double rooms in the refurbished shipping containers

The Krishna Village offers three double rooms (one big bed), four twin share rooms (bunk bed) and 11 single rooms in former shipping containers. They have been renovated and turned into simple but comfortable accommodation, each with a beautiful wooden verandah, shared by three or four adjacent rooms. Bedding is being provided.

Campground

Set among beautiful mango and lychee trees in the eastern garden, the campground can host up to 20 tents and five camper vans. The area for the vans is equipped with electricity. The amenities block is only 50 meters away.

The Krishna Farm

Nestled in the foothills of Mount Warning, in the heart of the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, the Krishna Farm “New Govardhana” is a 1000 acre property with orchards, certified organic veggie gardens, cows, horses, streams and swimming holes in abundance. New Govardhana serves as an ashram to a community of yogis who aspire to live according to their deepest vows and commitments on their path of service, spiritual contentment, and happiness, Bhakti yoga. Their service and dedication make this location a beautiful place of growth, healing and spiritual awakening. If you are interested, please come along and visit the beautiful Radha Govardhandhari temple.

Ashrams usually represent a return to a simpler way of living, which is very different to a hotel. Generally there is a more communal atmosphere and often an expectation that guests will pitch in with whatever needs doing.

Program

Human birth is a great gift, welcome and honor it with due respect, humility, and joy. There is nothing as powerful as a group of women coming together to support one another. The primal journey of birthing your babies is a pivotal moment in a woman's life, so spending this time together should not be underestimated in its power for you to ‘hold space’ in your minds and hearts for birthing.

Teaching pregnancy yoga provides just this precious opportunity and is a great addition to your skill set as a yoga teacher or doula, as well as a great relaxation if you are an expecting mother.

About this prenatal yoga course

Yoga has proven to be a safe and effective practice during pregnancy. It has a whole variety of positive effects on the mother’s body, including developing strength, maintaining fitness, and reducing symptoms of pregnancy such as muscle aches, swelling, sciatica, cramps, and fatigue. But even more so, yoga has demonstrated a positive impact on mother's and baby's mind, inducing a sense of inner peace and wellbeing. Join Krishna Village Eco Yoga Community to learn how to safely practice yoga asana in pregnancy and how to adapt your yoga classes for pregnant women.

The training encompasses three parts:

  • Pregnancy (conception, asana, pranayama, sadhana, yoga Nidra, chanting, and meditation)
  • Labor preparation (yogic scriptures on birth, pranayama for labor, birth without violence or ahimsa, pratyahara in birthing)
  • Post-natal (care of self, care of the baby, sacred 40 days after birthing, mantras, and chanting, Shraddha, baby massage / yoga).

Krishna Village eco yoga community

  • Sequencing and class planning
  • Anatomy and physiology of pregnancy
  • Business skills for launching your pre and postnatal yoga classes

Note: This training is certified with Yoga Alliance as RPYT (Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher)

Sample schedule

Day 1 - Arrival day - Friday

  • 10:00 Check-in
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 16:00 Sunset yoga (optional)
  • 18:00 Dinner / Pizza night
  • 19:30 Opening circle
  • 21:30 Quiet time

Day 2 - Saturday

  • 06:30 Sunrise yoga (optional)
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Foundations of pregnancy, asana and sadhana
  • 12:30 Lunch break
  • 14:00 Stages of pregnancy, pranayama, yoga nidra, meditation for pregnancy
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 21:00 Quiet time

Day 3 - Sunday

  • 05:00 Sunrise yoga (optional)
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Understanding labour, labour preparation using yogic tools
  • 12:30 Lunch break
  • 13:30 Anatomy and physiology
  • 17:00 Dinner (Sunday feast)
  • 18:00 Kirtan at temple (optional)
  • 21:00 Quiet time

Day 4 - Monday

  • 05:00 Sunrise yoga (optional)
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Sequencing, class planning, business of yoga
  • 12:30 Lunch break
  • 13:30 Teaching practice and group work, holding the space for prenatal offerings
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 21:00 Quiet time

Day 5 - Tuesday

  • 05:00 Sunrise yoga (optional)
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Checkout for rooms
  • 10:00 Postnatal care and closing mandala
  • 12:30 Lunch break

Instructors

Lila Kirtana

Katie Manitsas

Retreat location

Krishna Village is located on a beautiful organic farm in the scenic foothills of Mountain Warning, in Eungella, New South Wales, Australia halfway between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast. The closest town is Murwillumbah, and the nearest airport Coolangatta (the Gold Coast Airport (OOL)).

Unique features

Activities

  • Shopping

General

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Smoke-free property

Services

  • Dry cleaning
  • Internet access
  • Laundry

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

The Krishna Farm has been producing organic veggies since the 1980s and has, therefore, fantastic conditions to grow excellent produce. Krishna Village grows as much of own food as Krishna Village can, and otherwise buy locally wherever possible. Krishna Village provides three delicious vegetarian meals every day, with lunches taking place at the Krishna Village community kitchen, and breakfast and dinners - mostly Indian style - served at the prasadam hall next to the temple.

All of the food is prasadam - sacred food prepared in a consciousness of loving service. Like in other cultures, Krishna Village offers food before you eat to say grace and thank the divine for the sun, the rain, and all the visible and invisible blessings necessary to co-create a delicious meal. Feel free to sing along with Krishna Village, or just listen and enjoy.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
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)

  • Buy the book ‘Birth in Awareness’ by Gabrielle Earls (It is available at the Krishna Village reception shop upon arrival)
  • Shop at the gift shop

What's included

  • Nidra yoga practices
  • Pregnancy meditation sessions
  • Pranayama sessions
  • A copy of Katie's book 'The Yoga of Birth'
  • Course workbook
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • Vegetarian breakfast, lunch, dinner

What's not included

  • Additional food (Krishna Village offers freshly made Jeeva juice, sweet treats from the kitchen, and for those, Krishna Village charges separately)
  • Washing machine and dryer (4 AUD / use (bring your own laundry powder))
  • Internet access (5 AUD / week or 10 AUD / month for a 5 GB Wi-Fi code)

How to get there

Arrival by bus

From Gold Coast Airport (OOL), you may take route 761 (Surfside Buses) to Tweed Heads. There, you may change to route 605 (Surfside Buses) from Tweed Heads to Murwillumbah. For more details, you may have a look at the Surfside Buses website. Meanwhile, bus connection from Brisbane Airport (BNE) to Murwillumbah is by taking the airport train to Varsity Lakes train station. From there, you may take the bus line 760 to Tweed Centro shopping center. There are a number of recommended companies operating bus services to and from Murwillumbah. They are Premier Motor Service, Surfside Buslines (route 605), and Greyhound.

Arrival by train

Murwillumbah itself does not have an operating train station anymore. The nearest interchange is ‘Casino’ from where you can take a bus to Murwillumbah. The other train stations are NSW Trainlink and Translink. NSW Trainlink has train services that operate to Casino from Sydney and Brisbane (stopping at most towns and cities in between) with a connecting bus service to Murwillumbah. Meanwhile, Translink operates public transport services in South East Queensland.

Arrival by taxi

If you arrive later in the day or on a Sunday, please take a taxi. The cost is about 30 to 35 USD.

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 on arrival.

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Availability

Arrival: Friday June 19, 2020
Departure: Tuesday June 23, 2020

Early bird discount

The prices below include an early bird discount of 100 AUD per person. To benefit, please book or reserve before April 30, 2020.

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