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5 Days Spring Refresh Yoga Retreat in Dordogne, France

Spring Refresh Yoga Holiday France

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.

Retreat highlights

  • Pranayama and meditation
  • Morning and evening yoga practice
  • Stunning, remote countryside location
  • Daily breakfast and dinner with wine
  • Transfers from Bergerac airport
  • 4 nights of accommodation
  • Guided countryside walks

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 11

Airport transfer included: Bergerac-Roumanière Airport

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Accommodation

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.

French Yoga Retreat France Program

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.

Daily schedule

Day 1

  • Arrival in the early evening, settling into the accommodation, and welcome dinner and drinks

Day 2 to 4

  • 09:30 Vinyasa flow yoga session overlooking the peaceful Aquitaine countryside
  • 10:30 Breakfast and free time to do as you please with your day
  • 17:30 Restorative Yin-based class with pranayama, guided relaxation and meditation
  • 18:30 Dinner, drinks, and relaxation as the sun sets

Day 5

  • 09:30 Final Vinyasa flow class together
  • 10:30 Breakfast and free time to spend the day as you please before returning to the airport late afternoon

Included excursions

  • Guided countryside walk
  • Group meal at local restaurant

Instructors

Lizzie Mapstone
Lizzie has practised & taught Yoga & Pilates alongside her career as a professional dancer / choreographer, dance & fitness teacher for over 15 years. Lizzie attended Sir Paul Mc Carney's Performing Arts school LIPA graduating with a degree in dance and worked worldwide as a dancer and choreographer while also running her own successful dance company. Lizzie & her family relocated to the Dordogne in 2017 where Lizzie now runs weekly Yoga & Pilates classes from her home studio, runs a variety of specialised workshops & beautiful retreats throughout the year.

Retreat location

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.

Nearby places

  • Shops - 15 minutes by car
  • Restaurants - 15 minutes by car
  • Cafes - 15 minutes by car
  • Montignac town - 10 minutes by car

Unique features

Activities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Kayaking
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Wine tasting

General

  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Terrace

Services

  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Wireless internet

Food

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Things to do (optional)

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.

What's included

  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • All yoga, meditation and pranayama sessions
  • Breakfast daily
  • Dinner with wine each day
  • Exclusive use of accommodation and all facilities
  • Transfers from and to Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport (EGC)
  • Use of all equipment (yoga mats, blocks, bands)

What's not included

  • Additional drinks
  • Group restaurant meal
  • Flights
  • Lunch

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

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).

Airport: Bergerac-Roumanière Airport Airport transfer included: Bergerac-Roumanière Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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