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8 Days Hatha Yoga Retreat in the Dordogne, France

Yoga Retreat France

Join Laura Gilmore to explore your own internal landscape amidst the beautiful vineyards and protected nature of the Dordogne, and make time to give your body and mind the care and rest that they deserve. This retreat promises to be your most exciting new retreat of 2017 and an incredible opportunity to practice with a teacher with over 20 years experience in a venue with over 400 years of history.

Retreat highlights

  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Asana and pranayama practice
  • Mindfulness practices and deep relaxation
  • Daily nourishing and delicious food
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

8 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English

Airport transfer available:
Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport (US$47 per person)

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Chateau de Bardouly offers nine en-suite bedrooms. They all have a unique interior design comprising a mix of modern amenities, antiques, and elegant fabrics. The rooms are equipped with clocks, iPad and iPhone docking stations, armoires, chest of drawers, writing desk, and comfortable chairs for reading. All bath and shower rooms are fitted with blow dryers. Towels, linen, and cleaning are included.

The Manor has two formal living rooms with French doors opening onto an east-facing, lime-tree shaded terrace, two informal living rooms, a family room, and a games room. For dining areas, there are several options both indoors and outdoors where meals will be eaten in luxurious comfort.

Bristol City Yoga Retreat UK Program

Laura’s classes are usually two hours long to allow time for both posture work and pranayama (breath practice) alongside mindfulness practices and deep relaxation. During this retreat, the morning will invite an invigorating and dynamic session, while the evening leaves time for more restorative and recuperative practice.

Laura teaches with an intuitive understanding of the needs of all her students, and combines asana, pranyama and meditation practices that enable you to see with more clarity, and become more at ease and confident in yourself. She shares a deep knowledge of asana interwoven with the deeper wisdom of yoga, and teaches with warmth and humour.

Known for her attention to detail and ability to “read the body” Laura is adept at helping students to heal from aches and pains, or free up areas of restricted movement. Whether you are a beginner in your yoga journey or looking to advance your practice, Laura loves to share the practices of yoga and meditation with everyone.

Sample schedule


  • 16:00 and after Arrival
  • 20:00 Drinks and dinner


  • 07:30 Coffee, tea and fruit available
  • 08:30 - 10:00 Yoga
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:45 - 13:00 Local market excursion
  • 14:00 Light lunch
  • 17:00 - 19:00 Yoga
  • 19:30 Three-course dinner

Monday to Friday

  • 07:30 Coffee, tea and fruit available
  • 08:30 - 10:00 Yoga
  • 10:30 Breakfast
  • 14:00 Light lunch
  • 17:00 - 19:00 Yoga
  • 19:30 Dinner

On Wednesday there will be an optional afternoon excursion to local sites.

On one day, there will be a three-hour yoga workshop.


  • 07:30 Coffee, tea and fruit available
  • 08:30 Brunch
  • 10:00 All guests out of their rooms
  • 10:30 Departure for airports or local towns

Please note this is a draft schedule and flexible to meet the needs of the group. Check in at the venue is from 4:00 p.m. on May 12 and guests must check out by 10:00 a.m. on May 19.


Laura Gilmore
Yoga Alliance UK (Yoga)
Laura Gilmore has practiced yoga since 1990 and has been teaching since 2002. She is a registered senior yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance UK and teaches with warmth and humor to bring the ancient wisdom of yoga alive. Her classes include opportunities to release and relax deeply, as well as to challenge oneself on a physical level, finding greater ease and understanding within body and mind. 

Retreat location

Bardouly was built in the reign of Henry IV and is situated halfway up a limestone hill above the Dropt River. This Perigordian Chateau brims with the charm and nobility of its 400 years of existence. The house maintains its original features including a paneled dining room that was installed by the same artisan that completed the state rooms at Versailles. Michel de Montaigne’s historic estate is nearby and is the place where he wrote extensively about the area and other topics in his famous ‘Essays’.

The house brims with antiques but maintains the atmosphere of a comfortable family home. Enjoy the absolute privacy in the meticulously maintained house and park. The estate includes a heated swimming pool and a hard surface tennis court as well as a lake surrounded by ancient oaks.

Situated in South-West France, Chateau de Bardouly is located between Bordeaux and Toulouse in the Dordogne Purple region which makes it the perfect central location from which to explore the region, also known as the ‘Pays de Bergerac’. Chateau de Bardouly is centered in a region rich in vineyards and fortified ‘bastide’ towns, an extraordinary range of natural and historical heritage sites, fabulous, protected countryside, the beauty of the Dordogne River, the renowned gastronomy and wines of Bordeaux and Beregerac, a rich cultural life, numerous leisure, and sporting activities.

From Chateau de Bardouly, benefit from easy access to the entire region. The Chateau is located between the market towns of Eymet and Issegeac. From the base of Bardouly a large choice of outings, visits, and activities is open to you, including a concentration of pleasures to be enjoyed without delay.

Nearby places

  • Bergerac - 28 kilometers
  • Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport (EGC) - 20 minutes
  • Bordeaux - 40 minutes
  • Bordeaux - 145 kilometers
  • Eymet - 11 kilometers
  • Issigeac - 13 kilometers
  • Paris - 616 kilometers
  • Perigueux - 74 kilometers
  • Sarlat - 81 kilometers
  • Toulouse -199 kilometers


The price of this retreat includes daily meals. Food is lovingly prepared by the Chateau’s own chef, serving delicious and nutritious French vegetarian cuisine including croissants!

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)

The Manor’s beautiful grounds, swimming pool and exquisitely comfortable rooms provide the perfect setting for relaxing, reading a book, and allowing the stresses of working life to melt away. For those looking for other activities to pass the time in between the two daily yoga classes, the Chateau and its surrounding area has plenty to offer. A range of unique experiences and adventures are available to book in conjunction with the scheduled activities for an extra cost.

Please note that the external activities are not included in the price of the retreat. You can take time off to explore these places either on your afternoon off during the week, a day before, or after the retreat takes place.

Antiques and brocante shopping

The region is recognised globally for its trade in antiques. Many visitors wile away many days searching through a plethora of antique, brocante shops, and specialized markets.


Nothing more fun than an afternoon of play on the beautiful front lawn


The shores of the Dordogne and several lakes offer proper sandy beaches with lifeguards and areas buoyed off for swimmers and small children.


%Gravel courts provide an excellent surface to play Pétanque which is a game of dexterity and technique, but also of gamesmanship, bad behavior, and sheer animal cunning!


The two great rivers of the area are the Dordogne, which the department takes its name from, and the Vezere. Canoe past historic villages and medieval castles on the Dordogne and discover some of the most beautiful countryside in rural France on journeys down the Verzere.

Castle of Michel de Montaigne

This fortified castle dates to the 14th century and was the family residence of the Renaissance philosopher and thinker, Michel de Montaigne from 1571 until his death in 1592. Michel de Montaigne wrote his famous essays and major works of humanism which were the fruits of a lifetime of reflection and reading.


The Dordogne and Vezere valleys are renowned for the many caves and sinkholes that are scattered across the area.


Compete at your leisure on the areas set out for ideal playing conditions.


Use the two bicycles available or hire more to cycle along one of the many hilly country lanes.

Discovering the Caves of Lascaux

Dorned with some of the most beautiful and important human and animal images dating from the Palaeolithic area.

Exploring local cultural sites

Fifteen places in the Vézère Valley have been listed as World Heritage by UNESCO.


Take a randonnée (ramble) on one of the many established and marked walking tracks that criss-cross the area. Enjoy a picnic lunch while observing the beautiful wildlife around several protected lakes.

Historic castles and villages

The castles and villages of the Perigord have survived and the ancient stones tell their story. View meticulously maintained architectural examples from the middle ages and the Renaissance, as well as splendid 18th and 19th century properties. Ten local villages have had the honor of being ranked among the most beautiful villages of France for their historic importance and exceptional preservation.

As you explore these castles and villages, experience the medieval in the heart of Périgord, mazes of small streets and alleys, romanesque and gothic sculptures of the abbeys, and the original dungeons that exist to this day.

National Museum of Prehistory

This vicinity of the Lascaux caves houses many treasures from prehistoric eras found in the area. You can learn about the history of the region and the early humans and animals that occupied the site.

UNESCO sites

Fifteen sites of the Vézère Valley have been listed as World Heritage by UNESCO in 1979 including the Cathedral Saint- Front de Périgueux, the ancient Abbey of Cadouin, and the church of Saint Avit.


Channel your inner warrior in a two-hectare course encompassing fields, woods, and castle ruins.

Route des Métiers d'Art

La Chambre de Métiers Dordogne established a route crafts marked sixty craft workshops. Work of earth, wood, glass, iron basketry, leatherwork, weaving, jewelry, sculpture, framing, fashion, and all artisanal skills are represented.


Sarlat is one of the most famous market towns in the Perigord. It dates from the 14th century and has many sites of historical and architectural importance. The shopping is fantastic and you might even be cast as an extra in one of the many major studio films that are shot in the city and surrounding area.


You can sit by the pool on the comfortable lounge chairs in a completely private secluded area and swim in the deliciously heated pool.


Enjoy a game on the top condition hard court. Long daylight hours allow for early morning and late evening play.

The Caves of Lascaux

These caves are adorned with some of the most beautiful and important human and animal images dating from the Palaeolithic area. In addition, there are more than 50 additional caves and shelters, habitat plots, and burial sites than can be visited.

The Hanging Gardens of Marqueyssac

This is one of the most beautiful romantic gardens of France and today, it is the most visited garden in Périgord. Listed as a national historical monument thanks to its 54 acres of park, Marqueyssac’s gardens offer more than six kilometers of shaded paths in a maze of 150,000 hand-pruned boxwoods. From the belvedere, at 130 meters above the Dordogne river, you will see the most spectacular panorama in Périgord.

This is the testimony of a rich bygone history and a gorgeous natural heritage. It’s also the most exceptional view of the Dordogne valley you will see its most beautiful villages, including Domme, Castelnaud, Beynac, Fayrac, La Roque-Gageac, and its castles.

Weekly markets

Markets in various local villages (including Eymet and Issigeac) are the best place to find fresh, local produce, many regional delicacies, and ingredients required in Périgourdin gourmet meals.

Wine tasting in the famous Bordeaux vineyards

Enjoy local fresh produce from the weekly markets in various local villages, including Eymet and Issigeac.

Spa treatments

You can book a massage on site with a reservation for an extra cost.

What's included

  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Asana and pranayama practice
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Mindfulness practices and deep relaxation
  • 3 daily nourishing and delicious meals
  • All snacks and drinks

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Extra activities
  • Wine tasting
  • Bicycle hire
  • Massage
  • Excursions to local sites
  • Transfers to and from the airport/train station

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (BOD). If you take one of the recommended flights below, or arrive at Bordeaux airport by 4:30 p.m. on 12th May then you have the option to be included on the group transfer between Bordeaux airport and the venue, for a cost of 35 GBP each way. This transfer takes approximately two hours.

Transfers to and from the airport are available and organized by Bristol City Yoga, with an additional cost, on the recommended flights only:

  • Stanstead to Bordeaux
  • 12th May - 12:35 Stansted STN - 15:20 Bordeaux BOD: Ryanair FR1782
  • 19th May - 15:45 Bordeaux BOD - 16:25 Stansted STN: Ryanair FR1783
  • Bristol to Bordeaux
  • 12th May - 13:30 Bristol BRS - 16:00 Bordeaux BOD: Easyjet EZY6121
  • 19th May - 16:35 Bordeaux BOD - 17:10 Bristol BRS: Easyjet EZY6122
  • London Gatwick to Bordeaux
  • 12th May - 08:15 Gatwick LGW - 10:55 Bordeaux BOD: Easyjet EZY8019
  • 19th May - 20:45 Bordeaux BOD - 21:20 Gatwick LGW: British Airways BA2789

Please note that with this flight option there will be longer waits at Bordeaux airport. The return transfer will arrive at the airport around 12 midday.

Alternatively you could fly to Bergerac airport and arrange your own transfer, Bergerac is approximately 30 minutes from the venue. Check in at the venue is from 4:00 p.m., and guests must check out by 10:00 a.m. on the 19th May.

Arrival by train

Travel time from Waterloo Station, London, UK to Gare du Nord, France is approximately three hours. Then at Gare Montparnasse in Paris, take a train direction Bordeaux, change at Libourne where you can rent a car and you will arrive in Bergerac within another four hours. From Waterloo Station, London, UK, you can also change at Lille for Libourne.

Arrival by ferry / boat

The time it takes to drive from the UK depends very much on which ferry crossing one takes (Caen is the nearest) and how leisurely one's approach is to touring through France. It is possible to easily drive down in one day, some 300 to 450 miles of motorways.

Arrival by taxi

Hire cars are available both in Bordeaux and Bergerac either at the station or airport.


  • N: 44° 41’ 18’’
  • E: 0° 29’ 27’’
Airport: Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport Airport transfer available: Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport (US$47 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 70 days before arrival.
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