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Affordable Yoga Retreats in France to Live the Good Life on a Low Budget

by Alberto G. Güitrón

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Historical, refined and captivating, France is one of the oldest nations on Earth and the world's number one destination for international tourists, including yogis.

Famous for the Palace of Versailles, the Eiffel Tower, Mont Blanc and Côte d'Azur, France seems to have it all. It’s also the ultimate destination for cheese and wine lovers, featuring one of the most remarkable cuisines in the world and it arguably has the most beautiful spoken language.

La République is simply the ultimate destination for all kinds of travelers. And you know what? As if it was not enough, there are also plenty of affordable yoga retreats in France!

With gently rolling hills in the north and west, the Pyrenees in the South and the Alps in the East, more than 25 percent of France’s territory is covered with forest, and another 50 percent is countryside or farmland. This equals to amazing landscapes where you can come and strike you best asanas in connection with mother nature.

From large gatherings under the Eiffel Tower to private classes, festivals and workshops, Yoga is a very popular activity in the country. There are several excellent schools teaching a variety of yoga styles and the French people have adopted yoga as a holistic and restorative practice.  

Without further ado, here are five great retreats where you can unwind in a stunning location without having to break the bank:

Note: BookYogaRetreats offers a flexible cancellation policy. Should you not be able to travel as scheduled, we’d be happy to help you alter your booking with the same organizer or with a different organizer.

Revitalizing, Adventure, Art & Yoga Holiday

yoga in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

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  •       Cost per day: from €60
  •       Duration: 3 Days
  •       Location: Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
  •       Instruction language: French

Located in the heart of a forest, close to the beautiful lake of Esparron, this retreat is one of the most popular yoga vacations in France.

The program includes daily morning and evening Hatha Yoga classes, introduction to mindfulness meditation and a relaxation session using the Yoga Nidra technique. All guided by Yoga Alliance certified instructors.

During this yoga holiday, you’ll enjoy 3 delicious vegetarian meals per day, two nights of accommodation in a charming wooden cottage and unlimited drinks (fresh juice, herbal tea, etc.) It’s suited for all skill levels and the yoga styles you’ll practice here are Vinyasa, Vipassana and Nidra.

To make sure you leave relaxed and recharged, the package also includes a guided hike in nature, free access to the sauna and a mandala creation workshop in the forest.

READ MORE: Top yoga destinations for a rejuvenating short break in France.​

Vegetarian Yoga Holiday in an Authentic Farmhouse

yoga in Vernusse

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  •       Cost per day: from €90
  •       Duration: 4 Days
  •       Location: Vernusse, Auvergne
  •       Instruction language: English

This holiday takes place in the south of Allier, in the Auvergne-Rhône Alpes region, at a farmhouse where you’ll be surrounded by serene and natural sceneries. The program is perfectly suited for beginners as you’ll learn Hatha Yoga from the ground up.

Start your day with one hour and 30 minutes of yoga, followed by a delicious breakfast with smoothies, homemade bread, jams and organic eggs. Then take your time to relax and enjoy the stillness of the countryside; go biking, go for a walk, or even book a spa session in a closed and well-equipped spa center.

You’ll be provided with water, coffee, tea and detox juices during the day, and you’ll enjoy a tasty 3-course vegetarian dinner in the evening. It’ll include homemade soups, quiches, pizza, lasagna, Asian dishes, potato pie, gorgeous salads and homemade pastries, to mention a few delicacies.

Rejuvenating Retreat Among Nature 

yoga in Sussac

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  •       Cost per day: from €90
  •       Duration: 4 Days
  •       Location: Sussac
  •       Instruction language: English

Located in the heart of the Limousin Region, in a town called Sussac, this yoga retreat takes place in a lovely valley surrounded by crystal-clear rivers and dense forest. It’s suited for all skill levels and it offers a variety of yoga styles from traditional Hatha and Kundalini, to Yin and Chakra.

With 2 daily yoga classes, meditation sessions and daily delicious and nutritious meals based on Ayurvedic principles, this experience will allow you to immerse yourself into the healing elements of nature.

During your free time, you can visit the ruins of the chapel on Mont Gargan and the town of Eymoutiers, home to a bustling Saturday market, nice shops, cafes and restaurants that are perfect to relax and chill out.

READ MORE: Affordable yoga retreats in Europe that won’t break the bank.

Surf Camp and Yoga Retreat

yoga retreat in Mimizan

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  •       Cost per day: from € 53
  •       Duration: 8 Days
  •       Location: Mimizan, the Landes
  •       Instruction language: English

Mimizan is a well-known surf spot located in the Southwest of France, right on the Atlantic Ocean shore. It has some of Europe’s most beautiful waves all year round, which makes it the perfect place to try surfing for the very first time and combine it with your beloved yoga practice.

This program is meant for people over 30 who like yoga and want to learn to surf in a safe environment, guided by certified instructors. Solo travelers, couples, groups of friends and anyone with good vibes is welcome to join.

Every morning, you´ll wake up to a delicious and healthy breakfast buffet in the sunny garden, followed by a yoga class and a surf lesson at the beach. And don’t worry if you don’t have the proper equipment, as it includes unlimited use of surfboards, wetsuits, bodyboards, skateboards and longboards.

For the rest of the day you can do whatever you want like relaxing at the swimming pool, sunbathing on the beach or surfing on your own. The evenings in Mimizan are lively, you can find many cozy bars on the boulevard and in the village, perfect to drink a nice glass of wine, grab a beer or dance.

You can also spend your free time cycling through the forests of Les Landes or treating yourself to a well-deserved Thai massage.

Silent Meditation and Yoga Retreat 

yoga retreat in Beaujolais

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  •       Cost per day: from €55
  •       Duration: 12 Days
  •       Location: Beaujolais, Saint-Just-d'Avray
  •       Instruction language: English

During this yoga and meditation retreat, you’ll learn the Self-Inquiry Meditation method, as well as other complementary meditations and prayers, to help you silence your mind and experience the eternal here and now.

While no previous meditation or yoga experience is required, there’s a power of will that you’ll need to go through the entire program. Keep in mind that you’ll spend most of your time meditating and you’ll be asked to observe noble silence (no speaking throughout the entire retreat). In return, you’ll go through an exceptional transformation.

With daily yoga sessions, free time to walk in the surrounding forest and all delicious vegan meals included, you can be certain that all your needs will be taken care of.

Lastly, every night, there’s a spiritual lecture including a Q&A session. This gives you the opportunity to find out more about topics of your interest and deepen your spiritual transformation.


You don’t need to wait until your next long break to go on a yoga holiday, there are plenty of weekend yoga holidays in France to take a breath and recharge in a beautiful destination.

 

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