Seagrass Awaken

Wellness and Business Related Training 

Discover Your Potential, awaken your mind, body & soul

Awaken was born from its creator’s love and passion for movement, education and teaching.  As a team, we wanted to create a central hub for training that is easily accessible and offers a wide range of training and development opportunities for those seeking it. Awaken is the collaboration of Sue Ward (The Kinetic Training Academy) Lauren Keerie  and Marcela Almond (Seagrass Wellness). 

Our vision is to be the main and highest quality provider of wellness and business-related training in the South West. Our primary focus is to effectively develop the knowledge and skills of new and existing practitioners working in wellness, with the aim of aiding progression and success in their careers and personal lives.  We train, nurture and help develop skilled and authentic teachers who make a difference to the community and who are able to teach effectively and safely. We are holistic in approach, friendly, adaptable, encouraging, we see our students as individuals and strive to add value and enrich their lives.

Awaken is also a platform where anyone can access the best teachers who offer a broad range of wellness tuition, topics and authentic styles to enhance their professional practice.  We strive to create an environment where everyone feels that Awaken is their home and they belong there. Awaken your mind and body, discover your potential.

The Adventure starts here…

Do you want to be part of a profession that makes a difference and gives you a sense of purpose? 

A change of career that will fit in around your current life or work commitments?

Turn your passion into earning potential – become a fully qualified  Pilates or Yoga Teacher with our industry recognised, fully-accredited courses. Gain valuable industry experience in our beautiful working studio on the stunning North Devon Coast.

Every adventure requires a first step…this is yours to a whole new way of life. 


We are delighted to be offering you the opportunity to become a fully qualified Pilates or Yoga Instructor (or both!)Experienced and knowledgeable tutors with relevant expertise and industry experience, will guide you through the course and you will receive tailored help and support every step of the way. We combine e-learning and practical training days, as well as taking part in public classes at our studio. 

What sets us apart from other providers?

FLEXIBILITY: Our courses have been developed with working people who have families and other life commitments in mind. They are designed to prevent clients from having to travel long distances, commit to a course that takes a long time to complete, being away from home for long periods of time and those who need a course they can do in and around their own time. We offer flexible assessment dates and free catch up sessions. We combine at home course work with practical days so that you can make the most of our face to face time. We offer free 1:1 tutorial both online and in person.

NO HIDDEN COSTS: No assessment resits charges, free access to online resources and course manual.


FULLY ACCREDITED COURSE: The courses are fully accredited by Active IQ at level 3 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework. It also provides access onto The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at level. The courses are run in partnership with The Kinetic Training Academy

GAIN PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: We are a working studio and you will be invited to take part in our public classes and teach sessions should you wish to. This will give you invaluable professional teaching experience. We also run a networking group for those working in the Wellness Industry and through this you can access workshops and advice on running your own business. 

FOLLOW ON COURSES: Discount rates for CPD programmes

Level 3 Diploma in Pilates Matwork


• The history, principles and foundations of Pilates
• How to teach Mat- based Pilates in group classes
• How to teach Mat -based Pilates one-to-one
• How to adapt and progress exercises for clients differing needs and requirements
• How to plan and deliver your own safe and effective Pilates classes
• Progressive exercise programming
• Corrective and cueing techniques
• Anatomy and physiology related to Pilates
• Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity
• Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment

2019 DATES:
23rd- 24th March
27th-28th April
18th-19th May
15th-16th June

How to Apply:
Applying is easy: simply fill in our online application and we will then follow this with a phone interview. Once your application has been accepted, you’ll gain instant access to your course material guiding you towards a rewarding new career. Please click here to read our terms and conditions. 

Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga


  • Underpinning principles and the history of yoga
  • Anatomy and physiology theory related to yoga
  • How to plan yoga sessions
  • How to teach safe and effective yoga sessions
  • How to teach both group and one-to-one sessions
  • Self-evaluation and reflection
  • How to adapt and progress exercises for their different needs and requirements
  • Corrective and cueing techniques
  • Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity
  • Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment

2019 DATES:
May 4th- 5th
June 8-9th
June 22nd-23rd
July 6th-7th & 13-14th

How to Apply:
Applying is easy: simply fill in our online application and we will then follow this with a phone interview. Once your application has been accepted, you’ll gain instant access to your course material guiding you towards a rewarding new career. 

Your Investment:
Single payment with 10% discount of £1,080.00
2 payments of £500.00 with a £200 non-refundable deposit
3 payments £334.00 with a £200 non-refundable deposit
4 payments of £250.00 with a £200 non-refundable deposit

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Meet your Tutors

Marcela Almond 

BA Hons, A.E.T & C.M.P

Marcela’s interest for movement started when she took up ballet at a young age, later discovering contemporary dance and physical theatre. This led her to complete a Bachelors of Arts Honours Degree in Dance and Theatre studies at the Roehampton Institute London.  Marcela later went on to specialise in Physical Theatre, inspired by the synthesis of movement, expression and acting. She went onto perform with a range of performance companies working in the style of Commedia Dell ‘Arte and circus skills. 

Marcela desired to expand her fascination with movement beyond just performing, inspiring her to transition into teaching. Since then, Marcela has managed and delivered a range of courses including: GCSE Drama and Performing Arts subjects at A Level, BTEC and Degree level. After having lived with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Marcela experienced first-hand, the power of Pilates to heal and maintain a healthy body and mind.  She immediately knew she needed and wanted to utilise this knowledge to help others recover and live pain free.  From here, she completed her Pilates teaching qualification, Exercise to music, Gym Instructor and Level 4 Holistic and Therapeutic Massage and is an Active IQ Tutor and Assessor. 

Lauren Keerie

 BA Hons, PGCE & IYN 200 Hours 

Lauren has always had a keen interest in movement, the body, physical activity and fitness, first discovered early on in life through her involvement in a wide assortment of dance and movement classes. This inspired and led her to completing and achieving a first class honours degree in dance and movement.

Upon graduation, Lauren discovered her love for teaching and education.  Over the last decade, she has managed and delivered different GCSE Dance, A Level Dance and BTEC Performing Arts courses as well as a range of other  qualifications in stage schools, colleges and other institutions across the country. 

When Lauren discovered yoga, she found instantly, a synergy with the self-awareness, expression of movement, use of the breath and alignment techniques encouraged within the yoga class.  Since then, Lauren has used her yoga practice as a form of expression, as well as improving her spiritual and body awareness.  She continues to find innovative ways to marry her dance training with her yoga practice and to evolve her own methods and practice. 


Sue Ward 

Dip RSA :  Group Exercise Specialist

Sue is the Godmother of fitness, what she doesn’t know about the fitness industry is not worth knowing. With over 25 yeas in the industry Sue is a expert in sport, fitness and education. Sue founded The Kinetic Training Academy (The KTA) with the aim of providing access into a career in the fitness industry where you can study at your own pace, at a time that suits you. The KTA’s ‘mission’ is to offer high quality, small group or 1:1 instructor training courses.

Sue is a specialist in group exercise and has a specific passion for Level 2 Exercise To Music, along with Aqua, Pilates and Step. After delivering courses for many years she is now taking more of a lead role in qualification development and quality assurance and also works as a freelance External Quality Assurance Officer for a national Awarding Organisation.

Every journey starts with the first step, whether you are starting out on your carer in the fitness industry or wanting to further your knowledge, add to your skill set or develop your own practice, our courses will provide you with the tools you need to become the very best teacher that you can be. 

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