Yoga Teacher Training

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Join us at The Academy at The Cliffs of Moher Retreat for a 3 week Intensive 200 hour RYT Yoga Teacher Training with senior teacher Michelle Moroney.



Yoga Alliance Certification200 HOUR YOGA ALLIANCE CERTIFIED YOGA TEACHER TRAINING with Michelle Moroney

This 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training course will run over 3 weeks.


Focus on this course is on Personal Development and Practice, Creating a Safe Teaching Environment, Knowledge of Poses, Sequencing of Classes and leading a Variety of Styles of Classes.


Next Training: PLEASE NOTE, we had two trainings cancelled due to the pandemic and do not have any dates planned for the next training just yet. We will update this page when we do. Thank you for your patience. 



We do yoga not to be better at yoga, but to be better at life


“Our relationship with yoga is what we share as teachers. This is our gift to the world, and our unique voice is what we offer, and what we share. All good trainings will teach you how to structure a class, how to safely instruct a pose and how to align the body in asana. Our course will cover all of this in an in-depth and complete way embracing and welcoming all learning styles. The benefit of an immersive training in a retreat location like ours is that you have the opportunity to go really deep; into the practice, and into yourself and to find your own unique teaching voice and what YOU have to offer the world”.







“Completing my yoga teacher training at the Cliffs of Moher Retreat has honestly been one the most incredible and positively life-changing experiences I have ever had.”


Florence Morris-Clarke, 30/06/2019


Course Content


This 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training course will run over 3 weeks.


Focus on this course is on Personal Development and Practice, Creating a Safe Teaching Environment, Knowledge of Poses, Sequencing of Classes and leading a Variety of Styles of Classes.


There is a strong focus on Teaching Practice with each course participant instructing their fellow students every day on the course.


Our purpose for this training is to be authentic and open and to be prepared and present so that we can share our knowledge and love of yoga in it’s many forms and educate our students with passion and experience to the art of teaching yoga. We are creating and growing a yoga community based on integrity, self-reflection and excellence.


Yoga styles covered:     

Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Slow Flow,  Alignment Focused Yoga and Restorative


This course will cover:

  • Yoga Philosophy
  • Teaching Methodology
  • Anatomy and Functional Movement
  • Teaching Practice
  • Personal Development
  • Personal Practice
  • Final assessments


Additional Hours:

Prior to course commencement, 5 Pre-Training Assignments will be provided to prepare you for the training. Students will also be provided with a reading list of books.


Learning Outcomes:

Our training will prepare our new teachers to teach authentically, with a confident working knowledge of functional movement and asana and who are fully prepared to lead a number of classes of different styles. Our teachers will be versed in creating a safe teaching environment, will be able to offer Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Slow Flow, Alignment focused yoga, Restorative and Slow Yoga, Meditation and Pranayama. Our new teachers will know how to safely modify and adjust, how to enable their students to progress with advanced asana and will have an established relationship with their own practice.


Eligibility and Pre-requisites:

Minimum of 2 years of dedicated yoga practice. Each participant will be expected to attend a telephone interview and submit an application.



Upon completion of all elements of the training, the pre-training assignments and successfully passing the written exam and teaching practicums, students will graduate with a Teaching Certificate for 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training and can register as a RYT200 with Yoga Alliance®


Additional Modules:

In addition to creating creative sequences and gaining an in depth knowledge of asana and alignment, we will include the following modules:

– Meditation, how to teach it

– Pranayama and the importance of the breath.

– Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep).

– Modifying for Pregnancy/Injury and Sickness (in cancer treatment etc)

– Restorative Yoga: how, why and giving people what they need.


Training Team

Lead Trainer – Michelle Moroney. Michelle is a senior yoga teacher, certified Health and Wellness Coach and daily yoga practitioner who runs her own successful retreat centre here at the Cliffs of Moher Retreat. Meet your Lead Trainer and read more about Michelle here.

Anatomy Trainer – Lexi Keating. Bachelor’s of Science in Biology (BS), 1999-2003, Springhill College, Mobile, AL,USA Master’s Degree of Physical Therapy (MS) Over 12 years of experience practicing & teaching as a Physical Therapist/Physiotherapist specialising in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, rehabilitation, injury prevention, functional movement and development. Over 2,400 logged hours served as a Clinical Instructor to Physical Therapy/Physiotherapy graduate students.

Daily Schedule
Daily Overview:
07:00 – 09:00          Guided Practice
09:00 – 10:00          Breakfast
10:00 – 12:00          Morning Circle
12:00 – 13:30          Lunch
13:30 – 16:00          Afternoon Circle
16:00 – 16:30          Break
16:30 – 19:00          Evening Circle


Full Schedule

Yoga Teacher Training Schecule
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“I’ve just finished 3 weeks of teacher training at the Cliffs of Moher Retreat Centre and it’s safe to say, it was the best investment I ever made. And it was indeed an investment – of money, of time, of effort – but especially of energy. Michelle and Lexi brought us far beyond the course requirements of simply teaching asanas and on a deep journey into ourselves. There was a lot of soul-searching, self-reflection and healing. It was intense work, but the most powerful gift we could’ve been given. Most importantly, it all took place in a safe, completely secure environment…and a stunning one at that!

When designing the course, Michelle must’ve known what days we’d feel tired, what activities would be tough…and what reward she could offer to make every single day a wonderful experience, even when we were challenging ourselves most. From the very first day, we were taken care of – far better than we might’ve been able to take care of ourselves! – and encouraged to grow as people, as teachers, and as healers.

Nourished every day by the best food we could imagine, guided in challenging flow classes and deeply healing restorative classes, and brought out of our comfort zone with cold sea swimming from time to time, our minds and bodies thrived within this setting.

The course itself is all-encompassing, giving you all the tools and support you need to be a caring, knowledgeable, confident and safe yoga teacher. You’ll be teaching from Day 1 (but don’t worry, the way they introduce it means it isn’t scary at all!) So it’s quite practical and the theory stuff is shared in a very informal, accessible way…more like a group chat than a lecture. All of the people on the course bonded so much thanks to this arrangement and I’m leaving here with some wonderful new friends.

Michelle is a fountain of knowledge about the practice (and so much more!) and I feel so empowered now to continue my own yoga journey thanks to her guidance.

If you’re thinking of doing your training, trust me – go for this course. You’ll be supported all the way, you’ll love the lessons you’re learning each day and you’ll be as excited as I am about becoming a yoga teacher when you finish.”


– Emma, December 2018 



“I was drawn to this place since the first time I found the website looking for a YTT. And choosing it for my YTT could not have been more right for me. It was the right place, the right people, the right time. The YTT was amazing and more than eye-opening. The Cliffs of Moher Retreat is just magical!”


– Judith Dec 2018  



“The course has been an amazing and magical experience for me. To be so immersed, to have the space held so well, to be learning, growing, healing. 
I was completely overwhelmed before the teacher training, I nearly dropped out a week before. I thought I’m not good enough, not flexible enough, not spiritual enough. But being here I have learnt I am enough, and I’m actually a damn good teacher. 
My inflexibility and tightness in my muscles from a life time support has taught me many of the modifications needed for different poses, and a strong focus on the integrity and safety of poses over the shapes we may see on instagram. I have so much more confidence in my practice, and have been taught the art of teaching that I never thought I would master.
The daily schedule allows for all types of learning; physical practice and experience of how it feels in the body, anatomy lectures focused on yoga poses, teaching practice from day one in small groups, to teaching a class of 12 on the final day. 4pm cake break. Amazing food at breakfast and lunch, organic and vegetarian. Tree planting for our karma yoga. Fun memory games to make learning Sanskrit more like xmas day with your family by the fire. Many dips into the Atlantic Ocean, jumping off the pier on stormy December days. Ice baths and saunas. And breathing, a lot of breathing. The reason most of us on our training found yoga, the gift we all want to share, the thing that yoga is really all about. The breath. 
I will definitely back with some experience under my belt to do my 300hr advanced teacher training as soon as Michelle is offering it.
Don’t think about it too much, just breathe, and jump in.”


– Sophie Dec 2018


“This is so much more than a yoga teacher training course, Michelle takes you on a personal development journey as well, enabling you to launch into being a teacher as soon as you leave. She really models the way and share her years of experience and knowledge freely. Everything has been so well thought through, every need is catered for, creating an amazing and supportive learning environment. Great location, wonderful food and accommodation – an inspiring experience.”


– Sarah, June 2019 


Prices & Dates

Dates:  May 31st – June 20th, 2021


Course Fees:Price includes Tuition, Accommodation and meals*


Quad Room (female only)                       €5,175

Twin Room with Shared Bathroom        €5,465

Twin Room with Private Bathroom        €6,040

Single Room with Shared Bathroom      €5,750

Single Room with Private Bathroom      €6,500


*On the two days off, lunch and dinner will not be included.


Booking directly on our website now will require a €500 non-refundable deposit.

We can arrange a payment plan to suit your needs please contact us on


During your Training all meals are included. Food is such an important part of a yogic lifestyle and at our beautiful retreat we believe this whole-heartedly. Our clean, organic, vegetarian meals with much of the produce grown onsite, keep our retreat guests coming back year after year and they all rave about our delicious food. For this special training we will be serving our incredible food with love and gratitude and sharing our methods, ingredients and recipes with you too. During the training we will have mindful eating experiences where we will eat as a meditation and not only will the food nourish and sustain us during this deep immersion but it will be part of the joy, and a fun relaxing part of our day. Please see the following links on our website to learn more about our food. For more information on our food please see below:


Food Philosophy


Organic Farm


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