"The Qoya Intensive Teacher Training was one of the most profound experiences I’ve been blessed to have. While the weeklong Intensive was transformative, I have really begun to feel the transformation during the integration process. The energetic shifts I received in Costa Rica began as a download straight into my heart and lovingly absorbed into every molecule of my being. My perspective of presence and participation in the world around me truly is an unfolding as the embodiment of my Divine essence. I am eternally grateful for the gifts Qoya has offered me."
LEIGAH LOCKE, Qoya Teacher
"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. 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. I had already done an Initiation teacher training in Brooklyn and two Qoya retreats in Costa Rica, not to mention Qoya classes and retreats in India, Peru, Miami, CA, Woodstock, NYC, and nothing came close to how transformational this week was. 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 for how to live. I embodied a way to speak my truth and serve others in ways that serve me. It was a modern day initiation. A rite of passage. It marked a new era for me, and 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
The Qoya Teacher Training is a profound experience for personal growth that empowers you to hold space for others in your community as they dance with the blessings and challenges of their lives.
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.
In a moment when movement as medicine is needed, 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.
Qoya's style of leadership is not to take up all the space and ask you to be like the teacher. Instead, we prefer to create opportunities for you to rise and shine your unique medicine into the circle. We are counting on you to show up fully if you enroll in this training. We also ask that you feel a big YES in your body when you sign up since the whole point of Qoya is to deepen the connection between being able to listen to and honor the wisdom in your body.
We look forward to dancing together and if you have any questions, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll be happy to help.
The Intensive is a powerful week of personal transformation.
Qoya is designed to teach you how to keep your channel open and reconnect to the lineage of those who have come before you, those who dance alongside you, and those who will benefit from your efforts in this lifetime.
My desire is to empower you to continue to share Qoya with your communities. The intensive is also a prerequisite for those who with to learn how to lead Qoya retreats.
Everyone in the training 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.
The days are full and magical! 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
If you feel the call in your body to lead Qoya in your community, we 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.
May 7, 2019
4pm: Arrive and Check In
8pm: Opening Ceremony
7:00-8:30am: Qoya Class
10:00-12:30: Morning Session
2:30-4:00: Qoya Class
4:00-6:00: Afternoon Session
7:30-9:00: Qoya Class
9:00-11:00: Evening Ritual
May 14, 2019
7:00-8:30am: Closing Session
Your facilitators for this journey are Sara Ballard and Claire Garin. Both teachers completed their Qoya Intensives with Qoya founder Rochelle Schieck and have apprenticed and co-led Intensives alongside Rochelle.
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.
In 2008, Claire discovered Reiki and fell in love with alternative medicines. She became a Reiki Master while simultaneously obtaining her diploma as a Sophrologist-Sophrotherapist in 2013. She found Qoya in the summer of 2016 and traveled to the U.S. to take more classes. She took the Initiation Training during the Costa Rica Collective Retreat in March 2017, and the Intensive in May 2017 in Seattle. She's led hundreds of Qoya classes and several teacher trainings, and co-led the 2018 Qoya France Retreat with Rochelle Schick. She finds her freedom by offering different containers (individuals sessions, classes and training, daily workshops, retreats) with all these different tools, mostly in Paris, but also all over the world!
Vast sandy beaches, emerald waters, castles, ancient civilizations, and culture abound on this beautiful Greek island. Popular to visitors since the Roman ages, Rhodes is one of the most desired destination spots in Europe! We will be staying in a private villa overlooking the sea, in an area known as Butterfly Valley. It is the perfect location to dive deeply into the essence of Qoya, and be nurtured by the birthplace of civilization simultaneously with a 360 panoramic view of the Aegean Sea and the Valley of Butterflies. The brand new pool with sunbeds and parasols, the amazing covered sitting area, cosy fireplace, and beautiful gardens and trees which offer a secluded and peaceful environment.
All beds and rooms will be shared. This Intensive is at a private villa, not a retreat center. Individual rooms are not likely to be offered. No offsite lodging.
You must have completed the Introduction to Qoya online training ($250) and your Initiation Training ($600) 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 email@example.com.
To become a Certified Qoya Teacher offering Qoya classes to the general public, 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. To maintain your certification, you must participate in our Continuing Education program, which includes monthly phone calls with Rochelle and other resources to support your teaching practice.
This Intensive will be language fluid... meaning, women who attend MUST be able to understand English, and be able to teach all basic cues in English, but can also speak their mother tongue for intuitive cues. As long as they can share a full class with us, as is required in the structure, language is flexible. Questions can be asked in English or French, or Greek.
COST + REGISTER
This training is for women only, ages 18 and up.
Your tuition includes:
7 nights accommodation
3 meals a day from a local chef
Your tuition does not include:
travel to Greece
shuttle from the airport to Rhodes
We may take an excursion into one of the towns on one day; all food, souvenirs etc will need to be paid for individually on any outside excursions.
Register for your spot today
Payment plans are available through April 1st, 2019, and enrollment closes on April 13th, 2019.
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?
Arrival is anytime before 5pm on May 7th; departure must be before 12pm on May 14th.
+ 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 maintain your certication, you must also sign the Qoya Teacher Training Agreement and participate in our Continuing Education program.
+ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.