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8 Days Meditation and Yoga Retreat in France

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

Overview

Meditation and Yoga Retreat France "A Journey through the Yamas and Niyamas"

Get ready for a relaxed retreat filled with yoga! In this retreat you’ll get acquainted with the basic philosophy of yoga, the Yamas and Niyamas, which is actually about ethics and the art of living. The main intention of this amazing time you’ll spend in southern France is to be more mindful in life and understanding that yoga is more than just doing exercises. It is a way of life, leading towards inner joy and freedom!

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes for all levels
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • High standard yoga philosophy and practice
  • 7 nights accommodation in a spacious and most charming single or double room
  • 1 three course dinner
  • 3 daily 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.

Content of the program

There are two 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 and each day you’ll work specifically with asanas balancing a specific chakra. 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.

Pranayama

Breath and energy practices.

Pratyahara, concentration, and 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 seven cosmic dimensions and the human constitution
  • The subtle or etheric body and the seven chakras
  • The emotional and mental body

Literature:

  • “Light on Life”, B.K.S. Iyengar, Rodale, 2005 USA
  • “Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali”, 1996, B. K. S. Iyengar, Thorsons, United Kingdom
  • “Meditation and Imagination”, Elleke van Kraalingen, 2011, O-Books, United Kingdom (available at La Borde Blanque)

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.

  • 1 three course dinner
  • 3 daily 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
  • 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."

    BookYogaRetreats.com website, edited

  • 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 April 29, 2017
(8 days / 7 nights)

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