Today we’d like to introduce you to Troy McFadden.
Troy, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started practicing yoga when I was 19, just a few postures I learned out of “Be Here Now” because they just felt so good! From there it was a natural progression to what I am doing now, in hindsight anyway. That said, I never set out to be a teacher, own studios, or a yoga school-always, it has been by invitation, by simply meeting what life was presenting. I sometimes jokingly refer to myself as an “accidental yogi” 😉
My partner Simone MacKay and I founded The School of Sacred Arts in Japan in 2008, after many years of studying, practicing, and teaching in Asia. We moved our center of operations to Bali shortly thereafter and have been thriving ever since. We also offer annual events in Peru’s Sacred Valley (where we work with plant medicines and shamanic techniques) in addition to other locations around the world by request.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
There have been all kinds of challenges, from event planners creating money dramas, to trainings getting cancelled, to seemingly jealous peers attempting to discredit us, the usual challenges of launching, maintaining and growing a business, plus of course our personal growing pains as we unfold into deeper states of heart and soul. That said, we are very grateful as have learned so much from all of these situations, sometimes being shown by the Universe “how not to do things”! By staying true to ourselves, and staying aligned with what we have come to call “The Four Pillars”–quality, integrity, transparency, and authenticity–we have managed to thrive in an increasingly competitive, crowded, driven and ego-fueled industry. People want the real thing, and everyone knows, deep down, when someone is coming from their heart, from a place of experience and wisdom, rather than somewhere…less pure, shall we say. We have a stellar international team, a true “family of friends” who all resonate with each other and support each other, even as we sometimes emphasize different aspects and approaches.
What were you like growing up?
I was sensitive (and, paradoxically, loud) smart, curious, playful, always with a sense of the spiritual and a desire to investigate it. Apparently, when I was five years old, I asked Santa Claus if “he was friends with the Easter Bunny and other spiritual beings”! 🙂
- 200 hour Yoga Teacher Trainings at the Yoga Barn in Ubud, Bali are $3600
- “Into the Heart of Light” Yoga and Plant Medicine Immersion in Peru’s Sacred Valley is $1795 all-inclusive
- Website: www.schoolofsacredarts.net
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/schoolofsacredarts
- Other: http://www.schoolofsacredarts.net/school-of-sacred-arts-blog/
All photos by Ulrike Reinhold (rhphotography.net) except for Troy’s headshot by Steen Trolle (Digital Creative)