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10 Days Discover Your Practice 100hr Intensive Yoga Teacher Training and Retreat in Tennessee, USA

Seven Springs Holistic Retreats, 120 Sweet Hollow Way, Maryville, Tennessee, USA

USA Intensive Yoga Teacher Training

This 100-hour explore yoga intensive allows you to advance your teachings when it suits you, and explore all that yoga means to you. This springtime intensive is designed to give you a wide range of tangible tools that can be incorporated into your teaching right away. As summer begins to blossom in the mountains, rivers, and forests, it is a perfect time to deepen your knowledge and reveal the wisdom to follow your passion and your purpose.

Meet the instructors

Zachary
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Meditation practices
  • Pranayama and bhakti
  • Traditional sweat lodge ceremony
  • Yoga philosophy, energetic principles
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


9 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
Airport transfer available:
Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport (US$80 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • Yoga shala
  • Laundry

Standing at 16 feet tall and 28 feet in diameter, the Seven Springs' yoga shala is open to the fresh mountain air, supported by mighty cedars, sustainably felled in the surrounding forest. On a hill near to the shala sits the open-air massage pavilion. Ceremony is held under the stars around our special fire circle.

Seven Springs has five residential yurts on site, each fully furnished with beds, tables, electrical outlets, and dressers. If you've never slept in round walls, this is a must-try! There are also several ideal camping spots along the creek, near to the luxurious community kitchen and bathrooms with flush toilets and hot showers. Food is prepared and eaten without walls.

The classroom space is in a 24-foot octagonal retrofitted and recycled yurt - the perfect place to practice and learn. A labyrinth lotus lovingly painted on the floor invites walking meditation and a well-stocked library invites cozy study. When nature calls, wander down the hollow where you’ll find their 35-foot traditional seven-course labyrinth nestled under an ancient elm within a natural bowl - a perfect place for contemplation and visioning.

Seven Springs mission

Seven Springs Holistic Retreats is a place of natural abundance and cultural diversity where people learn how to create holistic sustenance for themselves and their communities.

Seven Springs mission

To provide an innovative and transformative space for local and global communities to experience high quality holistic education.

Program

Alongside advanced yogic wisdom, you will receive the opportunity to dive deep into your personal practice of meditation, pranayama, and bhakti as well as creative, holistic asana. In addition to the core curriculum of yoga philosophy, energetic principles, and yoga asana (alignment, anatomy, and teaching), you will explore spiritual traditions from the South American Andean Quechua, Central American Mayan, and North American Cherokee and Lakota traditions.

To connect with the land surrounding Seven Springs, Kula Collective will collaborate with local healers from the Cherokee nation and traditional Appalachian naturopathy for offerings that include a traditional sweat lodge ceremony. The sacred stillness of this ancient mountain range is a deeply nurturing place to become aware of the divine reflection within yourself.

In the process of co-creating and expertly facilitating the group space, Kula Collective supports open sharing of passions and tools, and encourage participants to grow into their role as facilitators and space holders. Drawing on the natural serenity of this idyllic valley, cleansed by the seven sacred springs of the property, and nourished by the abundance that surrounds, this training offers a space for deep and purposeful growth. With such creative freedom, graduates leave with strong momentum to incorporate advanced yogic principles in all aspects of daily life, feeling deeply inspired and clear in how to share their essence and live their dharma.

About the Kula's modular program

The Kula Collective module-based YTT (yoga teacher training) program is a fusion of the ancient and mystical traditions of yoga, shamanism, and the healing arts, offered in shorter, retreat-style intensive courses that you are free to style in your own way.

These practices, designed to grant you access to the infinite wisdom you carry within yourselves, are smoothly blended together to form an offering rooted in the principle of yoga as union, a channel for connection to the divine.

This training is designed to advance the teaching and personal practice of 200-hour graduates, although some elective modules may also be available for those who wish to deepen their study without the foundational course in teaching.

All of Kula's 300-hour programs offer a deeper exploration of yoga as a therapeutic healing practice. Their modules are grounded into the very foundation of yoga: the exploration of personal practice, yogic philosophy, and meditation practices. These are complemented with a focus on holistic health, through shamanic healing, Ayurveda, and self-inquiry.

In addition to meeting the standards for teaching methodology, anatomy, yogic theory, and special education, all of Kula Collective's 300-hour programs focus on the expansion of one's own sacred consciousness, so that you can fully embody your practice and radiate the teachings in your own presence.

Throughout the modules, you engage in self-inquiry to clear space for the true teacher within to shine, sharing prayer, ceremony, and Bhakti yoga, as well as Karma yoga - selfless service to gracefully and mindfully help the whole. By releasing the stories and holdings that no longer serve us, we create more space to see our gifts, our passions, and the essence of who we are as teachers and beings on this path.

How the module system works

All students on Kula's module-based 300-hour program complete the following:

  • Explore
  • Empower
  • Expand

Step 1: Explore - 100-hour module 1 (required)

  • Daily creative asana, mantra, pranayama, conscious movement, and meditation practices
  • Advanced yogic philosophy: Yoga Sutras in depth and yoga history
  • Theory and practice of meditation
  • Pranayama, foundations and practices
  • Chakras in depth
  • Ayurveda: Theory and personal practice
  • A therapeutic approach to yoga, including holistic yoga sequencing, yoga anatomy, advanced alignment and assists
  • Yin and / or Restorative asana
  • Personal and co-creation based practicums and professional feedback
  • Shamanism and sacred ceremony
  • Guidance in personal development, self-inquiry, and clarification of unique steps towards living your dharma

Step 2: Empower - 100-hour module 2 (required)

  • Daily creative asana, mantra, pranayama, conscious movement, and meditation practices
  • Advanced yogic philosophy: Bhagavad Gita, Tantra and Radiance Sutras, Upanishads, and more
  • Energetic anatomy, mantra / Bhakti, dance, somatics, martial arts, Reiki, shamanism / ceremony, Nidra, breathwork, Thai massage, Chakras, and Ayurveda
  • Shamanism and sacred ceremony
  • A therapeutic approach to yoga, including holistic yoga sequencing, yoga anatomy, advanced alignment and assists, following the model of the Koshas to unite the mental, emotional, and spiritual with the physical aspects of a holistic practice and its therapeutic benefits
  • Yin and / or Restorative
  • Personal and co-creation based practicums and professional feedback, including the creation of a unique therapeutic sequence following a certain scenario
  • Guidance in personal development, self-inquiry, and clarification of unique steps towards living your dharma

Step 3: Expand - 25 - 100-hour electives (optional): Conscious exploration through the Four Arts

Kula's curriculum is split into four teaching tracks, woven through each of the three cycles. The Four Arts recognize and develop your studies in yoga in a thoroughly holistic manner, stimulating students to become inspired, knowledgeable, and intuitive teachers, expressing and modeling all aspects of this ancient lifestyle practice.

Art of practice

  • Asana, pranayama, and meditation infused with related themes, creative sequencing and personal practice design

Art of living

  • Meditation, yoga philosophy of sacred texts and personal exploration and transformational developmental work

Art of teaching

  • Theory and methodology, pranayama, adjustments, alignment, sequencing, transitions, workshopping and asana analysis, anatomy, and unique therapeutic focus on various areas of the body

Art of healing

  • Sacred ceremony, therapeutic yoga for mental health, Ayurveda, chakras and shamanism, and other energetic and holistic healing practices

Highlights of the 100-hour intensive retreat

  • Receive regular, professional feedback on your teaching style
  • Solidify your knowledge of yogic foundations and widen your range of advanced teaching tools
  • Enjoy glimpses of the first light of sunrise in the open-air yoga pavilion with a breathtaking view of the Chilhowee mountains
  • Enjoy nightly gathering and special ceremonies around the power of the fire
  • Relax in the open-air massage pavilion with a massage by one of the resident therapists
  • Learn from local Cherokee and Lakota traditions and teachers
  • Learn about local medicinal plants and prepare remedies and products
  • Enjoy a sacred cleansing with pure mountain spring water that originates on the property
  • Experience outdoor living in unique yurt accommodation
  • Explore this fascinating region before or after the course, with attractions such as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in the USA

Instructors

Zachary Towne-Smith

Retreat location

Seven Springs is a holistic retreat center, nestled in the bio-diverse foothills of the smoky mountains of Tennessee on 126 acres of mostly forested hills. With seven natural springs and an abundance of native species, the natural vibrancy of this land is complemented by the integration of offerings with wisdom and teachers from the local Cherokee traditions.

Seven Springs is named after the abundance of freshwater on this land, with a spring dedicated to each chakra, giving potency to the freshwater that flows from within the earth. Cleansing in this water is a powerful experience that reaches far beyond just the physical body.

Unique features

Activities

  • Massage

General

  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • Labyrinth
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Laundry
  • Library

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

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

What's included

  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • 100-hour continuing education credit
  • Daily yoga and meditation classes
  • 9 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP). Airport transfer is available for 80 USD.

Airport: Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport Airport transfer available: Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport (US$80 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled before the arrival date.

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Arrival: Monday April 13, 2020
Departure: Wednesday April 22, 2020

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