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8 Days Relaxing Meditation and Yoga Retreat Dordogne, France

  • Chateau de Bardouly, Saint-Aubin-de-Cadelech, Val et Côteaux d'Eymet, Sud-Bergeracois, Bergerac, Dordogne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France

Balancing Yoga Retreat France

Join Ali Dyer Yoga and Meditation in a relaxing yoga retreat in France that will help you to balance your body and mind. Practices such as yoga, meditation, and yoga Nidra can help you to reconnect to being well both in mind and body. The benefits of these simple practices are for every body and every mind. You don’t have to be supple, wear lycra, sit in a lotus position or give up stuff, just the desire or first stirrings of curiosity to see what it can do for you.

Highlights

  • Daily three yoga / meditation classes
  • Guided walking and wine tasting on Monday evening
  • Transportation from Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport (EGC) to Chateau de Bardouly
  • Breakfasts, plated 2-course lunches, and plated 3-course evening meals
  • All snacks, soft drinks, and teas
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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Chateau de Bardouly, a stunning Perigordian property with heated swimming pool, tennis courts, extensive grounds and dedicated yoga studio, offers the ideal retreat environment which, when combined with a considered mind body program, will help relax and reenergize you. The chateau offers 11 luxury en-suite bedrooms.

All rooms have a unique interior design comprising a mix of modern amenities, antiques, and elegant fabrics. The rooms are equipped with Wi-Fi, clocks, iPad / iPhone docking stations, armoires, chest of drawers, writing desk and comfy chairs for reading. All bath / shower rooms are fitted with blow dryers.

At the chateau, you can make use of its stunning gardens and grounds, elegant drawing rooms and communal space, formal and informal dining spaces (inside and al fresco), loungers and sun shades, as well as the badminton, boules, and games room. A fully equipped and professionally designed indoor yoga studio and outdoor yoga deck are also available.

You can practice yoga and be mindful anywhere and yet at times it is beneficial to retreat fully. When you do this, you will discover new insights, different ways of thinking and rediscover what it feels like to be deeply connected to your essential true nature.

During this retreat, you will be immersed in the richness of a full spectrum of yoga and meditation practices (Hatha / Flow / Yin / Restorative / Mindfulness / Insight meditation / yoga Nidra) to nourish your bodies, calm the mind and experience the felt sense of health and well-being.

You will have relaxed timetable (you do as much or as little as you like) with an experienced yoga and meditation teacher supporting you on your journey. There will be up to three yoga classes in five days (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday) including meditation, movement, and relaxation.

On Wednesday, you can choose a full day off for sightseeing, excursions or join Ali for the 2.5-hour asana playshop. Ultimately, this is your time to do just as you please. You may not know what that is right now, but as you start to relax and unwind, let your body and mind be playful and at ease (2.5 hours to dive in deep and explore that pose).

Yoga

People come to yoga for many reasons such as flexibility, strengthening, relaxation, stress reduction or just plain old curiosity. What keeps people coming back though is its ability to take a person on a journey of transformation. After each practice, you will find yourself in a different place, a place where you start to unite the mind and body. It’s a place that you want to return to again and again.

As individuals you favor and require different practices at different times. It is perhaps a faster-paced Hatha flow class when there is just too much energy. It may be longer held and meditative Yin poses when you seek to release mentally and physically and a Restorative practice for times when your body and mind need to rest and digest.

Hatha and Hatha flow are energizing yet calming, uplifting yet grounding classes with the focus on alignment, integration, and fun! It is perfect to increase flexibility, strength and reduce stress. Yin yoga is a deeply meditative sequence of long held poses connecting you to the mind and energy body. It is perfect to release long held tensions and increase flexibility. Restorative yoga is a chance to rest and digest through deeply relaxing supported poses. It is a total chill time just for you.

Meditation

Much is written and said about meditation. Perhaps because for something that is, in essence, so simple is in practice often challenging. The human organism is programmed for periods of quiet and reflection and yet in the busy lives you rush through the experiences which are the good and the bad and you don’t give yourself time to digest them.

In turn, you become full and disconnected from your innate sense of well-being. Ali Dyer Yoga and Meditation's motivations for meditation and practices like mindfulness of the breath are, in the first instance then, an opportunity to digest and process what you go through every day leaving more space in your lives both mind and body for reconnecting to your true nature.

As you progress your practice, you will discover how to skillfully and mindfully enquire into the characteristics of your emotions, thoughts, and beliefs and thus put aside that which causes your suffering. Classes are taught in an inclusive and friendly manner from accessible breath awareness techniques to more advanced Vipassana practices.

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra is a guided form of meditative self-inquiry, from the teachings of yoga and Tantra. You will engage with the practice of yoga Nidra for many reasons such as deep relaxation, reducing stress, aiding sleep, solving personal problems, and helping to resolve trauma.

As well as being deeply relaxing, the practice, which is usually taken in Savasana (lying in rest), helps you to be with the totality of your human experience. The bedrock of the practice is the understanding that when you can move beyond your conditioned mind and limited self-beliefs, you realize your own true nature which is spacious, unrestricted, without judgment and always present.

With the practice, you will discover that you don’t need to acquire true nature because it is already present and you'll learn how to unveil it and live a happier and more joyful life.This practice can be taken as a group open class or on a one-to-one basis. If you are working through trauma, stress or pain and would like more information on how yoga Nidra can support you please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Sample daily schedule

  • 07:30 Guided meditation
  • 08:15 Breakfast
  • 10:00 2-hour practice
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 17:00 1.5-hour practice
  • 19:00 Dinner

You will get a complimentary wine tasting on Monday evening with a local sommelier to sample the wines in the famous Bordeaux vineyards.

  • Ali Dyer

    Ali is an ex-military policewoman and keen runner. Yoga helped her through a divorce and ill health. In 2007, she took a 200-hour teaching training with the prestigious London based training organization, The Life Centre. She started to learn the craft of teaching and taught some fast and fun Hatha flow and Vinyasa classes inspired by the teachings of Shiva Rea and John Scott. Her yoga education continued with a further 200-hour Anusara teacher training with Bridget Woods Kramer and several Scaravelli inspired intensive trainings along with Restorative training with Judith Hansen Lassater.

This retreat will take place in Bergerac, France.

Nearby places

  • Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport (EGC) - 20 minutes by car
  • Bergerac train station - 25 minutes by car
  • Libourne train station - 40 minutes

One of the highlights of being in France is the food, a delight to the senses for sure and one that Ali Dyer Yoga and Meditation will indulge in during the retreat. Food is lovingly prepared by the chateau’s own chef. You can expect specially prepared menus featuring delicious and nutritious French vegetarian cuisine from farm to table.

You will dine in a style to suit your needs.Breakfasts and luncheons will be relaxed and informal taken inside at the large kitchen table or al fresco on the patio. Evening meals will be equally relaxed affairs, but you may choose to dine in style in the wood paneled dining room or perhaps sit outside as you watch the sun go down with a glass of wine.

Whichever option you choose, you can be assured of conviviality, a fun and easy atmosphere and delicious food. You will get buffet style breakfast including juices, cereals, fresh croissants, nuts, fruit, bread, and eggs. Two-courses plated lunch, three-courses plated evening meal, unlimited healthy snacks and fruit, water, herbal teas, and coffee are ready for you.

  • Enjoying fresh produce from the weekly markets in various local villages including Eymet and Issegeac
  • Exploration of local cultural sites in the Vézère Valley
  • Exploring the Caves of Lascaux
  • Playing croquet, badminton, boule or table tennis
  • Playing tennis, walking or cycling around the grounds
  • Swimming in the heated outdoor pool
  • Visit to the Hanging Gardens of Marqueyssac
  • Daily three yoga / meditation classes
  • Wine tasting on Monday evening with local sommelier
  • Optional 2.5-hour asana playshop on Wednesday
  • Guided walking
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfasts, plated two-course lunches, plated three-course evening meals, all snacks, soft drinks and teas
  • Roundtrip group transportation from Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport (EGC) to Chateau de Bardouly
  • Excursions
  • Transport to and from the Chateau (outside of group pick up)
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport (EGC). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Ali Dyer Yoga and Meditation will pick you up from the airport.

Arrival by train

If you arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), you can take TGV, Gare Montparnasse, or a direct train to Libourne or Bordeaux. You can also come from Waterloo International railway station (London) to Paris Gare du Nord, which will take three hours.

Then at Gare Montparnasse in Paris, take a train to Bordeaux, change at Libourne where you can rent a car and you will arrive in Bergerac within another four hours. Alternatively, from Waterloo Station in London, you can change at Lille for Libourne.

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 79 days before arrival.