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8 days Joie de Vivre Yoga Retreat in France

  • Chateau de Bardouly, Bergerac, 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.


  • 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

Good to know

  • All ages are welcome as participants.

  • 8 days with instruction
  • English
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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.

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

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.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport (EGC).

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’’

Additional information

For more information, ask your questions directly to Bristol City Yoga, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message.

  • Laura Gilmore

    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. 

  • Airfare
  • Extra activities

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 requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

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

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.

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Massage
  • Shopping
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis court
  • Wine tasting / tour
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lake
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Laundry and ironing
  • Library
  • Local market
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance
  • Review by Annie

    "Mel gave us a well thought out program alongside a philosophical and informed approach in a beautiful relaxed venue. Thank you."

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  • Review by Kerry

    "You are an excellent teacher, Mel. Kind, inspiring, and very knowledgeable. Thanks for a brilliant weekend and expect me to show up in Bristol!"

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  • Review by a traveler

    "Yoga with Laura is challenging, rewarding, and relaxing (and that’s within the first hour). I have no hesitation in recommending her."

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  • Review by Jessica R.

    "Really lovely studio and nice, talented teachers"

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  • Review by Donna Joiner

    "Thanks for the lovely relaxing weekend - just what I was needing. I really enjoyed it and it was really nice to catch up with yoga friends and make new ones. Laura, I love your yoga teaching style and love how your small adjustments can make all the difference to the pose/asana. You’re a fantastic yoga teacher!"

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  • Review by a traveler

    "What you will find is a unique venue with bags of charm, character and quirky details, set in beautiful grounds in a gorgeous part of the country…a great base from which to explore the Dorset coast…Symondsbury Manor is the perfect place and well worth a visit"

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  • Review by Lynn

    "Thank you for your wonderful teaching. I came home feeling physically stronger, light, and happy. I wish I could bottle that, but I will certainly keep rolling out my yoga mat and working towards maintaining that. "

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  • Review by Graham

    "I’d like to thank Laura for her support, understanding, and sense of humor with me through the week. Having done no yoga whatsoever before attending the retreat, it was very much a crash course. Thanks to Laura, I never felt like a beginner and came away having had a very positive experience both physically and mentally. "

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  • Review by Donna

    "I really enjoyed my yoga retreat in Ithaca. I love Laura’s teaching style and enjoyed the yoga with her again. It was nice to meet more people with the same interest. "

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  • Review by Catherine from Bristol

    "Couldn’t have asked for more! A truly beautiful setting, spectacular views, and walks. Wonderfully rejuvenating and grounding practice, a real chance to find peace and time for myself. Amazing food and a fabulous bunch of ladies. I returned home feeling very zen."

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  • Review by Becky

    "Laura is such a good teacher! She presented the chakra information clearly (with humor) and made it feel very relevant to real-life. She made a complex subject easier to understand."

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  • Review by Beth from Brecon, UK

    "Very welcoming with very knowledgeable instructors"

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  • Review by Rebecca Kay

    "This retreat has given me the chance to reconnect with myself and find stillness. It has been a peaceful experience and I am determined to take away what I have learned into my life. Thank you."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "I loved the weekend and it exceeded my expectations which were already high. Laura's classes were varied, engaging and struck just the right balance between challenging and very enjoyable. I came away feeling rested, stretched, and peaceful."

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  • Review by Dan Welfare from UK

    "Really friendly and student-centered class. I had a great time :)"

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Bristol City Yoga’s beautiful studio hosts weekly classes, workshops, events, and retreats. They also provide complementary therapy treatments from Bristol Therapy rooms.

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Arrival: Saturday May 13, 2017
Departure: Saturday May 20, 2017

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