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8 Days New Year Meditation and Yoga Retreat, France

Nourishing Meditation & Yoga Retreat France

This will be a new way of approaching life. This retreat will shine upon your deeply tucked heart voice and access the hidden powers of your subconsciousness. Instead of relying on the mind to create the story of the life you want to lead, you'll learn to grow from a basis of acceptance and use your emotional and heart energy so that it becomes integrated with neural structure. Enjoy New Year's week and Eve with a purpose, nourishing mind, body, brain, and heart.

Retreat highlights

  • Iyengar and Yin yoga
  • 2 daily one-hour yoga sessions
  • 7 one-hour evening relaxing sessions
  • 6 three-hour morning mindfulness sessions
  • An integrated MBCT-MBSR and mindful self-compassion course
  • Daily 3 healthy, tasty vegetarian meals
  • 7 nights' accommodation

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Dutch, French, Portuguese, English
The maximum participants in the group is 18
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Accommodation

A Lotus Seed retreat is also vacation. You will be staying at a wonderful domain in the midst of the Gerst in France, not too far from Toulouse. The retreat center has its own meditation and practice hall, a massage room, a sauna, a garden, and swimming pool (unheated and outside, but refreshing after sauna) to enjoy relaxation. The surroundings are beautiful for hiking and exploration. The accommodation options are on private, double, and triple occupancy basis.

Triple room

There are cozy triple rooms with all the comfort you need. The bathroom is shared among the people in the room.

Twin room

There are cozy twin rooms with all the comfort you need. The bathroom is shared among the people in the room.

Private room

The private master bedroom is beautiful and cozy, equipped with in-room bathroom.

A Lotus Seed Meditation & Yoga Holiday France Program

Experience mindfulness - compassion - and heart meditation, positive neuroplasticity, yoga as well as enjoy a relaxing sauna and massage in the beautiful Gers, France. You will learn to open your hearts to the possibilities, love, spaciousness, and compassion that exists inside yourself while taking care of stuck feelings in your body and stories in your heads.

You will journey into healing relationships with yourself and others so that you can transform pains into a gift and finally, start moving with your hands and feet to possibilities you may have never imagined possible before. Heart-, (self-) compassion-, and positive neuro-plasticity meditation practices form the core of the program and complement mindfulness-based MBCT-MBSR meditation.

A broader context is provided to learn the workings of mind-body-brain-heart linkages. In the morning, there is Iyengar yoga to wake up energetically and in the afternoon, you can follow a Yin yoga class to stretch your body and enter a deep relaxation mode or take a therapeutic massage.

These practices have been showing psychological and neurological benefits, activating brain parts linked to focus, awareness, creativity, positive feelings, cognitive flexibility, and empathy as well as compassion for yourself and others.

Heart, compassion & MBSR-MBCT

MBSR-MBCT is a combination of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness-based cognitive training (MBCT). These are the most widely researched meditation programs in the world. There are used in companies, hospitals, and schools. Compassion and positive neuro-plasticity are the most-recent researched fields and complement mindfulness in strengthening positive neural pathways. A Lotus Seed integrates both and adds insights from neuroscience and Buddhism to deepen the practice.

With A Lotus Seed, you can count on extensive expertise and the spirit and warmth of the community. They focus on the power of meditation, the brain, mind, body, heart, and the linkages between. They believe in bringing neuroscience, compassion practices, and the link between Eastern and Western psychology to the picture for a holistic understanding. A Lotus Seed starts from experience rather than theoretical and mental constructs.

This retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators as you'll touch upon every component of your experience to be able to create a new life story:

Brain

  • How to activate the soothing system for releases of oxytocin and natural opiates that give you a warm and loving feeling
  • How to balance old and new brain's functions and enter a flow state
  • How to bring deep-rooted longings to the foreground of your consciousness and use the hidden powers of your subconsciousness
  • How to make use of your implicit memory and store positive experiences in memory to create a new story

Mind

  • Unravel the mind-suffering mechanism
  • How to develop focus, concentration, curiosity, creativity, and a beginner's mind
  • Dealing with barriers and mind-limitations in developing your new life story
  • Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy

Emotion

  • Ending the struggle with unwanted emotions through acceptance and compassion
  • Transform unnoticed emotional pain and hot emotions
  • Positive neuro-plasticity and Metta practices for dealing with emotions / sensations in the body
  • Free yourself from fear, anger, guilt, and shame and create an emotional wellness

Body

  • Restore balance in the body through your physical, mental, emotional and heart energies, and self-care
  • Bodywork, stress reduction, dance, and vitalizing movements
  • Alignment-based Iyengar yoga (morning) and Yin yoga (afternoon)

Heart

  • How to listen to the heart voice and nurture other heart qualities as gratitude, shared joy, equanimity, and loving kindness.
  • Using the difference between empathy and (self-) compassion and the distinction in the brain
  • How to restore relationships with forgiveness and heartful communication
  • How to use compassion as a motivator for growth and transformer of suffering

Behavior

  • How to replace old, habitual, automatic ways of behaving with new flexible and intentional ways of behaving
  • How to gain control over your mind and develop a clear and focused mind
  • How to realize your most highly valued heart dreams
  • Embrace your soul’s calling and learn to trust your life’s journey

You will start the day with a rejoicing alignment-based Iyengar yoga to strengthen your muscles and get energized to move more easily throughout the day.

After a healthy breakfast, the morning meditation session forms the core of the program in which you will meditate, reflect, and learn about the broader context of brain, body, and mind.

In the afternoon, there is enough free time to make some beautiful walks, read a good book, take a massage or sauna. There is also a Restorative or Yin yoga in the afternoon to relieve deep tension from the muscles with gentle passive stretching. In the evening, there will be a relaxation session with reflection about the day.

Typical daily schedule

  • 08:00-09:00 Alignment-based Iyengar yoga
  • 09:00-10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00-13:00 Mindfulness and Metta-heart-compassion meditation, reflection, and theory
  • 13:00-14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00-17:00 Personal time to take a therapeutic massage, a sauna, or go for a hike
  • 17:30-18:30 Restorative or Yin Yang yoga
  • 19:00-20:00 Dinner
  • 20:00-21:00 Relaxation session and daily sharing

Instructors

Geraldine Gobert
Geraldine believes that each and everyone is their own best teacher but they can use guidance in making the mind fit for their purpose. She sees herself as a guide on your path, rather than a teacher. After years of practice, she followed an intensive teacher training course from the Institute of Mindfulness in Belgium. She was taught by David Dewulf, Mark Williams, Christina Feldman, John Peacock, Chris Germer, Kristin Neff as well as monks in various monasteries across Europe and Asia.
Anna
(Hatha Yoga)
Anna is a certified Hatha yoga teacher and teaches slow flow classes with a strong foundation in classic, alignment-based Iyengar and Yin yoga. Her style is soft and gentle as it is powerful. Anna's journey on the yoga mat has brought her closer to herself and opened her heart to her inner truth. Oh and besides that, she's a gentle and loving human being, nature and peace lover, and a great inspiration!

Retreat location

This meditation and yoga retreat will be held at Chez Zen in La Sauvetat, Occitanie, France.

Unique features

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Massage
  • Reiki
  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Meditation garden
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

You'll be served tasty, fresh, and healthy meals three times a day from the wonderful cook, Jorge, biological and with influences from the entire world.

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)

  • Go for a meditative walk in nature
  • Hiking
  • Reiki or therapeutic massage
  • Sauna
  • Use the swimming pool (not heated, outside, and only after sauna)
  • Visit nearby villages or Toulouse

What's included

  • Iyengar and Yin yoga
  • 2 daily one-hour yoga sessions
  • 7 one-hour evening relaxing sessions
  • Daily morning meditation and group discussion sessions
  • An integrated MBCT-MBSR and mindful self-compassion course
  • Course material for integrated MBCT-MBSR, (self-)compassion, and Metta / heart meditation program
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Daily 3 healthy, tasty vegetarian meals

What's not included

  • Optional treatments (e.g. massage)
  • Airport transfers
  • Alcoholic or soft drinks
  • Airfares

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Toulouse - Blagnac Airport (TLS).

Fly to Toulouse or Bordeaux from all major cities in Europe. The estimated cost is 40 to 150 EUR with the low-cost company or 120 to 250 EUR with any other major airline. Rented cars can be shared among participants and the rental costs will be around 65 EUR per person for a whole week. You can also come with your own car. Tell A Lotus Seed where you come from and they'll help you book your flights, train, and / or car.

Arrival by train

You will meet at the train station of Toulouse where rented cars can be shared among participants.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
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