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4 Days France Illumination Yoga Retreat in The Pyrenees, France

Meditation and Yoga Retreat France

As the flowers start to bloom across the french countryside, so too will you blossom during this retreat to find your most illuminated self! Going back to nature in this quaint country village, you’ll eat from the organic garden, salute the sun with your morning yoga practice, hike in the mountains, and learn about the history of the region from your stellar hosts, Gillian and Neil.

Retreat highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Visit and hike to the natural labyrinth
  • Relaxing afternoon at the natural hot springs
  • Hike and picnic on the mystical Mount Bugaresh
  • Amazing visit the local French market
  • 3 daily vegetarian and vegan meals
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English

Airport transfer available:Carcassonne Airport

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Accommodation

During this retreat, you will stay in a shared room at Santosha Yoga Center. The Santosha Yoga Center is an eco-friendly, historical stone cottage built 450 years ago in the quaint village of Conilhac de la Montagne. With a focus on sustainability, everything at the cottage is recycled, reused and composted, providing for minimal waste in an effort to preserve the surrounding environment.

The center also boasts exquisite views of the scenic Pyrenees and Mount Bugarach and is beautifully set among sunflower fields and vineyards. It is also home to a gorgeous and newly renovated yoga studio, in addition to charming outdoor gardens and terraces.

Lila Yoga Massage Yoga Retreat France Program

As the flowers start to bloom across the French countryside, so too will you blossom during this retreat to find your most illuminated self! You will enjoy daily meditation sessions, morning and evening yoga classes for all levels, a hike and picnic on the mystical Mount Bugaresh, a visit and hike to the natural Labyrinth, an afternoon at the natural hot springs, and a visit to the local French market.

You will have relaxation time to disconnect and de-stress in the garden or take a long walk in the surrounding vineyards and beautiful French countryside. All outings are optional and spaced out in order to provide plenty of time to rest and rejuvenate.

Included excursions

This retreat features a hike and picnic on the mystical Mount Bugaresh, a visit and hike to the natural Labyrinth, an afternoon at the natural hot springs, and a visit to the local French market.

Instructors

Angela Sealy
Yoga Alliance RYT 300 (Yoga)
Angela is an Advanced Certified 350-hr Yoga Instructor, Advanced Thai massage practitioner and is passionate about empowering others to find their full potential on and off the mat. Angela has taught and studied both yoga and massage around the world for over eight years including Spain, Greece, India, and the United States. In 2012, Angela received her Thai massage certification and in 2013, Angela completed her advanced 350-hour yoga teacher training in New Orleans.

Retreat location

This retreat will take place at the Santosha Yoga Retreat in Conilhac de la Montagne, France. The small village of Conilhac de la Montagne is located in the region of Languedoc-Roussillon, nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees in southern France. The center is situated in a small village (average population 60 persons) surrounded by vineyards and sunflower fields.

There are numerous terraces and a garden for dining outside, and the communal salon and dining room, situated in the cave, are all at your disposal. The sprawling outdoor countryside and mini-trails foster space for individual contemplation.

Nearby places

  • Barcelona - 4 hours
  • Carcassonne - 45 minutes
  • Spanish border - 2 hours
  • Toulouse - one hour and 45 minutes
  • Mediterranean Sea - one hour and 40 minutes

Unique features

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Hot spring
  • Massage
  • Reiki

General

  • Environmentally friendly

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Local market

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

During this retreat, you will enjoy three daily vegetarian and vegan meals.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Climb the Pic de Bugarach

The mountain can also been seen from the roof terrace, there are many legends and mysteries surrounding this mountains. It is a two-hour climb to the amazing view from the top.

Enjoy a wine tasting

The center is surrounded by vineyards and many of them have their own outlets where you can taste wine and sometimes get a tour of the vines themselves.

Get lost in the labyrinth

In the labyrinth you can find natural pathways through a maze of limestone that features that are straight out of a fairytale. This site was also a meeting place for pre-historic tribes.

Have fun with water sports and other activities

Within easy reach there is rafting, canyoning, hydrospeed, kayaking, and archery.

Massages and treatments

During this retreat, you can book a massage or body treatment for an additional cost. The following massages and treatments are available:

  • Ayurveda life longevity sessions
  • Reiki energy clearing
  • Swedish or deep tissue massage
  • Thai massage sessions

Take a walk in the surroundings

There are many walking trails around the village that take you through the vineyards. Up to 10 kilometers.

Visit the thermal springs

These thermal springs have been in use for over 2,000 years for therapeutic healing. There are areas where the hot springs go direct into the river. There is also a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and a steam room.

What's included

  • Daily meditation
  • Morning and evening daily yoga classes
  • 1 afternoon at the natural hot springs
  • 1 hike and picnic on the mystical Mount Bugaresh
  • 1 visit and hike to the natural Labyrinth
  • 1 visit to the local French market
  • 3 daily scrumptious vegetarian and vegan meals
  • 3 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Chiropractic care
  • Thai massage
  • Therapeutic massage

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Carcassonne Airport (CCF). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. Alternatively, you can book your flight to arrive at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (TLS).

From within Europe, low cost airline Ryanair flies into Carcassonne Airport (CCF) which is 45 minutes away. Upon arrival, you can take the shuttle to the Carcassonne Gare and a train to Limoux Gare, where Lila Yoga Massage will collect you for an additional cost.

Easyjet flies to Toulouse from the London Gatwick Airport (LGW).

Arrival by train

Upon arrival to Barcelona-El Prat (BCN), you can get a train to Perpignan and then a bus to Quillan for approximately 1 EUR. Lila Yoga Massage can pick you up there. However, if you cannot make the bus connection since there are only two busses per day, none on Sundays, take the train to Carcassonne.

From there you take the train to Limoux Gare, where Lila Yoga Massage can pick you up.

If enough people arrive on the same day at Barcelona, Lila Yoga Massage can arrange a private commercial shuttle bus to drive you straight to the retreat. Please contact Gillian for a quote.

From outside Europe, the TGV fast train runs regularly to Carcassonne. From Carcassonne you take the SNCF train to Limoux Gare, where Lila Yoga Massage will pick you up.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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