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7 Days Luxury Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat in France

  • Dordogne, France

Overview

Yoga and Mindfullness Meditation Retreat in France

Join a decadent yoga escape to the rolling countryside of south west France. Satvada Retreats is taking exclusive hire of an ancient chateau, nestling in 100 acres of ancient hills and woodland. Enjoy daily yoga and meditation classes, delicious local cooking, and, of course, time to rest and breathe.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Daily mindfulness meditation sessions
  • Plenty of free time to relax and explore gorgeous south west France
  • Delicious home cooked french food.
  • 6 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 16.

  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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During this retreat, you will be staying in Bardouly, a meticulously restored seventeenth century chateau in rural south west France. The chateau is nestled in 100 acres of wonderful gardens woodland, hills, and meadows. There is a total absence of road noise, neighbors, and ambient light pollution. The chateau beautifully balances tradition with contemporary design. The ten en-suite bedrooms are all different in style and feel, split between the main house and the characterful Pigeonnier.

Along with all the outside space, common areas include two light, beautifully presented living rooms for relaxing or chatting, and an original paneled dining room. There is a long outdoor table for al fresco meals.

The Pigeonnier, which overlooks the swimming pool, has a character all of its own. Retaining the high standard of accommodation in the main building, it houses two of the ten bedrooms and boasts tall, lovely large windows and its own private lounge and kitchen.

Please note that the bedrooms are all different in character and features, some with baths, some with showers, and a few with both. Satvada Retreats have divided the rooms into two broad categories, pricing the smaller rooms (with standard, rather than extra-large beds) at a lower rate.

Within these two categories, rooms will be allocated at random. Each bedroom comes with a hairdryer and iPad and iPhone docking station.

Yoga and meditation

You will have yoga classes twice daily, for 90 minutes each. Weather depending, you'll enjoy these sessions either on the outdoor garden platform or in the dedicated yoga studio. Yoga mats are provided.

Each morning class will be mindful Hatha flow yoga, tailored for all levels of experience, from beginners to the more experienced. Evening sessions will be a calming blend of gentle yoga and mindfulness meditation. The teacher for this trip is Lucia Cockcroft, an experienced retreat teacher with a decade of experience teaching meditation and yoga.

Guided walking

The organized guided walks will be straight from the door, and will take in the full range of the area's beautiful surrounding scenery.

Just to experience the stillness and greenery of this environment is to feel calmer and more alive, and the walks - led by a local guide with intimate knowledge of the area - will allow you to experience the fullness of this in a mindful, steady way.

Walks will be arranged across three mornings.

Sample daily schedule

  • 07:30 Coffee or tea
  • 08:00 Yoga
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Guided walk
  • 13:30 Lunch and free time afterwards
  • 17:30 Gentle yoga and meditation
  • 19:30 Three-course evening dinner
  • Lucia Cockcroft

    Lucia has been teaching yoga and mindfulness meditation for ten years, and has studied with some of the world's leading teachers. She teaches a slow, deep, mindful flow class in the morning, and a meditative gentle class (with mindfulness).

This retreat will take place in Dordogne, France.

Nearby locations

  • Bordeaux wineries - 40 minutes
  • Sarlat - 40 minutes
Activities
  • Cycling
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis court
General
  • Dining area
  • Yoga studio

The menu on this retreat will be local and French in flavor with a healthy vegetarian twist. You'll enjoy local cheeses, olives, and (if you wish) wine, with the three delicious meals a day, which are lovingly prepared the host venue's talented local chef. The chef family also owns a small vineyard and so provides a great opportunity to experience some of the local wines.

Satvada Retreats regrets that they will not be able to cater for strict gluten or dairy-free diets on this retreat.

Go swimming

You can sit by the pool on the comfortable lounge chairs in a completely private secluded area and swim in the deliciously heated pool.

Go cycling

Use the two bicycles available or hire more to cycle along one of the many hilly country lanes.

Try hiking

Take a randonnée (ramble) on one of the many established and marked walking tracks that criss-cross the area.

Other activities

There are other activities available which you can try in the chateau. You can play badminton, tennis, croquet, football, cricket, boules, table tennis, and foosball. The courts and equipment are provided. There is also a children playground available.

  • 2 daily, 75-minutes yoga classes
  • 6 nights' accommodation in the Chateau
  • Daily vegetarian light breakfast
  • Daily vegetarian lunch and dinner (excluding departure day)
  • Additional food or drink
  • Flights or train tickets
  • Transfers

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bergerac Dordogne PĂ©rigord Airport (EGC). Satvada Retreats arrange a group transfer for those arriving on the recommended flights. The cost is 30 EUR per person return. If you prefer to catch an alternative flight, transfers can be arranged at a cost of approximately 65 EUR per way.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Satvada Retreats an inquiry.
  • Review by Emma Swift
    10 out of 10

    "Having already been on a Marrakesh New Year trip with Satvada Retreats in January 2014, I thought I'd know what to expect on a summer retreat to Essouria in June 2016. I was not disappointed and my expectations were excelled once more. I can't quite put my finger on what is different, but I'll do my best. Satvada Retreats put alot of consideration into the retreat - their excellent choice of exquisite surroundings with amazing local food alongside providing expert yoga and mindfulness tuition is their talent. I love their nurturing plan for each day which allows you the freedom to personalize your holiday with a massage, or a trip or two out or just continue to relax. Looking forward to the next one!"

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  • Review by Tamsin Aitken
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you to Satvada for such a wonderful New Year's yoga/hiking holiday in the Atlas Mountains. I had an absolutely wonderful time on the retreat - it was a beautiful venue, I made amazing new friends and got to enjoy incredible yoga/hiking. I feel like a new person! I'm looking forward to hopefully enjoying another trip with you this year; I can't recommend you enough :-)"

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  • Review by Tamsin Aitken from Canterbury, Kent
    10 out of 10

    "I had a fab time on the Yoga retreat. Location, weather, food and classes were all excellent.The only minor thing was the fact the studio was not that big, I think they should have had a few less people to make it more comfortable. Rooms were large with a lovely balcony. Staff very friendly and wanted to please. I would recommend this holiday to friends. Thank you to Satvada for such a wonderful New Year's yoga/hiking holiday in the Atlas Mountains. I had an absolutely wonderful time on the retreat - it was a beautiful venue, I made amazing new friends and got to enjoy incredible yoga/hiking... I feel like a new person! I'm looking forward to hopefully enjoying another trip with you this year; I can't recommend you enough :-)."

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  • Review by Gill from Cambrdidgeshire, UK
    10 out of 10

    "The mindfulness and yoga weekend far exceeded my expectations. The food and company were great, with the group (tutors and attendees alike) gelling and very relaxed in each other's company. Overall there was a great balance of relaxed atmosphere and a nicely spread schedule of practice, free time, and delicious food! It has also been great that the relaxed feelings, and mindfulness, have spilled into the beginning of the week, and being back at work. Thank you all for such a lovely weekend; I am already considering joining future retreats."

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  • Review by Samantha from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "Our Marrakech Wellbeing Weekend exceeded all expectations. The Riad was perfect - a wonderful atmosphere for yoga. We have been so well looked after - the meals were healthy, varied and out of this world. In the space of a few days, I have achieved so much with my yoga practice and felt so relaxed. Marrakech is beautiful. Thank you for hosting an amazing weekend."

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  • Review by Gill from Cambridgeshire, UK
    10 out of 10

    "The Suffolk Art of Relaxation weekend far exceeded my expectations. The food and company were great, with the group (tutors and attendees alike) gelling and very relaxed in each other's company. Overall there was a great balance of relaxed atmosphere and a nicely spread schedule of practice, free time, and delicious food! It has also been great that the relaxed feelings, and mindfulness, have spilled into the beginning of the week, and being back at work. Thank you all for such a lovely weekend; I am already considering joining future retreats."

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  • Review by Fran Bradshaw from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "If you are looking for the perfect yoga break, Satvada's Croatian retreat fits the bill. Yoga and meditation twice a day just meters from the beach, in a glorious, peaceful setting. Daily walks through the olive groves - along the picturesque coastline or in the hills to the monastery - offer the opportunity to discover the beauty of the Island and the friendliness of the people. The villa is lovely and several rooms have a wonderful sea view. The food is a mouthwatering vegetarian gourmet treat! You will never be hungry! We loved it so much that we've booked another break with Satvada."

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  • Review by Diana Brown
    10 out of 10

    "Having looked at several yoga retreats, we took 'pot luck' when we booked with Satvada. We couldn't have been luckier - the retreat in Croatia was perfect. Yoga sessions were tailored to suit the experience and ability of all the guests, providing both challenge and relaxation. In spite of not really being 'into' meditation I found these sessions appealing. The silent walk along the coast was delightful; a totally new and enjoyable experience. The venue - a beautiful villa close to the beach - was idyllic; the view from the yoga terrace (of flowers, sea and mountains) provided a stunning backdrop. All our needs were catered for - especially at meal times: local produce, from a garden adjacent to the villa, cooked to perfection. Walks were led by friendly guides; the pool and beach, together with the company of other guests, ensured a memorable holiday. It was all over much too soon."

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  • Review by Sara Vali
    10 out of 10

    "Having spent time looking for a relaxed holiday suitable for a solo traveler, I couldn't be happier that I picked the Croatian retreat. The villa was beautiful and the other guests (of all ages and abilities) were welcoming and friendly. We were all wonderfully looked after - not least in terms of the plentiful and delicious vegetarian food! Some great walks, exploring parts of the island we wouldn't have found on our own, were arranged for us so we didn't have to worry about anything except turning up with the right footwear. The daily yoga sessions were rejuvenating in the mornings, setting us up for the day, and relaxing and meditative in the evenings, ready for dinner and wine or simply a nap by the pool. I liked the teacher's encouraging approach, helping us all go further in our practice, no matter how experienced or new to yoga we were. I've recommended Satvada to friends and am already planning my next holiday with them. I know I'll be well looked after and come home feeling refreshed and with a new enthusiasm for my yoga classes."

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  • Review by a traveller
    10 out of 10

    "Just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you for a lovely Wellbeing Weekend in Marrakech. I got so much out of my time there and met some wonderful people. Since returning home, I have kept up my practice and find meditation so much easier to accomplish, which was one of my aims of the weekend. The hosts at the Marrakech Riad were so welcoming and accommodating, and each meal was fresh, delicious and authentic; the experience was as if eating at someone's house; a real privilege."

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  • Review by Jan from Somerset, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I just wanted to write to thank you for a lovely weekend in Suffolk, and also for the lift to the train station. I really feel like I have learned a lot from the past couple of days - from both the yoga and mindfulness classes, and from the other people on retreat. It was also really great to allow myself some time to go for a run, and the massages were wonderful!"

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  • Review by Elena from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I can't recommend Satvada enough for the first-time yoga retreater! All my fears about being too inexperienced at yoga to go on a retreat were instantly allayed in the first class. Lucia's teaching style is wonderfully personal so that everybody in the class is looked after and encouraged individually. I felt a deeper connection with my practice developing over the course of the retreat that has left me with more commitment to and enthusiasm for yoga-a great boost for the novice student! Lucia's experience, knowledge and attitude were truly inspiring. The evening meditation sessions were relaxing and energising but also gave us an insight into the benefits of integrating yoga and meditation into daily life to reduce stress and increase wellbeing. All this was accompanied by huge doses of laughter, a great mix of people, delicious food, a stunning Riad and the beauty and hospitality of Morocco. I can't wait for the next one."

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  • Review by Maggi Reid from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I loved the weekend and felt very relaxed driving home. I found the yoga stimulating and, although I have been practicing for a long time, I learnt lots and liked your approach so thank you. The accommodation at Potash barns is great; food, ambiance also lovely! I also think the mindfulness meditation combined with yoga is a great combination, they really compliment each other and Shamash is a great teacher. So it's all good from me and I hope to be able to come to another retreat....abroad if possible!"

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  • Review by Sally and Geof from Chelmsford, UK
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for a wonderfully restorative weekend at Potash Barns, Suffolk. It is rare to find a package that more than lives up to its promotional description. Before we arrived we were a little concerned about our suitability for the classes, both in terms of experience and personal fitness. However, we were immediately reassured by the small class. We also really enjoyed the accommodation, our own private lounge, friendly hosts and the walks in lovely peaceful surroundings of the Suffolk countryside. The food did not disappoint and was another highlight. I was impressed by the lengths taken by the hosts to accommodate all the dietary requirements and we loved the great variety of vegetarian dishes; also, time spent just chatting. I am already looking forward to the next weekend."

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London, United Kingdom

Satvada Retreats is a small healthy holiday company that offers a number of yoga breaks in the UK, Europe, and Morocco throughout the year.

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7 days / 6 nights

Availability

Arrival: Saturday September 2, 2017
Departure: Friday September 8, 2017

Early bird

The prices below include an early bird discount of 100 GBP. To benefit book or reserve before March 1, 2017.

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