27 Day Yin Yoga Training in Sri Lanka

March 28th — April 24th, 2020 at Sri Devi Retreat

Sri Devi Retreat is an oasis ideally located on the Southern tip of Sri Lanka with access to beautiful beaches and tea country. During your stay at Sri Devi you will study yoga, eat healthy meals, have fun around the pool and enjoy Ayurvedic spa treatments with the backdrop of lush green paddy fields. Traditional Sri Lankan village life and beaches are only minutes away.

A training like no other…


Join Caitlin Rose Kenney and guest instructors on a journey that combines practical curriculum with nourishing self-inquiry. Attend to your physical vitality, psycho-emotional wellbeing and the precious journey of your soul. Through a combination of practice, lecture and self-reflection you will discover the profound benefits of Yin Yoga. During this 27-day intensive at the welcoming Sri Devi Retreat in Sri Lanka you will learn to guide yourself and others in Yin Yoga, tune into the flow of subtle energy inside of you, practice mindfulness and meditation techniques, and explore spiritual philosophy. Capped at 14 participants, this program is both intimate and communal.

About Caitlin Rose Kenney

Caitlin Rose has been teaching yoga since 2011 and has led numerous teacher trainings in Yin and Vinyasa Yoga. Her unique teaching style is a blend of many different influences: notably her Yin Yoga teacher Sarah Powers and Vinyasa Yoga teacher Gina Caputo. Caitlin Rose teaches yoga to satisfy the whole being and speaks about the physical practice as an access point for widespread change in mental patterns, emotional states, and connection to spirit. Caitlin Rose is known for holding space with a calm confidence that allows practitioners to move safely, feel their experience, revitalize and heal. Her gentle demeanor and articulate instructions aid students in reconnecting to themselves and finding graceful embodiment.

Guest Teachers

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Anna Smallwood was first introduced to yoga in 1998 as part of her intensive training as Professional Contemporary Dancer. She then completed her yoga teacher training at Brahmani Yoga in Goa, India, with Julie Martin, in 2005. She has since returned to India many times to both teach at Brahmani Yoga and to deepen her own yoga practice.

Anna also taught internationally on Brahmani Yoga and Shakti Spirit, Yoga Alliance teacher training programs in Bali and Goa. She often leads retreats in India, Bali and Australia. 

Now, Anna is the owner and founder of The Berry Yoga Shala, a beautiful studio on the NSW South Coast of Australia. Anna’s classes are inspired by trying to access the inherent wisdom of the body, by moving from deep felt sensation, rather than just making shapes with body. She believes this practice is one of re- sensitising, re-inhabiting and re-awakening our living breathing bodies,  and in this process cultivating a deep embodied awareness 

Anna is forever grateful for the teachings of Julie Martin, Emil Wendel, Clive Sheridan, and Rachel Hull, who have illuminated her Sadhana with their teachings. .

Anna is a registered teacher with Yoga Alliance (ERYT 500) and holds a   Level 2 teacher certification with Yoga Australia.

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Sara Moser has been teaching community yoga and private classes for over six years. She is a Registered Yoga Instructor (RYT 200) and  completed a 300 hour training with the Center for Trauma and Embodiment becoming a Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F).  She holds a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner in training at the Advanced Level with the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute. As a facilitator and clinician, she believes in an integrative approach to therapy, healing, and wellness. 

Sara’s true passion is creating access to TCTSY and mental health services for all communities. She strives to create safe spaces where there are no barriers to services or support. Her hope is to make someone's wellness journey fully possible without limitation. 

Sara has witnessed the profound healing that can be facilitated by using the mind-body connection in the therapeutic journey. She integrates somatic experiencing techniques with carefully chosen forms (asana), gentle movement, and focused breath to create an environment that is optimal for truly embodied and restorative healing.

Program Subjects

  • What is Yin Yoga

  • History of Yin Yoga

  • Anatomy for Yin Yoga

  • Postural Alignment, Variations & Benefits

  • Daily Yin & Yang (mostly Vinyasa) Practices

  • Breathwork

  • Subtle Energy Body: Qi & Meridians

  • Introduction to 5 Element Theory

  • Yoga Practices for Organ Health

  • Mindfulness

  • Meditation Practices

  • Introduction to Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY™)

  • Cultivating Presence & Voice

  • Yin Yoga Sequencing

  • Additional Yin & Yang Practices



This 200-hour intensive is intended for anyone with a genuine interest in having an in-depth understanding of Yin Yoga.

For those who already teach yoga, this course will prepare you to add Yin Yoga to your offerings.

For aspiring yoga teachers, industry standards require you to have at a minimum a 200-hour certification from a single school of yoga. This 200-hour training exceeds the requirements outlined by Yoga Alliance, including 180+ contact hours plus 20 hours of non-contact homework. It is NOT registered with Yoga Alliance for several reasons, please see FAQ section for more information. This program is a study of both yin and yang forms of yoga and specifically prepares you to teach Yin Yoga. It is highly recommended that you formally study any other styles or techniques of yoga that you wish to teach.

While Yin Yoga can be practiced by any body at any stage of life, we recommend that you have at least two years of consistent yoga practice that includes (but does not need to be focused on) Yin Yoga. Having experience with yoga will give you the foundation you need to get the most out of this program.

Program Requirements

100% attendance is required for participation in this program. This requirement is first and foremost so that YOU get the most out of this experience. Your attendance also impacts the energy of the group and this journey is intended to be a supportive, safe and sacred space for all participants. Finally, the teachers put forth immense amounts of time, energy and heart to offer this immersion and absences can distract and dilute the content of the training.

We understand that, in rare cases, serious life emergencies arise. If you experience this during the course of the program, arrangements can be made to make up the work and complete your training either at an alternative time or during future training sessions. These decisions are made independently for each student and must be approved in person with Caitlin Rose Kenney.

Homework and readings will be assigned to be completed outside of sessions, so please allow time in your daily/weekly schedule to do these assignments.

It is highly recommended that you prepare for this training by taking Yin Yoga classes with Caitlin Rose Kenney on Yoga Download and her free Yoga Sesh podcast classes available on iTunes and SoundCloud.

Application & Tuition

Full Tuition paid by January 5th, 2020 | $4500

Double Room (shared with one other person)

Non-refundable Deposit $1000 saves your space

Payment plans available

Full tuition due by February 15th

Full Tuition after January 5th, 2020 | $4950

A limited number of single occupancy rooms are available | $7000

Tuition Includes

  • 27 nights accommodation at Sri Devi Retreat

  • Airport transfers

  • Daily fresh fruit, tea/coffee and healthy brunch

  • 5 healthy dinners per week at Sri Devi Retreat (we’ve allocated 2 free evenings a week so that you can explore local cuisine and support the community)

  • 180 contact hours of yoga study: practice, lecture, reflection exercises, practice teaching, special workshops and more

  • Daily pranayama, meditation and mindfulness practices

  • Daily yang practice (primarily Vinyasa Flow)

  • Daily yin practice (primarily Yin Yoga)

  • 24/7 access to the yoga shala equipped with bolsters, blankets, mats, blocks and belts

  • 3 excursions to explore the local landscape and culture

  • A detailed Yin Yoga manual of yin postures, teaching techniques, sequences, pranayama, anatomy, introduction to 5 Element Theory, history of Yin Yoga and more

  • A 1-on-1 Integrative Resourcing Session with Sara Moser M.A., TCTSY-F, RYT-200

  • 1 Ayurvedic Massage

Tuition does NOT include

  • Costs of required and recommended reading

  • Airfare

  • Additional spa treatments

To ensure this program is a good fit for you and for the instructors to provide the most supportive environment an application is required. Within one week of your application submission you will be notified of acceptance. Once accepted, a non-refundable deposit of $1000 USD is required. The remaining balance must be paid in full by February 15th, 2020.

Once you have successfully met all of the program requirements you will receive a certificate of completion. No certificate will be granted if tuition is not paid in full. Note: yoga instructors are required to obtain insurance before they may begin to teach.

Questions about the program? Email caitlinrosekenney@gmail.com


Learning Retreat Option — only 2 spaces available!

If you have a strong desire to learn and practice Yin Yoga at a deeper level but do not wish to receive a 200-hour teaching certification at this time you can join us for the first 10 days of this program in Sri Lanka!

This special opportunity requires full participation from March 28th — April 7th. The full program inclusions above apply with the exceptions of the following:

  • 10 nights accommodation

  • A modified manual

  • 2 of the 3 local excursions

Learning Retreat Tuition | $1660

Double Room (shared with one other person)

Non-refundable Deposit $1000 saves your space

Payment plans available

Full payment due by February 15th

An application is required for the Learning Retreat and full time students. The learning retreat works towards a 200-hour certification if you decide to complete your studies with Caitlin Rose Kenney in the future.

Caitlin’s Yin Yoga training is a beautiful, immersive experience. Everything I love about yin is embodied through her teaching style. She has nuanced ways of creating and holding a safe and sacred place for exploration and a deeper understanding of yin. Caitlin Rose is well versed in her subject matter but is never pretentious. She has an uncanny ability to make a deeply layered practice accessible for everyone.
— Kristen McCulloch


7:30 AM Pranayama & Meditation

8:30 AM Lecture / Practicum

9:45 AM Yang (Vinyasa mostly) Practice

11:00 AM Brunch

12:00 PM Free Time

1:30 PM Lecture / Practicum

4:30 PM Yin Practice

6:00 PM Daily Closing

6:30 PM Dinner

7:30 PM Free Time

Note, this is a sample schedule and actual daily content and flow will vary.


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What is the difference between a Learning Retreat and 200-hour Yoga Certification?

Yoga industry standards require a minimum of a 200-hour Yoga Certification to qualify as a employable teacher. 200-hour trainings provide foundational knowledge and skills for a specific style of yoga, in this case Yin Yoga. Given the wide breadth of yoga styles that exist today, there are innumerable fields of study one can focus on. This Yin Yoga Training is an excellent way to start teaching Yin-specific classes and can diversify your portfolio as a yoga teacher if you have already received a certificate from another school of yoga.

A learning retreat is an opportunity of deep study for any individual who values learning for learning sake and is curious about one or more of the subjects below:

  • Subtle Energy

  • Anatomy

  • Mindfulness & Meditation

  • Pranayama

  • Chinese Meridian Theory

  • Spiritual Inquiry

This 10-day Learning Retreat counts towards a 200-hour certification with Caitlin Rose Kenney in the study of Yin Yoga. Should you choose to complete the remaining hours in a Yin Yoga training with Caitlin Rose in the future you will receive a 200-hour certificate of completion.

Where can I teach Yin Yoga?

Yin Yoga is increasing in popularity world-wide and is being recognized as a practice that has vast physical, psycho-emotional and spiritual benefits. Yoga studios, fitness centers, wellness collectives and private instructors are adding Yin Yoga to their schedules to balance rigorous exercise programs. Yin Yoga can be practiced by all levels (true beginners and long-time practitioners alike find significant value in the practice), all backgrounds and all ages. Yin Yoga can be an excellent bridge between a physical yoga practice and a meditation practice as it teaches practitioners how to surrender into stillness and observe and anchor the mind. The tenets of Yin Yoga can expand a teacher's capacity to offer both strictly Yin classes and be woven with other genres like Gentle Yoga. Yin Yoga does not require a heated room nor special yoga props (although props are helpful when available) and thus can be practiced anywhere!

I don’t want to be a yoga teacher, is this program for me?

Yes! Most importantly, this program is designed to inspire your personal yoga practice, engage your intellect and be a container for emotional and spiritual inquiry. There will be exercises that cultivate teaching skills, and these practices are valuable regardless of whether you want to be a teacher because they ingrain knowledge on a very deep level. It does not matter how you wish to apply this training to your life, as long as you value learning and practicing, this immersion will be a good fit.

Graduates from this program include Somatic Therapists, Social Workers, Artists, Business Consultants, Herbalists, Engineers, Astrologers, Artists, Gardeners and Massage Therapists.

I have an auto-immune disease, injury or medical condition, can I take this training?

Always consult with your doctor to determine if certain types of activities are appropriate for you.

If your doctor has approved and you can participate in the full program, you can take this training. There are yang practices (mainly Vinyasa Yoga) and your presence in these practices is required. You may modify to accommodate your health needs. This requirement is 1) to maintain the cohesion of the group 2) to foster an understanding and appreciation for the differences of yin and yang styles of yoga.

If you have an auto-immune disease, injury or medical condition it is VERY IMPORTANT that you disclose this information in your application.

Caitlin Rose’s passion, deep love and experience teaching Yin Yoga is remarkably evident after being a part of this inspiring training. Her creative workshops always feels grounded and are loaded with a wealth of knowledge that is easy to digest. The training is well rounded, thoughtful and has the potential to be profoundly transformative. Caitlin Rose does an excellent job at supporting students in both expanding and deepening their understanding of Yin Yoga and the benefits this practice has on the physical, emotional and spiritual levels.
— Lior Alon
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Caitlin is a phenomenal teacher. She leads with effortless grace and creates space for each student and their unique situations. Her creativity shines through the training in a way that is inspiring and thought-provoking. I would recommend this training to anyone that wants to expand their knowledge of yoga, but also to anyone that is open to exploring the deeper physical and spiritual components of Yin Yoga.
— Katie Koch