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YACEP Yoga Alliance Certificate

'Back to the Source'
OCTOBER 1 - 7, 2024
Ananda Forest, Spain

Connect to your true nature

A profound, intensive, certified yoga and meditation course (40 hours YACEP)

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The Course

Do you feel the longing to dive deeper into your yoga and meditation practice and connect with your true nature in a profoundly authentic way? Then this retreat may be in resonance.


Every day we connect with another element and we experience that the same beauty and qualities of nature are reflected within ourselves! Yes, we all have the potential to live in harmony with nature, joy, and peace. It is ultimately not something that we have to create - it is simply reconnecting with That what we are eternal.

Amaratva yoga is a certified yoga school with Yoga Alliance, offering Yoga Teacher trainings and continuing education programs for yoga teachers. Once you have completed your Yoga Teacher training, you may want to dive deeper, without necessarily doing another Yoga Teacher Training from the beginning.

The program in this retreat is especially tailored to yoga teachers and more experienced yogi(ni)s, so that you can learn more in depth about Asanas, Pranayama, meditation, mantra, and tap in to the deeper layers of your Self. Upon completion, you will receive an official certificate of Yoga Alliance: '40 hours continuing education', which you can add to your curriculum. As long as you feel prepared for more advanced and longer yoga practices, you are welcome to join the course also with less experience in yoga. 


What is this retreat about?

  • Deepen your yoga practice 

  • Upon completion, you will receive as a certified Yoga Teacher, a '40-hours continuing education' certificate

  • Learn from very experienced yoga teachers

  • Reconnect with the source (Blog Article)

  • Learn and practice more advanced pranayama (breathing techniques) 

  • Experience stillness, depth, and transformation through meditation and authentic Hatha yoga

  • Yoga philosophy 

  • Celebrate life through dance and opening up to bliss and beauty in an incredible retreat center

  • Experience divine love through Bhakti yoga

  • Connect deeply and authentically to the elements within and all around (earth, water, fire, air, space)

  • Satsang…being in truth together

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Back to the Source

What will you learn?

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Deepen your yoga practice 

Everything in nature works through cycles. When we tune in to the natural cycles of the day and start our daily yoga practice with, or just before, the first light, we set the tone for living the entire day more in harmony, peace, and openness.


The emphasis during the yoga sessions is on breath, awareness and self-exploration, and alignment of body, mind, and spirit while being guided by experienced and passionate yoga teachers.

Pranayama is traditionally considered to be the most powerful practice of Hatha yoga. By slowing down the breath, and shining the light of awareness on it, the mind naturally becomes still, transparent, and ready for meditation. 

Further, we will learn and practice powerful methods of fire breathing, to awaken every cell of the body and fill our system with Life force. As an ancient text on Yoga says: ‘Prana is our best friend. Without it, nothing can be done.’ So, in order to be successful and fulfilled in whatever we want in life, let’s get the prana flowing through our system.

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Advanced pranayama

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All branches of yoga, traditionally, are aimed at bringing Unity and Self-realization. Yoga cannot be separated from meditation.


During this retreat, there will be several meditation sessions in which you will be guided back to the source within. Especially in this busy time of constant and rapid change, it is essential to reconnect to the anchor and unchanging background of our being.


We will explore several meditation techniques and we happily assist you in finding the technique that suits you the best, as everyone is unique. 

Are you ready to celebrate life and connect with each other and the Self?

Let’s light the flame in body, heart, and soul. 

Spirituality is not just hard work. In its essence, its flavour is one of bliss and joy.


During this retreat, there will be several sessions in which we invite you to find freedom through movement, dance, and music. 

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Celebrate life through dance

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Divine love through Bhakti yoga

Bhakti yoga is the yoga of devotion and pure Love. Only when love flows, can we experience unity. In Bhakti yoga, this love is directed towards the source, in whatever way you may see it or name it. The source is not just outside, it is the very essence of our being.


We will connect to the healing vibrations of singing mantras and come together in a circle to chant kirtan and devotional songs. For people that may wonder about it; yoga is not a religion

Every day will be dedicated to one element. We will experience its quality through the yoga sessions, and there will every day be time to find a spot in nature, in silence and solitude, in which you feel the resonance and connection with that specific element. During this time you are invited to meditate and write in your journal.


Another beautiful way to honor the mystery and energy of the elements is by making a mandala (sacred form/altar). We will bring together offerings from nature (wood, seeds, flowers, grass, stones,...) and weave them together with prayer or mindful action, into a vibrant and beautiful form.

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Connect to the elements



Ananda Forest offers different options for accommodation. We are providing a space that is physically and energetically clean and uplifting.


Apart from your selected accommodation, you have access to the beautiful shared living area and gardens.


The cabin and glamping tent(s) have all the necessary items provided: a comfortable bed, sheets, blankets, pillows, closets, towel, etc.

Our Teachers

Our team of teachers are all very dedicated, experienced yogis who have found for themselves the deep transformation that yoga has brought and continues to bring on all levels. Each of us has their special skill, knowledge and passion to share. Together it is our wish to lift each other up and to pass on inspiration, skills and wisdom from different angles and approaches. 


Floris Adriaenssens

Yogi / Meditator / Co-founder / Certified by Yoga Alliance


Paulina Gostomski

Yogi / Meditator / Co-founder

/ Certified by Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500HR


Tara Esther Kleij

Yogi / Meditator / Certified by Yoga Alliance YTT 200 & 300HR

(Guest teacher from Sun Food Yoga)

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The Cuisine

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Let food be your medicine!

All meals are included and prepared with great care. We serve healthy, delicious, nutritious, and well-balanced vegan meals (an option for eggs may be available). he ingredients are locally-sourced, where possible organic and home-grown when available. Resulting in nutritious raw, vegan, and vegetarian dishes.


Our chef will show you how to give yourself what you are craving, without giving in to unhealthy habits. For example, sharing delicious raw cake recipes and healthy raw chocolate and probiotic foods.

We are happy to accommodate the needs of guests with allergies to particular foods and often prepare gluten and dairy-free meals – all served with love!

We can see this retreat as a wonderfully gentle way to cleanse the mind, body, and spirit, your body will be renewed in several ways. Please write to us if you have any special needs so that our chefs can take care of.

Practical Information

  • When:  
    October 1-7, 2024


  • Early bird discount until July 1st, 2023

  • Price:  
    Deposit: €360

    Shared glamping tent (2 people max) or
    Shared cabin (3 people max) or
    Private smaller tent 
    Early bird discount€788

    Camping with own tent & bedding
    Early bird discount€720


  • Includes:
    3 vegan meals a day & tea and fruit at any time, 7 days intensive course, 6 nights accommodation, certification upon successful completion


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Application Process

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  • Fill in the form below

  • You will receive an email with a questionnaire and will be invited for a free personal call if you wish

  • If the course is suitable for you and you meet the pre-requisites, you can reserve your spot

  • We hope you will have an incredible, beautiful, uplifting, and enriching experience

  • Further information will be communicated through email

Necessary pre-requisites

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  • Minimum 18 years old, maximum 120 years old :)

  • Dedication, openness, and willingness to transform and learn

  • To be relatively healthy in body and stable in mind. If you have any major injury or disease, significant depression or psychological imbalance, or are on medication, please inform us about it. We keep it strictly confidential and will talk together to see if this program is suitable for you or not and on how we can support you

Application Form

Fill out the form below and we will get in contact with you within one working day

Om nama Shivaya

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