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. We dive into a variety of specialized subjects to expand a yoga teacher's skill set and forage deeper understanding of specific styles and learning modalities. The program includes comprehensive training in:
*Note: we also offer a hybrid program that involves five-hour meetings online through zoom (9 sessions), self-paced prerecorded lectures and study and an 8 day in-person retreat. This program is ideal for those who can't arrange to get away for weeks, yet want the benefits of a live, interactive training. The hybrid is the best of both worlds to many students.
Heartwood is one of only 68 accredited schools worldwide with the International Yoga Therapy Association. This RYS-300 serves as the foundational program for anyone interested in continuing their education later to become a formal IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist. Learn more
As of June, 2024, Heartwood's live immersions will span 17 days on site with some work (that is best learned online through self-paced study) done before or after our retreat event to fulfill the required 300 hours of study. This allows students to experience a powerful, live learning experience without as much expense or time away from their busy lives as the longer format once demanded. The two weeks at Heartwood dives into all the experiential, meaningful areas of yoga training needed to support your education, while some of the more academic lectures can be listened to at home as convenient.
July 12 (Friday arrival) to July 28, 2024
Tuition: 4,295.00 Includes all meals, snacks, gifts and materials
Housing options and fees are outlined below. (Payment plans available.)
Please reach us at contactheartwoodyoga@ if you cannot find an answer to your question.
Heartwood offers a limited amount of housing which is booked separately, but often students stay in alternate lodging or drive in daily from their homes. Opting to not stay on site will not affect your wonderful experience in any way.
It changes according to the subject matter planned for the day, but typically each day begins with a philosophy discussion from 8:30 am-10:00 am, followed by peer led practice and feedback. We then move into the module studies of the day which often include 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, homework and our philosophy art project. Occasionally we have special events or coursework in the evenings. A detailed schedule is offered in the manual on day one so you always know what to expect as the course progressively unfolds. On weekends we work from 9-5pm. We have one early release day mid-program for people to see the area, rest and catch up on studying.
A self-serve continental breakfast is available in respect to the fact that some people choose to eat in the morning and others wait, including fruit, yogurt, cereal, hard boiled eggs, healthy muffins, etc. Lunch and dinner are served family style. All meals are vegetarian with gluten free and vegan options. Individual servings of snacks, such as power bars, nuts & fruit are available all day, as well as coffee and tea to keep up energy and focus. You will be well fed and nurtured while with us.
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 and the 300 hours in this immersion format are preset. Our coursework builds from one day to the next for an integrated, deeper understanding of therapeutic yoga. We advise the student to simply attend all units in this training to see what new material might be included to fulfill all required hours for completion of the RYT-300.
We will send a welcome e-mail with everything you need to know before you come. Students are responsible to get their own books (book list in the e-mail), but since students fly 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.
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 9-12 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.
Check out this video showing images of the Heartwood RYS-300 Program.