The Satiyoga 250 hour Foundation Training programme enables students to establish a solid foundation in asana, breathwork, meditation and mindfulness practice from which the creative art and skilful practice of teaching can develop naturally and confidently.

Beginning for the first time in April 2018, this unique year-long course offers the opportunity to integrate yogic and Buddhist practices for the body, breath and mind in a contemporary and non-dogmatic manner. Satiyoga is a transformative approach based on continuously exploring one’s own practice on and off the mat– a process which provides us with essential tools for living more fully in a world which is increasingly out of balance.

The special venue of Macalla Farm along with the wild beauty of Clare Island provides an ideal setting, allowing students to go deeper into their practice, to apply mindfulness to everyday tasks and in nature, to experience space and silence as well as the support and conviviality of a small group of like-minded people.

We believe that our Teacher Training course truly offers something different.

Open the course program’s brochure for more in-depth information.



Satiyoga is a contemporary, transformative approach to yoga that integrates mindfulness, asana, pranyama and meditation. At its core is an ethical practice derived from a secular understanding of key elements of classical yoga and early Buddhism.  We learn to (re)balance, to (re)connect, to creatively engage with our experience as a living, breathing, embodied being.

Through our unique teacher training, we first learn to integrate mindfulness into our own practice. As we grow more confident with the exploration of our bodies, breath, feelings, thoughts, we begin to make use of various tools of awareness and embodiment to allow our individual teaching voice and expression to emerge and evolve.

Brochure – Satiyoga Foundation Training

Schedule for 250 hour Satiyoga Foundation Teacher Training Modules

  • Residential module 1   22nd – 29th April 2018
  • Residential module 2   27th October – 4th November 2018
  • Residential module 3   27th April – 6th May 2019
  • Distance learning module, one meeting per month starting May 2018 to April 2019 (except August and December)

Cost for the Satiyoga Foundation Training  is €4200 (€3950 if paid in full, two months before the course starts)

What this includes:  all teaching and mentoring over the three residential modules of 27 days and nine online sessions, all food and accommodation during residential modules, ferry to and from the island.

What this does not include: travel to and from Roonagh pier, study books and other materials required for the training.

Payment details:

Non-refundable deposit of 600 euros must accompany acceptance of your place on the course

Balance of payment can be made either:

– In full by the 22nd of March 2018, by bank transfer of 3350 (you save 250 euros)


– In three instalments of 1200, payable by bank transfer on the 22nd of March 2018, 15th of September 2018 and 2nd of March 2019

If neither of the above options is possible, please contact us to discuss a payment plan that will better suit your situation.

A limited number of discounted places are available on the 250hr Satiyoga Foundation Training.  For more information click on the  Financial Aid Application form.


After successful completion of these four modules, students can apply for a 250 hour certification with the Independent Yoga Network. We are proud to affiliate with the IYN, an organisation of integrity whose approach to the practice and teaching of contemporary yoga reflects our own deeply held values.

Brochure – Satiyoga Foundation Training

Teacher Biographies

Christophe Mouze has studied and practiced yoga since 1994. He originally trained as an Iyengar teacher (introductory certificate obtained in 1998), but his practice and teaching have since been influenced by a number of other yoga styles, particularly ashtanga vinyasa and the Atma Vikasa style of Acharaya Venkatesh (from Mysore, India), who was his main teacher for a number of years.

Pranayama has also been an important part of his practice and teaching from early on. He currently runs workshops in pranayama for the Irish Yoga Association, as part of their Teacher’s Continuous Professional Development Training.

More recently, his quest for a more balanced practice led him to study the teachings and practices of Buddhism, which he found to complement and enrich his hatha yoga practice. He practices meditation daily and attends retreats in various Buddhist traditions. Christophe is co-founder  of Macalla Farm (Clare Island Retreat Centre) established in 2001. He is certified by the Independent Yoga Network as a senior (1000 hours) teacher and has taught more than 5000 hours.

Ciara Cullen Macalla Farm co-founder, has been practising yoga since 1995 and has been teaching since 1999. She has completed more than 1000 hours of training in yoga and has taught more than 5000 hours.

Ciara practiced ashtanga vinyasa yoga for over fifteen years studying with a number of leading international teachers. She was also influenced by the Atma Vikasa style of Acharaya Venkatesh (from Mysore, India).

Since 2005 her practice has evolved into a mindful integration of asana, breath work and meditation. She is inspired in her studies by her teacher, Rossella Baroncini, who was a long term student of Vanda Scaravelli. In turn, as her meditation practice became more embodied, she began to explore secular mindfulness. In 2014 she completed a mindfulness teacher training course with Martin Aylward and Mark Coleman of the Mindfulness Institute (UK and US). Recently Ciara has found her ‘home’ in Secular Dharma, a contemporary approach to early Buddhism with its emphasis on ethics and practice, completing a two year intensive course in 2017 with Stephen Batchelor and Bodhi College.

Kerry Maguire is an experienced structural and cranial osteopath, and yoga teacher who has worked across the UK, Florence (Italy) and in East Clare, Ireland for the last 10 years. 

Her interest in the human body and movement patterns began during her former career as a professional classical dancer. This soon lead to her full time study of yoga, bio-mechanics and osteopathy. It was working under Rossella Baroncini (student of Vanda Scaravelli) that revolutionised her perception of movement and spinal release, whilst the study of osteopathy and human dissection at King’s College London and manually working with patients has informed her understanding of body anatomy.

Currently, she manages and is the lead osteopath at The Good Health Centre, Ireland, conducts research into chronic fatigue syndrome for the NHS UK and is studying a Masters equivalent Paediatrics in Osteopathy,. She enjoys lecturing in anatomy and gives workshops across Europe to athletes, yoga teachers, pilates instructors, and dancers.

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“The Irish Yoga association have been delighted to have Christophe Mouze lead workshops on breath work and pranayama for our teachers and teacher trainees. Christophe willingly shares his deep knowledge to both beginners and more experienced practitioners. His relaxed, gentle style creates a learning environment where students can access deeper insights to the practice.”
Miriam Brady, IYA teacher trainer, Bray, Wicklow.

“This place is the Real Deal. The teachings, intentions and lifestyle on Macalla farm are inspirational . I’ve been instructing and practicing yoga for many years and this is a place I choose to come back to for rejuvenation. I highly recommend it for all levels of practice from absolute beginners to experienced yogis.”
Laragh Cunningham, TheYogaShala, Yoga Teacher and Studio Manager, Galway.

“On a wild and remote island, you may find the tranquillity you seek. At Macalla Farm, the environment that Ciara and Christophe have created is one that inspires the feeling that all is well in the world. I cannot think of a better place to abandon the routine world to immerse oneself in deep learning. It a hub of creative activity, from the excitement of animal care through to devoted yoga practices. Yoga is an all-absorbing holistic experience here. During my visits the intensity of yoga practice was well balanced with the sociable side of the farm, it being possible to join in with a range of farm activities. The farm’s produce is grown, prepared and consumed with a healthy respect for nature. Dietary needs are met with easy compassion. Macalla farm is a special place indeed. Clare island is a joy to visit and Ciara and Christophe can guide you to its many treasures.”
Gemma Galey-Jones, Yoga Teacher, Norfolk, UK

“I just did the Yoga and Mindfulness retreat. Wow, it could not have been more perfect. The way Ciara and Christophe blend the Yoga and Mindfulness practice is incredible. They are amazing teachers.”
Kate O’ Shea, yoga and mindfulness teacher

“Ciara and Christophe’s dedication to the practice shines through in their knowledgable and gifted approach to teaching. They encourage self discovery and self acceptance and are genuinely interested in each student’s experience. They guide you to feel, sense and connect to the body, breath and mind on a journey towards wholeness. I appreciate how they weave the philosophical and mindful teachings into their classes in a clear and accessible way. The teachings along with the amazing food and experience of sustainable living is truly unique.”
Deirdre Mullins, Yoga Teacher, SomaYoga, Kildare

Brochure – Satiyoga Foundation Training

Prerequisites: The Foundation Training programme is primarily designed for those who have an established, regular personal yoga (of any style) and meditation practice (a home practice outside of a formal class) of at least two years, as well as a strong commitment to broaden and deepen this practice. Experience with mindfulness practice is an advantage, ie, having completed an MBSR (or equivalent) course. Experience of silent retreats is also recommended.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Commitments: The training programme requires attendance on all three residential modules totalling 27 days over 13 months, participation in 9 online monthly modules as well as a commitment to a daily practice of yoga and seated meditation; regular homework assignments in both the Buddhist and yogic traditions, which include readings, recorded dharma talks, practices, and suggestions for journaling and reflection. Count on a minimum of 10 hours of study and practice per week during the periods between residential meetings.

How to apply: 

  1. Complete this application form.
  2. We will then arrange for an online meeting.
  3. We will get in touch within a week of the interview to let you know if your application is accepted.
  4. Acceptance of the place must be accompanied by a non-refundable deposit of 600 euros. Information regarding payment plans for the balance of the course fee can be found here.

If you have never studied with us before and are interested in our Teacher Training, please look through our website carefully to become as familiar as possible with the Satiyoga approach and the values and ethos of Macalla Farm.

In addition, in advance of applying for a place on the programme, we strongly recommend that you either:

  • take part in one of our scheduled retreats or
  • attend a weekend course {link} or
  • participate in a one day introductory ‘open house’ session for prospective TTC students (overnight accommodation is available).

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Brochure – Satiyoga Foundation Training