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Portugal Yoga Teacher Training

The mystical yoga teacher training curriculum is influenced by Peruvian Shamanism, providing students with a unique and spiritually driven course that goes beyond just a certification.

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  • 20 days of practice
  • 1 yoga class per day
  • Meditation and pranayama sessions
  • Yoga Sutras, anatomy, and spiritual lesson
  • Arts of teaching and touch and special topics
  • 20 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


20 days with instruction
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  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
  • Free Wi-Fi

Orada is a family-run, eco-sustainable, community-based soul retreat center, nestles in 71 hectares of nature and privacy, created with the aim of expanding health and proposing purposeful transformational experiences. Orada is a transitional educational community promoting and bridging spiritual, ecological, and transformative embodied experiences and retreats towards a transition into new attitudes and paradigm community living. It is found in the heart of a nature sanctuary in the woods of Odemira, Alentejo, southwest Portugal, bordering the Algarve.

Orada focuses on organic farming and conscious nutrition, meditation, and nature contemplation spaces. Orada is a space-holding community and a force for innovative possibilities and new mindsets. It was founded on the vision that nature, health, sustainability, and community are fundamental insights to transition out of the toxicity of modern times. It is a place to get inspired and redesign life on earth and manifest collective awakening. Orada is equipped with a bio-pool, yoga and meditation temple, panoramic solarium, rooftop terrace, bird watching habitat, and a natural fire amphitheater.

Peace and nourishment are easily accessible throughout the property. Orada offers different accommodation types from private suites and bungalows to tepees and cozy dorm rooms. The buildings and retreat facilities were reconstructed using traditional and organic materials (adobe) giving this beautiful property not only an authentic Portuguese feel but also providing a healthy and comfortable environment in all weather. Laundry can be done on-site so please bring cash.



The course is open to people of all yoga abilities. School Yoga Institute (SYI) simply asks that participants set an intention to devote their time and energy to the process of being present and open to becoming. They also suggest that you work to establish your own personal yoga practice, through attending classes or workshops, or on your own. Set intention, with an open heart and mind, to fully embrace and experience the yogic lifestyle during your training and beyond.

About the training

Just off of the southernmost tip of Peninsula de Nicoya, School Yoga Institute provides transformational yoga teacher training in Costa Rica. An experience that weaves together a deep love for surf, sunshine, and yoga. Whether it is from your hammock, yoga mat, or surfboard, they invite you to join in shifting your perspective and heightening your awareness. From the lush tropic ambiance that radiates Pura Vida vibes to experiencing some of the best surf spots in the world, Indigo Yoga Resort is the place to come open your heart and experience the simple joys of being present in the moment.

This mystical yoga teacher training Costa Rica curriculum is influenced by Peruvian Shamanism, providing students with a unique and spiritually driven course that goes beyond just a certification. Called by the energy of the Costa Rican mountains, ocean, spirits, and each other, they invite you to come to evolve on your spiritual and yogic path. On this profound journey, you will earn your 200-hour certification. Each training holds unique energy, created from like-minded souls who join from all over the world.

To guide the process of personal transformation, they draw on the ancient wisdom of the east as well as on the Shamanic medicine wheel of Peru. The course is arranged in four cycles, following the four cardinal directions, asking the guardian spirits to guide a cycle of release, understanding, growth, and empowerment. Together, you create a space that reveals your wisdom within and accelerates the realization of your life purpose. Mystical yoga, or the yoga of spiritual practice, reaches deep into the roots of an ancient way of life.

The study of this knowledge calls you to reveal the yoga, the union, between yourself and everything around you. The training embodies this approach, opening you up to the wisdom of the teacher that is already within each of you. In 21 days, you immerse yourself in experience - dance, chant, and sing. You find community with like-minded people and embrace the stillness within yourself. You call on your intuition for the answers and speak from spirit to spirit.

You delve deep into the experience, free from the skins of your past, from unnecessary distractions to allow the authentic connection with yourself to emerge. Through the journey of the 200-hour yoga teacher training, you have the opportunity to step into their power as yoga teachers, rediscover facets of their being, and share a deeper knowledge of the mystical dimensions from where you all came and to which you will all return.

Through the study of ancient wisdom and practice of daily mystical yoga, you begin to reveal a greater sense of beauty, love, and freedom. You discover yoga as a toolkit that you can apply to bring you into present awareness of the true, pure essence of life. Choosing to endeavor on the path of a yoga teacher is a noble pursuit of committing to oneself, to embodying a more aligned way of life. This journey will ask for self-reflection, honesty, acceptance, growth, and discipline. It is a full immersion into the world of yoga which has the power to bring life-altering alignments.

A day in the life

You will receive a series of welcome letters from the team, outlining details of the schedule. On the first day of the training, there will be an optional yoga class from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. You will have dinner that evening followed by an opening ceremony. On the last day of the training, you will finish at 10:00 a.m. Students are expected to arrive in time for the opening ceremony and stay through the final, closing ceremony.

During School Yoga Institute's training, you are asked to embrace all aspects of the yogic lifestyle, such as observing a vegetarian diet, living free from the distractions of other substances, and moving away from technology and unnecessary communication with the external world. They expect dedication, commitment, and surrender, as well as immersion in their spiritual community for the duration of the training in order to allow the work to be as impactful as possible.

Open yourself to what is there, leave all expectations behind and enter the enlightened perspective and sacred landscape of your training with an open heart, whatever comes will be exactly what you need. Each day carries an intention, a spiritual lesson of the day, that you will explore throughout the day. The group begins each morning with a sunrise meditation, followed by a 90-minute asana practice and a nourishing yogic breakfast. The days are spent learning yogic theory and healing practices through workshops, classes, and group discussions.

During this time, you will cover the fundamentals of yogic living, including yogic diet, anatomy, meditation, cleansing practices, pranayama, Ayurveda, and the ancient wisdom of the yoga sutras. School Yoga Institute's training also opens up to include other methods of healing, calling on not just the physical and mental elements but also the more subtle forms such as earth medicine, energy healing, and shamanic journeying.

School Yoga Institute shares the art of teaching and art of touch, during which students learn to teach two asana sequences, the mystical Hatha Flow, a slow meditative Sivananda-based practice, and the mystical Vinyasa Flow, a more intense, breath-synchronized flow. They also share the fundamentals of intelligent sequencing and explore alignment and adjustment of poses in depth.

Each evening is closed with Satsang, the evening gathering, which may be meditation, kirtan chanting, or sacred ceremony. They understand that there are health matters beyond your control that may come up during the training. They will make arrangements to make up for missed hours during the program. If you miss more than three hours, they may need to schedule makeup hours at an additional cost.

What to expect

From your unique School Yoga Institute immersion program, you will experience:

  • Spiritual immersion
  • Daily yoga practice
  • In-depth meditation techniques and practice
  • Yoga philosophy
  • Art of teaching
  • Art of touch
  • Ayurveda
  • Yoga anatomy and physiology
  • Native American medicine wheel
  • Kriya yogic cleansing
  • Kirtan Bhajan chanting
  • Energetic healing practices
  • Cacao and fire ceremonies
  • Chakras and energy work
  • Communal and sustainable living
  • Ethics for yoga teachers
  • Life-long friendships

Core curriculum

During the 200-hour teacher training program, you will:

  • Work through the traditional Peruvian Shamanic medicine wheel in a process of self-inquiry and personal transformation
  • Learn to teach two sequences: Sadhana Vinyasa and Sadhana Hatha flows, as well as guidance on creating your own unique sequences
  • Live the yogic lifestyle, improve your personal practice, and develop your Sadhana, your own spiritual practice
  • Incorporate daily meditation, pranayama, and asana
  • Explore the art of teaching through interactive daily workshops and learn through regular peer-teaching starting on day one
  • Participate in daily Satsang, evening gatherings, and learn traditional Kirtan chants from India and the rest of the world
  • Participate in a traditional ceremony, including full and new moon ceremonies, letting go ceremony, traditional Andean gratitude ceremony (despacho), and cacao ceremony
  • Study yoga anatomy and physiology and incorporate these principles into your own teaching and practice
  • Study select yoga sutras in depth
  • Learn the foundation and historical background of yoga philosophy
  • Explore chakras, bandhas, and energetic anatomy in your personal practice and your teaching
  • Study Ayurvedic philosophy and medicine, and study and live the yogic diet
  • Practice advanced pranayama
  • Experience Kriyas, yogic cleansing techniques
  • Focus on integrating yoga into your life through daily spiritual lessons
  • Receive an introduction to conscious business and discuss ways to bring your yoga to the marketplace
  • Learn and integrate holistic health modalities such as massage, energy healing, nutrition, and other forms

Required books

Prior to the training, it is recommended that students take a look at the required reading and if possible some of the recommended reading lists as well.

  • Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff
  • Yoga Sutras by Dennis Hill

Sense of community

Everyone is wholeheartedly accepted and encouraged. They create and hold space where participants feel safe and comfortable. They support the growth and expansion of people’s horizons - physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and energetically. As a group, a community, a tribe, and an extended family, you practice and learn to let go.

You allow the world to unfold before you without reaction or judgment. Their intention is to guide aspirants through their own healing journey in order to better prepare them for healing others, letting go of anything that holds them back from what their hearts are truly called to do. Together, you unveil the true essence and sweet nectar of life.

Daily schedule

  • 06:00 - 09:00 Guided meditation, pranayama, or asana
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast and self-sadhana
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Spiritual lesson or intention of the day
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Yoga Sutras or yoga anatomy
  • 12:00 - 14:00 Snack and self-sadhana
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Special topics
  • 15:00 - 18:00 Art of teaching and art of touch
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner and self-sadhana
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Satsang (sacred circle)

The schedule may vary. There will be a day off every fifth day during the training.


Jed Pennell


The course will take place in Alentejo, Portugal. Orada is located one hour and 30 minutes from Faro Airport (FAO) and two hours and 30 minutes from Lisbon. Orada is located in one of the most diverse regions of Portugal, close to some of the most precious beaches this country has to offer as well as incredibly beautiful countryside. The Costa Alentejana has unique characteristics, which very few destinations in the world combine: easy access from any European airport, breathtaking scenery, and an itinerary of excellent sporting, cultural, and leisure activities.


  • Faro Airport (FAO) - 1.5 hours
  • Lisbon - 2.5 hours


You will be served delicious gourmet breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day included in the price. Permaculture is a primary focus at Orada. You will be served delicious and nutritious vegetarian food, sourced almost entirely from the garden. Enjoy Portugal’s famous daily homemade bread, themed menu nights, and evening dining with music by the fire. Three mostly vegan or mostly gluten-free meals per day are included in your room. Fully gluten-free meals prepared with care and originality can be served upon request for an additional fee.

When traveling outside of your home country, it is a good idea to take the extra steps to protect your immune system. If you have never traveled outside of your country, this may make you more susceptible to getting tummy sickness because your body will be exposed to unfamiliar bacteria. Even though the retreat center has filtered water, they recommend bringing a water filter or water purification tablets.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

You can explore the Rota Vicentina hiking trails, take a surf lesson, explore the area in a kayak, or take your friend on a horse riding adventure or on a jeep safari through the countryside. Orada is more than happy to help you organize a trip and there will be opportunities to explore as much as you would like on your day-offs.

What's included

  • Training course
  • 20 nights accommodation
  • 3 delicious gourmet meals per day
  • Certificate of completion
  • Training manual

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Additional reading materials
  • Extras

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO) or Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). If you fly into Lisbon, for convenience and to reduce footprint, the group will have a meeting time and location in Lisbon at noon on the first day of the training (more details will be emailed on this meeting spot one month prior to the training). From Lisbon, you will travel together as a group to the center. It is approximately two and a half hours.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Thursday July 3, 2025
Departure: Wednesday July 23, 2025

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