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Breathe in the fresh air of the Dordogne region of South West France this summer with experienced yoga teacher Lizzie Mapstone on French Yoga Retreat's Spring refresh retreat. This wellbeing break will transport you to a slower pace where you can, reenergize, switch off, find perspective, and enjoy all the delights this stunning region has to offer.
La Fauralie is an intimate and peaceful gite complex comprising of three self-contained Perigordian style cottages. The accommodation is set in 8 acres of woodlands in a rural location approximately a 15-minute drive from the pretty market town of Montignac. The venue will be exclusively yours for the retreat and boasts beautifully presented accommodation, swimming pool and loungers, two hot tubs overlooking the countryside, forest walks, al fresco dining areas, fruit trees and an overall sense of nature, peace and tranquility.
Start your day with an energizing yoga practice overlooking a butterfly filled meadow across the peaceful Aquitaine hills. The morning practice will help revitalize, detoxify, strengthen your body from the inside out, helping you unwind and switch to a slower pace. All levels and beginners will be catered for with French Yoga Retreat's experienced and qualified yoga teacher Lizzie, guiding you through your practice.
The rest of the day is yours to spend as you wish, maybe in the sun by the pool, in one of the hot tubs that overlook the countryside, strolling in the 8 acres of woodlands, visiting one of the many picturesque market villages, or slowly meandering down the winding Dordogne river on a kayak.
In the early evening, you'll reconvene for an early evening Restorative Yin yoga class as the sun goes down; with seated postures, peaceful pranayama (breathing techniques), meditation, and total relaxation guaranteed. After the evening practice, you are invited to enjoy a healthy, locally sourced home-cooked meal together, chat and relax with a glass of the world-class local wine, and watch the sun set over the countryside.
Please bring your own yoga mat or a towel to practice on. However, since yoga sessions will be outside on the grass, there is no better way to feel grounded than to practice with the earth beneath your feet.
The venue is in a spectacular rural, countryside location about a 15-minute drive to the nearest market village with shops, restaurants, cafes, etc. The whole area is filled with amazing scenery, vineyards, nature, history, gardens, castles, chateaus, and some of the most beautiful villages in France. The Dordogne river runs through the whole region and is a beautiful backdrop to many of the pretty villages that line its path.
French Yoga Retreat offers locally sourced, healthy home cooked meals throughout your stay. Breakfast will be continental style with tea, coffee and juice available after class in the morning. Dinner will be a healthy meal shared together, accompanied with the beautiful local wines of the area. French Yoga Retreat endeavours to cater for vegetarians and food allergies where applicable so please make them aware of any dietary requirements.
Hiring a car would be advisable to truly soak up the beauty of the region, however, you can equally fill your days between yoga sessions with relaxing by the pool, swimming, bubbling in the hot tub, walking in the surrounding countryside, or reading a book in a shaded spot. The beautiful choice is yours. You can also visit a market town, drift down the Dordogne River in a kayak or explore one of the many chateaus or castles and their stunning gardens.
Fly to Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport (EGC). Transfers from and to Bergerac only are included.
Flights are also available to Limoges - Bellegarde Airport (LIG), Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport (BOD), Toulouse and Brive. Transfers are not available from these airports, however, if you are hiring a car, then the journey time is approximately 2 to 2.5 hours.
There are also flights with Ryanair, EasyJet, and Flybe from various UK airports (Liverpool, Bristol, East Midlands, Manchester, Leeds Bradford, and London Stansted).
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