Backcountry Yoga Teacher Training & Wilderness First Aid Certification

Waldoboro, ME, United States

Backcountry Yoga
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May 31 - Jun 4, 2018
Group size: 1-14
Backcountry Yoga Teacher Training & Wilderness First Aid Certification
Waldoboro, ME, United States

Backcountry Yoga
  • Email address verified
  • Facebook verified
6 reviews

Deposit: $500
May 31 - Jun 4, 2018
Group size: 1-14

About this trip

We're bringing our Backcountry Yoga Teacher Training back to the east coast, bigger, badder, and better than ever. Do you love hiking and spending time in nature? Do you dream of teaching yoga classes in unique outdoor venues? Would you like to offer experiences to your students that transcend the studio walls? This training is for you. We have teamed up with SOLO Wilderness Medical School to bring this teacher training full circle. In 5 days & 4 nights posted up at the gorgeous Tops'l Farm campground in adorable tiny huts and glamping tents... you'll leave certified in Wilderness First Aid and Backcountry Yoga 's Yoga & Outdoor Leadership principles. Workshops include, but are not limited to: Lunar Sequencing, Plant Identification & Foraging, Natural Art, Creating Sacred Ceremony

About Backcountry Yoga & Laura Loewy

Laura Loewy started Backcountry Yoga as a passion project in 2015 to help offer new and exciting ways to connect with other yogis in the great outdoors. She is an alumni of the National Outdoor Leadership School, a trained Wilderness First Responder and certified in vinyasa, plant medicine, and teen yoga with over 2000 hours of teaching under her belt.

Laura is focused on offering experiences that make you feel alive. Through soul empowered adventure she seeks to uncover the inner bad ass inside of everyone she meets. If you need some life changing shake up... that includes giving into the flow... getting dirty... and connecting with the earth! She's your girl ;)

When Laura isn't leading Backcountry Yoga Events, you can find her rock climbing, skiing, hiking, longboarding or teaching yoga to kids in need. 

Backcountry Yoga Certification

This training will include information on, but is not limited to the following concepts:
-Backcountry Yoga Mission & Brand

-Backcountry Yoga Outdoor Leadership Principles & Requirements

-Integrating Yoga & Outdoor Recreation

-Meditation & Authenticity in the Outdoors

-How to choose your location

-Map Reading Skills

-Weather 101

- Packing & Layering 101

-Sequencing & Integrating Themes
- Natural Cues in Nature

-Retreat Planning 101

-The ins & outs of Permitting, Liability & Insurance

-Marketing, Branding, Social Media

-And More!

Wilderness First Aid Certification

Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

Accidents happen. People get hurt, sick, or lost. The temperature drops, the wind picks up, and it starts to rain. Would you know what to do? Many backcountry emergencies are preventable, and even when bad things happen, sometimes the wrong care can make things worse. By learning a few basic skills, you can make the difference between a good outcome and a bad one-and maybe even save a life.

WHO IS THE WFA FOR? The WFA is the perfect course for the outdoor enthusiast or trip leader who wants a basic level of first aid training for short trips with family, friends, and outdoor groups. It also meets the ACA guidelines.

WHAT IS TAUGHT? The WFA is 16 hours long (two days), and focuses on the basic skills of: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies, Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies – see course outline in sidebar.

 SOLO Wilderness School of Medicine
The Oldest Continuously Operating School of Wilderness Medicine in the World Since 1976, with the opening of the SOLO campus, a facility dedicated to providing wilderness medicine education at all levels, SOLO has been the undisputed leader in wilderness medicine. Still privately owned by the same people who conceived the idea, designed the courses, and built a campus, SOLO now offers courses across the country and around the world.  

Known for their innovative and motivational techniques, SOLO programs stay in the forefront of medical advancements in a large part because of the active involvement of SOLO’s founder Dr. Frank Hubbell on the NH Medical Control Board as well as SOLO”s ongoing participation in curriculum consensus groups. Despite the serious nature of the material, SOLO believes in the importance of humor and strives to create a safe, student-centered environment to enhance learning.

Guest Teachers

Kelsey MacMillan:
Wilderness First Aid Certification & Wilderness Shelter Building
As a child, Kelsey could often be found running around outside, climbing trees, and frequently camping in her back yard. She spent much time in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains, in Massachusetts, hiking, swimming, and participating in fishing derbies. This love for the outdoors continued to grow and stay with her into adulthood. In college, Kelsey was the Assistant Manager of the Northwoods Challenge Course in which she had the opportunity to lead groups in high and low elements and rock wall climbing. It was in this capacity where she was first exposed to wilderness medicine through a Wilderness First Aid course. She enjoyed the heavy focus on experiential education and the thought of being self-prepared as well as learning the skills to help others in the outdoors. Kelsey returned to the SOLO campus to earn her WEMT and started working for SOLO shortly after in 2010. Kelsey has her Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Rhode Island in Elementary Education and English and recently completed her Master’s in Leadership from Granite State College. When she is not teaching, she can found in the SOLO office as an Assistant Director, hiking, running, baking, or spending time with her husband and two boys.

Jenn Falk:
Integrating Yoga & Lunar Cycles
I've been a yoga student since 2000 and a teacher since 2006. Currently my practice goes beyond the mat as I partner to raise two young children.

My teaching is an expression of my artistic spirit and creative energy. I guide my classes using my intuition, energy awareness and the cycles of the moon, along with the variety of yoga styles/teachers I've learned from over the years (hatha, vinyasa, yin and restorative). I call my style of yoga Lunar Love Flow. Stay tuned, I'm currently working on a book about all of this!

I'm passionate about circling with women and teaching yoga specific to women's cycles in life. I teach regular Prenatal Yoga classes, as well as host Yoga for Mamas group classes geared towards supporting motherhood in my community. I also love hosting Moon Circles and Seasonal Shift Rituals, plus an annual Women's Retreat and believe that more respect for women in all cultures across the world (especially women supporting one another) will change the world!

Leading retreats that make space for introspection, growth and a shift in perspective is one of my favorite things to do. It always amazes me what is possible when we step out of our daily comfort zones. Most of my retreats tend to take place on islands (such as Iceland and Nantucket). I feel a deep reverence and connection to these places and love to share their beauty and power with others.  

I'm a nature lover and have the very good fortune to have a husband who is a horticulturalist/gardener. Grounding myself near trees, gardens, the sea, mountains, deserts…it's all so important to finding gratitude and presence in order to keep making shifts to respect these lives that we live on this planet. 

After many years of teaching, I'm passionate about sharing the practice in a way that honors what I’ve learned from my own experience. Sharing through vulnerability and love is part of my process. I continue to evolve my understanding of the moving body and to refine the subtle art of energy work. My most recent training was with truthteller, Elena Brower (Art of Attention 100 hour advanced training for teachers in 2013-2014). I am also energized and influenced by the biomechanist, Katy Bowman’s nutritious movement education.

More Guest Teachers to be announced soon!

What’s included

  • Lodging
    Tops'l Farm Glamping Tents & Tiny Cabins
  • All Meals
  • Snacks
    Courtesy of Navitas Organics
  • BCY Certification
    Optional 100hr CEU Yoga Alliance Certification (only eligible if you are 200RYT) You are not required to be 200RYT to take this training
  • WFA Certification
    16 Hour Wilderness First Aid Certification
  • Workshops
    Workshops by 4 guest teachers
  • Instructor Profile
    Personal Profile listed on the Backcountry Yoga directory of Certified Teachers
  • Join Our Network
    Access to Backcountry Yoga's extensive outdoor network
  • Goodybags
    Lots of fun giveaways from our partners!
  • Transportation
    You are responsible for finding your own transportation to and from the training
  • Guaranteed Hire
    We will include every certified instructor on our teacher directory
  • Reading List
    Program does not include cost of additional reading materials.

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Thankful to be a part of this trip and experience!
This trip was absolutely fantastic! Laura and Joel did a wonderful job ensuring that we were all prepared before leaving for the hike (they even helped us put on our packs appropriately). Throughout the hike, they ensured that we were all comfortable with the hiking pace. The yoga portion of the trip was perfect. We did some beautiful sun salutations at the top of our first peak. Then, we did some restorative yoga after our first day of hiking and some meditative/restorative yoga prior to our hiking the next morning. The group dynamics were incredible. We all got along very well- we laughed and became immediate friends. We're all looking forward to hiking together again soon. Laura has even started a post-trip Facebook page, so we can connect with all Backcountry Yoga alums. I highly recommend Backcountry Yoga, and I cannot wait to join another one of their trips!
By Laura Gerber for Mizpah Hut Yoga Retreat on Aug. 15, 2017
The hike was challenging but absolutely worth the gorgeous views. The instructors were kind and understanding. A storm rolled in very quickly once we hit the summit. We all rushed down to escape it and had to skip the yoga on the mountain. While I completely understand that there is no way to control the weather I am disappointed in the company for not refunding us some of the money or reaching out to let us go on another trip for free or discounted. $70 was a lot to pay for a hike my friend and I could have done on our own for $5 each to park. I will not be joining this company again for any hiking/yoga experience because I feel like they do not value or respect their customers. Very sad about this trip.
What a great day ! Jen and Lauren were the best ! You won't go wrong if you head out with them.
We had an awesome time! Laura and Joel were fantastic guides. I'm new to hiking, but the pace and structure of the trip was perfect! Thanks again! Krissy
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