Oceanside Yoga Centre partners with Octopus Garden Holistic Yoga Centre to offer an outstanding Teacher Training Program and Yoga Education in Qualicum Beach Starting May 18, 2019

Octopus Garden 200 Hour Fundamental Teacher Training Program is the most extensive and rigorous teacher training of its kind in Canada, exceeding the highest standards of the Yoga Alliance.
The Octopus Garden Yoga Education Program is accredited by the federal government. Official tuition income tax receipts will be issued upon completion of any of our registered teacher training programs. The Octopus Garden 200-Hour Fundamentals Program is accredited by Yoga Alliance. Successful graduates of this program can apply for RYT-200 status.


Fundamentals: 200 hours

The program will explore the essential skills necessary for a deep understanding of the practice of yoga; integrating personal practice, asana, philosophy, anatomy, meditation, pranayama and communication skills as the basic foundation of a holistic and well-rounded practice. In addition to these primary areas of study, secondary topics will include reading bodies, subtle anatomy, voice, chanting, and Sanskrit study. The program is designed for serious students who have a minimum of two years personal practice experience and who are looking to either deepen their understanding of the practice of yoga or to initiate the process of becoming a great teacher.

Click here to watch our Spring 2018 Teacher Training Info Session Video with Pat Harada Linfoot, YuMee Chung and Theresa Whitely on FaceBook Live



Pat Harada Linfoot is the co-owner and director of Octopus Garden Holistic Yoga Centre. She views the practice of yoga as an opportunity for physical, psychological, and spiritual inquiry and with compassion, generosity, and humour, she encourages students to maximize their potential. Themes from eastern philosophy, psychology, and everyday experience have been informing Pat’s teaching for the past 20 years. She is devoted to exploring the intersection of asana, restorative, meditation, and therapeutic movement practices as a conduit to healing and optimal health. Pat continues to teach classes and workshops, lead retreats, and is inspired by the rich, collaborative process of mentoring—of working together to develop a teacher’s unique voice and fullest expression of potential.

YuMee Chung is a former securities lawyer who left a busy practice to engage more deeply with life. Almost two decades later, she is a yoga instructor who leads international retreats and teaches those who feel similarly called to follow the yogic path, both as practitioners and as teachers. She has a warm, faceforward teaching style that brings her subject matter to life while honouring its immense profundity and poetic depth. YuMee is a self-proclaimed yoga nerd who loves nothing more than exploring the dynamic weave between tradition, cuttingedge insights into human movement, and what it means to live an examined life in the here and now.

Theresa Whitely has been practicing yoga since 1994 and has been teaching since 1999. Theresa opened Oceanside Yoga Centre in Qualicum Beach in May 2005. The classes Theresa teaches are inspired by many styles of yoga and movement paradigms. Theresa recently spent 18 months (2014 – 2016) working and training in Toronto where she taught at Octopus Garden Holistic Yoga Centre, one of Canada’s most respected yoga education schools. Theresa has also studied counselling, conflict resolution and contemplative end of life care. She is a Thanadoula who is trained to work with people who are in their last months/days of life.
Theresa has a gentle, down to earth nature that puts people at ease and allows them to have confidence in their practice. Theresa injects humour into her classes, keeping a lightness in the space. She loves teaching all levels and believes that people need to strengthen their bones and muscles while maintaining or improving their range of motion. She also believes people need to relax and happily teaches restorative yoga twice a week.

Ken Lister began experimenting with yoga when he was 6 years old, watching Kareen’s Yoga with Kareen Zebroff, on television. He has been teaching yoga since 2011 and is co-owner and manager of Oceanside Yoga Centre. Ken’s practice is influenced by his study of Yoga Philosophy, which he first encountered in 1977. He has also studied Restorative Yoga and Experiential Anatomy with Judith Hanson Lasater.

Jennifer Helland discovered yoga as a dancer in her young twenties. At her very first yoga class, the experience resonated so deeply within that she knew then how meaningful and important yoga was going to become in her life. As a teacher, Jennifer encourages her students to listen in, practice from a place of abundance, open their hearts, and understand that there is no finish line. She first studied at Downward Dog Yoga Centre, completing their training program in 2004, and has been joyously teaching in Toronto and abroad ever since. In 2013, she completed Octopus Garden’s 300-hour teacher training program. Jennifer feels blessed to teach at Octopus Garden while continuing to study and learn from Pat Harada Linfoot and Scott Davis. Her newest teachers are her children, Oslo, and Lille. They keep her in the present moment, riding the waves of life and embracing it all, from the most challenging to the most joyous times.

Octopus Garden 200 Hour Fundamentals in Qualicum Beach at Oceanside Yoga Centre Hours starting May 18, 2019:

May 18 – 20 – Saturday, Sunday & Monday – 9:00am-5:30pm
June 7 – 9 – Friday, Saturday & Sunday – 9:00am-5:30pm
June 29 – July 1 – Saturday, Sunday & Monday – 9:00am-5:30pm (with Pat Harada Linfoot)
July 19 – 21 – Friday, Saturday & Sunday – 9:00am-5:30pm (with Jennifer Helland)
August 9 – 11 – Friday, Saturday & Sunday – 9:00am-5:30pm
August 31 – September 2 – Saturday, Sunday & Monday – 9:00am-5:30pm

Additionally, there will be 15 Wednesday 2.5 hour classes from May 18 – August 28 (times tba)

To apply to this program please email Theresa for the application at – [email protected]


$2900 + tax + materials.
Tuition includes unlimited drop-in classes for the duration of the program.
Alumni of past 200-Hour programs at Octopus Garden are eligible for a 50% discount.

Tuition includes:

  • Unlimited drop-in classes for the duration of the program
  • Private consultation with the program director to set goals
  • Octopus Garden 200-Hour Training Manual
  • 10% discount off props

Payment Options:
A $500 (+HST) non-refundable deposit will be required upon acceptance of your application.
When you pay your deposit you will receive an unlimited membership pass to Oceanside Yoga Centre, for the duration of the program, so you can enjoy your practice prior to starting the program. Get as much as two months free yoga classes by signing up now!

The remaining balance may be paid:

  • In full — one payment of $2400 (+GST) due April 18, 2019.
  • In instalments — four payments: $334 (+GST) ($834-$500 deposit) on May 18, 2019 and then $834 (+GST) on: June 18, July 18 & August 18

Deposits toward teacher training programs and retreats are non-refundable.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are books and materials included in the price of the training?

Required texts are the only additional cost, outside of tuition costs. We source through distributors offering the lowest cost possible and sell these books at a discounted rate.

When will I find out if I have been accepted into the program?

After your initial application has been received, you find out within a week if you have been accepted (via email).

How proficient in yoga do you have to be to do the program?

We ask that all students have a minimum of two years of practice. Students should have a general level of knowledge regarding asana (physical practice) including sun salutations and basic postures. A regular meditation practice is an asset but not required.

How does this program compare to other 200-hour training programs?

We believe that a clear and thorough foundation of knowledge and a bigger context for which to apply the vastly rich tradition of yoga is the key to continuing the evolution of yoga. Because of the large number of 200-hour programs that currently focus on preparing students to teach so quickly, there is a rising bar of knowledge and expertise that is needed to keep up amongst the growing field of gifted yoga teachers internationally. The approach we’ve decided to take at Octopus Garden is to provide a deep foundation of all aspects of practice. By studying all the limbs of classical yoga in depth, conscious alignment, philosophy, biomechanics, and anatomy, the practice comes alive.

For those who wish to pursue teaching, the complete program of study is 500 hours. With the 200-Hour Fundamentals portion as the base, we move on to a thorough exploration of the art of teaching in the 300-Hour Effective Teaching program. We are proud to say that we care about the quality of teachers studying at Octopus Garden and the future of this evolving form we call yoga, so valuable in these changing and uncertain times. (Stay tuned for the 300 Hour program dates in Qualicum Beach which will be announced once the 200 Hour program begins.)

How many students are enrolled in each Yoga Education training? What is the typical age range of the participants?

The sizes of our Yoga Education training classes range from 20-40 students. We maintain personal relationships with our students by creating opportunities for one-to-one contact between directors and students and also by assigning a peer mentor. Students range in age from early twenties to late sixties – everyone is welcome!

Can I continue to work while I complete this program? Is this program friendly to parents and other full-time caregivers?

The program is designed to be compatible with full- or part-time work or childcare. Weekend intensives are spread out so there is at most one per month, giving time and space to integrate the work and to keep balanced with other priorities. While the program is demanding and requires a substantial commitment, we, in turn, are committed to helping our students honour their practice both on and off the mat.

What if I miss a class?

Students can miss up to 5% of the scheduled in-class time (which includes both weekends and Wednesday nights) and still receive a certificate. We encourage all students to let us know in advance wherever possible if they will be missing time.

Do you offer scholarships or work-exchange programs?

We offer a partial scholarship to a deserving candidate to offset tuition for the 200-Hour program.

How much time should I expect to spend on homework?

We advise setting aside 1-2 hours a week to complete assigned readings, homework, presentation preparation, and review exams. This is in addition to regular hours of personal practice through classes offered at the studio.

Will I be qualified to teach yoga once I complete the 200-Hour Program?

The focus of our 200-hour training is deepening personal practice. We believe that the mark of an excellent teacher is a solid foundation of experience and that only once this is established, can one find their true voice as a teacher. There is no rule about when one is ready to teach and many graduates of our 200-hour program have gone on to teach right away. We offer a 300-hour program with a focus on teaching skills to follow directly from the 200-hour program. We believe that a minimum of 500 hours of training gives students the confidence and skills they need to be effective teachers.

What if I want to teach at Octopus Garden?

All of our teachers are graduates of at least one of our yoga education training programs and all of our teachers have at least 500-hours of teacher training. If you are interested in teaching at Octopus Garden, the first step is building a relationship with us through practice and shared study.

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