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Yoga Teacher Training 

Off Grid Yoga School at Cara Creek Eco Lodge
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 21 Day RYS200 Hour | Traditional Hatha & Vinyasa Yoga
SMALL GROUP | MENTOR SUPPORT FOR LIFE
PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION | NATURE IMMERSION

Spring 2024 March 30th - 19th April

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The serene nature at Cara Creek provides the perfect setting for this life-changing journey as we rest well to the sounds of the passing river and wake to the sounds of the birds chirping.

Your body will become completely in tune with the nature that surrounds us.

Living and learning together with a diverse and specialized group of yoga teacher trainers for 21 days off grid is especially unique to this program.

You'll soon realize how Yoga, Community and Sustainable Living are so interconnected with one another.

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Schedule an introductory call to explore if Off Grid Yoga School's

200 Hour Training is a good fit for you.

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What have graduates said about the program?

We have small groups (10 students is our max), which keeps things intimate, personal, and extremely well supported. Ideal for your individual development.

You will be mentored before, during and after the training. Alumni stay in touch for years beyond their graduation for continued mentorship in their Yoga teaching journey.

We have a diverse group of Teacher Trainers that teach on certain topics they specialize in. All of them live their Yoga in varying ways which inspires our students to develop their own authentic styles. You will become part of this lovely community.

You will have your very own glamping pod, which allows you to have proper personal space for reflection and integration.

Ingredients for our meals and snacks are organic and locally sourced, prepared to optimize your learning experience. 

We strongly believe in self care, so we include a Holistic Treatment (massage, reiki, reflexology, indian head massage) of your choice on Day 11.

You will begin practicing to teach within the first days of Teacher Training. By the end of the course you will feel confident in holding space and guiding a yoga class.

 

You'll even be given the option to teach a "real class" to the local community if you feel comfortable doing so.

Our training uses a Written Evaluation as well as a Practicum (an evaluated practice class), so that you will know where your strengths lie and where you can focus on development.

We focus on living a Yogic Lifestyle and development of your Self-Practice alongside with the training.

You will receive 10% off all future trainings and retreats you attend at Cara Creek Eco Lodge.

There is a Business of Yoga Workshop and an opportunity to have professional photographs taken in the final days of the Training to start you off on your Yoga Teaching Journey if you wish to have them.

  • Jun 19, 2024, 1:00 PM – Jun 23, 2024, 11:00 AM
    Cara Creek Eco Lodge, Estrada Ponte da Atalhada Fiais da Beira, 3405-077 Coimbra, Portugal
    Coming together in sisterhood on land in Portugal that has called this work in for co-creation. Connect the magic of mother earths medicines in a nurturing and natural environment.
  • Jun 24, 2024, 1:00 PM – Jun 28, 2024, 11:00 AM
    Cara Creek Eco Lodge, Estrada Ponte da Atalhada Fiais da Beira, 3405-077 Coimbra, Portugal
    This retreat is all about connecting back to nature which helps us to reconnect with ourselves again! nature helps us to heal not just physically but mentally as well.
  • Jul 04, 2024, 1:00 PM – Jul 09, 2024, 11:00 AM
    Cara Creek Eco Lodge, Estrada Ponte da Atalhada Fiais da Beira, 3405-077 Coimbra, Portugal
    Nature of You is an elemental journey. A remembering. A re-rooting into your deeper truth. Your human nature. Your wild, primordial being. We journey into the depths of Portugals valleys, where two rivers meet.
  • Jul 10, 2024, 1:00 PM – Jul 15, 2024, 11:00 AM
    Coimbra, Estrada Ponte da Atalhada Fiais da Beira, 3405-077 Coimbra, Portugal
    Come and immerse in the most stunning nature and feel the elements around you, as well as within you, as you retreat and dive into the practices.
  • Jul 20, 2024, 1:00 PM – Jul 27, 2024, 11:10 AM
    Cara Creek Eco Lodge, Estrada Ponte da Atalhada Fiais da Beira, 3405-077 Coimbra, Portugal
    Immerse in nature, dive deeply into Ashtanga yoga, meditation and the philosophies supporting it, stay in a sustainably built and run off-grid retreat center, connect with community, carve out time to pause and reflect, swim in rivers, sleep under the stars. July 20-27, 2024
  • Aug 09, 2024, 12:00 PM – Aug 30, 2024, 12:00 PM
    Cara Creek Eco Lodge, Estrada Ponte da Atalhada Fiais da Beira, 3405-077 Coimbra, Portugal
    August 9th - 30th 21 Days, 200 Hours RYS Traditional Hatha & Vinyasa Yoga Off Grid Yoga School
  • Sep 01, 2024, 1:00 PM – Sep 07, 2024, 11:00 AM
    Cara Creek Eco Lodge, Estrada Ponte da Atalhada Fiais da Beira, 3405-077 Coimbra, Portugal
    Fancy a week of relaxation, belly laughs, soft sensual moments, confidence building & joy? Then this is for you!
  • Sep 10, 2024, 11:00 AM – Sep 15, 2024, 11:00 AM
    Cara Creek Eco Lodge, Estrada Ponte da Atalhada Fiais da Beira, 3405-077 Coimbra, Portugal
    An invitation to spend time to quieten our minds, bringing awareness to our bodies and inquire, with curiosity and compassion, creating space to listen to our inner wisdom.
  • Oct 03, 2024, 1:00 PM – Oct 08, 2024, 11:00 AM
    Cara Creek Eco Lodge, Estrada Ponte da Atalhada Fiais da Beira, 3405-077 Coimbra, Portugal
    Immerse yourself in our yoga, Pilates and wellness retreat; deepen your practice with our classes and workshops, while indulging in the therapeutic benefits of nature
  • Oct 09, 2024, 1:00 PM – Oct 13, 2024, 11:00 AM
    Cara Creek Eco Lodge, Estrada Ponte da Atalhada Fiais da Beira, 3405-077 Coimbra, Portugal
    On this transformative women's retreat we will go on a personal and communal journey intentionally designed to move you ever closer to your natural self. Taking you on a unique journey to connect you with heart, body, and community.
  • Oct 18, 2024, 1:00 PM – Oct 20, 2024, 11:00 AM
    Cara Creek Eco Lodge, Estrada Ponte da Atalhada Fiais da Beira, 3405-077 Coimbra, Portugal
    Neste retiro a proposta é criar um espaço de conexão interna e uma amplificação da consciência da própria vida nas várias dimensões que esta abarca. Viajar dentro.
  • Jun 13, 2024, 1:00 PM – Jun 18, 2024, 11:00 AM
    Cara Creek Eco Lodge, Estrada Ponte da Atalhada Fiais da Beira, 3405-077 Coimbra, Portugal
    Welcome to our Rebirth Retreat, 5 nights and 6 days of meditation, Ashtanga Yoga practices with adjustments, and traditional rituals from the Mayan land. Come join us to reconnect with Pachamama, with yourself and with the cosmic love surrounding you.
  • Jun 06, 2024, 1:00 PM – Jun 11, 2024, 11:00 AM
    Cara Creek Eco Lodge, Estrada Ponte da Atalhada Fiais da Beira, 3405-077 Coimbra, Portugal
    Step into the fullness of your Divine feminine essence, surrounded by the serenity of nature and embraced by the loving support of sisterhood. 6 - 11 June 2024
  • Jun 01, 2024, 1:00 PM – Jun 05, 2024, 11:00 AM
    Coimbra, Estrada Ponte da Atalhada Fiais da Beira, 3405-077 Coimbra, Portugal
    Escape to the serene beauty of the Portuguese mountains for a 5-day retreat immersed in nature. This retreat is a harmonious blend of breathwork and asana, yoga philosophy and ayurveda, educational and relaxing, all tied together by the exploration of nature’s elements.
  • May 20, 2024, 3:00 PM – May 25, 2024, 1:00 PM
    Cara Creek Eco Lodge, Estrada Ponte da Atalhada Fiais da Beira, 3405-077 Coimbra, Portugal
    Go to Portugal with James Cassidy in May 2024 for 5 days of yoga, meditation, mantra and pranayama in a majestic Portuguese valley, where two rivers meet. Immerse yourself in nature, in the perfect reset from a busy life.
  • May 17, 2024, 1:00 PM – May 19, 2024, 11:00 AM
    Cara Creek Eco Lodge, Estrada Ponte da Atalhada Fiais da Beira, 3405-077 Coimbra, Portugal
    A "Retiros OASIS" é uma iniciativa de retiros em Portugal, que promove o bem-estar materno, o fortalecimento do vínculo mãe-filho e o desenvolvimento pessoal, espiritual, emocional, social, físico e intelectual de ambos.
  • May 12, 2024, 1:00 PM – May 17, 2024, 11:00 AM
    Cara Creek Eco Lodge, Estrada Ponte da Atalhada Fiais da Beira, 3405-077 Coimbra, Portugal
    This retreat will allow you to deepen your yoga practice in sunlit studios while immersing yourself in the history and traditions of Portugal and its people.
  • Apr 29, 2024, 1:00 PM – May 05, 2024, 11:00 AM
    Cara Creek Eco Lodge, Estrada Ponte da Atalhada Fiais da Beira, 3405-077 Coimbra, Portugal
    An immersion into the nature and the yoga practice in a small group, filled with discoveries of powerful energy sites at the crossing of the two rivers and the waterfall, nature walks, transformational experiences, learning to root your yoga practice in different way... 29 April - 5th May
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Dedication. Expertise. Passion.
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E-RYT 500 & Lead Trainer

Ashley Murray

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For 18 years I have found a sense of peace and healing through Yoga, and I'm humbled to share this ancient and rich philosophy. I’m eternally grateful to live, practice and teach here at Cara Creek Eco Lodge. By blending a Yogic Lifestyle with an Off Grid Lifestyle I’ve realized that living Yogically and living sustainably are in fact one in the same. 

My intentions for facilitating 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Trainings are: to honor the traditions and philosophy of Yoga to the highest respect; to bridge the gap between the traditions and the Western way of life; to hold space for the authentic development of each individual trainee in their journey. Ultimately the trainees have their own self practice and a unique way of sharing Yoga with those they connect with via Yoga Classes and in fact life!

Yoga is a practice to know yourself more deeply, more compassionately. This awareness of self leads to a more meaningful life and resonates out to our world which spreads peace.

Yoga has allowed me to be a student for life. I feel grateful for all who have impacted my journey thus far and to those that will come - teachers, Gurus, students, family, friends, and most of all life experiences.

Our Off Grid Yoga School alumni group is like a family that stays connected long after you complete the program. Mentorship starts from the moment you register and continues for the rest of your Yoga journey.
Our Teacher Trainers

Teacher Trainer Bios

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Isaac

Yoga Teacher & Wim Hof Practitioner

Yoga is and remains the path I have taken toward healing. For over 20 years I’ve tried and tested many techniques from ashtanga yoga to transcendental meditation, and the teachings of various gurus and various plant medicines.⁠⁠​

Like so many, my life has been about deconditioning from the traumatic influences of an unwell society. I’ve met so many inspiring and compassionate people along the way and discovered many gifts on the other side of healing. I can only feel gratitude for the fierce grace that has blessed his path.⁠⁠

 

The practices I share have helped me so much and I have complete faith in the methods that I practice and teach. I never teach anything I have not experienced for myself. I teach in the hope that what I share will in some small way contribute to helping the student find more peace within themselves, and thus contribute to making the world a better place.⁠⁠

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Sandy

Yoga Teacher & Mindfulness Coach

Sandy completed her YTT at Off-Grid Yoga School in 2019. Since then, she has been teaching Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin yoga in English and Portuguese.

 

She discovered the power of mindfulness during her early adolescence and has been exploring ways to apply mindfulness in her daily life ever since. Years later, Sandy made the connection between mindfulness and yoga, and since completing her training, she has strived to share what she learns during her personal mindfulness journey with her students in her yoga classes, while also gaining endless insight and perspective from them.

 

Sandy has also participated as a guest teacher at Off-Grid Yoga School's YTT in 2021 and 2020, where she explored the concept of mindfulness as well as a variety of application techniques that students can take away with them and visit throughout their lives.

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Franzi began her journey to healing with her study of psychology and ultimately graduating as a counsellor in Vienna. Dismayed by the narrow parameters that defined psychological health in the Western system she travelled to India where she worked with orphaned children. There she met her teachers - yoga therapists Acharya Venkatesh and Acharya Hema, with whom she studied for three years. ⁠

Franzi has experienced a profound return to health through the kriyas and practices learned under their guidance. Vipassana has also been a great part of her practice.⁠ 

Her teaching is based on the therapeutic approach of traditional hatha yoga. ⁠

Healing through the observation and assimilation of sensation in order to release the blocks causative of injury and degeneration.⁠

Franzi

Yoga Teacher & Doula

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Sandra is an experienced yoga student and certified yoga teacher since 2018.

 

She loves emphasizing on the internal perception and experience by combining different types of bodywork such as Critical Alignment yoga and

Somatics. 

 

Music is an important part of her life. Ever since her childhood, she loves to sing and play various instruments.

 

For her, yoga and singing mantras is a way to dive deeper into the Self. It is her way of slowing down, heal, letting go and trust. Taking the time, listening to her inner wisdom, surprise herself, be touched and connect to all there is.

Sandra

Yoga Teacher & Kirtan Leader

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My journey as a Yoga teacher began at Cara Creek when I joined the teacher training in 2021.

I initially wanted to deepen my own practice and understanding of yoga but I found a love of sharing yoga with others through the wonderful teachers on the course.

I came to yoga through chronic pain and a desire to holistically manage my hypermobile body. As I have worked through chronic pain, yoga has been the one thing I am able to turn to that helps both my mind and body in times of stress and times of power. I am passionate about teaching others about hypermobility and guiding yoga classes with a focus on strength and alignment rather than flexibility. 

I also offer optional yoga photoshoots towards the end of the teacher training, guiding participants with an awareness of mindfulness and grounding to create an authentic and present image. 
 

Helen

Yoga Teacher & Photographer

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Sandhiya is a South African born Indian, now living in the UK for over a decade where she qualified as a yoga teacher. 

 

Her Hindu background allows a natural weave of traditional bhakti (devotional) and non-physical yoga practices to feature in her classroom experiences. 

 

These include mantra and chakra sadhana (practice) which, from a personal point of view, have been her companion through many internal/external shifts and transitions.

 

Seva (being in service) is her motivation, living in loving service to the divine.  Sandhiya looks forward to sharing simple, deep and profound ways of being and becoming with you.

Sandhiya

Yoga Teacher & Bhakti Yoga Practitioner

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Reece

Yoga Teacher & Artist

Since attending my first yoga class over 10years ago, i realised quickly there was magic happening. My body felt euphoric from only breathing and movement, nothing external, it blew my mind. It was the first time I realised that all the tools we will ever need, we already have. 
I mean I guess there’s a reason why people have been practicing it for thousands of years. 
It is the same way I feel about the creative process.
Thought and expression are super powers to me and Yoga  embodies all of them, in mind body and spirit. I know it sounds cliche. But the same way I’m in love with how my head thinks when painting, and tapping into a flow state, is also how I feel being on my mat for a class. The conversation in the moment is a form of magic, a landline to the Divine, learning something new every time. It truly makes me smile

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Daisy May

Yoga teacher, Herbalist, Naturopath.

Daisy has been exploring the worlds of holistic health since studying Naturopathic Medicine for 3 years in 2015. She then went on to travel in India where she found the powers of yoga and its healing capabilities.

 

Daisy became a Yoga teacher in 2021 through studying at Off-Grid Yoga school. Following this she now teaches Hatha yoga classes in her community and teaches Herbal Yoga workshops. Herbal Yoga is a concept she created, interweaving and combining the magic of herbalism and Hatha yoga to highlight the importance of nurturing ourselves and the nature surrounding us. ‘The deepest healing comes when we tend to our inner and outer gardens.’ 

 

She also studies herbalism whilst living on land in Portugal with her partner, growing their own food, practising permaculture and cooking on ecological courses and retreats. 

Curriculum & Course Details 

Like all Registered Yoga Schools, our 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training program is required to offer a curriculum based on the guidelines issued by Yoga Alliance. Within these guidelines is where prospective students will find differences in how the curriculum is delivered. 

Our curriculum has an immersive focus in technique training, which is beneficial for new teachers. In addition, it offers a variety of teacher trainers which provides authentic Yoga programming.

 

Yoga Alliance Accreditation is not only important to us as a school, but to the graduates of our programs. Yoga Alliance registry marks are globally recognized symbols of standards-based knowledge in the field of teaching Yoga. 

Click here to see our school's profile on the Yoga Alliance Site.

Material Covered:
  • Styles covered in depth: Traditional Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga

  • Introductory Workshops in: Yoga Therapy, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Yoga Nidra

  • 40+ Asana (Postures)

  • Anatomy & Physiology (in relation to Yoga Asana)

  • Teaching Methodology, Sequencing

  • Assisting and Adjusting

  • Yoga Philosophy

  • Styles of Yoga

  • History of Yoga

  • Bhagavad Gita ~ Chapters 1 and 2

  • Lifestyle and Ethics of Yoga Teachers

  • Meditation

  • Pranayama

  • Ayurveda

  • Kirtan

  • Chakras

  • Kriyas

  • Bandhas

  • Drishti

  • Mudras

  • Practicum Teaching

  • Business of Yoga

Investment: €3600 (excl. VAT)
Early Bird Discount: €3000 (excl. VAT)
*when you book before December 1st 2023*

Includes:

Course, Mentorship, Accommodation, Meals, 1 Holistic Treatment

Please do not let cost get in the way of your Yoga Journey.
Ashley is always willing to discuss payment plans to suit your needs.

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After Your Training

Receive discounts of 10% on yoga retreats and future trainings at Cara Creek Eco Lodge.

You'll have our support, and be added to an online community with new and experienced Yoga Teachers to support you on your journey long after our training is complete

Also, you will be a "preferred" retreat host for when the time comes as a Yoga Teacher that you'd like to run your own Yoga retreats here at Cara Creek Eco Lodge

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