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in Majestic Asheville, NC

October 17-23 2018

Lead paradigm-shifting breathwork immersions to transform others on the deepest levels of mind, body and spirit. The practice of conscious, connected breathwork is profoundly healing and the world yearns for this medicine now more than ever. Let us create powerful ripples together and be at the forefront of an emerging spiritual renaissance. 


Calling all leaders and pioneers of the healing arts! Breathwork is a powerful tool for transformation that is needed in the world now more than ever. Become a Certified Breathwork Facilitator and begin to offer this great form of service work in your community and beyond. Learn the art of The Sacred Breath Method™, authentic space-holding, container creation and deep circling/processing. Be at the forefront of a growing movement and become skilled in leading life-altering breathwork immersions! Breath is the key to the crystalline grail within.


- Alexander Lowen, The Voice of the Body

On Breathwork...

Breath is the carrier wave of life itself, the sacred bridge between spirit and matter, and the chariot of the soul. The word breath and soul, or spirit, are synonymous in many ancient languages. The Sanskrit word 'prana', the Latin 'spiritus', the Greek 'pneuma', the Hebrew 'ruach' and the Old Norse ‘önd’, are all words that unify the concepts of breath and spirit. Breathing techniques have been used by ancient cultures around the world for eons in order access spiritual dimensions of the self, for the purpose of deep insight and transformation. In more modern times, various techniques stemming from this core practice have begun to permeate healing communities around the globe, with diverse benefits ranging from trauma release to transpersonal revelation.

Conscious Breathwork is the purposeful application of conscious, connected breathing in both one-on-one and group settings, guided by a skilled practitioner and the Spirit of Breath, held within a ceremonial container. The Spirit of Breath in this case refers to the multi-dimensional collective intelligence that naturally seeks balance and wide-spectrum healing, surrounding and guiding the the act of conscious breathing. For thousands of years humans have found by changing the rate, ratio, volume and flow of the respiratory cycle, there can be experiential and perceptual shifts in consciousness, spiritual awareness, cognition and self-identity. More recently, when applied therapeutically, the shifts experienced in conscious, connected breathing seem to be linked to a deeper sense of inner connection, somatic roundedness, emotional empowerment and psycho-spiritual integration. 

The Sacred Breath Method ™ is a portal or gateway to non-ordinary states of consciousness where profound healing and transformative experiences can occur. Many who have studied and implemented this method say it is the next caliber of transpersonal healing and find it to be completely life-changing. Conscious, connected breathing releases dimethyltryptamine in the brain, allowing one to access higher states of awareness, spiritual wisdom, and emotional breakthroughs (catharsis). Through the unfathomable intelligence of breath (Spirit), the breather is guided on a personal journey into their being, or soul. The multi-faceted experience of the Sacred Breath Method ™ incorporates conscious, connected breathwork, intentional ceremony, powerful music, high grade essential oils, vibrational sound, energy work, group circling, quantum breakthrough coaching, deep processing and various other tools to invoke the deeper aspects of one's being. Integration techniques follow the breathwork journey so that the experience may be solidified into day-to-day life.

Throughout the breathwork process, the healer or wise one within (the one who knows all already) will illuminate that which the breather needs to see, allowing for both a reclamation and reintegration of any abandoned facets of self and a releasing of limiting perceptual lenses. Additionally, the breathwork will catalyze a powerful cellular healing process in the breather that is difficult to put into words and can only be experienced. Remember, there is an infinite wellspring of creativity, inspiration, passion, abundance and vitality awaiting each and every one of us, just on the other side of releasing fear, trauma, pain, blockages, stagnations or false beliefs. Breathwork is the key to unlocking the crystalline grail within. It seeks to clear all that stands in the way of our most luminous expression and higher embodiment. 


 - Thich Nhat Hanh


  • A powerful facilitator's training with Sacred Breath founders, Kaya Leigh and Malakai Aeleo Azure 

  • 36 hours of mentorship and hands-on support to teach you everything you need to know in order to facilitate breathwork for others

  • Healing initiations into clearing any remaining traumas, micro-traumas, ancestral imprints, core wounds, or limiting beliefs so that you may activate your highest potential and deepen into your crystalline embodiment/soul’s blueprint
  • Personal Genius Activation
  • Invaluable preparation to lead breathwork immersions for private clients, in the workplace and in workshops/immersions/ceremonies 
  • A solidification of your knowledge and understanding of the Science and Art of Breathwork
  • A knowing of how to anchor sacred ceremony and understanding of the pillars of space-holding and energetic gridding
  • A deepening of your own embodiment as a bridge to higher states of receptivity, consciousness and lucidity for both self and others
  • A comprehensive training manual 
  • 36 hours toward your 200-hour Master Breathwork Certificate (if you choose to go further in the process)
  • Guidance on how to build a thriving breathwork practice and how to utilize conscious marketing strategies to create lasting impact in the world
  • And most importantly: You will depart ready to begin facilitating Sacred Breath Workshops, Ceremonies and Immersions!


For each of us, there is a force that is always calling us to remember our truest nature. 

It is the knowing within that we are a part of something sacred, loving, and incredibly intelligent that is forever imploring us to surrender into the mystery and embrace this life fully, without reservation. 

 Can you feel it?

The longing to become that elusive self that dwells in absolute freedom.  

The ache to remember.

You are being summoned forth by the same intelligence that orchestrates the synergistic complexities of nature, that births galaxies. We are here to remind you of who you truly are and ready to hold a space for you that will dissolve the barrier between your perceived sense of self and your boundless spirit. 

When we attune to the wisdom within, the soul can be known, felt, and understood.

This is the path of aligning to your most authentic expression. 


There is no greater unifier than the mutual agreement to be in service to the emergence of the sacred spirit within. Some of the people we have worked with over time have become the dearest friends of ours. When one undergoes such powerful shifts and wants to implement lasting change in their lives, it is amazing to know they have support and guidance just a phone call away. We are here for you far beyond our week together. The transformation we weave extends infinitely. 


 You are deeply loved and forever supported by the universal intelligence in which you are a part of. In each moment, we are given the opportunity to honor life and tend to this most essential relationship. If we want to heal (or even hold space for others to heal), we cannot address the problem by attempting to manage the symptoms, but rather we must we go to the root, something that lies within the individual's authentic sovereignty and relationship with creation. We are all walking miracles, inexplicably yet eternally connected to (and literal manifestations of) the creative life force, imbued with the endless impulse to become more of the same. When we deny our true nature (an infinite wellspring of multi-dimensional intelligence), primarily through not attuning to our emotional and subtle body, we turn to unhealthy substitutes in order to fill this void. This is why our work is to support the individual in remembering the magnitude of who they really are, beneath all layers of conditioned self, and elucidate the path of surrendering to the unfathomable wisdom of their truest nature… Herein, lies the sublime reclamation of self.

Kaya writes: "Many have forgotten their exquisite origin. We see a world of kings and queens with amnesia... diamonds yearning to become... We must remember who we are."


We will not shy away from meeting the more delicate aspects of your being. 

We deeply understand the importance of embracing the tender wounds we each carry before we may set them free. If necessary, we will grieve with you until any lost aspects of self are fully seen and integrated.

By creating this sacred space, we are anchoring a way of being that represents what is possible for humanity if we were to honor our relationship with the spirit within, the planet, and each other. It is our intention that this experience will inspire you to redefine your relationship with life itself and allow your priorities in waking reality to reflect the unfathomable beauty and depth of what is possible. When we surrender to this process, in vulnerability, openness and receptivity, each participant (including the facilitators) will depart as a completely different person- a truer version of themselves. From this place, we create anew, aligning to higher universal truth and forging a unique path of our own. Sacred Breath trainings are a powerful opportunity to shed that which no longer serves you and step into your most crystalline embodiment.

The space created for your metamorphosis will be one of grace and profundity, gentle yet deep.

Together, we will actualize your potential. 


Many of us carry unconscious beliefs that were never truly ours to begin with. Such beliefs stem from myriad sources, including parents or primary caregivers, family members, ancestral lineages, educational systems, media and society at large. These beliefs cause us to see ourselves and the world not as they are, but as our beliefs dictate. This can, in turn, result in a kind of stagnation, causing us to replay old stories on loop, preventing us from fully living the life we so deeply yearn for. During this immersion, we will be excavating and uprooting any unconscious beliefs that hold you back from living the life you truly want and dismantling them at the thought level. Once they are recognized, acknowledged and seen for what they are, they can be finally released.

We are all meant to experience continuous vibrancy and powerful life force flowing through us. We are here to feel alive and boundless; to know the creative spark of animus. If this is not your predominant state of being, then, together, we will iniatiate your return to the deep wholeness that is your birthright- for it is a natural, graceful process of coming home.

Upon this, you will discover how to become a true architect of your life, creating from a place of purpose, passion and lucidity. We realize that vast potentiality that lies within you, and will encourage you to trust in your infinite capacities and precious gifts. In each moment, we will invite you to stand resiliently in your personal sovereignty- every individual's seat of power. And remember, we are here to support and empower you every step of the way.


One of the most powerful things we can do is to redefine our relationship with life. Each one of us is a vivid manifestation of universal creative intelligence, and it is our responsibility to tend to this relationship first and foremost, above all others. This (inner) relationship will ultimately determine the quality of all other (outer) relationships we have in this life. It is in this realization that we discover a spectrum of spiritual needs that must be met in order for us to THRIVE. Because of this, our relationships must exist as meaningful bonds of synergistic co-creation and should serve to ultimately nourish our seeds of potentiality within. 

We will support you in taking the necessary actions to assure that your relational, personal and business dynamics are in alignment with your deeper needs, and that they are uplifting and encouraging in nature. 

Life eternally wants to support you, and for you to fully align to this organic unfoldment, you must be willing to release any agreements you have made (consciously or unconsciously) that restrict the flow of abundance, creativity, love, sovereignty and connectivity. For when you remove the obstructions, such naturally want to pour through you. These foundations will guide the work we do together.   

The Sacred Breath Facilitator Training is designed as a rite of passage into spiritual leadership in addition to a comprehensive training immersion for the trainee. You will heal, you will shed, you will learn, you will activate. Guided by the intelligence of breath and benevolence of Spirit, the entire experience will serve as an initiation into the role of the Sacred Way-Shower. With higher knowledge comes reverential power, and with such power comes sacred responsibility. While the decision to serve humanity in this way is a noble intention, the path comes with a responsibility to represent the spiritual forces of existence with integrity, humility and grace. Thus, we seek to guide the trainee into their most luminous and crystalline embodiment so that they may anchor and harness these energies, becoming a true conduit. By walking between the worlds in purity, we can assist in bridging spirit and matter, illuminating the shadow, healing the wounds, empowering the essential self, and weaving beauty, light and truth into all we touch. 

Each training is completely unique to the individual, based on their spiritual developmental needs. Kaya and Malakai will anchor a space of receptivity to divine guidance and work to support you in the process of surrendering to the wisdom, passion and unique soul blueprint of your higher self. This entire process will serve to illuminate the essential elements of the very transformation you will be facilitating others to have in the future. By the end of the training, you will have a complete understanding of why we are weaving breath medicine and a knowing that not only are you infinitely supported in offering this revolutionary platform to others, but that the process itself is birthing into the world through you from the loving, celestial beyond.  


"Participating in the Sacred Breathwork Facilitator Training was a heart-opening and life-changing experience! Kaya and Aeleo create a beautifully sacred and healing space for personal growth through the breathwork and also fully prepare you to guide others through the process. They encourage each participant to find their own path of facilitation, which felt empowering and respectful of our own learning and process. It is clear they have done their own work in the way that they show up with authenticity, unconditional love, non-judgment, and integrity. They are experts at intuiting and meeting people where they are! I can’t wait to do more work with them in the future. I highly recommend this training for anyone interested in breathwork and teaching it in their communities!"


"There are no words for how amazing and transformational the Sacred Breathwork Facilitator Training was. The opportunity came into my life at the perfect time and brought in an abundance of true light and strength. Kaya and Malakai are such beautiful souls and have so much love and healing to offer the world! I am forever grateful that they appeared on my path and have helped me to find my most aligned, powerful self. I did not originally choose to do this training to become a breathwork facilitator, I am a stay-at-home mother of young children, so I thought I was just doing it as part of my own healing journey, but that quickly changed and now I cannot wait to offer this deep healing to others. My heart is so full of gratitude and my mind is in a state of pure bliss!"


"Through the breath (Spirit, Source, God or a thousand other names), I was able to connect to the multi-dimensional aspects of my being. Whether they were the lives of ancestors living within me or other lives of mine, I don't fully know yet. Regardless, I was able to unify them in powerful ways; like a diamond with infinite facets. I was able to see things differently, through higher and more interconnected vantage points. I reached levels of consciousness I never knew to be possible. I remembered Kaya and Aeleo from another place."


"What an amazing journey I had with Kaya and Aeleo! I did not really know what I was going to experience but it was exactly what I needed. I received so much confirmation of my path and the experience itself catalyzed momentum forward into my personal, spiritual and professional growth. It is now undeniable I was supposed to learn from them on my quest of bringing healing into this world. I feel so blessed, so centered and ready to humbly move forward with integrating breathwork into all aspects of my life. I truly had a spiritual awakening through the training and there are not enough words to express my level of gratitude for this." 


"I had small intentions heading into the Sacred Breath Facilitator Training but after only one day of working with Kaya and Aeleo I realized my path and purpose was going to expand far beyond what I have ever imagined. Kaya and Aeleo are extremely passionate about the Sacred Breath format and how it can transform both the individual and collective. Their enthusiasm and dedication encouraged me to pursue myself in a safe and loving environment, allowing me to peel back many layers that were blocking who I really am. I am leaving the training with gratitude, love and desire to bring forth this flame onto my path with newfound purpose and understanding. I wanted to thank you both again for all your care, compassion, wisdom, enthusiasm and inspiration. I have never believed in myself as much as I do now, I have never understood and cared for humanity as much as I do now." 



  • Radical Self-Love and Self-Healing Series: Clear, Shed, Accept, Empower
  • Metamorphosis Series: Illuminate, Excavate, Integrate, Embody
  • Aligning to our Most Luminous Expression and Activating our Personal Genius/Soul’s Blueprint 
  • Foundations of Facilitation: The Path of the Facilitator and Way-Shower
  • The Science and Art of Breathwork
  • Guiding the Breathwork Journey
  • Sacred Witness, Building Trust and Deep Sharing
  • Cultivating the Seer Within
  • The Way of Sacred Ceremony and Keys of Space-Holding
  • Post Breath Basics: Safe Touch, Grounding, Re-Orienting and Integration
  • New Paradigm Leadership in an Emerging Era
  • Conscious Marketing and Building a Spiritual Practice 

The practice of conscious, connected breath is truly next level, a primary reason why we have taken it around the world and continue to remain in awe of the radical transformations it catalyzes in the breather. People who have consistently practiced different modalities of the spiritual arts and development (even for multiple decades or their entire lives) say that this practice takes them beyond anything they have ever experienced in all of their work and all of their years. Sacred Breathwork can, at times, mirror the experience of a plant medicine journey but with no substances. The breath is the medicine, guide and teacher. This work transcends words, space and time. And so, we passionately dedicate ourselves to its proliferation.

On our journey of facilitating this work, we have learned the importance of honoring its magnitude and trusting that we can come into the most tender and vulnerable places of self if we enter with true humility, surrender, and reverence for the mystery. We are committed to spreading this knowledge and sharing this practice with those who are sincerely devoted to personal healing and planetary service. Only serious applicants will be considered. You would be trained in the spirit of the Sacred Breath Lineage through our Academy, though the work will also mold with your unique blueprint. 

It is important to note though that this path is not for everyone- there must first be a state of authenticity, vulnerability and receptivity present. Breathwork cuts through all layers of illusion, deep into the crystalline core of the soul, both facilitator and breather. It requires the utmost integrity, purity and vibrational match. Remember, with power comes sacred responsibility. If this resonates, please get in touch, for this work is needed now more than ever.

Let us create quantum ripples together...


  • Deepen into your own hero's journey and illuminate the major themes of your life
  • Transform troubling issues or negative events from the past that still influence you today
  • Heal for your families, lineages and ancestors 
  • Reforge an unshakable connection to self, others, and the in-dwelling spirit within all things
  • Be held in a sacred space in which you feel comfortable to explore your inner landscapes
  • Learn to acknowledge, discern and meet any unconscious programming, conditioning or perceptual lenses that have been restricting your flow of energy, abundance and ultimately wellbeing
  • Once acknowledged, clear the old, stuck and stagnant and make way for the new and luminous (release what no longer serves your growth and expansion) 
  • Learn to decipher what your emotions are communicating to you and utilize their intelligence to deepen your connectivity to self
  • Be encouraged to grieve and meet any lost or fragmented parts of your being that want to be reclaimed and integrated (soul retrieval) 
  • Learn to trust your inner knowing and how to act upon this intuition
  • Develop your authentic voice and take ownership of your power
  • Be trained in universal mechanics and taught how to develop “the sight”, which allows you to pierce the "veil" and see the patterns that exist behind all manifest phenomena
  • Learn shamanic and ceremonial practices to imbue your life with intentionality and precision
  • Redefine your relationship to life and discover what it means to live in accordance with your innermost virtues and personal truth
  • Be supported in dismantling dysfunctional relational dynamics and redefining and/or nurturing ones rooted in love, mutual respect, and authenticity  
  • Learn the art of stating healthy boundaries with clients and others
  • Discover or deepen your understanding of the energy body
  • Learn to live from your authentic self
  • Be provided with tools and techniques to maintain a spiritually-attuned and empowered attitude in all that you do
  • Uncover your innate gifts and true strengths to offer into the world; be shown how to harness your purpose in newfound ways
  • Harness the breath to activate your inner healer
  • Be trained in the pillars of life artistry, creating from lucidity rather than unconscious conditioning (i.e. be in command of your life; walk with purpose and intent)
  • Learn to manifest your highest visions and dreams into waking life
  • Be endowed with Conscious Communication and NVC tools to better all of your relational dynamics
  • Be taught self-care practices to nourish and heal the body-mind connection
  • Be given a customized and nutritional and wellness plan based on specific health goals and needs

"Breath is the key to the crystalline grail within." Sacred Breath Academy

Venue Highlights

The fall is truly the most magical time to visit this area as the foliage and setting is exquisite... We will also be located on some of the most enchanted and sacred land, deep in the national forest.


  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Ayurvedic
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


Meals will not be provided during the training and guests are requested to bring their own food. All guests will have full use of the kitchen at the Lodge, including pots and pans, dishes, cutlery, pantry space and refrigerators, as well as the Haiku Cafe overlooking the Japanese garden. Some may also want to join in on group cooking, as on some days we will make large stews, soups or curries. Tea and water will be provided freely for guests.

If you are flying in, you may send your grocery lists requests for the week and we are happy to pick them up for you and deliver before the start of the training. There are amazing natural markets and food co-ops in Asheville that will have everything you might need. We can also designate people for mid-week food runs that can accommodate your requests. If you have a large number of refrigerated items, you may also bring your own cooler. Note there are two large refrigerators shared by all guests.

The property's water comes from a small spring on the mountain-side and is gravity fed into the house. The quality of the water is excellent and you can drink it straight from the tap. Thus, it is not necessary to bring bottled water.


The training will be held at Mountain Light Sanctuary, a secluded shangri-la hidden deep within a mountain cove in the Pisgah National Forest, 35 minutes north of Asheville, NC. It is bordered by two cascading creeks and enveloped by the highest mountains in the eastern US. It is an exquisite environment in which to read, write, paint, take photos, meditate or practice yoga on your down time. You may also explore endless miles of national forest trails into the mountains. Autumn is truly the most spectacular time to visit this area, as you will be privy to breathtaking foliage and scenery, on some of the most enchanted and sacred land in the region. Please note that all accommodations must be booked directly through Mountain Light Sanctuary. The cost per night ranges from $20-80, depending on the room selection. Camping is also available at a suggested donation of $20/night.


The Asheville airport is about 45 minutes from the Sanctuary. The owners of the property can pick you up and return you to the airport if needed, including a grocery stop en route to the Sanctuary as well. The fee is $60 round trip from the airport to the Sanctuary, or, you can catch an airport shuttle to Barnardsville (6 miles from the Sanctuary) for $45 each way and the owners can pick you up free of charge in Barnardsville.

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