MEET Program Overview
Mentors Empowering Engagement Training, or MEET, is Create Karma’s 300-hour advanced leadership program geared towards existing wellness leaders who want to bring mindfulness and creative movement techniques to a broader population through mentoring other leaders. This training is designed to enhance your ability to become a mentor to other wellness teachers and community leaders. You will experience the same amazing facilitators as our LEAP program, plus expanded opportunities to hone your mentorship skills.
Over the course of 6-months, you will move your body, explore self-inquiry and participate in team-building activities with LEAP participants. You will also learn the keys to becoming a “teacher of teachers” through mentorship work and a documented community outreach project.
Facilitated by National Wellness Leaders
Create Karma is excited to bring together some of the country’s leading wellness professionals to give participants an unparalleled training experience. Each weekend session is led by a renowned instructor or expert who specializes in a unique area of leadership development, wellness, and/or community outreach. You will see firsthand how they have become powerful leaders in their own communities and gain tips and insight for doing the same. The training’s diverse curriculum is overseen by our Program Director and Create Karma Founder Sarah Yukie Gingrich, who brings over a dozen years of experience in international yoga trainings to our program.
Empowering Communities by Empowering Leaders
Similar to our LEAP training, MEET encourages you to “Pay it Forward” by sharing the lessons you’ve learned as a wellness leader with your community and mentees. Through your coursework and role as a mentor, you will learn to create an environment of health and empowerment. You will also learn from some of the country’s leading wellness experts how to share your strengths to give others the tools they need to become healthy and successful.
Comprehensive Curriculum and Experiential Learning
MEET provides you with an optimal opportunity for personal development by integrating leadership training techniques with a variety of wellness practices. We combine physical movement, breathwork, meditation, and self-inquiry with team-building activities and action-based service projects to generate enduring wellness in your life and community. By completing this leadership-in-action training, you will transform your relationship with yourself and your ability to create wellness and empowered leadership every day.
As a MEETer, you will also participate in our Yoga Teacher Certification Weekend. In addition to facilitating the weekend for LEAP participants, you will receive feedback on your mentoring techniques and learn to creatively adapt workshop content to both your audience and environment. Finally, you will complete an outreach project that integrates your mentorship learning and wellness initiatives to create enduring wellness for the community.
MEET Curriculum Includes…
Ayurveda: Stabilize your inner and outer environment through nutrition and daily life practices
Physiology of Wellness: Learn how the systems of wellness regulate health
Functional Movement: Ground and energize through inclusive yoga and movement
Connection: Create partnership and community by sharing yourself authentically and generously
Leadership: Integrate your leadership as a natural extension of your being
Mentorship: Give and receive tools to effectively foster development
Sustainability: Nourish and support your body with daily wellness
Service: Impact the lives that matter to you
Facilitation Experience: Empower others to be leaders
Practice: As a MEET, you will have access to a discounted, unlimited membership yoga at ZYW for the duration of the training (6-months).
2020-2021 MEET Training Dates
Each weekend session includes Friday evenings from 6pm-9:30pm, Saturdays from 8am-6pm and Sundays from 8am-4pm.
• MEET the FEAT – October 2, 3, 4
• Weekend 1 – October 16, 17, 18
• Weekend 2 – November 6, 7, 8
• Weekend 3 – December 4, 5, 6
• Weekend 4 – January 8, 9, 10
• Weekend 5 – January 29, 30, 31
• Weekend 6 – February 19, 20, 21
• Weekend 7 – March 12, 13, 14
• Weekend 8 – March 26, 27, 28
• Weekend 9 – April 9, 10, 11
We offer three tuition options to suit your needs. Once accepted into the program, your application fee and deposit secure your space in the program.
Tuition for this program is non-refundable.
To be eligible to enroll in our 300-hour program, you must have previously completed our LEAP program OR a 200-hour training with an accredited yoga or wellness school and have taught regular yoga classes.
Once you are accepted, you must attend all training hours, complete all coursework, training homework, and mentorship work. In addition to serving as a mentor to LEAP participants, there is a commitment to serve at least 20 hours giving back to a community by initiating healthy living programs or leading movement or meditation classes.
Yoga Teacher Certification
Upon completion of MEET, you are eligible to become a certified 500-hr yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance®. Please note, if you choose to register with Yoga Alliance®, you will need complete your online registration with them after you have received your completion certificate from Create Karma.
Which training program is right for me?
Create Karma offers multiple leadership training programs to help us fulfill our mission of creating healthy communities and empowering individuals to become embodied leaders who effect positive change through their lives and actions.
If you are new to the wellness world or are looking for ways to develop your leadership skills for the first time, we recommend the 200-hour LEAP program. Through this training, you will learn the art of expressing leadership and community-building through the lens of wholistic wellness. You will become a leader in both thought and action, creating a lifestyle of health and empowerment for yourself and those around you.
If you are already a wellness professional and would like to elevate your ability to lead other teachers and become a mentor, the 300-hour MEET may be right for you. To be eligible for this program, you must have previously completed a 200-hour training program from an accredited school. This program builds upon our LEAP training and provides additional mentorship work and opportunities to expand and hone your role as a facilitator of teachers.
What if I have to miss a portion of the training?
Community is a fundamental element of both our LEAP and MEET trainings, making each group session an invaluable part of your learning experience. If you absolutely must miss a training session, you will be required to make up the missed time and coursework in order to receive your completion certificate. Make-up work will be handled on a case-by-case basis and should be arranged in advance with your group leader and/or mentor, with the approval of the Program Director.
What does a typical weekend look like?
Training weekends will vary based upon each facilitator and their content for the session. In general, sessions will include physical activity, group work, opportunities to practice leadership, and content-specific workshops.
Friday sessions are between 6pm-9:30pm allow us to reconnect, ground and practice together and act as an overview of the weekend ahead. Saturday sessions are between 8am-6pm and initiate activities to delve deeper into content. Sunday sessions are between 8am-4pm and are the integration of the weekend’s learning into your life and leadership. We will have ample breaks for lunch on Saturday and Sunday, and there will be short breaks during the afternoon sessions.
I have a wonky knee/ankle/back/big toe. Can I still take the training?
Yes! Injury and other limitations can be some of the most powerful tools in learning empathetic and creative leadership. Bring whatever you need to sit comfortably and contact us if you have any special requirements. Most importantly, be sure to listen to your body and move with awareness during all classes and activities.
Am I too old/young/inflexible/flexible?
No way. One of the big myths about wellness is that we have to already be fit enough to be well. Many of the people you interact with may have similar concerns. Our leadership trainings will help you balance your flexibility with your strength, while gaining awareness of what to do to empower yourself and others. These programs are designed to meet you where you are. Whether you are 18 or 108, this program has space for you. If you are 109? Congratulations! You can probably teach us a few things about enduring wellness 😉
Is there homework? Why?
Yep. You will have weekly readings and daily wellness practices to do in between our weekends. Cultivating a regular wellness practice, along with your other homework, will reinforce your ability to be in support or yourself and others while gaining the practical knowledge and awareness you need to refine your leadership skills.
I’m interested in wellness and being a leader, but I don’t want to teach yoga. Is this the right program for me?
Absolutely. Our LEAP program is an opportunity to explore your leadership potential through the experience of yoga, wellness, and your connection to others. You will learn from some of the country’s leading wellness experts and gain actionable steps towards creating an empowered lifestyle, as well as join likeminded individuals working together towards a common goal: Creating strong, healthy communities by becoming compassionate human beings and leaders.
If you aspire to teach yoga, we encourage you must participate in the Yoga Teacher Practicum Weekend in March. This weekend program will help you refine your role as a wellness leader and provide theoretical and practical tools to becoming a yoga instructor.
Whether you choose to teach yoga or not, Create Karma leadership programs provide the knowledge and skills to help you become a stronger, more flexible, and more compassionate human being and leader in all aspects of your life.
I’d like to be part of this, but I don’t have enough time!
I’m pretty sure there is no perfect time… which means it’s always the perfect time. The skills you will learn in our program will transform your ability to be present and to create your life. If you find you frequently feel like you don’t have time, that might be a recurring dialogue for you! That said, we have other options!
Our AWE program is an amazing opportunity to transform your wellness. During training weekends, AWE participants get together from 6pm-9:30pm Friday evening and 8am-6pm on Saturday. Another option is to attend workshops and public classes during our training weekends. Our public classes sell out quickly! Join our mailing list to get notified when they are announced.
What happens if I sign up and can't complete the program?
Tuition for this program is non-refundable. In some extreme cases, paid tuition can be used as a credit and applied to future trainings. Exceptions are handled on a case-by-case basis, are not guaranteed and must be requested in writing directly to the Create Karma Program Director.
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