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Hatha-Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training the Landes

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in France.

Back to nature and back to simple living. The foundational course combines the ancient philosophy with a modern approach to yoga in a very quiet countryside location away from the noise, distraction, the busyness and stress of towns and the city. The location is in a family-run property in rural France, a 17th-century manor house with views of rolling hills, 6 acres of private grounds, a little wood at the edge of the property that leads to a lake reservoir, views of low sweeping hills and the Pyrenees at a distance on a bright sunny day. Enjoy the countryside walks in the rural village, forest and lake.

RainbowLight Centre for Yoga Art & Science has been delivering yoga teacher training courses since 2015. This is a 22-day 200hr accredited by Foundational Yoga Alliance teacher training course. At the end of the course, you will be able to register with Yoga Alliance as RYT200 (Registered Yoga Teacher). The course is a combination of lectures, workshops, and practice hours. Students need to complete two 30 minute practical teaching tests and two one hour practical teaching tests as well as written exams.

Important notice: In the spirit of Santosha, practicing contentment and detachment, please note that our rooms and halls not heated or air-conditioned and food served is plain and simple.

The training will be conducted in English especially for the philosophy and anatomy sections. There is a manual in French and some of the lecturers have translations. Additionally, you can take your practical tests and exams in French. This course is not recognized by pole emploi.

Meet the instructors

Serena Sunshine
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  • Twice daily yoga classes
  • Insightful lectures and training manual
  • Daily meditation and pranayama sessions
  • Free tour to château and vineyard with wine tasting
  • 21 nights accommodation
  • Simple vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

18 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French
Group size: Maximum of 15 participants
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  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Meeting room
  • Wireless internet

Rooms are comfortable and based on either 3 or 4 sharing, each has a reading light and private locker for valuables (we ask our guests to bring a small lock) We also have a cozy single room with shared bathroom, additional upgrade.

There are two lounge areas for relaxation and quiet time to study or read when not outdoors enjoying the grounds or yoga deck. We have two spaces dedicated to yoga - an indoor hall and an outdoor deck for long sunny French summer days with rooms decorated in French vintage style and 6 acres of private land and garden.


Back to simple living

At the Coudures retreat, we encourage our students to embrace simple living and challenge themselves to let go of their attachments to city comforts. In the spirit of santosha- the practice of contentment and detachment, our rooms and halls are not heated or air-conditioned and food served is plain and simple (served 3 times daily).

it is our wish that students take advantage of the opportunity to be in these quiet peaceful, simple surroundings to retreat, discover the inner self and deepen their spiritual practice which to us, what yoga is primarily about.

The location is rural France which is very tranquil and peaceful, away from towns and noise. If you wish to do some touristic activities and see some attractions, please plan these before or after the training.

The 200 hours will be divided into 4 learning according to the Yoga Alliance core curriculum:

  • Yoga Philosophy
  • Teaching methodology
  • Techniques, training, and practice
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Professional Essentials

Of the 200hr Yoga Alliance program, 160 hours are required as contact hours and the rest, non-contact. Lead instructors are required to teach 150 hours and the rest can be taught by one other or a team of teachers. In Coudures, in the summer months, the lead instructor Serena Ross is supported by other teachers, some auxillary and some co-lead teachers whose names do not appear here as they are different teachers in each training. If you wish more information on co-teacher bios, please send an email.

The RainbowLight Yoga program is a spiritually focused course with emphasis on yoga philosophy, practice, and meditation. Our anatomy section is mainly on inner-body anatomy (chakras and nadis / energy body).

Here are some things to do to prepare yourself for the course:

  • If you do not yet have a regular meditation practice yet, please start now (about 7-10 minutes a day for beginners, 10-20minutes a day for progressing students).
  • Please read The Yoga Sutras of Master Patanjali (I recommend the commentaries by Geshe Michael Roach or Swami Sachidananda) and the Bhagavad Gita (I suggest that you read this in full and original text instead of commentary) and finally the Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

Please also note that meals provided during the course are based on a vegetarian diet.

Daily schedule

  • 07:00 - 07:30 Pranayama
  • 07:30 - 09:30 Yoga Asana Practice
  • 09:30 - 10:15 Light breakfast
  • 10:15 - 13:00 Lecture (teaching methodology and professional development)
  • 13:00 - 14:30 Simple lunch
  • 14:30 - 16:30 Workshop (anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, yoga philosophy, and humanities)
  • 16:30 - 18:30 Workshop (techniques and poses)
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Evening yoga practice (gentle yoga, pranayamas, kirtan, chanting)
  • 19:30 -20:30 Simple dinner
  • 20:30 - 21:15 Yoga nidra

There will be days off on Saturdays. Please note we are not close to a village or town, so if you are planning to explore the country, please make your touristic and sight-seeing travel plans before or after the training.

Included excursions

We endeavour to offer a local tour during the course to a local vineyard to learn more about wine production and enjoy the views from this family run domain. Free tour to château and vineyard with wine tasting


Serena Sunshine Ross

Retreat location

A 17th century manor house at the edge of a small quiet village in South West of France view views of rolling hills, with 6 acres of private land and garden, woods at the edge of the property that leads to a lake reservoir. View the Pyrenees on a special sunny day.

Unique features


  • Wine tasting


  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio


  • Bicycle rental
  • Conference room
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free Wi-Fi / computer
  • Hair dryer
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laptop rental
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet


You will be served vegetarian and vegan breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hunting Lodge France can cater to gluten-free diets. Simple meals are served.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Take a bicycle ride along the quiet country lanes, free bike rental, walk and explore 6 acres of private land to the woods at the edge of the property that leads to a lake reservoir.

What's included

  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Training manual

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers - two-way transfer from Mont de Marsan train station (30 EUR)
  • Taxis to town
  • Laundry

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

From any airport in France, take the train to Mont-de Marsan and the organizer can arrange pick-up and drop off from Mont de Marsan station for 30 EUR two way.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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