Tog Chöd Teacher Training
Step 1: 12-Day Training with Farrah (divided into two sessions, both mandatory)
Step 2: 2-Day Certification with Tulku Lobsang
Step 3: Teach!
STEPS TO BECOMING A TOG CHöD TEACHER
Step 1: Education
The Education is a 12-Day program, divided into two sessions. It is taught by a certified Educator, in this case, with Farrah Garan.
In these 12 days, you will receive the all forms of the Tog Chöd practice as well as the rich context of this practice, and several supporting practices, such as Mindfulness Meditation, a breath work practice and Secret Tsa Lung.
See below for the curriculum for the 12-day Education.
Step 2: Certification
The Certification is done with Tulku Lobsang over 2 days. At that time, you will receive further teachings directly from Tulku Lobsang.
There will be a written and practical exam. Upon successful completion of both, you will receive your certificate to teach in the lineage of Tulku Lobsang.
Step 3: Renewal
After 2 years, you need to renew your certificate. After this first time, renewal only needs to be done every 4 years. This enables all the teachers to stay fresh, current and connected.
There are no prior requirements to participate in this program.
People of all backgrounds, ages (minimum of 18), experience levels and body types are very welcome. No experience with yoga or Buddhism is necessary.
All that we ask is that you have a commitment to your own development, to your own health and happiness, and that you would want the same for others.
Come with an open heart, open mind and desire to help others and you are very welcome!
During the 12-day intensive, participants will be given the experience, context and teaching tools to effectively and confidently share the Tog Chöd practice with others.
Specific topics that will be covered include:
CONTEXT & BACKGROUND
The Origins and Meaning of Tog Chöd
- Tulku Lobsang: Pioneer of Tog Chöd
- Kalachakra & Monk Dance
- Benefits of Tog Chöd
Principles of Tibetan Buddhism
- Wisdom & Method
- Devotion & Motivation
- Releasing Negative Emotions
Tantrayana Buddhist Principles
- Diamond Vehicle
- Father Tantrayana, Mother Tantrayana
- Discovering Your Inner Master
- Four Transformational Thoughts
The Philosophy of Tog Chöd
- Life is One Day
- Moving Past Fear & Expectation
- Inner Change
- Bravery & Self-Confidence
- The Power of Decision
- Responsibility & Freedom
The Movement Forms of Tog Chöd
- Tog Chöd 1: Five Forms
- Tog Chöd 2: Four Forms
Variations of Tog Chöd
- Outer, Inner, Secret
- Embodying the Five Elements
- Free Form Movement
- Formal Meditation Practice
- Movement Practice
Tsa Lung Breathwork Practices
How to Be an Effective Teacher
Preparing for a Teaching
Organizing a Teaching
Marketing Advice & Tools
7:00 - 8:30 Morning Practice
8:30 - 10:00 Breakfast Break
10:00 - 11:30 Context, Benefits & Background
11:30 - 1:00 Movements Exploration
1:00 - 4:00 Lunch Break
4:00 - 6:00 Pedagogic Tools
6:00 - 8:00 Dinner Break
8:00 - 9:00 Evening Gathering (Discussion, Relaxation Exercises)
During the Certification Course, you will receive Tulku Lobsang’s direct transmission. He will further prepare you to be a representative of Tog Chöd by sharing the deep essence of the teaching.
This is your opportunity to connect with him, the lineage holder and pioneer of Tog Chöd. This is a unique opportunity because we will be a small group of under 20. (At each Certification Weekend in Europe, there are over 200 attendees!) You will have a chance to ask Tulku Lobsang directly anything that you would like further clarification on.
At this time, you will also take both a written and a practical exam. Upon successfully passing both, you will receive your certificate directly from Tulku Lobsang, as well as his blessing to teach in his name.
Dates & Location
May 19 - 26, 2017
Grand Bahia Principe Coba Resort
August 2 - 7, 2017
Phinney Ridge Community Center
Tuition for the 12-Day Tog Chöd Education:
- 12-Day Intensive Education in Tog Chöd: The Wisdom Sword with Farrah (both sessions)
- The Tog Chöd Manual and other Teaching Materials
- Ongoing Follow-up
Once Certification is Complete, You Also Receive:
- Official Listing as a Teacher on the new Tulku Lobsang Methods international website (currently being developed)
- Your Own Personal Page on the International Lu Jong website
- Your Own firstname.lastname@example.org official email address
- License to Use Official Tog Chöd Graphics, including:
- Certified Tog Chöd Teacher Logo
- Photos of the movements
- Photos of Tulku Lobsang
- Tog Chöd traditional drawing
- Tog Chöd Calligraphy
- Official Texts
- Flyer and Postcard Templates prepared by a professional graphic artist that you can use to promote your teachings
- Support from Nangten Menlang International, such as their press and marketing efforts
- Continued Access to Farrah into the future
Cost Does NOT Include:
- Accommodations & Meals during the teaching sessions.
The Grand Bahia resort in Cancun is all-inclusive. For a special rate of $151 USD per night (May 19 - 25), Tog Chöd participants receive full access to all the facilities, delicious meals in their several restaurants, and all beverages included.
- Travel to the locations
To complete the Tog Chöd Certification Program, it is necessary to attend a certification with Tulku Lobsang.
You may choose to attend either the North American or European Certifications.
The 2017 North American Certification will be:
October 9 - 11, 2017
Loon Lake Retreat Centre
Maple Ridge, BC (1-hour east of Vancouver)
Tuition for the 2-Day Tog Chöd Certification with Tulku Lobsang:
- 2-Day Teaching with Tulku Lobsang in an intimate setting in October
- Tulku Lobsang’s personal blessing to teach his Tog Chöd practice in his name when you receive your certificate
- License to use official materials
This does NOT include:
- Accommodations & Meals (which will be around an additional $220 USD total if you choose to stay at the center.)
- Travel to the location
When you are ready to sign up for the Certification, registration and payment are done at Tulku Lobsang's main website. Simply click the link below. The cost of the Certification is not included in the 12-day Education with Farrah.
If it is necessary to cancel your participation in this training, there is a $200 non-refundable registration fee.
The remaining balance is refundable until 45 days before the start of the training.
If canceling within less than 45 days before start of the training, 50% is non-refundable and the other 50% may be applied toward a future Tibetan Healing Movement event.
About Your Teacher
Farrah Garan has dedicated her life to spreading the deep wisdom of the Tibetan healing arts. Her aim is to make these simple—but powerfully effective—practices widely known so that many may benefit.
Farrah's first introduction to the Tantrayana practices was in 2002 and she has developed a deep love for this path and all that she has learned from Tulku Lobsang, including Lu Jong, Tsa Lung, Mindfulness, Buddhist Psychology and Tummo. Again and again, she experiences in herself and witnesses in her students the vitality, clarity and joy that is a benefit of these profound methods.
She has worked closely with Tulku Lobsang since 2002, as a student, chairwoman of the US branch of his organization, the North American Tour Coordinator, and as an employee of Nangten Menlang International. She is the editorial journalist for his books and has been integral in developing the Teacher Certification programs, manual and curriculum.
Is This Training Right For You?
Do you want to be part of a true lineage?
Do you want to teach to people of all sizes, all ages, all abilities and all belief systems?
Do you want to give your students a clear system they can use to experience immediate health and happiness?
Do you want to offer a method that not only heals the body, but is the beginning of a deep spiritual path?
There is more and more interest in Tog Chöd and we need loving, compassionate individuals to help share it.
If you feel in your heart that this program is right for you, then I am sure you will find it to be worth the commitment.
This training is an investment in yourself and your community. It will open several doors for you and create new opportunities in your life.
There are many possibilities for your teachings and the benefit you give and receive will be priceless!
See you in Cancun!!