A 30 Hour Teacher Training in Portugal : Formulas for Function

7645 Vila Nova de Milfontes, Portugal

Aug 14 - 21, 2021
Group size: 15 - 22
A 30 Hour Teacher Training in Portugal : Formulas for Function
7645 Vila Nova de Milfontes, Portugal

Aug 14 - 21, 2021
Group size: 15 - 22

About this trip

Fits, Folds, and Frames : Formulas for Function

A 30 Hour Teacher Training Intensive

KATONAH YOGA® accredited education

No matter who you are, you fit yourself well. Your knees can fit your armpits, your feet behind your head, your heels into your palms. Of course in time, all things that are organic deform, and we feel less fitting than we might like. Yoga practice gives you an opportunity to measure up, re-organize your forms and find the awe that you were designed to fit into yourself and the world with effortless effort. In the first part of our workshop, we will fold and unfold our own forms, using the metaphor of asana as origami to find ever more increasingly complex practices. Next, we will focus on how we can well fit each other, using props, adjustments, language, and leverage to go higher and deeper in asana practice. First you fit you without compromise. Then you  can choose who  you would like to fit and use it for your mutual advantage!

This training is offered to teachers and dedicated practitioners, and offers an embodied approach to learning Katonah Yoga. Katonah Yoga articulates a philosophy of the body that is both formal and informative. Alignment focused, theory forward, this training will give students new insights into yoga to become well adjusted and well informed. Perfect for those seeking certification in Katonah, Dages will craft the syllabus based on the specific needs of the group. Upon registration, please email her your questions directly.

We will cover

  • Katonah Yoga theory and practice: asana, pranayama, meditation
  • Maps and Materials: Katonah Yoga’s charts and glyphs, including the Magic Square and subtle body techniques (Wraps for Rapture)
  • Principles of alignment and adjustment
  • Body readings/diagnostics
  • Hands-on Adjustments, modifications for injuries, elders / sensitive students
  • Language and metaphors: how to articulate Katonah Yoga theory to students
  • Working with props: straps, blocks, chairs, poles, sandbags and their substitutes
  • Restorative and longevity practices

About Katonah Yoga

KATONAH YOGA® was founded by Nevine Michaan, and is a Hatha yoga practice refined over forty years, blended with Taoist theory, sacred geometries, pranayama, and meditation. For more information, please visit www.katonahyoga.com.


This program include 30 hours bankable towards *KATONAH YOGA® certification and a manual. *To become a certified KATONAH YOGA® teacher, one must complete 200 hours of Katonah Yoga education with certified Katonah Yoga instructors, after completing a prerequisite 200 hour RYT (Yoga Alliance) training. All intensives, workshops and classes with us count toward the 200 Hour Katonah Yoga education requirement. For more information on this and to begin the process of becoming certified visit Katonah Yoga 

About Cocoon

Cocoon is a 275 acre farm and dedicated retreat center on the Atlantic Coast of Portugal, offering inspiration + community for the modern traveller. It's also pure magic, where between the oversized hammocks and the freshwater lake, you'll start to lose track of time. The kind of place where each morning is a celebration, practicing under the canopy of old growth pines, but so is each evening, with incredible farm-to-table meals and elevated dinner conversation. The Guardian recently rated Cocoon "One of the Top 20 Yoga Retreat Centers in the World" and Yogascapes voted it "Top 10 Retreat Centers in Portugal."

Cocoon is situated on the breathtaking Atlantic coast of Portugal, near the charming fishing village of Vila Nova de Milfontes, in the Alentejo region, which is known for its long stretches of untouched coastline and charming white-washed villages. From Lisbon, its roughly two hours drive south. The ocean, with bluffs, trails, and sandy coves, is a 15 minutes drive.

There are two yoga shalas at Cocoon. The pine shala is nestled under the canopy of old growth pines, with the occasional sheep or goat roaming around nearby. The pine shala is a dream for morning mediation and practice, especially as the morning fog rolls in. The indoor shala is lightfilled, with high ceilings and traditional hand-made Santa Catarina tiles, which are a joy to practice on

Expect three healthy, lovingly-prepared meals each day. Coffee and herbal teas are available throughout the day. The menu is always changing, depending on what's available. Local Portuguese Wine and local craft beer are available for purchase at a reasonable price.

The rooms are clean, bright, and simple. 

There's different options for different budgets. You'll have your own bed in either a shared double or triple room, your preference. You can have a room with an en-suite bathroom, or share a bathroom between two rooms.  The property is so spacious, with many places to relax, chat or study.

How To Arrive. Fly into Lisbon. Rent a car, and enjoy the two hour drive to Cocoon.  If you don't feel comfortable renting a car (or just don't want to), we can pair you with someone else arriving at the same time, so that you can drive together. Renting a car in Portugal is extremely easy & affordable.

Portugal is open to tourists with a proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test but we highly that you look into travel cancellation insurance. The linked article has aggregated various sites to purchase insurance that now includes COVID coverage. Spend a bit of time doing your research and choose one that suits you best.

Payment plan

If you wish to set up a payment plan we'd be happy to please reach out to leydin@katonahyoga.com to discuss installments. 

What’s included

  • meals
    Three local farm-to-table meals daily, including strong coffee, herbal tea, and spring water.
  • practice
    asana practice in one of the two shala with all the props you could ever want
  • theory
    theory sessions covering katonah yoga theory: readings charts and glyphs, body reading, adjustements
  • accomodation
    A shared room for the duration of the training
  • nature
    access to the whole property where you can swim in the lake, play with all sorts of four legged friends or read in a hammock
  • travel
    you need to book your flight to lisbon and either rent a car there that you can share with other trainees or book a taxi

Available Packages

triple room
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Single bed in shared triple room w/ ensuite bathroom and a quiet terrace

Deposit: $500
double room, shared bath
Sold Out

Single bed in shared double room. Bathroom is in the hallway, shared between two rooms.

Deposit: $500
double room
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single bed in shared double room w/ ensuite bathroom.

Deposit: $500
private room, shared bath
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A whole room to yourself. Bathroom is in the hallway, shared between two rooms.

Deposit: $500
private room
only 1 left

a whole room to yourself with a private bathroom.

Deposit: $500

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