200 hours "Yoga, Arts & Shamanism" Teacher Training
- May 6th – June 2nd
- June 10th – July 7th
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.
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.
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.
Lunch and afternoon break
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.
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 following classes:
Art & Shamanism
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.
When we are present we transform the ordinary into extra-ordinary. Life becoming a concious creation, in other words, a ritual. In this course we’ll develop deeper views on life, relationships, communication, self awareness, creation.
In this course we are going to work with different disciplines such as theater, literature, clowning, voice work, energetic body work, meditation among others.
And you will have the oppotunity to experience some local rituals:
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
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.
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 used in this part of the course: personal approaches to contact improvisation, body somatics, viewpoints, instant composition.
Space dynamics and Storytelling
The world is created and constantly creating itself by stories.
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, dramatury of my own story
Movement and Puppetry
Work with hands, play with the tactil senses, bringing material alive with your own breathe and manipulation by movement, bringing the internal movement into external, creation of simple puppets made of paper, moving them alone and with the group. I connect with the magic of life.
Tecniques: we work with day-to-day materials and with colours creating a magic and ritualistic approch to our every day live.
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, soundcircles, variation and depth of the own voice, sharing simple singing structures in the chorus without notes, just by listening, intuition and repetition.
Tecniques: liberation of the voice; mantras; voice and chakrawork
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)
Magdalena Haftner (Present in May for the part of Arts)
Marcela Camacho (Present in June for the part of Arts)
Hector Havilla & Rosa Cisneros
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