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Smoky Mountain Yoga Teacher Training USA

Join this teacher training and immerse yourself in nature and sadhana in crisp mountain air. With a special focus on earth based skills, natural cleansing, and local plants and herbs, this training will give you the skills to live your yoga wherever your path leads. Journey through the first four chakras as the guides in this first half of a complete 200-hour teacher training.

Retreat highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Yogic philosophy lessons
  • Daily meditation practices
  • Ceremony; kirtan or satsang gathering
  • Appalachian and Cherokee wisdom practices
  • Asana analysis and yoga Anatomy
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals

Yoga styles

15 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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During this teacher training, you can stay either in a glamping style tent or a shared yurt. You can also bring your own tent and use the camping site.


Seven Springs has three yurts on site, each fully furnished with beds, tables, and dressers.


​Seven Springs have several ideal camping spots along the creek. These are near the community kitchen and bathrooms.


Glamping-style tents are beautiful and comfortable, tent and bedding will be provided.

Yoga shala

Standing 16 feet tall and 28 foot diameter, the yoga shala is held by mighty cedar tree poles from our forest. Enjoy glimpses of the first light of sunrise in this open air pavilion with a breathtaking view of the Chillhowee mountains.

Kula Collective Yoga Teacher Training in USA Program

During this training, you will wake up while the sun rises and experience the beauty and serenity in the midst of a the tropical setting. You will end with meditation or satsang (wise gathering) to contemplate and reflect on your sadhana (spiritual practice) of the day. Living with the rhythms of the earth and embracing the fullness of our practice, you grow into yourself and into life.

This 15-day immersion training will give you the first half of your yoga teacher training certification. The first module of your certification is focused on yogic philosophy and history, physical asana, anatomy, Ayurveda, and the physical grounded connection of yoga. This first half of the training will take you from the root to the heart chakra as you explore each energy center.

Taking a very hands on approach to these energetic concepts, you will integrate traditional Appalachian and Cherokee wisdom and practices including a Cherokee sweat lodge, medicinal herb workshops, natural product making with goat milk and local honey, and food fermentation.The classes are held in beautiful and inspiring spaces, and are led with an open and informative guidance that encourages interaction and group participation.

You will spend the day communicating from the heart, discovering new parts of ourselves and the world, and releasing the guru within. The chakana provides the backbone of your experience, alongside the yogic and quechua chakra system, which lead us through the lower, middle, and upper worlds of study and self-discovery in the three cycles of the program.

Each cycle progresses on the last, leading you through a medicine cycle of learning and healing. You will take the eighth day of the cycle off to rest and finish at lunch on the fourth day for a half-day of self-sadhana (spiritual practice). You will meet on alternate evenings for satsang, traditional Indian gathering, and sacred sharing circle, and we open and close each cycle with sacred ceremony.

Each morning is also spent sharing daily intention and philosophy through the art of living component, followed by comprehensive lectures on yogic theory and holistic healing practices in art of healing. The afternoon is devoted to the art of sharing yoga, interactive workshops that break down the art of teaching and practice, and giving participants the opportunity to teach right from the first class.

For the first half of the training, during both the morning practice and the afternoon workshops you will share the kula flow; a unique sequence. During the second half, you will cover creative sequences that build upon what you have already learned.

Art of teaching

  • Sharing yoga is a process of intimacy; one that asks for deep movement within both giver and receiver through love, authenticity, attention, and connection. There are many ways in which yoga can be shared, but at Kula Collective they believe that the fundamental principle that links all of our yoga teaching is connection; the concept that in order to truly help another being to find oneness, you must be a channel to that oneness for your students
  • Learn to teach the signature Kula flow complete with full anatomic and energetic cues, physical, verbal and energetic adjustments, and modifications for all levels of practice
  • Become familiar with the form, teaching methodology, benefits, and cautions of principal asanas (postures), pranayamas (breathing techniques) and kriyas (cleansing techniques)
  • Explore teaching as an art; how to keep the energy flow within a class, how to create a grounded and inspired space for teaching and learning, how to weave your intention and your unique presence into your class and how to share yoga off the mat
  • Learning to create various class-styles; beginner, intermediate and specialized yoga integrating your own style into tradition techniques
  • Receive a foundational education in Anatomy specific to yoga, including functional alignment, benefits and contraindications of the practice as well as learning modifications for age and common injuries and conditions
  • Become familiar with the subtle yogic anatomy and the chakras, as well as the systems of the Peruvian shamanic tradition
  • Receive a foundation in the history of yoga and the four traditional paths, as well as Ashtanga philosophy (the eight-fold path) and related practices and topics to broaden knowledge and understanding of conscious living
  • Teach two full classes and many mini-sequences throughout the training, and receive loving and specific feedback from the trainers and your peers

Art of healing

  • When you step into the role of yoga teacher, you are not simply sharing a physical practice to keep people fit, you are sharing a holistic practice that helps people to heal physically, mentally, emotionally, and energetically. Through sharing yoga as a holistic practice of living, you are allowing yourself a whole to connect to your true nature, as spiritual being.
  • Have the time and space to dive into your own personal healing, guided by experienced facilitators, and supported by a safe, energetic container
  • Be guided through a wheel of transformation as you cycle through the three levels of the Peruvian Chakana
  • Take part in Sacred Ceremony, calling in the energies of the four cardinal directions as you hold full and new moon ceremonies, ceremonies of release and of manifestation, cacao ceremonies and ceremonies of healing asking the elements of the Earth for support as you transform
  • Abandon yourself to the healing power of sound through traditional Kirtan circles, native medicine song, and ceremony chants from around the world
  • Become familiar with the subtle yogic anatomy and the chakras as well as the systems of the Peruvian shamanic traditions
  • Receive introduction to many different healing modalities and lifestyle practices, including but not limited to: Ayurveda, nutrition, massage, Thai massage, energetic healing, Tai Chi, chakra cleansing, herbal healing, and the yogic diet
  • Step into your role as healing practitioner and sharer of yoga

Art of living

  • Through study of the yoga sutras, modern yoga’s foundational text, as well as the Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads, you better come to understand the true nature of the self and your place in the world. And through discussion as a group, you will uncover what it is to make an art out of living
  • Experience true community; share from the heart, experience as a whole, and make new friends with the same passion for truth as you
  • Become the spiritual being you truly are through learning how to take your yoga off the mat and into life
  • Live a spiritual intention every day by weaving your inner practice into your outer world
  • Explore key themes for integrating yoga into daily life experiencing them through practice and self-study and discussing as a group
  • Study and discuss the yoga sutras of Patanjali, aphorisms giving insight into profound yogic practices, and contemplation as well as their life-transforming benefits
  • Study select sections of other great yogic texts such as the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads

Art of practice

  • The art of practice is the true yoga; for no matter how much you study, “an ounce of practice is worth a ton of theory”
  • Build your practice with daily meditation, pranayama, and asana in a beautiful location
  • Cleanse your body as you live the yogic diet and filling your body and soul with high-prana, Sattvic (pure) food, and observe the space that is created in all aspects of your being as a result
  • See your poses improve with one-on-one guidance and hands-on adjustments to help you get the most of your practice
  • Learn how to deepen your practice through mudras, bandhas, and understanding of yogic anatomy and alignment
  • Experience a wide selection of meditation and pranayama techniques, both traditional and modern
  • Learn how to reintegrate your practice into your daily life
  • Discover the depths that lie within you through your own true connection to the spirit

Sample daily schedule

  • 06:30 - 09:00 Art of practice; meditation, pranayama, and asana
  • 10:00 - 13:00 art of living and teaching yogic philosophy, theory and diet, yogic living, and daily intentions
  • 15:00 - 17:30 Art of teaching kula flow, asana analysis, adjustments, and yoga anatomy
  • 19:00 - 20:30 Art of healing ceremony, kirtan, or satsang sacred gathering

Included excursions

Natural hikes and trips to collaborate with several local healers from the Cherokee nation and traditional Appalachian naturopathy are included in this teacher training.


Jessi Luna
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200, RYT 500 (Yoga)
Yoga Alliance E-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 Towne-Smith
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.

Retreat location

This teacher training will be held at Seven Springs in Tennessee, USA. Seven Springs is a holistic retreat center nestled in the bio-diverse foothills of the smoky mountains on 126 acres of mostly forested hills featuring seven natural springs. Each spring corresponds to each chakra giving potency to the fresh water that flows from within the earth. They are within 500 miles of 50% of the USA population Near Maryville, Tennessee.

The Smoky Mountains are the world's oldest mountains and one of the world's most ecologically diverse regions featuring temperate rain forest climate with over 17,000 species of plants and animals. This incredible biodiversity adds to the abundant richness of Seven Springs.

Fire circle

For nightly gathering or special ceremonies, this is a space to bring people together around the power of the fire.

Octagonal classroom

The outdoor classroom is made for experiential learning. With whiteboards and long tables, this is the place to learn and design.

Nearby places

  • Smoky Mountains National Park, 25 miles
  • Cherokee National Forest - 45 minutes



  • Hiking
  • Massage
  • Mountain walking/trekking


  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Meditation garden
  • River nearby
  • Yoga studio


  • Tour assistance

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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During this teacher training, you will be served three daily delicious vegetarian meals. Seven Springs features an outdoor kitchen with a gas stove, a refrigerator, large sinks, and ample preparation and storage space.

Things to do (optional)

Hiking on Abrams Creek trail

This is the closest National Park trail head to Seven Springs. It provides many beautiful trails filled with lush vegetation and classic hiking.


One of the best ways to enjoy the river in the mountains on a hot day is to go to tubing. There are many tubing companies in Townsend that will rent you tubes and drop you off and pick you up on the river. The cost of this activity is approximately 20 USD.

Visit Chimney Tops

One of the highest lookouts in the Smokies, the Chimney Tops is a fun and rewarding climb.

Visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Located less than 25 miles from Seven Springs is the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited National Park in USA. On your way you will drive through Townsend with a wonderful visitor’s center that is recommend to visit. Cades Cove is also a beautiful 11 mile loops to drive or bike on Saturday mornings when it is closed to cars! Abrams Falls is a nice five-mile hike from Cades Cove.

Visit Look Rock fire tower

A short and windy drive up the mountain from Seven Springs is Look Rock fire tower. Still used as a fire lookout, this tower is at the top of an easy half-mile hike up to a breathtaking 360 view of the surrounding mountains. You can see the fire tower from Seven Springs and even see Seven Springs from the fire tower.

Visit Mount Leconte

Visit this place for a more challenging and longer hike. Plan for a full day and lots of water. There are a few trails to choose from and a Lodge at the top if you’d like to spend the night (reservations required). You may try Alum Cave Bluff trail which It’s steeper and more difficult but the Bluffs are a must see on your way up. Or you may also try the Rainbow Falls trail.

Visit the Cherokee National Forest

About a 45-minute drive, there a many places to hike, fish, camp, kayak, and white water raft on the Ocoee River.

Visit Tremont

A nearby nature education center, Tremont is fun to visit for information and connect to some good trail heads.

Spa treatments

During this teacher training, you may also enjoy massage services at the massage pavilion in Seven Springs. It sits upon a hill near the shala. You may relax on the massage table with a massage by one of the resident therapists.

What's included

  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • 100-hour accreditation certificate
  • Cherokee sweat lodge ceremony
  • Collaborating with several local healers
  • Full teacher training program
  • Making medicinal herbal remedies using natural products and fermented foods
  • Natural hikes around the area

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport and local transportation
  • Massage services

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 24% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 3 days before arrival.
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