8 Days France Meditation and Yoga Retreat

  • La Borde Blanque, Midi-Pyrenees, France

Meditation and Yoga Retreat in France

Deepen your practice in this yoga retreat set in the beautiful Midi-Pyrenees, France. Explore the Yoga sutras of Patanjali. Practice asana, pranayama through a solid and progressive meditation training. Learn how to apply yoga principles and practice to your daily life. Delight your taste buds with nourishing vegetarian meals. Connect, meditate, and just enjoy the peaceful countryside in this yoga retreat!

Highlights

  • Ashtanga, Kriya, Vinyasa yoga
  • Evening shiva asanas or Yin yoga
  • High-quality philosophy teachings of the Bhagavad Gita
  • Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Yoga Sutras of Patanjali discussions
  • Solid and progressive meditation training
  • Vegetarian meals thrice daily
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • Dutch, French, English
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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.

Theme:

  • 20 - 27 August 2016, 25 February- 5 March 2017, 26 August- 2 September 2017 : A Journey Through the Yamas and Niyamas - 50 hours

In this retreat you’ll get acquainted with the basic philosophy of yoga, which is actually about ethics and the art of Living. Yoga is more than just doing exercises! It is a way of life, leading towards inner joy and freedom.

  • 3 - 10 September 2016, 22-29 April 2017, 9-16 September 2017: A Journey Through the Chakras - 50 hours

In this retreat you’ll get acquainted with the subtle dimensions of our human being. We will make an inner journey through the chakras, or energy centers. In doing so we will focus on color, symbolism, psychology and physical aspects.

In each retreat, there are 2 yoga sessions each day.

In each session attention will be paid to:

Yoga asanas and relaxation

There will be an introduction to different styles of yoga practice, adapted to the time of the day and the season.

We are a Raja Yoga School. 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. Although we offer various modern styles, our 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 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

Pratyahara & Concentration & Meditation

To withdraw the senses and the attention within towards focus and meditation

In addition the morning session will be concluded with a lecture and dialogue about:

Philosophy

The 8 steps of Patañjali

The yamas and niyamas: ethical principles.

The soul and Higher Self

Dharma and Karma: ‘purpose and fate’

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

There will be 3 delicious vegetarian meals per day, including a three-course dinner prepared with love and care, coffee as well as unlimited herbal teas and snacks.

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.

  • 8 days and 7 nights accommodation
  • 3 delicious vegetarian breakfast and lunch
  • 3-course vegetarian dinner prepared with love and care
  • Coffee, unlimited herbal tea and snacks
  • Daily yummy and vegetarian meals
  • Deepening of different styles of asanas
  • High standard application of yoga principles and practices
  • Insight and guidance
  • Intensive different lines of meditation
  • Shakti asanas such as Ashtanga, Kriya, Vinyasa yoga
  • Shiva asanas like Yin yoga
  • Themed Hatha Yoga Pradipika discussions
  • Yoga sutras of Patanjali: The steps of Raja Yoga

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.

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.

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.

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

Book a flight to Montpellier–Méditerranée Airport (MPL). You may take a taxi or rental car from the airport for about 4 hours to reach La Borde Blanque.

For information about the booking conditions, please send La Borde Blanque an inquiry.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

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    Review by Iaroslavna (lada) Chkliarevskaia from Cyprus

    PROS Pros: Most of all I liked the approach and attitude of the instructor (guru). Yoga classes as well as meditation and yoga theory were presented in a very interesting, peaceful open minded way. Morning sessions lasted for 3 hours and I had never felt bored or tired.

    7.5 Value for money
    10 Accommodation & facilities
    10 Food
    5 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    2017-May-10 13:50:47

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    Review by Anne Paul from Germany

    PROS Pros: Die Yoga und Meditationssessions wurden sehr gut angeleitet. Der Raum war sehr schön. Auch das Haus und die Lage sind sehr schön. Da es sehr heiß war, war zudem der Privatstrand am See toll. Das Wasser ist sehr sauber und man kann hier gut auch längere Strecken schwimmen. Zur Abkühlung gibt es auch einen Fluß unterhalb des Hauses. Die Gastgeber sind sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit. Wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt. Das Essen ist auch wirklich sehr gut und gesund und auch immer genug. Wir hatten eine wiklich tolle Zeit, haben sehr nette und interessante Leute kennengelernt und viel Inspiration zur Meditation und Yoga erhalten.

    7.5 Value for money
    10 Accommodation & facilities
    10 Food
    10 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    2017-Jul-09 12:20:32

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    Review by Colson Veronica from France

    Beautiful experienceBBB

    PROS Pros: Bountiful experience...a heart warming environment filled with respect, kindness, humour and enlightened guidance by Elleke and Peter. Warmly recommend this unique exchange opportunity!!

    7.5 Value for money
    5 Accommodation & facilities
    10 Food
    10 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    2017-Jun-27 08:40:27

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    Review by Anonymous

    Un experience de vie que je recommande, merci !

    CONS Cons: Rien.

    PROS Pros: Le cadre, le charme des lieux, la bienveillance, la nourriture, le lac. Superbe acceuil.

    10 Value for money
    10 Accommodation & facilities
    10 Food
    10 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    2017-Jun-25 08:33:05

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    Review by Bronwyn Claassen from Netherlands

    Sensational scenery

    CONS Cons: I kept eating too much because the food was so good!

    PROS Pros: A beautiful experience feeling relaxed in a loving peaceful environment. The walks were all excellent and lead by the family dogs! Yoga was very complimentary to the walks and felt perfect for me.

    7.5 Value for money
    10 Accommodation & facilities
    10 Food
    10 Location
    7.5 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    2017-May-21 10:01:44

  • Review by Ruth
    10 out of 10

    "I’ve been in La Borde Blanque in September for a Yoga Retreat, and I liked it very much, the location, the surroundings, the people and the yoga sessions! Just the transfer to the place isn’t so easy, but Elleke and Peter do their best to find a solution for every single person."

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Testimonials

  • Review by Andries & Irma
    10 out of 10

    "Thanks for offering such a wonderful place with wonderful people (and animals). For creating such inspiration and room for personal growth. For us it is a guidance for our further journey to inner peace and balance in our life. The passion, love and respect for others make this place a great joy and learning from you was of tremendous value to us. See you soon! "

    La Borde Blanque, edited

Aude and Ariège, France

La Borde Blanque is an authentic French manor, offering yoga and meditation retreats, Raja yoga teacher courses, and an international esoteric healing course.

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8 days / 7 nights

Departure:
Saturday September 2, 2017
(8 days / 7 nights)

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