Sati yoga Teacher Training Programme
Yoga that speaks directly to the world in which we live.
An embodied ethics that connects us to what matters.
200 hours IYN certificate . Paced over one year . Two residential modules + online learning
This 200 hours Teacher Training programme is a 12-month professional training (Recognised by the Independent Yoga Network ), designed for those who have a strong commitment to broaden and deepen their yoga practice.
This course is more than a 200hr certificate. It supports the continuing development of your own authentic teaching voice while offering personal transformation that continues off of the yoga mat, addressing the challenges of today’s modern world.
After successful completion of the two residential modules and all online modules, students can apply for a 200 hours yoga teacher certification with the Independent Yoga Network.
The next programme is starting in 2022 with one of our 9 days Foundation training courses in April and September.
To ensure that all participants receive adequate personal support, this course is limited to 12 participants.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
The Satiyoga Training programme is taught over a full year. It involves two residential modules of 23 days in total as well as ten online modules.
The first residential modules explore the four foundations of Satiyoga: ethics, posture work, breath work, meditation. It establishes a solid foundation in asana, breathwork, meditation and mindfulness from which one’s own practice and teaching can develop naturally and confidently. Time will be allotted for personal practice, mindfulness nature exercises, karma yoga as well as periods of silence.
The second residential modules focuses on teaching and teaching practice.
Online video conferencing modules allow us to explore the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of classical yoga, early Buddhist teachings, anatomy and more. In preparation for online group meetings, there will be reading and written assignments.
Students will be asked to choose a related topic to research and explore. Personal projects will be presented during the last residential module.
During the residential modules and the periods in between, individual mentoring sessions are available to all students.
Assessment for certification
Completion of the programme is based on continual assessment of all course work, teaching practice and written assignments by the teachers as well as full participation in the programme.
Sati Yoga is a contemporary, transformative approach to yoga that integrates mindfulness, asana, pranayama 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.
The Sati Yoga Teacher Training programme is for those who are looking for training that honours their individuality and encourages the growth of their unique teaching voice and style; going beyond standardized sequences and the physical dimensions of yoga.
This course establishes a solid foundation in the traditional elements of asana, breathwork and meditation through mostly experiential and practical study during residential and online modules. But the training is more than this: through the cultivation of our capacity to become more aware (sati – mindfulness) and the exploration of the ethics that are inseparable from both yoga and mindfulness, our practice becomes deeply relevant to our contemporary situation, allowing us to respond creatively to the increasingly imbalanced and precarious world we live in.
We explore how Yoga can help us cultivate our best selves by making manifest the values we hold dear. Through self enquiry and practice, we become a vital force, off the yoga mat – to effect positive and powerful change in the world.
By learning to deepen your experience of your body, your breath, your mind through the practice and study of Sati Yoga, a balanced practice that is underpinned by an ethical intelligence develops and matures. It is a practice that extends well beyond the physical postures.
We want to support you on this journey to become a teacher who is true to one’s values- one who can teach from the intimacy of one’s own experience – not by memorising set sequences and large numbers of asanas or teaching postures that you are not familiar with. Throughout the thirteen months of training, your teaching skills and capacity develop organically from an ever-deepening place of integrity, wisdom and confidence.
This Course is For You if :
- you’re looking to deepen your practice and understanding of yoga that goes far beyond the physical postures
- you wish to bring that understanding into your daily life as a unique force for transformation and share it with others
- you are interested in exploring the integration of classical yoga and early Buddhist teachings from a non-dogmatic and secular perspective
- you already teach yoga and wish to deepen your practice and explore teaching in a different, possibly more intuitive way
We advise that you have at least two years of involvement in yoga, and an established, regular personal yoga practice (of any style) and meditation practice (a home practice outside a formal class). Experience with mindfulness practice is an advantage, ie, having completed an MBSR (or equivalent) course but is not necessary.
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.
His quest for a more balanced practice also led him early on 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) which has been running yoga and meditation retreats since 2001. He is certified by the Independent Yoga Network as a senior (1000 hours) teacher and, having taught more than 5000 hours as a “yoga elder”.
Pranayama has been an important part of his practice and teaching for many years. He has developed a unique approach to breathwork, drawing from both pranayama and the mindfulness approach of Buddhism.
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 works full time as an osteopath in London.
She enjoys lecturing in anatomy and gives workshops across Europe to athletes, yoga teachers, pilates instructors, and dancers.
PRICE AND WHAT’S INCLUDED
Cost for the Sati Yoga Teacher Training is €2900 or €2750 if paid in full one month before the start of the course.
If your application is accepted, a deposit of €800 is payable immediately to secure your place on the course. The balance can be paid in three instatements or in one go, no later than one week before the start of the course, in which case a €150 discount applies.
This price includes all teaching (on online and in person) and mentoring but does not include accommodation on the residential modules (see below).
Accommodation and food at Macalla Farm during the two residential modules is not included in the course fee. Full board accommodation at the farm is €50 / night, (a total of €1150 for the two residential modules).
This price is based on shared double occupancy and shared bathroom. There are a few single rooms allocated on a first come / first served basis. Single room supplement of € 25 / night applies.
For more details, see our Accommodation Page
After successful completion of the two residential modules and all online modules, students can apply for certification with the Independent Yoga Network.
• Understanding the fundamental importance of balance in the 8 limbed practice (and 8 fold path) as well as within the relational qualities of its parts
• Understanding what Embodiment is and why it is so important
• Practice (and self-practice) as a core concept
• Recognizing the ethical framework in which our enquiry and practice takes place
• Integrating into our practice the relational qualities of stability/ease, effort/release
• Understanding the relationship of asana to embodiment
• Discovering gravity and its significance to our place in the world • Exploring in-depth more than 30 fundamental asanas that cover the full spectrum of standing, supine, twisting, inversions, backbending, arm balancing, yin
• Developing an intimacy with our natural breath
• Applied anatomy/physiology to our embodied experience, as well as an understanding of bandhas and the energy body
• Finding our seat and why it is so important for meditation
• Gaining a fluency in Anapanasati practice and Pranayama
• Understanding why focus on the breath is intrinsic to meditation
• Conversance with guided meditations: anapanasati, body scan, listening, open awareness
• Mindfulness as the cultivation of our capacity to be aware as well as a reminder of what matters most in our lives
Schedule for 200 hour Sati Yoga Foundation Teacher Training Modules.
- Residential module 1 (Sati yoga foundation training) 15th – 24th April 2022 or 2nd – 11th September 2022
- Residential module 2two weeks in April 2023 (exact dates TBC)
- Online modules: this course includes tudy, reading and writing assignments, and monthly online meetings between residential modules.
You should “budget” 3 to 5 hours / week for online meetings, study and personal practice throughout the duration of the course.
Discounts and financial assistance
We wish to encourage anyone who would like to apply, to please do so. If you think that attending one of our retreats would be of great benefit, no matter what one’s particular financial situation may be ~ we are very happy to explore various options for discounted prices. Please contact us!
“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 the experienced yogi."
Laragh Cunningham, The Yoga Shala, Yoga Teacher and Studio Manager, Galway
“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.
“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..."
Gemma Galey-Jones, Yoga Teacher, Norfolk, UK
“The depth and integrity and Ciara and Christophe’s practice and teaching has been a great gift in my life over the past number of years. Like roots of a wise and well-nourished tree, my times at Macalla Farm have imprinted in my life deeply in many rich and positive ways and I say ‘thank you’ every time I roll out my yoga mat! Ciara and Christophe walk the walk and bring the practice into every aspect of life with such integrity, depth and joy – what a gift to our world and what a gift to anyone who is lucky enough to train with them.”
Fionnuala Gill, Mindfulness Teacher and Yoga practitioner (RYT 200)
“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