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8 Days Nature, Hiking, Meditation and Yoga Retreat in France

  • La Borde Blanque, Sainte Colombe sur l'Hers, Aude and Ariège, Midi-Pyrenees, France

Overview

Nature, Hiking, and Yoga Retreat France

Nature lovers are more than welcome to attend this incredible retreat in France. This time is meant for yoga and nature enthusiasts who love yoga combined with nature walks and would like to explore the beautiful environment of southern France. Dutch biologist Marianne van Mierlo will guide you through amazing landscapes so you can feel what mother Earth unveiled in the Pyrenees. This will be a once in a lifetime adventure!

Highlights

  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 2 daily meditation sessions
  • Hiking adventures with a biologist
  • Refreshing swims in the lake
  • 7 nights accommodation in a spacious and most charming single or double room
  • 3 daily delicious vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 8 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.

In addition to two yoga and meditation sessions a day, La Borde Blanque will organize several lovely walks in a variety of surrounding landscapes of 10 to 15 kilometers in average. All walks will be organized and guided by Marianne van Mierlo, a Dutch biologist. 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 opportunity 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. In 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!

The price of this retreat includes hiking trips with Dutch biologist Marianne van Mierlo.

Elleke van Kraalingen

Elleke's journey 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 twenty-eight years now, she teaches the ancient form of Raja yoga and for over fifteen years she has been training yoga teachers aside from her other professional activities as a psychologist, naturopath, life coach, author of several books, and being a mother of four children. With love, she continues to teach in 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, Elleke started La Borde Blanque, a yoga, meditation, and healing center in Midi-Pyrenees, France. There, they realize 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

The price of this retreat includes three daily delicious vegetarian meals, which includes a three course dinner prepared with love and care, as well as coffee, unlimited herbal teas, and snacks.

The unique environment of Borde Blanque offers a wide range of activities: you can taste the culture of France during a visit to colorful local markets and make beautiful walks along rivers, through hills, forests, and mountains with stunning views. The lake on our border offers opportunities for swimming, sailing, surfing, canoeing, water biking, and fishing.

The area has a long and moving history. It’s a well worth visit to one of the old Cathar castles, or to the mysterious chateaus. The Celts left their traces, as well as the Romans with their thermic baths. You'll also find prehistoric caves with carvings and stalactites and stalagmites.

  • 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
  • Hiking adventures with a biologist
  • Refreshing swims in the lake
  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transportation

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 make 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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8 days / 7 nights

Departure:
Saturday May 20, 2017
(8 days / 7 nights)

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