NOVEMBER 2 & 3, Studland Village Hall, dorset

Join me in the Purbecks as I guide you on the most beautiful journey of The Qoya Initation.

The Qoya Initiation in the Purbecks will be my fifth experience of sharing The Inititation. I feel deeply honoured to be a gateway for so many women on their journey home to their true self, through Qoya. The Initiation is a weekend of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual growth that transforms and enrichens the lives of all who take part.

Who is The Initiation for?

The Initiation is suitable for any woman interested in exploring paths towards an embodied life - that means being fully present, sensual, creative, vibrant and aligned with a lifestyle of reverence. Some women go on to complete their Qoya teacher training at The Intensive, others take what they learn and allow the teachings to ripple out into every part of their life, others explore the teachings to simply better understand themselves. All who take part share a sense of wonder and deep internal resonance with the truth fully felt: through movement we remember our essence, as women, is wild, wise and free.

How does the Qoya Training work?

The Qoya training process is broken into 3 stages. There is no fast forward, this is a journey to be taken with deep respect and commitment, a journey slow enough for the experience and learning to be fully felt and anchored within the body.

  • Step 1 is The Intro, and online introduction to Qoya that takes approximately 10hrs and can be completed at your own pace at home. Intro to Qoya Online Training

  • Step 2 is the Initiation, a weekend opportunity to dive deeper into the pillars of Qoya and to begin teaching Qoya to friends and family.

  • Step 3 is the Intensive, a week long training that allows you to become a fully qualified Qoya teacher.

What is included in the Initiation?

All Initiation weekends include the live Initiation Training with Sonja for 11 hrs, one group follow-up call a month later to assist with integration of the teachings, and our online Initiation Training supplement, which includes 11 video and audio Qoya classes.

The Initiation Non-Residential Training with Sonja - this is the more functional, simplistic way to experience the Initiation; the non-residential route. Join us at Studland Village Hall for two daytime sessions to complete the Qoya Initiation. The non-residential Initation has the air of a pilgrimage: less frills and pure, simple growth. You are invited to create your own package (transport, accommodation, food) to suit your budget and preference. November 2nd & 3rd 2019


TRAINING: The initiation training for both courses is $600 (approximately £450) and is bookable direct at Prices for the Fully Residential aspect of the Training shall be posted live soon.

FOOD: A plant based nutritious and delicious lunch is available for both days of the Initiation at £15 per person. To order lunch please email with any allergies before Thursday Oct 31st.

ACCOMMODATION: For Studland, here are a few options. Try to avoid leaving this to the last minute!

Airbandb - search Studland, Dorset or if you have a car / Corfe Castle / Swanage, Dorset.

Hotels: search The Pig at the Beach and The Bankes Arms Hotel.

B&B: follow the links for Rectory Cottage, Longmead Cottage, Littlecroft B&B


By air - nearest airport is Southampton (45 mins) or London Heathrow (90 mins).

By train - nearest stop is Wareham, Dorset. You will need a 30 minute taxi ride from the train station to Studland Village.

By coach - National Express travel to Swanage and Poole.

By car: BH19 3BT - there is parking behind the Village Hall.

Deadlines for applications are October 31st.

  • How to prepare.

The following 5 steps will help you make the most of the Initiation weekend.

  1. Complete and practice The Intro course.

  2. Read Qoya - a Compass for Navigating an Embodied Life that is Wise, Wild and Free by Rochelle Schiek.

  3. Download, print and read thoroughly the Initiation Teacher Training Manual ahead of your training weekend.

  4. Partake in as many live Qoya classes as you are able to attend in person.

  5. Get Spotify, explore music and kitchen dance at every opportunity!

Sample schedule of the non residential Initiation:

Sat & Sun: 9.30am arrival / 10-2pm QOYA practice and introduction / 2pm lunch / 3-6pm Qoya Philosophy / 6pm departure

In Summary.

To complete the full Initiation requirement to be eligible for the Intensive*, you will:

-attend this live training in person
-take 11 Qoya class either online or in person
-teach 11 Qoya practice classes to friends and family
-submit review forms for 3 classes

*You can also attend Initiation training if you do not wish to complete the Intensive, but simply wish to deepen your home practice.

What you'll learn: Through the 11-hour live training with accompanying online course, you will learn teaching methods, practice what you’ve learned by teaching to friends and family, and most importantly, deepen your understanding of Qoya through your own experience.

Who you're certified to teach: Friends and Family for free

If you have questions, please contact me at and we can schedule a 30 minute Skype chat to discover if the Initiation is something that will support your journey.


Fully Residential Training - the most restorative way to undertake The Initiation is the fully residential Initiation, hosted by The New Forest Retreat. This extraordinary rural retreat is set close to the picturesque village of Burley, surrounded by New Forest ponies, a wild lake and acres of forest land. Expect extensive coutryside, simple rooms and exquisite plant based nutrition for 3 meals a day. You will arrive on the Friday and have all your food and accommodation within the retreat space. Accommodation at The Retreat is booked independently on an Airbandb basis. The fully residential Initiation is for those travelling to the UK or Hampshire for the benefit of this training. July 2020