Meditation Hall

AYP 200-hour Teacher Training Course, Dordogne, France

Note: Unfortunately this course has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.​

14th September - 12th October 2020

The Venue

The course will be held at Le Moulin-de-Chaves, which is a beautiful yoga retreat centre located near Bergerac in Dordogne, France.

The centre has a large house, two meditation halls and beautiful grounds by a river. The region is hilly with forests and beautiful cliffs. 

New Dharma Hall
Main house, Le Moulin

About the Course

During September and October 2020, we will be running a 29-day Yoga Teacher Training Course (TTC) in The Dordogne in the Centre of France.

The focus of the training is on qualifying teachers to be able to teach asanas (postures), Spinal Breathing Pranayama, Deep Meditation practice, Samyama and the mudras and bandhas.

The course will also cover many other aspects of yoga, from subtle anatomy to advanced pranayama practices and from yoga philosophy to self-inquiry (advaita).  The yoga will be full-scope, covering all eight limbs of yoga.

The course covers both practice and theory and is run as a retreat. Practice classes will include asana, pranayama, meditation and samyama. The course will be taught in the English language.

The curriculum

Many aspects of yoga will be covered, including some of the most subtle and effective aspects of yoga practice.  The curriculum for the course has been approved by the Yoga Alliance.

The curriculum will include:

  • Asana practice and teaching
  • Deep Meditation practice and teaching
  • Spinal Breathing Pranayama practice and teaching
  • Samyama practice and teaching
  • Mudras and Bhandas
  • The history of the philosophy of yoga
  • Physical anatomy
  • Subtle anatomy
  • Practicalities of teaching yoga

There will be 50 minutes of Karma Yoga (service to others) each day, which forms part of the training.

The full course curriculum can be found here.

Tara Hall
Banks of the Dordogne river


Yoga Alliance RYS 200 logo

Upon completion of the course, participants will become qualified as a yoga teacher and will be able to register with the Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200). The Yoga Alliance are an internationally recognised registration body.


TTC Course Teachers

Tristan Dorling

Tristan Dorling

Tristan has been practicing yoga and meditation for around 30 years and teaching internationally for the last 10 years. He trained in Nepal, Thailand, India and Sri Lanka.

He specializes in the teaching of meditation, pranayama and the philosophy of yoga. 

Pieter Scheffe

Pieter Scheffe

Pieter came into contact with yoga when he was eighteen years old. It felt like a homecoming and in the next few years he completed different teacher trainings in Holland, France and India.

Alex Wales

Alex Wales

Alex first came to yoga through meditation, and this practice continues to provide the foundation of his yoga journey and the inspiration for his teaching. He sees the practice of yoga postures as a means to integrate the subtle transformative effects of meditation with the physical body creating space in life for peace, energy and creativity to arise.

Amandine Perrin

Amandine Perrin

Sometimes when people ask me what I do in life, I like to answer “researcher”. “Ah that’s good!” they say. Then follows invariably: “In what?” “in Yoga.” Some look disappointed, others laugh out loud…  Yet this is a noble path and a fairly accurate definition of what a yogi is, who, driven by an invisible force, searches relentlessly (or almost!) through their practices, to capture the essence of life in its purest form. 

Dinner at Le Moulin


Food will be vegetarian. The food served will support a yoga and meditation practice. We can also cater for vegan diets and special diets such as dairy or gluten free, if you let us know in advance.

Hot drinks will be available all day.


Campervan:                                    2,980 euros per person 

Shared twin room (3rd floor):    3,120 euros per person

Shared twin room (standard):   3,400 euros per person

Single:                                              3,820 euros 

Single en-suite:                              4,240 euros per person 

The price includes accommodation, food and all the classes and training. The campervan option is for people bringing their own campervan for the course.

There are a limited number of single rooms, so these rooms are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

A deposit of 400 Euros is required to secure a place on the course. 

If you are coming on your own and staying in a shared room, then you will be allocated a room with someone of the same gender.

Zen dojo


Contact Tristan if you would like to book a place on this course.


Once your place on the course has been confirmed, you will be able to make payment by bank transfer, or by card


Getting there and away

Directions for getting to Le Moulin Retreat Centre are on their website. The nearest international airports are Bordeaux, Limoges  and Bergerac. Bordeaux is 2,5 hours from Paris by train. 

Arrival is between 14:00 and 16:00 on the 14th September 2020, with departure by 13:00 on the 12th October.

Old Zen meditation hall

Frequently asked questions

Yes, upon successful completion of the course, you will become qualified as a yoga teacher.  AYP (Advanced Yoga Practices) is registered as a Teacher Training School with the Yoga Alliance (YA). This means that the training we provide to teachers, meets their  standards of training provision.

Once qualified you will be eligible to register as a yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance. You will qualify to register as an RYT 200 (Registered Yoga Teacher who has completed 200 hours of training).

The Yoga Alliance is an internationally recognised registration body, so the qualification will allow you to teach in any country in the world.  

Many Yoga Teacher Training Courses only train teachers to teach asana (posture) practice, which is just one of the eight limbs of yoga. On this course, as well as learning how to teach asana practice, teachers will be trained to teach Spinal Breathing Pranayama, Deep Meditation, Samyama practice and mudras and bandhas. The course will cover the teaching of all eight limbs of yoga and will be full-scope.

Assessment is carried out in three ways. The first is through course participation. Secondly there is a practical teaching assessment towards the end of the course. Lastly there is a written exam at the end of the course. The written examination will not cover the full course curriculum, but will only cover the material that students need to know to effectively teach yoga.

Yes, all of the training is completed during the 29 day course, with students graduating at the end of the course. There is a recommended reading list, so students can begin their study before the course starts if they wish.

Yes, the recommended reading list can be found here. It is only a recommended list, not compulsory, so you can take a look at whatever books you are drawn to. All of the books on the list are relevant to the material covered on the course. 

Bamboo around the dojo
Zen monastery, France

Daily schedule

14th September 2020 (arrival day)

14:00 – 16:00             Arrival

16:00 – 17:30             Introduction followed by practice session

17:30                          Dinner

19:30                          Welcome meeting

September 15th – October 11th 2020

06:00  –  07:35          Asana, pranayama, meditation and samyama

07:50  –  08:45          Pranayama, meditation and samyama

09:00 –  10:00           Morning lecture/ workshop

10:30                          Brunch

14:00  –  15:00           Afternoon lecture / workshop

15:20  –  16:10            Asana class / teaching practice

16:10  –  17:00            Pranayama, meditation and samyama

17:30                          Dinner

19:30                          Evening lecture

Room at Le Moulin

12th October 2020 (last day)

07:50  –  08:45         Pranayama, meditation and samyama

10:30                          Brunch

12:00 – 13:00            Farewells and departure


Reviews from past AYP Teacher Training Courses.

 "Over our month-long journey together on the AYP Teacher Training Course we deeply explored all eight limbs of yoga, not just as an academic exercise but as a set of powerful practices that bring about as much purification and spiritual evolution as any person could want. Our teachers gave us clear instructions on how to apply these practices for a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable yogic journey.      The retreat environment was very supportive, friendly, fun, and often lighthearted while still remaining professional. It was quite evident that each of our instructors taught us from the perspective of considerable experience and deep inner silence. There were no questions about yoga that our teachers couldn't answer, and no difficulties in practices that they couldn't help us overcome. I greatly deepened my own personal practice, met my yoga family, and had the time of my life."
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“Passed with distinction the yoga teacher training course. The level of individual attention given to us by enlightened teachers is beyond words. We are all grateful and full of joy for such teachers. Even people who are already yoga teachers and did this training say it is like no other. I can highly recommend the Advanced Yoga Practices Teacher Training. It is so much more than a teacher training course, it was also a retreat and a means to connect with colleagues from around the world. And above all to learn from great teachers who know ...and make dear life long friends and begin changing ourselves fundamentally.”
Nathalie Ishizuka
“Advanced Yoga Practices have changed my life. I don't think that just any other yoga teaching would have. It is because this Yoga system focuses on meditation (and other sitting practices) and not only mainly on asanas. Thus it is full-scope and covers the eight limbs of Yoga . It teaches us how to become autonomous in our practice to transmit that in return to our students. This yoga system has been wonderfully designed and nothing has been left over. It deserves to be well-known, and I believe it will be. The teachers have been fantastic. Passionate, kind, open-minded, funny, very knowledgeable and receptive. And the list could go on and on. The atmosphere within the group was incredible. Like a loving family. This AYP TTC has been one of the most beautiful experiences in my life. So yes, I definitely recommend it! Thank you so much guys... Lots of love.!”
Amandine Perrin
 “Excellent teachers and teaching. I would certainly highly recommend this AYP teacher training.”
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 “Advanced Yoga Practices (AYP)’s 200-hour teacher-training prepares its trainees to begin teaching the principles and techniques of yoga safely and competently.”
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  “This course was everything I had hoped and more. Full-scope yoga training taught by true yogis who were both available and approachable. Despite having studied yoga for many years prior to the course, I still learned a tremendous amount. It drew a diverse array of students from all over the world, a group that came to feel more like family than mere friends. My only regret was that it all had to end. I would highly recommend this program to anyone interested in learning to teach about all of the limbs of yoga.”
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“Thanks to the instructors, staff, and fellow students on the AYP Teacher Training Course 2017. It was a privilege to know you all. You have made it possible for me to enjoy this course and I felt at home amongst people I could trust.”
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