Classes at Solstice make up a major part of the Solstice Sadhana Experience. We invite teachers to teach at Solstice in whom we have confidence to deliver the teachings under the time and space pressure-cooker that is Solstice. We know that there are so many wonderful and dedicated teachers out there. We all are teachers, whether we teach 7 classes a week or none at all. Some of us come to Solstice to recharge our batteries, and keep a low profile during the event. Others really want to plug in and teach during our Solstice events. Whether you've been teaching at Solstice for years, or want to apply to become a Solstice teacher, please read through our Solstice Programming Policy below. We've made it as transparent as possible. If you do want to become a Solstice teacher, you will find directions on how to apply below.
Our Solstice Programming Policy
Who is invited to teach?
There is a list of names and emails curated by previous years' programming managers from 3HO, IKYTA and KRI. We send everyone on this list invitations to teach at both Winter and Summer Solstice.
All teachers remain on our Solstice Teacher Invitation List unless they ask us to be taken off or if there is an issue with their IKYTA/KRI membership or standing. In addition, 3HO reserves the right to remove teachers at any time.
How can I become a Solstice Teacher?
For people who want to get on the invitation list, there is an application:
There are several requirements each application must meet to be considered, including that they must be an IKYTA member. Applications are reviewed by IKYTA and 3HO’s EPSS ((Ethical, Professional and Spiritual Standards) Division. and either accepts or denies the applicant’s entry. This process ensures that each accepted teacher is ready and qualified to teach at Solstice. Once accepted, applicants are added to our invitation list for future events. New applicants must be accepted by January 15th in order to be invited to teach at Summer Solstice, and by July 15th for Winter Solstice.
When are the teaching invitations for Solstice sent out?
Invitation letters go out 5 months before each Solstice event, approximately in January for Summer Solstice, and in August for Winter Solstice. The application window is open for submissions for 1 month.
Why do we rotate teachers?
We are seeing an increased applicant pool for each Solstice event. In the years where more teachers apply than we have teaching spots, we will rotate some teachers off for that year, and put them back on the following corresponding Solstice (Summer or Winter). When someone is rotated off one Summer Solstice, then if you apply the following year, you will be back on the schedule for the next Summer event. The same protocol applies to Winter Solstice applicants.
What are the parameters for deciding who is rotated on/off in a given year?
We aim to have a fair representation of both First and Next generation teachers in the schedule, knowing that we usually schedule more of the First generation teachers. We’ve defined First Generations teachers as people who have been teaching for more than 25 years.
We put new first-time Solstice teachers on the schedule to welcome them and give them a chance to share and participate in this Solstice seva.
The final approval comes from 3HO staff, 3HO board members, IKYTA and KRI.
Other opportunities for teaching
We sometimes have other opportunities for teachers who aren’t given their own class that we invite them to participate. Some examples are: leading morning sadhana, evening gong class, facilitating Yogi Bhajan Video classes. If you have any other ideas, feel free to email us.
Who chooses the teachers and does the schedule?
The 3HO/IKYTA team is in charge of the Teacher application process, and making the schedule. Then our Collaborative team (3HO staff, 3HO Board, KRI, IKYTA) meets several times to review, refine, and agree upon who and where everyone is scheduled, and who is not.
How do we choose where and when to schedule teachers?
We rotate the time of day people are scheduled to teach year-to-year, and we also look at the number of people who attended each teachers' class in previous years to help us schedule them in an appropriate tent space. Class audio and visual requirements are also taken into consideration based on tent AV configurations.
What jeopardizes your chances of being scheduled?
The less days and times of day you are available to teach, the more limitations we have in accommodating your request on your application. For the most part in recent years, we have been able to accommodate most of these requests. If there is any issue regarding your teaching status with KRI, IKYTA or 3HO-EPSS (Ethical, Professional, and Spiritual Standards), you may be denied a teaching opportunity for that year.
How can we do better?
"Don't love me, love my teachings. Become ten times greater than me" -Yogi Bhajan