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5 Days Healthy Living Yoga Retreat in France

  • La Terre des Bois, Lalinde, Dordogne Valley, France

Overview

Meditation and Yoga Retreat France

In today's life, it is a pre-requisite that you deliver a good performance on a permanent basis. You have to function constantly, meeting deadlines, rushing for work, upbringing of kids, and more. This leaves you with hardly any free time to devote to your health, relaxation, proper rest, or sleep. This retreat will allow you to experience the joy of living by exploring yoga as a way of living and being healthy, even if you start with simple yoga practices.

Highlights

  • 1 detox session
  • Daily morning and evening yoga
  • Daily meditation and pranayama practices
  • One inspiring and healthy cooking class with focus on nutrition
  • Nutrition and stress management session
  • Daily delicious and healthy meals
  • 4 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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During this retreat, you will be staying at La Terre des Bois, a peaceful residence surrounded by woodland and forest walks in the midst of Dordogne, South West of France. This rustically charming home away from home offers a a grounding, serene, and intimate environment that will allow you to reconnect with yourself; the perfect place to unwind, relax, and explore this beautiful area.

The property can accommodate 13 guests, it is divided into three chalets or cottages, two double rooms in the main house, and one twin independent house. All cottages have small kitchens.

Your accommodation is furnished and equipped to a high standard, with its own private terrace and a swimming pool, where you will find loungers and sun brollies, all set amidst lightly wooded grounds, with shady seating areas.

This program's holistic concept consists of yoga practices, stress management, and nutrition talks and sessions, customized to your own needs. During this retreat, you will get a better understanding on how yoga can contribute to your life, in addition to receiving tips and practices on stress management and on having a more positive attitude that you can easily integrate into your daily routine.

You will have the opportunity to attend an eye-opening nutrition session and learn how food can affect your mood and balance. Doctor Daniela will introduce you to the nutritional aspects of Ayurveda, such as the characteristics of the three gunas, the three doshas, and their function in Ayurveda. You will also have one cooking session that will give you the inspiration and skills to carry on exploring healthy eating options at home, with some healthy recipes for you to take home.

Tips and insights into how anyone can be full of energy and always feel great, despite the daily stresses in your life, will also be provided. You will learn about and experience healthy living but you will also have plenty of time to enjoy, relax, and visit the beautiful sites and landscapes, which go from chateaux and vineyards to cultural sites.

  • Leila El Krekshi

    Leila is a qualified classical Hatha yoga teacher and Thai massage therapist. Leila has practiced meditation yoga, dance, and Capoeira for more than 15 years. She uses yoga, meditation, and rhythmic movement to take individuals through a personal journey of self-discovery, creativity, and inner and outer connection with the elements. Her focus is on prana vital energy and integrating breath with movement for conscious practice.

  • Daniela Kretschy

    Doctor Daniela is an Austrian certified yoga teacher from Wise Living Yoga Academy (WYLA) in Chiang Mai, Thailand. As a yoga teacher, Daniela started practicing on the island Koh Chang, Thailand, and now teaches in Austria, Germany, Croatia, and Thailand. With her strong background in both, nutrition and yoga, Daniela focuses her work as yoga teacher in integrating nutritional councelling and the role of nutrition in the yogic lifestyle.

This retreat will take place in Pressignac Vicq, Dordogne, France.

Nearby places

  • Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport (EGC) - 25 minutes
  • Lalinde, 7 kilometers
Activities
  • Cooking classes
  • Golf course nearby
  • Horse riding / rental nearby
  • Massage nearby
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
General
  • Café nearby
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant nearby
Services
  • Hair dryer
  • Laundry
  • Local market
  • Tour assistance

You will be served three daily vegetarian meals, prepared with fresh ingredients from the nearby village's farmer's market.

  • Book an extra private session on nutrition
  • Book extra private yoga sessions
  • Discover the Vezere Valley and its Unesco World Heritage prehistoric sites
  • Experience canoeing
  • Go horse-back riding
  • Join cultural tours
  • Practice water sports
  • Visit the golf courses
  • Visit the nearby cafés or restaurants
  • Walk around the surrounding hills, vineyards, and forests
  • Wander around the villages of Sarlat, Lalinde, and Le Bougue

You can book a re-balancing and stress relief massage in the garden or on your private veranda at an additional cost.

  • 1 detox session
  • 1 inspiring and healthy cooking class with focus on nutrition
  • 1 session on nutrition and stress management
  • 2 daily yoga sessions
  • 3 daily healthy meals
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily meditation and pranayamas
  • Infusions and water
  • Healthy recipes to take home with you
  • VAT
  • Additional activities
  • Additional treatments
  • Additional yoga sessions
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport (EGC) or Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (BOD). Transfer from Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport (EGC) is available upon request at an additional 25 EUR one way.

Arrival by train

Trains from Bordeaux to Bergerac take one hour.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Orenda an inquiry.
  • Review by Nick

    "We found La Terre des Bois to be just what we had hoped for in terms of privacy, self-sufficiency, and location for our exploring. We found this place a great sanctuary from the bustle of a rather busy schedule we had prepared. All in all, a fine experience and a beautiful gite. We wish Stef the best of luck in her future endeavors at Le Terres Des Bois."

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  • Review by Ruth Jackson from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "From the moment I arrived Leila took such good care of me. I arrived exhausted and stressed and Leila took the time to understand me and then to provide a very personalized retreat aimed at helping me recover and recuperate. I left relaxed and so much happier. The food she makes is delicious especially the smoothies and infusions she makes daily. The sessions had a great mix of meditation, breathing techniques and yoga poses which really helped me recenter and relax. The walk to the beach and yoga on the beach were particularly good. She went at my pace and really understood how I was each day and how to support me. She has also given me great tips and ideas for my every day life, and is very happy to share. She isn't focused on making money, more on giving really good support and care. The farmhouse is a really lovely and relaxing place. It's really beautiful and very rural - being in nature is really great for recovery. The amenities are great - comfy bed, lovely waterfall shower, toiletries and towels provided. The breakfast is great and the pool is perfect. There are so many places to relax, read, chill out around the farmhouse. I'd absolutely recommend Orenda retreats to anyone as Leila will work with where you're at and your goals. I am hoping to go on an organized retreat later in the year with Leila as I found this one so beneficial"

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  • Review by a traveler from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "I really felt I was able to disconnect from the daily stresses but connect more with myself for few days, and calm my mind. It was really good way to force myself to slow down and be mindful. I enjoyed the garden for reading and loved the view of the garden while doing yoga. What stood out also was the mindfulness meditation and the nasal cleansing."

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  • Review by a traveler from USA
    10 out of 10

    "The overall atmosphere was calming and friendly. I enjoyed the natural setting, the amazing outdoor patio for yoga, and the well balanced program with practice and time off the mat. I enjoyed the meditations , and how they moved me towards more meaningful practice in this area. The combination of hike and archaeology was amazing a really nice educational addition. The nutritious food made the retreat whole.I am grateful for spending time with a mother and daughter team who both did so much to make this a personalized, relaxed experience. Anja is most kind and beautiful soul."

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  • Review by a traveler from Tanzania
    10 out of 10

    "This is my second time joining Orenda’s retreat. It was another amazing experience. The food was excellent, cooked with love. The place was beautiful and relaxing. Enjoyed the hike and discovering new cultures. I will surely join again, as it is always been a new discovery to me."

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  • Review by Linda

    "Stef, with your care and calm I have become a better person. Knowing you were on hand allowed me to become more of the person you knew I was."

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  • Review by a traveler from Tanzania
    10 out of 10

    "The food, the location were just amazing. The location is beautiful, so close to nature and allows you to really relax and forget. The food is delicious and cooked with passion and love. I really enjoyed Leila’s yoga sessions, and the Thai massage. I initially came for three days, never done yoga, had years of stressful life due to my business, and i decided to stay for extra days for more private sessions with Leila in Mafia. She takes time to listen and understand what the issues are and tailor the practice to your needs. This has been eye opening experience for me. I will definitely come back, and will recommend to friends and family."

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  • Review by a traveler from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "I loved every bit of it. Leila and Pole Pole Staff were so welcoming. I enjoyed the mix of yoga and having the flexibility to explore the island and to go on excursions. The marine life is breathtaking. I really liked Leila’s style of teaching, and the combination of asanas, meditation , walking meditation on the beach and the Thai massage was amazing. It was nice mix of holiday and yoga. I was there for 5 days and i wish i could've done a whole week!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for making me feel welcome. The food, the location and the service were excellent. I enjoyed Leila's yoga sessions, and the flexibility she gave, her voice is also so relaxing that you end up in such deep sleep during yoga relaxation. The excursions were great and eye opening into the marine life, which makes Mafia so exceptional. You don’t get bored at all. I was even lucky to snorkel with whale sharks! Amazing experience!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Italy
    10 out of 10

    "Siamo stati 12 giorni a Marzo 2016.Abbiamo iniziato la nostra avventura con una accoglienza dello Staff (MARINA E MUSSA ) veramente carini e disponibili. Molto bello e accogliente il Bungalows, situato in una spettacolare natura.Ottimo il Cibo e il servizio.Complimenti a tutti. Il Pole Pole fornisce varie escursioni uniche ed emozionanti! Che dire è stato un soggiorno unico e indimenticabile, concludendosi con una cena in spiaggia in un bellissimo cielo stellato !!!! P.S. E'da provare assolutamente il Massaggio Thailandese! Complimenti a Leila. Qualità del sonno - 5 su 5 stelle. Pulizia - 5 su 5 stelle. Servizio - 5 su 5 stelle"

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  • Review by Maya Savelkoul from Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "Leila is a great teacher, warm hearted with lots of patience, and she has a great sense of humor when needed."

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  • Review by Yasmeen El Aryani from Finland
    10 out of 10

    "Leila has given me massages on different occasions. The first time when I was pregnant and my back muscles were badly strained and my feet were hurting from the baby weight. Another time was three months after giving birth and again, my neck and shoulders were tense. On every occasion, Leila understood what my body needed without much explaining from my side. When she is doing a massage, she completely immerses herself in it and has the ability to read the body and and the problem areas very well. She combines pressure and stretching and customizes the massage according to personal needs. If I was living in the same town as Leila, I would run for a massage session at every opportunity. Her massages have been the best Ive got."

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  • Review by Sibyl Koebl from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Leila is amazing! Super nice to be around and allows people around her to be themselves and she meets them where they are without trying to resolve their issues, which she does gracefully. Furthermore, there is never a dull moment."

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