8 Days Relaxing Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Midi-Pyrenees, France

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!

Retreat 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
  • 3 daily meals

Yoga styles


8 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Dutch, French, English
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Accommodation

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.

La Borde Blanque Yoga Holiday France Program

A Journey through the Yamas and Niyamas - February 24, 2018

A Journey through the Chakras - August 25, 2018

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)

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

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.

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, unlimited herbal teas, and snacks
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Daily yoga classes
  • High quality yoga philosophy and practice

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transportation

How to get there

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.

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Arrival: Saturday August 25, 2018
Departure: Saturday September 1, 2018

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