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This retreat will allow you the space and time to reconnect with yourself, feel rejuvenated, and re-energized. This is a chance for you to get away from the hustle and bustle and balance your work and everyday life to rediscover the part of you, which is peaceful, calm, and content. You will discover the key elements of Hatha yoga with elements of Iyengar yoga, enriched by meditation and relaxation, adapted to all levels.
Accommodation for our retreats is provided in our standalone Gite or in the main house where the Yoga Studio is located. The Gite can accommodate up to 4 people but in practice 2 is the more regular number - there is a double bed in one bedroom and two single beds in the other. A single shower-room and toilet is shared between occupants of the Gite. In the main house we have two double bedrooms, neither of which are en-suite, sorry! The house has both a shower-room and bathroom.
This yoga retreat is designed to help you make the most of your precious free time. The retreats here in rural France run from late Thursday afternoon until Sunday lunchtime. Restricted to a maximum of four participants, the retreat offers those who value personal attention and wish to improve their yoga practice the perfect opportunity. The small groups also suit those who may be concerned about their ability relative to other participants. During this retreat you will discover the key elements of Hatha yoga with elements of Iyengar yoga, enriched by meditation and relaxation, adapted to all levels.
Situated in the Deux Sevres department, France's best kept secret, La Menantelierre offers the perfect antidote to the stresses of modern living. Here you will be able to take a step away from your normal routine and responsibilities and allow yourself the opportunity to feel nurtured and pampered. La Menantelierre is a lovely family home situated on the Deux Sevres, Vendee border between Poitier and La Rochelle, it has a large private garden covering one acre. Recently renovated, the barn has spacious rooms that can be kept cool in summer or can be kept warm with the log fire in winter. Outside there is a large decked terrace with table and chairs overlooking the gardens and the spectacular views of the countryside. The surrounding region is of gently rolling countryside, with beautiful lakes and forested areas.
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During this retreat, all breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, plus the aperitifs and canapes on evening of arrival are included in the price.
One beauty therapy package is included in the price. You can book massage sessions at additional cost.
You have to book flights to Airport La Rochelle-le de R Airport (LRH) and PoitiersBiard Airport (PIS).
If you are coming from UK you can take the ferry and arrive at Calais or Saint Malo. From here, you will have to drive to the location.
Please note that some services will go via Paris and the walk from the Metro to the SNCF station at Gare Montparnasse is at least 15 minutes. When you arrive at Montparnasse, there are two sets of stairs or escalators to negotiate before you are at the platforms where trains to Poitiers depart.
When booking tickets, Rail Europe will allow at last an hour to make your connection from Gare du Nord to Gare Montparnasse. To save yourself time and trouble you can buy Paris Metro tickets on the Eurostar trains, as queuing for Metro tickets at Gare du Nord can easily add 30 minutes to your transit time.
On arrival at Gare du Nord, you need to head for Metro line 4 - purple in color and take Metro direction Porte D'Orleans (General LeClerc) - the actual journey time between the Metro stations is estimated at 14 minutes.
The ticket machines at Gare Montparnasse can be a bit frustrating, if possible get all your tickets in advance (you can only collect Eurostar tickets from the self service machines at St Pancras station).
The Paris Metro is a pretty user friendly system - their website offers plenty of advice on getting around. Check to see if you can take a train from Lille direct to Poitiers instead of travelling via Paris.
If you are catching a connecting train from Lille be aware that some trains go from Gare Lille Flandres as opposed to Gare Lille Europe which is where Eurostar services arrive. It is a short walk from Lille Europe to Lille Flandres stations.
Don't forget to Validate your tickets when travelling on French railways - look out for the little yellow machines marked Composter vos billets. If you are likely to travel regularly by train in France, SNCF operate a range of discount cards that are worth considering.