News & Updates

Coronavirus update

We are currently dealing with  holidays for those of you travelling in April, May and early June.

Please follw this link for a full update      Covid 19 update

Please be patient with us,  we are a small company of only two staff

We are working through all our holidays in date order and will be contacting each participant with options.

Please do not pay us any holiday balances that have become due until we have spoken with  you.

We will respond to all emails, however we kindly request that wherever possible you wait until we make contact with you. We will talk with both teachers and the venues about each individual holiday and then inform you of your options.

Kind regards

Jilly & Debbie

Booking Your Flight

Please always try to book your flight through a website such as www.travelrepublic.co.uk who are both ABTA and ATOL members and pay with a credit card.

Travel Insurance

Always make certain that you have insurance cover as soon as you book your holiday or flight. If you do not have an annual travel insurance policy you can take out cover just for the dates of your holiday at any point prior to the holiday taking place.

Taking out cover straight away ensures that should anything unexpected happen that is covered by the insurance policy  you can make a claim . Travel insurance policies vary enormously ALWAYS read the small print

Flybe Airline Failure - what to do if it affects you

1) Get current information on everything so you can make informed decisions:-
First check with Flybe's website for up to date accurate information.
If you booked via Travel Republic (who are ABTA and ATOL bonded) then also check on their website, both under your individual booking and in their help section
Read your Travel Insurance Policy to see what you are covered for in the event of an airline collapse. This will depend on your level of cover.

2) Getting your money back in the event of airline collapse
If you booked via Travel Republic they should refund you as they are both ABTA and ATOL bonded at the time of writing this information
If you booked direct with Flybe and paid more than £100 with a credit card then you should be able to claim a refund from your credit card provider under section 75 rules
If you booked direct with Flybe and paid with a debit card then you need to contact your bank and ask your bank to do a ‘chargeback’. This isn’t a legal protection – it is a Visa, Mastercard and Amex rule where your bank gets your money back from Flybe’s bank as you didn’t receive what you paid for. It should work for most people providing there is the money to pay you.

3) Rebook a new flight so that your holiday can go ahead.

Please Note: Any payment to Free Spirit Travel is governed by our terms and conditions, deposits are non-refundable, final payments are refundable as per the table on your booking form. Please talk to us if your flight is cancelled and you cannot travel. If Free Spirit Travel cancels the holiday for everybody then you will receive a full refund, if you personally cancel your holiday you will only receive a refund within the booking form terms and conditions, you may however be able to claim on your insurance policy and we can assist with this.

Brexit and how it affects your travel

There are no changes to the rules on travelling to the EU before the transition period ends on 31 December 2020.

2019 - for those of you already registered for summer 2020 please  be aware that the venue may increase their costs to us due to exchange rate changes and if this happens we will, sadly, have to pass the increase on to you. We would expect the increases to be minimal.

Your Europena Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is valid until 31 December 2020. If you are travelling in the European Economic Area or Switzerland up to this time, you can apply for and continue to use your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), as you did before. The EHIC gives you the right to access emergency state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in those countries.
Remember that the EHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. It will not cover any private medical healthcare or costs, such being flown back to the UK, or lost or stolen property.

Updates - flight delays


My flight has been delayed. Can I get compensation?

Check the Citizens advice website for detailed information by following this link

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/holiday-cancellations-and-compensation/if-your-flights-delayed-or-cancelled/

Also read the following

Airlines don't have to pay out for delays caused by snow because weather is classified as an "extraordinary circumstance" – though some airlines may issue a refund at their discretion. For those of you flying to India you are almost certainly on a non EU airline so contact them direct to see exactly what you are entitled to.

According to Which magazine you can challenge your airline if you don't agree there were extraordinary circumstances – for example, if you are told you can't fly due to the snow, but other flights are departing. "Airlines may stretch the definition of extraordinary circumstances further than they should."

Which Magazine  states:-

If the delay is not caused by extraordinary circumstances you will be entitled to compensation under EU rules, but only if you are flying with an airline based in the EU or with a non-EU-based airline flying from an EU airport, and only if the delay is for two hours or more. If you are flying somewhere else or with a non-EU-based airline not flying from the EU you'll have to check that carrier's terms and conditions.

If you are delayed for two hours or more you are entitled to: two free phone calls, faxes or e-mails; free food and drinks; and free hotel accommodation if you need to stay overnight.

If your flight arrives at its destination three hours or more late you will receive compensation of between €250 and €600, depending on how far your flight takes you. So you'll get €250 if your three hour-delayed flight travels 1,500km or less (ie, London to Amsterdam), but €600 if your plane is delayed by four hours or more and travels at least 3,500km (ie, London to Sydney).

My flight has been cancelled. Will I get my money back?

If your flight is cancelled you should be offered either a refund or an alternative flight to your original destination.

For compensation you will have to look to the EU rules again, though if the delay is caused by snow – and thus an extraordinary circumstance – you might not get anything. If you are covered by EU regulations you will be entitled to travel assistance (such as help with rebooking for a later date) as well as meals and accommodation etc. Check the official EU website for more on your rights.

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RBBR Yoga Teacher Training Academy

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  • February - October 2021

    From £2700

    Innovative and practical 200 hour yoga teacher training

In February of 2021, Brigitte Riley and Rosemary Booker will be teaching a fully comprehensive, and very practical hands-on (9 month) 200 hour yoga teacher training course.

Both Rosemary and Brigitte are approachable friendly teachers who have a real heartfelt passion for yoga.  They teach from their real experience of living, breathing, practicing & teaching yoga, not just learned theoretical knowledge.

This course will be a comprehensive, hands on programme, whereby there is a lot of emphasis on acquiring practical teaching skills that will be of use in the classroom setting. You can expect to be consistently on your mat practicing, developing more confidence in your subject and discovering your own unique voice, all of which is absolutely conducive to becoming a fully-fledged competent yoga teacher.

 

Accreditation

RBBR Yoga Teacher Training Academy  is accredited by TWO Internationally recognised yoga network organisations;

Yoga Alliance Professionals (UK) and Yoga Alliance (USA). 

 

Why study with us

The course is skillfully structured with compassion, integrity and intelligence.

This teacher training course will be an intimate group with a maximum of 16 students in order to give you more personal attention.

Our teachers are both extremely knowledgeable, and have a highly respected reputation in every field of their teaching.

We aim to ‘personally’ mentor, support, communicate, empower and encourage you throughout the whole teacher training process.

EVERY session will include a themed and comprehensive 90 minute class lead by either Rosemary or Brigitte with the other assisting so that you learn by example. You will therefore gain first  hand experience of vinyasa and hatha yoga, meditation as well as pranayama, taught with intention, purpose, powerful alignment principles, incorporating the full use of props, methodology, assisting/adjustments, modifications as well as intelligent sequencing, all of which are fundamental teaching skills.

Our yoga philosophy teachings will be taught by a guest teacher who is an experts in their field.

There will be TWO Intensive training modules as part of the course, recent studies have shown that an intensive practical format is the most efficient way to learn.

This course is structured to fit in with your life, with only 7 weekends of Module Study, this will give you more flexibility and freedom.

INCLUDED in the cost of this teacher training is a 7 day Intensive, staying at Château Du Fraissinet in theSouth of France (includes   accommodation and meals - flights not included).

A detailed RBBR Teacher Training manual will be issued to each student on the 1st day.

Upon graduating as an accredited yoga teacher with ‘RBBR Yoga teacher training academy’, students will havegained all the skills needed to begin teaching yoga with confidence, aptitude, understanding and passion.

On successful completion of the course you will receive an RBBR Yoga Teacher Training Academy Diploma and qualify to register with both internationally recognised Yoga Alliance Professionals and Yoga Alliance as a RYT 200 hour yoga teacher, (Registered Yoga Teacher).

Brigitte and Rosemary are senior teachers with 32 years of yoga ‘teaching’ experience between them. This experience includes, mentoring yoga teachers, teaching both foundational and advanced yoga teacher trainings,  teaching master-classes, teaching workshops, hosting and teaching international retreats.

 

General overview of our syllabus Modules

   Unleashing the Power of Consciousness

   Anatomy and Physiology

   The History and Philosophy of Yoga

   A Patent for Creative and Innovative Sequencing

   Exploration of the Subtle Body

   Teaching Ethics and Finding the Voice of the Teacher

 

Intensives

   Alignment Principles and the Biomechanics of Posture and Movement

   Posture Clinics

   Class Theming

   The Ultimate Guide to fully Utilising Yoga Props

   Hands on’ Assists and Adjustments

   Translating Energy through the Subtle Art of Touch

   The Art of Demonstration and Observation

Rosemary Booker

Rosemary is a Registered Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (Teacher Trainer), she has been guiding students in the art of yoga and lifestyle now for over 12 years. She believes in yoga for life and takes every opportunity to share the tools and practices that have helped her to positively evolve with others. Rosemary is a friendly, approachable teacher, her host of knowledge shines through, as she seamlessly blends the spiritual and physical. Her classes are inspirational, challenging but at the same time playful, she takes great care in creating a non-competitive yoga space for which her contagious enthusiasm uplifts others. She is passionate about offering plenty of hands on adjustments, so that her students leave her sessions feeling re-aligned, strong and joyful on every level. She also specialises in focused breath work which opens the mind to experience clarity and deeper meaning. Rosemary shares her teachings in Northamptonshire, UK, via classes, 1:1’s, specialised workshops, mentoring for yoga teachers, teacher training, short courses and retreats in amazing places.

 

Brigitte Riley

Brigitte has been an established yoga teacher for 18 years and is a Registered Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals, which is the highest accolade in professional yoga teaching. She is always evolving her teachings and is recognised for her in-depth anatomy knowledge. Her expertise lies in correcting misalignment’s within the outer physical body, as well as teaching yoga practices that promote therapeutic healing for the inner subtle body. She is also known for her love of fluid creative vinyasa flow, her unique playlists, her inspiring writings, her philosophy on life and her ‘keeping it real’ wisdom. Brigitte’s authenticity,  playfulness and heart-felt approach radiate through into her teachings. She encourages students to not only open up their bodies, but also their minds, so that they may discover new levels of healing, opportunity, possibility, creativity, transformation and adventure in order to live the most amazing life possible. Brigitte teaches weekly classes and privates in the UK, as well as vocational yoga teacher training courses and mentoring for yoga teachers. She also teaches both specialised workshops and yoga retreats nationally and internationally.

Venues

For 2 day weekends - Yoga Tree Studios - Northampton

For 3 day weekends and 4 day Easter weekend intensive - The Granary Studio - Milton Keynes (south)

One week intensive -  Château Du Fraissinet in the south of France - more details to follow shortly

Eligibility

To be accepted onto the RBBR Academy yoga teacher training course, we prefer our participants to have completed a minimum of 2 years consistent, dedicated twice weekly yoga practice under the guidance of a reputable and fully qualified yoga teacher(s).

 

Dates

    5th, 6th, 7th February 2021 (3 day weekend)

    6th, 7th March 2021 (2 day weekend)

    2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th April - Easter bank holiday weekend (4 day intensive)

    8th, 9th May (2 day weekend)

    18th, 19th, 20th June (3 day weekend)

    17th, 18th July (2 day weekend)

    11th - 18th September (7 day intensive) - Château Du Fraissinet in the south of France

    15th, 16th, 17th October (3 day weekend)

 

Investment/Course fees

EARLY BIRD OFFER (before 31st May 2020)

Deposit -  £490 -  to secure your place

£2950 (discount £300)  with a payment plan - 6 x monthly payments of £410 (June to November 2020) OR

£2950 (discount £300) with a payment plan - 12 x monthly payments of £205 (starting one month from deposit payment)

OR

Pay in full - £2700 (discount £550)

FULL COST (after 31st May 2020)

Deposit - £490 -  to secure your place

£3250  - with a payment plan - 6 x monthly payments of £460 (commencing 1 month from deposit payment date - all  course fees to be paid prior to 5th January 2021)

OR

Pay in full - £2950 (discount £300)

*We are committed to making this course available to people from all walks of life. We will therefore offer a bursary option to persons whom can demonstrate financial need.

 

Application Process - NOW OPEN

We are 100% committed to supporting you with individual personal mentoring whilst training, so accordingly haveonly a limited number of spaces available.

Therefore, as we have already had a very positive interest in this training course,  successful applicants will be allocated places on a first come first serve basis.  

To apply, simply complete the application form via the link below, your application will then be assessed and we aim to process it within within 10 days of receipt.

Once accepted you will receive a PDF  with further information about the course so that you can make a fully informed decision.

Only when you are happy with this undertaking will you be required to make a £490 non-refundable deposit and sign up to the relevant payment schemes which are listed below.

We look forward to receiving your application.

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