professional development & mentoring program
Teaching yoga is a wonderful, transformative, and sometimes unexpected profession.
Update: Our first intake – beginning December 2020 – is already full, although spaces remain for our April and June 2021 intakes. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
Often we decide to teach yoga because we’ve felt the benefit of practice in our own lives and wish to share it.
The role of a teacher is one which requires us to continue to educate ourselves, as well as others, and for all its benefits this can sometimes be an isolating and confronting experience. We can feel alone and confused about where to go for advice, support and guidance once our formal training is over.
Nourish’s Mentoring Program offers an opportunity for yoga teachers to support each other and grow together in a community of care, attention and learning. You’ll be able to seek advice, ask questions and share concerns that arise in your teaching practice.
Through a mixture of small-group mentoring (3 people + Harriet per group) and one-to-one support, you’ll be guided through a 6 month program intended to look at every aspect of your teaching practice. Whilst the program may look quite detailed, we will enjoy and encourage the natural adaptability and flexibility we can enjoy in small groups to tailor to your needs and questions.
A new group starts every three months or so, depending on demand, for a maximum of 12 students per year. Spaces are limited and you’re encouraged to honour your commitment to your group and the program.
Throughout the program
Participate in 6 hours of either personal or teaching practice — you’ll be asked to write a short written reflection for each practice, for which we’ll provide you with some questions to prompt you. These reflections can be submitted once per month, or all at the end if you like. These are separate to the observation you will complete in month two.
Additional email support from Harriet will be offered as needed throughout the course. A set reading will be provided via pdf each month, and additional resources will be curated for you as needed.
Month 1: Welcome
Our first month together focusses on welcoming you to the program, thinking about where you are in your journey and where you’d like to go next. We’ll set boundaries, intentions and expectations for the program, and do a comprehensive overview of what’s to come. You’ll consider your personal intention for the program, and what you’d like to cultivate for yourself over the coming months.
You’ll receive a preliminary handout and reading to complete before the first session, which will be a 1 hour Zoom call with Harriet and the others in your group.
Month 2: Observe
This month you’ll be invited to join a day of our 200 hour teacher training (from a selection of topics and times) led by Harriet. You’ll be observing, learning and reflecting on key aspects of teaching methodology and practice.
You’ll receive a series of questions and reading to help prompt a short written reflection, which you will submit and receive written feedback via email from Harriet.
Month 3: Research
We’ll begin to consider how we deepen and develop our research skills and critical thinking. You’ll be asked to compile a bibliography to help you plan and develop a 90 minute workshop on a topic of your choice, agreed upon with Harriet. You’ll be asked to consider a range of sources, and how we can honour these sources whilst also developing a critical approach. We’ll consider our voice as yoga teachers, and the power of what we say and how we say it.
You’ll submit your bibliography in advance of a 1 hour mentoring session with Harriet and your group. A sample bibliography will be provided for you to consider.
Month 4: Develop
Building on your research, you’ll develop a plan for your 90 minute workshop. You’ll consider how to blend asana, pranayama, philosophy and meditation appropriate to your topic. You’ll submit your plan for review prior to this month’s 1 hour mentoring session, and receive feedback and support from Harriet and your peers.
You’ll receive an example workshop plan and a pre-reading to help support you developing your workshop.
Month 5: Lead
You’ll take your research and planning and put them into practice by leading your workshop with a group of Nourish’s 200 hour trainees. Both online and in-person delivery is an option, depending on your circumstances. Harriet will participate and observe the session, and you’ll follow this up with a 30 minute one-on-one debrief session with Harriet.
You’ll receive some questions to help prompt self-reflection on your workshop.
Month 6: Reflect
You’ll come together for a final mentoring session with Harriet and your group to reflect on your journey and celebrate your success. We’ll think about where to from here, next steps and actions to take. You’ll reflect on your intentions, cultivate gratitude and recognise your strengths.
You’ll receive some questions to help guide your reflection, and some pre-reading.
How to join us
Get in touch with Harriet by emailing email@example.com We currently take enrolments to commence in late 2020. Harriet will be in touch once you’ve registered your interest to discuss your participation.
Schedule and timings
This program is tailored and flexible to your lifestyle and schedule. Mentoring sessions are conducted via Zoom, and will be at times agreed upon by the group. The observation you conduct of Harriet’s teaching in month two will be available either in-person or via zoom depending on your needs — live observation is required, and will be available either on a weekend, or a midweek option.
Who is this course for? What are the requirements?
This course is for any yoga teacher of any lineage/style. New and experienced teachers are all welcome to join our mentoring program. The more diverse your experience, the more diverse each group will become, meaning more experiences to share and learn from.
This program is not suitable for teacher trainees. If you are currently completing your training and feel that mentoring is something that would be supportive for you, please contact Harriet to discuss one-to-one options.
Certification & Continuing Education
This mentoring program counts at 27 hours of continuing education, a certificate will be supplied upon completion.
300 hour Advanced Teacher Training
This program is designed to contribute towards Nourish’s 300 hour advanced teacher training program, and must be completed by 300 hour trainees.
Cancellation & Refunds
All fees are non-refundable. If you need to withdraw from your program due to illness or other reasonable excuse, we will hold a space in the next intake for you.
Beyond the program
Beyond the program, should your group wish, you are welcome to negotiate ongoing quarterly sessions with Harriet at a rate of £60 per hour, with email support as necessary.
We believe in the importance of this program, and have chosen to work with a tiered pricing system in order to make it as accessible as possible. You are able to select any of the pricing options below depending on your circumstances. Payment plans are available.
Community Price: £249
Standard Price: £269