5 Days Walking and Yoga Retreat France

  • Little French Retreat, Lot et Garonne, Aquitaine, France

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Overview

France Yoga Retreat

  • 5 days with instruction
  • Nurture yourself with a weekend break practicing yoga and exploring the surrounding beautiful countryside, here at Little French Retreat. Walking from the house, you will take different routes daily, meandering through woodland, farmland, the organic vineyards of Buzet, or along the canal and River Garonne. With mindful steps and breath, connecting inwardly to gain self-awareness, integrating your internal and external landscape to become one.

    Highlights

    • Daily yoga sessions
    • Daily pranayama practices
    • Guided walks and meditations
    • Nutritious vegetarian meals
    • 4 nights accommodation
    • Snacks and drinks

      Languages

      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: English
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    There are three double bedrooms offering single and shared accommodation, with a glamping option, sleeping in the bell tent under the stars.

    On the ground floor is a comfortable living room with wood burning stove, spacious kitchen and dining area that leads out onto the veranda, shaded under the vines. The terraced garden offers scenic views and the perfect spot to sunset gaze every evening.

    The yoga studio is centrally located within the house with high vaulted ceiling and stone walls which help keep everyone cool during the summer months. Whenever possible classes take place outside.

    In this retreat, you will visit a beautiful Medieval town once the home to Henry IV with a bustling farmers market packed full of French delicacies, a perfect spot to experience authentic France as you watch the world stroll past.

    Thursday

    • 17:00 - 18:15 Pranyama and yoga
    • 19:00 - 20:30 Evening meal and introductions
    • 22:00 - 22:30 Evening meditation optional

    Friday and Sunday

    • 08:00 - 08:30 Morning tea
    • 08:30 - 10:00 Pranayama and yoga
    • 10:30 - 11:30 Brunch
    • 13:00 - 15:00 Walk
    • 15:00 - 14:00 Light lunch
    • 14:00 - 18:00 Free time
    • 19:00 - 20:00 Evening meal
    • 20:00 - 21:30 Chill out time
    • 21:30 - 20:00 Pranayama and evening meditation optional

    Saturday

    • 08:30 - 09:00 Morning tea
    • 09:30 - 13:00 Trip to Nerac farmers market, coffee, and French patisserie
    • 13:30 - 14:30 Light lunch
    • 17:00 - 18:30 Pranyama and yoga
    • 19:00 - 20:30 Evening meal
    • 20:30 - 21:30 Chill out time, films, optional evening meditation

    Monday

    • 07:30 - 08:00 Pranayama and meditation
    • 08:30 - 09:30 Breakfast
    • 09:30 - 10:30 Packing and goodbyes

    You will take different routes daily, meandering through woodland, farmland, the organic vineyards of Buzet, or along the canal and River Garonne. You will also visit a beautiful Medieval town once the home to Henry IV with a bustling farmers market packed full of French delicacies. Lastly, there is a trip to Nerac farmers market, coffee, and French patisserie.

    Little French Retreat is situated in the Lot et Garonne, in South West France. A beautiful area with gently rolling Tuscan style landscape and mild climate. Renowned for its rustic charm, natural beauty and gastronomy. Close by are many medieval Bastide towns and villages, steeped in history holding weekly farmers markets and evening fetes. With the River Garonne, Canal du Garonne and River Baise, there are plenty of paths to cycle or stroll along.

    Activities
    • Boating nearby
    • Cycling
    • Stargazing
    • Swimming nearby
    • Tennis court
    General
    • Dining area
    • Garden
    • Kitchen
    • River
    • River nearby
    • Terrace
    • Yoga studio
    Services
    • Free bicycle
    • Library
    • Local market

    The food are using locally sourced, organic produce, and vegetarian dishes which are a combination of Anglo, Indian, and French flavours. Meal times follow Ayurvedic principles for digestion and improved sleep. Starting the day with morning tea and fruit before yoga, a warming breakfast followed by a light lunch, afternoon tea and evening meal. A nourishing seasonal vegetarian menu served with non-alcoholic refreshments that revive and fortify the body. A relaxed approach, where quality, intention, and balance are influential aspects to everything that happens in the kitchen at Little French Retreat. Teas, fruit, home-baked cakes, and snacks are available throughout the day so you will not go hungry.

    Local organic produce

    Everything is made from scratch with fresh organic and locally sourced produce, avoiding processed foods that contain hidden sugars, salts, and additives. This area of France is renowned for its good food and the quality and taste of fruit and vegetables are an experience to savour.

    Gluten and dairy free

    The food are avoided to use dairy and gluten, as these can be hard to digest and affect the lining of the gut, causing bloating, IBS, skin complaints, and mood disorders. Also, gluten has been found to aid inflammation in the body, so by eliminating both, lessening the chance of disease. Organic goat and sheep cheese are served on the side as they contain less lactose than dairy and therefore easier to digest, and simply delicious.

    Sugar free

    Natural sugars are used in cooking rather than refined sugars as these do not alter the body's insulin levels creating cravings, blood sugar imbalance and low energy levels. Honey comes from local producers at Nerac market, maple and rice syrups from artisan organic shops.

    Food for a higher vibration

    Stimulants, night-shades, fungi and fermented foods such as caffeine, alcohol, chilli, onions, aubergines, tomatoes, potatoes, mushrooms and vinegar are all reduced but not eliminated entirely, as this helps to aid a calmer mind, improve digestion and increase energy.

    Vegetarian basics

    Cooking with pulses, non-gluten grains, nuts, superfoods and fortified plant products, helps to provide protein and rebalance the lack of vitamin B12 that is found in abundance in animal products.

    Menu

    Early morning teas

    • Indian spiced chai tea made with almond, rice milk, and cardamon pods
    • Vervain herbal tea from the garden
    • Star Anise and fresh Moroccan mint from the garden

    Breakfast

    • Fresh fruit salad and muesli
    • Freshly baked homemade sourdough
    • Buckwheat drop pancakes
    • Power smoothie and oak cakes
    • Millet flake and Tahini porridge with spiced apple compote

    Main meal

    • Wholesome soups and dhals
    • Kolhrabi carpaccio and Pyranean brebi cheese
    • Roasted beetroot and goats cheese salad with pistachio nut dressing
    • Asian slaws and a variety of salads
    • Curries with homemade chutneys and chapatis
    • Stuffed peppers with Moroccan spiced quinoa, fig, and pistachio nut filling and Tahini dressing

    Dessert

    • Prune souffle
    • Fruits of the forest choc pot
    • Barley cup poached pears and vanilla sauce
    • Rose and almond rice pudding
    • Greengage fool
    • Lemon and lavender drizzle cake
    • Little French Retreat gooey chocolate gateaux
    • Boat hire
    • Cycling (there are two Dutch bikes available for use)
    • Go to Brocantes and Vide Greniers for treasure hunters
    • Go to Vianne (Friday night market)
    • Reading
    • Relaxing by the log burner
    • Running
    • Stargazing
    • Tennis
    • Wild swimming at Lac du Clarens
    • Wine tasting
    • 4 nights accommodation
    • 5 yoga sessions
    • Daily pranayama sessions
    • Guided walks and meditations
    • Use of yoga mats, meditation blankets, and straps
    • Vegetarian meals, snacks and drinks

    Driving directions from Bordeaux-Merignac Airport (BOD)

    • Take A62 headed towards Toulouse / Agen and come off at exit 6 sign posted to Villenueve-Sur-Lot.
    • Follow directions to Buzet / Nerac. This is the D119 and you continue along road through Buzet, past the little village of Bruch on RHS.
    • Continue 2 kilometers until sign for Montesquieu on right. Take RH turn and drive into village, turn left at church. Continue up hill until you reach No. 17 on LHS with Red door.

    Driving directions from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (TLS)

    • Follow A620 heading towards Bordeaux / Paris.
    • Take exit A62 / E72 / E9 Bordeaux / Paris (do not take first exit Agen / Montauban as this is slow road) onto toll road (Peage).
    • Leave A62 at exit 7 sign posted to Agen. Follow directions to Roquefort / Nerac / Brax onto the D119 which takes you through Serignac.
    • Continue 3 kilometers from Serignac until the sign for Montesquieu, turn left. Drive into village and turn left at church.
    • Continue up hill until you reach No. 17 on LHS with Red door and you have arrived.

    Arrival by airplane

    Please book a flight to Bordeaux-Merignac Airport (BOD). Outside Bordeaux-Merignac Airport (BOD) is the The Navette shuttle bus (collection point is located at entrance closest to Billi building), leaving on the hour to Bordeauxs main train station Gare de Saint Jean. From here you can purchase a ticket to Port Ste Marie, the nearest train station to the house. It is possible to collect from Agen too if you take the TGV train from Bordeaux.

    You may also choose to book a flight to Outside Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (TLS). Outside Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (TLS) is the The Navette shuttle bus, leaving every 20 minutes to Toulouses main train station Gare de Toulouse-Matabiau. From here you can purchase a ticket to Agen or Port Ste Marie, these are the nearest collection points from the house.

    Arrival by train

    From Paris Gard du Nord take the metro (eurostar) to Montparnasse and from there you need to take the TGV train to Agen which takes 4.5 hours.

    For information about the booking conditions, please send Little French Retreat an inquiry.

    Testimonials

    • Review by Claire from UK

      "I feel so inspired by the holiday and space. It has been such a relaxed atmosphere all week and has felt genuine and authentic. I was unwell before coming and yet this changed the day after I arrived. I began to feel different and have gained lots of strength from the daily yoga. I have loved the lightness and feel-good factor throughout the week and liked the simplicity and practicality of the structure, to let your mind expand creatively and rethink, finding a way to move forward."

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    • Review by Maria from Spain

      "This is a wonderful house with a charming host and superb food. This is the place to go if you want to relax, listen to birdsong, and re-energize with the help of wholesome food and activities. The accommodation is excellent: comfortable bed, exquisite decoration, beautiful bathroom. The host Tamsin is friendly, a fabulous cook, and a delight to talk to. I highly recommend Little French Retreat to unwind and disconnect from the stress of urban living and reconnect to the gentle pace of rural life."

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    • Review by Margaret from Ireland

      "I love the whole experience from the moment I arrived. The yoga and meditation set me up nicely to relax in a very calm atmosphere with a wonderful yoga teacher. There are an excellent and comfortable bed, beautiful room with such a perfect view of the garden and trees, and the sound of the birds to listen to. To get the opportunity for long walks in the countryside, added to the moment. The food was so delicious and top rated, I loved it. The Slow Down Yoga Retreat was an excellent way to have a few days away from a busy work life and learn how to be calm again. I would recommend Little French Retreat for peace of mind and tranquility, superb food, and I would definitely stay longer the next time."

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    • Review by Emily from London, UK

      "I stayed with Tamsin for a long yoga weekend and what a treat it was. My yoga practice had dwindled recently due to illness and it was wonderful to be taught by such a gentle, warm, and intuitive teacher who made me feel completely at ease. She immediately tuned into what I needed and we did a lovely practice which included breath work, relaxation, and postures. By the end of the week, I felt completely lifted and reconnected with my body. Bliss. The house is beautiful and the garden is a complete sanctuary. There was plenty of time to rest alongside the practice. Tamsin has thought of everything, things you might not have even realized you needed. The food was healthy, delicious, imaginative, and plentiful. To top it all off, there's the lovely Sofie, Tamsin's dog, who is a great company and always up for a cuddle or a pat. I'm already planning my next trip here!"

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    • Review by Aysha from Australia

      "We had such a fantastic stay at the Little French Retreat earlier this year. Tamsin, our host, was extremely accommodating. The whole atmosphere and experience was incredibly relaxing and calming. Tamsin is also a wonderful cook and she made beautiful, healthy, and delicious vegetarian food throughout our stay. I highly recommend The Little French Retreat and look forward to returning soon!"

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    • Review by Jill from Canada

      "I truly believe I was destined to meet Tamsin. And after our first introduction, I knew why. As a fun-loving, free-spirited yogi, you cannot help but fall in love with her warm personality and trusting heart. What more could you possibly ask for in a gracious host - to stay in a beautiful home, lovely remote location, and in a gorgeous country? You get to stay with Tamsin. Tamsin has a unique blend of kindness and genuine hospitality that radiates through her home. I am so blessed to have been a guest and part of the Little French Retreat family."

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    Montesquieu des Alberes, France

    Little French Retreat offers a range of retreats combined with activities such as cooking, walking, and ayurvedic healing as well as conducting weekly yoga classes and massage healing session.

    Speaks English

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