the AcquaViva Yoga & Teacher Development Courses

There are 3 courses running: one in at the weekends in Brighton E Sussex, a second in Stirling Scotland, and the other running on Wednesdays in London, each with local support from previous graduates of the course. (Venues & dates are listed below.)

To Maintain the highest quality of attention and support, course workshops are restricted to small groups. And the modular structuring of the courses means that you can apply at any time and join as soon as a space becomes available.


Courses on offer:

  • 7-day Full Immersion Residential Intensive Retreats *
  • 8-12 day Yoga Immersion Embodiment Courses (56-84 hrs**)
  • 20 day Full Immersion Foundation Courses (140 hrs**)
  • Full 500 hr Teacher Training Diploma**
  • 1000hr+*** advanced Teacher Development Programmes

Accreditation is by the School, and AcquaViva Diploma Certificates are fully recognised by the IYN and AIYP.

*Intensive retreats are for those already directly familiar with Marc's work, or that have worked extensively with a 1000hr Graduate. They are an essential part of the Teacher programmes but are open to all that are familiar and willing to immerse deeply for a week. Currently just once/year at In Sabina Italy (details are here)

**Each 2-day workshop (either a weekend, or two Wednesdays in a month) comes with extra-curricular 121 time (inclusive) with one of the Course Directors (via Skype or in person) as well as ongoing support from continuing Graduades on advanced development training. We feel that 500 hrs is the minimum required to gain the appropriate experience at a natural pace to be able to teach independently, but you will be able to teach under our auspices from an appropriate point during the foundation stage (when you are ready). We will require you to be teaching a small group of your own throughout the following teacher training phase, if you wish to qualify with us.

item57 ***Only for our Graduates and by invitation only. This generally takes you to the stage of being able to treat most common joint/postural/spinal and other health issues. You will be part of the mentoring (yoga sister/brother) programme. You will be invited to assistant-teach/lead the group-work on occasion, and contirbute any written research to the School's Resources.


The priority of the School....GroupScot
is to provide a safe environment, direct guidance and support, and a distillation of the most useful information available, so that each individual on the course finds their way to personal liberation and empowerment through the practical application of Yoga.

This is an ongoing modular course... So you can apply at any time (for short immersion or foundation courses).
If accepted on the course you will be joining on the next 'part 1' of a seriies (currently April 2017 and January 2018).

Once you have completed a foundation course, you may apply to continue to attend for the Teacher Development phase (a further12 weekends, in series) A one week intensive retreat is also a required part of the Teacher Training.

In the meantime Marc runs occasional introductory days, open workshops and retreats (appropriate for and open to all)... details of workshops with Marc and/or Abigal can be found on the workshops listings page


Venues & Dates


@ Unit 4
20-26 Round Hill Street,
East Sussex




Course Dates (Weekends 10:30am-5:00pm) : Please scroll 65



  • May 6/7 Part2
  • June 10/11 - `Part3
  • Sept 2-9 ~ full immersion week @ in Sabina, Italy ~ Conditions 1-6
  • October 14/15 - 3.Part 4
  • Nov 25/26 ~ . Part 5
  • Dec 16/17 ~Part 6



  • Jan 13/14 ~ Pete Blackaby- Sat/Practical Philosophy - Sunday ~ Part1
  • Mar 10/11 ~ Part2
  • Apr 7/8 ~ Part3

Dates beyond here TBC




@ Stretch-London
59 Columbia Road
London E2 7RG




Course Dates (Wednesdays11:30am -6:00pm) : Please scroll 65



  • 10th & 17th May ~ Part2
  • 14th &21st June ~ `Part3
  • Sept 2-9 ~ full immersion week @ in Sabina, Italy ~ Conditions 1-6
  • 18th & 25th October ~ Part 4
  • 22nd &29th Nov - Part 5
  • 13th &20th December ~ Part 6

2018:SERIES 4:

Dates beyond here TBC



@ The Yoga tree
The Stirling Arcade,
King Street,





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  • May 13/14 ~ Part2
  • June 17/18 ~ Part 3
  • July 8/9 (open workshops - AV students half price)

Sept 2-9 ~ full immersion week @ in Sabina, Italy (Conditions 1-6)

  • October 7/8 ~ Part 4
  • Nov 18/19 ~ Part 5
  • Dec 9/10 ~ Part 6



  • Jan 20/21 ~ Pete Blackaby Sat/Practical Philosophy Sunday. . Part 1
  • Mar 17/18 ~ Part 2
  • Apr 14/5 ~ . Part 3
  • Dates beyond here TBC




Course Framework...

Weekend workshops are organised approximately as follows...

(Brighton and Scotland) Saturdays & Sundays ~ 1 weekend/month:
10:30am - 5:00pm with appropriate breaks (arrival from 10am)

(London) 2 consecutive Wednesdays
11:30am - 6:00pm with approprate breaks.

Each weekend/first Wednesday of the month, often starts with an arrival class (sometimes led by an AcquaViva Graduate teacher), usually based on the previous workshop's themes as a consolidation and natural introduction to the theme of the current workshop.

There is usually space at some point, either on arrival or before lunch, made for a 'Sanga Mandala' - an optional opportunity for people to share what is going on for them in practice and perhaps in their lives. This is just an open space for expression, but the weekend content will then naturally include potential solutions and answers to the points raised (sometimes this happens first and the class follows)

The theme(s) of a 2-day workshop are presented and explored through guided physical practice and pranayama. There is always space for Q & A and discussion, to which there will be answers and guided practical exploration of the meaning of the answer (yoga), as well as working together in groups...


Each day is well apportioned in its rhythms of practical, theoretical and philosophical approaches to the yoga, so that body mind and soul can absorb the benefits of the work most effectively.

There are guided sessions throughout, as well as time to explore things in your own self-practice (with hands-on help from course leaers and assistant teachers/mentors) ...


This allows for a very natural learning environment...

.... which means that  within the framework of the modular content, each 2-day workshops is an entirely unique experience.

When appropriate, there is some reference to relevant anatomy/physiology/philosophical implications of the work. But wherther it is physiological or philosophical, ideas are always tested out through practical application to posture/pranayama/meditative practices, to avoid the pit-falls of headiness and intellectual misdirection.   

At the end of the worksshop wee like to make sure there is time for deep relaxation (Marc sometimes chants to hold the space), and at the end some suggestions are offered for home-practice/study. 





Videos & Other Resources

Each and every workshops is filmed...


The nature of the work means that a lot of the best (and often most pioneering moments) in teaching, arise spontaneously on the day, in direct response to the direct needs of the group, or simply in response to some question put by a student.
And the fact that each of these unique events is recorded, means there is a ever-growing library of online guidance second to none.
Together with the AcquaViva qualified Teachers that return to further their yoga and learning by offering their experience and one-to-one help to new students on the course, we feel that our ever-evolving Course Programmes offer unparalleled support, which we believe is entirely appropriate for the process of change that these courses invite.


As an attending student on any weekend workshop, you gain free access to the films of that weekend. And if you are unable to make any particular part of your Course, you will still have access to whichever part you miss, and can be guided through with additional 'catch up' Skypes and 121s.

And of course, you can can use your viewing/download privileges to revisit any part of any workshop you like when you are at home.

It is estimated that the actual proportion information that anyone can manage to fully absorb over a weekend like this, is around the same as the proportion of the brain that we tend to use...approximately 10%.

Having the other 90% available on tap, makes the filming of these workshops one of the most powerful resources than you can have...

In addition, to support your own practice over subsequent months, you will also have access to an ever-expanding resource of recorded audio classes associated with the particular themes of the workshops you have attended.

You will need to sign up for a (free) Vimeo account to gain access to the videos and you are given access specifically to the videos of workshops you have attended (and if you are signed up for the course and are part of the group, also for ones you have to miss).

(if you want a peek at the current resource page, click here ... you won't be able to access the links without a password but it will give you an idea of what is avaialble)

We regularly hear that these things are deeply appreciated by current and past AcquaViva traineees (We intend to maintain your access to notes and other resources for life).




Attendance Options & Requirements

The Teacher Development Course Hours:

In order to progress onto teacher development attendance, a minimum of 10 weekends must be attended in immersion/foundation mode (A 6-part series plus a series of 4).


**Due to the nature and depth of the work, the minimum accreditation that the AcquaViva School now offers is for the full 500 hr certified diploma, consisting of 360 direct workshop and 1-to-1 support contact hours. A further requirement is that attendance is mostly sequential (for course dates to count towards a training certificaith us, you need to include at least two uniterrupted series-of-6, the remainder needs to include at least two continuous series ).

*(Although after 250 hours, you can get a certificate of attendance, which is recognised by the IYN and AIYP and allows you to get insurance to teach - you may ask Abigail for guidance through this process at any appropriate stage...

The total 500 hr course content is covered over 22 weekends/44days  as well as  one 7 day intensive, offering an opportunity to significantly deepen direct experiential understanding of the meaning of yoga. The content offers a self-exploratory way of unifying all modalities - into a central understanding that can be applied to all practices.

What if you don't want to 'be a teacher' ?

The course is just as useful to those that have no intention of 'becoming a yoga teacher'. In fact, it can be an advantage to learning if this pressure is removed.

However, whatever level of commitment is made, attendance on an AcquaViva course develops and nurtures the individual's ability to share the understanding with others, simply because it arises from an authentic direct embodiment of principles in practice. The result is that the student becomes their own source. So whether you wish to teach or not, the complete course will provide you with a direct awareness of what is going on for other people in their bodies. Basically, if you work with people, it can be applied to whatever you do.

Because of the modular structuring we are able to offer:

  • Short direct embodiment course ** (4 weekend/8-day workshops in series)
  • Short full immersion course **(6-weekend/12-day workshops in series )
  • Full foundation course **(10 weekends/20-days in series)
  • Full 500 hour Yoga and Teacher Development course **(a Foundation course plus a further 12 weekends/24-days, bringing the total minimum of 22 weekends/44-days, plus attendance on one of our 1-week intensive retreats. This can lead to a 500hour qualification, accredited by the AcquaViva School of Yoga).
  • 1000+ hour Development courses ***(for the ever expanding community of excellent teachers and dedicated practitioners that wish to continue their yoga journey with us, and share their vast experience with new arrivals: This role in the school comes with price privileges and extra 121 time in exchange for their support of the School and its students).
  • 7 day full immersion intensive retreat *(residential - a complete experience in itself - required for completion certificates of short or full Yoga Teacher Development Courses, but available at any time to course students and others that are familiar with Marc's work.)

Short courses and Foundation attendance have no home-study requirements. We only ask that you practice with the benefits of the workshops.

There will be some home-practice guides and homestudy assignments made available to those that continue through to the Yoga & Teacher Development phase. If you continue without wishing to qualify, you still have access to these resources (without any requirements).


The Course Requirements:

It is recommended that you have time for a regular physical pratice ~ an hour/day would be about right to start with to make the most of the theme of the month.Regular practice of a theme will naturally move you on towards other things, and your own investigations are encouraged, but returning to the them in your own practice will give you fresh inspiration and momentum in your own practice. You will find that the amount of dedicated mat time can be reduced later, when the principles of the work have found themselves in your day-to-day life.

If you wish to take a place on the Course for general self-development purposes or simply to deepen your practice, and you know you don't want to teach, you won't need to fullful any of the School's 'Teacher Development' requirements.

However, if you want to teach; or if you already teach and are using the course as post graduate advancement; even if you just want to make the very most out of the course, then the yoga principles willl need to expand into some study. This will mostly be to flesh out and validate actual experience.

Even for those that have no intention to teach, gaining the 'eyes to see' is a natural consequence of the practice, and 'seeing' is the greatest learning tool.

This yoga is about exploring and expanding choices hat may not be currently available to us, and working with others gives us unique opportunities to see things from different and more objective perspectives. It is compassionate objectivity that allows instant solutions to appear to our awareness, so ultimately, sharing your experience is one of the most powerful tools you can have in your own yoga journey. 

This natural progression towards sharing the work is accommodated by the course’s recognition by the AIYP and IYN, allowing you to teach under the auspices of the School from your first commitment to the process.

Once enrolled on the AcquaViva course, with a letter of recommendation, you can join either the IYN or AIYP and become insured to teach immediately with 'student teacher' status. (This can apply from an appropriate point during the foundation onwards, if you are sure that you wish to continue through to teacher training).


All assignments are designed to support your ongoing yoga journey...

... just as much as they are a requirement for your development as a teacher. So essentially, even if you don't need or wish for accreditation, applying yourself whole-heartedly to as much of  the course content as you can, will be the very best thing you can do for the development of your personal practice, and if you so desire, teaching practice.

There is inevitably more study involved if you intend to share your yoga with others, as you will need to develop an understanding that can explain things helpfully to other personalities, other body types, and other preferred modes of learning and communication. 

However, it is important to understand that it is direct personal Practice, centered on whatever you may be interested in exploring (for yourself or for others), that will become as the source of  your understanding, so study assignments will essentially need to become  practical.

'How can you possibly 'learn to teach' this Yoga?'


item37It is actually sublimely simple... you don't actually need to 'know' anything, but you do need to be intensely interested in discovering the truth of things.

You just need to fall in love with investigating the true nature of the body-mind relationship.

You need to become fascinated... in what happens when you alight compassionate attention to some part of yourself that is asking for something.

The solution will be in your relationships to other things: Contact with the Earth, with Space, through Gravity, Breathing & whole-hearted natural Expression. - ie. being alive.

Guidance helps because someone that has already been through the process, can see through all the apparent complications to the beauty of the practitioner in front of them. And they will be able to guide you to a place where it is safe for you to let go of your compensations and holding patterns.

When you have found the Yoga, the integration, it is because these things are no longer in conflict with each other in you - so that part of you that you were paying attention to will simply spark into life.

'Knowing' becomes a simple act of recognition. 'Teaching', becomes the ability to help strip away unnecessary complication.

Both 'knowing' and 'teaching' become a process of simplification - this is how you can recognise that what you are practicing and sharing with people is Yoga. item38

~ Marc J. Acquaviva (fka Marc Woolford).  

Your Investment

For attendance on a 4 or 6 weekend short course.
This includes:
Access to workshop videos, mentoring support from AcquaViva Graduate Teachers throughout, and a private skype tuition session with one of the course leaders after every weekend workshop.

Cost: 4 weekend/ 8 day short course ~ £655
6 weekend/12 day full immersion ~ £955
(Costs may be paid by instalments)

For attendance on a 10 weekend/20-day foundation course, including access to workshop videos, mentoring support and private skype tuition with course leaders in between workshops (approx. 140- 150 contact hours):
Cost: £1,595
(Payable by instalments)

For those that wish to continue to deepen experience and understanding behind the approach, or to share the work with others ~ the Teacher Development phase ...

For the 500 hr diploma offered by the school, you need to attend a minimum of 22 weekends in total (44 days), which includes the 10 foundation weekends . There is a minimum requirement total of 360 direct contact hours on workshops and with 121 support.

Attendance on a further 12 weekends/24 days, including access to workshop videos, and full access to the expanding AcquaViva online library of resources - audio classes, audio-visual tools, notes and homestudy/practice guidelines. Also includes ongoing private tuition with Marc, and AcquaViva graduate teacher mentoring support in between workshops: (a further 175-190 contact hours):
Cost for further development 12 weekends/24 days incl. 121s and other benefits: £1,895
(Payable by instalments)

For tuition over a one week full immersion intensive retreat** (35 - 40 contact hours):
Cost: £349 for AcquaViva Students,
(Accommodation and travel costs are not included - see the latest retreat details for all inclusive costs)

These retreats are avaialble to any AcquaViva students, past or present, that wish to immerse for a week, they are also available to anyone else that is familiar enough with Marc's work to commit to a week's intensive (you need to have attended at least one workshop or had 2 hours of private tuition)... The structure of an intensive week is designed to cover the wholeness of practice, so each week can be considered as a practical consolidation of all Conditions/all 6 Parts of any of the modules, within the overall themes and practices of that week.

Attendance on one of these weeks is required for completion of 250 and 500hr Diploma certification (see 'Course Venues and Dates').
These retreats are ony for people that are familiar with the work - they will be either AcquaViva graduates, long term students, or those currently on one of the modular courses. There are usually two intensive retreats per year for AcquaViva members to choose from: one at in Sabina, Italy in the autumn, and one low-cost option in the Summer in Marc's Garden studio in Hove (details TBC) . To make sure of the best experience, numbers for each retreat is restricted appropriately.

On the retreat in Italy, there is also space for for partners that would like to come and enjoy the atmosphere and gorgeous food without taking part in the yoga. The summer intensive ivovles you organising your own accommodation, so you can be wherever you like. However, both options require wholle-hearted state of mind (and attendance if it is to be included for qualification). Intensives are so-named appropriately, (classes early morning, workshops late morning and late afternoon, with an afternoon off mid-week), so non-participating partners will need to be happy to occupy themselves whilst you are at the yoga.

After successful application (for any version of the modular course you wish to commit to), a deposit of £495 is required to secure your place (£295 for short courses and intensive retreats). The main thing we are looking for is a commitment to tqqhe discovery and depth of the work, so please contact Abigail Peck if you need other payment/attendance options.


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