40 Hour Advanced Teacher Training

Innovation Incubator: New Directions in Teaching Yoga

Teaching Contemporary Yoga: Physical Philosophy and Critical Issues

with Edward Clark & Laurie Greene

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Teaching Contemporary Yoga Advanced Training

This 8 night course will evaluate the practice and teaching (pedagogy) of Yoga for advanced practitioners and teachers. It is a deep dive into Yoga intended for those who are looking to continue a serious inquiry, conversation, and collaboration about teaching and practicing yoga and a consideration of how to make its future evolution most effective.

Edward and Laurie will utilize their new book Teaching Contemporary Yoga (Routledge 2022) to frame and lead discussion and experimentation. They will
cultivate independent critical thinking and imaginative solutions to the problems facing Yoga and its practice in the world today.

Relevant to any style, orthodoxy, or population, this “incubator” goes beyond instruction in postures or adjustments. It will discuss how good teaching encompasses having sound theories, methods, techniques, and practice. It will promote the ways in which student progress, as well as the robust evolution of Yoga as a discipline, requires a systematic route to the experience of “enlightenment.” This is a “training for the trainer” and is optimal for those that wish to create exceptional and innovative classes and teacher trainings.

Day #1 : Arrival & settle
Day #2 : The Aesthetics of Beauty and Connoisseurs of Consciousness
Day #3 : Making Ritual and Meaning Making
Day #4 : Excursion day
Day #5 : Why Thinking Matters: Radical versus Critical Acceptance
Day #6 : The Power of Imagination
Day #7 : Excursion day
Day #8 :  Merging Theory and Practice
Day #9 :  Departure


EDWARD CLARK, Master Yoga Teacher

 

Edward Clark is a figure acknowledged throughout the world for his work integrating the fields of theatre and yoga. His performing company, Tripsichore, tours regularly throughout Europe, North America and Asia. Edward is also internationally recognised as a teacher of advanced yoga technique and philosophy whose teachings are sought around the globe. He was a regular presenter and workshop leader at Yoga Journal Conferences and continues to be a sought-after teacher on various Teacher Training Programs in the USA, the UK, Europe, Mexico and throughout Asia.

Edward Clark is the enigmatic creator of Tripsichore Yoga Theatre, the London-based yoga group and has delighted audiences around the world with his sensual and lyric synthesis of yoga and performance art. Tripsichore is the balanced flow of movement, breath, and thought resulting in a smooth, uninflected state of being. The techniques are known to bring about clarity and stability to one’s thoughts and actions.

Tripsichore (pronounced trip-sic-uh-ree) is a pioneering performance group that has astounded audiences around the world with its unique expression of vinyasa yoga on stage. Vinyasa in the Tripsichore definition is the evenly metered flow of movement, breath and thought resulting in a smooth, uninflected state of being. The group’s founding artist and performer Edward Clark is also equal parts dedicated yogi and inspiring, insightful teacher.


laurie greene, PhD, E-RYT, YBR

Dr. Laurie Greene, PhD, ERYT500 has been a yoga teacher and practicing yoga therapist for over 35 years. As a yoga therapist, Laurie has created protocols for a number of studies ranging from the therapeutic impact for women suffering with arthritis, managing the the side effects of cancer treatments and aftercare, balancing in super seniors and pranayama for stuttering. Dr. Greene has co-authored 6 papers over the last 15 year which have been published in peer reviewed journals. She has presented twice at SYTR annual meetings.

A PhD in anthropology, Laurie has practiced yoga since age 15, having grown up in a “yoga family”.  Since then, yoga has become her healthy addiction. Always an enthusiastic student, Laurie combines her training in a variety of classical “hatha” traditions, bringing insights and techniques from all these to her eclectic teaching and practice.  Training extensively in the Iyengar tradition, emphasis is on safety, technique and proper alignment so that students will get the greatest benefits from their practice, and easily experience the joy that yoga affords every fitness level.  Laurie is also certified in Vinyasa flow and is registered with the Yoga Alliance as an “experienced teacher” and trainer.

Her continuing exploration of classical and newer interpretations of Astanga Vinyasa have led her to study with many amazing teachers; and to all of them she is forever grateful.  The studio has become a place where many of these and new teachers gather and continue to inspire. Having completed her 500 hour certification with the wonderful Edward Clark & Elizabeth Connelly, Laurie’s passion lies in blending many styles into a practice that is instructive, creative and fun. Laurie is the proud parent of three grown children!

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Includes

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Teaching Contemporary Yoga Advanced Training includes :

8 night accommodations in a private beachfront villa

Yoga classes & sessions as per the itinerary

Breakfast  & dinner daily plus 4 lunches

40 hours (CEU or applied to certification at Yoga Nine or elsewhere with approval)

Excursion to Las Coloradas to visit the flamingos in the wild, pink lagoons, a mud ceremony at a secluded beach and lunch

Excursion to the ruins of Ek Balam, cenote visit and exploration of the colonial city of Valladolid; lunch on your own

Closing dinner party with bonfire, open margarita bar, salsa music and roasted marshmallows

All hotel taxes & fees

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What’s not included :

Staff gratuities (daily cleaning service and servers; suggested $70-$100usd is greatly appreciated)
Flights to and from Cancun and airport transfers to El Cuyo (shared and private rides can be organized)
Healing massages ($135usd for 75 minute session)
Travel insurance

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Itinerary

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Teaching Contemporary Yoga Advanced Training Itinerary :


Day One : Saturday, August 19

 

1pm Optional Group Shuttle meeting at CUN airport
3pm Arrival/Check in
5pm Opening Circle and discussion
7pm Dinner together at Utopia


Day Two  : Sunday, August 20

 

7:30am Fruit, tea, coffee, snack
8:00-9:00am  Morning Class
9:15am Breakfast
10:30am-1:00pm The Aesthetics of Beauty and Connoisseurs of Consciousness
1:30pm Lunch together at the house
Free time, beach walks, rest, massages
4:00-6:30pm The Aesthetics of Beauty and Connoisseurs of Consciousness
7pm Dinner together at Utopia


Day Three  : Monday, August 21

 

7:30am Fruit, tea, coffee, snack
8:00-9:00am  Morning Class
9:15am Breakfast
10:30am-1:00pm Making Ritual and Meaning Making
Lunch on your own
Free time, beach walks, rest, massages
4:00-6:30pm Making Ritual and Meaning Making
7pm Dinner together at Utopia


Day Four  : Tuesday, August 22

7:30am Fruit, tea, coffee, snack
8:00-9:00am  Morning Class
9:15am Breakfast
11:30am-5pm Las Coloradas excursion with flamingos, pink lagoons, mud ceremony & lunch
Free time, beach walks, rest, massages
7pm Dinner together at Utopia


Day Five  : Wednesday, August 23

7:30am Fruit, tea, coffee, snack
8:00-9:00am  Morning Class
9:15am Breakfast
10:30am-1:00pm Why Thinking Matters: Radical versus Critical Acceptance
1:30pm Lunch together at the house
Free time, beach walks, rest, massages
4:00-6:30pm Why Thinking Matters: Radical versus Critical Acceptance
7pm Dinner together at Utopia


Day Six : Thursday, August 24

 

7:30am Fruit, tea, coffee, snack
8:00-9:00am  Morning Class
9:15am Breakfast
10:30am-1:00pm The Power of Imagination
Lunch on your own
Free time, beach walks, rest, massages
4:00-6:30pm The Power of Imagination
7pm Dinner together at Utopia


Day Seven  : Friday, August 25

8:00am Breakfast
9am-7pm Excursion day to Ek Balam ruins, cenote, lunch & colonial city of Valladolid
8pm Dinner together at Utopia


Day Eight : Saturday, August 26

  

7:30am Fruit, tea, coffee, snack
8:00-9:00am  Morning Class
9:15am Breakfast
10:30am-1:00pm Merging Theory and Practice
1:30pm Lunch together at the house
Free time, beach walks, rest, massages
3:30-6pm Merging Theory and Practice
8pm Toes-in-the-sand dinner party with bonfire, salsa music, open margarita bar & roasted marshmallows


Day Nine : Sunday, August 27

7-8am Practice
8:15am Breakfast
Departures-Check out 12pm

 

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Requirements

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Teaching Contemporary Yoga Advanced Training Requirements :

Serious commitment to teaching and/or practice, and a willingness to change one’s mind based on the results of their experimentation. Must have some experience with teaching, and be interested in questioning all that they believe they already know.

Their text Teaching Contemporary Yoga (Routledge 2022) will be utilized to frame and lead discussion and experimentation. Each participant should have a copy and read its entirety prior to arrival.

 


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Yucatán Yoga Retreat : Beach, History & Nature

Accommodations :

Utopia Guesthouse & Yoga Studio : El Cuyo is the 3rd incarnation of a series of retreat houses that we have created to host retreat groups over the years.

 

The main living area shares a sitting room and a dining area indoors. There are porches both on the front side of the house and the beach side (please stay tuned for the beach terrace photo…I’m waiting for a table to be finished and then we will photograph it!).

Bedrooms are simple and cozy with neutral tones, natural textures from local sources and some with ocean views.
The house has 8 bedrooms (4 privates with a queen bed each and 4 shared with 2 twin beds).

Bathrooms are shared amongst the house. There are three full bathrooms plus a double sink wash area upstairs and an outdoor shower with doors on the beach.

 

Our yoga studio has ocean views from the second story terrace of the house. Yoga mats and blocks are available.

Follow along with our adventures on Instagram via @utopiayogaelcuyo

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Pricing

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Teaching Contemporary Yoga Advanced Training Pricing :

Shared Double rooms

 

Interior bedrooms with 2 twin beds and shared bathrooms within steps.

$3,445usd per person

Private Interior rooms

Interior queen bedrooms with shared bathrooms within a few steps.

$3,885usd Private

Private ocean view rooms

 

Oceanview queen bedrooms with shared bathrooms within a few steps.

$3,995usd Private

Optional Add-ons :

Extra 75 minute healing massage – $135usd
Bike Rental – $10usd per hour
Airport Transfers to and from CUN $185usd each way including tolls; we pair travelers together to share costs where possible


*You must provide your own bed mate for this option. We can pair roommates together but not people sharing a bed together.

We can pair you with other travelers of your preferred gender looking to share a room. If there is not another guest looking to share your room must be taken as a private.

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Teaching Contemporary Yoga Advanced Training sign ups

MAKE YOUR DEPOSIT HERE :

Deposits of $1,000usd are due to secure your space in the training.


Choose your retreat dates :
Room choice :
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Roommates should book together. If you would like to share a room and do not have a roommate we will provide one for you if possible. If you’d like us to pair you with a roommate for rooms with shared options we require a written consent with your vaccination status and preference regarding roommate’s status to pair you accordingly. We only pair roommates together, not bedmates. All guests are required to arrive to the retreat with a negative covid test result within 24 hours.

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BALANCE PAYMENTS :

The balance of your retreat (minus your $1,000usd initial deposit*) is due 60 days prior to arrival. All details for this will be emailed to the group three months before the retreat.

You may pay with a credit card via PayPal, a bank wire transfer, Zelle, or deposit a check into our bank account to settle your balance. We also accept Bitcoin. We understand how much fees blow…though some of these options do incur a fee that will be passed on to you. Please see the itemized list below.

          

PayPal = Pay using your credit card. 4% fee is applied.

Bank Wire = Pay online with a wire. Please add $20usd to your total for wire fee.

Zelle or dropping a check into our Chase account = No charge to pay with this method. Daily limits apply with Zelle.

Bitcoin = Modern payment methods in cryptocurrency. Any transaction fees your wallet requires are applied.

Please let us know your preferred method of payment and we will send you the appropriate information right away.


POLICIES

CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellations made within 60 days or less of arrival are 100% non refundable. All initial deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

CLIENT RESPONSIBILITY

The acceptance of a verbal or written confirmation from YOGA & ADVENTURES WORLDWIDE (Y&AWW) constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions listed herein. Participants are responsible to be adequately insured, therefore Traveler’s Insurance is strongly recommended*. Y&AWW and its staff assume no responsibility nor liability for any delay, loss, damage, injury or accident with regards to persons or property which may be caused by fault or negligence of any third party vendor. This includes hotels, transportation providers, and local operators participating in part for our services. Y&AWW shall be held harmless for any expense caused by injury or accident, to any participants as well as any loss or damage of personal items while on our tours. We reserve the right to make any changes to services and itineraries, with or without notice, which may become necessary.

Yoga & Adventures Worldwide, its affiliates, retreat facilitators, hotels, third party vendors, and tour providers, the ownership, or staff, of course, cannot be held responsible for events that are outside of our control. There are no refunds as per our cancellation policies. We highly recommend that all of our guests secure a quality travel insurance that will cover them for ANY event which may cause for a change of travel plans, or for ANY unfortunate event including but of course not limited to:

– Transportation delays, cancellations or changes due to strikes, labor disputes, or lockouts from airlines, boats, ferries or any type of transportation
– Any inconvenience or complication caused by bad weather, storms, and hurricanes : a direct hit, near miss, or significant threat of a hurricane strike
– Government/political actions, events or situations; threats or acts of terrorism, acts of war or declared war.
– Personal health issues or personal situations in general which may affect travel plans
– Any loss, theft or damage of personal items at any stage of your trip
– Any accident causing injury during any stage of your trip
– Travel restrictions or illness associated with COVID-19.

All travelers may join our retreats “at your own risk”, but should continue to take precautions such as wearing masks in public, avoiding crowds, maintaining social distance and washing hands frequently. Testing will be determined by the countries through which the traveler must pass. All testing requirements are at the travelers expense and are not included in our packages. Please stay up to date with current travel related requirements.

We ask that all travelers arrive with proof of a negative antigen Covid-19 test (no matter your vaccination status) within 24 hours of the start date of the retreat.

We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to cover your investment in these uncertain times. We recommend this insurance company that covers Covid-19 incidents including travel delay due to quarantine requirements, any medical aid you need due to Covid-19 and changes to flights and travel plans. It really sets our minds at ease when booking international travel. For US citizens living in the US the plan we recommend is the Safe Travels Outbound option.

For any non-US residents or US residents living outside the States we recommend Safe Travels International Cost Saver or Safe Travels International plans.

We are not able to refund payments or extend credits due to complications in travel, rescheduling or closings due to Covid-19. Please let us know if you have purchased this insurance.

In addition to travel insurance, we also recommend that you check your health insurance policy regarding treatment outside your home country in the rare case you would need care while away from home. We recommend and use IMG Travel Medical Insurance to cover us around the globe. Please consult with the agent to make sure the plan you choose covers Covid-19. Please let us know if you have purchased this insurance.

By submitting payments toward your retreat you accept these Terms and Conditions.

If you have any questions regarding the details of this retreat please feel free to contact us to set up a call or to receive further info via email.

We require that each participant show proof of medical insurance while on our retreats. Please check your health insurance policy regarding treatment outside your home country in the rare case you would need care while away from home. We recommend and use IMG Travel Medical Insurance to cover us around the globe. Please consult with the agent to help find the plan that is right for you. We will ask for proof of insurance prior to the retreat. Thank you for your comprehension.

By submitting payments toward your retreat you accept these Terms and Conditions.

If you have any questions regarding the details of this retreat please feel free to contact us to set up a call or to receive further info via email.

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Travel Tips

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Travel Tips to El Cuyo, Yucatan

 

Fly into Cancun International airport (CUN). Please note that Cancun is in the state of Quintana Roo and El Cuyo is in the state of Yucatan. There is a time difference of 1 hour in the winter months for WINTER DAYLIGHT SAVINGS. Please make sure to double check the time zones well as you plan your travel.

From Cancun Airport to El Cuyo, travel time is approximately 2.5 hours door to door. Our drivers are very safe and reliable and we can arrange transfers from the airport to our beach house if you like. Please send along your full flight details and we will try to pair you with others traveling on a similar schedule to and from the retreat. Pricing depends on how many are in the ride.

Taxis are not allowed to wait outside the Cancun International airport at arrivals so a transfer needs to be arranged for a private car service pick up in advance or there is a local bus that takes you to El Cuyo. For arriving on your own to El Cuyo by bus you’ll need to go from the airport in Cancun to the town of Cancun station and then from there to Colonia Yucatan and then from there, you’d grab a taxi to El Cuyo. To find out more details check out this site.

There are no ATMS in El Cuyo and everything is better paid in cash as most places do not accept credit cards. Please plan to take out cash in Mexican pesos at the airport ATM upon arrival, pre-order currency from your bank back home and bring it with you or exchange your currency at the airport for Mexican pesos. Some places accept credit cards but it’s always a better idea to have cash just in case. That said there is not a lot of shopping in El Cuyo as it is a quiet town with beach and chill. Cash tips for staff are appreciated

Wifi is not the most reliable and does come in and out at times along with the electricity though it is getting better. If it does go out it usually comes back fairly quickly and offers a nice chance to sit back and relax and watch the stars. If you need super reliable internet please let us know to discuss this further. The idea is to unplug and be offline as much as possible.

There are no specialized stores and although there are a few pharmacies in the town if a specific drug is required, you would have to travel by car to the city of Tizimín about an hour away so please plan on bringing everything you might think you will need with you from home.

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