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 2018
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 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.
Octopus Garden 200 Hour Fundamentals in Qualicum Beach at Oceanside Yoga Centre Hours starting in May 2018:
May 25-27 – Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9:00am-6:00pm with Theresa Whitely & Ken Lister
June 29-July 2 – Friday to Monday 9:00am-6:00pm with Pat Harada Linfoot & Theresa Whitely
July 27-29 – Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9:00am-6:00pm with Jennifer Hellend & Theresa Whitely
August 24-27 – Friday to Monday 9:00am-6:00pm with YuMee Chung & Theresa Whitely
Every Wednesday for the duration of the program 7:00-9:00pm – online training with YuMee Chung & Pat Harada Linfoot
Every Thursday for the duration of the program 6:00-9:00pm – Practice & Review with Theresa Whitely/Ken Lister
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.
- 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
A $500 (+HST) non-refundable deposit will be required upon acceptance of your application.
When you pay your deposit you will receive a 3-month pass to Oceanside Yoga Centre so you can enjoy your practice prior to starting the program.
The remaining balance may be paid:
- In full — one payment of $2400 (+HST) due April 25, 2018.
- In instalments — four payments: $334 (+HST) ($834-$500 deposit) on April 25th, and then $834 (+HST) on May 25th, June 25th, and July 25th, 2018.
Deposits toward teacher training programs and retreats are non-refundable.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are books and materials included in the price of the training?
When will I find out if I have been accepted into the program?
How proficient in yoga do you have to be to do the program?
How is the learning structured (why 4 months; why monthly intensives; why Wednesdays)?
How does this program compare to other 200-hour training programs?
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.)