Whistler Yoga Teacher Training

Whistler Yoga Teacher Training

whistler Yoga Teacher Training

Welcome to your 16 Day Intensive Immersion ~ Whistler Yoga Teacher Training at the Sea to Sky Retreat nestled in the costal mountains of British Columbia, only 15 minutes away from spectacular Whistler!

Accredited with Yoga Alliancethe Whistler Yoga Teacher Training program certifies  graduates as  200 Hour Hatha & Vinyasa Yoga Teachers.

 

 

Whistler Yoga Teacher Training Program Guide

Location | Sea to Sky Retreat Centre

whistler yoga teacher trainingYour Whistler Yoga Teacher Training takes place at the humble, zen Sea to Sky Retreat Centre!

For those who wish to step away from the distractions of everyday life to intensively study yoga, the Whistler Yoga Teacher Training is ideal.

Located within the forest, on the shores of Daisy Lake, surrounded by snowpeaks, the centre was built to be in balance with the natural resources that support it. You can expect delicious vegetarian food and simple, clean accommodations. You may be surprised to find how comfortable sustainable living can be! View the Centre’s Sustainability page.

This is a place for quiet contemplation and learning.

The only developed property on Daisy Lake, the Centre is completely surrounded by Garibaldi Provincial Park. Over 2 km of private-entry road further ensures peace and seclusion.

There is easy access to mountain hiking and backpacking trailheads to Black Tusk and Garibaldi Lake.

Integrated into a secluded natural setting, the teaching Pavilion, an elegant hexagonal building, will host our program.

The Centre is a Buddhist, Retreat Centre and by nature it is a humble setting. It provides the basic comforts (beds, heat, showers, hot water etc.). All rooms are equipped with single beds, heaters, bedding linens, clothes drying racks, storage for clothing, windows. However, be mindful that it is situated in a remote location high in Mountains and this is a sustainable Centre.

Daily Schedule

 Daily Schedule ~ Whistler Yoga Teacher Training

Karma Clean ~ All Students and Teachers participate in Karma Clean during their training.

“On Day 1 of the Whistler Yoga Teacher Training, what time will I be expected to arrive?”

Napa Valley Yoga Teacher TrainingAll Students must be on-site by 4:00pm. All Students who fly in for Whistler Yoga Teacher Training, will fly into Vancouver International Airport. After you land, you will still need to access land transport. Please see the “Arrival Logistics” section. It is suggested that your flight arrives no later than 10am so that you have ample time for the 2 hour land commute to the Whistler shuttle pick-up area.

Many students opt to arrive a night earlier, or take an overnight flight to ensure they arrive with ample time to spare.

 

Program Fees | Payment Dates | Refund Policy

Application Fee
$125 Canadian Dollars

Program Fees
$4,045 Canadian Dollars
Program Fees Include: double/shared accommodation with shared bath, shuttle from Whistler Village & back to Squamish, meals, program tuition, all course materials, certificate & documentation administration for graduation (due to space limitations, there is ONLY 1 Single Occupancy accommodation available)

Payment Dates
$1,800 Canadian Dollars
due & payable 3 days after official acceptance issued via email
$2,245 Canadian Dollars
due & payable 35 days prior to start date of program (processed to credit card on file)

* airfare & land transport are not included in Fees

* all Fees are subject to 5% Canadian, Goods & Services Tax

* all Fees are listed & payable in Canadian Dollars Convert Your Currency

 

Refund & Payment Policy

Please review the full policy to ensure you understand our commitment as well as yours.  We don’t believe in “fine print”!

 

“What will the Whistler Yoga Teacher Training cost?”

Napa Valley Yoga Teacher TrainingThe total amount is $4,378.50 Canadian Dollars – this includes the application fee, program fees (as listed above) & taxes.

The additional expense you will incur will be for Airfare. If you are arriving by another means of transport (example: driving), you will also incur the expense related to that. As students are coming from all over the globe, the costs for these will be relative to where you are coming from.

“Do I have to stay on-site?”

This is an Intensive, Immersion program, and the very nature of it requires that all students are fully immersed. Students are required to “live” on-site for the duration of the Whistler Yoga Teacher Training.

“Why do you request a Deposit for the Whistler Yoga Teacher Training?”

The Deposit is a payment that is required by accepted students who are prepared to commit to the program. Once received, and long before the full fees are paid, we immediately plan, prepare and incur costs associated for that student.

Curriculum | Course Materials | Admission Requirements

whistler yoga teacher trainingOur Need to Know section goes through each of these items in detail as they relate to your Whistler Yoga Teacher Training.  It is important that each prospective student review the details.

For the Whistler Yoga Teacher Training, course materials will be on-site on arrival day. 

Number of Students Per Session

Your Whistler Yoga Teacher Training program will be capped at 13 Students!  

Unique Benefits

Your Whistler Yoga Teacher Training is more than simply “learning to teach yoga.” The program is designed to show our commitment to you as you entrust us with your journey.

View the Unique Benefits of our programming.

Meet Your Teachers
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We Are Blessed To Be Along On YOUR JOURNEY

Your Whistler Yoga Teacher Training Teachers are completely committed to Your Success!

Learn More About Our Teacher Trainers

Common Questions

whistler yoga teacher trainingReview the most Common Questions we receive about our Whistler Yoga Teacher Training. 

 

Whistler Sea to Sky ~ Common Questions

Are my Accommodations & Meals included?

Yes, your accommodations & meals are included in your Program Fees.

 

I would like to bring along a family member or friend to my training ~ Is that an option?

The ONLY location that has space & allows for this is the Kalani (Hawaii) Training, as they have a large facility, & your family/friends can stay on-site in a different area from you. There is NO reduction in cost if you opt to stay in their room. The full price applies to you as the student as we book our set area based on specific numbers. You can be in touch with Kalani directly to book these additions if you choose.

At all other locations there is no allowance for this due to space limitations. If you truly want them to come along, they would have to pay the full amount of a registered student or join the program as they would be taking up that space that another could attend.

We suggest that this is a time for YOU! It is intensive program and there is little or no time to spend with people outside your peer group.

 

Weather in the Mountains?

Whistler experiences cool wet winters (with snow), and dry warm summers. On average Whistler receives approximately 11 days with temperatures over 30 °C (86 °F), and approximately 24 days on average with temperatures falling below -10 °C (14 °F).

Depending on the time of year, we recommend you dress appropriately, in the winter bring warm clothes and prepare for cold temperatures and possibly snow. In the summer, light summer time clothes will do, remember to bring a sweater for the evenings. Since you are in the mountains the temperatures cool off.

 

Is there time for other activities during my stay?

We suggest that you extend your stay, or arrive early if you would like to take part in other activities. During Yoga Teacher Training there is no allotted time to experience the local area.

 

What should I know about the Sea to Sky Centre?

Sea to Sky is nestled on forty pristine and peaceful acres beside Daisy Lake, surrounded by mountains and forest.  Though located in a wilderness setting, the facilities are comfortable and convenient.  Because of this auspicious setting and the retreat purpose of the Centre, there are certain guidelines and precautions.

It is requested that all visitors keep away from restricted retreat areas, where people may be in strict solitary retreat.  Upon arrival we will indicate which areas are open.

The Sea to Sky Centre generates their own electricity, and ask that you are mindful of your power consumption and not to bring any unnecessary electrical devices, such as hair dryers.  When you are not in the room please turn your lights off.  At the end of the evening before going to bed please make sure all of the common room lights and the inside foyers and porch lights are off. Be mindful of water consumption, usage of both hot and cold water.

Illegal substances and alcohol are not permitted. Smoking and the use of personal cell phones are restricted.

Due to fire concerns, open fires or candles are not prohibitied. Incense is permitted only while attended. Please note the location of the nearest fire extinguisher.

There is no fax or e-mail service available to retreatants at the Centre. In case of an emergency a cell phone is available during office hours. Charges apply for airtime ($0.30 per min.) and a phone card must be used for long distance calls.   Please bring your own cell phone or  bring phone cards.

The Sea to Sky Centre is on a septic sewage system, so please deposit only toilet paper in the toilet.

Only indoor foot ware such as slippers or heavy socks are worn in cabins and buildings.

 

Closest Bank Machine?

We suggest that everyone arrive with ample funds upon arrival or withdraw funds at the airport on arrival.  Often times the Bank Machines in local areas are not easily accessible, and there is no guarantee that if you are in urgent need you will be able to get to one quickly. 

Come prepared!

 

Are special dietary needs accommodated?

Yes, with advance notice at the time of registration, we will try to arrange to have appropriate meals prepared for you.

The Chef on-site will advise what they are able to do and will try their best to accommodate requests. We cannot guarantee all requests, but we always try our best.

When applying, please provide detailed information about your specific dietary needs (vegan, vegetarian, gluten free) when registering. Dietary requests around medical issues are always priority.

 

Weather ~ if I am coming in the winter will I still be comfortable?

Join us any time of the year and you will be amazed! The Centre is completely winterized to ensure comfort. 

 

What do the travel logistics look like when I am considering arriving at the Centre?

All flights arrive into Vancouver International Airport (this is a 2.5 hour drive to the Retreat Centre).  Once you leave the airport, you will taxi to the Greyhound Bus Station (approximately 20 minutes away) and board a bus for Whistler Village.  There are only certain times these buses depart so ensure that you are on a bus that arrives in Whistler Village by 3pm.  We will be waiting for you upon arrival in the Village and shuttle you to the Centre (20 minutes away).

When considering flights – it’s best that your flight arrives early morning on Day 1 of the program or you travel into Vancouver the night before and stay over-night.

All students must be at the Centre no later than 4pm on Day 1 of the Program.

 

Is laundry service available?

Laundry is available ~ this is an additional cost to the student & is not included in fees.

What is the Karma Clean?

Everyone in the program will be assigned a small task (example: clearing the table, drying dishes etc.) that they will be responsible for during the program.  

In our support of the Buddhist tradition of the Centre we respect the protocol of providing a small service.

Is there a store nearby?

A small shop is available and provides toiletries, snacks and more. The nearest town is approximately a 20 minute drive, so there is no walking distance shopping. The location is remote and in the mountains, so be mindful of that when packing.  

Please bring along what you need.

 

What are the Driving Directions?

FROM VANCOUVER OR SQUAMISH

Driving time form Vancouver is approximately 2 Hours.  The Centre’s turn-off is approximately 33 km from Downtown Squamish.

Take Highway 99 north.

The turnoff is announced on Hwy 99 with 2 signs for Garibaldi Lake/ Black Tusk Trailhead (the first is 2km before the park road turnoff and the second 400 metres before theturnoff). Turn right at the turn-off.  The Park turnoff road comes immediately after a small highway bridge over Rubble Creek. Turn right into this road and proceed for approx. 0.7 km.  BE MINDFUL:  The signs are small and they come up quickly.  If you see the Welcome sign for Black Tusk/Pincrest, you have gone too far down the Highway.

Once you have made the turn-off from the Highway follow the road past the BC Hydro No Access Gate and turn left onto the gravel road that is marked by a small red sign (on a tree) which says: “SSRC”.

The Centre is located at the end of this gravel road – 2.3 km.   The road is a narrow, gravel road, so take your time & drive carefully.

FROM WHISTLER

Driving time form Whistler is approximately 20 Minutes.

Take Highway 99 south.

About 5 km south of the Black Tusk village sign, move into the left lane.

Take the protected left turn off of highway 99 onto the Garibaldi Lake Park Road.

Once you have made the turn-off from the Highway follow the road past the BC Hydro No Access Gate and turn left onto the gravel road that is marked by a small red sign (on a tree) which says: “SSRC”.

The Centre is located at the end of this gravel road – 2.3 km.   The road is a narrow, gravel road, so take your time & drive carefully.

 

I have problems sleeping. How will this work with sharing a room?

All students are required to indicate sleeping behaviours or irregular patterns (example: restless sleepers, snoring etc.) when completing the application form.

We do our best to accommodate sleeping behaviours that match or compliment one other in order to ensure you have a good nights sleep, every night. We ask that all students bring along earplugs and eye patches for sleeping.

 

Wi-Fi & Cellular Service?

Wi-Fi access is available & complimentary, but limited to certain areas and the connection tends to be slow – any connection that is utilized is meant solely for quick email checks, and not live streaming or downloads. Skype will not be accessible with these connections.

Cellular Service is available depending on your service provider.

During the training sessions NO electronic devices will be allowed for use.   There is little time to use services outside of the program, so be mindful of what you really need to bring along.  When in classes, we want you to “let go” and be present!  :-)

We ask that you ensure you have a data or calling plan on your phone if you need to be in touch with family and friends.  

 

Do I need my Yoga Mat?

Yes, please bring along your yoga mat.

 

Is this just for people wanting to teach Yoga?

No, absolutely not! Anyone wishing to delve deeper into their practice is welcome to join us. The skills and tools we learn in the program can be applied to many aspects of life… Yoga does not just happen on the mat – it happens in every moment!

 

Is the water safe to drink?

Absolutely! The water is filtered and safe to consume. Water is available to you all-day and we suggest you bring along a re-usable (NOT GLASS, and preferably not plastic) water bottle to re-fill through-out the day.

Coffee is available to everyone at breakfast. Water and tea is available throughout the balance of the day.

 

Will Coffee be available?

Coffee is served every morning at breakfast. After breakfast, both water and tea are available throughout the day.

 

Are the fees truly all inclusive?

Our Program Fees posted by program include everything listed.

 

Will I need an electrical adaptor?

All the locations of our abroad program (WITH THE EXCEPTION OF EUROPE & ASIA) have the same power as the United States: 110 volt, 60 cycle electricity. Plugs are typically the 2 pronged flat type outside of North America, so American or Canadian travelers will not typically need a converter or adaptor, however many outlets may only be 2 pronged so you may need an adaptor for any 3 pronged items you are bringing, particularly laptops.

If you are uncertain, please check with this Global Listing.

 

Is this the initial training for Yoga Teachers?

Yes, this is first program that all prospective teachers attend. There are opportunities for teachers to continue on with advanced programming thereafter.

When you complete our 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training program you will be certified to teach Hatha & Vinyasa Classes.  Specific programs such as Yin or Restorative are continuing education programs that you will take after this initial training, if you choose to do so.

 

Is Age an issue?

Yoga knows no age and it is never too late or too early to start. All students must be a minimum of 18 Years of age to take the program, but from there on everyone is welcome in our program.

If it is any inspiration, our oldest graduate (Khatun, December 2012) was in her late 70′s!

 

What if I am new to Yoga?

Everyone is new to Yoga each and everyday. There is no perfection in Yoga, so everyone is welcome at the level they are at. In the program, we all start from the beginning, together!

 

When I leave the program, will I be able to teach public classes?

Absolutely! Rest-assured that our program is not just a cookie-cutter program designed to get students in & out the door as quickly as we can. Our focus is you, the student, and the student becoming the teacher. Your teaching will be a direct reflection of our program and our intention is based on providing you with all the tools you need to succeed. We will have failed our students if we have provided them with anything less.

 

Do I need to be fluent in English?

We welcome students from all backgrounds and ethnicities. Due to the intensity of the program, we require all students be fluent in the English language (reading, writing & speaking).

 

I am Canadian, will I receive a T2202?

No, for this program you will receive an official receipt for all payments received, however you will not receive a T2202 slip at the end of the year. Based on our current tuition structure, we are not required to be registered with PCTIA and therefore do not provide the T2202 slips.

The official receipt we provide can be used for income tax purposes against your income earned. Should you need to apply for a BC Student Loan, PCTIA programs are the only ones that can offer that additional benefit.

 

Policy on alcohol, smoking & drug use?

We ask that all students do their best to refrain from alcohol and drug use during the program. Prescription medication is acceptable assuming it is not being used recreationally.  

Smoking is acceptable, but only in the designated areas.  If you are a smoker, please ensure you list it on the application.  

NOTE:  Some of our Locations are NON-SMOKING Facilities.  Te Moata, New Zealand is a NON-SMOKING facility.

All that being said, when possible, we will provide some local wine during your graduation celebration for students who would like to enjoy a glass!

 

Arrival Logistics

whistler yoga teacher training If you are flying into Vancouver International Airport, please ensure your flight arrives no later than 10am on Day 1 of the program.  All departure flights should organized for after 2pm on Departure day.

Once you arrive at the airport you then have two options to access Bus Transportation to Whistler Village (2 hour commute).  The 2 options are:

OPTION 1:  Taxiing from Vancouver International Airport to the Greyhound Bus Station.  Taxis are readily available at the airport and the Bus Station is 20 minutes away.  The cost will be approximately $25 Canadian Dollars for the Taxi Ride.

When you arrive at the Greyhound you will board the bus that goes from Vancouver to Whistler Village.  There will be 2 versions – an Express Bus (fewer stops), and a Regular Bus that takes slightly longer to arrive.  This bus stops directly in front of the Whistler Visitors Centre, where we will meet you with our shuttle (it is also the very last stop called “Whistler Village”).

You can purchase your ticket on line via Greyhound.  The cost will be approximately $25 Canadian Dollars for this Bus Ride.

OPTION 2:  Taking the Perimeter Bus directly from the airport.  You will ask the Driver to let you off at the “Gateway Loop”.  You will then make your way on foot to the Whistler Visitors Centre for your allocated shuttle time (a 5 minute walk).

The cost will be approximately $85 Canadian Dollars for the direct Bus Ride. Option 2 costs more, but it removes the taxi ride from the airport to the Greyhound Bus Station.

Our Shuttle will then pick you up at the designated location for in Whistler Village to transport you your Whistler Yoga Teacher Training.  Shuttles are at 1:45pm and 3:40pm.

Once we are within 8 weeks of the program we will ask you to confirm all your flight details.  We will then assign your shuttle time – that shuttle will meet you at the Whistler Village Visitors Centre.    At the same time, we will also advise on what Bus Transport options you will have for heading back to the airport.  On Departure Day we will shuttle all students back to Squamish (not Whistler), to catch the necessary transports.  We depart the Centre at 9:30am, on Departure Day.

If you are driving yourself to the Centre, please review these detailed directions.

Please DO NOT book flights for your Whistler Yoga Teacher Training until you receive the travel confirmation notice from our Group Leader.

Ready To Apply?

When you are ready to make the commitment to join us for the Whistler Yoga Teacher Training, please follow these steps:

STEP 1:  Apply On-Line

STEP 2:  Await Confirmation of Acceptance (via email within 3 days)

STEP 3:  Our Team Leader will Guide You Through the Balance

 

Ready to Apply?  Apply for Your Whistler Yoga Teacher Training

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Whistler Yoga Teacher Training | Practical Items

Now that you have reviewed the administrative details, here is some specific information on practical matters when travelling for your Whistler Yoga Teacher Training.

What To Bring

When you travel for your Whistler Yoga Teacher Training, pack smart! Remember, this is a remote location.  There is a small, honour system “store” on-site for emergency toiletry items.  Make it simple and pack ALL the essential items listed below.

Whistler Packing List

whistler yoga teacher training * laundry service is available at an additional cost

* comfortable, loose clothing for teacher training sessions (nothing fancy required)

* yoga mat

* 2 Bath Towels (only hand towels are provided at the Centre)

* small, thin blanket for meditation

* bug spray & after-bite solution

* good walking shoes (running shoes) / sandals / gum boots / slippers – YES, bring all! Weather can change quickly in the mountains

* extra socks (if the weather turns rainy, its nice to have fresh socks)

* travel adapter as needed

* sleeping eye patch

* earplugs (highly suggested – we cannot cure a snoring room-mate)

* lightweight rain poncho (just in case)

* sunscreen

* alarm clock

* camera

* copy of travel insurance

* passport & visa (if required based on your citizenship)

* flashlight & batteries (absolutely mandatory – you will need this in the evenings)

* long sleeve shirts for evenings / short sleeve for day-time

* long & short pants

* money (Canadian Dollars) 

* water bottle (NO GLASS BOTTLES – BPA Free Bottles or Stainless Steel Only)

* sun-glasses

* sweatshirts (at least 3)  & a light coat for colder evenings

* writing instruments & notepad

* electronic devices BUT these are not allowed for use during teacher training sessions at any time

What You Should Know About the Centre

Though located in a wilderness setting, the facilities are comfortable and convenient.   Here are some details the Centre would like our Whistler Yoga Teacher Training group to keep in mind:

· The Centre generates their own electricity, and ask that you be mindful of your power consumption and limit use of power-intensive electrical devices, such as hair dryers, electric tea kettles, or other devices with electrical heating elements.

· Since the centre is on a septic system, guests are requested to be conscious of  how long showers are and to be mindful of not placing anything in the septic system other than tissue paper..

· Drugs & Alcohol are not permitted.  Smoking is restricted to one location on site.

· Indoor footwear (such as slippers or socks) are worn in cabins and buildings.

· Wi-Fi access is available & complimentary, but limited to certain areas and the connection tends to be slow – any connection that is utilized is meant solely for quick email checks, and not live streaming or downloads.

· Cellular Service is available depending on your service provider. Please ensure that you have a data or calling plan on your phone if you need to be in touch with family and friends.

Spectacular Whistler

whistler yoga teacher trainingWhistler is located in the spectacular Coast Mountains of British Columbia just two hours north of Vancouver. Whistler is Canada’s premier, year-round destination.

Whistler features two majestic mountains with a vibrant base Village, epic skiing and snowboarding, four championship golf courses, great shopping, restaurants and bars, accommodation to suit every budget, hiking trails, spas and arguably the best mountain bike park in the world.

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Training Dates

March 24 – April 8, 2015
Co-Lead Teachers
Janet Ward & Emily Kane

September 10 – 25, 2015
Co-Lead Teachers
Camellia Rumball & Siobhan Keely

April 2 - 17, 2016
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