Next available course: 1 May - 9 June 2017

Do you love yoga and would like to make a living by following your passion? Would you like to deepen your practice and learn to live a wholesome yogic lifestyle? Are you keen to immerse yourself in an inspiring spiritual environment that is applying yogic wisdom in all areas of life, from nutrition to meditation, from physical movement to spiritual practice? Then join us at the Krishna Village for our 6 week full immersion Yoga Teacher Training.

Love life, live yoga!

In our modern society, yoga has been deconstructed to be only a shadow of its complete whole. It is far from the complexity and power of the original yogic wisdom, which spans all areas of life and provides a holistic system of health, wellbeing and spiritual connection.

At the Krishna Village, we are aiming to revive and teach yoga in its wholeness, so you can BE a yogi, rather than just DO some yoga. Our Yoga Teacher Training is therefore a full immersion program that spans 6 weeks and will allow you to experience yogic living in its entirety. From daily morning yoga to seva in our organic gardens, from philosophy classes to healthy food preparation, from Kirtan singing to mantra meditation you will live and breathe yoga, while being immersed in a kind, loving and supportive community. You will not only learn all required practices to become a fully accredited yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, but will also gain teaching practice with real students through our retreat centre - first co-teaching with fellow trainees and then bit by bit growing into teaching your own classes.

About the course

  • Full immersion program that spans 6 weeks, living in a fascinating, vibrant community of about 70 yogis, travellers and spiritual seekers on an eco farm between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast.

  • Nourish your soul with Yoga Teacher Training that addresses the science of yoga holistically including postures and philosophy as well as Ayurveda, Kirtan, anatomy and physiology, nutrition, meditation and mindfulness.

  • Teach classes with REAL students while being guided and supported by a team of internationally experienced yoga teacher trainers.

  • Gain Yoga Alliance international certification and some hands on business training to run your own heart centred yoga business 

To see if this experience is for you, read our FAQ for Yoga Teacher Trainees and have a look at our Code of Conduct


The Krishna Village can host up to 70 people in a combination of rooms, dorms and camping spots. There are usually around 30 full time volunteers who work in our organic gardens and maintain the grounds, 15-25 retreat guests or Karma Yogis and up to 20 yoga teacher trainees.

All rooms have shared amenities. The amenities block includes showers, toilets and a coin operated laundry (byo laundry powder).

Common areas include the kitchen & campfire area (the heart of the Krishna Village), the reading room (with Internet hotspot) and the yoga hall where we gather for classes. 

Single, twin share & double rooms

The Krishna Village has 2 double room (1 big bed), 4 twin share rooms (bunk bed) and 11 single rooms. They are all set in former shipping containers that have been renovated and turned into simple but comfortable accommodation. Most rooms are equipped with bunk beds, bedding is being provided. 

4-share dorms

We offer a female and a male dorm - each for up to 4 people - and one 3-share dorm. The dorms have bunk beds and wardrobe space for your belongings, and bedding is provided.

Camp ground

Set among beautiful mango and lychee trees in our eastern garden, our camp ground can host up to 20 tents and 5 camper vans. The area for the vans is equipped with electricity. The amenities block is only 50m away.

Upcoming dates in 2017

1 May - 9 June (early bird rate until 13 March)

10 July - 18 August (early bird rate until 23 May)

4 September - 13 October (early bird rate until 13 July)

6 November - 15 December (early bird rate until 23 September)

Booking steps

1) Select your preferred start date + make sure that the required 42 nights are pre-selected

2) Select your accommodation type for ONLY ONE PERSON AT A TIME

3) Book and make payment. For payment plans, please contact us


Your facilitators

Lila, Mal, Michael, Henrike and Polly are Bhakti Yogis and have all been living a healthy, wholesome, yogic lifestyle for many years. Amongst the three of them, they have run two yoga retreat centres and taught hundreds of classes in the yoga, philosophy and personal development realm.

Lila completed a Education degree at the University of Technology Sydney in 1998, and has been teaching yoga since 2005. After spending 2.5 years deeply immersed in the yogic lifestyle as a volunteer in a yoga ashram, from 2008 onwards she has been working full time as a yoga teacher trainer in Byron Bay [Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching, RYT-500, Cert IV in Training and Assessment]. She completed Pre/Postnatal Yoga training with Bliss Baby Yoga in 2012, and now also is a regular presenter on their courses. After becoming a mother, Lila completed a Kid's Yoga teacher training with Zenergy Yoga in 2014 and occasionally teaches Mum's and Bubs, Mum's and Toddlers and Kid's yoga classes in the Byron Shire. Lila also holds a Diploma of Remedial Massage, is the lead singer of the enCHANTed band which holds regular kirtan evenings in the Byron Shire and at Yoga Festivals, and has a deep knowledge and understanding of Ayurveda through years of study and regular trips to India. Lila is a passionate Bhakti yogi inspired to share the things she loves through yoga teacher trainings.

Henrike came across the path of Bhakti Yoga in 2012, following some major life changes and shifts. After co-managing the Krishna Village for several years and using her business and marketing skills to grow it from a volunteer community to a successful retreat centre, she is now the director and works on expanding our Centre for Yogic Studies so we can offer even more amazing courses and certifications. Her qualifications include a Diploma in Life Coaching, an NLP Master Practitioner accreditation and a Cert IV in Business. She runs weekly Life Coaching classes at the Krishna Village and contributes a range of classes on mindset and business tools to the Yoga Teacher Training, that will support you to be the best teacher you can be and grow a successful business.

Malcolm has been teaching yoga since 2008, and brings to Krishna Village’s YTT course a passion for transforming lives on and off the mat through yoga. Mal has seen the power of yoga in his own life, and how a daily practice has improved so many aspects of his physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. A keen surfer, Mal has developed and taught yoga for surfing, improving participants core strength, balance and agility, as well as specialising in teaching yoga to help people manage anxiety, depression and addiction. Mal rounds off his bhakti yogi lifestyle by being a sought after musician in the Kirtan scene, playing in Kirtan ensemble enCHANTed as well as working with a variety of performers playing flute, guitar, harmonium and singing.

Dr Polly McGee is one part author, and many parts assorted thinker, do-er, teacher, self-explorer, yogi, kirtaneer and dog patter. She has worked in kitchens, bars and restaurants from frantic to fancy, managed multi-million dollar innovation grants programs, advised hundreds of start-ups on how to refine their business ideas and source funding, taught commercialisation and entrepreneurship for MBA and undergrads, and championed causes from a variety of soapboxes, lecterns and stages. Polly is co-founder and Vice President of Startup Tasmania and Vice President of fresh food distribution organisation Produce to the People. She runs a boutique digital strategy consultancy advising Government, Not for Profit and private sector clients. Polly is currently writing a new book and retreat program called Bhakti Business, due for release in March 2017, devoted to helping people to create heart centred enterprises through combining the ancient principals of yoga with contemporary lean startup practices. 

Michael, our philosophy teacher (Bhagavad Gita & Patanjali's yoga sutras), is a student by morn, a teacher by noon and a rapper by night. At 17, while studying Maths, Physics and Business, he was noticed by Young Entrepreneur after joint-founding a company that personalised gifts in Greater London, which went on to win a Future100 award for ethical and environmentally-friendly business. He came across Bhakti-yoga in university and after graduating in Business from Cass Business School and landing a job in UBS international bank, he decided to explore the wisdom of yoga further. Having been to India 7 times over the past 5 years to study and explore the secrets of the Indian wisdom texts like Bhagavad-Gita, he was invited to teach philosophy and host interactive life seminars in universities and institutions in the UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Nigeria, India, Australia and New Zealand since 2010. Outside of teaching Michael enjoys travelling, cycling, playing football, volleyball, basketball, rapping, writing, advising, problem-solving and challenges anyone on earth at table tennis.

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Emma fell in love with yoga over 16 years ago and has maintained a disciplined practice ever since. She is passionate about the eight limbs of yoga as a vehicle for awakening to the truth of who we are - to find connection to the divine, creative energy within. Emma is a 200-hr trained Akhanda yoga teacher under the mentorship of Nick Sadashiv Bradley and Radha Rani Bradley of Akhanda Yoga Australia - discovering this holistic and authentic yoga practice 2 years ago after 12 years of  dedication to Iyengar Yoga. Emma has travelled to India a number of times including 2 months with Pankaj Sharma in Rishikesh, in 2003 and spent many years under the guidance of teacher Susan Stackhouse in her Iyengar studio on Sydney's Northern Beaches as a student and teacher. In addition, Emma has been a primary school teacher for 15 years and is also currently undertaking study to become a Certified Life Coach.

Michael began his yoga journeyat the age of 20 when he left his profession as a studio musician and joined a bhakti Yoga Monastery. For the next 10 years he travelled Australia, New Zealand and India as a celibate monk, daily studying the traditional yogic canons and engaging in strict daily yogic sadhana.  Then after another 6 years as a traditional Vedic (Hindu) priest, he took an interest in the more physical aspects of yoga. He successfully completed a 3-year diploma course with Satyananda Yoga before finally finding his passion with Power Vinyasa. Since then he’s been certified by Baron Baptiste, became certified with Anti Gravity level 2, founded one of Australia’s most successful regional yoga studios, and has helped pioneer, develop and facilitate many teacher training programs here in Australia. As a teacher trainer, Michael brings with him great integrity and depth, forged by more than 31 years of strict, yet joyful daily practice. His teaching is full of compassion, humour and authenticity, with a deep respect for tradition, but without being over zealous.

Delicious Vegetarian Food

The Krishna Farm has been producing organic veggies since the 1980s and has therefore fantastic conditions to grow excellent produce. We grow as much of our own food as we can, and otherwise buy locally wherever possible. 

We provide 3 delicious vegetarian meals every day, with lunches taking place at the Krishna Village community kitchen, and breakfast and dinners - mostly Indian style - served at the prasadam hall, next to the temple. 

All our food is prasadam - sacred food prepared in a consciousness of loving service. Like in other cultures, we offer our food before we eat to say Grace and thank the Divine for the sun, the rain, and all the visible and invisible blessings necessary to co-create a delicious meal. Feel free to sing along with us, or just listen and enjoy...


The Krishna Farm

Nestled in the foothills of Mount Warning, in the heart of the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, the Hare Krishna farm “New Govardhana” is a 1000 acre certified organic property with orchards, veggie gardens, cows, horses, streams and swimming holes in abundance. 

New Govardhana serves as an ashram to a community of yogis who aspire to live according to their deepest vows and commitments on their path of service, spiritual contentment and happiness (Bhakti Yoga). Their service and dedication make this location a beautiful place of growth, healing and spiritual awakening. If you are interested, please come along and visit our beautiful Radha Govardhandhari temple and learn ore about the origins or our "simple giving, high thinking" philosophy. 

Cost & payment

The cost of the course including 3 meals/day and accommodation for 6 weeks is:

Camping: AU$ 3289 - early bird rate: AU$ 2995

Dorm: AU$3689 (depends on availability) - early bird rate: AU$ 3395

In twin share accommodation: AU$ 5189 - early bird rate: AU$ 4895

In a single room: AU$ 5789 - early bird rate: AU$ 5495

Payment plans are available - for details, please have a look at our current price list. To book with a payment plan, please contact us.

There are no refunds, but options to attend a later course (min notice 1 week in advance).

Required course materials: Check our shopping list for a list of the items you need.