"The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet." — Frederick Buechner


Workshop will be held at STREAMLINE SOUTH
1948 South, 1100 East
Salt Lake City UT

  • Thursday October 10th - 6:00-9:00pm (this opening session can be accessed remotely if needed)

  • October 25-27 - Friday 6:00-9:00pm, Saturday/Sunday 9:00am-5:30pm


THE FOUR DESIRES is a modern rendition of an ancient approach to self-transformation. It is a game-changer. This is not a traditional book group, but is process-oriented and draws from ancient Vedic teachings around self-reflection. With the guidance of a teacher to introduce and lead these practices, this FOUR DESIRES course will offer supportive tools intended to unfold our highest purpose, our soul's calling, and lead us onto a path of courage and joy. 

The Four Desires process helps us identify Dharma - our soul's unique purpose, and that which brings the deepest joy.  We then uncover Vikalpa - the very hidden and insidious obstacles that sabotage and prevent us from manifesting our highest purpose. Finally, we establish Sankalpa - an intention that aligns with Dharma to move us forward along our path. Ultimately, we will learn a process of dissolving our obstacles as we simultaneously empower our desires.  

The Four Desires process is based on science - the yogic science of manifestation. Our lives have a trajectory, largely determined by unconscious thought patterns that are driving us in one direction, while blocking us from our highest potential. Once we identify these thought patterns. they loosen their hold on us. We use the practices of self-reflection, meditation, and yoga nidra to bypass the intellect and access the unconscious mind as well as the Buddhi - our inner guide of wisdom. By cultivating our intuitive wisdom and planting seeds of intention directly into the unconscious mind, we completely transform the trajectory of our life. We begin to answer the calling of the soul, and our life becomes the manifestation of our soul desires.
Each session will include lecture / discussion followed by guided meditation, and journaling that grows out of meditation. Be prepared for simple asana before we meditate. Guided meditations and yoga nidra will be recorded and available for all students to take home.


Mary Johnston-Coursey is certified as a Four Desires Coach, and has been leading workshops since 2014. Her sensitivity and skill in the Four Desires process grows out of a long mentorship with Rod Stryker, as well as with Sue Neufeld, another supremely gifted Four Desires Coach.

“As a long time teacher, seeker, and artist, I have come across many ‘methods’, but none that penetrate so quickly and deeply into each person's unique truth and path forward.  I invite you to open a new chapter in your life by investing in a process of inner investigation that grows into external manifestation, under the skilled guidance of a mentor.  As a teacher and guide, I foster a trusting and supportive environment to allow us to experience this brave and authentic process together.”

Pre-Requisite: No previous yoga experience needed to attend the Four Desires Workshop

Key topics we will cover:

  • Understand the role of desire in the spiritual life

  • Identify your unique purpose in life

  • Learn to recognize and undo the beliefs and tendencies that sabotage fulfillment

  • Create new life-affirming intentions

  • Understand the science of manifestation - the spiritual principles of shaping personal destiny

  • Experience Yoga Nidra to transform the unconscious mind through deep relaxation

  • Use meditation to access intuition, increase discernment, and cultivate inner guidance

  • Understand the power of language to shape thought, will, and action

  • Release from the bondage of negative thinking as self-fulfilling prophecy

  • Use any and all life-experience - both positive and negative - as leverage to greater freedom

Training Includes:

  • Full accreditation towards ParaYoga ® certification

  • Credit towards 300 Hour YA Certification with Mary Johnston-Coursey

  • Four Desires Workbook

  • Recordings of meditations and yoga nidra made available to students after the training

Required Reading: The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity and Freedom by Rod Stryker. We strongly recommend you read the Introduction and Parts I – III prior to the start of the course. The workbook will be provided as part of the course. We also recommend getting The Four Desires CD that has accompanying meditations. Both book and CD are available here

In order to receive credit toward ParaYoga certification and Yoga Alliance RYT programs, as well as your certificate of completion for this training, you must complete a short google form quiz for this book, submitting it to us within six weeks following the completion of the training. You will not receive credit for submissions after the deadline; there are no make-up assignments. The google form will be sent out the month the training takes place.

CEs for RYTs: 21 (24 with follow-up session)

Registration & Cancellation Policies:

  • When you register, you may pay in full or pay a $50 deposit to reserve your space; to pay a deposit only, please contact Mary at to pay with check or Venmo. Any remaining balance is due by the start date.

  • Early bird rate requires all tuition costs to be paid in full no later than the Early Bird date. If total costs are not paid in full by this date, participant is no longer eligible for the early bird discount, and course fees will revert to the regular (higher) cost.

  • Any cancellations done 30 days or more prior to event start: The deposit of $50.00 is non-refundable but can be transferred to a future event. The balance (total cost minus the deposit) is fully refundable.

  • Any cancellations done 29 days or less prior to event start: The deposit of $50.00 is non-refundable and non-transferrable. The balance (total cost minus the deposit) is not refundable, but it is transferable to future events.

Registration and Fee: $375
Early Bird: $350, paid by September 25th - Payment by check or Venmo, or online use code: YOGA3 at checkout
Cost for Repeat 4D Students: $275 / $250 Early Bird paid by September 25th - Payment with check or Venmo

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