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7 Day Winter Meditation and Yoga Retreat in France

  • Manor House and Lodge Retreat, 1154 Route d'Encos, 40500 Coudures, France

Overview

Winter Yoga Retreat France

Spend some days of winter at RainbowLight Yoga Manor House and Lodge in France. Experience each day with meditation activities, gentle yoga, contemplations, and chanting sessions. Relax and have a quiet contemplation in the lounge, library, yoga hall, barn rooms, or explore the property grounds. You can also take a quiet stroll down to the reservoir lake for further reflection with nature. You will have the option to wear a ‘silent retreat’ badge if you prefer to stay in silence.

Highlights

  • Daily guided meditation
  • Gentle evening yoga sessions
  • Meditation workshops and discussions
  • Library, yoga studio, and contemplation nooks usage
  • Chanting session and optional silent retreat
  • Scheduled free time for contemplation
  • 3 light vegetarian meals daily
  • 6 nights' accommodation

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 10.

  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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RainbowLight Yoga Retreat offers the tranquillity of the French countryside and the charm and luxury of a former 17th century relais chasse with spacious dorm rooms or quad rooms (only three or four in each room) and also offers double and single rooms. Each retreat or yoga teacher training accommodates a maximum of 12 participants, so you can be assured that you will get time and attention.

Step into a romantic time enjoying the ambiance that is created by retaining the much of the building's original features like period fireplaces, claw foot bath tubs, column barge walls, and terracotta tiles. The property sits on 10 acres of its own land, surrounded by an organic farmland and views of undulating low sweeping hills. Enjoy walking the wild meadow garden or take a stroll down to the lake reservoir.

Guests gather at the grand reception room for meals across the way from a dedicated yoga hall. Enjoy all the outside garden space for meditation, contemplation and some outdoor yoga in the late spring, summer, and early fall. One of the barns has also been converted to a fun yoga chill out room.

The day will start with a meditation session followed by breakfast. After lunch time, an instruction and discussion on meditation practice will take place. The daily evening gentle yoga sessions are offered and another meditation or chanting session before a light dinner. Please, do note that all activities are optional. If you like to have it as a silent retreat, it is possible.

Sample schedule

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Meditation
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 - 12:00 Free time for contemplation
  • 12:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Discussion, lecture, and workshop on meditation
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Free time
  • 17:00 - 18:00 Gentle yoga class
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Meditation and chanting session
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner
  • Sunshine Ross

    Sunshine has been teaching yoga for over ten years and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 200 level three yoga teacher with the yoga teacher on the Register of Exercise Professionals in the UK and is an accomplished teacher trainer. She completed her yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, in the foothills of the Himalayas under yogi Vishvketu of Akhandha Yoga. Sunshine embarked on a formal study of Tibetan Buddhism and completed the Asian Classics Institute's 18 courses.

The RainbowLight Yoga Manor House and Lodge is a 17th-century former relais chasse. Set in the tranquil countryside of the Aquitaine province of South West France. You can walk along the meditation paths and wildflower meadow of the ten-acre property surrounded by organic farmlands. On a clear day, you can see the stunning Pyrenees in the distance.

Activities
  • Hiking
General
  • Dining area
  • Garden

During the retreat, you will be served three light vegetarian meals per day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
  • Hiking adventures
  • Photography sessions
  • Sightseeing activities
  • 2 meditation sessions daily
  • 3 light vegetarian meals daily
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Contemplation nooks
  • Library use
  • Meditation instructions
  • Yoga sessions
  • Yoga studio usage
  • Airfare
  • Ground transportation
  • Special tours

Arrival by airplane

Please book a flight to arrive at Bordeaux - Mérignac Airport (BOD).

For information about the booking conditions, please send RainbowLight Yoga an inquiry.
  • Review by Stella
    9 out of 10

    "If you are going for holidays, the location and the lodge is absolutely fantastic, and Sunshine and Glen are great hosts. It is a perfect choice for a retreat. If you are going for the course, it is going to be fun and at the same time intense because it involves not only working on your theoretical knowledge and how well you do the poses but also working on yourself as a whole; body and mind. It will get you where you need to be, to make a yoga teacher out of you! I had a fantastic experience and I definitely recommend the course to anyone looking for a yoga teacher training. I will be returning for more retreats and courses for sure!"

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  • Review by Jo
    9 out of 10

    "I had a great experience at RainbowLight Yoga, having just completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training in November 2016. Sunshine and Glen (and their two gorgeous children) are exceedingly accommodating and are very hospitable. Sunshine is very patient and thorough in her teaching of yoga, making it clear that there are many different ways people practice and many paths of yoga. It is not all about the moves! We were exposed to many various ways of learning, through research, reading, watching various videos, discussions and plenty of practice (on many days having two lessons in addition to teaching and pose practice). Every morning and evening we had a meditation session, exposing us to various methods. RainbowLight Yoga is a wonderful retreat that really lets you find yourself. Emilia also helped teach the classes and was always at hand to help you with advice or pass on her knowledge and experiences. Would I recommend this retreat? Absolutely and wholeheartedly. Will I go back? Yes. I am working on that now!"

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  • Review by Marcus Wilson from Edinburgh
    10 out of 10

    "Hi! My name is Marcus Wilson. I have just completed the yoga teacher training course with Sunshine, RainbowLight Yoga and I wanted to make a short video to recommend the course. Sunshine's a wonderful teacher. She has obviously worked really hard to make the course varied and interesting in all its content and that goes way beyond the yoga poses. So you will learn about background and philosophy and the history of yoga, studying from some of the authentic teachers in the yoga lineage. You will learn a little about anatomy and how to take care of your students in different postures and what students should avoid with different injuries. And also, you will learn a lot about different types of yoga and Sunshine will help you find a style of teaching that suits you as well. So Sunshine has a way of creating a really comfortable and supportive environment for her students. The course is structured in a really good way. So we start by learning individual postures and teach poses individually to each other and then we move on to series of poses, teaching series of poses, and then progressing on to quarter classes, half a class. So before you know it, you are starting to teach a full class and you are really prepared and confident by that point. I cannot say the course is not without its challenges, but it certainly is one of the most rewarding things that I have ever done. And what is more, I now feel really confident to go out there and teach students of my own. So I would not hesitate to recommend RainbowLight yoga teacher training."

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  • Review by Emilia Wersig from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "I really loved the yoga teacher training with Sunshine at RainbowLIght Yoga. I have been practicing yoga for many years and it has just helped me to progress so much further. I really gained confidence within my own practice and confidence in teaching. Sunshine pushed us very hard at times, so we were challenged to develop to study, to learn, and to progress, but she was always there to support us during our practices and also now afterward. So I felt really held in the space and very safe within the training. I feel now that after the yoga teacher training, I am more confident in my own practice. I know what I am doing. I know where I am going and I have learned so much more about yoga. And I love teaching it and sharing it with others. And I would definitely recommend for you to take the teacher training even just to go broader, deeper in your own practice, or share this new skill with others and become a yoga teacher. I think it is really worthwhile."

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  • Review by Steo Skitz
    10 out of 10

    "The couple of months I trained with Sunshine were life-changing. Anxiety and depression were really bad at the time and I was not doing much with my life but had a hint I wanted to try yoga, so I jumped into the 200-hour yoga teacher training and I realized yoga was definitely the path I needed at the time and it is something that is always gonna be in my life and it keeps me grounded. She was a lovely teacher and hostess and I loved the material she picked for us both of the physical practice and theory. I learned so much in the 200 hours and if she is ever going to be teaching the 500-hour yoga teacher training, I will be there learning from her."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "I had a one-to-one 200-hour yoga teacher training with Sunshine and can honestly say it was a life-changing experience. You will be challenged in many ways, spiritually, energetically, physically, and emotionally. Whilst I did not agree with all the concepts, I did respect them and use them in some form or another in my lessons. On completion of the course, I started teaching straight away. Sunshine helps one to develop their teaching style at a pace appropriate to them. Her course was thorough and our analysis of the yoga sutras was detailed. We did activities outside of the classroom, too, including a visit to Samye Ling monastery and singing kirtan at the Salisbury Centre. I can highly recommend this course, as well as deepening your own understanding of this ancient practice, you will come away feeling able to sequence a class with ease and confidence."

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  • Review by Shash Broxon from New York
    10 out of 10

    "I have grown in many ways as a result of my Tara dance experience. Thank you for your generosity and awakening me to people as companions on my path."

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  • Review by Janaki from Minneapolis
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for a magical weekend and for your kind compassionate presence. Having you as a model of an American woman, having made the path work and seeing its results in your actions is a great inspiration for me and my husband."

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  • Review by Johanna Demetrakas from Los Angeles, California
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for allowing me to watch your beautiful dancing. The movement is like a river, the emergence of each woman like a flower blooming, the rhythm like a heartbeat. But it is not all soft and mushy, the women expressed much verve and mystery. It was wonderful to see the Dalai Lama drawn to it and bring his energy to the whole celebration."

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  • Review by Lisa Henry from Arizona
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for your presentation. As the organizer of the Tara event in our community, I am still hearing how you touched many hearts. Thank you also for sharing your wisdom and the profound teachings on the path of Tara. Dancing twice with you and participating in the meditation has opened many levels of spirituality I never imagined. I admire the courage and faith it takes to hear and present a different drummer. Knowing you has helped me acknowledge and accept my power."

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  • Review by Heather from California
    10 out of 10

    "I want to tell you that after spending the weekend with you and the Tara dancers, I was profoundly changed. I was really blissed out for about three days! Everything I normally do in my life felt extremely easy and I felt really connected to everyone and everything. I try to cultivate that feeling now in my practice."

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  • Review by Lea Corr from Hawaii
    10 out of 10

    "I am ever grateful for the gifts you left with all of us here. We are all inspired when we see each other. I am continually empowered when I play the Tara tape buzzing around the roads of Kauai."

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  • Review by Iris J. Stewart from California
    10 out of 10

    "I so much appreciate how you lead and empower women, without the guru syndrome I see in some other situations."

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  • Review by Nicolette O'Connor from Portland, Oregon
    10 out of 10

    "I find the Green Tara practice (inspired by Tara and transmitted by Prema Dasara) to be a powerful, potent, ecumenical spiritual practice that is simple and profound. What I appreciate most about this Green Tara practice is its accessibility and potency. One needs not be a Buddhist nor a dancer, merely a spiritual seeker who desires to develop a deeper authentic relationship with themselves and with others by developing a deep and authentic relationship with Tara, who is our true essence."

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Aquitaine, France

RainbowLight Yoga was founded by Sunshine Ross and it offers holistic retreats and yoga teacher trainings in France, certified by Yoga Alliance.

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Departure:
Thursday January 12, 2017
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