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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.​

Embody Your Divine Feminine Workshop

yoga in Saint-Just-d'Avray

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  •       Cost per day: from €69
  •       Duration: 5 Days
  •       Location: Saint-Just-d'Avray
  •       Instruction language: English

This workshop is meant to restore your feminine creative energy by using the power of dance, heart-opening practices and tantric methods.

Start your day with one hour of meditation, followed by a delicious vegetarian breakfast. During the day you’ll have 3 sections of “teachings and practice” along with plenty of time to relax and enjoy the stillness of the countryside.

With the guidance of your instructor, a senior Hridaya Yoga teacher who has been leading workshops, retreats, yoga courses and women’s groups worldwide for many years, you’ll learn Kegel exercises, Alchemical Dance and many other techniques.

All skill levels are welcome. The program also includes all daily vegan meals and 4 nights of accommodation

Yoga Retreat Among Nature

yoga in nature

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  •       Cost per day: from €101
  •       Duration: 4 Days
  •       Location: Tocane-Saint-Apre
  •       Instruction language: English

Located in the heart of the Dordogne countryside, between the villages of Tocane-Saint-Apre and Douchapt, this yoga retreat takes place in a lovely valley surrounded by a dense forest. It’s suited for beginners and intermediates, and it offers a variety of yoga styles from Restorative to Nidra and Zen. 

With 3 Zen yoga lessons, 3 Yoga Nidra or Restorative yoga classes, daily mindfulness practices, an evening relaxation class and daily brunch and dinner, this experience will allow you to immerse into the healing elements of nature.

During your free time, you can visit the Medieval city of Perigueux and its majestic cathedral. You can also go to the towns of Brantome and Bourdeilles, or spend a beautiful afternoon canoeing along miles of crystal clear waters in the Dronne river.

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

Holistic Yoga Retreat on the Beautiful Coast of Basque Country

yoga retreat in France

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  •       Cost per day: from €100
  •       Duration: 4 Days
  •       Location: Bidart
  •       Instruction language: French 

During these four days, you’ll enjoy a relaxing weekend in the beautiful village of Bidart, in the Basque country. It is situated only five minutes away from Biarritz and 30 minutes away from San Sebastian, Spain. Surrounded by beautiful mountains and with wild beach access across the road, the location is ideal to unwind and recharge. 

The program includes Pranayama and Sound Healing sessions, 2 yoga classes per day and a daily guided meditation lesson. It’s suitable for beginners and intermediate practitioners and you'll learn Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Nidra and Ashtanga. 

It also includes active walks by the ocean, daily organic and vegetarian breakfast and 3 nights of accommodation. No wonder it's one of the most popular yoga retreats in France!

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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