Teacher mentoring - Liberate & elevate
L&E is more than a teacher mentoring or a training - it is a creative recovery.
We view teaching as artistry and we support teachers in evaluating where they might be blocked and what to do about it. We teach practical tools for embodied self-inquiry, resilience and sustainability.
Hello, I have been teaching in London for fifteen years and mentoring yoga teachers for nearly eight. I love it. I am really good at it and I help a lot of people step up. They are out in the world doing seriously great things.
Liberate & Elevate grew organically out of an undeniable desire to create honest, frank and regular discourse about what it’s like to practice and teach yoga. At the time there was nothing like it in London. There still isn’t.
What we do goes way beyond the acquisition of skills, techniques and formula. That’s all important but it will not liberate you.
The 5 pillars of Liberate & Elevate:
Artistry & Creativity
Radical & Progressive Community
These are the 5 pillars which form the heart and soul of everything you will encounter in our multifarious offerings; from workshops and retreats to one to one mentorship, our flagship programme ‘Liberate’ and ‘Elevate’ - our radical and super special offering for more experienced teachers.
It is the combination of individual creative recovery, supported inquiry and brave and honest discourse in community that builds resilient, robust, innovative and embodied teachers in the face of growing pressure and fierce competition.
It is not an easy opt out, I will offer you many tools that will profoundly effect your teaching and life instantly. However that’s just the beginning. My long term view is to support you to pick apart some unhealthy, probably unconscious patterns or efforts to bypass. I will show you where to look and encourage you to keep looking. This work takes time. It also takes commitment. There is no script, if you’re looking for that, this is not it.
You have to do the work. It can be confronting because often what needs to be carefully dismantled is creating strong resistance. However the work will set you up for life and give you the tools required not only to self regulate but to creatively expand your work and your whole life. (have a read of the testimonials!)
LIBERATE - my 6 Month Online flagship programme:
For anyone currently teaching yoga for at least 6 months this is my flagship programme and it’s brilliant. Your journey with me should start here as it is the foundation for everything else. This work will keep on giving to you for the rest of your life. It is rammed full of incredible content. So many people have been here before you and are out in the world doing extremely special things. You can read more about it below or about them in the great many testimonials, most of which I don’t get around to putting up here.
It’s maybe a good idea to talk to someone who has already completed the process to get a thorough understanding of what is involved and if it’s for you. Or book a call in with me.
ELEVATE - my 6 Month In Person mentorship:
For teachers with a minimum 4 years teaching experience and those who have completed Liberate. I co facilitate this with my dear friend Ana Muriel. This year is super special as we will be running the mentorship from my own home just outside of Brighton. Elevate is an ever evolving offering of service on our part. It is special and intimate and relies wholeheartedly on focused contribution from the group. It is not a top down approach, more a collective process.
Attendance is via application only.
The two programmes work exceptionally well together and Elevate naturally springboards from the work we do in Liberate. Often people repeat them as they (and we) continue to evolve. Neither are a linear process. If you are considering either one, please give both programmes the space they require and take time to consider that:
We do not recommend that you undertake either training if you will be undertaking another training at the same time.
We do not recommend that you sign up if you are knowingly experiencing any kind of trauma and we ask you to please discuss your suitability for the work if you are going through any kind of therapy.
Above all we urge you to consider your own personal emotional resilience and maturity and your ability to commit fully before applying.
This work is undoubtedly life changing. It will give you tools that will radically upshift your work, your relationships - everything.
If you’re interested in anything you see here, please read all of the information and feel free to get in touch to discuss.
I look forward to hearing from you,
‘I’d heard whispers in the metaphorical yoga teacher staff room about her passion, honesty and ability to cut through yoga-waffle like a hot knife through butter. I knew that the teachers who had worked with her all seemed to be out in the world, shining as themselves and doing really interesting things. And I knew I wanted some of that magic. I wasn’t disappointed.
-Elle Johnston, liberate 2019
some of the bright souls we continue to work with
Naomi’s raw honesty, intuitive wisdom and sharing of her own vulnerabilities created a mirror for us to see ourselves so clearly.
It's difficult to explain clearly how this works. The mentoring introduces you to a thick dark forest that you were vaguely aware of but had ignored....
Last year I went on a remarkable journey of connecting to my voice figuratively & literally as a teacher. I’d heard about the ‘Liberate & Elevate’ mentoring programme
‘liberate’ - online Foundation 2020 - 6 month programme
registering for FEBRUARY 2020
Minimum 6 months teaching experience
6 x 1.5-2 hour live and interactive monthly calls via Zoom (all recorded and sent to you within 24 hours)
Links to all the recorded calls for you to watch at your convenience (and for 6 months after the programme has ended)
3 x 1 hour follow up calls specifically for Q&A’s
1 x beautifully crafted, monthly workbook per module sent to you the week before the live call
access to a private membership area
access to downloadable pdfs
access to a very active private facebook page for community updates, support and shares
2020 Dates for live calls :
1x monthly call at 10.30 (UK time) on:
Tues February 4 - The Download
Identifying the spiral of teaching and where you are right now
Friday March 6 - Into the Woods -
The complex psychology of what it is you do, recognising and breaking patterns, practical tools for self regulation
Friday April 3 - Artistry & Vision
Creatively upshift your work instantly, expand your vision, hone your unique voice, have a constant well of inspiration to draw from
Friday May 1 - Building Lasting Community
Fill your classes, find your people, build your business properly from the ground up so that everyone grows together
Friday May 29 - Delivering Magical Workshops & Retreats
All the practical tools you need to deliver epic offerings again and again
Friday June 26 - Into the World
Preparing you for the road ahead as an awakened teacher truly aligned to your dharma
Saturday July 11- Liberate Wolf Pack Gathering (See below)
optional one day WOLF PACK GATHERING:
An opportunity to get together with some of the teachers you’ve met on the mentorship for a full day in Brighton to bring the whole experience to a wonderful close. This is not compulsory but very much so recommended and booked on a first come, first served basis. We’ll practice, fully debrief, look to the future and draw the whole experience to a beautiful close.
The full cost for the day is £90 which includes lunch and refreshments.
This one day event can be booked at a later date but only if space remains at that time. Please email to enquire.
Venue & Date for wolf pack:
Saturday 11th July, 2010. 10-5pm at The Studio, Whippingham Rd, Brighton
full price for Liberate 2020:
£795 (excludes one day wolf pack gathering).
Pay in full or secure your place with a deposit now via the paypal link below and pay in instalments on 1st of each month. (It is a condition of the mentoring that all standing orders are agreed upon and set up in advance).
If you prefer to pay by bank transfer, contact Naomi directly for details.
Balance due 1st Jan 2020 (We will also take into consideration instalments that continue throughout the mentorship but this must be agreed upon, please email).
You also have the option to add the optional wolfpack gathering in Brighton now if you know you can make the date.
* Please carefully read through all Terms & Conditions below before booking
‘elevate’ - 6 month in person Mentorship 2020
co-facilitated with ana muriel
Minimum 4 years experience, preference will be given to Liberate graduates
This is an extremely special and limited opportunity to be part of a unique and intimate experience
Your space will only be confirmed once you have applied to us directly
6 x small group meet ups at Naomi’s home in Brighton
5 x online Q&A lives via zoom (recorded and sent directly to you)
6 beautifully crafted workbooks sent to you before each meeting
2020 Dates & Topics:
Friday January 10 The Axis
Friday February 7 Amore & Psyche
Friday March 13 The Electric Body
Friday March 27-29 Wolf Pack Gathering @ Florence House, Seaford (see below)
Friday May 8 Bridging The Traditional & Original
Friday June 5 Elegant Alignment
Friday July 3 Don’t Go Back To Sleep
how to apply:
You must apply via email to be part of this group due to the intimate nature of the work, so please don’t delay.
Priority will be given to those who have already completed Liberate or a previous incarnation of Elevate.
If you have not attended either previously we recommend whole heartedly that you commence your mentorship with Liberate (details above) and join us for this at a later stage. Mentoring should take time, it relies on an open and clear relationship which runs both ways. All of this takes time to develop.
As this is such a unique experience an understanding of how we work is crucial.
If you’re passionate about joining, here’s what do do:
Ensure you can commit to all the dates
Write and tell us all about yourself including where you’re at with your teaching and way beyond - explain why you would love to be part of this group
(This is an essential part of the process and we will only accept people who have written personally. We need to be sure you’re in the right place with the right people).
Naomi’s home in East Saltdean (just outside of Brighton)
Time: 11-4 pm
full price for 2020:
Pay in full via the link below or contact me for bank transfer details OR secure your place with a deposit now and pay in instalments on 1st of each month. (It is a condition of the mentoring that these payments be set up and confirmed prior to the start date of Elevate).
Balance due late 2019 (email for payment plans).
You also have the option to add the L&E weekend gathering in Seaford which we highly recommend as an immersion.
* Please carefully read through all Terms & Conditions below before booking
wolf pack gathering at florence house
A full weekend immersion at the wonderful Florence House in Seaford, East Sussex. This is not compulsory but it is very highly recommended. A wonderful opportunity to plug into and evolve with a rapidly growing network of creative and innovate teachers and practitioners.
Priority will be given to:
Elevate 2020 participants
Anyone who has previously completed either Liberate or Elevate
Anyone who has previously attended any ‘The Artist Date’ workshop
£525 single - SOLD OUT
£485 twin - AVAILABLE
£465 triple - 1 SPACE LEFT
Or transfer a deposit of £150 now to reserve your place and pay the rest by 7th February. Please contact Naomi directly for bank details and payment plans.
There are more details on the Calendar pages of this website.
* See Terms & Conditions below
One to one sessions
For individuals via phone or Skype £60
These sessions can be a one off to discuss something in particular or part of a few over a period of time.
Each call generally lasts up to 45 minutes and take place on a Tuesday and Wednesday morning.
TERMS & CONDITIONS L&E TRAININGS
We ask that you do not enrol without careful consideration of whether you are ready to proceed – we have invested hours and hours of vision, creative planning and writing into all of our courses and expect respect for the work. Please understand:
All deposits are non refundable.
If you cancel your place more than 60 days before the start date of the programme we will refund you your payment (less the deposit).
If you cancel your place less than 60 days before the start date of the program we will do our best to transfer your place to a future course/ programme (less the deposit) .
If you choose to pull out of the program whilst in progress we will not be able to offer you any refund.
Please note we do not offer any partial refunds for missed sessions including if live calls or webinars were part of your course.
Collaboration and community is at the heart of Liberate & Elevate.
Together we grow.
We believe it is that simple. We make a point of sharing knowledge. We become mirrors for one another. We provide support, feedback and guidance.
It is of the utmost importance that every single person teaching on the programme not only has exceptional skills and experience to share but that they live yoga with unparalleled integrity.
We work with excellent teachers who are doing the work, we can help you.
Jivamukti Yoga Teacher, Mentor, Holistic health coach with a background in marketing and communication.
Ana and I met 2 years ago and I knew instantly she was a sister for life. She is an integral part of L&E, a constant source of inspiration and my biggest muse and mirror. Her experience, knowledge and creativity is vast as is the heart she shares from. Her commitment to the path is unshakeable. Ana co-writes and co-teaches the Master Programme and also assists the Foundation. She is unique and totally brilliant and we are both prone to an inapropriate fit of the giggles.
Kundalini Yoga teacher, Teacher Trainer and Psychosexual Therapist specialising in addiction & trauma recovery.
I first came into contact with Carolyn when we were both on the Sadhaka schedule. Years later we sat on a panel together for a triyoga symposium. I was immediately impressed by her enigmatic personality and fearlessness. Her multi-layered experience as therapist and artist plus her fascinating history made her a no brainer to work with. Carolyn currently teaches the Elegant Alignment module on the Master Programme.
Yoga teacher, Teacher Trainer, Franklin Method facilitator and Co-director of Sadhaka Yoga Centre.
Some people you meet and you know they will always be an ever present in your life. Mollie is such a person. Her interest in and fascination with all things movement keeps her at the forefront of a scene which is ever evolving. Despite her huge experience the humility and grace with which she practices and shares makes her the perfect addition to the L&E facutly. I have always been inspired by Mollie's commitment to transformation. Mollie is teaching on the L&E teacher's retreat in October.
Kirtan leader and trainer, leading pioneer in the field of chanting and sound work in the UK.
I first met Nikki in the same way many yoga teachers do - at one of her kirtans at triyoga. Her voice blew me away but more than that her ability to lead a room and hold space in a beautifully wise way. Nikki then asked me to work as an assessor on her 'Learn to Lead Kirtan' training. It was a wonderful experience and I knew I wanted to work with her again. Nikki will be teaching on the 2018 Liberate & Elevate teacher's retreat in June.
Forrest Yoga Teacher, Mentor, Writer & currently....new mama!
Kristi and I met at Indaba Yoga where we both teach. She likes to remind me of the time we first met (I stuck a post it note with my name on it on her foot during a workshop -classy!) Our friendship has blossomed into something really beautiful ever since. Along with Ana she was the first person that came to mind when I decided to embark on the mentoring. She is the Earth to our Air and Fire. She has such great insight, is brave, beautiful and articulate. Kristi is currently on maternity leave but we hope she will be back with us in 2018.