30hrs Yin Yoga Teacher Training & Retreat

18th – 21st March 2019

This unique experience allows you to complete your Yin Yoga Teacher Training in a stunning retreat centre in the Sussex countryside. Surrounded by nature, and away from the responsibilities of life, you can completely unwind, learn about the wonders of Yin Yoga, and experience the benefits at a deeper level on retreat.

We have chosen the course to run during Spring equinox, when the days start getting longer, nature starts blossoming and we can attune our energy with this grounding, awakening, and transformational time. Our yoga sessions will take place in a newly built yoga studio, previously a barn, next to the retreat house.

Yin is becoming increasingly popular in the yoga world, as we are currently over dominate in Yang (dynamic/strong) asana practice, and are realizing the need for its complementary Yin (restorative/gentle) practice, and all the benefits Yin has to offer. Our Yin course will cover the breakdown of Yin asanas, how to plan Yin classes, Anatomy – physical and energetical, understanding of facia and its relationship to the Chinese medicine meridian system.


  • Deepen your own personal asana practice
  • History of Yin Yoga
  • Learn the fundamental Yin postures, modifications and their contra-indications
  • The use of props to maximise comfort and relaxation of muscles and facia
  • Planning and teaching a variety of Yin Flows, and how to plan for different themes
  • Understanding of the body’s facia
  • Myofascial release techniques
  • Introduction to the Chinese meridian system
  • How to lesson plan a Yin yoga class focusing on different Meridians
  • Restorative poses, breathing, mindfulness and relaxation
  • Stress and the Nervous System
  • Shoulder and Hip Anatomy
  • The bodies energetical chakra system and its relationship to our physical, emotional and mental bodies
  • Guidance for Yin Practice and Teaching

About your tutor:

Gemma Williams, your Yoga tutor, has been teaching yoga since 2008. She has travelled worldwide to learn from different yoga backgrounds. She is registered with the Yoga Alliance as an Experienced advanced teacher (E-RYT 500) and as a Yoga alliance continuing education provider (YACEP). Gemma has a fun, compassionate, and inspiring approach to teaching. She will guide and support you through your yoga journey, and take you deeper into the practice.

Certification and Accreditation:

  • It gives Yoga Alliance registered teachers 30 CPD hours – Yin Yoga Teacher Training
  • You will receive a certificate from Gem Yoga, Yoga Alliance registered, upon successful completion of this course

Course pre-requisites:
200 hr Yoga teacher training or equivalent
L3 YMCA awards fitness qualification – Yoga

*If you are not a yoga teacher, but still want to come along for the experience, you can! But you will not receive a certificate.

The Acres Eco Retreat Centre is a mix of Boho chic and moonlit magic. With nine acres of space to freshen your mind, camp fires and fairy lights to create your fantasy evenings, you’ll wake up in the middle of nowhere and forget that you ever saw a city. The eco-house is almost passive with the solar gain and ground-source heating, providing a space for visitors to relax, enjoy and appreciate the countryside with little or no impact on neighbours or environment. Their low impact, eco-chic ethos is part of their commitment to sustainable business.

Held at:
The Acers Retreat Centre, East Sussex (Just outside of Lewes)
(Lift shares can be arranged from Brighton)

To create a more homely, communal environment, we will cook together. Food will be provided, and students have the option to take turns helping create beautiful, healthy, vegetarian meals together. You will have the opportunity to learn new vegetarian meals and healthy raw vegan desert recipes. Middle Farm shop is near by if we need supplies.

Arrive: 2pm Monday 18th March Depart: 6pm Thursday 21st March


Investment: £750 or £695 early bird (before 31st Dec 2018)

  YOGA TEACHER PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION: Gemma Bellhouse will be offering a gratuitous 30-40 minute Yoga photography session to each of the Yoga teachers on the training. This will include up to 15 colour-corrected photos for each yogi. In return for the mini photoshoot, Gemma B asks simply that when posting or using these photos on social media or within your Yoga teacher portfolio (advertising, etc), the Yoga teachers remember to credit, name, and tag both Yogagem Photography and Gem Yoga. For the mini photo session at the retreat, Gemma B recommends that you come with a list of at least 5 yoga poses that you would like to be photographed, and your favourite Yoga outfit! See some of her Yoga photos on Instagram (yogagemphotography) or Facebook (Gemma Bellhouse Photography).

Kristal Jacovides, Brighton

"I’ve just completed my Yin Yoga teacher training with Gemma. I’ve enjoyed this course so much ! Gemma is a book of knowledge and a really lovely person . She is very good at teaching in a way that is accessible to everyone. Highly recommended!"
Kristal Jacovides, Brighton
Sam Goddard, Hove

"I completed Gemma’s Yin Yoga Teacher Training. As well as Yin, we also learned so much more. Gemma is truly inspirational, a great teacher who really personalises her training and explains things incredibly clearly. Highly recommend her courses!"
Sam Goddard, Hove
Dorothea Manolopoulos, London

"During the Gem Yoga Retreat I learnt about joint stability in arm balancing poses and the benefits of Yin. I loved the feeling of a daily yoga practice and felt how it has helped to open my upper back and the muscles by my spine from the Yin."
Dorothea Manolopoulos, London

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