Yoga Thym offers a family-like welcome into their French home with great food and hospitality. In this retreat, you will enjoy a daily routine of guided meditation, gentle Zen yoga, life-changing workshops, and Nidra yoga. Immerse yourself in the peace and quiet of the surrounding countryside while learning to de-stress and cope with modern living through meditation and yoga. So, if you feel like it's time to make a difference in your life, read on!
During this retreat, you will stay at home from home accommodation, Nikki's home, a quaint 300-year-old farmhouse set in the peace and tranquility of the Breton countryside, surrounded by four acres of private farmland. The ground floor offers two double bedrooms used for single occupancy, comfortably decorated with French style double beds, and a large shared family bathroom (toilet, wet-room style shower, and deep bath), two further shower cubicles, and toilet.
The first floor has a large open planned kitchen / diner with a huge oak farmhouse table seating up to twelve, a utility with washing machine, a garden room used as a quiet space for reading, a toilet, a salon with wood burner, and double French doors leading to the terraced garden featuring a wisteria pergola, plunge pool, hot-tub, and garden furniture. The immediate enclosed garden is full of colored flowers, trees, and secret areas to explore during the pauses and relaxation breaks.
Across the driveway is the lodge, a converted stone-built stable block. The ground floor is now an open-planned yoga and workshop space with a small lounging area for breaks and a shower room with toilet. French doors from the open space leads to a small, secret terrace. The upper floor has two double bedrooms for single occupancy, a shared bathroom with bath and sink, a separate toilet, and Nikki's private treatment room. Within one kilometer is a green route which is perfect for meditation walks in the beautiful countryside. The benefits of coming to stay in Nikki's 300-year old farmhouse are too numerous to list. Everything you need is already there, other than your personal items, like clothes and money. Such a great advantage!
In addition to this, Yoga Thym is also offering a very special limited availability Restore Point Retreat over the New Year 2018. You will arrive on Friday, December 29, 2017 and depart on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. This retreat will cost 1,119 GBP per person, and include transfers from local airport or train station, welcome party, full board and all beverages, buffet celebration on New Year's eve, meditation, yoga, four-day workshop program, and four therapeutic treatments. Please send Yoga Thym an inquiry for more details.
While on this retreat, visit the old market town of Chateaubriant. Look around the Chateau grounds or take a guided tour to find out its unique history.
This journey of peace, clarity, and inspiration to transform your mind and body is set among idyllic rural countryside in north-west France. The region is known as La Pays de le Loire. Whether you arrive by plane, train, or car, the venue is easily accessible from the U.K. or Europe. Chateaubriant is a large market town situated between the cities of Rennes in the north and Nantes to the south.
Chateaubriant is always visible on route maps due to its remarkable history in royal connections, resistance during world war two, Victor Hugo, and, of course, the Chateaubriant steak. You can rest, relax, and rejuvenate among rolling hills and private fishing lakes, only a five minute drive from the center of town. The retreat venue is located 5 minutes to a large shopping area.
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On a Yoga Thym retreat, even the delicious vegetarian meals are part of the program. Known locally as the queen of puddings, Sylvie the cook, will provide you with an array of wonderful dishes that will tempt and tantalize your senses.
Between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., you will enjoy a buffet-style breakfast in the farmhouse kitchen / diner, choosing from cereals, yogurts, fruit, toast with homemade jams, croissants, and pain au chocolates.
Mouth-wateringly scrumptious lunches are served al fresco during the summer months between 1.15 p.m. and 2 p.m. Afternoon tea is served around 4 p.m. with a tempting selection of homemade cakes. And, if you're still hungry, a satisfying evening meal and delicious dessert is ready around 6.30 p.m. with an optional glass of local wine.
Everything is lovingly prepared using only the fresh of ingredients that are locally sourced, many of them are grown by Laurie on Yoga Thym's own veggie patch. All beverages including tea, coffee, fruit teas, water, soft drinks, chocolate, and fruit juice are available throughout the day, too.
Your day is organized to obtain maximum results during your short stay. However, Yoga Thym has a well-stocked library with every book genre to choose from. Most guests love relaxing in the beautiful garden with a book or taking a nap in the warm sunshine. The surrounding countryside is breathtaking, so a stroll along the 'green-route' is a favorite too.
There is time to take a refreshing dip in the plunge pool, or a soak in the hot-tub (summer only) while watching the International Space Station orbit overhead or stargaze at the clear night skies.
For an additional price, you can book a deep floral bath followed by a 30-minute aromatherapy treatment, a stress busting deep tissue massage, a Thai yoga massage, or a full program of extra treatments that are always available to book during your stay.
Please book your flight to arrive at Nantes Atlantique Airport (NTE) or Rennes-Saint-Jacques Airport (RNS). These airports are used by the low-cost airlines like EasyJet, Flybe, Ryanair, as well as the larger airlines too. Transfer from and to any of these airports is included in your Yoga Thym retreat.
From the U.K., the nearest port to the retreat is Saint-Malo, on Brittany Ferries. The onward journey takes about one hour and a half by car. Alternatively, you can also cross the Channel from Newhaven to Dieppe on DFDS, with an onward journey of about five hours. The autoroutes in France are excellent and with GPS coordinates, finding the venue has never been easier.
You can take the train to Paris, then to Rennes, and lastly to Chateaubriant. This is bookable as a direct journey (one ticket) with no more than 30 minutes between trains (Paris, Rennes). If you board in London, a train ride to Chateaubriant takes around five hours. Yoga Thym will pick you up at the Chateaubriant train station.
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