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19 Days 200-Hours All Women Yoga Teacher Training in France with Rachel Hanberry

Yoga Beach House, 32 rue des Pinsons, Biscarrosse-Plage, 40600

All Women 200h Yoga Teacher Training with Rachel Hanberry Yoga by the ocean in south west France

Learn to teach yoga in a safe, secure intimate circle group of women led by Rachel Hanberry at her home at Yoga Beach House. Re-discover your true inner voice and express your unique teaching ability through this. This course enables you to obtain a certificate to register with Yoga Alliance to teach yoga anywhere in the world. The Yoga Beach House teacher training program takes place during an intensive residential stay where you get to experience and live a yogic lifestyle by the ocean. Non-resident training only option available on request from 2000 GBP per person.

Meet the instructors

Rachel & James
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  • Yogic anatomy and physiology of the human body
  • Daily pranayama, meditation and asana practices
  • Eligibility to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
  • Creative Vinyasa sequencing and teaching methodologies
  • Creative activities, Ocean dips, forest walks, beach yoga, and sunset meditations
  • Diet, nutrition and Ayurveda, shamanic practices, energy healing, and chanting
  • 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate (approved by Yoga Alliance)
  • Connection to self through journaling and exploration
  • Celtic Wheel and Earth Medicine studies
  • 18 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

19 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 6
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  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

Accommodation is at the lodge at Yoga Beach House. This consists of a large house with five guest bedrooms, communal guests areas and guest kitchen a short walk from the ocean, beach and pine forests.

En-suite options are available. Bed clothes, beach and shower towels are provided. The house was recently renovated with yoga at the heart by creating a mindful space with a vibe of peace and love. The interior is welcoming with natural pine and simple furniture, which has been restored or up-cycled.

Yoga Beach House wants to ensure you are comfortable and get the space you need. As shared and private rooms are limited, they will do their best to ensure everyone can get their preferred room option.

Please request your preferred option on the application. For a full immersion into the course and to really benefit from a yogic lifestyle, you are required to live at Yoga Beach for the duration of the course and no off-site living is permitted.


  • Eco-lodge
  • Garden and terraces equipped with hammocks, lounging areas, and swings
  • Communal kitchen and lounge for guests
  • Multilingual staff
  • Smoke-free property
  • Sober space
  • On-site yoga fully equipped yoga studio
  • Free street parking
  • Wi-Fi
  • Library
  • Car share options
  • Use of Manduka yoga mats and props
  • 2-minute walk to the ocean



Students who complete the training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).

A Journey of self-inquiry and transformation - is it for you?

This is a life-changing experience that takes place over an intensive yet transformative 19 consecutive days and nights of yoga training. Designed to enable you to start teaching as soon as you have completed the training it encompasses all aspects of the yogic lifestyle for you to confidently incorporate into your own life. The 200 hours yoga teacher training certificate program is open to applicants who have been practicing yoga regularly for at least two years.

You will be accepted onto the course with your commitment and passion for yoga has been communicated with your love for yoga and your motivation to further your own practice.

This course is for you if:

  • You have the desire to become a yoga teacher and complete the yoga teacher training requirements, providing you with the confidence, humility, compassion, and competence to teach yoga.
  • Want to learn how to creatively sequence Hatha based Vinyasa flow classes that will keep you and your students inspired indefinitely?

This is not a training that provides a one sequence class that you learn by heart and teaches each time like in Bikram, Ashtanga or Sivananda. This course is a transformative program and a great personal opportunity for those of you who wish to teach yoga as a career and for those of you who are ready to embark on a personal journey of self-inquiry and transformation. It takes great courage and integrity to begin this lifetime's work.

The lead teacher: Rachel Hanberry

This program is the accumulation of Rachel Hanberry’s continuous study of herself and her students, combining her knowledge of yoga, psychology, and life coaching to create one life-changing program.

Along with her business and life partner James, Rachel is co-director of Yoga Beach House, Biscarrosse, France. She is the lead teacher for the Yoga Teacher Training Certificate 200 (TTC200) and facilitates visiting teachers and yogis from all over the world to come to Yoga Beach House.

Rachel began her yoga journey in 2011 when she took her first teacher training at the Sivananda Ashram. This transformative journey enabled her to start sharing her love for the practice. Using techniques that she acquired from her background in Psychology and life coaching Rachel created a teacher training that goes above and beyond a regular yoga teacher training.

Rachel created this program following her calling for her to impart the knowledge that has been passed down to her by her teachers and influencers - Swami Sivananda, Elena Brower, Shiva Rea, Jason Crandell, Leslie Kaminoff, Pixie Lighthorse, Paramatma Siri Sadhana, and the Yoga Detour. Rachel radiates warmth, love, humility, and understanding, creating a safe environment for learning and sharing. As the training takes place Rachel's home, you will be invited to become part of the household and family, creating an environment of loving support. The groups are small, this is a unique experience to live as a yogi in a fully functioning yoga house and studio.

Rachel knows this training requires courage, strength and a willingness to go within. Rachel invites you to look deeply at yourself and transform the parts of your life that are not serving you. In turn, you will able to then pass these techniques on to your students.

Skills levels/ pre-conditions

This is an advanced yoga training. You need to have been practicing each week for at least 18 months. You must have a good level of physical and mental health. You must have overcome addictions such as smoking, alcohol, drugs three months before the start of the course. You will live and participate in a smoke-free and sober space without caffeinated teas or coffee during the program to enhance your meditation and mindfulness practice.


  • Vinyasa Flow

This teacher training concentrates on Classical, Vinyasa and Restorative yoga poses, drawn from both Swami Sivananda and T. Krishnamacharya lineages. The course is designed to provide a comprehensive foundation for teaching yoga skillfully with emphasis on human anatomy, humility, compassion, and mindfulness.


The Yoga Beach House yoga teacher training is a comprehensive yoga teacher training that follows the guidelines set out by the Yoga Alliance for Registered Yoga Schools.

As a student, you will be guided to become an ethical leader, encouraging self-inquiry leading to embracing yourself with mindfulness and acceptance, cultivating a philosophy of oneness. For those of you who wish to teach, the training provides the tools to undertake this calling confidently whilst maintaining humility and mindfulness.

You will be encouraged to tap into your own creativity and intuition, enabling you to create and teach classes from your heart. This teacher training concentrates on classical, Vinyasa and restorative yoga poses, brought together by a unique blend of Vinyasa flows which are made accessible to all levels and abilities. The yoga taught is drawn from both Swami Sivananda and T. Krishnamacharya lineages.

The course is designed to provide a comprehensive foundation for teaching yoga skillfully with humility, compassion, and mindfulness. The course also provides an in-depth study of the practices of yoga.

Teacher training groups are small enabling you to benefit from one on one tuition with teachers and creating a close family environment. You participate in a yogic lifestyle from day one at the Yoga Beach House, encouraging and promoting this new lifestyle to become your new norm.

The course gives you the opportunity to experience the true essence of yoga in a learning environment which is accepting, compassionate, non-judgemental, warm and full of love.

The center is blessed to be surrounded by the beauty of the Atlantic coast and Pine Forests so you practice yoga on the beach, swim in the sea and meditate to the sound of the waves, walk in the forests. All these practices are designed to ground you to nature, your true self and your intuition.

Yoga Beach House continues to operate as a yoga studio and runs limited yoga classes throughout the duration of the teacher training. You will have the optional opportunity to teach part of a class to our community members. This is a unique opportunity to obtain hands-on experience within a real yoga studio before completing the program. A rarity for a teacher training program.


The training offers a holistic approach to yoga which combines the wisdom of traditional yoga teachings with contemporary understandings in areas such as anatomy, emotional wellbeing, and spirituality. This creates the possibility to embark on your own personal self-inquiry which in turn leads to life-changing transformations.

Syllabus summary

  • Yogic philosophy
  • Yogic anatomy
  • Anatomy of the human body
  • Energetic anatomy
  • Teaching methodologies
  • Creative Vinyasa sequencing
  • Working with the Celtic Wheel
  • Earth as medicine
  • In-depth study of the Bhagavad Gita
  • Adopting a yogic lifestyle
  • Ethics of yoga
  • Diet, nutrition and Ayurveda
  • Self-discovery through journaling
  • Spiritual counseling
  • Daily pranayama, meditation and asana practices
  • Asana workshops

Yoga Beach House works with the Celtic Wheel to guide your practice and to become more in tune with your own intuition. You begin in the east with a beginner's mind, then move to the south using the fire to inform your learning. You then progress to the west and learn from the wisdom that you have acquired calling on your guides to lead you and finally finishing in the north with the accumulation of the training, a transformation, and subsequent rebirth.

The course is split into three modules:


This module equips you with all you need to set up your own daily meditation, pranayama, asana, karma, kriya, and kirtan practices. On completion of this module, you will understand why these practices are essential to your own yoga practice as a yoga teacher.


In this module, you will learn in-depth yoga poses in relation to human anatomy, energy anatomy, and the various energy bodies, you will gain an introduction into Ayurvedic medicine, you will study the Bhagavad Gita in-depth and be able to apply its teachings to everyday life, you will learn the ethics of becoming a yoga teacher and the yogic philosophy which supports this, you will learn about a healthy diet and nutrition for various body types, you will learn how to observe and adjust your students effectively, you will learn specific teaching methodologies. On completion of this module, you will be fully equipped to begin teaching yoga to other people.


The Evolve module is where your transformation takes place. You will learn techniques to evolve yourself and your practice, you will understand how to put into place boundaries and protection for yourself and your practice, you will understand how to stand in your power and not give it away, you will begin to follow the 8 limbs of Raja yoga, including utilizing the yamas and niyamas in your everyday decision making and not just when teaching. You will create your own Seva project to implement on the completion of the course.

You will continue your journey of self-discovery through daily journaling, you will begin to live a more sustainable life, practicing mindfulness and humility. You will learn how to live as a yoga teacher in the real world with abundance and marketing workshops. You will evolve into your best self, in harmony with your own intuition and higher self.

The syllabus includes but is not limited to:

Teaching methodology

  • The use of language and voice in teaching
  • Addressing specific needs
  • Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting
  • The qualities of a yoga teacher and student
  • The business aspect of yoga


  • Observation of teachers
  • Assisting teachers and students
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Practice lead teaching with community yoga classes

Develop your own daily pranayama and asana practice

  • Pranayamic techniques
  • Developing your own daily meditation practice
  • Meditation techniques
  • Daily guided yoga and pranayama practice
  • The art of sequencing
  • In-depth study of each yoga asana category including forward bends, backward bends, inversions, twists, standing poses and advanced poses
  • Asana benefits and contraindications
  • Restorative poses and yoga as a therapy

Anatomy and physiology

  • Human anatomy
  • Energy anatomy
  • Yoga anatomy and physiology of the body
  • The chakras and their functions


The schedule is subject to daily change with times of sunset and sunrise.

  • 07:00 - 11:00 Asana class + workshop including meditation, journaling, pranayama, chanting
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Mealtime
  • 12:00 - 15:00 Lectures
  • 15:00 - 17:00 Karma/ Study
  • 17:00 - 18:00 Meal time
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Lecture
  • 19:00 - 21:00 Asana class including meditation and pranayama

Application process

There are two enrolment periods during the year: 27 December to 31 March and 1 September to 20 October. Each training is limited to 6 participants so spaces are limited and it is advised not to procrastinate if your gut feeling is telling you to apply. Submit the application in as much detail as possible with honesty and openness.

Upon submission, Yoga Beach House will arrange a short video call on Zoom with Rachel to discuss your application and answer any of your questions and decide if this is the best program for you. Once accepted, be prepared to accept or decline the spaces within 5 days from acceptance.

Once accepted you will be given a free 6-month membership access to Rachels online yoga classes

Ongoing support

You will have the opportunity to join your training group in a WhatsApp group which is useful during and after the program. Yoga Beach House will organize a post-training evening circle video conference for your group to reconnect, share stories, challenges, successes and be supported.


Rachel Hanberry

James Hanbery

Retreat location

This yoga teacher training course takes place in Biscarrosse Plage, France. Biscarrosse Plage is a stunning small seaside town located in South West France. Close to nature, healing salty air, pine forest aromas and inspirational coastal views. It is the iconic location for the good life by the sea.


  • Arcachon, 30 kilometers
  • Beach, 200 meters
  • Biscarrosse Ville, 10 kilometers

Unique features


  • Cycling
  • Massage
  • Reiki
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing


  • Barbeque facilities
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lake
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga studio


  • Hair dryer
  • Library
  • Local market
  • Wireless internet


Two meals per day, a healthy two-course brunch and dinner are included in the price of this retreat. The first meal is on Sunday evening on arrival and the last is brunch on Saturday before departure.

Yoga Beach House offers a simple organic home-cooked vegetarian diet with brunches consisting of offerings such as porridge, granola, fruits bowls, vegan pancakes, omelets, yummy soups and homemade wholemeal bread and evening meals consisting of dishes like salads, buddha bowls, veggie bakes, veggie chili, and kitchari.

Special diet requests should be made during the application process and not on arrival as they cannot cater for specific dietary requirements unless they have been notified beforehand. Yoga Beach House is a smoke-free and sober space.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
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)

  • Meditative beach walks
  • SUP paddle / SUP yoga

Spa Treatments (optional extras)

  • Massage
  • Energy healing

What's included

  • 18 nights accommodation with towels and bedding
  • 2 meals per day, plus tea and daily smoothie
  • Certificate on completion
  • 200 hours of yoga training
  • Non-resident option available, limited full residential spaces available

What's not included

  • Optional activities
  • Bike hire
  • Flights / transport
  • Spa treatments
  • Transfers

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane from Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (BOD)

Book a flight to Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (BOD). The airport is 80 kilometers from Yoga Beach House. Please contact Yoga Beach House for more information.

Arrival by train

Take a ride heading to Arcachon or Bordeaux Station. Please contact Yoga Beach House for more information.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16.94% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Monday May 11, 2020
Departure: Friday May 29, 2020

Possibility for training only packages from 2000 GBP per person.

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