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3 Day Winter Yoga Retreat in Villers-devant-Orval, the Ardennes

La Ferme du Bois-le-Comte, Bois-le-Comte 1, 6823 Villers-devant-Orval, Belgium

Weekend Yoga Retreat Belgium

Light up your December with some yoga. Treat yourself to a winter boost and have a weekend dedicated solely to give a well deserved break to your mind, body, and soul. A weekend that will make you feel totally relaxed on both physical and mental level. Enjoy the gorgeous nature, great healthy food, the company of some like-minded people, and return to your usual routine feeling completely anew.

Meet the instructors

Sarah
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily pranayama exercises
  • Daily morning and chakra meditation sessions
  • Free time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings
  • Daily delicious vegetarian meals
  • 2 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


3 days with instruction
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Accommodation

During this retreat, you will stay at La Ferme du Bois-le-Comte (the farm of the count’s forest). It is a century-old farm that was transformed into a wonderful house for guests and a residential center for groups. The farm enjoys a superb position in the midst of nature at one of Belgium’s most beautiful, quiet, and energetically powerful sites. The center offers peace, space, warmth, and lots of pure, unspoiled nature, fresh and unpolluted air, clear spring water, fragrant wood fire, marvelous star-spangled skies and heavenly silence.

The guest rooms were built using wood and other warm, natural materials and colors. All rooms are individually decorated, while the authentic character of the house has been respected. This is the part of the center where you can still feel much of the soul of the old house. The rest is new, ecological, light, and beautiful including the work spaces and bedrooms for the groups, as well as the kitchen and the dining room.

The dining room, lounge, and bar on the ground floor was extended and fully renovated in 2006. It now offers enough space to host guests, groups, and workers comfortably. This new room has lots of natural light coming from large window and doors on the inner courtyard.

There is a sitting area with a wooden floor around the pellet stove and a piano with, according to experts, a marvelous sound. There is always herbal tea, grain coffee, and water from the center's own spring for you. You can also enjoy a frothy Orval beer or try one of the special organic beers and wines.

The sheltered position of the courtyard and the famous micro-climate of the region often make it possible to eat outside from early spring onwards. Eating under the parasols and with views of the green hills is great. The grounds cover ten hectares, gently sloping hills with old oak trees, and full of nice corners to read, lie in the sun, or meditate. The tree hut is one of the favorite spots. The horses have lots of space and you will love to see them gallop over the hill crest.

Hill room

The newest room, as beautiful and light as the temple room but a little smaller. It has south-oriented deck and white wood floor. Suitable for dance, yoga and other movement activities, and more.

Garden room

This is the smallest room with white wood floor and south east and south west oriented windows. It sits on the ground floor.

Temple room

This is the largest room with south-west oriented deck and white wood sprung floor. Suitable for dance, yoga, and other movement activities.

Program

The themes of this retreat are meditation, pranayama, Nidra yoga, Hatha yoga, and some Vinyasa yoga. A perfect mix for everybody that needs some winter boost. In Hatha yoga, you will get into asanas in a mindful way. You will challenge yourselves, but you will learn to respect your limitations in each and every moment. You will learn how to connect with the sun salutations in the morning and learn how to be more conscious about your mind and breath in your asana (pose).

In Vinyasa yoga, you will be more active by creating a flow of movement and breath. You will make your bodies strong and flexible and practice a wide array of asana (poses) by synchronizing movements with breath to feel every inch of your body.

In yoga Nidra, you will be lying motionless in shavasana. The teacher will guide you trough a deep relaxation for body and mind. It is a powerful technique in which you can learn to relax consciously.

During pranayama techniques, you will learn to experience the importance of breath in your yoga practice and daily life routine. You will use the breath as a bridge between body and mind, to achieve a higher form of consciousness. This raises the content of oxygen, which results in both physical and emotional benefits.

After this weekend, you will feel calmer, more relaxed, more energized, more flexible, and you will probably sleep better.

Instructors

Sarah Jabloune

Retreat location

This retreat will be held at a farmhouse in the Ardennes, Belgium. The farm borders France and is surrounded by pastures and broad-leaved forests. The most southern part of this region is known as the Belgian Provence because of its mild climate, gentle landscape, and warm atmosphere.

Distances

  • Amsterdam, 400 kilometers - 4 hours
  • Antwerp, 225 kilometers - 2 hours and 40 minutes
  • Arlon, 45 kilometers - 45 minutes
  • Brussels, 175 kilometers - 2 hours
  • Charleroi, 170 kilometers - 2 hours
  • Florenville, 12 kilometers - 15 minutes
  • Frankfurt, 300 kilometers - 3 hours 45 minutes
  • Liège, 150 kilometers - 2 hours
  • Luxembourg, 70 kilometers - 1 hour
  • Namur, 120 kilometers - 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Paris, 280 kilometers - 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Virton, 20 kilometers - 30 minutes

Features

Activities

  • Cooking class
  • Cycling
  • Horse riding / rental
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Mountain walking / trekking nearby
  • Sauna nearby

General

  • Bar
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • River nearby
  • Special menu request

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

During this retreat, you will be served daily healthy biological vegetarian meals including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. La Ferme du Bois-le-Comte's kitchen follows the rhythm of the seasons. Many vegetables, herbs, edible flowers, berries, and mushrooms come from their own organic garden and they prefer to use fresh and regional products.

All ingredients used in the meals have the Biogarantie label, which means that they are certified organic. This makes la Ferme du Bois-le-Comte the first (and so far the only) Belgian residence offering meals of 100% organic quality. The meals themselves are basically vegan, no animal products are used in them. Butter, milk, and yoghurt are available at breakfast for those who want.

They welcome all people who appreciate fresh, delicious, and healthy meals as well as those on a vegetarian, vegan, or macrobiotic diet. They do their best to take care of special dietary requirements. Gluten free and soy free diets can always be catered for.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Discover a diversity of plants and flowers that are rare in the rest of Belgium that grow here
  • Go biking up the footpaths and enjoy the scenery of hills and natures around
  • Go horseback riding in Pure, Moyen, or Chassepierre
  • Go kayaking down the Semois river
  • Learn and discover more about the permaculture principles at the farmhouse's land and garden
  • Spoil yourself at the sauna in Florenville and Virton
  • Take a dip at the indoor swimming pools in Jamoigne, Bertrix, and Virton or at the open-air swimming pool in Florenville
  • Take a guided tour at UNESCO-listed Blégny Mine and experience the life of a 20th century Belgian miner
  • Take a stroll along the Citadelle de Namur and take in the terrific views of the mighty fortress covering a whole hilltop with ramparts, tunnels, and grey walls
  • Take a walk in the woods right outside the farmhouse, enjoy the stunning scenery, and roam around for hours without meeting anyone
  • Take carriage rides in Lacuisine
  • Visit Château de Bouillon and enjoy the atmosphere of this Belgium’s finest feudal castle with the dripping passageways tunneling into the hillside, musty half-lit cell rooms, rough-hewn stairwells, and more
  • Wander in the beautiful surroundings of Bois-le-Comte and take in the gorgeous view

What's included

  • 2 daily Hatha, Vinyasa yoga, and yoga Nidra classes
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • Daily morning and chakra meditation sessions
  • Daily pranayama exercises

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfer

How to get there

Driving direction from Brussels, Liège, or Charleroi

  • Take E411 Brussels-Namur-Luxembourg, exit 26 Neufchâteau. In Neufchâteau, follow directions to Florenville.
  • In Florenville, at the intersection at the marketplace to the left, then to the right (direction Orval, eight kilometers).
  • At the intersection near the abbey of Orval, turn right to Villers-devant-Orval, and follow this road till you enter the village. Please drive slowly.
  • In the left turn, leave the main road, and continue straight ahead for a few meters.
  • Just before the little square, turn to the right and go up for about 50 meters (church on your right, café Au cerle on your left), take the first street to the left, always straight ahead using the left lower roads (some two kilometers, follow the signs of 'Bois-le-Comte').
  • At the end of the street is Bois-le-Comte, a large farm on your left.

Driving direction from Luxembourg

  • Take direction Virton, and then direction Florenville (you do not go as far as Florenville).
  • Turn left at the intersection near the abbey of Orval, direction Villers-devant-Orval.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Brussels Airport (BRU), Luxembourg Findel Airport (LUX), or Brussels South Charleroi Airport (CRL).

Arrival by bus

There is a local bus (line 24) from Florenville to Villers-devant-Orval, the bus ride takes about a quarter of an hour. There is no bus on Saturday, Sunday, and on holidays. The bus brings you to the center of the village of Villers-devant-Orval, from where you can walk to Bois-le-Comte (about two kilometers). When you have the main entry of the church on your right side, take the first street to the left, then go straight ahead (follow the signs 'Bois-le-Comte').

Arrival by train

You can go by train up to Florenville. If you come by train from Luxembourg, Germany, the Netherlands, the U.K., or the center or the west of France, please take a train to Brussels. From Brussels, take the Brussels-Luxembourg line, change at Libramont to the Libramont-Virton line (immediate connection), and alight at Florenville.

If you come from the east of France, the nearest train station is Carignan, although the station of Montmédy offers more possibilities and is not very far either.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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Arrival: Friday December 11, 2020
Departure: Sunday December 13, 2020

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