The Heartwood RYS-300 immersion program is designed for people who already have their RYT-200 certification and are ready for advanced training to become an RYT-500. In the 21 day format we dive into a variety of specialized subjects and independent certifications to expand your skill set and forge deeper understanding of specific styles and learning modalities. Coursework for the immersion covers all the pertinent coursework associated to an advanced yoga education. The immersion program includes comprehensive certifications and trainings in:
Tuition: 4,495.00 Includes all meals, snacks, gifts and materials
Housing options and fees are outlined below.
*Note: we do have a hybrid program that involves 11 Saturday 3 hour meetings online, some self directed prerecorded lectures and an 8 day in person immersion for those who can't arrange to be at Heartwood for 3 weeks, yet want a live, interactive training (the best of both worlds to some).
Each day typically begins with a philosophy discussion from 7:30 am-9:00 am, followed by peer led practice and feedback. We then move into the module studies of the day which often includes lectures, discussions, practice, practicums and other exercises from 11:00-6:30. Dinner is often schedule for the last hour of the day, from 6:30-7:30. Evenings are open for study and rest. Occasionally we have special events or coursework in the evenings. A detailed schedule is offered on day one so you always know what to expect during study hours.
Jan 28th- Feb 20th, 2023
July 8 - July 31, 2023
Feb. 4 - 25, 2024
July 7 - 28, 2024
Please be advised: The first date noted is arrival day, which includes orientation and a few hours of instruction, beginning at 6pm. The last date noted is departure day, and as such, no instruction will take place. Students may choose to leave the night before, after class ends at 6pm or the next morning.
The 300 immersion is a very comprehensive program that strives to offer an integrated yoga education. Attendees will be putting in long days filled with new, expanded information, but we tend to do a review of core yoga material that a teacher should know from their 200 to assure each student feels truly grounded in basics and feels confident and well trained as an advanced yoga teacher. Student led morning classes allow participants to practice teaching and get feedback to strengthen their communication and sequencing skills, while also making it possible to teach new subjects or creative class ideas. Please, no worries if it has been awhile since you did your first yoga training or if you feel your first training wasn’t as comprehensive as you hoped. We will revisit the basics when necessary as we move to advanced concepts in meditation, alignment, and philosophy as well as introducing new material.
The program is designed to complete yoga alliance requirements in this 21 days and the student is required to do 100 hours of teaching after this program to join Yoga Alliance, as per their new standards. Aerial Yoga Certification is schedule on the last two days so students who have taken this course with us in the past (this is offered in our RYS-200) or those who opt out of this elective subject matter can finish early. Students choosing not to participate in Aerial will be assigned an alternate project to make up these final 16 hours.
Students are responsible to get their own books, but since many are flying in, we only require the Yoga Sutra book at training. Please note that you will return home with an additional very large course manual, an art journal and a yoga journal. You will need room for in your luggage for these items when you return home.
The RYS-300 Course at Heartwood has a concentration in Yoga Therapy and also serves as the foundation program for students in the C-IAYT 800 hour yoga therapy program. This coursework covers the required competencies for a graduate to become RYT-500 certified, but can also be applied to IAYT's competencies for those who choose to continue on for a formal IAYT yoga therapy certification.
Transfer credits: Occasionally, students who studied a subject elsewhere, such as their having taken a yin training previously, explain to us that they already "know all that" and they want to skip portions of the program. Please understand that we cannot transfer hours from other facilities into this immersion format. The information we offer builds from one day to the next for an integrated overall understanding. We advise the student to simply attend our version of the training as a review and to see what new material might be included so they can be credited those hours for completion of the RYT-300. The only other option is to opt out of that unit, but in this case the student must return another time to take an alternate course from our modular program selections, and they will not graduate until they have met the required number of requisites.
Advanced yoga training should be guided by seasoned teachers with qualifications and experience you can count on. The Heartwood core instructors are all ERYT-500 yoga teachers, Reiki Masters, C-IAYT yoga therapists and LMT's with specialty training in energy work, such as cranio sacral therapy and Thai massage. Other guest teachers whose expertise enhances the learning experience are invited to join us for special contributions. You can read over 250 reviews from graduates from our program on the Yoga Alliance Website as well (link below). Heartwood Yoga Institute has been a member of IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapy) since 2012.
We start on arrival day with an orientation at 6pm where we get acquainted, go over the syllabus, assign dorms to those staying with us and tour the Heartwood facility. We begin the formal training the next morning at 8:30 am. Students should arrive between 3pm and 6pm. No lodging is available before the scheduled arrival day, (please refer to the link to nearby hotels for those who need a night's accommodation due to the travel arrangements they have made.) Students who do not arrive by 6:00pm for the orientation on arrival day would need to get a hotel room for the first night if their travel arrangements did not make it possible to arrive by 6:00 pm, as we are not available to greet or take care of guests arriving after 6pm.
We offer a free airport pickups on the schedule arrival day at 4:00 pm from the Tampa Airport or Sarasota Airport. If you come earlier, you will need to wait at the airport or rent a car or Uber to come to Heartwood instead of waiting for our free service. The Tampa airport is a one hour drive, and the Sarasota airport is a 38 minute drive. Our free return airport transfer is the day after training at 8:00 am. Flights leaving at 11:00am or later will be fine with this arrangement. Otherwise, students making earlier flight arrangements will need to take an Uber or catch a ride with one of their class members (and often, after spending a few weeks together and forming trusting friendships, this is the case.) Checkout of Heartwood Housing is at 10:00 am on the morning after we finish the training.
We strive to make your visit as convenient as possible, but as a small, private educational facility attending to only 7-12 students a session (rather than a large resort or hotel) we must adhere to the procedures explained here and our services for rides etc.. are limited.