35-hour Teacher Training

Finding Stillness - Advanced Yin Yoga & Mindfulness Teacher TrainingMay 31 - June 7, 2020
Mandali Retreat Center (Italy)

This Yin Yoga & Mindfulness training is for yoga teachers who wish to offer the yin yoga practice as a doorway into Mindfulness Meditation and Buddhist practices. The training will be offered in the form of a retreat. This experience will lead to a deeper understanding of the practice, allowing you to teach from a foundation that is solidly rooted within.

Basic Zen mind training will promote the development of self-inquiry, and cultivate a sense of well-being that is grounded in warmhearted awareness. Conscious communication practices will foster enhanced skills to genuinely connect with others, which are directly applicable in your teaching as well as in your daily life.


During this training, you will:

After this training, you will:

  • Explore movement (Yang), stillness (Yin), and breath practices to elicit a wholesome expression of Chi in the body, fostering vitality and overall well-being;
  • Practice Yin yoga sequences that target the upper body to enhance breathing capacity, shoulder mobility, and that manage specific mind states;
  • Develop self-observation without judgment through writing, conscious communication, and meditation practices, leading to greater self-awareness and personal growth;
  • Learn the four foundations of Mindfulness, and how to teach them in a Yin Yoga class;
  • Investigate the Four Mind Changings and cultivate compassion and resilience through mind training (Lojong), thus enhancing connection with yourself and others, as a path of growth and genuine happiness.
  • Be confident to teach basic mindfulness techniques in the framework of a (Yin) yoga class;
  • Know specific Yin Yoga sequences to target the upper body;
  • Have an ability to connect with others with a more genuine interest and compassion;
  • Have a greater awareness of who you are, allowing you to take more authentic leadership.

Marije shares her vision for this training in an interview with Delight Yoga in Amsterdam:



This teacher training is for yoga teachers who have previously completed a basic teacher training in any yoga tradition, preferably have a yin yoga training certification, and have a minimum of 2 years experience practicing Yin Yoga. Should you not meet the above requirements, but strongly feel that you would like to join this training, please send an email to Marije motivating your request.

Required reading and assignments

Training in Compassion, Zen Teachings on the practice of Lojong, Norman Fisher
Buddhism, H. Smith & P. Novak
Insight Yoga, Sarah Powers

In addition to the 35 contact hours, students will be given a post-program writing assignment to be completed at home.

During this program a Day of Silence will be observed, offering an experience that will deepen your learning.

Continuing Education credits

Yoga teachers that are registered with Yoga Alliance can apply this training towards Continuing Education Credits.

Dates & time

May 31 – June 7, 2020

Program hours:

Sunday May 31 – Arrival day:

20:00 – 21:00 opening session

Monday June 1 – Wednesday June 3:

8:30 – 9:30  breakfast
10:00 – 13:00 Program Session
13:00 – 14:00 lunch
14:30 – 18:30  Program Session
19:00 – 20:00 dinner

Thursday June 4: Silent Day

8:30 – 9:30  breakfast
10:00 – 13:00 Practice
13:00 – 14:00 lunch
14:30 – 18:30  Practice
19:00 – 20:00 dinner

Friday June 5 – Saturday June 6:

8:30 – 9:30  breakfast
10:00 – 13:00 Program Session
13:00 – 14:00 lunch
14:30 – 18:30  Program Session
19:00 – 20:00 dinner
20:30 – 21:30 Closing session (on Saturday only)

Sunday June 7 – Departure Day:

7:30 – 8:30 self-led practice
8:30 – 9:30  breakfast
10:00 check-out


Mandali Retreat Center
Via Belvedere 2
28898 Quarna Sopra (VB), Italy

How to get there.



  • accommodation for 7 nights
  • all meals (vegetarian)
  • herbal teas, coffee, and fresh fruit throughout the day
  • filtered water
  • use of spa facilities
  • training manual


  • Travel cost to Mandali Retreat Center
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Optional massages
  • Tourist tax
Room options (tuition price is per person):

Shared – lake view room: € 1298

Twin – garden view room: € 1475

Single – garden view room: € 1625

Single – lake view room: € 1698

Premium Twin – lake view room: € 1625

Premium Single – lake view room: € 1925


Premium Single Room

You want the ultimate experience.  Italy, top of the mountain, and  a spacious room.  All of our rooms are interesting, but in our premium rooms you may also find a bathtub on your verandah.  The premium rooms are positioned for the very best view.  Even the locals envy this view.

Single Lake View Room

Big bed, big view, luxury and privacy. Take a cup of tea to your verandah over looking the lake and sit for as long as you want to. This is your time. Clouds come and go, but it is all one big sky.

Twin Garden View Room

Share a twin room with a friend. Two single beds, with view and quiet verandah looking onto the garden and Temple. One can walk out the back door and walk slowly along the path that leads directly to the kitchen, or make a 90-degree turn to go back to your retreat.

Premium Twin Room

Enjoy. Your back door will lead you to the village, for refreshment, and a little further on to the retreat activity rooms. But your front door will lead you to wide open spaces, an inviting chair, and delicious solitude. The premium rooms have premium view.

Single Garden View Room

Most of our rooms are designed for single occupancy. We recognize the need to be alone on your special journey, and have taken every care to make our rooms comfortable and refined. Each single room has a full double bed, so you can sleep well, and be well rested for the course that you are there for.

Shared Lake View Room

These rooms are built in a dormitory style, with two sets of bunk beds. This is the most economical choice to enjoy Mandali and your course. There are additional toilets and showers in the hallway, as well as the bathroom en-suite. All shared rooms have lake view.