200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Retreat

Foundational Teacher Training Overview

This 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Retreat gives you the proper foundation for teaching yoga safely, confidently and knowledgeably. You’ll learn the basic principles of yoga, and will gain an understanding of the essential elements needed to deepen your inner awareness in your practice of yoga in order to be an authentic guide to others. Marianne’s teachings focuses on helping her students uncover how to embody what they teach through a comprehensive, hands-on curriculum in her teacher trainings.


This 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training is true immersion at its finest. Upon completion of the training, you will earn a 200 hour certificate, will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance, and be able to continue your education with advanced Yoga Teacher Training programs.


Marianne carefully selects her resort partners in Costa Rica to provide comfortable and secure lodging accommodations, delicious, gourmet vegetarian meals, and inspiring study areas- all of which are set in lush, tropical environments.  This is the perfect retreat for getting away from the day-to-day worries of life to allow time for self-study and contemplation in an oceanside setting.


Read on to learn more about Marianne Wells Yoga School 200 hour curriculum and requirements for registering, or visit our Testimonials and FAQ page to hear from past students and to find out if MWYS is right for you.

Teacher Training Curriculum

Techniques & Practice

  • Explore modifications in asanas to best benefit the practitioner, including the use of props.
  • Develop an eye for alignment, mastering how to make verbal cues and safe and smart hands-on adjustments.
  • Master practical systems; pranayama, meditation, chanting, kriyas.
  • Design balanced joyful classes with smart sequencing of postures.

Teaching Methods & Styles

  • Master steady postures through in depth alignment study.
  • Understand the energetic involved in various styles of yoga: Vinyasa, Ashtanga Primary Series, Kundalini, Tibetan, Tantra, Restorative.
  • Understand yoga for children, for seniors, for pre / post natal students.
  • Develop your own teaching style based on who you are and who you can be!

Anatomy & Physiology

  • Study physical, subtle anatomy, physiology of the body systems.
  • Work with injuries, demonstrate alignment principles, prevention.
  • Applied yoga therapy; learn how to work with pain, injuries, and many health conditions.
  • Assigning “yoga homework” to your students.
  • Experience yoga’s benefits and healing energies, chakras, nadis, etc.

Yoga Philosophy & Yoga Lifestyle

  • In depth study of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
  • Learn how to apply yoga’s philosophy into your practice and life.
  • In depth study of the Yamas and Niyamas as they apply to your life and your teaching.
  • Know how nutrition and lifestyle affect yourself and your students.
  • Understand how to raise your vibration through development of your personal narrative and positive interactions with your students.


  • Learn by doing – some of our most fun learning days. Teach a variety of mini-classes throughout the training with constructive feedback from your peers.
  • Learn sequencing and staging of classes.
  • Understand how to teach any and all students simultaneously with effective cueing and voice, use of props, alternative poses for the individual.

The Business of Yoga

  • Understand your yoga business from both a local and global perspective
  • Be aware of the legal requirements you are responsible for as well as what yoga studio’s are responsible for
  • Build your brand through social media and modern marketing methods
  • Build your student following and understanding appropriate boundaries
  • Build community and being connected in life
  • Yoga Alliance and IAYT registry and membership
  • Continuing Education and the best self care for YOU!

Requirements for Signing up for Marianne’s Teacher Training are simple:

1. Read this website. Explore Marianne’s Blog, read up on Yoga Vacations and Retreats vs. Teacher Trainings, read about Marianne’s background and teaching philosophy, and read our student testimonials. It is important that every person who chooses Marianne Wells Yoga School yoga teacher training understands who Marianne is and the why behind what she lives and teaches with her teacher trainings.


2. Be open-minded. The more expectations and preconceived notions you have about what your yoga teacher training will or should include, the less you focus on the experience you are having. The students who arrive in Costa Rica with a willing heart and the desire to move toward the life of a yogi have the most rewarding experiences. Again, explore this website and truly contemplate whether signing up for Marianne’s teacher training is the best choice for you. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about signing up for Marianne’s 200 or 300 hour teacher training.


3. Arrive healthy and well-rested. Yoga teacher training is not a two week detox, yoga bootcamp, retreat, or vacation. Being a yoga student with Marianne means two weeks of packed days where you must be fully present in body, mind, and spirit. Don’t start your yoga teacher training journey overly fatigued or with a body that is not well prepared for the long (albeit extremely rewarding!) days. Coming with a rested body and a focused mind will start you on your path to fulfillment as a yoga teacher. We live the yoga lifestyle during our time together.


In addition to these 3 requirements, Marianne’s advice to prospective students is the same:
Read as much as you can about yoga philosophy and history, the anatomy of yoga, and the various styles of yoga. Take as many different classes from a variety of instructors in different venues as possible. A broad experience base and an open mind will serve you well in this training course.

Included in Your Tuition
    • We provide group bus transportation for trainings held in Costa Rica that is included in your investment- due to the need to arrive early and travel more than 2 hours to the destination.


    • Lodging Accommodations of your choice with comfortable and restful rooms, comfortable beds, fans, en suite bathrooms, daily maid service, linens.


    • Three delicious gourmet vegetarian meals daily – drinking water, coffee, tea, fresh juices.


    • Comprehensive Yoga Alliance teacher training with Marianne Wells – E-RYT 500 and her support staff


  • 200 hours of accredited study – upon successful completion students receive their professional certification from Marianne Wells Yoga School – a Yoga Alliance registered school,  and are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance
  • Ongoing professional mentoring from Marianne Wells after successful completion of the studies


Not included in your tuition:

  • Airfare
  • Additional ground transportation other than group bus in Costa Rica
  • Taxi fares for Isla Mujeres and Malaga;  and,  ferry (for Isla Mujeres) cost
  • Travel Insurance
  • Yoga books for studies
Flights & Ground Transportation

Arrival and departure dates are listed on the individual training sessions, located on the Calendar and Registration page. Fly into the airport recommended for the specific training no later than the Friday prior to training start date, and spend the night in the local area. For travel more than 3 time zones away, we recommend arriving the Thursday prior to training to allow for rest and adjustment to the new time zone. Your tuition includes riding in a group bus early Saturday morning for our first day at the resort.  Details on pick up locations and times will be emailed prior to training.

For travel to Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort in Nosara on the Pacific coast:

  • The airport you will fly into is Daniel Oduber International Airport (SJO) located in Liberia, Costa Rica (airport code LIR).
  • Arrive to Liberia at least by the Friday prior to training start date.
  • Group bus departs Liberia at 9am, traveling to Nosara
  • If traveling on your own, plan to arrive to Nosara by 1:00 pm.
  • Group ground transportation is included in your cost, provided you are available at bus departure times early mornings.
  • Your departure flight from Liberia (LIR) airport should be no earlier than 1:00 pm on departure day to allow for transit time and pre-boarding check-in requirements.

For travel to Coco B Wellness Center on the island of  Isla Mujeres, Mexico north of Cancun:

  • The airport you will fly into is Cancun International Airport (CUN) located in Cancun, Mexico.
  • Arrive to Cancun by December 3rd, and spend the night on Isla Mujeres.
  • Roundtrip taxi service can be pre-arranged through the resort to meet you outside the international terminal. Cost is approximately $70 USD.  The company representative will be in uniform with identification badge and your name on the sign. Taxi ride is approximately 25 minutes to the ferry terminal.
  • Ferry tickets roundtrip cost approximately $16 USD.  Ferries depart every 30 minutes for the 20 minute ride across to Isla Mujeres.
  • We recommend Ixchel Beach Hotel located on Playa Norte – voted by TripAdvisor travelers as the best beach in Mexico.
  • If your flight arrival is on December 4th, plan to arrive by 12:00pm noon or earlier.
  • Arrive to Coco B Wellness Center by 1:00pm December 4th.
  • Your departure flight from CUN can be any time December 18th starting at 8am.

For travel to Santillan Yoga and Wellness in Rincon de la Victoria near Malaga, Spain overlooking the Mediterranean Sea:

  • The airport you will fly into is Málaga–Costa del Sol International Airport (AGP) located in Malaga, Spain which is serviced by a large number of international and budget airlines from many countries. ´This airport links you to over one hundred cities in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and North America each day.
  • Arrive to Malaga by February 7th, and spend the night in town and rest for the start of training. Or, arrive by 12:00pm noon on February 8th.
  • Roundtrip taxi service can be pre-arranged through the resort. The fee is 50 € each way. Maximum 4 people per taxi and must be paid directly to the driver. Santillan is only 25 km from Malaga airport.
  • Train and bus services are also nearby – approximately 25 km away.  Santillan can arrange taxi with your arrival information in advance.
  • Arrive to Santillan Yoga and Wellness Center by 1:00pm February 8th.
  • Your departure flight from Málaga–Costa del Sol Airport can be any time February 22nd.

“Marianne’s training gave me everything I needed to become who I want to be: a successful, genuine yoga in-structor. The program is incredibly well rounded and gives you the benefit of exploring the vast universe of yogic thought, practice, and industry. The intensive schedule is most conducive to the learning process; you are separated from the push/pull of your typical life and you get to fully immerse yourself and learn what is truly possible. Marianne is the center of all of this. Her extensive knowledge and experience rolls off her tongue with no pretense. I was personally stretched in every aspect: physically, mentally, and spiritually. I had to check my ego at the door and that to me, is what yoga is all about. And Marianne fully embodies that idea and practice.” ~ Ryan LaBonte, 200 RYT

“I truly and thoroughly recommend Marianne Wells Yoga School. I attended my first training (200h) in August 2013 and my second training (300h, Yogatherapy) in April 2014 in Costa Rica. Marianne is an incredible, amaz-ing, and inspirational teacher. She teaches with professionalism, and is full of knowledge, wisdom, love and compassion. She guides, supports, and challenges every student to her/his needs, within their capabilities. Her intuitive and sensitive way allows everybody to grow – on and off the mat. Together with her husband, Ron, and their TAs, they make a great team. In Anatomy and Sutra lessons, Ron’s teachings are comprehensive, relative, adaptable, and allow for deep philosophical discussions. The TAs provide great assistance, organization, and help in every way possible. Both trainings were deeply inspirational experiences and I could not be prepared any better to make my own yoga path!” ~ Sabine Arning, 200 RYT

“Marianne helped me uncover insight into myself and discover a voice I’ve never had before. She showed me all the ways to use yoga as a healing tool and how to effectively integrate props into a practice. During training, I became deeply connected to the universe and had one of the deepest spiritual experiences I’ve ever had. Mari-anne’s curriculum made for an unforgettable experience that made clear for me my purpose on this earth. I will highly recommend their program to anyone who would ask.”~ Maribel Melendez, 200 RYT

“Marianne Wells Yoga School is more than just getting a “certification”. I truly was able to explore myself on and off the mat. I learned so much about yoga aside from the physical practice and how to incorporate those spiritual aspects into my teaching. Marianne is truly a Godsend. I have done many trainings, workshops, etc. But, I have never felt the genuineness from anyone that I felt with Marianne. She honestly cares for every one of her students and she sees the potential in everyone. In just the short time of getting to know her, I can hon-estly say she is one of the strongest people I know. I love her passion for what she does and I thank her from the bottom of my heart.” ~ Alison Cantrill, 200 RYT

“Marianne’s training left me refreshed, centered, energized, and with a clearer mind. Her depth of knowledge amazes me; she is always coming up with something fresh and new to add to the class. She has a real talent for accommodating those who like a more vigorous practice, as well as those who need to be gentler on their bodies – this is seamlessly done all in the same class. Marianne has a special way of including the spiritual aspect of yoga into her classes that accommodates all individuals, wherever they are on their spiritual journey. A significant amount of Marianne’s training is devoted to moving beyond the physical asana practice of yoga, which prepared me immensely as a teacher. And now, the feedback I receive from my students is incredibly positive and encouraging.” ~ Rochell Gifford, 200 RYT

“I came into Marianne’s training looking for the roots, the philosophy, the rituals, and the understanding of yoga’s historical influence. I came looking to become a teacher that has something to offer students beyond a gym class or a five-minute, misguided meditation. I found all of that and more. During the two weeks spent in Costa Rica, my philosophies of leading a more conscious lifestyle, mind body and spirit, were finally more fruitfully exercised. Marianne provided the groundwork of teaching really real yoga to take home with me. I have such gratitude for the teaching methods and curriculum she introduced us to. I’ve found my spirit’s fire, and I’ve reconnected with the parts of myself that are often ignored. I never want to let that flame die out and I hope to cultivate these teachings until my ripe old age. I will always be grateful to Marianne for what she’s given me.” ~ Sam Roman, 200 RYT

“Marianne takes time to get to know all of her students individually in her own nurturing way. She encourages us to teach with compassion, to acknowledge differences in our students and to understand how to properly cue them into poses. Marianne offers constructive feedback so you know what is appropriate, what works for your students, and what doesn’t work. Marianne has such a breadth of knowledge due to her many years of teaching. She teaches not only Iyengar, but Ashtanga, Kundalini, Tibetian, Hatha, the Chakras and much more. For me, the two weeks at Marianne Wells Yoga School was absolutely the best choice and Marianne’s style and warmth made all the difference.” ~ Sabrina Reynolds, 200 RYT

“This experience was one of the most special in my 46 years! It was truly transformational and Marianne is a phenomenal teacher.” ~ Kim Crawford, 200 RYT

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a yoga teacher?
Many yoga studios and instructors offer some type of teacher certification process. They may vary in length and intensities. Some occur on weekends, others daily for partial or full days for a number of weeks. All should require you to complete the curriculum in full and demonstrate a capacity to teach others. Please look at the Yoga Alliance website for curriculum requirements they mandate for registered yoga schools (RYS).

Is your yoga teacher training appropriate for me? Am I ready?
When a person heads off to college, they generally have an interest in their field of study but rarely the experience. They take a series of courses, each building upon the next, within their discipline that expands their overall knowledge and skill. That’s pretty much the same purpose behind any type of yoga training. You needn’t have a decade of yoga experience under your belt to decide you’d like to teach the practice. It simply starts with a desire. If you feel you want to teach, yoga teacher training will give you a practical understanding of the art and expose you to a diverse number of styles or possibly only one style. That being said, the more training you have can only strengthen your expertise. To this day, I still seek out different training sessions to develop my personal practice and what I can offer my students.

Why do different schools have different number of days in their training?  Why does your school teach fewer days than some other schools?
Over the years of my teaching, I’ve tried many different program lengths or structures and found that this particular timeframe works the best for many people. Besides the fact that most people don’t have a wealth of vacation at their disposal or are unable to get away for an entire month, it’s really best to learn and then put into practice. It’s much like the people who’ve participated in The Biggest Loser. While on the show, their path to weight-loss and fitness is far more straightforward. Temptations are kept at bay, time is structured, and focus is maintained by others. Once they go back to their own world, the true test begins. Only then will they experience genuine success since they are now able to put into practice all they’ve learned. A teacher only provides you with the history, theory, teachings, and practice, all very important provisions. It’s you who puts yourself into it.

How does the immersion experience differ from weekend training?
Weekend training sessions meet for up to 20 weekends at one or a few locations. I started training others in this format, but found the distractions of life really impeded the progress of my students – particularly working parents of children.

The immersion style or intensive is a very focused timeframe where the student will live with the other students and usually the teacher(s) during their training. Some are conducted at ashrams or other spiritual centers, but many are held at retreat locations. Many trainings conducted over a longer period of time require that you participate in the housekeeping or cooking duties as part of doing your share of the work. Typically the immersion training sessions have daily practice of yoga, meditation, instruction of varying workshops/ lectures/ discussion groups, philosophy of yoga, and practicum. Vegetarian or vegan meals are prepared.  Some immersion trainings have cleansing diets as part of the process as well. Our school resort partners are carefully selected based on proximity to the ocean, safety, outstanding yoga facilities, comfortable lodging, gourmet vegetarian meals, housekeeping and swimming pool. I feel it is an important part of the yoga tradition to be in nature, as the ancient yogis were when they handed down the tradition to their students.

Immersion trainings of greater than 3 weeks typically have multiple afternoons or entire days off during the session to allow for independent or group activities, travel, excursions, self study, etc.  Most of my students travel before or after their time in the training. This is not to say there isn’t some independent time available in my training, just that we have a lot to do to accomplish your goals and get there in a fun way. My students with extra days to travel can do what they want on their schedule either before or after their training.

How large is your average training group?
Typically, the groups are anywhere from 35 people. This is a fabulous size for both me and participants. It gives everyone a chance for some one-on-one time, an opportunity to ask more detailed questions, and the occasion to lead others. With this size, people don’t get lost in the crowd.

What is your predominant style?
First off, I was raised in a yoga household so I’ve been studying some form of yoga since I was a child. When I was older, I had the opportunity to study under BKS Iyengar and Gurmukh Khalsa. But if you were to classify it, I’d say I was close to Hatha with a tendency towards Flow. With that said, I truly believe that every teacher has their own original style, taking from what they’ve learned, be it a combination of Kundalini and Ashtanga or Bikram and Vinyasa, and incorporating it into their practice. You see, there is only one Marianne Wells in this world as there is only one you. So you could be a second-rate someone else or a first-rate original. You define your own style and provide your gifts to yoga.

Will I be ready to teach after the training?  Can I be a registered yoga teacher?

I tell my students that I will do everything I can to provide the training and tools to make you the best yoga teacher you can be. Authentic. Original. Teaching what you know and knowing what you teach.  It is up to you to decide if you are ready to teach others.  The best way to do so is to just start following your training, drawing upon the knowledge and experiences from the training. You will grow, learn, and develop into a wonderful yoga teacher with dedication and daily effort. The ability to successfully teach others yoga goes farther than a proper yoga foundation. It requires faithful and honest examination of what yoga teaches you about yourself in your personal practice. This approach is proven with the success of my students teaching in 51 countries around the world. Light the fire in others and the gifts of yoga will spread. Upon successful completion you will receive a certification from Marianne Wells Yoga School, a registered yoga school (500RYS) located in Costa Rica with Yoga Alliance.  You are then eligible to become a registered yoga teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance.