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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.
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.
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.
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.
Natural hikes and trips to collaborate with several local healers from the Cherokee nation and traditional Appalachian naturopathy are included in this teacher training.
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.
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.
For nightly gathering or special ceremonies, this is a space to bring people together around the power of the fire.
The outdoor classroom is made for experiential learning. With whiteboards and long tables, this is the place to learn and design.
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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.
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.
One of the highest lookouts in the Smokies, the Chimney Tops is a fun and rewarding climb.
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.
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 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.
About a 45-minute drive, there a many places to hike, fish, camp, kayak, and white water raft on the Ocoee River.
A nearby nature education center, Tremont is fun to visit for information and connect to some good trail heads.
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.
Please book your flight to arrive at McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS).
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