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New Zealand Initiation

December 9 - 11, 2024

The Qoya Teacher Training is a profound experience for personal growth that offers practices and tools to hold space for others in your community as they dance with the blessings and challenges of their lives. 


After you take our Intro to Qoya online training to get a foundation of what Qoya is and how to do it, the next step is Initiation training in which you break down the nuts and bolts of teaching and get a deeper understanding of the philosophies underlying each pillar of a Qoya class.

In this training, you will review each pillar, take a deeper dive, then receive practical, hands-on training in getting up on your feet and learning how to lead another person through each pillar. 

There will be time to practice leading with a partner and also to be led by your fellow teachers. Through this hands-on practice, you'll build a firm foundation in not only being able to move through each pillar in a class or in your home practice, but in how to lead others.


We look forward to dancing together and if you have any questions, please reach out to us, and we'll be happy to help.

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Wise, Wild, and Free


“Healing through movement has been an unspoken truth, and being able to embody it has been very helpful. My favorite part of the training was spending time with other lovely creatures who want to make the world a better place, one person at the time, starting with yourself. We all had a similar purpose but different approaches.”

Alexia Mane

"Qoya has been such a powerful practice for me personally and unlike any other body/movement practice I've done before. It has helped me to be more connected to my body in a way that has allowed me to integrate so much of the personal and spiritual work I'd already doing. The practicing with each other was the part that I was most nervous about, and it was the most fun and rewarding! It was helpful from a teaching perspective to notice areas where I felt more/less comfortable, identify tips/techniques that were helpful. It was also so neat to see how different people could create very different experiences using the same song/movements, which helped me appreciate just how varied the practice can be within the supportive structure."


"I love Qoya!! I wanted to deepen my understanding of it and move towards possibly becoming a teacher. The trainers were amazing, holding a beautiful learning space that allowed for mistakes and growth. The discussions were thorough, and any and all questions were answered with considerable depth of knowledge using their considerable experience of teaching Qoya."


"This training helped me really understand the philosphy of Qoya and more importantly how Qoya is embodied. I feel I know my body more and that the path that helps me access my body is clearer. I feel confident in my ability to teach Qoya to others and create a plateform for participants to connect to their inner wisdom, wildness, and freedom."

Lily Gros



The Initiation will be held at the Sky River Sanctuary in Coromandel, New Zealand. It’s a beautiful sacred place, nestled among pines and native forest and along a wild deserted Pacific Ocean beach where time stops and stepping into portals begin.

This space is dedicated to Qoya, the Saraswati Lineage of Yoga, and to Don Elijio’s Maya lineage of healing - custodianed by Samar Ocean Wolf Ciprian. The space is beautiful, cosy, intimate and deeply loved. The beach is always deserted, amazing for surfing, dreaming, wandering, healing - clothing optional.

Our food is lovingly prepared by our dear friend Hannah and ourselves - gluten free and dairy free plant based meals that can be tailored to your needs (feel free to bring animal protein on site for personal use if you need it)

Every moment here among the sun and sky and heart are a prayer and a ceremony.

PLEASE NOTE: This is an intimate training with a maximum of ten guests. All rooms are shared.

the way you know you're doing it right

is When it Feels Good


Monday, December 9th
4:00pm: Arrive and Check In
6:30pm-7:30pm: Dinner
8:00pm: Opening Ceremony

Tuesday, December 10th
8:00am-9:30am: Breakfast
10:00am-1:00Pm: Morning Session
1:00pm-4:00pm: Lunch and Rest
4:00pm-6:00pm: Afternoon Session
6:00pm-8:00pm: Dinner and Rest
8:00pm-10:00pm: Evening Session

Wednesday, December 11th
10:00am-1:00pm: Closing Session
1:00pm: Lunch and Farewell (or stay for the Intensive)
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Your facilitator for this journey is Samar Ocean Wolf Ciprian.

Samar is a Qoya teacher and teacher trainer, as well as co-custodian of Tul'ix Indigenous Arts. She has been holding space for the tending of the sacred feminine through a deep intimacy with the body, with movement, with the Earth and with the wild longings of the human heart in community for the last eleven years. Prior to the pandemic, Samar taught retreats and trainings around the world. At the present time she is creating a sacred home for these offerings and supporting the holy works of others at the Sky River Sanctuary in the Coromandel Peninsula. Learn more about her work by visiting

Cost: $600


Pricing is per person. This Initiation is open to women 18+ of all backgrounds and at all phases of their life’s journey, who identify as female or as non-binary. 

Your tuition includes: 2 nights accommodation, 3 meals a day of delicious, nourishing food, Initiation Tuition

Your tuition does not include: Travel to the Initiation. The center is a three hour drive from Auckland.You can look for other participants to carpool from Auckland and a small contribution for petrol to the driver is awesome.



All rooms are shared. If you wish to room by yourself, please contact Samar directly at



You must have completed the Introduction to Qoya online training ($333) in order to attend the Initiation. If you’d like some guidance on how to complete these requirements before an upcoming Intensive, please contact us.


This training is step two of three to become a Certified Qoya Teacher. Upon completing this training, you can lead classes for friends and family on a donation basis if you would like to collect money to help pay for the cost of space rental. To advertise classes to the general public and charge money for the, you need to complete the full teacher training program and become a Certified Qoya Teacher.

To become a Certified Qoya Teacher, you must complete the Intensive training, which includes teaching a class to a Qoya Teacher Trainer, and sign our Teacher Training Agreement. At the Intensive, you will have the opportunity to teach your class and sign the agreement, completing your Qoya Teacher journey. You can also opt to teach your certification class after the Intensive, if you desire more time to work on your teaching. To maintain your certification, you must participate in our Continuing Education program, which includes monthly phone calls with Rochelle and other resources to support your teaching practice.


If you need to cancel for any reason (including COVID-19 travel restrictions) and we can find a person to take your spot, we will refund the amount paid minus a $250 administration fee. If we cannot find a person to take your spot, there are no refunds; however, you can transfer your paid spot to someone else, so you can send a friend or family member to the retreat in your place.We will also hold your tuition as a course credit for a future retreat minus any housing expenses we incur. If you would be placed in financial distress in the event that you need to cancel without a refund, we encourage you not to register and to wait until closer to the retreat to register so that you may be more sure of your plans and current travel restrictions.


Have a question that isn’t covered here?

Contact us, and a member of Team Qoya will support you.

We look forward to

Dancing with you.

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