"The Qoya Teacher Training Intensive is one of the richest experiences I've ever had. Get ready to dive deep into yourself, magic, and community. This training removed many layers of falsehood I hadn't known I was carrying. At times I felt I was running a spiritual marathon - and loving every second of it. My heart burst open. I was taken to the center of the mysterious spiral of life. Come as you are, leave as yourself unbound. Why wouldn't you?"
VIRGINIA, Qoya Teacher
"The Qoya Intensive was more than I could ever have imagined. Each day felt like a lifetime in the best possible way. Each individual day was worth the investment, let alone the whole week. Each exercise, ritual, discussion, lecture, and class were woven together perfectly. I went in knowing what Qoya is, and I was able to teach a class. I came out feeling the spirit of Qoya in my bones - like it was alchemically transferred into my being. The way the group comes together in this environment is nothing short of magical. I know that the intentions, dreams, and desires I brought to the Intensive are being nurtured in the hearts of all the women who held space for me to plant them."
KACI, Qoya Teacher
"The Qoya Intensive Teacher Training in Costa Rica went far beyond my expectations. I've been teaching Qoya classes for three years, and the Intensive week took my teaching to a whole other level with an even bigger expansion in my spiritual growth. I feel fortunate to teach and live the message of Qoya. It would be well worth it to take this course every year just for my own personal growth."
BETSY, Qoya Teacher
"The Qoya Intensive Teacher Training week was powerful and profound. It was a turning point in my teachings. I am more aware of how to co-teach with the music and let it guide the group. I have much greater respect, understanding, and tools given to harness the power of music to touch and move people. My teaching quantum leaped after the Intensive; it was night and day. I feel so confident and eager to teach now, but beyond that, I feel passionate and moved to share. What I learned about teaching Qoya was like everything in Qoya, a metaphor of how to live. I embodied a way to Speak my Truth, a Call to Action, and a Way to Serve in ways that serve me. It was a modern day initiation. A rite of passage. It marked a new era for me. A big YES to my dreams and purpose. A seed was planted. I'm growing more free, joyful, centered, open, and ready to expand and move upwards and forward, one dance at a time."
FABIOLA, Qoya Teacher
If you are reading this page, if life has brought you to this decision whether or not to embark on the Qoya Teacher Training Intensive or not, you are a warrior of light.
A warrior because you have survived the many challenges a day can bring. Of light because you are seeking out the people and places who stand and dance for love.
This course is not only about what and how to teach a Qoya class. You learn "what" Qoya is in the Intro and "how" in the Initiation. The Intensive is "why" you teach a Qoya class - specifically, why YOU teach a Qoya class.
If there were five minutes left of your life, why would you call in sacred space? Why would you circle? Why would you open your heart or your hips? Why would you dance your yoga as prayer, shake, do a grapevine, free dance or sit across from another human being and share?
When you get to the heart of anything, you get to the heart of everything. When you get to the heart of Qoya, you get to the heart of yourself.
Please note: this is NOT a retreat. This is not relaxing (except to your soul, who loves this inquiry). This is not full of free time to get massages and rest. This is an intensive, and you will do better if you come well-rested and prepared, having taught at least 20 practice classes. You should come ready to do your inner work, to create and co-create experiences, and to teach for the group and shine.
My style of leadership is not to take up all the space and ask you to be like me. I prefer to create opportunities for you to rise and shine your unique medicine into the circle. I am counting on you to show up fully if you enroll in this training, just like I am counting on you to show up in this world. I am asking you to follow your calling, your cosmic task, as much as it follows you.
This training is my best attempt to teach you everything I know about teaching Qoya in one week.
I do this by teaching you how to keep your channel open, to reconnect you to a lineage of warriors of light who stand for love, and to promise you that you are not alone. We are all in this together, so let's start acting like it.
My desire is to empower you to continue to share Qoya as you are inspired to with your communities, and to plant the seeds for Qoya classes and workshops. The intensive is also a prerequisite for those who with to learn how to lead Qoya retreats.
Everyone will lead a Qoya class and receive feedback from me and the other women in the training. We will go deep into the philosophy and metaphysical reason each pillar is needed to hold up a Qoya class through initiatory rituals. You will also teach every part of the class, like in previous trainings, to have an opportunity to integrateand embody your new awareness through experience.
Days are long. A sample itinerary is below, but be prepared to flow.
There are reading and homework assignments before and after the Intensive with group calls for each that are recorded to reference as you need.
The books are:
The Desire Map by Danielle Laporte
Radiance Sutras by Lorin Roche
Autobiography of an Orgasm by Betsy Blankenbaker
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
Any questions, please email me directly at email@example.com. Otherwise if you feel the call in your body, I invite you to listen to it, and live into the experience of trusting your inner knowing and your body. Trust it not only as a home where you live for this life, not only as the temple where your spirit dwells, not only as a guide that offers intuition and felt sense, but as a beloved companion for this journey.
Qoya is based on the idea through movement, we remember.
We remember our essence is wise, wild and free.
Sara Ballard is a life long joy seeker, lover of music & movement, sacred adornments, and is deeply committed to creating community. As a former bodyworker, Sara has always had a passion for helping women feel connected to and fall in love with the physical and metaphysical magic in their bodies.
Her life’s work has been built on various ways of helping people reconnect, access, and remember the truth in their body. She thrives on authenticity, deep connection, and reverence to her and others’ divine nature.
In any given week, you can find Sara teaching weekly Qoya classes, offering Qoya teacher Initiation training, and hosting retreats in Greenville, SC. She loves creating Sacred Soul Malas, bespoke semi-precious gemstone prayer beads individually created for each person. In her spare time, she homeschools her three beautiful children, and laughs and plays with her patient, Qoya-loving husband, Russell.
August 5th, 2018
4pm: Arrive and Check In
8pm: Opening Ceremony
7:00-8:30am: Qoya Class
10:00-12:00: Morning Session
1:00-3:00: Qoya Class
3:00-5:00: Afternoon Session
5:00-7:00: Qoya Class
8:00-10:00: Evening Ritual
August 11th, 2018
7:00-8:30am: Closing Session
"Dancing a Qoya class with Sara is truly an embodying experience. She is gifted at helping women drop into their bodies and connect with themselves to hear true inner guidance. She leads her classes with such joy and love, and holds a safe space for women to feel deeply and to connect with each other in love, transparency and vulnerability."
ALYSSA J., AUSTIN, TX
This private home (mine!) has been dubbed by Qoya teachers who have danced here as "The Qoya House." A light-filled, spacious home with a saltwater pool and spa, a dedicated movement/Qoya room, and plenty of space to get creative, The Qoya House is the perfect getaway for those looking to connect with other incredible women, relax and take time for yourself, and to fully immerse yourself in the Qoya Intensive.
Greenville, SC is a quaint little city near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, lush with greenery, and sweet Southern charm. Nestled in the upstate area of South Carolina, Greenville feels like your home away from home with an extra dose of sweet tea, grits, and Southern drawl.
All rooms are shared, and are "first arrive - first to choose."
We will be cozy in this intimate setting with fresh, beautiful food prepared by our private chef.
You must have completed the Introduction to Qoya (online training) and your Initiation Training in order to attend the Intensive. If you’d like some guidance on how to complete these requirements before an upcoming Intensive, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To become a Certified Qoya Teacher, you must complete the Intensive training, which includes teaching a class to a Qoya Teacher Trainer, and sign our Teacher Training Agreement. At the Intensive, you will have the opportunity to teach your class and sign the agreement, completing your Qoya Teacher journey. You can also opt to teach your certification class after the Intensive, if you desire more time to work on your teaching.
COST + REGISTER
Pricing is per person.
Your tuition includes:
- 7 nights accommodation
- 3 meals a day of delicious, nourishing food
- Intensive Tuition
Your tuition does not include:
- travel to the Intensive
Join the Waitlist
This Intensive is currently sold out. Join the waitlist here and look at details for our upcoming Intensive.
Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel for any reason and we can find a person to take your spot, we will refund the amount paid minus a $250 administration fee. If we cannot find a person to take your spot, there are no refunds; however, you can transfer your paid spot to someone else, so you can send a friend or family member to the retreat in your place.
You were born to share yourself fully in this life.
The only thing harder than going for it is not going for it. Join us and step into alignment with your purpose, your sacred work, and finally living as the woman you were born to become.
Frequently Asked Questions
+ What time of day does the course start, and what time does it finish?
It starts with dinner at 6pm on the 5th, and ends at 10am on the 11th! We recommend that you arrive around 4pm on the 5th to have time to settle in before dinner.
+ What is the closest airport?
Nearest airport is GSP (Greenville/Spartanburg, SC) is a 14 minute car ride to The Qoya House (Intensive location). Taxis run about $28 one way. Other airports include CLT (Charlotte Douglas International airport, NC) - 1.5 driving hours from Greenville and ATL (Atlanta, GA) - 2.5 hour drive from Greenville.
+ Will I be a certified teacher after the training is complete?
To be a Qoya Certified teacher, all the 3 course levels must be completed (Intro, Initiation, and Intensive), and you must teach a class for a Qoya Teacher Trainer, either at the Intensive retreat or afterwards either live or via video. To be listed as a Qoya teacher and promoted on Qoya’s various websites, you must also sign the Qoya Teacher Training Agreement.
+ I am interested in the teacher training itself, but I’m not sure if I want to teach. Is that okay?
If you are a regular Qoya participant, Teacher Training is an amazing way to bring more structure and inspiration to your personal practice, and to go deeper into the fundamentals of Qoya. That said, the focus of the Intensive will be on teaching Qoya to others. We have many teachers who incorporate Qoya into other offerings they have, like workshops, and those who simply wish to offer it to family and friends in a ritual space, without holding formal classes.
+ How do I start?
To recap: the first part, the [Intro to Qoya Online Training], can be done online and is a great introduction to the principals of Qoya and teaches you how to start leading your own at-home practice.
The second part, the Initiation to Qoya Teacher Training, is completed by taking 11 Qoya classes online or in person, attending an in person Initiation training, and teaching 11 Qoya classes to friends and family. We want you to be initiated into the powerful and transformational aspects through your experience, and the best way to learn to teach Qoya is by teaching Qoya!
The third part of the Qoya Teacher Training is the Intensive.
+ Teaching 11 classes sounds hard! How do I do it? Can I advertise and charge money?
Some women feel comfortable to teach after completing the online training, but most women find they feel comfortable teaching others after the Initiation training. When you register for the Initiation training, you'll receive access to the Qoya Portal, which contains 11 audio and video classes for you to take. After you've taken them, we recommend that you teach each class to a friend or family member.
Your 11 classes cannot be advertised to the public, nor can you charge money for them; however, you can leave a basket by the door and ask for any donations for space rental and supplies so that your community can support you.
You do not need a large group to constitute a class. A class can be taught to 1 person. You can teach a class to another Qoya teacher locally or via Skype and count that as one of your 11.
The most important thing is that you arrive at the Intensive completely comfortable to teach a class to the group, so that you can focus on the real training of the retreat, which is not about the logistics of the movement, but about the deeper philosophies of Qoya and going into them first so you can then lead others.
+ I have more questions. Who do I contact?
Any questions we haven't covered here? Email us at email@example.com.