SOLA SCHOOL of Contemplative Arts

Personal Transformation, Collaborative Partnerships, Awakened Communities

The Art of Teaching 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training


June 10 - July 7, 2018
4-week immersion in beautiful Portland, OR
with Sarah Trelease, Renee Sills,
Suniti Dernovsek and Guest Teachers

Sola School’s 200-hour yoga teacher training program combines contemporary Buddhist philosophy, social justice and activism, and an alignment-oriented approach to the essentials of yoga postures and teaching. Our unique program prepares teachers to work in studios as well as with diverse populations and special needs.

Our program is structured as a 4-week immersion, followed by 8 months of independent study and practice. The immersion portion of our training offers a transformative environment that facilitates deep self-growth, clarity, and personal commitment. In the months that follow you will integrate your learning through volunteer service, independent research, and practice teaching.

Whether you intend to become a yoga teacher, or simply wish to deepen your personal practice, our training offers a rich study and integration of asana, meditation, pranayama, and yoga philosophy. Throughout your time with us you will develop your teaching skills, strengthen your working understanding of alignment, sequencing, and therapeutic intent, and cultivate a deeply personal relationship to the foundations of yogic philosophy. Our program prepares graduates to teach hatha, hatha flow, and vinyasa styles, and gives them the necessary skills to modify and adapt practices for a wide range of body needs and conditions.

Participants can expect approximately 40 hours of class time per week during the immersion as well as additional reading and group assignments. 12 hours of volunteer service and a final project is required for graduation and must be completed within 8 months. Practice teaching opportunities in studio settings are offered but not required.

* This program is Yoga Alliance Approved and upon completion of all requirements, you are eligible for application to the Yoga Alliance for 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) status.  Additionally, you can apply to any 500-hour yoga teacher training program for continued education.

Sarah and Renee’s YTT program offered a fresh perspective of yoga to me. I came away from the training with a wider sense of what yoga is, and what yoga can be. Their individual and collective creativity, sense of humor, dedication to personal practice, and ability to hold space for their students is inspiring. Sarah and Renee use concise language, that encourages working from within the body; this allows an authentic experience of individual anatomy and process. As co- teachers, they consciously blend their knowledge and styles, to create a unique, comprehensive training program for anyone looking to deepen their practice.
— Jin Camou

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:

The 2018 dates are June 10 - July 7
Training days are as follows:
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 12 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
  • The Inner Tradition of Yoga, Michael Stone  
  • The Buddha's Daughter:Teachings From Women Who Are Shaping Buddhism In The West, Andrea Miller
  • The Wisdom of No Escape, Pema Chodron
  • Yoga Anatomy, Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews

Suggested Reading:

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


    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

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