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
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13 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 Nurture Through Nature retreat center in eco cabins... 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 and much more.

Designed for:
New and experienced yoga teachers, as well as mind-body fitness instructors, outdoor professionals, outdoor enthusiasts, and others working in healing, and teaching professions. You are not required to be 200 hr certified to take this training, however you must complete 200hr training to be considered for collaboration, hire, or listing on teacher directory

Lecture, demonstration, partnered exercises and practice-teaching of dynamic outdoor sequences, discussions, questions and answers, and a training manual, outdoor recreation, take home work, take home exam, shadowing.

About Your Accommodations:
Nurture Through Nature Eco Resort is Maine’s first Green~Certified earth~friendly retreat center, resting on 33 mountainside, forested acres in the heart of western Maine’s Lakes and Mountains region. They  are a solar-powered, off the grid retreat with private hiking trails along our spring~fed mountain brook leading to long views of Mount Washington and the White Mountains.

We have reserved two different lodging styles.

-Mount Pleasant Lodge Bunk Room (Sleeps 6)

-Sunset Yurt (sleeps 2) (for additional cost)

We will also enjoy taking advantage of their Woodfired Sauna!

All meals will be provided by Nurture Through Nature staff and will be 100% vegetarian

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
-Finding your niche & creating events

-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 (broken into 4 hours/day) 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
has been a yoga student since 2000 and a teacher since 2006. Currently her practice goes beyond the mat as she and her partner to raise two young children.

Jenn's teaching is an expression of her artistic spirit and creative energy. She guides her classes using  intuition, energy awareness and the cycles of the moon, along with the variety of yoga styles/teachers she's learned from over the years (hatha, vinyasa, yin and restorative). She calls her style of yoga Lunar Love Flow, which has recently been published as her very first book!

Jenn is passionate about teaching yoga specific to women's cycles in life. She teaches regular Prenatal Yoga classes, as well as hosts Yoga for Mamas classes geared towards supporting motherhood in her community. She also loves hosting Moon Circles and Seasonal Shift Rituals, plus an annual Women's Retreat.

After many years of teaching, she is passionate about sharing the practice in a way that honors what she has learned from experience. Sharing through vulnerability and love is part of her process.  

While Jenn will not be physically onsite for our training, every trainee will receive a copy of Lunar Love Flow and participate in a discussion about Moon phases and how to integrate them with your yoga practice.

Sam Sheppard

is a student of herbalism and a lifelong dandelion lover. For as long as she can remember she has been picking berries off bushes, eating lemon clovers, and protecting the weeds of her backyard. For the past two years she has been a program coordinator for The Nature Connection, where she presents elements of the natural world and provides animal assisted therapy to isolated populations; bringing the sensory experience and serenity of the outdoors inside to those who do not have access (see more at She has been self-studying herbalism with this organization, and is currently a student in Thyme Herbal’s Art of Home Herbalism online course. Sam has an academic background in counseling psychology, and recognizes the important role nature plays in human happiness. She aims to build a practice which bridges herbalism and outdoor experiences with mental health treatment. Sam will be teaching a workshop on Wildcrafting and Wildlife: how to identify and use common New England herbs, and what to be aware of regarding wildlife during a hike.

Cancellation Policy

Deposits are non-refundable

Payment in full is due on May 18. If for some reason you need to cancel prior to 30 days before the trip, 50% of the fee is returnable.

Within 30 days, no refunds are available. 

What’s included

  • Lodging
    Nurture Through Nature Eco 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 Laura & guest teachers
  • Instructor Profile
    Personal Profile listed on the Backcountry Yoga directory of Certified Instructors
  • 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 instructor directory
  • Reading List
    Program does not include cost of additional reading materials.

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This trip was life changing. Laura and Joel led our group on an empowering weekend of outdoor adventure. Laura led us on an amazing hike and made us all feel prepared and taken care of. Laura and Joel provided an unexpected but very much appreciated gourmet meal for us in the rustic cabin. One of my favorite parts was hiking up to south peak to watch the sunset, truly magical. Laura and Joel brought back all the nostalgia of summer camp by telling ghost stories by the campfire, and surprising us with a dessert of s'mores rice crispy treats. Such an amazing weekend!
By Amy Sinclair for Rustic High Cabin Retreat on Jul. 24, 2018
Absolutely incredible experience! Laura and Joel are great teachers and the whole trip was so much fun. I definitely recommend taking any trip with them, you are guaranteed a great time and a meaningful experience.
We had a great time. The Yoga classes were fantastic! Helpful for before and after skiing. The hot tub was great, as well as the breakfast. I'm definitely thinking about going on this trip again next year.
They were awesome. Amazing accommodations. Very thoughtful and responsive organizers. I don’t think the breakfast service the hotel service uses is good. Better off getting coffee and bagels elsewhere. Would do again.
Great weekend getaway packed with yoga, tasty cider, and a fun day on the mountain. I only wish the trip had been longer! Partnering relaxing yoga sessions, spa treatment and hot tub action, and a full day of snowboarding is a match made in heaven. Can't wait to invite more friends to join on this trip again next year.
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I loved the Backcountry Yoga 20 hr Outdoor Yoga Guide training so much. It was so good for my soul. Laura is a natural teacher who exudes so much wisdom from her personal experience and studies of yoga, nature, and science. I found this training to be a perfect balance of education, safety, creativity, nature, and spiritual teachings. It was such a gift to spend the weekend with Laura and the other yoga teachers in the group. I would highly recommend that anyone interested in bringing a group into nature for a yoga class or yoga hike attend this training,.
By Amy Sinclair on Jun. 18, 2018