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


"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. 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, and 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. 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 11 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.

The Intensive is an opportunity for you to rise and shine your unique medicine into the circle, and invitation to follow your calling, your cosmic task, as much as it follows you.


There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.
— Martha Graham

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

Any questions, please email me directly at samar@moon-yoga.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.


ABOUT SAMAR

I am a Certified Practitioner and Self-Care Teacher of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®, and a Mayan Spiritual Healing Practitioner of the same lineage. I've had additional training in advanced bodywork techniques and pregnancy/post-partum care with Dr. Rosita Arvigo. I'm a provider of Holistic Pelvic Care™ and Holistic Pelvic Energy™, trained by Tami Kent, MSPT, author of Wild Feminine. I've experienced over 700 hours of training as a Yoga Teacher over a nine year period with Ashram Yoga NZ, including specialized training in Yoga Nidra and Natal Yoga. I've been an Usui Reiki Master Teacher since 2003 and have had the joy of teaching this to people of all ages on three continents. I'm also qualified as a Hypnotherapist and a Massage Practitioner.

I am also a QOYA™ teacher, and have had the pleasure of learning this profound work from its creator Rochelle Schieck, and sharing with an incredibly robust, heart-centered and colossal community here in Auckland. For years, I shared the privilege of being one of only two Qoya teachers in New Zealand, and I am blessed to be one of fifteen country-wide. Forging a path for these sacred works in this beautiful country has honed my passion for the unbelievable healing power that comes with the reclamation and embodiment of the feminine, and has been one of the greatest honors of my life.  

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SAMPLE ITINERARY

December 10th, 2018
2pm-6pm: Arrive and Check In
6pm: Dinner
8pm: Opening Ceremony

Daily Schedule
7:00-8:30am: Qoya Class
9:00-10:00: Breakfast
10:00-12:00: Morning Session
12:00-1:00: Lunch
1:00-3:00: Qoya Class
3:00-5:00: Afternoon Session
5:00-7:00: Qoya Class
7:00-8:00: Dinner
8:00-10:00: Evening Ritual

December 17th 2018
7:00-10:00am: Closing Session
12:00pm: Lunch (optional)
12:00pm-2:00pm: Departure


LOCATION

The Intensive will be held at the Ashram Yoga Ohui Retreat Center, at a beautiful, wild, family-run yoga center on the Pacific Ocean surrounded by mountains, forests, and fields of flowers.

All rooms are shared and basic but cosy and homey with some beautiful views of the ocean and trees.
All participants are required to bring their own bedding - top sheet provided.
Vegetarian venue with beautiful hand prepared food made according to Ayurvedic principles.


PREREQUISITES

You must have completed the Introduction to Qoya (online training) and your Initiation Training (live training + take and teach 11 classes) in order to attend the Intensive. If you’d like some guidance on how to complete these requirements before an upcoming Intensive, please contact me at samar@moon-yoga.com.

CERTIFICATION

To become a Certified Qoya Teacher, you must complete the Intensive training where you will have the opportunity to teach a Qoya class to a Qoya Teacher Trainer. Upon successful completion of your Intensive and submitting your Integration form afterwards, you will be able to sign our Teacher Training Agreement, completing your Qoya Teacher journey. If you do not successfully teach your Qoya class at the Intensive and need some more support and time to work on your teaching, you can teach a class to a Qoya Teacher Trainer after the Intensive in order to complete your certification.

Maintaining Your Certification: To maintain your certification, you must participate in one Continuing Education event per year. They are low cost with a minimal time commitment, and the purpose is to help you stay current with changes in the Qoya curriculum as it continues to evolve and additions are made. 


COST + REGISTER

Pricing is per person.

Your tuition includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 3 meals a day of delicious, nourishing food
  • Qoya classes
  • Intensive curriculum
  • rituals

Your tuition does not include:

  • Travel to the Intensive. The center is a three hour drive from Auckland.You can look for other participants to carpool from Auckland and a small contribution for petrol to the driver is awesome.

Register for your spot today.

Payment plans are available through October 5th.

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 at 6pm on the 10th, and ends at 1pm on the 17th! We recommend that you arrive by 4pm on the 10th to have time to settle in before dinner.

+ 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. After the Intensive, you must teach 1 class and submit your Integration forms on the class to your teacher before your follow-up call. Once you've done this, we will send you the Qoya Teacher Training Agreement to sign, and after you've signed, you will receive your certificate.

To maintain your certification, you must participate in one Continuing Education event per year. They are low cost with a minimal time commitment, and the purpose is to help you stay current with changes in the Qoya curriculum as it continues to evolve and additions are made.

+ 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 student, 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 to the public.

+ 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 attending a live Initiation training, taking 11 Qoya classes online or in person, and teaching 11 Qoya classes to friends and family. The reason is that we want you to be initiated into the powerful and transformational aspects through your experience. The best way to learn to teach Qoya is by doing Qoya!

The third part of the Qoya Teacher Training is the Intensive. The prerequisite for attending the Intensive is to complete the Intro and the Initiation Teacher Trainings as well as teaching 11 practice classes to friends and family before arriving.

+ 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 has 11 audio and video classes. We recommend that you first take these classes, then teach the classes as your practice classes.

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. The Qoya class you teach at the retreat must also be in alignment with the pillars of Qoya as laid out in the Teachers Manual, so if too many elements are out of alignment at the Intensive, you will be asked to teach an additional class afterwards in order to gain your certification.

+ I have more questions. Who do I contact?

Any questions we haven't covered here? Email us at info@qoya.love.