500 Hours Teacher Training Programme
Yoga that speaks directly to the world in which we live.
An embodied ethics that connects us to what matters.
A modular programme leading to a 500hr IYN certificate and a Sati yoga teacher certification.
Open to students who hold a 200 hours teachers certificate from any school of yoga, or to those who have completed our 250 hours programme
This 500hr certificate programme is a modular programme leading to a Sati yoga teacher qualification. It incorporates a number of residential and online modules spread over two to five years. It is designed to give participants a deeper understanding of the Sati Yoga approach and how to teach it.
All applicants must have completed a certified 200hr Yoga Teacher Training course, and those who were not part of our 250hr course must take part in either the Sati Yoga Immersion retreat– our annual Sati Yoga retreat for experienced practitioners and teachers or in our Sati yoga foundation training course.
Participants can then choose amongst a number of residential and online courses, including our week long residential courses: Practising with the breath, Mindfulness for yoga teachers or our winter silent meditation retreat, as well as shorter courses in Advanced Anatomy, Mindfulness with horses, or some apprenticeship time at Macalla farm, to build up to a total of 200 contact hours.
This is a highly flexible programme, which can be customised to suit your individual needs, as well as your time and financial constrains. Contact us to discuss it.
After successful completion of this programme, students will be qualified to teach Sati yoga, and can apply for a 500 hours certification with the Independent Yoga Network .
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 has taught more than 5000 hours.
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 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.
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