Dominica retreat

A Journey into Transformation and Teaching in Soufriere, Dominica:
 200-Hour Teacher Training with Devon Schmidt and True Nature


Yoga is a journey toward spiritual, mental and physical wellness. It is union, unfolding within and all around. The timeless teachings of yoga have not only survived through the ages but also thrived in this modern era. Through yoga, we are inspired to live simply and compassionately, dedicated to realizing our potential.
Join Devon Schmidt, ERYT- 500 and True Nature, for this 18 day, 200-hr Teacher Training Immersion on the beautiful Caribbean island of Dominica! Dominica is known as the “Nature Island of the Caribbean’ and is the perfect environment to enhance your training experience with its lush vegetation, volcanoes, birds, animals, hot springs, beaches and more.
The Day Yoga Foundational Yoga Teacher Training is a holistic and experiential approach to Hatha Yoga. We will explore Power Vinyasa, Gentle and Yin Yoga with an additional focus on meditation and pranayama. The teachings will be expressed through 180 hours of contact hours in the class setting taking place in Dominica and 20+ home study, personal practice, practice teaching and karma yoga.

Teaching yoga is a natural extension of your experience of it, rather you intend to teach in a classroom setting or simply by affecting others through how you live in harmony in your own life. As you learn and experience, you will grow and inspire those around you to come along on the journey.

** This immersion also includes two full days off from training to allow time to rest, study or explore the island of Dominica in optional excursions.

** Upon successful completion of all training hours and requirements, trainees can register with Yoga Alliance as a RYT-200.

Topics of study will include:

  • Power, gentle and yin yoga practice
  • Yoga history and philosophy
  • Pranayama and meditation
  • Physical anatomy and physiology
  • Subtle anatomy and chakras
  • Mantras, mudras and kriyas
  • Ethics and lifestyle
  • Class sequencing and themes
  • Verbal and hands on adjustments
  • Practice teaching
  • Yoga as a business
  • Specialty topics to include:
    • Kids
    • Prenatal/postnatal yoga
    • Ayurveda
    • Yoga Mythology
    • Hot Yoga
    • Yogic Diet

Required Reading

*Required books are to be purchased separately and many can be found reasonably priced on Amazon or Kindle.

  • Teaching Yoga / Mark Stephens
  • Ashtanga Yoga Practice Manual / David Swenson
  • Complete Guide to Yin Yoga / Bernie Clark and Sarah Powers
  • Yoga Anatomy / Leslie Kaminoff
  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali / Sri Swami Satchidananda
  • Chakra Meditation / Swami Saradananda

  • 18 nights accommodations 
  • 3 meals per day starting with dinner on the first night and ending with breakfast on the last day
  • Group Ground Transportation to/from DOM – Douglas-Charles Airport to Retreat Center
  • Daily yoga practices
  • 2 days off to explore, participate in optional excursions or rest 
  • Daily meditation 
  • Hands on teaching experience in Dominica towards 200hr certification through Yoga Alliance 
  • Binder/training manual 
  • Continued support and resources once training is over

Sample Day Itinerary

6-7am – Pranayama and Meditation

7-8am – Breakfast

8-9:30am – Morning Practice

9:30am-12pm – Training

12-1pm – Lunch

1-6:30pm – Training

6:30-7:30pm – Dinner

7:30-9pm – Evening Practice

Accommodations

With a 180-degree view of the ocean as your backdrop, this Caribbean gem on the Island of Dominica offers a dynamic collection of retreat, adventure, spa treatments, wellness, yoga, gourmet cuisine, local culture, and history. With the deep energy of this special center and the crystal blue ocean surrounding, immerse your senses in all this escape has to offer. It’s the perfect spot to unplug from everything as you reconnect to yourself and the Nature Island of the Caribbean.

Devon Schmidt, ERYT- 500

It was in 2003 while enrolled at the CCAD, that Devon Schmidt first discovered her love for yoga.  Through Hatha yoga classes at the YMCA in downtown Columbus, Ohio, she came to enjoy the physical and mental benefits of the asanas and noticed how wonderful she felt after class.  It was while learning about yoga’s spiritual side that Devon was  inspired to become a yoga teacher.

In 2010 Devon completed the World Peace Yoga 200hr Teacher Training Program in Springboro Ohio. In 2016 Devon also completed the 300hr Advanced Teacher Training Program at Yoga On High and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an ERYT-500.  She has completed the Shanti Mom Prenatal Yoga and Color Me Kids Trainings, as well as Yoga Therapy and Yoga Nidra Level I.  Along the way she has been fortunate to study with David Swenson, Doug Keller, Richard Freeman, Karina Mirsky, and many more inspiring teachers.  She completed Ayurvedic and Thai Yoga Massage Trainings with Kelly Lewis and Annette Dennis respectively. She has also completed an Ayurvedic Health Counselor program through Shakti School with Katie Silcox.

In 2011 Devon opened Day Yoga Studio in Dayton, Ohio to provide yoga and wellness services to the community.  Along with teaching open yoga classes, she also facilitates workshops, conducts private individual yoga sessions, directs the 200-hour and 500-hour RYS teacher training programs at Day Yoga, and offers Ayurvedic Massage and Reiki sessions. A second location in Beavercreek was opened in 2018.

Devon teaches many various yoga styles and loves to incorporate the more spiritual aspects of yoga into her classes, encouraging her students to delve into self-inquiry and staying present through pranayama.  She is also the director of the Day Yoga Community Outreach program which brings yoga to those in need in and around the Dayton area including schools and women’s shelters. All the while Devon still finds time for her most important job: being a mom to four kids.

  • Luxury villas
  • 2 fully-equipped yoga studios with views of the ocean
  • Infinity swimming pool
  • Indoor and outdoor gourmet Caribbean restaurant
  • Spa services
  • On-site trails
  • Hike to thermal heated waterfalls, 
  • soak in mineral hot springs,
  • indulge in spa treatments, and 
  • discover Caribbean cuisine 
  • Ocean adventures including (kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, whale watching)
  • Rich community service education programs

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Things To Know

This Hatha Yoga based training will cover three main styles in this training: vinyasa, gentle and yin yoga. This makes our training well rounded and those that complete the program will feel confident teaching all three styles in different environments such as studios, gyms, private yoga sessions, corporate yoga and more.

This training is designed for those that want to teach yoga and also for those that simply want to learn more about yoga and deepen their practice. You don’t have to plan to teach to take the program!

You don’t need to be at a certain “level” with your yoga practice or have any extensive prior knowledge to take this training. Our teachers in training come from a variety of backgrounds with different levels of yoga experience. Many of our teachers in training have successfully completed the program with a variety of physical or mobility limitations. We will discuss all the ways to modify yoga practices for ourselves and our students alike. We will start with the basics as we build the foundation of yoga lifestyle, philosophy, ethics, practice, methodology, anatomy and more. The training will progress over the 18 day time frame giving you all the resources and tools you need as you continue.

Training includes the minimum of 180 contact hours on site in Dominica towards 200hr RYT certification through Day Yoga School and Yoga Alliance. There are additional personal practice, practice teaching, readings and homework required outside of the minimum contact hours to complete the program and to receive certification. These additional non-contact hours help to fulfill the required 200hrs and also will give you more practice, experience and knowledge to become a qualified yoga teacher. You have three months after the training ends to complete the requirements without incurring an additional charge. After three months there is a $25 monthly late fee.

A training binder that also serves as our manual will be included in the tuition cost. All other required books must be purchased separately and many can be found at Amazon or on Kindle used or new at reasonable prices.

Registration

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Paying an initial non-refundable deposit of $350 and $35 Payment Processing Fee (added to the tuition rate upon registration) will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip.

For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us

Getting There 

You will be booking your flights for the DOM – Douglas-Charles Airport. Before booking tickets, please be sure you have received your official confirmation note that the retreat has met its minimums. There will be one group airport shuttle each way based on our flight window guidelines. Be sure your flights align with the provided flight windows if you wish to use the group shuttle. The drive time to the center is approximately 2 hours. 

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Travel Insurance

We cannot emphasize more the importance of travel insurance. As we all know, especially as travelers, “life happens.” Whether it’s family, work, mother nature, or a change of heart, it is important to be prepared in case you need to unexpectedly change your travel plans. Often for less than $150, you can purchase a travel insurance policy and be protected in the event that you need to make a change or need to be covered financially prior to or during your trip. 

Read more about our insurance partners and their policies here. We encourage you to research the insurance company and policy that best meets your needs.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do you have questions about traveling abroad? After you register, we will provide you with a Participant’s Package with helpful information. Also, be sure to check out our Participant FAQs. If you have other questions, feel free to write to us at info@truenaturetravels.com and let us know how we can help!

Save $300 on full-price (shared and deluxe shared only) until January 1st, 2023!

Shared Accommodations $5895 USD (Full Price $6195 USD)

Deluxe Shared Accommodations $6195 USD (Full Price $6495 USD)

Single Accommodations $7295 USD

Deluxe Single Accommodations $7795 USD

Paying an initial non-refundable deposit of $350 and $35 Payment Processing Fee (added to the tuition rate upon registration) will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip.

For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.

Attendance

Attendance in all sessions is mandatory. However if a participant should miss a session/sessions for any reason, make up hours can be discussed with the program leaders. A $50 per hour fee will be applied to make up hours scheduled.

Sign Up with No Risk

In response to COVID-19, True Nature is offering a temporary exception to our cancellation policy. When you sign up for any 2023 retreat, your deposit is fully transferable. There is no cancellation fee if you transfer to another trip or put your deposit ($350) on hold for a future trip until the final payment date.*

We want to make sure everyone feels safe to travel and we are here to help and support you throughout this journey.

*This offer is valid for any new registrations prior to 108 days before the retreat date.

True Nature Travels is closely monitoring the situation regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus and its impact on global travel. For more information click here.

Cancellation

  • Initial deposits and the $35 registration fee are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • 50% of payments are refundable up to 90 days before a retreat excluding the initial deposit and the $35 registration fee.
  • 89 days prior to a retreat, tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Full tuition is refunded if the trip is canceled due to low enrollment. The $35 registration fee is not refundable.
  • True Nature Travels is not responsible for any loss incurred due to currency conversion rates.
  • Full tuition is refunded* if the trip is canceled due to low enrollment.

*Refundable amounts do not include applied credits.

If you wish to cancel your spot on a trip you must submit your cancellation by email to info@truenaturetravels.com.

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