About Sacred Fig Retreat
The Sacred Fig Advanced Yoga Teacher Trainings are intensive, modular program designed to elevate + inform the next generation of leaders in the yoga community. Our advanced 300 hour programming is divided into 75 hour modules. Piece together any four modules, on your schedule, anywhere around the world, for the full 300 hour program. Each 75 hour module has a unique focus, led by experts in their respective fields.
This 75 hour, 7 day module dives deep into The Katonah Method. Katonah is a syncretic Hatha yoga practice developed by Nevine Michaan over 40 years. She and her teachers incorporate classical Hatha yoga with Taoist theory, geometry, magic, mythology, metaphor, and imagination — in a practical framework designed to potentiate personal and communal well-being.
We firmly believe that the strongest attribute any yoga teacher possesses is themselves. Learning refined alignment + biomechanics is a given on our trainings, but we don’t stop there – be prepared to explore things like personal development, confidence, and speech. Our 300 hour programs are registered with The Yoga Alliance, but they’re so much more than that. In fact, our advanced trainings are some of the most comprehensive available today. Our graduates now teach at studios, retreats & trainings around the globe. The Sacred Fig Yoga Teacher Trainings produce confident, knowledgeable, articulate, and empowered yoga teachers. Period.
At the core of the The Sacred Fig philosophy is connection + community. Not only do our thoughts affect us in tangible ways, but we also have the extraordinary capacity to affect those around us, and the environment we live in. And so as yoga practitioners and teachers, we strive for the extraordinary, so that we may serve as a beacon of possibility for those around us. We see the divine in everything around us, but we also know that it lies within us. So before trying to shape & control everything outside of us, we first look deep within, and do the work ourselves.
We don’t provide answers. (and we’re wary of any teacher or school who claims that they do) Instead, we welcome & provide different viewpoints, we stir lively discourse. We set the circumstances to challenge notions about what yoga is, what it might feel like or look like, and why we practice. We create an accelerated learning environment, where trainees gain the confidence to discover their own ‘truths’ about yoga, about their bodies and their practice. There’s no memorization, no mimicry, and no script. From this place, trainees find their authentic voice… sharing their knowledge & their practice naturally. Join Us.
This seven day program covers 75 hours of advanced yoga education. For this specific training, 50 of those hours are contact hours, while the remaining 25 are non-contact hours, done before you arrive. Piece together any four of The Sacred Fig's advanced 75 hour modules (from anywhere in the world) to get the full 300 hour advanced program with The Yoga Alliance. Below is a typical schedule, which tends to vary slightly once we get going, according to the specific needs & pace of each individual group. Regarding food: the menu items below are just to give you a general idea - we fly in a different private chef each year, and the menu changes depending on their personal style.
7:30am - 8am
Katonah Pranayama + Meditation.
We gather together each sunrise and whip things up with a Katonah pranayama + meditation.
8am - 9:30am
Thoughtful and intelligent alignment-based vinyasa, led by Anton. Anton pulls from Katonah and many other lineages in his teaching. After practice, there's just enough time to enjoy a dip in the pool before breakfast.
9:30am - 10:30am
Enjoy a healthy breakfast of living foods. Expect fritatta, avocados, poached tomatoes, local fruits, yogurt, homemade granola, jams, hearty breads. Breakfast is mostly vegetarian, and there's options for everyone. Food is most often organic & local. French-press coffee & herbal teas are prepared for you after morning asana (and of course you can make your own anytime!)
11am - 1pm
The morning session with Dages Juvelier Keates focuses on the key aspects of Katonah theory and practice. Topics include the magic square, wraps for rapture, adjustments, reading a body, and more.
1pm - 2pm
Use this time to study, or enjoy a nap by the pool.
2pm - 3pm
Nutritious vegetarian lunch. Expect things like rocket salad, farro, lentils, beetroot hummus, and local ricotta cheese.
3:30pm - 6:30pm
The afternoon session is hands-on. Topics include teacher breakout sessions, energetics of the body & movement, alignment of key poses, and physical adjustments. Trainees can expect to teach, assist, as well as give + receive feedback.
7:30pm - 9pm
Delicious dinner. Fish is served when available, and fantastic local wine is available for a reasonable price.
what you get
Accomodations for the duration of the program at our private villa
Three meals per day for the duration of the retreat, including coffees & teas
Access to the entire gorgeous property, including pools, terraces & wifi
Tuition for 75 hours of advanced training, which goes towards 300 hour registration w/ Katonah, The Sacred Fig, & Yoga Alliance.
World renowned faculty - all experts in their respective fields
Access to The Sacred Fig global community of yogis
Recognition as a graduate from The Sacred Fig Yoga Advanced Training Program
A few adventures along the way
USD $2200 (Large Triple Room. Two people share a large bed and one person on a cot. Remainder payment is due by March 30th, 2020.)
USD $2450 (Double Room. Two people share a large bed, with en-suite bath. Remainder payment is due by March 30th, 2020.)
USD $2750 (Double Room. Two people have their own small single beds, with en-suite bath. Remainder payment is due by March 30th, 2020.)
USD $3250 (Small Simple Private Room, with en-suite bath. Remainder payment is due by March 30th, 2020.)
USD $3850 (Larger Nicer Private Room, with en-suite bath. Remainder payment is due by March 30th, 2020.)