Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga Teacher Training

August 2023 – July 2024

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The Nyingma Institute is offering its second Level 1 Kum Nye Teacher Training, and invites you to join this in-depth exploration of the first Kum Nye text by Tarthang Tulku. This 11-month program will run between August 21, 2023, and July 22, 2024. Nine weekend workshops are included, as well as a weekly class during the Early Fall 2023 through Late Spring 2024 academic terms.

The class will be taught predominantly online, so we can include participants who live at a distance from Berkeley. The weekly class will be presented live online at two different times each week: Monday evenings Pacific Time led by Nyingma Institute faculty; and Wednesday evenings BST/GMT led by our assisting instructors in the U.K. While all weekend workshops will be available live online, we will try to include at least one hybrid workshop with in-person attendance encouraged if possible.

While this is a teacher training program, those who want to take a deep dive into Kum Nye but who are not interested in becoming certified to teach are most welcome to join.

Faculty include veteran Kum Nye teachers from the Nyingma Institute including Abbe Blum, Santosh Philip, Anita McNulty, and Donna Morton.

Program Cost: $2,500

  • Payment in full:  A $500 early bird discount is offered for program payment in full before July 1, 2023 (total $2,000). After July 1, payment in full is $2,500.
  • Monthly payment plans (10 installments): An initial $500 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place. Payment plans are based on the full amount of $2,500. A $200 discount is offered for registering prior to July 1, 2023 (total $2,300) with a payment plan. 
  • Cancellation policy:  Refunds are available during the first 4 weeks of the program, minus the $500 deposit.  After 4 weeks, there are no refunds. 

Schedule: Please see below.

Please address inquiries to the Nyingma Institute:

To download the application, click the link below. You can email your completed application to


Abbe Blum

Abbe has been teaching in the Nyingma Mandala since 1998, and currently presents Kum Nye, Joy of Being, Lotus Trilogy, Caring, and Nyingma Psychology courses at Nyingma Institute and Dharma College. She worked as one of the editors on several of Rinpoche’s latest books and co-designed the hands-on Joy of Being Workbook

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Santosh Philip

Santosh has taught at Nyingma Institute since 2003. His primary teaching area is Kum Nye, where he conveys his considerable love and respect for Tibetan Yoga self-massage and movement practices to his students, both at the advanced and introductory levels. He is also an architect and entrepreneur. 

Anita McNulty

Anita has been a student of the Nyingma teachings since 1982. She has a special interest in the study and practice of Kum Nye. She is retired from a 42 year career as an RN & currently lives in Michigan with family. 

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Donna Morton

Donna first encountered Nyingma teachings in 1997. Upon completing a 6-month retreat program at Nyingma Institute in 2001, she began teaching Kum Nye programs here. She is also a physical therapist, holistic nutritional consultant, and health educator. 

Assisting Instructors

Angela Bushaway

Angela has been practising Kum Nye for many years. She has attended annual Kum Nye retreats in The Netherlands  and Germany,  as well as training programmes in California. She currently teaches Kum Nye classes in Malvern, England with her partner Roger. Angela is a trained acupuncturist and shiatsu practitioner. When not working she enjoys walking their dog in the Malvern Hills.

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Jonathan Clewley

Jonathan encountered Kum Nye in London way back, before he knew what it was, and walked out of the room almost blissed out. That experience led him to a deeper involvement with Kum Nye, and other teachings of Tarthang Tulku. He shares his understanding of what he’s learnt so far whenever suitable opportunities arise.
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Bram Williams

Bram is a long term student of yoga, dharma and Nyingma. He came to Kum Nye almost by mistake, subsequently attended several programmes and trainings in California, attends annual Kum Nye retreats in Holland and Germany and now practices and teaches in London and Oxford. Currently studying myofascial anatomy in movement, Bram is also an occasional puppeteer and a qualified Lip-Reading Tutor.

Level 1 Kum Nye Teacher Training 2023-2024 Schedule

1) EARLY FALL TERM (8 weeks):  August 21 – October 14, 2023

  • Weekly Class:  Mondays, 6 – 7:30 pm, PT & Wednesdays, 11 am – 12:30 pm, PT (7 pm, BST/GMT)
  • Workshop 1:  September 9 – 10
  • Workshop 2:  October 14 – 15

2) LATE FALL TERM (8 weeks):  October 23 – December 16, 2023

  • Weekly Class:  Mondays & Wednesdays
  • Workshop 3:  November 18 – 19

3) WINTER TERM (4 weeks):  January 8 – February 3, 2024

  • Weekly Class:  Mondays & Wednesdays
  • Workshop 4:  January 13 – 14

4) EARLY SPRING TERM  (8 weeks):  February 12 – April 6, 2024

  • Weekly Class:  Mondays & Wednesdays
  • Workshop 5:  February 17 – 18
  • Workshop 6:  March 23 – 24

5) LATE SPRING TERM (8 weeks):  April 15 – June 8, 2024

  • Weekly Class:  Mondays & Wednesdays
  • Workshop 7:  April 20 – 21
  • Workshop 8:  June 8 – 9
  • Workshop 9:  July 20 – 21


Times (Pacific Time):

Weekly Class:

Mondays : 6 PM – 7:30 PM (KN faculty)

Wednesdays: 11 AM – 12:30 PM (7 PM BST/GMT)


Saturday and Sunday : 8:30 AM – 1 PM

Exercise 37:  Balancing the Senses

Exercise 48: Enjoying Space

Exercise 44: Touching the Senses

Exercise 22: Flying