About the Training:
Who this training is for:
- Teachers of any movement style or background.
- Limited spots for Non-Teachers who are pregnant or want to learn how to support themselves or their loved ones through pregnancy and postpartum. (Inquire about availability)
- Pregnancy and birth aren’t illnesses. Dispel myths and fear surrounding pregnancy and birth.
- Tailor poses for various needs and conditions during pregnancy.
- Design class sequences for different types of prenatal and postnatal classes – relaxing to moderate to athletic.
- Specific postpartum yoga practices that promote healing and support after childbirth, including vaginal birth, surgical birth, VBAC, and pregnancy loss.
- Use yoga practices to relieve pain, discomfort, anxiety, depression that could accompany pregnancy and postpartum.
- Understand the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum and apply that knowledge to help mothers in their yoga practice.
- Help women connect emotionally, physically, and spiritually with themselves and use those connections to help prepare them for pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum.
For complete information about the Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training and curriculum, click here.
About the Retreat Center:
Blackwood Educational Land Institute is a nonprofit (for-purpose), 33- acre teaching farm in Waller County, Texas. Nearly four acres of the land are cultivated, and the remainder is preserved in three distinct ecosystems: coastal prairie, post-oak savannah, and pine barrens.
Blackwood Educational Land Institute is a teaching farm on a quest to model the indispensable role of sustainable food systems in all our lives. Together we can co-create better ways to grow and source food, eat and live—restoring natural systems, public health and animal welfare, and celebrating all it means to be human! Daily, we recommit to life-long-learning, diversity and gathering with our family, friends and community.
Blackwood grows healthy food to inspire the next generation and to connect us all. They are dedicated to harvesting and producing their food in a sustainable and environmentally-conscious manner, often employing key concepts of the day. Whether it’s biomechanics or permaculture, they’re integrating resiliency into their farming methods. The food grown here is at least 40% higher nutritional value than conventional food bought at a grocery store and its because of their nurtured soil.
You will be staying in the beautiful Baleyfield House. Retreatants will sleep on bunk beds in dorms. Built in 1990, the Baleyfield House is a straw bale construction and one of the first of its kind in Central Texas. The walls are two feet thick, full of straw, and painted with a clay exterior. The house needs one fourth less energy to power the central heat and air conditioning because of its efficiency. The ceiling insulation is made of shredded newspaper soaked in chrysanthemum flowers to act as a fire retardant insulation. Plenty of showers and bathrooms.
What you get:
*Teacher Training Manual (e-book & hard copy)
*Daily Yoga Classes
*Discussion and Q&A Sessions
*Daily Breathwork and Meditation Exercises
*Hands-On Assists Workshops for Teachers
*Certificate of Completion for Teachers (12 hours of training)
*All meals prepared by on-site chef
*Access to free laundry facility
*Beautiful and clean accommodations (linens and towels included)
What is in the Manual:
*Over 120 prenatal and postnatal full color asana pictures with detailed instructions
*Articles about prenatal and postnatal practices through yoga, breath, meditation
*Poses and techniques for relieving pain and cultivating strength and openness
*Up-to-date info on anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum
*Example 60-minute sequences for private and group prenatal or postnatal classes
*Example 60-minute sequences for integrating prenatal and postnatal modifications into regular group classes
*Example 60-minute sequences from relaxing to moderate to athletic prenatal or postnatal classes
*Each participant will receive 2 versions of the Manual – 1 full color e-book and 1 black-and-white hard copy.
Sample Schedule (to be confirmed):
4:00-5:00pm Opening Ceremony
5:00-6:45pm Prenatal Yoga Class
9:00-10:30am Postnatal Yoga Class
2:00-3:00pm Lecture and Q&A
3:00-5:00pm Hands-On Assists Workshop for Teachers
5:00-5:30pm Yoga Nidra Meditation
9:00-10:30am Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Class
11:00am-12:00pm Hands-On Assists Workshop for Teachers
12:20-12:30pm Closing Ceremony
When is check-in and check-out?
Check-in is on December 1st at 2pm. The training starts at 4pm on December 1st. The training ends at 12:30pm on December 3rd. Check-out is at 2pm.
I‘ll be late / I’ll have to miss some of the training / I’ll have to leave early
100% attendance is required for a Certificate of Completion.
Can I register these hours with Yoga Alliance?
Once you successfully complete the training, you can submit your hours to Yoga Alliance USA for 12 continuing education credits.
What airport do I use? Where is it? How do I get there?
You can use IAH or Hobby airports. IAH is about 1 hour and 10 minutes away from Blackwood. Hobby is about 1 hour 30 minutes away from Blackwood. You can use Uber or another taxi service or a rental car to get to Blackwood. Blackwood doesn’t provide transportation services.
Blackwood address is 27144 Rock Island Rd, Hempstead, TX 77445
Blackwood is located about an hour northwest of Houston city limits. There is parking space for your car.
What are accommodations like?
You will be staying in the beautiful Baleyfield House. Retreatants will sleep on bunk beds in dorms (co-ed). Built in 1990, the Baleyfield House is a straw bale construction and one of the first of its kind in Central Texas. The walls are two feet thick, full of straw, and painted with a clay exterior. The house needs one fourth less energy to power the central heat and air conditioning because of its efficiency. The ceiling insulation is made of shredded newspaper soaked in chrysanthemum flowers to act as a fire retardant insulation. Plenty of showers and bathrooms. Linens will be provided. Blackwood is immaculately clean. Click here for photos: http://blackwoodliving.com/
What are the meals like?
All meals are farm to table! This is THE place to go if you’re a foodie. The nutrient-dense food is made by the in-house chef with love, attention, and care. Blackwood will honor your allergy requests.
Can I stay an extra night?
Maybe. Fill out the message form below to inquire.
Can I drink or smoke?
No smoking, recreational drugs, or alcohol is allowed on the retreat property during the retreat.
What does residential tuition cover?
Training curriculum, digital manual, hard copy manual, all meals (dinner on Friday night, 3 meals on Saturday, breakfast and lunch on Sunday), accommodations.
Is there a non-residential option?
Yes, there is. If you want to participate in the training but don’t want to stay at Blackwood, then the non-residential tuition is $335. It covers the training curriculum, digital manual, hard copy manual, Saturday lunch, and includes a non-refundable $200 deposit.
What do I bring?
Bring 2 blocks, a yoga strap, a yoga mat, and a beach towel (or large yoga towel). If you have a bolster, please bring it. You will be putting your bolster to good use.
Tuition includes $200 non-refundable deposit.
First 5 Registrants by November 10th: $399 (EARLY BIRD SOLD OUT)
After November 10th: $499
Non-Residential (includes entire training curriculum and Saturday lunch / excludes accommodations): $335
*15-30 days prior to retreat: 50% of monies less paypal fees and $200 non-refundable deposit.
*14 days prior: No refund. No exceptions.
*If you want to switch from residential to non-residential, a $25 admin fee will be applied to the balance.