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How To Teach It All – Choose Your Workshop Structure

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Before you create your content, you need to determine HOW you want to deliver your content. What is your workshop structure?

There are three popular workshop structures that I’ve used.

? One-day workshops

? Weekend workshops (or multiple days)

? Workshop series

I’m sure there’s others out there and I’d love to hear about what structures you’ve seen or used in the past in our Yoga Teacher Talk FB group!  

 

One-Day Event

This workshop could last anywhere from 2-6 hours in a single day. This is the most popular structure I see.  Only you can determine the length of the workshop but I can tell you that. 2 hours will go FAST. 

Pro’s of this structure: 

  • You’re able to offer a lot of information in a short period of time
  • People only have to invest a few hours of their day
  • Great option for beginning workshop leaders since you’re able to slowly move outside of your comfort zone and learn better time management skills

Con’s of this structure: 

  • You’re probably going to be limited to odd weekend times like Saturday at 2:00PM.
  • The time can go really fast and you may not be able to go into a lot of detail or cover more in-depth topics.

Full Weekend Workshop

This can take several forms. Maybe you want to do 6 hours on Saturday and 6 hours Sunday so it’s A LOT of time and you’re able to go really in-depth with your information. 

I’ve seen teachers do 3 hours on a Saturday and 3 hours on a Sunday. Although that’s only a 6 hour workshop, it’s still a full weekend because you’re asking for 2 days of time. 

A full weekend workshop would be a really intense type of workshop and you’d really want to think about this option. 

Pro’s of this structure: 

  • You can go really, really deep into the information. 
  • You can make it more “retreat” oriented and host at a fancy center. 
  • You can make it more “experiential” for the participant which is really nice. 

Con’s of this structure:

  • It’s going to cost a lot of money for your students
  • You need to develop some really great content to hold their attention for a long period of time 
  • People also have to dedicate a lot of time.  
  • Logistical decisions-  if someone can only attend 1 day will you allow them to attend? Or is a requirement to attend both days? 
  • Not great for beginners because of the length and time dedication

Workshop Series

In a series, we meet once a week for a specified number of weeks (e.g., 4-12 weeks). This is my personal favorite way to offer workshops right now!!

Pro’s of this structure:

  • Students can take a really deep dive in the information- you can teach a 60 or 90 minute class, they can go home, integrate the knowledge, work on it for a full week and then come back and share their experiences, share their questions and their journey. 
  • I can usually find time during the weekdays which leaves my weekends free!

Cons of this structure:

  • It can be hard to find a regular time on the yoga schedule. It’s very dependent on the studio. 
  • People may not be able to dedicate 4-12 weeks. 
  • Logistical decisions- if someone has to miss a week, will you allow them to attend?

 

There are pros and cons to each of these styles. Think about it and figure out what will work best for you, your students, and the hosting studio. 

 

What other workshop structures have you either presented or attended?  I’d love to hear your feedback in our Yoga Teacher Talk FB group! Come and join us!

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