the art of teaching

we are currently restructuring our 200-hour program offering. there will not be a training in 2019. please make sure you’re signed up for our newsletter in order to receive our updates as we have them. thank you for your interest!




The Program is structured in three parts:

Part One: Pre-course preparation and study:

  • A written application and research assignment

  • Memorization of verbal cues for basic sun salutation templates (videos will be sent upon registration)

  • Reading assignments

Part Two: The Immersion: 

  • In this intense and transformative month, we will meet for apx. 8 hours per day, working individually and in groups learning, asana, alignment, yoga-focused anatomy, pranayama, philosophy and teaching methodology. Several short reading and writing assignments will also be completed during this time.

  • Immersion Dates and Schedule: June 10 - July 7, 2018
    Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30-5pm
    Wednesdays 8:30am-12:30pm
    Saturdays OFF

Part Three: A self-scheduled eight-month study period immediately following the immersion 

  • Complete all written assignments

  • Complete and present a final project

  • Complete at least 20 hours of service work with one of our partners or organization of your choice (karma yoga)

Required Reading: 

  • Light on Life, BKS Iyengar

  • Light on Yoga, BKS Iyengar

  • Yoga Anatomy, Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews

  • The Wisdom of No Escape, Pema Chodron

Suggested Reading:

  • Sensing, Feeling, and Action, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

  • The Breathing Book, Donna Farhi

  • The Mirror of Yoga, Richard Freeman

  • The Yoga Matrix (audio recordings), Richard Freeman

  • The Inner Tradition of Yoga, Michael Stone

  • Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation, Reverend Angel Kyodo Williams, Lama Rod Owens, Jasmine Syedullah Ph.D.

  • Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha, Tara Brach, Ph. D

  • The Buddha's Daughter:Teachings From Women Who Are Shaping Buddhism In The West, Andrea Miller



In order to ensure our integrity as a collective that values ethical and inclusive representation we offer multiple pricing tiers and equity rates. If you are able to pay for a higher cost, your funds will help provide for someone else who doesn't experience the same financial ease. We appreciate your honesty and self-reflection in choosing the cost that is appropriate for you. We believe that coming together in mutual support and moving away from valuing dollars over humans will make all of our communities healthier and happier.

The reduced rates we offer are a critical component to making our program inclusive, accessible and equitable. Our equity rates are given to those whose voices have been historically marginalized and silenced, and are therefore underrepresented as yoga and meditation teachers. This means non-white, queer, people with disabilities (visible and non-visible), and people who cannot typically access these kinds of programs due to prohibitive cost and/or cultural insensitivity. 

Thank you for your support and understanding.

Pricing options

benefactor rate: $4000—5 available
support rate: $3500—5 available
standard rate: $3000—10 available
reduced rate: $2500—5 available
space holder worktrade: $1500—1 available/must apply 
media worktrade: $1500—1 available/must apply 

Equity rates / QBIPOC with financial need (separate application required)
5 spaces available, rates will be determined as needed. We ask that participants pay what they can.

Have questions? Contact us

I can’t praise Sarah and Renee’s Teacher Training program enough. First of all let me say that everyone I’ve mentioned it to in the Portland yoga community has expressed admiration and respect for both Sarah and Renee’s teachings. My personal experience was once of transformation and deep connection. Our first night together I felt like I had come home. I walked out of the training with the tools to begin my journey as a teacher and I continue to see the seeds that I planted with Sarah and Renee pop through the soil of experience. The environment that Sarah and Renee fostered was one of bounteous humility, creativity, honesty, and skill. Sarah’s ever expansive warmness and depth of knowledge, and willingness to share unceasingly prompted me to open and provided me a steady arena to do so. Renee’s incredible intrinsic connection with the body in a setting of continued freshness and generosity exposed me to an anatomically brilliant world. I forever have a yoga community because of this experience and I forever hold this training in the blossoming of my very grateful heart.
— Oh Prema
Studying with Renee has been one of the greatest gifts to my 20 year practice of yoga. Renee’s depth of knowledge of anatomy and movement has guided me to a clearer understand of my somatic patterns, enabling me to find pathways to release stuck areas in my body that I wasn’t able to access before working with her. She has an ability to meet every student at any level and assist them to drop deeper into their selves, creating a curiosity that inspires more self-study, understanding and inspiration to continue on their path. I am so grateful to have found such a talented and accessible teacher.
— Maria Bacher, Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher
Renee and Sarah converge their approaches towards teaching to create a most unique and perfect instruction in yoga. Participating in this school was a full embodied experience, calling for the use of my vulnerable heart, what I now know as my respectable intellect, the weaving together of muscles and organs and bones, the imagination full and simple, and a commitment to not just community but deep and true self-study. It called for a ridding of the self, a reexamination of everything, a tender celebration of this life, as well as a rejection of all things known. This teaching has truly changed my life forever and impacts not just the way I stand, but the way I hold any human relationship henceforth. I am deeply grateful to Rene and Sarah for holding the space to give me life and for creating such a memorable experience that I will never forget not a one detail.
— Catherine Galpin
Sarah Trelease compiles her Yoga Teacher Training curriculum with the utmost skill and proficiency, though it is her innate ability to connect on a very honest level with every one of her students that makes her Teacher Training so powerful and unique. She demands complete authenticity from everyone involved by virtue of her most authentic and compassionate guidance. Her knowledge of the body and all it contains is inspiring and her dedication to the art of teaching yoga is unparalleled. I am honored to call her my teacher.
— Cary Spaeth, Certified Yoga teacher and Owner of North Portland Yoga