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8 Day Nature, Hiking, Meditation, and Yoga Holiday in Ariège, Midi-Pyrénées

La Borde Blanque, 09600 Montbel, Ariège, Midi-Pyrenees, France

Nature, Hiking, and Yoga Retreat France

We invite nature lovers to attend this incredible retreat in the South of France. This time is meant for yoga and nature enthusiasts who love to combine yoga practice with guided nature walks and would like to explore the beautiful environment at the foot of the Pyrenees. This retreat is the ultimate opportunity to relax, ground yourself, eat delicious, vibrant vegetarian food and to truly BE. This will be a once in a lifetime adventure!

Meet the instructors

Elleke
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Highlights

  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 2 daily meditation sessions
  • 7 nights accommodation in a spacious and most charming single or double room
  • 3 daily delicious vegetarian meals
  • Refreshing swims in the lake
  • Daily guided nature hikes

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


8 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Dutch, French
Group size: Maximum of 30 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

In addition to two yoga and meditation sessions a day, La Borde Blanque will organize several guided walks and hikes in a variety of surrounding landscapes of 10 to 15 kilometers in average. You’ll begin and end the days with yoga and meditation, in which your connection with nature will be central.

No experience with yoga or meditation is required, but when you are experienced, there will be plenty of opportunities to deepen your knowledge. The sessions will be adjusted to meet your needs. La Borde Blanque is a Raja yoga school. Raja yoga is one of the oldest and most complete forms of yoga, where the asanas or physical practices are considered to be a preparation for meditation.

Although they offer various modern styles, their approach is a mindful way of practicing yoga. This means a quiet, attentive, and meditative approach. Remaining in an asana can sometimes be intense and powerful, yet they 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.

In the mornings, you’ll have breakfast and make your packed lunch and snacks for your tour. The walking program is flexible with shorter and longer walks that will be alternated according to the weather and temperature conditions. At the beginning or halfway the afternoon, you'll be back at La Borde Blanque and have the rest of the afternoon free.

When the weather is very warm, it may be decided together to get up early and be back before noon to enjoy a siesta and a refreshing swim in the lake. In the evening there's another light yoga and meditation session. Wednesday is a resting day as a break in the week. Please note that all walks and yoga sessions are just optional.

Included excursions

The price of this retreat includes guided hiking trips.

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 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 taste the culture of France during a visit to colorful local markets and make beautiful walks or horseback 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. In addition to swimming at our beach, on the other side of the lake, one can go like sailing, surfing, canoeing, waterbiking as well as fishing in the nearby area. The area has a long and moving history. You can visit Cathar castles or the mysterious chateaus where the Celts and Romans left their traces. You will also find prehistoric caves with carvings and stalactites and stalagmites.

What's included

  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • 7 nights accommodation in a spacious and most charming single or double room
  • Coffee, tea breaks, and snacks
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily guided hikes in the enchanting surroundings of the French country side
  • Refreshing swims in the lake

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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Special discount

There is a camping option that is available for a special discount of 25% on the package price.

Saturday May 15, 2021
(8 days / 7 nights)

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