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Meditation and Yoga Retreat France "A Journey through the Chakras"

A beautiful retreat for beginners as well as experienced yogis, with profound asana instruction, meditation training and an introduction into the rich ancient yoga philosophy. On this inspiring retreat, you’ll get acquainted with the basic philosophy of yoga, which is about the Art of Living. Yoga is more than just doing exercises! It is a way of life, leading towards inner joy and freedom.

Meet the instructors

Elleke
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Highlights

  • Deepening meditation training
  • Solid yoga instruction for all levels
  • Insight to classic and timeless yoga philosophy
  • 7 nights accommodation in a spacious and most charming single or double room
  • Partial certificate upon completion acknowledged by IYF
  • 3 daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


8 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Dutch, French, German
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:30
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Library

The price of this retreat includes 7 nights accommodation in La Borde Blanque's spacious and most charming private or double rooms with en suite or shared bathrooms.

The garden surrounding the house has big shady trees and a wide lawn, leading to the lake. The private lakeside consists of comfortable grass and is surrounded by trees, offering complete privacy. The water is clean and pure and delightful to swim in.

For all retreats in spring/summer or autumn season La Borde Blanque also has two beautiful camping sites available, with outdoor bathroom facilities, with a discount of 25% on the normal price.

Program

Our basic retreats give you a fundamental training in your practice of asanas, meditation and an introduction to the ancient and universal yoga philosophy in a most accessible and practical way. These basic retreats are suitable for beginners as well as advanced practitioners in yoga. They form the preliminary modules for our International Raja Yoga Teacher Training, but can also be attended separately as a wonderful retreat for yourself.

Raja Yoga is one of the oldest and most complete forms of yoga, where the asanas (physical practices) are considered to be a preparation for meditation. Thus Raja Yoga includes Hatha Yoga and all modern styles a like. Meditation training is central to Raja Yoga, which is a training of the mind, nowadays also called: 'mindfulness'. Classic meditation training, however, goes beyond mindfulness, leading to higher states of consciousness. The philosophy we discuss is supportive to our meditation training and very applicable to manage our modern daily lives.

A Journey through the Chakras

In this retreat you’ll get acquainted with the subtle dimensions of our human being. We’ll make an inner journey through the chakras, or energy centres. In doing so we’ll focus on colour, symbolism, psychology and physical aspects and how to create a healthy inner balance.

Program

There are two yoga and meditation sessions a day, a longer and active morning session, completed with philosophy and dialogue, and a shorter, relaxing evening session. All afternoons are free to relax, to swim, to walk and to enjoy the wonderful nature surroundings.

Certification

This 50 hours training is part of La Borde Blanque's 500 hours International Raja Yoga Teacher Training, which will be indicated on the certificate.

Upon completion of this yoga teacher training, students will receive a 50-hour yoga federation partial certificate affiliated with IYF, EYA, and AFY. Registration with IYF, EYA, and AFY meets the identified standard set by the organization.

Day program

  • 08:00 Tea and fruit
  • 08:30 Asanas
  • 09:45 Meditation
  • 10:30 Breakfast in silence
  • 11:00 Sharing and philosophy
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • Afternoons free
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:30 Asanas
  • 20:45 Meditation
  • 21:30 Closing

Yoga asanas and relaxation

We offer various modern styles of hatha yoga. Our approach is a mindful way of practicing yoga. This means, a quiet, attentive and meditative approach. Yet we will also introduce dynamic flow series and be mindful in action! Everyone can participate at his or her level and there is plenty of room for personal variations and modifications.

Pranayama

Breath and energy practices. Learning to work and play with the physical breath, subtle prana flows and mental energy.

Pratyahara and Concentration and Meditation

To withdraw the senses and the attention within towards focus and meditation, in gradual steps and using different techniques, we will explore higher realms of consciousness under professional and experienced guidance.

Participation

No prior experience with yoga or meditation is required. Our Basic modules, or an equivalent experience, are a requirement to participate in our International Raja Yoga Teacher Training.

Preparation

No preparation is required, but familiarity with 'The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali' and some of the recommended reading is beneficial.

Recommended Reading:

  • ​'The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali'', Elleke van Kraalingen*
  • ‘Light on Life’, B.K.S. Iyengar
  • ‘Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali’, B. K. S. Iyengar
  • ‘Meditation & Imagination', Elleke van Kraalingen*

Instructors

Elleke Van Kraalingen

Retreat location

This retreat will take place in Midi-Pyrenees, France. The area has a long and moving history. Amongst other things, you will find prehistoric caves with carvings and stalactites and stalagmites. Apart from that, the Celts also left their traces, as well as the Romans with their thermal baths.

La Borde Blanque is an authentic French country estate situated on the crest of a hill with a magnificent view over the Pyrenees and surrounding countryside. The location offers various opportunities to be together as well as to withdraw for some private space, both indoors and outdoors.

It has a private lakeside beach on the beautiful Lac de Montbel and is on the other sides defined by forest and the river Hers.

The property has a natural spring and bathes in the peace and serenity of the French countryside. You’ll find them on the border of the Aude and Ariège departments.

Nearby places

  • Barcelona - 4 hours
  • Carcassonne - 50 minutes
  • Mediterranean sea - 1.5 hours
  • Montpellier - 2.5 hours
  • Toulouse - 1.5 hours

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

We serve vegetarian food and organic food as much as possible and a major part of our meals is vegan. Our cooks are specialized in all health diets.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

The unique environment of Borde Blanque offers a wide range of activities. During your free time, you can make beautiful walks along the rivers, through the hills, forests, and mountains with stunning views. La Borde Blanque is directly situated on the lakeside with it’s private beach, where it’s lovely to swim in the crystal clear water. There are facilities in the nearby area to go horse riding, canoeing, or rafting. You can taste the culture of France during a visit to colourful local markets. The area has a long and moving history, which you’ll find back in the old Cathar castles and pittoresque medieval villages.

What's included

  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • 7 nights accommodation in a spacious and most charming single or double room
  • Coffee, unlimited herbal teas, and snacks
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Daily yoga classes
  • High quality yoga philosophy and practice
  • 50-hour Yoga Federation partial certificate

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transportation

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane from Carcassonne Airport (CCF)

Book a flight to Carcassonne Airport (CCF). You make take a taxi or rental car from the airport for about 50 minutes to reach La Borde Blanque. On request, La Borde Blanque Team mediates between participants who want to share a rental car or taxi.

Arrival by airplane from Toulouse–Blagnac Airport (TLS)

Book a flight to Toulouse–Blagnac Airport (TLS). You make take a taxi or rental car from the airport for about 1.5 hours to reach La Borde Blanque. On request, La Borde Blanque Team mediates between participants who want to share a rental car or taxi.

Arrival by airplane from Montpellier–Méditerranée Airport (MPL)

Book a flight to Montpellier–Méditerranée Airport (MPL). You make take a taxi or rental car from the airport for about 2.5 hours to reach La Borde Blanque. On request, La Borde Blanque Team mediates between participants who want to share a rental car or taxi.

Arrival by airplane from Barcelona–El Prat Airport (BCN)

Book a flight to Montpellier–Méditerranée Airport (MPL). You make take a taxi or rental car from the airport for about 4 hours to reach La Borde Blanque. On request, La Borde Blanque Team mediates between participants who want to share a rental car or taxi.

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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Arrival: Saturday May 21, 2022
Departure: Saturday May 28, 2022

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