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8 Days Midsummer Meditation and Yoga Retreat in France

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


Meditation and Yoga Retreat France

Regain balance and inner peace in this meditation and yoga retreat in France. Immerse yourself into yoga practices and both guided and silent meditations. Widen your perspective as you engage in themed discussions and extra teachings. Feel nourished and satisfied with delicious and lovingly prepared vegetarian meals. Enjoy unlimited coffee, herbal teas and snacks. Relax and just enjoy your stay in a charming French country house!


  • High standard daily yoga practice for all levels
  • Daily guided meditation
  • Other light evening group activities
  • Pearls of philosophy and extra teachings on meditation training
  • Free time and room for individual session
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • 7 nights accommodation in a spacious and most charming single or double room

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.

The days start with a yoga session followed by a meditation you will be guided into. After breakfast, you will continue with one or two meditations in silence, with short breaks in between with room for relaxation. Afterwards, there will be time for some pearls of philosophy and/or extra teachings on meditation training. and attention for a certain theme. The afternoons are free and there is room for individual sessions. In the evening, after dinner there will be one more meditation session. Some nights there will be, according to the wishes of the group, other light activities. The mornings are spent in silence, at least in the communal areas like the hall, lounge, kitchen, library and the direct vicinity of the house.

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
  • Boating nearby
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding / rental nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Massage
  • Mountain walking/trekking nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • 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.

It is a well worth visit to one of the old Cathar castles, like the mysterious Montsegur. The lake offers many opportunities, in addition to swimming, like sailing, surfing, canoeing, water biking as well as fishing. In the nearby area you can go rafting, wild water canoeing, ultralight flying, and hang-gliding. Of course, there are excellent trips to be made on horseback, or you may go tracking into the Pyrenees on a mule.

You can also visit the waterfalls of Roquefort le cascade which is often dry in summertime, yet it remains a place for elves and kobolds. At different days there are colourful local markets, like for example on Sunday in Esperaza, Monday in Mirepoix and Friday in Lavelanet and Foix.

  • 8 days and 7 nights double room accommodation in a spacious and most charming single or double room
  • Delicious vegetarian meals prepared with love and care
  • Coffee, unlimited herbal teas and snacks
  • In depth guidance in meditation training
  • Several meditations in the morning and evening
  • Vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Optional yoga sessions
  • 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." 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


Arrival: Saturday June 17, 2017
Departure: Saturday June 24, 2017

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