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Breathe in the fresh air of the Dordogne region of South West France this summer with experienced UK yoga teacher Lizzie Mapstone on French Yoga Retreat's blissful yoga break. This wellbeing break will transport you to a slower pace where you can de-stress, reenergize yourself, switch off, and enjoy all the delights this stunning region has to offer.
La Fauralie is a stunning gite complex comprising of 3 self-contained Perigordian style cottages. The accommodation is set in 8 acres of woodlands in a peaceful, rural location approximately a 10-minute drive from the pretty market town of Montignac. The venue will be exclusively yours for the retreat and boasts a swimming pool and loungers, 2 hot tubs overlooking the countryside, forest walks, terraced seating areas, and an overall true sense of nature, peace, and tranquility.
Start your day with an energizing Vinyasa flow yoga practice in the warm fresh air overlooking the peaceful Aquitaine hills. The morning practice will help revitalize, detoxify, strengthen your body from the inside out, and help you unwind and switch to a slower pace. All levels and beginners will be catered for with French Yoga Retreat's experienced, qualified UK-based 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 at French Yoga Retreat's peaceful yoga venue for an early evening Restorative Yin-style class as the sun goes down; with seated postures, peaceful pranayama (breathing techniques), meditation, and total relaxation guaranteed. After the evening practice, you're welcome to eat, chat, 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
Lizzie has been on her own yoga path alongside her career as a professional dancer / choreographer and dance & fitness teacher for over 15 years. Lizzie attended Sir Paul Mc Carney's Performing Arts school LIPA graduating in 2001 with a degree in dance. After 13 years performing worldwide as a dancer / choreographer, Lizzie now supplies dance teachers to primary schools and runs weekly Hatha & Vinyasa yoga, Pregnancy yoga, Pilates, and other fitness classes in Liverpool.
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.
You will have welcome drinks and dinner on the evening of arrival included in the price of this retreat. The dinners each evening are wholesome, home-cooked, and served with wine, bread and a choice of desserts. There is also a hearty continental breakfast each morning with tea, coffee or juice available all day. French Yoga Retreat will endeavour to cater for vegetarians and food allergies where applicable.
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). Hire a car or arrange transfer / car sharing with French Yoga Retreat (from Bergerac only).
Flights are also available to Limoges - Bellegarde Airport (LIG) or Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport (BOD). Transfers are not available from these airports, however, if you are hiring a car, then it's no problem.
There are also flights with Ryanair & EasyJet from various UK airports (Liverpool & Stansted).
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