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Buddhi Vana Teacher Training

Buddhi Vana Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training Information Package

ENROLLMENT CLOSED FOR the 2017-2018 training cohort

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Enrollment for 2017-2018 Cohort is CLOSED. Please contact Sharon for more information about future training opportunities.

Curriculum Overview

Buddhi Vana is an innovative approach to yoga studies with an emphasis on meditation, Buddhist philosophy, Tantric subtle body anatomy, embodied anatomy, and drawing upon classical Tibetan and Chinese yoga traditions.  The program is rooted in my love of nature and dedication to outdoor education and many of our training sessions will take place outdoors or in protected natural indoor environments. This is a Registered Yoga School (RYS™) with Yoga Alliance and graduates who meet all requirements can register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT™) at the 200-hour level.  Yoga teachers who are already registered with YA can take the course for CEU credits as Sharon Fennimore, the training facilitator, is also a YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider).  Adults who are interested in spending a year of mindful practice of yoga and meditation, studying Buddhist philosophy, and developing a home practice and yoga-infused lifestyle are warmly welcome to participate.  Together, we will create a sangha (community), of aware and mindful adults, who wish to increase our capacity for compassion and peace and ability to bring this gift to those who are open to our teachings.

Buddhi=Sanskrit for “mind” in the sense of our human intellectual faculty for reason, discernment, judgment, and understanding.

Vana=Sanskrit for forest, but it is also a feminine Indian name suggesting deep silence and ultimate bliss

Areas of Study and Tuition Details

I offer a unique, spiritual-based yoga teacher training program that is idea for adults who want to learn how to teach mindful yoga practices from the Tibetan and Chinese traditions, meditation, Buddhist philosophy, and Tibetan subtle body anatomy.  Embedded in the training curriculum is a focus on the elements, nature, and techniques for balancing qualities of Universal energies, such as prana, with internal energy.  A significant component of the program is reading Buddhist sutras (in English translation), discussion, introspection,  and exploring the application of the ethics of yoga in daily life.  Please download the complete training information package by clicking on the link below for curriculum details, tuition payment information, required and suggested reading list, equipment list, and graduation requirements.

Buddhi Vana Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training Information Package

Areas of study
nature and outdoor education
  • Training includes instruction in walking meditation, pranayama, and visualization using outdoor hiking trails, indoor botanical gardens, and natural environments
  • Emphasis on the impact of the health of the environment and the health of humans and living beings and how yoga practices and techniques can bring us into a state of balance when we focus on the elements 9air, space, earth, fire, water, metal, wood) and exchange of prana with all living beings including plants and botanicals.
  • Learn about herbs, essential oils, and the use of plants in the diet to support energy and yoga practices
philosophy and ethics
  • An introduction to the Yamas and Niyamas and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
  • Read and discuss essential Buddhist sutras and commentaries including: The Sutra on the Full Awareness of Breathing (Anapanasati Sutta), The Sutra on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness (Satipatthana Sutta), The Heart Sutra (Prajnaparamita Hrdaya Sutra), The Sutra on Happiness (Mangala Sutta).
Meditation and Visualization
  • Learn and practice Tibetan sound meditation
  • Learn and practice a Chinese yoga meditation on organs and healing light
  • Learn three unique Buddhist meditation practices including: metta (loving kindness), tonglen (give and take), and Tibetan jewel tree
  • Learn and practice mantra meditation techniques
 Asana, Movement, and Anatomy
  • Practice and training in Hatha yoga asana (poses) techniques and pranayama
  • Introduction to the physical practices of Buddhist yoga exercises and Tibetan movement meditations
  • Practice and training in hand mudra (poses for hands), using sound in physical practices, and sequences of poses (kriya) to create transformation in mind, body, and spirit
  • Intimately explore embodied anatomy through movement, breath, and touch including the use of Chinese energy anatomy and contemporary energy theory
  • Learn key aspects of Tibetan subtle body anatomy including the three diaphragms, central channel, matrika, and the life vase
  • Anatomy of the physical body including skeleton, organs, muscles, and kinesiology in the tradition of Body Mind Centering that provides an embodied knowledge that can be applied for safe asana and pranayama practice
Professional Skills for Teaching Yoga
  • Alignment for safe physical yoga practices and techniques for modifying asana for students of all ages, body types and abilities
  • Creating lesson plans and adjusting plans for various levels
  • Professional expectations for yoga teachers in studios, gyms, and other teaching environments
  • Business and ethics of yoga and meditation including insurance, professional organizations, and how to build a career and client base
  • Special techniques for physical modifications and verbal modifications of postures
  • Specializations and unique opportunities for continuing education
  • For students in the 200-hour teacher training program who wish to be eligible for registration with Yoga Alliance™ as RYT™ (Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200-hour level), opportunities will be provided for practice teaching and observation requirements.
Who is this program for

All adults who have a minimum of one year of yoga or meditation experience (group classes, workshops, home practice) who are interested in developing a home practice and yoga lifestyle or deepening their spiritual practice.

  • Adults who are interested in a spiritual based, meditation and yoga teacher training program with an emphasis on nature and meditation.  This program is registered with Yoga Alliance as Buddhi Vana Yoga Teacher Training as an RYS™ and graduates may be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as RYT™ (Registered Yoga Teacher).
  • Yoga instructors looking for continuing education in ethics, philosophy, subtle body anatomy, Tibetan yoga, Buddhist philosophy, and embodied anatomy.  Sharon is a YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider) and existing RYT at all levels can arrange for CEU credits for their participation in this program.
  • Professionals such as medical professionals, alternative healthcare providers, massage therapists, teachers, coaches, social workers, attorneys, or, really, anyone who wishes to bring meditation and yoga into their workplace, use for their own self-care, or to be able to teach techniques and practices to students, clients, and patients.

Program tuition is $2,500 that is paid in ten equal payments of $250 for ten consecutive months starting with the first payment.  Enrollment is open now through October 1, 2017.  The training program is limited to a maximum of 25-students.  Your first payment reserves your space in the program.  ENROLL by CLICKING HERE

Tuition includes all training weekend workshops and required teaching assistant and teaching experiences.  The syllabus has the full 2017-2018 training schedule with dates, times, and locations.  Syllabus also lists required and suggested reading and graduation requirements.  It is recommended that all adults considering enrollment carefully read the syllabus prior to enrollment.  100% attendance is required for graduation.  Make-up hours for missed training sessions is at the additional expense of the trainee.

Tuition does NOT include:

  • 30-required practice hours with Sharon Fennimore
  • books and student materials (notebook, sketchbook, pens, binder, etc.)
  • equipment (hiking shoes, water bottle, yoga mat, mala beads, etc.)
  • entrance fees to Phipps Conservatory for Radiant Walks
  • cost of make-up hours for training weekends missed

Please see training information package for details on $500 scholarships for teachers or professionals working in schools (social workers, nurses, administrators, etc.) and pricing for current RYTs who are enrolled for CEU credits and not for their primary 200-hour training ($1,000 discount): Buddhi Vana Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training Information Package

All tuition paid is non-refundable regardless of your actual participation.  Graduation is not guaranteed for any participant and certificates are only given to students who complete all of the requirements.  If you wish to leave the program, you can cancel your tuition payments upon written request by email to Sharon Fennimore.  Payments made are NOT REFUNDABLE for any reason, but you will not be charged any future payments.  Please allow 30-days for Sharon to process your request to stop payments.  If you wish to continue in the program after cancelling your payment plan, 100% of the remaining balance will be due in full within ten days of canceling the plan.  Without immediate full payment by cash or check, your enrollment will be cancelled and you will not be eligible for graduation.

Training Schedule

A.     Friday Evening Trainee Gatherings

On Friday evenings we gather as a group at Metta to share practice, food (vegetarian potluck and Bring Your Own plate/utensils), and discussion of topics related to the required readings.  We meet together on the following Fridays, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm with practice starting promptly at 6:00 pm:

Friday, September 22, 2017
Friday, October 20, 2017
Friday, November 3, 2017
Friday, December 1, 2017
Friday, January 26, 2018
Friday, February 23, 2018
Friday, March 16, 2018
Friday, April 20, 2018
Friday, May 18, 2018
Friday, June 1, 2018

B.     Saturday Morning Radiant Walks

We will meet for nature education, walking meditation, and the practice of awareness and mindfulness on Saturday mornings in Frick Park (Frick Park Nature Center on Beechwood Blvd.) or Phipps Conservatory (Schenley Drive in Oakland) depending on weather conditions.  Announcements will be made regarding location by 8:00 am the morning of the walks.  Admission to Phipps is NOT included in tuition.  All trainees should consider membership to Phipps for their training year as this includes unlimited entrance.  Our walks start promptly at 10:00 am and end at noon on the following Saturdays:


2017 Saturday Radiant Walks
October 7
October 21
November 4
December 2

2018 Saturday Radiant Walks
January 27
February 24
March 3
March 17
April 15
April 21
May 5
May 19
June 2

C. Saturday Training Workshops are from 1:30 to 5:30 pm on the following Saturdays:

October 7
October 21
November 4
December 2

January 27
February 24
March 3
March 17
April 15
April 21
May 5
May 19
June 2

D. Sunday workshops are from 1:00 to 4:00 pm on the following Sundays:

October 8
October 22
November 5
December 3

January 28
February 25
March 4
March 18
April 16
April 22
May 6
May 20
June 3

Please download the training information package for details, required and suggested reading, and tuition payment information: Buddhi Vana Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training Information Package


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