A simple family-run 17th-century farmhouse at the edge of a village in the middle of the quiet countryside of South West France offering yoga teacher training.
Yoga Retreats (3)
Serena has been teaching yoga for more than 14 years and is an accomplished teacher trainer. She completed yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, in the foothills of the Himalayas under yogi Vishvketu of Akhandha Yoga and advanced training with Shir Shemesh. She graduated in BA Psychology and embarked on a formal study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism.
from France, August 2020
"Amazing and peaceful YTT "
The amazing location in the middle of French Countryside provides the perfect environment for Yoga classes and peacefulness.
Great vegan/vegetarian food.
Very grateful to our YTT teacher Serena Sunshine for the great training and lessons, the schedule is perfectly balanced between Yoga classes and studies of anatomy, history and philosophy / spirituality.
Had a great experience in RainbowLight Yoga center
from France, August 2020
"It was just magical !!"
Everything. Sunshine, Glen, Sandra, Adeline, everyone is so sweet, nice, professional, available. Just a dream!
from France, September 2019
"Authentic yoga in the Romantic french countryside ❤️"
A friend highly recommended this yoga school/retreat to me and it does not disappoint.
The teaching was in-depth, group size was small. It was yog for the modern age but also we learned about the deeper spiritual traditions of yoga. The course was comprehensive with topics from anatomy, safe practices to professionalism and practical teaching practice!
During the daily yoga sessions, I was able to open up and deepen my physical practice. It was a challenge but my advice is just have fun and go with the flow!
Sunshine is very experienced, you’re in safe hands. During our time, we had other teachers who came for a few days and they added a different perspective and different styles which was greatly appreciated. It was also really nice to chat with others about their when they were here.
Glen prepares the food which we loved-simple and fresh, hearty. They also grow most of the veg.
The manor house is old, beautiful and romantic. For a city person like me and very stressed, this place was really like paradise, a welcome change. My room overlooked a sunflower field!!
I felt so close to nature. I’ve never heard so many birds singing. It was like a phone app! The grounds was perfect for meditating or just enjoying nature. No car traffic anywhere so you can walk on the roads. There are bicycles available, although some days I was just so tired. You can also go to the lake via the forest- a magical experience. It’s very safe. Definitely recommending RainbowLight Yoga x
from Ireland, September 2019
I came away on this yoga teacher training not quite knowing what to expect but deciding on gut instinct. Have spent a last few years in India I felt I needed to do my training somewhere a bit gentler on the body as well as the senses and I like the idea of being in the countryside with flowers and butterflies. Rainbow Light really is a very special place. Nestled in an agricultural area of France the surrounding countryside is nothing but views of lush crops, sprinkled with bees, butterflies and birds. The food was simple, nourishing and very very tasty - we all looked forward to the lovingly prepared meals and the variety was excellent, it was never boring. The veg were mostly pulled from the garden and we all enjoyed pears, apples and figs from the orchards with our bread and cheese. The house is stunning, old and creaky with wooden floors, cool in the Summer and shaded to provide rest from the heat.
Sunshine herself is an amazing friendly teacher, informative but not overbearing, passing on the learnings in a non-preachy manner leaving the student to make up their own mind. She is insanely knowledgeable about all kinds of yoga practices and well versed in many different religions but doesn't push her knowledge onto anyone leaving the student open to ask lots of questions.
I came back feeling calmer than I've felt in years and inspired to continue my learnings and impart what I'd picked up on the course.
from Malta, September 2019
"Brilliant learning experience!!"
What a wonderful learning experience that I would highly recommend to anyone looking for an RYT 200 course!
Sunshine is a seasoned teacher who shares both her knowledge and love for yoga in an enthusiastic, kind and generous way. More particularly, she has planned a course that is very balanced: through yoga practice, lectures and practical workshops, I felt that the training helped me to not only deepen my personal practice, but also build up the confidence to teach yoga (something that I never thought I would be able to do). What I particularly enjoyed and appreciated during the training was that it went beyond the physical aspects of yoga. While the study of asanas and daily yoga practice were an integral part of the course, we were also taught the history, theory and philosophy of yoga with the same amount of commitment and ardor.
As a bonus to all of the above, the setting in Coudures is ideal for yoga teacher training because the proximity to nature really encourages you to turn inwards. The accommodation is clean and to the point and the food is simple but extremely tasty - Glen is a brilliant cook.
Overall, I would highly recommend Rainbow Light yoga for your RYT 200 - if you are looking for a course that examines equally the body, the mind and the spirit, that is set in a beautiful location close to nature and that is taught by a talented and generous teacher, this might be the right pick for you.
from Netherlands, August 2019
"Great time in Coudures"
Sunshine is a great yoga teacher! She has extremely much knowledge/skills/experience about yoga in all it´s aspects and she is able to teach it very well!
I enjoyed all the lessons with her!
from Germany, August 2019
"Good! But defenitely things to improve."
The place is great for yoga students that want to focus on Yoga and not getting distracted. Its in the middle of nature and the house and the rooms are clean and very beatiful. The Yoga deck in the garden is perfect for early mornings!!
Sunshine is a very good teacher. She is a passionated Yogi by herself and she knows what she is talking about. You can ask her everything. Very good- I really enjoyed her classes.
Glenn and her took us to Pau, a city nearby and we had a "city experience" that me personally I did n t need, but I find a nice gesture, considering that we are in the middle of nowhere.
I got a lot of knowldge in these three weeks and I feel able now to give classes in small groups for people who are aware of my frechly received YYT. So now it can go on!!Greetings
Maelle from Germany ( don t want my full name to be indicated)
from Finland, August 2019
I went to this retreat with very different thoughts in my head. It was not what I was expecting but it gave me so much (and to question; why to expect anything? That is not that much of a yogic lifestyle). My life had been really busy few years in a row and there I really stopped and realized many things. I am beyond grateful to Sunshine for the talks we had and her authenticity! I really confront myself there and started to re-grow this seed I had already planted in the past. There was time to reflect my thoughts, feelings and actions (what i really liked is that it was peaceful and there was not distractions). There was time to re-connect with my heart.. It was not easy, not at all. But there was a lot go through with and a lot to let go of. I'm still processing but this really gave me the wanted guidance to stay grounded with myself and to trust and believe.. The food was good and Sunshine's family welcomed us all nicely.
We also made nice trips to close cities and that was really nice to see the beautiful country side even more.
from United States, September 2018
"An amazing experience awaits you, in Coudures, France!"
The experience was nothing short of amazing. Sunshine teaches with such passion and knowledge, she is truly an unbelievable guide.
The curriculum has been carefully thought through and left me with everything I was looking for. Should you ever have any extra questions or concerns, Sunshine was always willing to give you time to ask - and she continued to make that clear through the entire stay.
You are in good hands with this family - as they have worked out a great system to make sure the students have exactly what they need. You can feel the passion, love and safety within this home.
If you are already thinking this is your fit, you need not look any further - you've found it!
from Belgium, August 2020
prachtige lokatie, zeer goed eten, heel goede praktijklessen
Anne Sophie Fostier
from Belgium, August 2020
"Paradise on thé earth"
Qualité très haute de l enseignement, simplicité, chaleur et bienfaisance, nature, soleil, excellente nourriture à tous points de vue
Eric Dupas Laigo
from France, September 2019
"Authentique retraite et formation de haute qualité"
Ana propose un approfondissement du yoga comme discipline physique, spirituelle et philosophique. Pendant ces 24 jours, il est possible de découvrir plusieurs styles de hatha yoga et d'approfondir les connaissances sur les autres formes de yoga grâce à la bibliothèque.
Les journées sont bien construites avec un équilibre entre le corps et l'esprit. Le matin la priorité est donnée aux activités physiques tandis que l'après-midi est prioritairement consacré aux études et aux échanges.
Le centre de Glen et Ana est situé en pleine campagne landaise dans un lieu propice à la méditation et à l'activité physique. Le silence des voitures et de la foule laisse place aux chants des oiseaux et aux bruissements des feuillages forestiers environnants. Besoin de bouger? Il est facile de trouver un chemin de randonnée, un circuit pour faire un jogging ou encore d'emprunteur des routes connues du Tour de France ou du Pèlerinage de Compostelle.
Le lieu est une magnifique maison de campagne avec tout le confort. Les chambres sont agréables avec du parquet et offrent une vue panoramique sur les environs. Les salles de bains sont confortables. La maison est entourée d'un immense jardin bien entretenu. Il dispose de plusieurs pour se délasser dont une petite cabane en bois avec d'immenses coussins.
Les repas végétariens (vegan ou gluten free sur demande) sont un vrai délice. La qualité et la quantité ne font jamais défaut.
Enfin, vous avez le wifi et on capte très bien la 3G et la 4G.
from France, August 2019
"Excellent YTT in southern France "
This YTT gives you good understanding of both asanas and "philosophical" background of Yoga. Most important, it given you many tools to be succesful as a yoga teacher.
Sunshine's family is very friendly and the house is lovely.
from Netherlands, June 2019
"Not that great"
The location and environment were nice. The rooms + bathrooms were comfortable.
from France, May 2019
"Une super formation dans un cadre parfait"
Une formation très enrichissante , un lieu exceptionnel , une super famille, de très belles rencontres ! Je ne peux que recommander cette formation ou tout est mis en place afin de pouvoir enseigner le yoga.
from France, September 2018
"Bienvenue au Paradis "
c'est un endroit vraiment magique noyé dans un ecrin de verdure, qui, ajouté à la très belle énergie des professeurs et du très dévoué cuisinier, rend le training inoubliable.
from Germany, August 2018
"Beautiful and profound Experience"
Sunshine is a very patient and friendly teacher who combines the mediation of bodily yogic knowledge and spiritual knowledge in a very plausible way. Always open for discussion and with playful exercises in between.
Incredible yummy food, beatiful lake and sourroundings for a meditative walk. The house too has a nice vibe.
from Switzerland, August 2018
"Une formation très agréable et complète "
Ana Ross est une excellente enseignante, toujours bienveillante et à l'écoute. Le cadre est partais pour une retraite en nature🙏
from France, August 2018
Tout était super : les cours, les profs, les participants, le logement ... une très belle expérience
from Nepal, August 2018
"25 jours au top"
sunshine est une prof parfaite , elle partage avec joie son savoir.
from United States, August 2018
Good value for money
Really quiet and secluded location, ideal for a retreat
Good food even if I wasn’t vegetarian nor vegan
Interesting small personal attentions
from Switzerland, April 2020
"Yoga Teacher Training despite Covid"
Because of Covid19, we were not allowed to go to Biarritz for the yoga teacher training and had to do it with Zoom. I was skeptical at first but Serena managed to teach us as if we were with her. It must have been difficult for her, but she kept correcting us and I learned a lot !
from France, December 2019
"Yoga teacher training"
Our trainer demonstrated a deep knowledge of the history, philosophy and continued research and developments in the field of yoga.
from United States, November 2019
"Excellent teacher training."
The skills I learned, the rigidity of the program, the coverage of the material, were lessons that I will keep with me throughout my practices. The friendships and kinship amongst us was truly awesome. Both, spirits and camaraderie were high. Thanks for a great experience.
from France, August 2019
great countryside location to relax and just be. It felt like a second home. It as easy to approach Glen and Sunshine for whatever I needed. Sunshine adjusted the classes to the interests and even fitness level of the students. I was able to eat vegan and not worry about my allergies. Glen accommodated this and organised everything really well. I wanted to re-connect with nature and with myself and this was the perfect environment for me to do that. I didn't have to spend a fortune on airfare to Asia to experience yoga there with so many unknowns. It was totally safe and peaceful in the French countryside. Cool in the mornings and evenings and warm sun during the day. It was perfect for me. Thank you! I am definitely coming back!
Patricia Ann Bamford
from France, August 2019
"Wonderful - authentic yoga in France!"
From the start I knew this was going to be great. Helpful pre arrival communication was always prompt and easy. I wanted a place to learn and also relax when I needed to, the house and grounds with its location in the country side was perfect. Its an old house that has kept all its charm and character. An outdoor yoga deck and a pavilion were perfect for enjoying the big garden.
I've been vegetarian for a long time and I now have some new recipes to take home, healthy and basic dishes were served which the group loved. We even had fruits from the orchard and wild green teas. Shame next month I will miss the pears, melons and tomatoes.
The classes and teachings were perfect again for the group as Sunshine seemed to understand what we needed and adapted accordingly. She has a wealth of knowledge which is shared with passion and enthusiasm.
I can't wait to return, hopefully next year with my partner. Thank you for the wonderful experience - mind and body now in balance!
from Switzerland, June 2018
"8 days retreat"
I was happy to arrive at a time when I could join in the group of 5 students who are in teacher training with Sunshine. Beautiful family; very easy to be around. There is plenty of space and time in the house and the outdoors to find a quiet place alone if you enjoy this (I do). Sunshine's classes are a perfect balance of challenge and calmness, philosophy and self-teaching/freedom. Glen's cooking is incredibly delicious. Simple fruit and tea for snacks at any time of day. Really special, beautiful old house.
I feel refreshed and relaxed after leaving. I learned from everyone there. Thank you.
from United Kingdom, June 2018
"Great spot and great people "
Beautiful position, food, service and good value for money
from France, April 2020
"Formation qui répondait complètement à mes attentes "
Le contenu est super complet. La formatrice très propre et à l’écoute.
from France, April 2020
"N'hésitez pas avec cette école"
Le nouvel endroit allait être l'hôtel Escale, à 2 minutes à pied de la Grande Plage, hypercentre. J'ai vu l'endroit, excellent pour notre classe. Mais parce que si COVID-19, on nous proposait de passer à une autre date ou de faire la formation en direct par visioconférence. J'ai choisi la visioconférence parce que je ne veux pas attendre. Je n'ai pas été déçu! Tous nos cours étaient en direct, tous les jours, du matin au soir. C'était comme si j'avais vraiment connu ces filles. Le contenu était complet: anatomie, physiologie, science, puis histoire profonde et philosophie du yoga. Nous avons pratiqué tous les jours, une fois le matin et une fois le soir, le pranayama, la méditation, l'asana (tous les styles) et le yoga nidra guérison à ne pas manquer! J'ai tellement vécu et je vais manquer de le faire tous les jours. N'hésitez pas avec cette école - du vrai yoga
from France, December 2019
"Très belle expérience !!"
Les enseignements effectués par Sunshine étaient parfait ! À la fois technique et spirituelle, cette expérience m'a permis de m'ouvrir d'avantage.
from Spain, December 2019
La experiencia fue súper positiva, la profesora es súper amable y comprensiva. Y por supuesto tiene unos conocimientos muy altos de toda la materia que imparte.
Siempre está dispuesta a resolver cualquier duda. Si quieres formarte como profesor de yoga este es un sitio donde vas a aprender y además pasarlo bien.
from France, June 2019
Les cours de yoga le matin en extérieur