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The Heart of Teaching: Theming, Facilitating + Holding Space


  • The Grinning Yogi 345 15th Ave South Seattle, WA 98112 (map)

Join Jamie Silverstein, founder of The Grinning Yogi, and Maria McDonald, Facilitation Coach and yoga teacher, for a weekend full of heart, story, skills and connection! In our time together we will explore the unique power and healing capacity of using our own voice to theme impactful classes. Additionally, we will cover the the fundamentals of, ‘holding space,’ for our students, each other, and ourselves so we can show up with powerful presence as leaders and contributors in our community.


Through storytelling, listening practices, tangible facilitation techniques, and a healthy dose of vulnerability, we will unpack and recharge. Empowered, we will take these sharings and move forward using our unique story as a potent teaching tool for universal connection and growth.  All levels welcome, please bring a journal, a pen and an open heart.

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Training includes:

The Heart Whispers
Feeling ungrounded, spacey or exhausted and depleted? Friday night we will dive into a soothing Grinning practice that will leave you feeling warmer, grounded, nurtured and replenished. Then, with settled hearts the work of sharing and listening unfolds.

Is Anybody Listening? - Theming Brave
Saturday we learn to open the heart and our voices to land in the seat of the teacher. First, we’ll practice, focusing on connecting to our hearts and our guts. Then, will work together to breakdown just how to share our story in a teaching capacity. We’ll learn the 6 key elements of theming and how to find our unique voices within them.

I’ve Got You Babe - Holding the Space

Being in the seat of a teacher is a powerful responsibility. Each time you hold space for a group of humans you are presented with an opportunity to make a powerful impact in people’s individual lives as well as contribute to the health & healing of our collective community.

Facilitation techniques teach us how to hold space for transformation in meaningful ways. The facilitation tools provided in this workshop will empower teachers to catalyze positive change in students & communities by creating a nurturing environment for development and expansion. Together we will learn how to:

  • Create a, “sacred container,” so all students feel supported & engaged

  • Design curriculum that balances spirit & structure (and why that matters)

  • Build conscious connections (students to themselves, each other & the content you’re sharing)

  • Sharpen your skills in the giving & receiving of feedback

Energy Speaks - The Chakra Body
Feeling stuck, sluggish, or heavy and slow? Sunday we learn to bust through our subtle body blocks. There will be a short lecture and then a Chakra Opening Practice focusing on connecting yourself with your spirit.

Through greater understanding, we are able to take charge of our health and well being and make the lifestyle changes that reduce dis-ease in our lives! Lecture only, open to all levels, please bring a pen and journal if you wish to take notes.

Exclusive for Trainees- Coming Back to our Heart: Holding the Teacher

Spend a *bonus* afternoon with Jamie + Maria discussing how these concepts show up in a well-lived life (and the roadblocks around them!) and how to incorporate them into your teaching and daily practices.

Investment: $275 / $225 Grinning Grads

Sign Up: HERE

Later Event: February 15
Asana 201