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8 Days Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat in France

Les Passeroses, 4 Chemin de l'Ardillon, 17540 Verines, Poitu-Charentes, France

France Yoga Retreat in Les Passeroses

Join a week dedicated to guiding you to feel calm, connected, restored, rejuvenated, and content. Charlotte has been running retreats for many years and has a reputation for helping students feel present, embodied and able to meet the practice with a smile. Mixing mindfulness within yoga practice and through meditation space and personal exploration is a profound and enjoyable way to let go of the stresses of day-to-day life.

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  • 2 daily yoga sessions
  • Evening meditation session
  • Optional nutrition talks and silent walks
  • Free time mid-week to explore the surroundings
  • All levels of yoga are welcome
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All daily delicious meals

Yoga styles

7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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The owners have been careful to retain many original features at Les Passeroses, with oak floors, exposed beams, stone fireplaces and window sinks in some rooms. All of the boutique style bedrooms in the main house are now en-suite, simply yet stylishly furnished with touches of luxury provided by high thread-count bedding and super-soft towels.

There is an enticing Moroccan influenced guest salon, with Hi-Fi, DVD player, library and gift stand - the perfect place to enjoy after-dinner mint tea and conversation. The spacious guest kitchen and dining room allows you to help yourself to fruit, snacks and hot and cold drinks throughout the day.

The yoga space

A former barn has been transformed into an inspiring yoga space. With its dramatic tented ceiling and solid oak floor it is the perfect place to discover or deepen your practice. Large doors open onto far reaching views over the pool, into the countryside or down to the lake, letting you feel at one with nature. The large space is generously equipped with mats, blocks, bolsters, bricks, straps, chairs and blankets and wall ropes.


Charlotte keeps returning to Les Passeroses for more of Alex and Adrian’s fabulous cooking, their amazing garden and lovingly (and tastefully) restored venue. The constant sounds of birds and frogs always stay with her for long after, not to mention sightings of the coypu (small beavers) in a nearby pond.

Les Passeroses has great rooms and a dedicated yoga space, all amongst a beautiful environment based on space, nature and nurture. Your yoga practice in an oak floored barn may be warmed by a light breeze to a soundtrack of chirruping cicadas. You will have two yoga sessions daily - opening and energizing in the morning and relaxing and restoring before dinner. Classes are suitable for all levels and modifications are always available.

Included excursions

You will have a day off mid-week to explore the surroundings - after lunch, you will visit the beautiful town of Angouleme, have dinner at a restaurant there, after which you will be picked up; transfers for the visit are 15 EUR for both ways.


Charlotte Watts

Retreat location

Les Passeroses lies south of the town of Angouleme which is the main administrative centre of the Charente department in the region of Poitou-Charentes, South West France. It is easy to reach from all over the UK and Europe by air or rail.


All food is included in the price. There is a new menu based on the cuisine of different countries every year, using seasonal produce grown in Les Passeroses kitchen and herb gardens and orchard, along with market-bought organic goods when and if available.

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)

On-site therapies are available in a private and secluded chalet, for hot stone massage, aromatherapy, sports massage, reflexology and more with lovely and talented local therapist Jan (who also makes the organic toiletries in the rooms and for sale which are also available to buy in suitcase friendly sizes). Prices range from 30 to 60 EUR per treatment and are not included in the yoga retreat package.

What's included

  • 2 daily yoga sessions
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All daily meals
  • Day off mid-week to explore the surroundings
  • Hairdryer in the room
  • Optional evening meditation
  • Optional nutrition talks and silent walks
  • Organic and eco-friendly handwash, bodywash and shampoo
  • Super soft towels and one pool towel in each room

What's not included

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Evening meal on the day off
  • Massage and treatments
  • Transfers for day out in the week

How to get there

Driving directions

Please send an inquiry to Charlotte Watts to get directions and GPS coordinates for car travelers and help with travel from other countries than the UK.

Arrival by airplane

Use the FrenchEntre flight map to provide information on the airports and airlines which you can use to fly from UK and Ireland to France.

Arrival by train

You are advised to travel by Eurostar from the UK and the majority of our teachers and guests choose this method. They feel fresher and more relaxed when they arrive - what better way to start a relaxing holiday. You can book a return trip from 109 GBP by going directly to Eurostar website and choosing Angouleme as your destination, deciding whether to change in Lille or Paris.

Alternatively, you can contact Rail Canterbury, who will be happy to help. You should aim to arrive at Angouleme Rail Station however you decide to travel. From there we can arrange to transfer you to the centre and back again.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 12.1% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 42 days before arrival.
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