500 hours Advanced Yoga Teacher Training (Module 2)
With Foundation in Mindfulness
Bodhiyoga offers a 500 hours training which is open to any 200 hour trained teacher provided they attend atleast one open yoga and meditation retreat with us prior to coming on the 12 day Advanced teacher training (Module 2).
The course runs 22nd June till 3rd July 2014.
From this course students will gain:
- Deepening knowledge in the practice and teaching of meditation drawing from the Buddhist tradition.
- An in depth study and application of Buddhist teachings from the "mindfulness" tradition of Satipatthana to our everyday life and work as yoga teachers.
- Developing hatha yoga posture skills to work therapeutically with low back, hip and knee problems, upper back, shoulder and neck problems.
- Teaching practice to refine meditation skills
- Develop skills as a teachers with regard to adapting classes for people with special needs
- Training in how to assess students' abilities to do certain poses
- A Foundation in Mindfulness MBSR/MBCT
We run this course in the beautiful Solterreno a few kilometres back from the Costa Blanca near Javea/Alicante.
A small family run retreat Centre developed by Bodhin over the last 10 years. Solterreno has excellent accomodation and a beautiful wooden practice space as depicted in some of these photos. The retreat is located on terraced land surrounded by cherry and almond trees with amazing views of the sea some 20km away.
Introduction to the 12 day Advanced teacher training course
In this module, we will be expanding upon the basic principles that we have explored in the 200 hours Bodhiyoga Foundation course. For this reason we encourage students from other schools to attend a one week retreat with us beforehand.
We will then further our understanding of the concepts of yoga, Satipatthana and working with pain or difficult situations. Ofcourse, what this course in aiming towards in a more in depth way, is the development of understanding of mind. Using yoga and meditation as tools for the job of becoming aware we transform our lives and therefore learn to see our suffering, pain and pleasure (in or out of yoga) as a way of learning about ourselves at deeper levels, coming to terms with the existential situation as human beings.
Ultimately yoga practice in the form of postures and breathing exercises cannot fully alleviate our existential pain and problems as human beings. Nor can it satisfy the deeper urges within the human psyche for a sense of spiritual freedom. What we need is an approach to our lives that is deeply imbued with a sense of meaning and perspective. The Buddha's teaching, that we employ as the basis for our training is replete with methods and doctrines for the transformation and development of the individual. Whether Buddhist or not, one can utilise these teachings to greater or lesser effect in order to overcome negative mental states, difficulties in relation to our bodies, as well as gain a perspective on our lives. These three elements explain the purpose of the 500 hrs teacher training.
Being problem oriented can become a problem in itself. Therefore, we should always bear in mind that we are trying to take our students towards a greater understanding of life and of themselves and not merely aim to alleviate immediate symptoms of pain or discomfort. The Buddha illustrates in the noble eightfold path, suffering (or dukkha) is an intrinsic part of the human condition. There is no question of having a human body without at some time or other experiencing pain or discomfort in some form . However, how we approach dealing with this pain and discomfort makes all the difference. We have the opportuninty to grow through our pain rather than merely get bogged down in the emotional and psychological effects of it. We can use the opportunity to grow and develop. This approach to practice would be called in Buddhism “Taking adversity as the path”.
In this course then, what we approach is a deeper level of opening to the reality of our immediate situation. We are going to acquire the skills and the knowledge to be able to help others to gain that perspective, using the tools of meditation, yoga asana and breathing exercises and other tools that will help the process. The more we clarify what it is we are trying to do the greater chance that we will be able to arrive at our goal. In the context of this course, we will be looking again at the theory as well as the practice of how mind works and how the interplay of bodywork (yoga) and meditation can help us.
We should have two things in mind when studying this material. Firstly, it is up to us to integrate it through practice - which means a whole hearted engagement and committment to the study and practice. Secondly, to be able to help others through this experience gained from within our own practice. As we gain experience through practice, our capacity to help others deepens. As we learn more what the real relevance of the practices and teachings are that we are learning, we can pass on clearly to others the tools and ideas that they can use to help themselves. Without such experience however, our teaching and practice will lack something of the genuine depth required to be effective teachers of these arts. For they are indeed ‘Arts’. The art of meditation and yoga asana.
Here in the 500 hrs manual will be found a course based around five main themes:
- Yoga asana (remedially applied),
- Satipatthana (mindfulness training),
- Meditation teaching,
- MBCT for applied mindfulness to pain and adversity,
- General Buddhist doctrinal teaching.
As a combination of practices and theoretical frameworks, what will be presented is a comprehensive and detailed multi-dimensional course.
The course is based around the Satipatthana teachings of the Buddha, one of the earliest presentations of the Buddha’s teaching and one that should be familiar in outline, at the very least. During the course, we delve more deeply into this subject both practically, experimentally and theoretically.
Meditation teaching forms an aspect of this course as it is here that we learn how to apply skills directly to the mind, thus laying the seeds for deeper transformation than those of yoga asana and the other traditional practices of the Hatha yoga systems. As the Bodhiyoga system of practice is essentially a contemplative yoga, the skills we acquire within meditation aim also to translate to the yoga. In this way moving between static sitting meditation and moving yoga asanas, we build up a body of focused energy that allows our mind to become stable and clear. Then, at the next level of practice we move more into reflecting on the nature of that experience. This is a specifically Buddhist practice, or one that has been utilised by Buddhists to great effect within the Buddhist tradition in order to gain a greater insight into the nature of the human condition. To see that our nature is essentially, no nature!
The course is aimed at people who wish to deepen and develop their yoga teaching skills. It is especially aimed at teachers wishing to incorporate a more meditative or mindfulness based appraoch to their yoga teaching work.
The full programme is designed to show existing yoga teachers how to integrate meditation and mindfulness teachings into their teaching practice. Each day there is an extended period of meditation and yoga practice led alternately by Sudaka and Sadhita followed by breakfast. Continuing after breakfast we lead workshops covering various practical applications of mindfulness in yoga and meditation teaching.
Over seven afternoon sessions we analyse and look the application of the morning remedial or therapeutic yoga sequences to work with common problems and conditions encountered in your students. This enables you to work safely with them and help them to rebuild strength and stability in their bodies as well as design more intelligent classes.
Each evening we will present some themes from the Buddhist Wisdom tradition which are directly relevant to our yoga teaching work.
On a more fundamental level our training offers a practical vehicle for spiritual transformation. We are principally concerned in providing conditions for the development and deepening of greater awareness, confidence and self-discovery.
Meals at Solterreno
All meals will be provided; breakfast, morning tea-break, lunch, afternoon tea and evening meal. Food will be lacto-ovo-vegetarian with vegan option. There is a spacious dining area and we will often take dinner "al fresco" as this time of year it is very comfortable to be outside.
We serve delicious, home cooked, vegetarian food at Solterreno. We aim to use high quality ingredients where possible. You can expect a well-balanced, energetic, vegetarian menu, mediterranean style. Non-dairy and gluten free options are available and we cater for special dietry needs.
We also have a short morning and afternoon break where tea, infusions, coffee and biscuits will be available.
Participants help with washing-up dishes and general tidiness of their own quarters, though the support team is very helpful in running Solterreno.
A typical menu could include:
Tea, infusions, coffee, milk, porridge, cereal, toast, butter and jam, yogurt and fruit.
Pate, or other side dish
Apple and pear compote with raisins, fruit tea, infusions, coffee.
Cream of courgette soup
Home made pizza or quiche
Fruit or cheese, tea, infusions, coffee
Sleeping in shared rooms (3/4 people), you could be allocated in either the hexoganal wooden cabin, new cabin or main house bedroom.
|The hexagonal cabin sleeps 1-4 people and has a bathroom with a toilet, sink nad shower. There is a small kitchen, gas heater, abundant hot water and mains electricity.||
|The new cabin sleeps 1-3 people and has a sink and wood burning stove. It is located next to the shower and toilet block which has 2 toilets ,2 showers and 2 sinks with abundant hot water.||
|The Main House bedroom sleeps 1-3 people and has both a wood burning stove, electric heater and sink with access to either the bathroom of the house or shower and toilet block.||
The retreat centre has WiFi and there is also a washing machine (small charge)
A torch is useful for going between the house and cabins.
7.30 Meditation & yoga practice
17.00 Teaching practice
18.00 Remedial Yoga Workshops with Sudaka and Sadhita
20.00 Evening meal
21.00 Meditation &/or talk
How to get there (and away)?
If you are flying into Spain, try to make sure your flight arrives before 15.00 to give yourself time to get to the venue.
Beniconnect bus shuttle:
There is a shuttle service from Alicante Airport to a hotel called The Marriott in La Jara (which is 40min from us, near Denia). It costs 27€ and takes aprox 1.30hr. All the staff speak English. You can book it yourself on their web. The destination is LA JARA, then just put in your flight arrival.
For retreats; Solterreno offers a free pickup from the town of Ondara, Denia or The Marriott in La Jara at 17.00 at the beginning of the retreat and a drop off after breakfast at the end of the retreat. If you can't make that then ask me to arrange a taxi, 30-35€.
Alsa bus From Alicante airport You can get a direct bus (one every hour and takes 1hr) from Alicante airport to Benidorm and from there there are lots of buses to Denia or Ondara. More info here. And for bus info and tickets ALSA. In Ondaraas you get off the bus (2nd stop) by the cafeteria "Bar Chaflan" you will see some taxis. If no one is there ring the 24hr taxi service, 965 766 899 or Ruben on 690 680 088 and get them to take you to Vall de Laguar (which is the area) and Benimaurell (which is the specific village) about 25 min trip, expect to pay about 25 euros.
From Alicante airport, 2hr and about 120€.
From Denia, 45min and will cost about 35€.
From The Marriott in La Jara, 40min, about 35€
From Ondara, 30min and will cost about 25€
Solterreno is about 1km from the village of Benimaurell (La Vall de Laguar). As you come into the village turn right and go for about 50m till the road forks in two, with the bar L'Hedrera on the left. Take the right folk which drops down steeply with a yellow house on the right. Stay on this track for about 1km untill you see a sign for Solterreno. Turn right and the house is about 200m down the track.
Booking and Payment
The retreats are limited to 10 persons only so book early. The full cost of the training is 1600 euros (1360 for Bodhiyoga 200 hour teachers 15% discount). Make a deposit of 600 euros to Solterreno (follow the link to the Solterreno payment page) and pay the remainder of 1000 euros to Bodhiyoga, atleast 60 days before the event. Write to us for the details of our Bodhiyoga Triodos bank account here in Spain.
Contact us via the Contact page and send your full name, address, phone number(s) and emergency contact name and number as well as tell us a bit about your yoga and meditation experience.
Check that you will have adequate health insurance cover for the duration of your journey.
Check that your arrival and leaving time from Valencia or Alicante to get to the pick-up/drop-down.
You may have to stay one night in the area before or after the course to co-ordinanate travel and we can recommend various places to visit.
The Mindful Path to Self Compassion - Germer (2009)
Living with Awareness - Sangharakshita (2004)
Living with Kindness - Sangharakshita (2004)
Mindfulness for health - Vidyamala Burch (2013)
The mindful way through depression - Williams et al (2007)
What to bring
- yoga mat
- light comfortable clothing for yoga practice
- swimming costume
- bathroom things
- head lamp or torch
- sturdy shoes or boots
- sun protection and sun creams
- some clothing to cover up at night (it can be cool)
- any essential medicines
We recommend travelling light!