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. I know Rochelle put a lot of time and planning into the training, but it definitely felt more divinely inspired than anything else. 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. Along with Rochelle’s amazing leadership, 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 in Costa Rica 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. I had already done a teacher training in Brooklyn, two whole weeks in CR, not to mention many many classes and retreats with Rochelle in India, Peru, Miami, CA, Woodstock, NYC, and nothing came close to how transformational this week was. Rochelle puts her heart and soul into all she does, and for this Intensive TT she REALLY does it, she revealed all she's got, and as you know (or are about to know, or I highly recommend you know!) She's got a whole lot.  My teaching quantum leaped after the Intensive TT, it was night and day. I feel so confident and eager to teach now, it's 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, 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.

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 integrate  and embody your new awareness through experience.

Days are long. A sample itinerary is below, but be prepared to flow.

To prepare, we begin 3 months before and have 3 months of follow-up with a book to read and discuss each month on epic calls 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
Women Who Run With the Wolves by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Mystery Book~ Only Revealed to those enrolled in training.

Any questions, please email me directly at  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.


October 16th, 2015
4pm: Arrive at Menla, 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

October 23rd, 2015
7:00-8:30am: Qoya Class
9:00-10:00am: Breakfast
10:00am-12:00pm: Closing Session
12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch
1pm: Departure


You must have completed the Introduction to Qoya (online training) and your Initiation Training (2 weekend or 1 weeklong retreat + teach 20 Qoya 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 us at


To become a Certified Qoya Teacher, you must complete the Intensive training, teach a class for 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.


Pricing is per person.
Single Occupancy means you will have the room to yourself.
Double Occupancy means you will have a roommate.

Your all-inclusive retreat includes:

  • cozy eco-luxury accommodations
  • Qoya Intensive training, classes, and rituals
  • delicious, nutritious vegetarian food

What’s not included:

  • Transportation to Menla. It is easily accessible from New York City and Boston by bus or car. Check out the full directions.

The retreat will be held at the beautiful Menla Mountain Retreat Center near Woodstock, NY. This space is so special, it was commissioned by the Dalai Lama. It is super sacred land. All housing options include linens, and Menla’s signature face and hand soap. The available options are:

Commuter/Staying Offsite ($1,375): You can opt for your own housing and commute to Menla each day for the training.

Dorm Housing ($2,380): Cozy shared room with twin beds and a shared bathroom.

Twin Bed, Double Occupancy, Shared Bath ($2,825): Similar to dorm housing, except you will only have 1 roommate.

Queen Bed, Single Occupancy, Private Bath ($3,250): Room and bathroom to yourself.

Make your $500 deposit to hold your space today.

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.


+ 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. Similarly, if you are new to Qoya and wish to dive deep with the practices, teacher training is a wonderful way to submerge yourself in all things wise wild and free.

+ Is JFK the closest airport to Menla? What's the best way to get to Menla from JFK?

Yes! You can take a bus from Penn Station for $40 to Phoenicia (near Woodstock) on Adirondack Trailways:

+ If I arrive a day early, will Menla allow me to pay for an extra night and stay there?

Yes. Contact them directly to arrange this: (845) 688-6897.

+ What time of day does the course start on the 16th, and what time does it finish on the last day?

It starts in the afternoon at 4pm, and ends at 1 pm on the last day!

+ How do I start?

To recap: the first part, the Intro to Qoya Teaching 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. Click here for the online Introduction Training.

The second part, the Initiation to Qoya Teacher Training, is completed by doing two weekend retreats or a one week retreat. 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! Once you have completed the Initiation you will be prepared to teach practice classes to friends and family. The upcoming retreats are:

  • Kripalu (August 23 - 28, 2015)
  • Bali (September 15 - 22, 2015)
  • Woodstock (October 23 - 25, 2015)
  • Costa Rica (January 9 - 16, 2016)

More are being added all the time! To see more info, visit our Retreats page. Another option for the Initiation is doing two 1-Day Urban Retreats, which can count for one of the two initiation weekends.

The third part of the Qoya Teacher Training is the Intensive which is offered in Woodstock in 2015 and Costa Rica in 2016. The prerequisite for attending the Intensive is to complete the Intro and the Initiation Teacher Trainings as well as teaching 20 practice classes to friends and family before arriving.

If you are feeling ambitious, it would be possible to do the Intro now, enroll in the Initiation for Kripalu, then do the Intensive in Woodstock in October. Or you can do it in whatever way feels good for you. Please let us know if you have any other questions. We look forward to dancing together at the perfect time!

+ I have more questions. Who do I contact?

Any questions we haven't covered here? Email us at