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Do you want to deepen your practice of yoga, need a break to reconnect with yourself, or never done yoga before but curious to start? Join the Belgian Sampoorna team for a yoga weekend retreat at the beautiful Château Frandeux in the Ardennes. You will learn from certified (US Yoga Alliance 500 hours) yoga instructors and you will return recharged and rebalanced on all levels.
The Château and its surrounding buildings, the Écurie, and the Boulangerie, are arranged as group accommodation which can accommodate up to 80 people. There are different multi-activity rooms, a wellness center, and a 25 acre private domain that gives you the space to enjoy your stay.
The Château consists of 18 bedrooms. The rooms are decorated in various categories, from plain and simple to comfortable and luxurious, and located on the first and second floor, with stunning views of the surrounding environment. There are single, double and triple rooms with and without shower, so prices are ranged depending on the type of accommodation. All beds are made on arrival and equipped with a set of towels. The Château is facilitated with:
The Écurie is a beautiful large room where up to 140 conference chairs can be placed to give lectures, training sessions, and others. In addition, the room is also suitable for dancing, practicing yoga and meditation, as well as conducting workshops.
Because the Écurie does not have its own kitchen, it serves as an additional accommodation besides the Château and / or Boulangerie. There are several bedrooms and a multi-functional room, "The Peacock Room”, which you can use for whatever you like or need.
The luxurious “gîte”, the Boulangerie, is situated on the domain of Château Frandeux. It possesses all the necessary comforts for a pleasant stay. The area offers a rich variety of recreation, such as: hiking, biking, kayaking, and visiting historical places.
The “gîte” is a great base for various excursions throughout the year. It is ideally suited for family and friends gatherings, but also offers enough room for other forms of residence.
In this retreat, you will have the chance to practice Hatha yoga in order to cleanse your body and energy system. Hatha yoga practice will be conducted twice a day with breathing exercises, yoga postures, and deep relaxation. This practice is suitable for all levels. Beginners will receive special attention and advanced students will get the challenges they need to develop further. Special focus of the Hatha yoga sessions will be cleansing.
Nada yoga will also be practiced in this retreat. Nada yoga or ‘yoga of sound’ will cleanse your energy system. Rhythm and melody is common to everything in nature, and you will explore sound vibrations by both listening to and producing sound. You will experience the healthful effects of sound on all levels - physical, mental, and spiritual.
Not only that, you will also practice daily guided and silent meditation. You will use the precious hours of the early morning to move towards the state of highest concentration and creativity by turning the mind inwards. Repetitive singing of mantras as well as vibrational manifestations of aspects of the divine are also very effective and beautiful methods to concentrate the mind and to purify the heart. You don’t need to be a good singer to experience the power of chanting!
The schedule of this weekend yoga retreat is arranged as follows:
The domain of Château Frandeux is situated on the outskirts of the Belgian Ardennes, in the Les Famennes region and belongs to the province of Namur in Wallonia. The area is also called "The Valley Country", a land with castles and a rich and varied heritage. The village of Frandeux is formed by some 40 houses and is situated in the valley of the Vachau.
The domain is located in a tranquil nature reserve. On the domain, there is a small lake, an idyllic location in the forest with an overflow to the lake, where the Château is situated. The lake is excellent for swimming.
Adjoining the lake, there is 25 acres of private forest with a beautiful river valley where you can walk freely and enjoy what the seasons have to offer. In the area there are lots of wildlife, including wild boar and deer. There are beautiful old beech and oak trees, as well as two open spaces or fields in the forest.
Through a wrought iron gate, you can see a beautiful, circular driveway to the Château. This Anglo-Norman style estate is characterized by many little developments and typical slate roofing.
Healthy organic vegetarian meals will be served in buffet style. The yogic vegetarian food includes simple and deliciously prepared fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, tofu, and some dairy.
The buses leave from the station in Jemmelle to Fandeux. They will stop in a bus stop near the Château. For more information on bus schedule, please visit www.infotec.be.
If you travel by train from Brussels and Liège, the train stops every hour in Jemelle.