A Small Group
Mentor Program

Do you long for a community of teachers to work alongside as you build your vision? Are you ready to invest in your future in a powerful way?

Held is a six week mentor program for yoga teachers

The Story

After completing my first yoga teacher training 12 years ago I spent the first six months thinking I didn’t want to teach yoga. After all, I was one of those people who took yoga teacher training because I wanted to deepen my practice, not so much teach.

Over the course of my training something awakened within me and I realized… yes, I do want to teach.
So how’d I find myself questioning that desire, calling, urge once training ended?

It’s simple. I stuffed it down because I didn’t know how to go about making it a reality. My training was incredible, and it only offered two hours (if that) of the business of yoga also known as “what the heck” do I do next!”

I knew that “If you can see your path laid out in front of you, step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.” Joseph Campbell

Yet, I wanted a mentor. A guide. Someone who had made their own path, the way I dreamed of making mine. Someone who hadn’t had a huge savings, trust fund, or someone else who’d be funding their dreams when they started. Someone who’d kept their 9 to 5, worked their dream part time, until they were grounded and ready to shift away from that. Someone who created from grit and scratch like I knew I would need to. I wanted someone I could ask questions, gain insight from, and receive honest feedback from.

It took years before I found my greatest mentors, Maya Breuer and Dr. Gail Parker.
In the meantime I figured it out. I made mistakes. I learned from them. I had moments of total kick ass-ness to. I still do all of these things. What’s essential in doing this work over the long haul? Beginning. Committing. Continuing. Clearing. Clarifying. Creating. Being in Community. I continue to cultivate and work at the career of my dreams in a way that is in harmony with my very real and demanding life as a partner and mother.

I am leading a 6 week small group mentorship program for yoga teachers.
This is my offering to the woman I was 12 years ago. The one afraid to admit what she wanted, because she deeply feared it wasn’t possible. It is filled with real life wisdom I’ve learned along the way.

I created this 6 week program for yoga teachers who are just starting out and determined to “find a way or make one” or who’ve been ambling along and have come to an impasse.

This program is for individuals who are ready to get down into the mud of their being and deeply engage the process required to access and unfold their lotus. If you are ready to do both the inner and outer work that birthing a dream demands, this is for you. This is a sacred space where your vision, creativity, and vulnerability are encouraged.Together we will explore class design that elevates the yoga experience beyond the basic.

“Mentoring is a mutuality that requires more than meeting the right teacher: the teacher must meet the right student.”

We will

Engage practices to find, connect to, and strengthen your voice.

Uncover your individual why, who, and message.

Create offerings that are unique to your why, who, and message.

Discuss best business practices to build classes, workshops, and retreats.

Do all of this while being held in a container that honors taking care of yourself, integrity and ethics, staying in alignment with your vision/mission.

Engage essential work around the energetic flow of money.

Over the course of our mentorship, you will be supported in drawing your own map that allows you to boldly chart your path to your dreams in a way that acknowledges your starting point and sustains you along the way.

What’s Included?

75 minute private soul/work session with me

2- 90 minute (group) sessions with Life/Business Coach Lorri Palko

Weekly homework focused on clearing blocks in creating an offering to launch your dream/vision into the world in a deep and sustainable way OR leveling up/deepening something you are already offering

Weekly email check-ins and unlimited virtual support from me over the course of the 6 weeks

Sacred Chill West

Saturday November 16, 2019
Sunday December 1, 2019
Saturday December 21, 2019

*attendance at all three in person group sessions required


In person meetings from 2:00-6:00pm on Nov.16 and Dec. 21. On Sunday Dec. 1, 2019 from 11:00-3:00pm


Investment: $949

Payment can be split into three equal installments and must be paid in full by November 1, 2019

“You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.”
– Toni Morrison



Week 1 – Saturday November 16 2:00-6:00pm
Our practice, discussion, and inquiry will focus on identifying patterns, habits, and self limiting beliefs that undercut even our best efforts as well as diminishes our visibility on the path toward fulfilling our dreams.


Session 2 – Sunday December 1 2:00-6:00pm
Our practices, discussion, and inquiry will focus on identifying what we really truly want, what resources we already have, what we need to invest, and charting a course to make it happen.


Session 3 – Saturday December 21 2:00-6:00pm
This happens throughout our time together and much of your homework is focused on visioning, drafting, and creating at least one offering that you’ve only dreamed of launching out into the world. Weekly email check-ins and unlimited virtual support from me allow this part of the process to be woven throughout our 6 week process. Our third and final session will focus on sharing what we’ve created with one another as well as learning best practices to successfully tell our story , market, and put our creations out in the world!

Working with Octavia

The mentoring process with Octavia solidified the start of my journey as a yoga teacher. The personalized plan Octavia developed, based on our assessment of my strengths and areas for improvement, empowered me to walk away later grounded, confident, and assured of my path forward in teaching/studying yoga. The mentoring program with Octavia was truly tailored to my best interest as a mentee, student, and teacher. She selflessly shared her knowledge, wisdom, mishaps, and tips as a yoga teacher. I would recommend any new yoga teacher considering a mentoring program to inquire about the program at Sacred Chill {West}. It is worth the investment.
-Undrenia Burnside

I had an idea of what I wanted from a mentor program, but what I actually got out of it was more than I could have imagined. I realized that my expectations on how a mentorship with Octavia Raheem would operate was on the surface side of things, but she had other plans. She dove, without hesitation, and with a nurturing approach into the deeper levels on having me question and answer, who I am and what I REALLY want. She worked me from the inside out. Which offered me a deeper insight and perspective not only on mySelf, but also my work as a yoga teacher. Octavia has a special ability to see a person’s true nature, energy, and gifts (even if you can’t see for yourself at the time); then creates a space for You to cultivate and harness those characteristics. I appreciate her particular ability to make you feel safe, supported, and heard, while at the same time not letting you cheat yourself and calling you out on any mess.
– Channing Hixon


This program is open to those who:
Have completed a 200-hour or higher yoga teacher training program
Completed an application

This program is only offered twice a year and by application only.
Due to the intimate and incredibly supportive nature of this work, there’s only space for 6.


Held is a Creative. Bold. Communal Space for yoga teachers & wellness workers to bare witness to and hold one another as we chart our path to our dreams!

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