Deepening (Level III) Teacher Training Intensive Testimonials

Deepening (Level III) Teacher Training Intensive Testimonials

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Testimonials from previous Deepening (Level III) students (continued):

“Sarah weaves winds of wisdom in this intimate training, which nurtures sangha, trains-up deep listening, cultivates sharing the Dharma and enhances personal practice and development. It has been an honour and a privilege to be part of this first training of its kind. A precious opportunity to soak in the divine dwellings of loving-kindness; compassion; empathetic joy & equanimity. We are consciously connecting with the 4th turning of the wheel, bringing wisdom methods, yoga and psychological inquiry together as well as turning to Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana teachings. Sarah speaks eloquently and with great clarity, at this juncture of cross-pollination. As women committing to practicing together, we are actually beyond gender, yet importantly, as women we do not need sanction to awaken!”

Sandi Sharkey
Insight Yoga Endorsed Teacher


“If you’ve been longing to delve deeply into Sarah’s teachings with spaciousness to better absorb Buddhist teachings in a way that can also strengthen your teaching of the Dharma, this course begins here. It is so much more than this though, as it is personally healing with skilled psychotherapeutic tools that are practiced in each session following the Internal Family System’s model. This course has not only awakened a part of me that I thought had long healed but also accelerated and enriched my own teaching, deepened my understanding of others, inspired me to continue to mentor and coach others at a far deeper level whilst leading courses of my own with greater ease. Sarah is teaching material never revealed before in her trainings and I feel this is the course that has woven together the rich tapestries from all her previous trainings and retreats.”

Sarah Lo
Insight Yoga Endorsed Teacher & Integral Development Coach


“When I sent my application for this module with Sarah Powers, I had no idea what I was signing up for. I simply knew that Sarah’s wisdom, her presence & nurturing guidance would lead me into deeper areas of my essence. And so it was: together with 23 other women from different cultures & backgrounds I walked a path of commitment, investigation and the willingness to reveal all aspects of my being. For me it was all about dropping from ‘doing’ and building up layers of unconscious behaviour patterns, into ‘being’ and defining who and how I am when facing all of life’s phases & rhythms. All the personal and interpersonal work we were doing combined with the high level teachings based on Buddhism and psycho-emotional therapy helped me to ‘connect’ on a deeper level to myself and others and to feel part of this human story. I feel a new bond to each and every single being while taking responsibility for my thoughts, my speech and my actions. This training has shaped my mind and heart. I am deeply grateful for having had this unique opportunity under Sarah’s guiding hands and the safety of this amazing sangha.”

Mirjam Wagner
Insight Yoga Institute Student, Osteopath & Yoga Teacher


“A deepening of practice and commitment to the Dharma. Sarah, through her own deep investigation, over many many years, brings to this training a generosity of sharing an impeccably honed road map of the Dharma, relevant to a contemporary practitioner, who wants to dive deep into the teachings of Buddhism and open to ever deepening dimensions of embodied enquiry and warm hearted awareness. The wisest investment I’ve ever made. I bow deeply to the teachings that have been offered and also the Sangha, a sacred circle of like-minded practitioners. This combination of Dharma, Sangha, Mentoring, Spiritual Friendship, Practice, Practice, Practice and then teaching in my own community has been so rich and continues to be so. This training has radically altered my understanding of Awakening. Thank you Beloved Teacher!”

Olivia Clarke
Insight Yoga Institute Student and Yoga Teacher


“I felt honoured and terrified to be amongst this group of select women from all over the world. Our first four day weekend was in a basement room with no windows – and that is how I felt within myself. Each month we had at least two books to read, and then speak each day on a topic from these books – how scary is that!  My fellow Sangha Sisters were all so supportive and just as vulnerable as I.  Sarah gave Dharma talks, guided meditations and of course group work.  Each month a different group and different diad inquiries – all were both challenging and illuminating. In between our time together we were asked to Skype with our diad buddy and engage in formal diad work. To meet, speak to and know another person in this way is profound. The next five weekends was held in an upstairs room with windows and glass doors – this light so symbolic of how the process has been for me.  My being has been shifted, enlightened and enriched in a way I could not have anticipated. My deepest gratitude for these gifts, teachings and community that will continue to ripple through my life.”

Kathy Santiago
Insight Yoga Institute Student and Yoga Teacher


 “I feel truly blessed to have had this opportunity. This intensive has been so much more than I could have ever imagined it to be. The course content is incredibly well considered and thought out, providing both structure to aid independent inquiry and freedom for inspiration and creativity. Sarah’s guiding presence is intimate, warm and caring, providing an environment in which to feel safe, nourished and confident. Sarah’s teachings, including themes from the Buddha Dharma and psychological inquiry are beautiful, heartfelt, sincere and profound. The whole experience has been pure joy!”

Jane Allworthy
Yoga Teacher


“A journey inward that took me quite literally into the depths of myself and completely out of my comfort zone. I’ve learned that transformation happens when we have the courage to stretch beyond our capacities into spaces of uncertainty – especially during times of transition, which can be quite unnerving and uncomfortable. On the other side of this fear, I found powerful depth, inner trust and freedom. I’ve learned how to be more curious with a willingness to look deeper and the steadiness and ease that comes with that. With my global sangha of strong women, I feel ready to bring this fearlessness into the world, into my teachings and more importantly, to continue on my path while listening closely to the quivering of my heart. So much love and gratitude for my beloved teacher, Sarah Powers, for her dedication and strength.”

Jennifer Ciarimboli
Insight Yoga Institute Student and Yoga Teacher


“It has been an amazing and enlightening journey. I am taking so much away from this training and will be forever grateful to Sarah for her inspirational wisdom and loving-kindness that she so generously shared with our Sangha.”

Regina Kerschbaumer
Insight Yoga Institute Student and Yoga Teacher


“The training is real and rich and raw. A place to deep dive in the pursuit of truth surrounded by beautiful souls set on the same course. All of us united in our curiosity and determination to strip away the layers to see life and all in it for what it really is. Guided by Sarah’s wisdom, learning and communication, she weaves unfathomable complexities into poetry that land like arrows in our hearts – full of longing to feel the sharp pierce of air fresh and cold pouring through these beautiful open wounds. A practice to cultivate, expand, aerate and revere the deepest softest spot within us all. Extolling and empowering us to go forth and carry the torch out into the world for its betterment.”

Tanya Kazeminy
Yoga Teacher


“What a privilege it has been to journey to such depths. To be held and supported in such warmth, with the depth of knowledge and experience that Sarah teaches from. A new level of trust has revealed itself, a coming home, a surrender and letting go into my true nature. Studying with an intelligent, open-hearted group of women from across the globe has deepened my understanding of the femininity, the depth of innate wisdom and power.”

Davina Wellesley
Yoga Teacher


“I found it an inspiring and enriching six months in terms of personal development and finding my voice in sharing the dharma. I am grateful for the way Sarah skillfully unpacked the teaching of the Buddha dharma – interweaving it with psycho spiritual enquiry which made the material deeply personal and relevant. Working together in a group of women, we felt held and supported by each other, by Sarah’s commitment to our individual learning and by the wisdom teachings. I feel fortunate to have been part of such a unique and personal training and to have shared the experience with my Dakini sisters. A deep bow of gratitude to the graceful way Sarah presented the training and to our newly created sangha. The connection within the group is something that we will continue over the coming months and years. Thank you Sarah and Insight Yoga for the generous sharing of the wisdom teachings.”

Alison Melvin
Insight Yoga Student and Yoga Teacher


“I loved how Sarah weaved IFS and Buddhism together and encouraged us to delve into our vulnerable parts but within the safety of our Sangha.”

Gillian Cawte
Insight Yoga Student and Yoga Teacher


“This intensive has been more than just a training for me – it has deeply affected my life. Sarah’s unique capacity to effortlessly interweave multiple strands has illuminated so many parts of my being. I have studied the Dharma with various senior teachers before, but have never felt the teachings so deeply embedded into my practice and teaching. Additionally, the strong container of Dharma and Sangha over such a long period of time has catapulted my own inner unfolding into unexpected (and often uncomfortable!) depths. I am profoundly grateful and recommend this training to anyone who feels ready to dive deep.”

Ayala Gill
Insight Yoga Endorsed Teacher


“Sarah started to transform my life the very first day I heard her speak. Her words delivered so eloquently landed on dusty dry ground for so many years but eventually, after many teachings and silent retreats with Sarah and Ty, that smattering of soft rain began to seep into the cracks and crannies of a fragile heart … which, I have learnt, we all have. This course has been a deep immersion in a vast warm pool of knowledge, dimensionless and clear. A bringing together so skillfully of teachings and wisdom. Now Sarah’s words land and sink deep into my bones, into my whole being. Be prepared to expose your tender heart. Be prepared to trust others and be trusted. Be prepared to commit to and become part of a beautiful Sangha. This course is a huge gift to be treasured always, but what comes with it is the responsibility to take these teachings and making every effort to dedicate your actions for the benefit of others, which will enrich your life. Oh and be prepared to work and be the giver! There are many books to read, talks to give and many hours of practice. Clear your diary. I wish you well, dear traveller. Your life will be not be the same after this course.”

Caroline Read
Insight Yoga Student and Yoga Teacher