Group Facilitator Training

1.*NEW for 2018 GFT* – This program will taught again by Michael Lee who designed the original course in 2004

2. ALSO NEW this yearThis program will include training in how to lead, plan, and facilitate a weekend workshop or a week long retreat as well as 8 week groups

3. AND the pre-residential will include new material for each of the themes including exercises, practices, and deeper dive into the essence of the themes.

Tuition: $2,995/$2,845(EB)
Hours: 64 residential and webinar contact hours, 65 independent study & practicum hours
Duration: 7 months, including: 1 month pre-residential independent study, 7 day residential study session, and 6 month post-residential supervised practicum.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Level 3 required.
Registration: Limited enrollment so please register early. 

This program provides Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapists with the skills and knowledge required to organize, promote and facilitate eight-week group programs focused on helping people cope with stress and stress-related symptoms, manage the trauma of recovery from change, adapt to change, engage the process of healing and recovery, and generally become more empowered to deal with daily life. Based on Michael Lee’s book, Turn Stress Into Bliss, the program follows a progressive, thematic approach to awareness, choice and change.

* Graduates of this program work with clients coping with stress or illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, addictions, irritable bowel syndrome, and many more.  They also work with specific populations such as teens, parents, people transitioning careers, veterans, and so on.

* Graduates of this program are offering the 8 week sessions through health institutions, educational organizations and human resources departments as well as independently.

Training consists of an 8-week long pre-residency preparation, a 7-day residential intensive, and a six-month practicum in your home area with mentoring by experienced faculty. Successful completion of an eight-week group program in your community with mentoring in all aspects as you go is a vital part of this program and the reason why graduates successfully offer groups after graduation.

The Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy groups have changed participants’ relationship to stress and dramatically reduced stress-related physical and emotional symptoms, and empowered them to lead lives with meaning and authenticity. This multifaceted approach can be easily delivered in a variety of medical, professional and community settings.  Our group facilitators also find that running groups is a great way to expand their practice and serve more clients with a cost effective program. Graduates also claim that their individual one on one practice is greatly improved by skills learned in this program.


Program Start/End Dates:

Discount Deadline: 9/6/2018

Pre-residential Independent Study Webinar Meetings: Thursdays 4-5:30pm ET on November 8, 15, and 29.

Residential Session December 8-14, 2018 – Sruti/Phoenix Rising Center, Great Barrington, MA – led by Michael Lee
First day begins at 8am; daily schedule 8:30am-5:30pm; final day 8:30am-2pm.

Post-residential Webinar Meetings: Thursdays 4-5:30pm ET on January 10, 24, February 14, March 14, April 11, May 9.

Practicum to be finished by May 31, 2019

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If you have any questions, please call us at (800) 288-YOGA(9642) or (802) 453-6444.