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8 Days France Meditation and Yoga Retreat

  • La Borde Blanque, Midi-Pyrenees, France

Overview

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

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 7 days with instruction
  • Dutch, English, French
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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

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 Septembert 2017: A Journey Through the Chakras

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’

Elleke van Kraalingen

Elleke's experience in yoga and meditation began when she was a child. In her early teenage years, she spontaneously started to meditate, following an inner guideline of mystical experiences and set off on the path of yoga.

Yoga and meditation became a way of life and a source of inner wisdom and love, from which sprang the aspiration to guide others on the way to their own source of love, joy and inner wisdom.

For more than 28 years now, Elleke teaches the ancient form of Raja yoga and for over 15 years she is training yoga teachers, aside from her other professional activities as a psychologist, naturopath, life coach, author of several books and being a mother of 4 children. With love, she continues to teach her passion for yoga and meditation, explaining and exploring its classical philosophy and practicing the yoga way of life at La Borde Blanque.

Together with her husband Pieter, they started La Borde Blanque, a yoga, meditation and healing center in Midi-Pyrenees, France. Here they realized their dream and share their life and work experience in a holistic way, within the power, serenity and beauty of nature.

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
Activities
  • Boating nearby
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding / rental nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Massage
  • Mountain walking/trekking nearby
  • Sailing nearby
General
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Lake
  • River
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio

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.

It is a well worth visit to one of the old Cathar castles, or to the mysterious Montsegur. The lake offers many opportunities, in addition to swimming, like sailing, surfing, canoeing, water biking as well as fishing. At different days there are colorful local markets, like for example on Sunday in Esperaza, Monday in Mirepoix and Friday in Lavelanet and Foix.

  • 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.
  • 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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  • 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 trainings, and international energy healing course.

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Departure:
Saturday March 4, 2017
(8 days / 7 nights)

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