Yoga Teacher Training

Yoga Conservatory at Home

Now Enrolling Fall/Winter 2020-2021

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A personal transformation incubator +

A study of the inner work of health, happiness and spiritual leadership +

A journey to the center of the self, taken together in close community +

A 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training Program

September 2020 through March 2021 

Yoga Conservatory is an innovative and transformative yoga teacher training program, developed by yoga teacher, theater artist and life coach, Kate Holly (ERYT-500, MFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University), and co-taught by a team of Portland’s best yoga teachers. Our non-dogmatic and interdisciplinary approach to yoga brings a therapeutic orientation while examining the intersection of creativity, self-inquiry , trauma sensitivity and social justice with yoga.

Yoga Conservatory offers a rich and comprehensive training for yogis who aspire to begin teaching as a new career path, for students who want to go deeper with their own practice and personal transformation, as well as therapists, social workers, artists, performers, educators and other professionals who would like to integrate the power of yoga into their work.

Note about the Fall/Winter program: 

This program will be taught virtually via Zoom video conference, with some important distinctions: 

-100% of our 180+ contact hours are delivered LIVE by master teachers, alongside an intimate cohort that you will get to know closely. While you will be experiencing the program from the comfort of your own home, you will enjoy the community, individualized support, accountability and engagement of an in-person immersive experience.

-Up to 24 hours of the program may have an in-person option, as public health trends and local mandates allow. 

What is a Conservatory?

One definition of a conservatory is an immersive school for the arts, where students are able to master their craft in the safe container of support and nurturance built by their teachers.  Its a school that holds space for both rigorous dedication to practice, and encouragement to experiment, step outside the comfort zone and potentially fail.

Another definition of a conservatory is a beautiful glass greenhouse or sunroom, filled with plants. They are also places for growth and beauty to occur within a safe container.

The intention with Yoga Conservatory is to create an environment where students grow and thrive like plants, practice, make meaning and experiment like artists, and feel safe, supported and nurtured by the container of our program every step of the way.

SIGN UP FOR A FREE INFO SESSION, Saturday, August 8th 1-2pm

What graduates are saying… 

  • “The course revolutionized the way I see yoga- now it is more about bringing in even the simplest of yogic philosophies and principles to a practice that is accessible and welcoming to anyone and everyone. It feels like a much lighter way of bringing yoga into my life and in the lives of those around me.” 
  • “This program will challenge your conceptions of yoga while providing the critical thinking tools and deep understanding necessary to form the foundation of an authentic lifelong yoga practice.”
  • “The Yoga Conservatory has supported me immensely on my journey to heal our world. This training gave me tools to teach others and myself, guidance in discovering my own gifts to share, and provided me with a community to learn with and grow from. It was a privilege to learn from such incredibly experienced teachers who each have such a diverse background and unique offering to bring to the training. My time at Yoga Refuge has been warm and nourishing, and my participation in the Yoga Conservatory was priceless. Yoga is medicine, and I’m so grateful to Kate and the rest of our teachers for prescribing me the remedies to heal.”
  • “The YTT at Yoga Refuge was transformational. The teachers were amazing, giving and kind. I have learned and grown in ways I couldn’t imagine. If you have the idea to do this, trust yourself and dive in. You won’t regret it.”


LL YTT group shotYoga Conservatory is for you if:

-You want to integrate yoga and mindfulness as tools for personal healing and empowerment.

-You want to use yoga and mindfulness as tools for helping other people to heal and become empowered.

-You are willing to keep asking questions even when there are no easy answers.

-You are ready to “get in the arena” of being vulnerable.

-You are curious, creative and open to innovation in the field of yoga.

-You like to be challenged, to grow and to learn about yourself.

-You are willing to invest time and energy in your own development and in the quality of your teaching.

-You are motivated by the question “How can I be of service?”
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Guest Faculty will include:

Todd Jackson (ERYT-500)

Heather Smith (ERYT-500)

Laura Doiron (ERYT-200)

Sasha Lang (ERYT-500) 

Julianna Scholl-Wallace (RYT-200,LCSW)

LL YTT amazing Meghan embodied voice