Float

Aerial Yoga & SUP Yoga Teacher Training

Float

Aerial Yoga & SUP Yoga Teacher Training


One of a kind Retreat for Yoga Teachers!

Let your yoga practice and teaching expand through new modalities on the water and in the air, and explore the transformative power of yoga beyond the traditional studio setting.


stand up paddling - taking a break for a swim

This retreat for yoga instructors is more than a training: it’s about deepening your practice, forging lasting connections, and exploring yoga in unconventional, exciting ways. Come together with like-minded teachers for a nourishing 4 days & 3 nights and level up your yoga teacher training certifications!

Two Fresh Yoga Modalities, One Retreat:
Dive into the world of SUP Yoga or Aerial Yoga with expert guidance. Choose your path: become a Certified Aerial Yoga Instructor and gain C.E credits through Yoga Alliance, or become a SUP Yoga Teacher and gain the accompanying Paddle Canada Basic SUP Instructor certificate.

algonquin park moose in the river eating lilies canoe trip
waterfall rapids and people at algonquin park near north tea lake

Whichever you choose, you’ll gain new perspectives and skills that will enrich your teaching and practice. Take everything you know about teaching yoga, and discover how these skills can be translated to practicing on a SUP board, with aerial silks, and more. Although participants choose between Aerial or SUP yoga for their workshop and certification, everyone will have the opportunity to experience both practices through a practical teaching exchange.

Beyond Certification: The Float Retreat is more than a course; it’s a holistic retreat experience. Engage in a variety of wellness practices, indulge in delicious meals, relax in nature, and share stories around the campfire. You’ll leave not just with a certificate but with a heart full of memories and a network of like-minded yoga instructors.

Aerial Yoga Course Overview

Requirements:
The Qualified Aerial Yoga Instructor certification is available to participants who have completed or are in the process of completing a minimum 200-hour yoga teacher training.  Non-yoga teachers may participate and earn a certificate of completion.

Aerial Yoga Course Content:
The Aerial YTT is designed for developing and practicing skills in leading Aerial Yoga Classes in a studio setting. This training from Grounded U will cover:

  • Silk care & maintenance, safety, different styles of rigging.
  • Wide variety of poses including inversions, suspensions, traditional yoga poses using silks for support or depth.
  • Ways to use silks in restorative and active practices.
  • Methods for sequencing, alignment, cueing, and pose modifications.
  • Strategies for diversifying & enriching your teaching portfolio, expanding your impact and income potential as a yoga teacher.
  • Practice teaching component.

Location & Equipment Provided:
The Aerial Program will take place in Radiance, our brand-new movement space. The silks at Northern Edge are anchored at a single point with daisy chains. Everything learned can be applied also to yoga hammocks and double-point anchoring systems.

A workbook & manual will be provided for students to take home for comprehensive learning.

Certification Outcomes:

Qualified participants who complete the course objectives and demonstrate safe teaching skills will receive a Qualified Aerial Yoga Instructor certification from Grounded U alongside 25 Continuing Education hours through the Yoga Alliance.  Yoga enthusiasts who are not yet teachers may participate and earn a certificate of completion.

SUP Yoga Course Overview

Requirements:
In addition to the 200-hour YTT certification, participants must ensure they are skilled SUP paddlers at the intermediate level. This can be demonstrated through meeting the below requirements or with a Paddle Canada Advanced SUP Skills certificate or equivalent. Our team can help you determine if you meet the paddle skills requirements for this training, please contact us to determine your skill levels and where to obtain further training.

Intermediate SUP paddlers can: control and direct the paddleboard in wind and waves, paddle straight with an efficient forward stroke, apply effective turning (sweep stroke, draw stroke, crossbow stroke) and self-rescue.

SUP Yoga Course Content:
The SUP YTT is designed for developing and practicing skills in leading SUP Yoga Sessions on the water. The training from Court Outdoors & Rebel Soul includes:

  • Setting up a floating studio and required equipment.
  • Designing classes for all levels. Methods for sequencing, alignment, cueing, and pose modifications for the paddle board.
  • Safely instructing participants on paddleboard skills and on-the-water practice.
  • Incorporating a connection with nature through mindfulness and meditation.
  • Different types of SUP yoga business models.
  • Practice teaching component.

Location & Equipment Provided:
The SUP Yoga Teacher Training will take place mostly at the Dragonfly Dock and on Kawawaymog Lake.
Stand-up Paddle Boards with PFDs, ankle straps, and whistles are provided by the Edge. Participants with their own gear are encouraged to bring it to get familiar with their own setup.

A workbook & manual will be provided for students to take home for comprehensive learning.

Certification Outcomes:

Qualified participants who complete the course objectives and demonstrate safe teaching skills will receive a Qualified SUP Yoga Instructor certification from Rebel Soul alongside a Paddle Canada Basic Flatwater SUP Instructor certificate through Court Outdoors.  Yoga and Paddleboarding enthusiasts who are not yet teachers may participate and earn a certificate of completion including the Paddle Canada cert.


This Yoga Teacher Training Retreat was developed in partnership with Northern Edge Algonquin, Grounded U, Rebel Soul, and Court Outdoors.

Courtney at the Edge

Sylvie Lamothe

SUP Yoga Teacher Trainer

Sylvie is a seasoned SUP Yoga and Paddleboard Instructor who’s been empowering others to find balance and seek adventure through SUP Yoga and paddleboarding. Over the last five years, Sylvie has established a thriving SUP business in Northern Ontario offering: SUP yoga classes, SUP skills courses, SUP yoga teacher trainings, and SUP yoga backcountry retreats. Sylvie is known for her infectious enthusiasm while leading transformational experiences that invite you to dance at the edges of your comfort zone, explore what it means to live fully, and embark on a journey of self-discovery and growth. Sylvie also hosts her own fall yoga retreat at the Edge, Rebel Soul Yoga Retreat.

Courtney at the Edge

Krystal Gignac

Aerial Yoga Teacher Trainer

Krystal Gignac, co-founder of Grounded Studios, specializes in many diverse styles of yoga including aerial yoga and offers dedicated teacher training programs in North Bay, ON, and Orlando, FL. Her approach highlights the challenging yet supportive nature of aerial yoga, encouraging practitioners to expand their limits. Krystal is passionate about Aerial Yoga, teaching & promoting it’s wellness benefits as an integral piece of Grounded Studios.

Courtney at the Edge

Courtney Sinclair

SUP Instructor Trainer

With over 10 years of paddleboarding experience Courtney uses her certifications as a Paddle Canada Advanced Flatwater SUP Instructor Trainer and Touring 1 Instructor to help others build the skills and confidence to find adventure on the water. Courtney’s expertise in this program has been been refined over years in various teaching environments including as an international paddling expedition guide, a seasoned retreat facilitator, and as a 200hr certified yoga instructor. Courtney looks forward to working with you to develop your SUP skills towards your Paddle Canada Basic Flatwater SUP Instructor certification.

Tim practicing Aerial Yoga

Tim Lucier

Operations Director, Retreat Facilitator

The son of Northern Edge Algonquin co-founders Todd and Martha, Tim has played witness to the evolutions of our centre from the very beginning. As our Director of Operations, Tim leads our coordinator team to work towards continuous improvement in all areas at the Edge. As a facilitator & leader, Tim invites guests to live simply, dream big, and explore with curiosity. He draws on a diverse range variety of training and experience and is passionate about hand balancing, aerial yoga, travel, performance, minimalism, and habit development.


Deposits & Cancellations

In short: Spaces are limited.  When you book a retreat with us, a non-refundable deposit (50% of your overall balance) reserves your space and allows us to plan accordingly. Remaining balances are due 15 days before arrival.

Deposits protect our group-based experiences by acting as a commitment from our guests. If you need to cancel your visit, the timing of your cancellation will determine the level of flexibility we can offer in rescheduling your visit or holding your deposit as a credit to be used in the future. Please refer to our full deposit and cancellation policy for more information on our policies, timelines, and the commitments we make based on your registration.

Meals & Dietary Needs

Edge guests are well nourished and experience mealtime itself as a program element, with storytelling to introduce the seasonal flavours of the region and the relationships with the folk who grew and raised the ingredients close to home. Cooking at the Edge focuses on balancing globally far-flung tastes with provincially produced foods. Meals are served buffet style and are guests often enjoy lakeside dining outdoors when the weather allows it.

Over the years we have met many diverse dietary needs. Guests are invited to identify their dietary needs & preferences as a part of the registration process, and those with restrictions love the options we provide.

Itinerary & Program Timings

We offer unique, tailored experiences that flow as our facilitators respond to the interests of our guests, seasonal conditions, and special opportunities that may arise.

Each retreat at the Edge features healthy doses of dreamtime, adventure, community, creativity, time spent in nature, and a dash of surprise. Guests always have the choice to take solo or rest time in lieu of planned experiences.

While a detailed itinerary is not available, you can count on and prepare for the activities used to describe the flavour of this retreat. Meals are generally served at 8:30, 12:30, and 6pm. When appropriate, optional early-morning or late-night experiences may be offered.

Arrival Time & Directions

Arrival time is between 2 – 3 pm with programming beginning at 3:30.  We encourage our guests to arrive on time and stay to experience the full retreat, which generally ends after brunch on the final day. Please let us know if you expect to arrive after 3.

You can find us easily on Google or Apple maps, or view detailed directions here.

What to Bring

We’ll be spending time both indoors and out in nature, and we invite you to dress appropriately for the season to stay comfortable, warm, and dry. There’s no dress code and most guests wear their “retreat-casual”.

We encourage guests to bring a surprise to share with others – this might take the form of a game or activity, an instrument/song/poem, or a tasty treat.


Deposits & Cancellations

In short: Spaces are limited.  When you book a retreat with us, a non-refundable deposit (50% of your overall balance) reserves your space and allows us to plan accordingly. Remaining balances are due 15 days before arrival.

Deposits protect our group-based experiences by acting as a commitment from our guests. If you need to cancel your visit, the timing of your cancellation will determine the level of flexibility we can offer in rescheduling your visit or holding your deposit as a credit to be used in the future. Please refer to our full deposit and cancellation policy for more information on our policies, timelines, and the commitments we make based on your registration.

Meals & Dietary Needs

Edge guests are well nourished and experience mealtime itself as a program element, with storytelling to introduce the seasonal flavours of the region and the relationships with the folk who grew and raised the ingredients close to home. Cooking at the Edge focuses on balancing globally far-flung tastes with provincially produced foods. Meals are served buffet style and are guests often enjoy lakeside dining outdoors when the weather allows it.

Over the years we have met many diverse dietary needs. Guests are invited to identify their dietary needs & preferences as a part of the registration process, and those with restrictions love the options we provide.

Itinerary & Program Timings

We offer unique, tailored experiences that flow as our facilitators respond to the interests of our guests, seasonal conditions, and special opportunities that may arise.

Each retreat at the Edge features healthy doses of dreamtime, adventure, community, creativity, time spent in nature, and a dash of surprise. Guests always have the choice to take solo or rest time in lieu of planned experiences.

While a detailed itinerary is not available, you can count on and prepare for the activities used to describe the flavour of this retreat. Meals are generally served at 8:30, 12:30, and 6pm. When appropriate, optional early-morning or late-night experiences may be offered.

Arrival Time & Directions

Arrival time is between 2 – 3 pm with programming beginning at 3:30.  We encourage our guests to arrive on time and stay to experience the full retreat, which generally ends after brunch on the final day. Please let us know if you expect to arrive after 3.

You can find us easily on Google or Apple maps, or view detailed directions here.

What to Bring

We’ll be spending time both indoors and out in nature, and we invite you to dress appropriately for the season to stay comfortable, warm, and dry. There’s no dress code and most guests wear their “retreat-casual”.

We encourage guests to bring a surprise to share with others – this might take the form of a game or activity, an instrument/song/poem, or a tasty treat.

Expand Your Teaching Practice:

All-Inclusive Pricing from

$ 1734 +HST

July 4 – 7, 2024

What’s Included

  • 3 nights in your choice of shared or private cozy cabin accommodation.
  • Retreat program featuring campfires, saunas, and connection with a community of like-minded yoga teachers.
  • Equipment & materials included*
  • Mouth-watering meals and snacks from Day 1 Dinner to Day 4 Lunch (locally sourced and catered to your dietary needs)
  • Time to dream, be creative, rest, rejuvenate & experience a sense of community – Wood-fired sauna, campfires, and more!
  • Choose your track: Certification as either a Qualified Aerial Yoga Instructor (25 Yoga Alliance CE credits) or Qualified SUP Yoga Instructor (including Basic SUP Instructor Cert from Paddle Canada)
  • Although participants choose only one cert, Aerial Yogis will get to try SUP Yoga and SUP Yogis will get to try Aerial Yoga during our teaching practice.

What’s Not Included

  • 13% Harmonized Sales Tax
  • Gratuities for the hospitality team, facilitators & guides.
  • Wi-fi access and cellular signal are not available for this unplugged experience.

During this 4-day, 3-night Yoga Teacher Training retreat, you will Experience:

  • Robust Training: Choose between Aerial Yoga Teacher Training or SUP Yoga Teacher Training, led by experienced and certified instructors. Deepen your knowledge and practical understanding of yoga and learn to translate your practice and teaching to a SUP board or to Aerial Silks.
  • Nature Immersion: Reconnect with nature through paddleboarding, dock yoga, stargazing, and more.
  • Community: Forge new and supportive connections with like-minded yoga teachers and leaders from diverse backgrounds.
  • Green Eco-campus: Northern Edge Algonquin is the perfect home for yoga teacher training programs. The SUP Yoga course will take place on Kawawaymog Lake and make use of our renowned floating yoga platform & SUP boards, while the Aerial Yoga course will take place in our brand-new, state-of-the-art forest movement studio.
  • Relaxation and Rejuvenation: Unwind in our wood-fired sauna, savor wholesome meals, and find tranquility in the midst of natural beauty.

Who Should Attend?

Float: Aerial & SUP Yoga Teacher Training was designed for certified yoga teachers with a minimum 200-hour yoga teacher training certification, and YTT participants who will be graduating in 2024. If you are passionate about yoga, eager to expand your teaching horizons, and ready to pick up a new skill, this continuing education retreat is perfect for you. This one-of-a-kind retreat invites yoga instructors from a variety of backgrounds to mingle and learn together in this immersive retreat weekend. Yoga enthusiasts are also welcome to attend.

Explore Accommodation Options

Habitat Cabin Room

Canopy Cabin

Our simple, clear-roofed cabins bring participants closer to nature, just a short walk away from main programming spaces and amenities such as showers and flush toilets. Each canopy cabin features a double bed, ideal for solo travellers or couples.

Shared: $1734 / person

Private: $1834 / person

cabin in algonquin park

Habitat Cabin

Cozy, rustic habitat cabins are located just a short walk away from main programming spaces and amenities such as washrooms and showers. Each offers a loft double bed above 2 single beds, making them ideal for sharing with friends or other participants.

Shared: $1734 / person

Private: Unavailable

Studio Cabin accommodations Algonquin Park

Studio Cabin

Comfortable & spacious eco-friendly studio rooms are located just a minute’s walk away from main programming spaces and showers. These feature a small en-suite bathroom with an incinerating toilet. Both a double bed and a single bed make them ideal for couples or friends.

Shared: $1834 / person

Private: $2034 / person

Studio Cabin Accommodations Algonquin Park

Log Cabin Bedroom

The luxurious and comfortable log cabin is located a bit further from main programming spaces for optimal rest, and features en-suite bathrooms with showers. Each room’s Queen bed can convert into two twin beds, providing flexibility for solo travellers, couples, or friends.

Shared: $2034 / person

Private: $2254 / person

testimonials

“I loved the yoga classes, the delicious healthy food, the SUP Yoga (I wasn’t brave enough yet to try paddle boarding but I did enjoy the SUP Yoga on shallow water), reading in cute little places like the magical meditation hut, waking up to see the sunrise, sunbathing on the dock, and simply admiring the peacefulness of the lake. If you want to explore a different way of living & being by disconnecting fully from the rest of the world (we had to unplug this weekend) and reconnecting with like minded souls (strangers who very quickly became friends) through conversation, laughter, acceptance, and joy…then I highly recommend the Edge for your next getaway into….bliss.”

Tusha Makavita

The staff is attentive, passionate about creating a restful experience for you and have thought of everything. The buildings are spotless and cozy and the facilities are beautiful, well laid out and fit into the natural environment. And the food — the best, most plentiful, creative, delicious, organic local food imaginable… The sauna was the highlight for me, dipping into the lake and back into the sauna all afternoon meant my body was fully renewed. The yoga studio overlooking the lake and the meditation room are peaceful and lay the groundwork for a wonderful transformative retreat.

Anna Hardwick

What a soul-nourishing place Northern Edge is! It was a beautifully designed retreat and the openness and sharing of like-minded women made it a perfect experience. The timing throughout the retreat was wonderfully paced to include meditative time, yoga practice and recreation. The centre itself is a gorgeous design of places to sit and ponder; in groups and in solitude. It allowed for both laughter and intimate heart-felt discussions. Gregor’s food was an amazing treat for the body – every aspect of every meal prepared with care and love – delicious! And the hospitality of the staff was truly heart-warming. Thank you for this retreat – I am wholly nourished!

Marcia Julian

“Northern Edge Algonquin is a transformative off the grid yoga retreat center. Surrounded by nature’s serenity, it provides the perfect setting for deep reflection and personal growth. The dedicated instructors guided us through restorative yoga sessions as they fostered a mind-body connection. The retreat’s sustainable practices and fabulous, locally-sourced food left us feeling rejuvenated, centred, and inspired. Northern Edge Algonquin is a sanctuary for anyone seeking tranquility, self-discovery, and a genuine connection with nature. I highly recommend it to fellow yoga enthusiasts and those in search of a meaningful retreat experience.”

Karen M

“When I signed up, I figured I’d have a pretty good time. But I was astonished by how truly wonderful it turned out to be. And the impact that it had on me, physically, mentally and spiritually. Thanks to Wendy’s and Joanna’s gentle guidance, loving care and slightly wicked senses of humour – I not only had the best vacation I could imagine, but I was able to really relax, gain some much needed perspective, rediscover my love of yoga and the outdoors and overcome some hurdles which turned out to be more mental than physical. Then there’s Greg’s awesome meals. Yummy.  In short, A Quest for Balance completely rocks! Once you experience it, you’ll kick yourself for not doing it sooner.”

Lisa Denvir

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