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Yoga Outreach Core Training ™

Created to empower qualified yoga teachers with the skills to build trauma-informed and strengths focused classes in order to reach individuals who may be facing multiple barriers in their lives, such as violence, post-traumatic stress disorder, addictions, mental health challenges, and incarceration.

This training is valuable to teachers who work within all settings. You will learn how to make your classes much more accessible to your students by removing barriers you may not even realize were there.

We have used our 20+ years of experience in providing trauma-informed yoga programs across BC to create this training with the goal of increasing the access to supportive yoga programs for all individuals. All proceeds from this 18 hour training go right back into providing weekly yoga programs for our most vulnerable community members. Once completed, you will be eligible to become one of our amazing volunteers!

“Amazing! Excellent! Bravo! Every moment was skillfully designed and executed. Thank you for this wonderful experience :)”

“As a yoga instructor, I want to be aware of who might be coming to my class and what they may be dealing with. Yoga Outreach provides the language and education necessary to teach not only the general population but also those who may be dealing with trauma or other mental health issues. ”

Yoga Outreach Core Training™ Participant

“I feel I have learned how important it is to create a safe space for all students. My knowledge and awareness of trauma has increased, while my fear or uncertainty about working with special populations has definitely decreased.”

Yoga Outreach Core Training™ Participant

”I was amazed by how much I learned in the 2.5 days and how it has changed my language use in the classes that I teach. The whole team was extremely helpful, supportive and knowledgeable. Highly recommend this training for anyone wanting to better support their students.”  “I feel I have learned how important it is to create a safe space for all students. My knowledge and awareness of trauma has increased, while my fear or uncertainty about working with special populations has definitely decreased.”

Yoga Outreach Core Training™ Participant

”This training was very successful in meeting the learning objectives – very thorough information on PTSD, trauma-informed language and building capacity for confidence in delivering a trauma-informed class.”

Yoga Outreach Core Training™ Participant

2019 Training Dates Online (8 weeks)

Spring 2020 date coming shortly.

Price $360.00

2019 Training Dates Classroom (18 hours)


November 22nd – 24th, 2019


1659 Venables St, Vancouver, BC

Price (CAD)



December 6th – December 8th, 2019


Fernwood Yoga Den, Victoria BC

Price (CAD)

Tuition $360 | $310 if paid by November 15th


Leslie WilkinLeslie Wilkin, MSW, RSW, RYT
She / Her


Leslie is a clinical social worker and yoga teacher currently living and practicing in Nanaimo BC (Snuneymuxw). Her social work practice over the last 11 years has specialized in the areas of violence against women, relational trauma and substance use. As a yoga teacher, she has developed and taught trauma-informed yoga classes for adults and youth in acute mental health and substance use services through Vancouver Coastal Health, residential addictions treatment programs, and community services. Leslie approaches her work through an intersectional feminist lens and is fascinated by neuroscience, attachment theory and somatic psychotherapy as ways to understand how our brains and bodies adapt to survive and recover from trauma.


Leslie Loves:
      • growing her own food & flowers
      • canning & pickling
      • training for triathlons
      • running through the woods
      • 90s Riot Girl music
Nicole Marcia - Lead FacilitatorNicole Marcia, MA, TCTSY-F, C-IAYT, YACEP
She / Her
Since 2004, Nicole has taught therapeutic yoga classes and offered individual sessions to trauma survivors. Nicole also trains yoga and healthcare professionals in trauma-informed yoga theory and techniques. In 2009, she was awarded a master’s degree with a specialization in yoga therapy from Lesley University in Boston, MA. From 2008 – 2017 Nicole served as Director of Therapeutic Yoga Programming for the Provincial Health Services Authority at their Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addictions and at Riverview Hospital, where she developed and delivered a comprehensive yoga therapy program for in-patient clients in various stages of recovery from mental health and addiction issues. From 2009 – 2018 she worked as a yoga therapist at Onsite, the rehab arm of North Americas first safe injection site in Vancouver’s downtown east side.


At present, in addition to maintaining a private practice working with public safety personnel and first responders at Boreal Wellness, Nicole is a program director and teacher trainer with Yoga Outreach. She provides trauma informed yoga programming to the residents at Deborah’s Gate, a program serving women who have been trafficked into situations of sexual and/or labor exploitation and Tupper Nova, a day treatment program for youth who have serious mental health concerns. She is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and a member of Bridge for Health and the Breathe Network which connects survivors of sexual violence with healing arts practitioners.

Nicole Loves:
      • Mr. Weslowski
      • Riding my bike
      • Swimming & hiking
      • Hosting dinner parties for friends
Sarah Holmes de CastroSarah Holmes de Castro, MA, TCTSY-F, C-IAYT, YACEP
She / Her
Sarah was born and raised in the UK where she lived until 2003, and now lives on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded Indigenous territories of the Lekwungen-speaking Coast Salish People. Embodiment has always been her jam, from early days in grad school exploring feminist collaborative art-making and the body, through til now. Her work as the Director of Programs at Yoga Outreach, as a trauma-informed yoga therapist at Fine Balance Yoga, and as a facilitator and trainer in TCTSY (Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga) with the Center for Trauma & Embodiment is all about creating opportunities for people to discover and cultivate embodied resilience in a way that works for them. She’s a firm believer that any conversations about ‘self-care’ need to take place within a context of community care and with a focus on equity.
Sarah Loves:
      • Bug-hunting & geocaching with her kids

      • Splashing/swimming/surfing in saltwater

      • Hot cups of tea on a cold day

      • Socializing & solitude, in equal measure

Class Schedule & Learning Outcomes

        • How to build and teach a trauma-informed yoga class, including:
      • The effects of trauma and post-traumatic stress.
      • Creating a safe space for your students.
      • Using “invitational language” and “the language of inquiry.”
      • Understanding and managing potential triggers.
      • The teaching tools for self-regulation.
      • How to create a strengths-based practice for your students, including:

      • Definitions & key components.
      • Boundaries and self-care.
      • Equality, marginalization, and privilege.
      • About teaching in Service Yoga Settings, including:

      • What to expect: rapport, mandates, and responsibilities.
      • Opportunities for practicum, volunteer placement, and ongoing mentorship.

Training Schedule
Friday 5:15pm – 8:30pm
Saturday 8:30am – 5:30pm
Sunday 8:30am – 5:30pm

Work-study Option for up to 50% off tuition
Work-study involves a trade in labour in exchange for up to 1/2 off the cost of the training. Please complete our online form. Applications must be completed 1 month prior to the training in order to allow adequate time to complete volunteer hours prior to attendance.

Refund Policy
Training tuition is refundable, less a 15% administration fee, up to 21 days prior to the training start date. Notice of cancellation must be received in writing via to receive a refund. No refunds will be issued within the 21 days prior and fees is non-transferable.