Durga’s Tiger School® Tantra - Yoga - Shamanism

in Casa Kiliku - Quito, Ecuador

200 hours "Yoga, Arts & Shamanism" Teacher Training

Special Edition Teacher Training


200 hours course certified by Yoga Alliance International and Yoga Alliance organizations

In many tribes, if you come to a shaman or medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask you one of these questions:
When did you stop dancing?
When did you stop singing?
When did you stop being enchanted by stories?
When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence?
Where we have stopped dancing, singing, being enchanted by stories, or finding comfort in silence is where we have experienced the loss of soul.
Dancing, singing, storytelling, and silence are the four universal healing salves.

Gabrielle Roth

This teacher training retreat is an invitation to re connect with our essential and higher self by coming closer to nature and other seekers, re experiencing ourselves through the deep ancient knowledge of Kaula Tantra Yoga, the playful wisdom of Art and the power of a Shamanic Vision.

During one month we´ll stop time. This is a calling. We´re going to create a power circle and let our inner shaman reveal itself. The purpose is healing, connection and creation. Also releasing all those things that we don’ t want to carry anymore.
Dancing, singing, stories, and entering into the territory of silence so we can listen to our purpose clearly. Opening our hearts to the freedom of creating new ways by unlearning the old ones.

Tantra teaches us that creativity is a vital part of life. We conceive that everybody is an artist, and the seed of art is waiting inside of you to be awakened. The only experience you need is life itself.

In this course we are going to work with different disciplines such as theatre, literature, clowning, mask construction and playing, voice work, energetic body work and meditation among others.

And you will have the oppotunity to experience some local rituals as part of the Shamanism and Cosmovision classes:

Temazcal The Purification Lodge – In this ancient shamanic ceremony you create your intent for your Teacher Training and reconnect with nature, spirit, and your centered self. It helps students leave old weights behind them and open the door with their fellow yogis to new experiences.

Each student receives a Limpia, an energy cleansing ritual made with local medicinal plants, made by a native healer woman from our mountain, the Ilaló

Life in the Ashram

The teacher training group consists of a maximum of 19 students facilitated by an engaging, international teaching team.
Living at the Retreat enables students to focus intensively on their training, fully immersing themselves in a process of learning and self-discovery. Students discover the joy of deeply engaging in yogic practice and lifestyle.
We create a space to experience communitary life in which people collaborate for the benefit of the community itself and organize themselves in order to also have moments of introspection and privacy.
So that, a close and energetic group environment is created, to allow students understand and experience the Niyama principles, share their experience and learning from processes collectively.


During this course we keep the base of Tantra knowledge in which creativity is used as a tool of liberation so that through the use of different art techniques we will get in contact with our inner self, release emotions and use arts as a meditation itself.

Daily Schedule

Morning meditation
Morning class
Lunch and afternoon break
Afternoon class
Teachings of chanting, dancing or special arts events related to the course material (three evenings per week).


65% of the course content is focused on tantra yoga, pranayama, chakras and meditation.
Kaula Tantra Yoga is rooted in Uttara Shaivism, or Kashmiri Shaivism, one of six Śiva traditions. Students approach the asanas from a place of relaxation, care, and love for themselves.

This yoga series is practised in a slow and flowing manner to build patience and awareness. Each asana is held gently for a period of time to allow students to relax into the posture. This way, each individual finds their own unique way of expressing the asanas without the pressure of competing or ‘performing perfectly’.

Over time, students learn to meditate in the postures to connect with the Divine. This yoga specifically cultures the diaphragms and balances every area of life, including sexuality.
Please note that classes do not involve nudity or sexual contact.
In some classes, students also will have the time to live the practice with the support and emphasis of a partner and applying the tantric philosophy tools in it.

Through the tantra teachings students learn about the energetic exchange between Shiva and Shakti, the two polarities, and how to integrate sexual energy into their yoga exploration.

Once per week we will work with chakras through the Kundalini Yoga experience. This kind of yoga show us the opposite way of practice if compared with tantra yoga and helps students understanding the difference between the various approaches to the Yoga discipline.

With Partner Yoga we will discover the joy and the importance of support and be supported, The challange is to take care of the sacred space dancing between me and my partner, and I experience the joy of giving and receiving.
We practice in silence to not distract the other senses from the flow of the practice and concentration in one-self and also in the other. It’s a work of active listening to feel until which point the other can arrive.
In these classes we will keep on working on many asanas of the kaula tantra yoga serie, using the approach of tantric wisdom, in which we will focus in presence, senses, connection, body communication, more than acrobacies, and in this way we will create the dance of Shiva and Shakti.

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Meditation is basic in the Tantra Yoga practice. Students will learn how many things involve this practice which seems so simple. We will see different approaches to meditation as a tool for you to share when people have not experience with it.
In the society where we live, the concept of “doing all the time” affects every aspect of our life…so we will learn first to be present in everything we do and transform movement and art in meditation too.
In this way it will be much more simple to sit down in simple pose, keep your spine aligned and meditate in silence enjoying the total quietness.

35% of the course is dedicated to the Art Classes and we will offer two different programs in May and June.
The May one will be helded by Nicolas Cambas and Magdalena Haftner, The One starting in June will be helded by Marcela Camacho and Magdalena Haftner

When we are present we transform the ordinary into extra-ordinary. Life is becoming a conscious creation, in other words, a ritual. In this course additionally to the yoga practice and teaching skills we’ll develop deeper views on life, relationships, communication and self awareness, that will lead us to the creation of a performative ritual for each person. In this space of freedom you will be guided to explore and transmute core aspects of your life experience, expressed by the artistic tools you received during the month. In the end of the course we share this ritual in a one day ritualistic performance day.

Arts program for the course starting in May – The ritual through the elements and theatre tools

Art & Shamanism

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What’s the purpose of art? And of Shamanism? The answer is opened for each one. In this course we conceive art as the main tool for a life with purpose. And shamanism speaks about the purpose of life. Art and shamanism are two sides of the same coin.

In order to transform our lives into experiences with meaning, we need to let go the outside structures that are imposed on us, and understand that Life is a creative process. Nobody else than Us is the creator of our own reality, the Shaman of ourselves. Art gives us the tools to go through life with beauty, creativity, wisdom, playfulness, and above all Presence.

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Shamanism frames this explorations into a sacred knowledge. One of this tools is Clowning, nowadays a contemporary technique, but actually coming from ancient times and ritualistic cultures. Through a shamanic view of Clown we can heal wounds in our inner child, make peace with our authentic self, and accept our vulnerable and shadowed aspects, to become more ourselves.
Techniques: Interpersonal Meditations, Theatre Games, Approaches on Rituality, Shamanic Clowning.

Movement and structures for Improvisation.

Movement is a way to explore the body in motion, movement is a way to deconstruct and discover creative, playful and expresive sides of yourself in your own dance and quieteness.

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Alone and with others. Dance not as something to show but rather as a way to let emotions and energy flow through your vehicle and keep it opened, light, flexible and playful.

Movement is a practice that sometimes we consider the counterpart of Meditation, and as such it arrives to the same point: The present moment. The quality of being present through movement or music, or any kind of performance in art we call Improvisation.

Improvisation is playing with presence. An this doesn’t mean doing just anything. Above all it means listening, sensing, sometimes not doing at all. In order to help us understand this dynamics, we use certain structures or scores. Structures for improvisation are a huge way of raising conciousness in new ways of doing , relating and communicating. In art and life.

Techniques: personal approaches to Authentic Movement, contact improvisation, body somatics, viewpoints, instant composition.

Space dynamics and Storytelling

The world is created and constantly creating itself by stories.

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We share and get deeper into the understanding how a story can touch someone and even has a healing power. We get to know the technique of improvising stories and share them with or without words, in a solo and a collective creation. We free ourselfs from our fears of not being “good enough” and explore the freedom when we do not have to take our emotions too serious, but can let them flow through expression.
Tecniques:  bodylanguage, work with our emotions, self expression, dramaturgy of my own story, perspective of one story

Colours, Object Manipulation and Puppetry

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By bringing the internal movement into external we get a better understanding of it and activate our tactile senses. We open up a magical space where we can bring colours and objects alive with our own breathe and manipulation by movement. With the creation and ritualistic approach of simple puppets made of paper we get to know how to move them alone and with the group and find out which story comes alive with each specific movement quality we give them.

Techniques: Work with day-to-day materials, Power of Colours and Painting, Object- and Puppetry Manipulation, Externalising internal movement.

Playful Voice

Voice is one of the most imprtant aspect when you decide to share Tantra Yoga.
Thanks to voice you create vibrations to heal yourself.

Bringing out the own voice without judgement but playfulness is the aim of this class. In sound circles we explore the variation and depth of the own voice, we share simple singing structures in the chorus without notes, just by listening, intuition and repetition and create atmospheres of sound that evoke emotions, images and stories.
Tecniques: Liberation, Exploration and Sharing of the Voice, Voice- and Chakrawork.

Arts program for the course starting in June – construction and game of masks through the animals and theatre tools

Mask Construction

We will build a plaster mold of our own face and from clay and mud we will explore the construction of a theatrical mask. In conjunction with movement and shamanism classes the mask will come to life bringing up a higher spirit. This implies a deep process of manual and meditative work.

Techniques: Work with natural material, modelling from elements of earth and water, Meditation through Plastic Work, Abstraction.

Performing the Mask

This is a scenic body training workshop in which several traditions, techniques and types of mask will be explored through codified traditional moves, as yoga does.

The focus will be on the practical invention and exploration of a self-created figure: the basic energy and the rhythm, the breath, the movement, the habits, the desires, the fears, the temperament and the emotions towards the search for new bodies inspired by the cultural heritage, placed in different social situations.

The mask doesn’t cover yourself, here it will bring your higher self alive. We will discover how to share and show these processes with an audience. We will enter then, in the magic and secret world of the mask to discover the bodies that sleep in each of us, strengthening the individual and collective memory.

Techniques: Mask Playing, Gesture Theatre, Stage Presence, Research of the mask’s character.

Between Play and Ritual

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What is the difference between a game and a ritual? Is there such a difference? In this workshop we will explore our daily and sacred rituals putting them into a context of playful games to find consciousness of our poetic body and our sacred being.

We will discover the difference between action which needs a purpose and movement that doesn’t necessarily have, getting into the field rituality. This workshop will support the process of the mask creation which includes finding a purpose and putting it into the visible. As a group we will be aware of the individual process of each one being able to sustain and let us sustain, living a profound process of healing and reunion with our roots.

Techniques: Anthropological Theatre, Games of the Oppressed Theatre and Theatrical Rituals.

Improvisation through Theatre and Dance

When we are present there is no past and no future, there is no worrying, no fear, no nostalgia and no planning in advance. Being in the present moment opens up our awareness and connection with our intuition and creates a space of free play.

When we allow ourselves to be in this quality we can start improvising which means acting without knowing where it is going to go, but following our instincts. In this classes we will explore techniques of theatre and movement to get into the field of improvisation in a brave and relaxed way, embracing our fears and imperfections and wakening up our highest playful state of body and mind.

Techniques: Improvisational Theatre, Authentic Movement, Viewpoints, Instant Composition.

Playful Voice

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Voice is one of the most important aspects when you decide to share Tantra Yoga. Thanks to voice you create vibrations to heal yourself. Bringing out the own voice without judgement but playfulness is the aim of this class. In sound circles we explore the variation and depth of the own voice, we share simple singing structures in the chorus without notes, just by listening, intuition and repetition and create atmospheres of sound that evoke emotions, images and stories.
Techniques: Liberation and Exploration of the Voice, Voice- and Chakrawork.

Video – interview to the students of the course of last year

Extras & Weekend Offers

Yoga exploration laboratories where students discover other yoga techniques
Work with a shaman and medicinal plants of the jungle, or the Andes
Day trips with Mushuk Allpa Conscious Tours

Facilitators of this course

Catherine Ayer Gresham
Nicolas Cambas (Present in May for the part of Arts)
Caridad Guerrero
Magdalena Haftner (Present in May and June for the part of Arts)
Marcela Camacho (Present in June for the part of Arts)
Tatiana Davila (Present in May and June in the part of Shamanism and Cosmovision)
Ruben Silva (May and June for Shamanism and Cosmovision)
Hector Havilla & Rosa Cisneros
Fanny Simbaña

You can read about them in this link of our web page: Our Team

Cost of the course

The price is pecified in this link of our web page: Inversion