Which 300 is best for me?
The Live Program includes 9 weekends of training, 15 hours of personal mentoring, and a robust and well supported online classroom with classes, discussions and assignments to keep you growing between each weekend.
The Mentored Program is ideal for a self-motivated person with the discipline to follow through on assignments remotely, and an idea of what and how you want your yoga career to be. We mix mandatory requirements with assignments you choose with your mentors, and find or create local training options.
What's different about each program?
What's different about the programs is the mentored version can't follow a typical classroom plan, so your mentored time goes way up - we do a lot of work together in one-on-one conversations. If we have 3+ people in a territory, we add local weekend retreats, which we fill with guest teachers, advanced or alternate practices, practice teaching and feedback, hands on work, and anything else that we decide (together) is best delivered live. When we can not meet, we work together to find good local classes and workshops with qualified teachers to provide some of your contact hours, with follow up in your mentoring time and assignments.
What's the same about each program?
All students will spend at least 80 hours learning and practicing your anatomy skills. We believe teachers in mastery have a good understanding of functional anatomy - not just vocabulary, but what and how and why everything works the way it does, and how you can use that knowledge to help yourself, your students, and your private clients create a safer, smarter, less painful, longevity based practice. Beyond study hours, you will complete a before-and-after assessment, correction, and healing practice on yourself and multiple case studies. You may also choose a nutrition assignment, a meditation assignment, or an illness management assignment, depending on your needs.
You will be confident giving functional assessments and correction techniques to your classes and to private clients. You will learn how all systems support one healthy body.
We believe teachers in mastery are constantly improving their knowledge and practice. We are a professional school, and our mission is to empower you to have a vibrant, successful career as you want it, so we tend to focus on the most useful practices and techniques for the typical North American audience. This will vary from program to program and person to person. Some will include more study of subjects like sanskrit and the historical books about yoga, and others will work more with physical practices like mudras and mantras, but all programs give you a mix of the history and lifestyle of yoga, and a lot to grow on. Every student will explore diverse styles of yoga, advanced postures, and popular modern practices. Every student will study ethics in life, practice, and business.
Camp Utopia is a vocational school for yoga teachers. Our work is to develop a healthy, viable industry and career path for passionate professional yogis. So we spend a lot of time working on advanced skills. That includes yoga postures and practices, of course, but also teaching skills, workshop planning skills, skills to work with all kinds of people. You will spend time on self-study in body, mind, and spirit - as yourself, and as a teacher.
In addition to your mandatory hours,
each student will complete 9 projects to complete the program.
You will work with a mentor to design and complete 9 self-selected projects, based on your interests and desires. The assignments provide the opportunity for pros or enthusiasts to choose learning goals as unique as you are. Most of your projects will naturally arise in the course of the weekends and can be completed immediately or quickly. At least one will take some extra time outside of training, because you'll want to experience some things over time, and at least one will be a workshop you teach.
The projects are meant to be open enough that you can create what feels best and fits best with your desires for this next phase of your life.
Remember: this is not meant to be stressful, and it won't be.
It'll be fun.
This is the part where you get to show and tell what you love about yoga, and life.
LIFESTYLE PROJECT - each trainee will choose an "other-than-poses" aspect of yoga to study more deeply (mudras, meditations, chakras, etc).
SPECIALTY PROJECT - pre-natal, post-natal, yoga for kids, yoga for seniors, corporate yoga, cruise ship yoga... Outside of gyms and studios, there are many places to teach, and they often pay better. What interests you? We'll help you build your mastery, you'll teach us what you've learned.
DIVERSITY PROJECT - Acro Yoga, Paddle Board Yoga, Yoga on the Slackline. Yoga for golfers, Yoga for runners, Yoga for frequent flyers. Being able to effectively teach all kinds of classes to all kinds of people equips you to meet the needs of a whole community. Mix yoga with one of your complementary skills, or learn something new, and design a project.
ADVANCED TEACHING PROJECT - It's good to keep growing, and there is a hungry market for yoga workshops, retreats, CEU courses, and teacher trainings. Channel your love of hands on adjustments, arm balances, breathing techniques or restorative yoga into a workshop for teachers.
INCOME / LEGACY PROJECT - We are all unique, in skills, and in purpose, and there are lots of way to combine your passions into your best life. This is where we plan (and show) some aspect of how we are going to make money, or build our legacy. Your project might be a business plan or a book, a product you develop, or a program that demonstrates the mark you want to leave.
HEALTHY LIVING PROJECT - people in our busy world want and need more than a simple yoga class. Nutrition coaching, private yoga, adding yoga to a complementary business, or tackling some aspect of your own wellbeing with yoga - what aspect of healthy living do you want to learn, so you can be a better model of well-being for your students? You'll make a project of it, and we'll help you explore all the ways you can use it in your teaching.
WISDOM PROJECT - The path to happiness and success includes ongoing education, and here - we are all different. Some will choose your wisdom assignment from one of the philosophy books we study, and create a project to express what you gained from their teachings. Others might want to go deeper into Anatomy, or Nutrition, Meditation, or the Chakras.
KARMA PROJECT - you will take yoga out into the world in support of something greater than yourself. This is not the same as teaching free yoga classes in the park - you will learn how to choose karma projects appropriate to your unique self, and beneficial to your smart business practices.
MARKETING PROJECT - how do you pull in clients without taking from others, or compromising your dreams, passions, and beliefs about yoga? Teaching from your most authentic place, and following a few simple guidelines, makes it easy to grow your classes or your business with integrity and kindness.