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12-Day Silent Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Beautiful Beaujolais, France

2370 chemin de Longeval Domaine de Longeval 69870 Saint Just d'Avray France

Meditation and Yoga Retreat - France

Give yourself the gift of silence by learning how to still your mind and experience the eternal Now, revealing your true essence through self-inquiry, exploring the fundamental question, “Who am I?”, discovering the beauty of opening to cosmic consciousness. In this retreat, you will have the chance to go beyond the mental and emotional levels to experience the truth of the Spiritual Heart. You will be inspired to love from the expansive space of your real nature, transcending the ego’s blockages, the mind’s stories, and the tumult of the emotions. You will experience meditation as a celebration of the freedom and bliss of the self and gain a profound understanding of the meaning of life.

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Antoaneta, Sahajananda, Paulina, & 3 More…
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga class
  • 3 daily meditation practices
  • Daily relevant lecture teachings
  • Daily themed spiritual discourse
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegan meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


10 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Lodging at our center.

Program

This program aims to create an experience resembling a solitary retreat, as in a cave, in order to provide the opportunity to reach deep states of consciousness, kindle intense aspiration for the divine, and arrive at the highly focused interiorization that enables the opening of the Heart.

During this retreat, you will be skillfully guided to a penetrating understanding in which the search for meaning ends in surrender to the domain of revelation. No previous meditation or yoga experience is necessary as this retreat is designed for beginners and advanced meditators alike. The atmosphere will be one of agape and strong spiritual support.

During the retreat, you will learn methods for meditation encompassing, but not limited to, the unity of consciousness and Advaita Vedanta (non-duality). This leads to the self-discovery of the spiritual heart. The system of meditation will focus on the self-inquiry method developed by Ramana Maharshi, as well as other complementary meditations and prayers.

We aim to inform you about the practical and theoretical aspects of this methodology, allowing ample opportunities to directly put it into practice. In doing so, we hope that you will understand the underlying principles and value the purpose of meditation. Thus, reaping immediate benefits and coming to love meditation as an essential part of your life.

An orientation session is held at 2:30 pm on the day prior to the retreat. During this session, the retreat rules and special guidelines will be explained and a forum will be provided for any questions. In addition to administrative details, the orientation session will feature a lecture that explores some of the definitions and esoteric aspects of the retreat methods and will end with a meditation practice.

Attendance to the orientation session is mandatory for all participants. The meeting may last up to three hours, so please plan accordingly. This retreat includes guided meditation, lectures, and practical methods such as:

  • Techniques for stilling the mind using breath awareness
  • The symbolism of the Spiritual Heart
  • Methods of self-centering in everyday life
  • How to maintain awareness of the Spiritual Heart, in the tradition of the Fathers and Mothers of the Desert (from Christianity)
  • The Christian prayer of the heart
  • Advaita Vedanta’s fundamental principles
  • Daily themed meditations related to self-awareness
  • Poetry
  • Hatha Yoga sessions
  • Contemplation of death as a way of transcending desires and ego tendencies
  • A lecture on the meaning of true love

CHECK-IN AND CHECK-OUT INFORMATION

The retreat begins at 7:00 on the day after arrival and ends at approximately 9:00 pm on the evening before departure. Check-in is available from 2:00 pm on the day of arrival. We ask that you arrive by 5:00 pm to get settled into your accommodations prior to the orientation session at 5:00. Check-out is at 10:00 am on the day of departure.

SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE

  • 07:00 - 09:00 Meditation practice
  • 09:00 - 09:45 Breakfast
  • 09:45 - 11:00 Relevant lecture teaching
  • 11:00 - 12:30 Hatha yoga session
  • 12:30 - 13:00 Meditation
  • 13:00 - 15:30 Lunch and rest
  • 15:30 - 18:00 Meditation practice
  • 18:00 - 18:30 Individual practice of Hatha yoga or other techniques
  • 18:30 - 19:15 Dinner
  • 19:15 - 20:30 Daily themed spiritual discourse plus question and answer session
  • 20:30 - 21:30 Final evening meditation

RETREAT GUIDELINES

  • Attendance at all retreat sessions
  • Gender segregation
  • Modest dress
  • No reading except for the provided retreat booklet
  • No smoking or use of drugs or alcohol
  • No use of electronics, mobile phones, internet, or other devices
  • Noble silence (no speaking throughout the entire retreat)
  • Sexual abstinence

Instructors

Antoaneta Gotea

Sahajananda

Paulina Gostomski

Xavier Lequarre

Gesine Leicht

Arnaud Philibert

Retreat location

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
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)

Walks in the surrounding forest

What's included

  • 11 nights' accommodation
  • 1 daily yoga class
  • 3 daily meditation practices
  • 3 daily vegan meals
  • Daily relevant lecture teachings
  • Daily themed spiritual discourse
  • 10-20% VAT

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Additional meals
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

From Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport: This international airport is located 74 km southwest of Longeval. It offers direct connections to all major European hubs, plus North America and North Africa. The cheapest option to reach us from this airport is to get the Lyon ExpressTram.

It will take you to Lyon Part-Dieu station in 30 minutes. From there, you can catch a train/bus combination to Domaine de Longeval (see below). You can buy a ticket directly on the tram (€10). They leave every 15 minutes from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm and every 30 minutes from 4:30 am to 12:00 pm.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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