Yoga Teacher Training & Cleansing Retreat

Searching for the best 200-hour yoga teacher training ever to grace the oceanside? Four times a year we host a Yoga Alliance recognized Yoga Teacher Training. Pick your date and facilitator.

Learn Yoga, Live Yoga, Be Yoga!

In partnership with Sacred Brooklyn

July 18th -August 7th, 2017

etymology: willa = pleasure/desire/choice + cuma = guest

We appreciate that you have many choices when it comes to a yoga teacher training. How to choose? We encourage you to dig deep, to the heart of your desire. Ask us questions. Take our classes. Survey your options. But mostly listen closely for the answers to be revealed from within. You’ll know.

That’s what we teach. In this guide, is the practical information – the nuts and bolts of Sacred’s training. The vision, the passion, the dream, the intuitive pull – is within you. For today, consider yourself a guest at this banquet of possibility.

We promise to give you the tools to unearth the yoga teacher that already lives within. We are: one part practical: discipline, practice, technique and one part woo-woo: mystical, mystery, magic. We value generosity of spirit, compassion, accessibility, expression, connection, curiosity and unlimited potential. Above all we value the SACRED in everything.

The process?
It won’t be easy. The commitment is substantial. But what completely amazing, game-changing life events are?

Welcome to Sacred’s 2017 Summer Mexico Teacher Training Intensive: The Authenticity Class

Application Requirements

We strongly suggest you submit the application as soon as possible to secure your spot. Our class size is intentionally small to guarantee individualized attention. If you are accepted into the program, the application fee will be included in your tuition price. If you are not accepted into the program or are accepted but opt not to join, your application fee will not be refunded.

Applications can be submitted online at training The $100 application must be paid online, by phone or at the front desk to be considered.

We will let you know by email within 2 weeks of your application submission, whether or not you are accepted.

Program Requirements

• A minimum of 8 months consistent yoga practice
• A commitment to attend ALL program sessions and complete ALL homework • If you are not a regular practitioner at our studio, we require an informal

interview so we can get to know each other. Please go to and click on “contact a program advisor” to schedule.

Staff + Support

Director of Teacher Training: Stephanie Battle, E-RYT Founder and Proprietress: Dara Cole, E-RYT

Supported by:
Teacher Training Assistant: TBA
Online Anatomy Fundamentals Course with Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews

Yoga Alliance

Sacred is a Registered Yoga School (RYS) with the Yoga Alliance. The Yoga Alliance is a nationally recognized organization that registers yoga teachers and schools that meet set standards. Upon successful completion of the Sacred Vinyasa Yoga Flow 200 hour Teacher Training, we recommend you register with The Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). For more information about the Yoga Alliance, please go to

Areas of Study

  • Techniques + Training + Practice
  • Asana + Pranayama + Meditation
  • Teaching Methodology
  • Anatomy + Physiology
  • Yoga Philosophy
  • Lifestyle + Ethics
  • Subtle Body + Chakra Systems
  • Personal Growth + Transformation


Types of payment accepted:

Credit, Cash, and Personal Checks
All monies including application fee, tuition and accommodations must be paid in full by July 18th

Application Fee: $100

Regular Tuition: $2800
Early Bird Tuition: $2400 (Tuition and accommodation paid in full by 6/1/17)

Accommodations at the Present Moment Retreat Center

Shared Occupancy (Double or Triple Bungalow) $1900

Single Occupancy $2575 (Single Bungalow)

Teacher Training Assistant:

We will offer one TTA position for this training. The TTA tuition is $3000 ($1100 for training + $1900 for shared housing) and can be paid with a Flexible Payment Plan. TTAs can expect to work approximately 20 hours in preparation of the training at open houses, preparing and packing manuals, participating in social media etcetera, about 1 hour per day during the course of the training, and about 20 hours following. Applications accepted online at

Payment + Refund Policies:

1. $100 non-refundable application fee required
2. Upon acceptance $500 non-refundable tuition deposit required to enroll
3. In case of cancellation, all refunds minus the $600 non-refundable application fee and enrollment deposit must be requested a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the start date.
4. There are no refunds beyond 2 weeks prior to the program start date.

Tuition with Accommodation Includes:

  • Lodging accommodations of your choice at Present Moment, a beautiful boutique hotel and retreat center
  • Present Moment’s housekeeping services, linens, pool, hot tub, beach access, etc.
  • Three incredibly delicious gourmet mostly vegetarian meals daily – drinking water, coffee, tea, and fresh juices. We will do our best to accommodate specialty diets. Please note any specialty dietary needs within the application.
  • Comprehensive Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training with Stephanie Battle, E-RYT and Dara Cole, E-RYT that will successfully prepare you to teach.
  • Sacred Teacher Training Manual
  • 180 Contact Hours in Mexico and 20-30 hours online hours from the comfort of your own home. These include access to an online anatomy course, Sacred’s homework portal, and outside observation and teaching requirements.
  • 2 months of practice at Sacred Brooklyn. If you live locally, these months can be used just before or following the training. If you live outside of the area, you can utilize your complimentary membership months when you visit. We hope you’ll visit.
  • Upon successful completion of all the requirements, a certificate from Sacred Brooklyn’s Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School (RYS) which enables you to register as a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga TeacherTuition Does Not Include:
  • Airfare to Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo International Airport (ZIH)
  • Approximately $100 in required reading materials. The reading list will be made available upon enrollment. Books available for purchase online
  • Tuition for 3 Off-Site Yoga classes following the teacher training.Classes range between $15 and $25
  • Ground transportation from the Airport to Present Moment Retreat
  • Travel Insurance (Recommended)

Schedule + Attendance Requirements

Breakfast fruit platterSample Day: In order to meet Yoga Alliance standards and fully prepare you to teach, each day will be full and attendance will be mandatory at all sessions. Lateness and absences will be tracked closely in order to meet Yoga Alliance standards.

A typical day will go something like this: 6am – 7am Morning Asana
7am – 8am Free
8am – 9am Breakfast

9am – 12pm Lecture (Philosophy, Anatomy, Teaching Methodology, etc) 12pm-1pm Lunch
1pm-2pm Free Time
2pm – 5pm Posture Clinic

5pm – 6pm Practice Teach
6pm – 7pm Evening Asana
7pm – 8pm Dinner
8pm – Free time or personal study

Sundays will be a half day.

Additionally you will be responsible for approximately 20-30 hours of online and independent coursework scheduled remotely at your convenience within 3 months of completing teacher training.

Travel and Accommodations

Your final destination is the Present Moment Retreat Center in Troncones Mexico. To get there, you will arrive at Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo International Airport (ZIH). Troncones Beach is a small, recently-developed community situated on some 3 miles of pristine Pacific beach – a strand of white sand punctuated by occasional rock outcroppings often harboring tidepools teeming with fascinating saltwater life. Don’t worry, once accepted we will provide you with everything you know for a safe and easeful arrival in paradise.


For more information visit Sacred’s website or please email all questions to Stephanie Battle, Program Director. Even if you aren’t sure quite what your question is, ask anyway
Thank you.

Testimonials from Teacher Training Graduates

Sacred offered an exceptional training with a strong community of powerful soul-seekers that challenged me to grow my asana and spiritual practice beyond anything I could have imagined. The technical lessons and preparation for teaching was wonderful and I began teaching right away. I feel so supported to take risks and push myself to teach as much as possible and continue the journey. I’m deeply grateful to have gone to training with Sacred and learned from Stephanie Battle and Dara Cole- two incredible leaders, teachers and human beings.

Alison ConfortiAdvocate for Yoga, Public Health & Holistic Health

Sacred’s Teacher Training Program was all that I thought it would be and so much more! It was thorough and enlightening,challenging and supportive. I learned so much more than I imagined. Because of Sacred’s spirit of excellence in every aspect of their business model, including teacher training as well as their classes, I am confident that I can now take this expertise to empower all whom I teach.

Saundra RobersonForever Young Dancer, Yogini, Community Organizer, Retired Public and Community Relations Manager with the New York City Housing Authority

In partnership with All Yoga Training

September 19th -October 10th, 2017


Led by experienced trainers, our 200hr yoga teacher training is based in the fundamental elements of Ashtanga, Dharma, Rocket and Vinyasa Yoga.

Our mission is to help you to become a skillful practitioner and teacher by providing you the authentic teachings of Hatha and Raja Yoga. Your teaching journey begins with this 3-week intensive where you’ll be living life of a yogi.

Each day we’ll explore and practice silent meditation, pranayama, asana, yoga history & philosophy, anatomy, practice teaching and much more.

The intention of this course is to unveil to you the profound meaning of yoga which is self-realization. Your transformative lifelong spiritual journey begins on the first day of this yoga teacher training.


  • Guided & silent meditation
  • Kriyas & pranayama
  • Led asana practices
  • Yoga history
  • The Yoga Sutra by Patanjali
  • The 8 Limbs of Yoga
  • Yoga Anatomy
  • Postural analysis
  • Sequencing
  • Specialty lecture: Intro to Traditional Chinese Medicine and qigong
  • Practice teaching
  • Ethics & etiquettes
  • Chanting
  • Inversion workshops
  • Observation & feedback
  • Business and manifestation tools

Daily Schedule

7:30am – 8:30amKriyas, pranayama & meditation
8:30am – 10:00amLed asana practice
10:00am – 12:00pmBrunch
12:00pm – 2:00pmAnatomy, philosophy
2:00pm- 2:45pmBreak
2:45pm – 4:45pmPostural analysis, practice teaching
4:45pm – 6:00pmLed asana practice, meditation
6:15pm – 7:15pmDinner

The evening is an opportunity to complete homework, review daily course materials, reading scripture, practice meditation and journaling. In addition, you can enjoy the resort amenities like the swimming pool, beach and restaurant.


Minimal 6 months of consistent yoga practice is required. Consistent yoga practice means 3-4x per week in the style of Ashtanga, Dharma, Vinyasa and other similar yoga styles.

Price options

Early bird price for sign-up received 4 months before the start of the course

Single room – $5500
Shared room – $4650

Tuition investment includes:

  • Tuition
  • Course material
  • Luxurious eco-accommodation
  • 3 daily vegan/vegetarian meals
  • Free use of resort amenities and direct access to charming

Special Offer

Save $700 when you sign up at least 4 months before the course begins. More information here.


Set on a quiet, serene beach in Playa Troncones, Present Moment Retreat is an award winning eco-hotel designed for soulful travelers to rejuvenate, relax and recharge. Each morning upon waking up to a gorgeous sunrise over the ocean’s horizon, you’re off to a fantastic start with yoga and meditation by the sea.

The atmosphere cultivated by passionate owner and friendly staff is a perfect place for you to grow your practice, elevate your skill as a yoga teacher and most importantly getting in touch with your True Self.


The beautifully designed accommodation combines comfort with nature. Enjoy luxurious bedding, ocean stone shower floor, private deck, meditation garden and wireless access. You’ll get plenty of restful sleep when immersed in nature’s lullaby. Present Moment’s friendly staff is here to make your stay pleasant and unforgettable.

You can explore the local adventures such as sunset horseback riding, eco tours, hikes to waterfalls, kayaking, surf-yoga excursions, surf lessons and more.

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Yoga Pavilion

Our open-air yoga pavilion is at the heart of the retreat, gracefully suspended above the beach. With ample room for thirty practitioners, all yogis receive the space needed to comfortably practice a wide range of postures.

The Pacific Ocean provides a dramatic backdrop for a group class or private instruction. To screen out the sometimes-intense heat of our tropical setting, there is a tremendous hand woven canopy for the protection of even the fairest complexion

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Spa & Treatments

Pamper yourself with their spa treatments, massages and healing arts. If you’re interested, there are also onsite well-being nutritionists to guide you onto a path of radiant lifestyle. You’ll not be disappointed with their professional and friendly healing therapists.

spa and treatments

Healthy gourmet cuisines

Combining only the freshest of Mother Nature’s natural ingredients, the chefs of Present Moment’s kitchen intertwine the heart and soul of Spa Cuisine to create dishes that linger both on the palate and on the mind. Dine on mouth-watering, delicious vegan, vegetarian and protein dishes.

Your body will feel more energized and your mind more focused with nutritious meals cooked with lively ingredients.

For breakfast, fuel up with fresh squeezed juices, smoothies, fruit platter, whole-wheat pancakes, avocado flatbread and eggs benedict.

Lunch features kale Caesar, thin crust pizzas and Moroccan couscous. Wind down the day with wholesome dinner such as mushroom risotto, mango guacamole, grilled vegetables and of course- raw desserts! There are also meticulously crafted elixirs that are nourishing for your body and soul.

yoga diet

About Troncones

Located at the heart of charming Troncones Beach and nestled between the lush mountains of the Sierra Madre and the glistening Mexican Riviera, Present Moment Retreat offers a beautifully landscaped tropical sanctuary for self-development and mind-body work. Troncones beach is an intimate community situated on some 3 miles of pristine Pacific beach.

At Troncones, you’ll find a pleasant balance between activities and solitude. Surrounded by the tranquility of the ocean and mountains, you’re also just minutes away from the town center and cultural sites. Trconcones Beach Village is located at the rustic oceanfront lane that houses restaurants, outdoor activities outlets, accommodation rentals and private residences.

Getting here

Located only 20 miles north of Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo and an easy 45-minute drive to the International airport serviced by a number of International airlines including Alaska Airlines, Continental, American, America West, Frontier Airlines, Mexicana and Aeromexico, Troncones Beach is highly connected, yet still a world apart.

Its proximity to Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo affords you a full choice of shopping conveniences and recreational possibilities, all just a short distance from your world-class yoga retreat and resort.

getting here mexico

Your trainers

Annie Au
E-RYT 500

yoga teacher annie auAnnie travels around the world including Mexico, US, Canada, Thailand and Bali leading workshops, classes, trainings and retreats. She has certified over 190 yoga teachers worldwide. Annie holds a Bachelor Degree in Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia.

Specializes in yoga anatomy, she infuses anatomy knowledge in her yoga classes to help students practice more intelligently and avoid injuries. Annie has the ability to lead a dynamic class filled with inversions with a duality of restorative and healing sequences.

Annie teaches Dharma, Ashtanga, Rocket, Vinyasa and Yin Yoga. She is a true believer in finding what style of yoga works for you and keep fine-tuning it. As her teacher Sri Dharma says ‘always practice according to your own conditions.’

She is eternally grateful for her teacher Sri Dharma Mittra, for showing her the most authentic yogic and scriptural knowledge. He has inspired her to lead a simple yogic life and to serve others with compassion and kindness.

Before yoga, she was a professional contemporary dancer and established Au Dance (a dance school for age 2-16) in Vancouver Canada. Her decade long dance career has taken her around the world including some fond memories touring in India, Egypt, Brazil and Germany.

Currently living in Mexico, Annie is studying acupuncture and fascial anatomy.

Word Smith
Doctorate in Medical Qigong, 500hr Yoga Teacher Trainer

yoga teacher word smithWord Smith has been practicing the esoteric/healing arts for twenty years. During this time he has delved deeply into Massage, Yoga, Qi gong, Chinese Medicine, Buddhist philosophy and Internal Martial Arts. He holds a Doctorate in Medical Qi Gong, and 500 hrs of Yoga Teacher Training in Dharma Yoga, Bachelor’s in Philosophy, a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, certifications in 5 body work styles. His teachers include Paul Pitchford, Michael Tierra, Dr. Jerry Alan Johnson, Geshe Michael Roach and Sri Dharma Mittra.

He currently lives in Sedona, Arizona translating Chinese and Tibetan and travels the world teaching Yoga, Dharma and Qi Gong.

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In partnership with Kula Collective

October 10th – 31th, 2017
April 15th – May 6th, 2018
October 1st – 22th, 2018

Come to the award-winning Present Moment Retreat and take part in Kula Collective’s 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training & Cleansing Retreat. This is a life-enhancing, transformative experience where you will learn meditation, pranayama, asana, cleansing, shamanic philosophy, application of yogic theory and much more. We believe that the best way to learn Yoga is by living Yoga. Thus, we have developed an experiential curriculum where you will live an immersive yogic life for three weeks while learning the theories behind the practice.

From Lead Facilitator CJ Ananda
Why Yoga Teacher Training can be for Anyone

This is a unique program due to its incredible venue and its emphasis on Shamanic Healing and Holistic Cleansing. The cleansing focuses on all aspects of wellness (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.) We cleanse in order to reveal your truest self so that you can step onto the mat as a yoga teacher who guides from the pure essence of your Heart and from your connection to Spirit. Realize your inner stillness and access the wisdom that resides deep in your heart and soul. Come join us and awaken the power of your spirit while living in an eco-friendly paradise on the coast of Mexico.

If you have any questions, please contact CJ Ananda directly ( If you are ready to sign up, please… REGISTER NOW


Looking for the best yoga teacher training? Our Yoga Teacher Training is a holistic program; to understand yoga you must first understand self–body, mind, and spirit. The Chakana, or Andean Cross, acts as the guide and foundational structure for the course. The Chakana encompasses a lower world, middle world, and upper world, and within each world we will focus on different types of movement, diet, and meditation. We bring to life the ancient teachings of Yoga through accessible spiritual lessons, a solid foundation in Yogic philosophy, and a daily Yoga practice called The Kula Flow.

Visit Kula Collective’s Curriculum Page to learn more!


During the training we wake up while the sun rises and experience the beauty and serenity in the midst of a tropical setting. Guided group meditation starts at 6:30 am. Meditation is followed immediately by asana (yoga posture) practice. It includes pranayama, asana, and relaxation.

In the afternoon we have our Art-of-Teaching workshop. We also have lectures, discussions and activities that cover yoga philosophy, yoga theory, yogic living, yoga diet, yoga anatomy, and yogic healing. We end our day with after-dinner Satsang (wise gathering) to contemplate and reflect on our sadhana (spiritual practice) of the day.

Sample Schedule

6:30-9:00 Art of Practice: Guided Meditation/Pranayama/Asana
9:00-10:30 Breakfast
10:30-11:30 Art of Living: Spiritual Intention
11:30-12:30 Art of Healing: Chakras & Healing Arts
12:30-1:30 Yoga Anatomy & Sutras
1:30-3:30 Lunch
3:30-6:00 Art of Teaching: Sequencing, Alignment, Assists
6:00-7:30 Dinner
7:30-9:00 Satsang & Ceremony

About Present Moment

Present Moment is an eco-friendly Yoga Retreat Center and Boutique Hotel directly on the beach in Troncones, Mexico. We specialize in Yoga, Meditation, Qigong, Dance & Healing Arts. Renew your spirit while meditating in our spiritual gardens or on our private beach; revive your energy with an Oceanside yoga class, and dine on mouthwatering gourmet cuisine. If you want to explore the area, activities include sunset horseback riding, hikes to waterfalls, kayaking, surf-yoga excursions, surf lessons, and more.

Click on the respective link to learn more about Present Moment’s Accommodations, Healing Arts, Classes and Activities.

Check out what our previous guests have said about us on our TripAdvisor page.

Other Highlights


Tuition: $2,100*

20 nights – Shared Room & 3 raw meals per day: $2,100

Single Room & 3 raw meals per day: $3,295

*A $60 processing fee will be assessed if paying by Credit Card.
Contact for alternative payment methods.
*If you would like a single room there is an additional charge of $800.
*If you are traveling alone and would like a shared double room, we will match you with a roommate.
*Space is limited, so please sign up soon to guarantee your space.

Ready to Register?

Lead Facilitator: CJ Ananda Page

Co-Founder of Present Moment Retreat, Pura Vidya and Kula Collective, and ERYT 500 certified, CJ Ananda is a renowned teacher of yoga, dance and meditation. She has combined her joy of these self-healing therapies with her experience as a wellness coach and healing practitioner to create many international retreats and trainings. Ananda facilitates 200-hour and 300-hour Yoga Teacher Trainings, Shamanic Cleanses and Retreats, giving each person the heartfelt attention and direct facilitation that cultivates an ecstatic, healing, and magical experience.

Integrating her teachings and passions, Ananda has developed a system of intentional-based healing that draws on the philosophy that we are all a part of this collective life force that is driving us towards greater consciousness. By exploring our gifts and expanding our relationship with higher Self, we come into alignment with our inner purpose of Awakening. Through our collaborative efforts and unified intentions, we magnify the richness of this life’s experience. (Read more of Ananda’s writings on her blog

Ananda and her husband Coby created Pura Vidya as a way to invite individuals to explore the fusion of the two mystical traditions of Yoga and Shamanism and to step into their Wisdom of Self (Vidya.) Yoga (union with the Divine) and Shamanism (interaction with the spirit world) are both practices designed to grant us access to the infinite wisdom we carry within ourselves. She believes in the Hopi saying: “We are the ones that we’ve been waiting for.” Based on this belief, she trusts that we are each here to expand into the greatness of who we are, and as we connect to our inner essence, our Spirit Guides and our callings, we connect to the wholeness of all that is, where we can serve all beings from our highest capacity. She is inspired to inspire… and to continue this journey moment to moment, breath to breath.

Ananda currently travels between Peru, Guatemala and Troncones, Mexico, the home of Present Moment Retreat, where she holds sacred space for individuals and groups as they journey toward Self Realization and Spiritual Oneness. AHO!

Co-Facilitator: Randi Schiffman

Randi Schiffman turned to yoga in order to heal on physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. The practice quickly evolved into a lifestyle that she honors, respects, and is delighted to share with
others. Through her personal experience and healing, she has the power to make authentic connections with others and is inspired to bring it to everyone who is called to step on this path. She has watched her own transformation and growth and she is inspired to help facilitate this healing for others.

She is the founder of SuryaFlow: The Art of Sacred Movement. “The SuryaFlow philosophy stems from the way that I live my life. It unites ancient practices with breath awareness to bring about joyful living. It encourages tapping into our natural rhythm to create harmony and balance and ultimately results in an awakening to the knowledge that we are all rays of light; unique extensions of the sun.”

In the Light of Love. We are One….


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