Yoga Faith 12 Step Immersion, May 3-5th, 2019 Tacoma Washington

Purchasing this immersion includes the YogaFaith 12 Step Module
You may purchase the Module at anytime to get started.

Training Price $599, includes Online Learning Module

Dates: 05/03/2019 – 05/05/2019 | Last Day to Register: 05/01/2019


Holiday Inn Express Hotel
2102 South C Street
Tacoma, Wa  98402

Join us for the for Yoga Faith 12 step in the heart of historical Tacoma.
On the North end of the University of Washington, in the shadows of Mt. Rainier, lies a beautiful ballroom where this training will take place.

Contact Information

Contact Person: Derek Thielen
By email: [email protected]
Subject: May 2019 12 Step Tacoma Wa
By Phone: 253-299-4306

Additional Information:

This is our question to you today, do you [really] want to be made whole?

Everyone who has a heartbeat battles addiction in some way, shape or form. YogaFaith strives to bring healing and wholeness to every dimension of your being. Our 12 Step Program is no different. We want to tackle the barriers, addictions, traumas, and behaviors that hold you, or someone you know, back, from the abundant life that God has purposed for you while you are on planet Earth!

In 1934, Bill Wilson founded the 12 Step program based on biblical principles. YogaFaith is redeeming and injecting these Christian principles back into the age old 12 step program that has worked in healing thousands of people, worldwide, of all ages and from numerous addictions. We hope you can join us in this vital training that heals from the inside out and shall spark revival around the globe!

This Certification and Program consists of 2-Parts.

Part One is YF 12 Step Online Module
Part Two is the Hands-On Training (2 days).

We dive into the nature of Addiction:

  • The brain – neuroscience and understanding the addictive process
  • The 12 Step Path based on the original 12 Steps of AA and bringing God front and center.
  • Yoga for All A’s: Chemical Addictions, Obsession, and Eating Disorders
  • Trauma and addiction
  • Trauma and healing
  • Toxic Relationships, finding healing and restoration
  • How to hold space for those in recovery
  • How to lead a YogaFaith Class + 12 step meeting
  • Receive your R-YF12S Certification

In the beginning….redeeming the 12 Steps for God’s glory

Bill Wilson, founder of AA, reported that “early AA got its ideas of self-examination, acknowledgment of character defects, restitution for harm done, and working with others straight from the Oxford Groups,” (Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, p. 39) and God.

YACEPIn the Steps as they were published in 1935, half of the Steps contain a reference to God. The first is a reference to “a Power greater than ourselves” (Step 2), two refer to “God, as we understood Him” (Steps 3 and 11), another two simply say “God” (Steps 5 and 6) and one refers to God as “Him” (Step 7).

Moreover, this is a specific, theistic, conception of God. Theism conceives of God as personal and active in the governance of the world. In the Steps, one can have “conscious contact with God” (Step 11) and God can do things such as remove our defects of character and our shortcomings (Steps 6 and 7). This interventionist God (the Big Book says that “God could and would if He were sought”), is a Christian conception of God.Man on Bed III

Many of the Steps also recommend behaviors that have historically been part of religious practice. These include self-surrender (Step 3: “Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God”); confession of sins (Step 5: “Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being”); atonement or restitution (Steps 8 and 9: “Made a list… (and) made direct amends… wherever possible”); and spreading the gospel (Step 12: “we tried to carry this message”).

“The substantive faith set forth in especially the first three Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous,” Ernest Kurtz wrote in his classic and authoritative work on the history of AA, “was in salvation attained through a conversion, the pre-condition of which was the act of surrender.” (Not God: A History of Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 182)

The Context of the History of Religious Ideas by Ernest Kurtz is a must-read for those interested in the religiosity of AA. He describes the “Evangelical Pietism” of the Oxforders. The “evangelical” part involves a fervour for carrying the message of the gift of an omnipotent God.

Michelle Thielen, E-RYT 500, R-MYFT, TSYF

Called the Yoga Pastor, Michelle holds Certifications with the American Council of Exercise and a Registered Master Yoga Trainer with Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 500 level with over 25,000 Teaching hours.

She is an international speaker and author of Stretching Your Faith, as well as a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. As a Trauma Sensitive Yoga Trainer, Michelle has been instrumental in aiding with the restoration of those who suffer from trauma, intense anxiety or depression into healing and freedom. She travels around the world aiding in the rescue efforts of human traffick victims.

  • YogaFaith 12 Step Online Module
  • Group calls to journey through online training together. Dates are 4/8/19, 4/18 and 4/29 at 6pm pst.
  • 3 Days / 2 nights of training, all sessions
  • Registered YogaFaith 12 Step and Recovery Certification, R-YF12S
  • Continued Education Credits, all Contact and Non Contact Hours.
  • Join an intimate and private group of other 12 Steppers
  • Join our YogaFaith Instructor Page for community and family all across the world!
  • A forever family!
  • Required Textbooks
  • Lodging [nearby special rate of $55-65 per night see below]
  • Food [many nearby restaurants, cafes and shops]
  • Transportation [share with other students] Suggested Transportation from Airport to Training: Lyft or Uber

Make your lodging reservations at:

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
2102 South C Street
Tacoma, WA


Please reference YogaFaith when making your reservation.

  • Registration/Check In: Friday May 3rd  | 12:00pm | Sessions begin at 12:30pm
  • Training will commence with Graduation May 5th |  Conclude: 1pm
  • Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Counselors
  • Educators
  • Marriage and/or Family Therapists
  • Pastoral Counselors and Clergy
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Therapists
  • First Responders
  • Survivors of Complex Trauma
  • Yoga Instructors
  • First Responders
  • Military Personal
  • Detention or Incarcerated Employees

The Bible

Alcoholics Anonymous:
Living Sober (AA literature)
by Lloyd H. Bell Jr.              

12 Steps and 12 Traditions    

Alcoholics Anonymous

Stretching Your Faith
90 Minute Video Supplement
by Michelle Thielen

Twenty Four Hours a Day
 (Hazelden Meditations)

Yoga and Eating Disorders:   Step Into God’s Grace
Ancient Healing for Modern Illness

by Carolyn Costin & Joe Kelly

Next Steps:

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