To do sacred work that makes your heart sing.
(Why spend your life doing anything else?)
To FEEL GOOD in your body, your work, and your life.
Do any of these resonate with you?
You know you want to help women, but struggle with exactly how to start.
You desire to feel useful and create joy for the people in your community.
You feel more connected with yourself, others, and the divine when you move your body.
You crave deep soul shifts and radical self-discovery.
You already have a wellness practice, and hunger for deeper nourishment of your mind, body, and soul.
You want to integrate your Qoya practice not only as a class, but as a lifestyle.
You long to be part of a sisterhood, not only as a member, but as a co-creator.
If one or more of these are true for you, you are in the right place.
“Qoya has given me the most important gift of my life, a physical connection to my truth and intuition. Because of Qoya I am able to cultivate the ability to trust myself and trust my body.”
KITTY CAVALIER, Qoya teacher
“You must go...because if you love it like we do and choose to make Qoya part of your life, your whole life just gets better and better, and all you have to do is show up and move however feels good to you.”
COLLEEN LASOTA, Qoya teacher
There are 3 phases to Qoya Teacher Training:
PHASE 1: INTRO
PHASE 2: INITIATION
Online & In Person
PHASE 3: INTENSIVE
In Person Only
PHASE ONE: INTRO TO QOYA
Prerequisites: None - just a desire to learn!
What you'll learn: Your first step of Qoya Teacher Training is the Introduction - a 10+ hour training that introduces the 13 pillars of Qoya as a way to begin learning how to teach Qoya or to create a home practice for yourself. You will also learn the fundamentals of the 3 essences of Qoya, our philosophy of embodying the woman who is wise, wild, and free.
Who you're certified to teach: Yourself! Create your own home practice from this training.
Where it's available: Online Only
PHASE TWO: INITIATION TRAINING
Prerequisites: Intro to Qoya Online Training
What you'll learn: Through an 11-hour in person training with supplementary online training, you will learn teaching methods, practice what you’ve learned by teaching classes to others, and most importantly, take Qoya classes with Rochelle, deepening your understanding of Qoya through your own experience. You will attend a live training, take 11 Qoya classes in person or online, and teach 11 Qoya classes to friends and family.
Who you're certified to teach: Friends and Family for free
Where it's available: Online + In Person
January 5 - 13: Online Initiation with Sara Ballard
January 6 - 7: Minneapolis, Minnesota with Colleen LaSota
January 19 - 21: Roanoke, Virginia with Lindsay McKinnon
March 24 - 31: Collective Retreat with the Qoya Collective Teachers
Late February/Early March in New York City with Emily Bohannon
June at Kripalu in Massachusetts with Rochelle Schieck
July at the Multiversity in California with Rochelle Schieck
Cost: $600, plus travel, accommodations, and retreat tuition if you attend Initiation training at a Qoya retreat
PHASE THREE: INTENSIVE TRAINING
Prerequisites: Intro and Initiation Training
What you'll learn: To prepare for the Intensive, you will read 3 books and have calls and assignments with Rochelle to discuss the material. The Intensive itself is an in-person training for 7 days in a small group taught by Rochelle, in which you experience deep integration of the philosophies of Qoya into your life.
Who you're certified to teach: The general public anywhere in the world!
Where it's available: In Person Only
March 31 - April 7: Nosara, Costa Rica with Rochelle Schieck
April 22 - 27: Woodstock New York with Rochelle Schieck
May 25 - 31: Clerac, France with Rochelle Schieck
Cost: Cost varies depending on location (typically ranges from $1,800-3,500). Tuition and accommodation are included; travel is not.
“To me, Qoya has become a necessity as a way to infuse my spirit with happiness. Gathering together as women to create a sacred circle that forms the container where we practice yoga, dance, and sensual movement with the intention to do what feels good is an amazing medicine.”
SUSAN ANDERSON, Qoya teacher
“Trust that if you hear of Qoya and are in a place where it's offered, it's a sign you should take the class. It's hard to describe Qoya, so follow your curiosity and take a class.”
BETSY BLANKENBAKER, Qoya teacher
Benefits of Being a Qoya Teacher
Community: Qoya attracts the most incredible wise, wild, and free women alive. Imagine a tribe of sisters who you can call up to discuss routines, invite to your house for a despacho ritual, or help build your Qoya business. By participating in the training together, you will build a community of practice along with the teachers who are already certified.
Fitness: The accountability of teaching a Qoya class brings more dedication to your practice, leading to an increased level of personal strength and fitness as well as a fluid connection to your body and creativity.
Creativity and Leadership: Every Qoya class has the same structure, but each Qoya class is different since it is always based around a theme and music chosen by the teacher. Qoya is a way to express your truth and inspiration through movement. Examples of themes: gratitude, letting go, the seasons, feeling as much as you can. Anything that inspires you can become a Qoya routine: the newness of spring, a favorite song or piece of art, a relationship - all of it is relevant in the dance of Qoya. Additionally, each student sets her own intention at the beginning of class, creating a rich and varied tapestry of transformation.
Additional Income: Once you enroll in our monthly training supplement program (which includes step-by-step videos of Qoya sequences), you will take home 100% of the cost paid by attendees of your classes
Increased Tolerance for Fun and Pleasure! Teaching Qoya is one of the most fun, rewarding, creative experiences a woman can have. If you're seeking a creative fitness career or a creative outlet to embody your wise, wild, free feminine soul, Qoya Teacher Training is for you.
Since I created Qoya, I have:
- led thousands of movement classes
- facilitated hundreds of private sessions
- taken women on over 20 retreats to 6 different continents
- trained over 150 Qoya teachers
- created a career and lifestyle that allows me to facilitate truth and trust not only for my students, but also for myself
Teacher Training will create the same epiphanies, life shifts, and good old fashioned magic for you - but don’t take my word for it:
“Qoya is a body-centered vision quest inward. It is an opportunity to know yourself in a deeper and unspoken way and for a minute break through the barriers of what form and society have created for us. I love it - and hope you will too!”
SAMAR OCEAN WOLF CIPRIAN, Qoya teacher
"Teaching Qoya has meant rediscovering my feminine sensuality and reveling in that movement. Bringing the joy and beauty of hip circles to other women is marvelous! I love the mantra Wild, Wise and Free. It freed me from the structure of partnered dancing and perfect steps."
LAUREL CARPENTER, Qoya teacher
“Just do it! I talk a lot about the spiritual benefit because this part means so much to me, but along with the spirituality, Qoya is freakin' FUN! I guarantee that you will have a huge smile on your face through out different aspects of class. You gotta just give it a try and allow your experience to unfold. Just like you, your experience will be beautiful and unique.”
KACI FLOREZ, Qoya Teacher
“Come because it is a hell of a lot of fun! To dance is natural, to dance is divine, to dance is to become part of something bigger than ourselves and it's the fastest way to the truth. Give yourself the gift of allowing yourself to experience yourself, whatever that might be, boredom, fear, joy through the medium of your body.”
EMMA LLOYD, Qoya teacher
Frequently Asked Questions
I’m not a yoga or dance teacher. Can I still train to be a Qoya teacher?
Yes! While this is a movement-based practice, anyone can learn and teach the movements. This is why it was created! Rochelle wanted to create something that could easily be taught and practiced in communities all around the world. We have had women of all backgrounds, sizes, and athletic abilities successfully train to be teachers. You CAN do it.
I’m already a yoga or dance teacher. Is this right for me?
Qoya Teacher Training is the best thing (in our opinion!) to deepen your teaching practice past physical movement into soul movement. If you are feeling like you want to teach more than yoga or dance, and that you want to help guide students on a spiritual journey as well, then this is what you are looking for. Many of our teachers are trained yoga and dance instructors, and they all see their Qoya training as an extension and growth of that work.
I want to attend the training, but I’m not sure 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. Similarly, if you are new to Qoya and wish to dive deep with the practices of Qoya, teacher training is a wonderful way to submerge yourself in all things wise wild and free. For questions, email email@example.com.
Will I be a certified teacher after the training is complete?
To be a Qoya Certified teacher, all the courses above must be completed. To be listed as a Qoya teacher and promoted on Qoya’s various websites, you must also sign the Qoya Teacher Training Agreement. There are no pre-requisites to take the Qoya teacher training, and you will receive a signed letter confirming that you have completed the teacher training.
How is this different than training to teach other movement forms?
Qoya classes combine the traditional benefits of fitness — including strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, and agility training — with a unique empowering approach that is feminine, expressive, and, most importantly, fun. Qoya is different in that it offers a shift in consciousness that evolves the way we have been taught to move our bodies as women. Drawn from the wisdom of yoga, creative expression in dance, and the pleasure found in sensual movement, Qoya helps women enjoy and revel in their feminine bodies. In other words, the focus becomes more on the enjoyment of the experience in the present moment vs. all the traditional motivation factors of exercise (losing weight, toning, burning calories, stretching, reducing stress, etc.). All those become pleasurable byproducts, but not the reason you go. The reason you go is your joy.
One of the main differences is that Qoya addresses all parts of a woman: mind, body, emotions, energetic, spirit and soul - seeing her as human & divine.
Qoya explores dancing the fullness that it is to be a woman in her body in the following ways:
● Ways we can build our strength: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual.
● Ways we can be flexible: not only in our hamstrings, but going through the flow of our day.
● Ways we can be agile: like a child who falls down and bounces right back up.
● Ways we can savor: an exhale that takes us into a hip circle of remembering the gift of being a woman.
● Ways we can love and honor- what is — as it is — and still dare to dream bigger dreams.
● Ways we can say YES.
A Qoya class is different because it speaks to all the different levels of awareness in a woman: physical body, mental state, emotions, spiritual connection and energy and addresses the whole woman. As an instructor, you speak to Her as whole, lacking in nothing and from the deepest part of your own awareness, speak to that in Her. Imagine a whole world where that's how we related to one another seeing the human and divine aspects in each amazing woman.
Do I have to attend the Initiation Teacher Training in person?
Yes. Attending the Initiation Teacher Training in person is intended so that you can fully experience the initiation into the power of Qoya in an immersive environment and teach from your personal experience vs. the academic study of the idea of Qoya. In the past, you could only attend this training at a Qoya retreat, buy we are happy to now offer the in person Initiation portion of the training both on selected Qoya retreats AND as 1-2 day standalone trainings to make it easier and more affordable to take time off to attend.
I got injured after I registered. Can I still come?
Yes! I recently had a neck/shoulder injury and when I went to the physical therapist. The funniest thing happened - she encouraged me to do Qoya to heal it! Ha! The reason she said is, “Qoya encourages you to focus on aligning with the part of your body where it feels good to move. No one will force you or encourage you into a position that activates the pain and you can gently and slowly heal your body through conscious movement.”
What is your refund policy?
Our refund policy is that if you register and cannot attend, if we can fill your spot, we will give you a refund minus $250 to cover our administrative costs. If we can not fill your spot, unfortunately, we are unable to refund your space on a retreat.
Do you offer payment plans?
We are always happy to work with people and support them on their journey any way we can. If you are inspired to join and it would feel better to space out payments, reach out and we can explore it! We align with the idea that when you follow your heart, the world will conspire on your behalf.
If you still have questions and would like help determining if Qoya Teacher Training is for you, please write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Go for it!!! Nothing to lose and everything to gain. To revel in your divine beauty through movement is empowering.”
HEATHER HUBBER, Qoya teacher
“Come with no expectations and allow yourself to be surprised and have fun. If there is a class to dance like no one is watching, it's Qoya!”
NATALIA KRASNOVA, Qoya teacher