There are many AcroYoga Teacher Trainings. They require substantial investment of time and money. In the absence of accrediting bodies, the student alone must judge their quality and suitability. Caveat emptor. Buyer beware. To help students decide here are questions worth asking before spending thousands of dollars.
- Is the schedule planned in advance and posted online?
- How many hours of training? On what subjects? How much time is devoted to skills? To acrobatics? To therapeutics? To pedagogy? To business?
- Who are the faculty and what are their credentials? How many of the faculty have educational credentials that qualify them to teach teachers? Doing acro, teaching acro, and teaching teachers all require very different skills.
- What does room and board actually include? How many people to a room? How many bathrooms for how many people? Is there electricity? If camping is an option, is the site genuinely suitable for camping?
- Will there be an adequate food and drink, appropriate to the climate, your calorie and dietary needs when you train hard?
- Does the training impose any behavior rules? (Examples from one TT: No leaving the compound. No coffee. No acrobatics without permission. No sex.) While rules may be necessary, being surprised by seemingly arbitrary rules upon arrival is not.
- What are the prerequisites and are they enforced? Which of the prerequisites are strictly enforced? What can you guarantee will be true of everyone in the TT?
- How many and what kind of injuries have occurred in previous TTs? Have people been hospitalized? For what? Open discussion of accidents will improve safety across the community.
- Does the organization have a public posted policy on sexual harassment and fraternization? Is every participant required to agree to it? What is the procedure for making and responding to complaints of inappropriate behavior?
- Are teachers making a living teaching? Teaching classes? Workshops? Retreats? Teacher Trainings?
- Are all faculty and assistants being paid a decent hourly wage? Are any volunteers?
- Where are your tuition dollars going? How much is being paid to the facility? How much is being paid to the teachers? How much goes to food? Opening up the finances of the TT itself would be an excellent way to explore the business side of teaching. If the people running the training are extremely resistant to answering questions about money, ask yourself why that might be.
Students, if you're going to invest thousands of dollars and your time and energy, don't be afraid to ask lots of questions before making your decision.
The AcroYoga Curmudgeon