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Mindfulness Yoga Retreat France

Breathe from The Soul is Yobaba Lounge’s signature retreat format by its founder, Gertrud Keazor, which has gained international acclaim. Yobaba Lounge will look after all your practical needs whilst you spend time reconnecting with yourself. Extended periods of delicious silence each day allow you to relax and retreat and marvel at the power of sound and speech. Two daily sessions of gentle, soulful yoga and meditation support you in your journey back to your center. This retreat is suitable for those who need a break, who are exhausted and burnt out, as well as those who already have a yoga practice but are looking for something deeper and more soulful. It is suitable for those new to yoga as well as those who are already proficient.

Meet the instructors

Gertrud
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga session
  • Daily guided meditation practices
  • Daily periods of noble silence to reflect
  • Visits to nearby areas of historical interest
  • Vegan meals, snacks, and drinks
  • 4 nights accommodation

Yoga styles


5 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer available:
Toulouse–Blagnac Airport (US$127 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Carcassonne Airport (US$58 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
11:45

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Labyrinth
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga shala
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Wireless internet

The house is vast, with an informal walled garden offering hammocks and a labyrinth for walking meditation. The yoga shala is on the top floor of the house, overlooking the medieval rooftops. There are three very large bedrooms, each individually styled, sharing two bathrooms.

There are two further enormous suites with their own bathroom on the first floor. The bedrooms have a certain monastic simplicity, uncluttered and candlelit, but they are huge and look as if they have been styled by Elle decoration.

For guests with allergies, the house was renovated using low-toxin and natural materials. Guests with cat allergies need to be aware that cats visit the garden from neighboring properties, but are not permitted in the house.

Program

Retreat Highlights

Breathing, mindfulness, and visualization techniques to apply to any yoga practice that will ease your soul back into the practice. This includes:

  • Using the concept of the “ Edge” to turn your yoga practice into a life practice
  • Practices to develop your intuition
  • Practices of self-acceptance
  • Investigating the link between judgment, discernment, acceptance, and forgiveness
  • Philosophies on the nature of reality, and where science and mystical wisdom traditions meet
  • Going beyond the paradigm of masculine and feminine to investigate your experience

Extended periods of Noble Silence each day (from after dinner in the evening, until lunch the next day).

  • Remaining internal like that is a really beautiful way to recharge, to spend time with yourself, and to practice clear, compassionate investigation of exactly what our inner voice is saying, how it compels us into "unconscious" action, and how it is affecting our outer reality. It forms a key part of any mindfulness practice.

Self-care and the fine art of meditation

Natural beauty products to help you detoxify

For those who are interested, weaning yourself of detergent heavy soaps, shampoos, and conditioners

Wild swimming in our private Walnut Grove by the river Hers or in nearby Lac Montbel

One group excursion to the market in Esperaza and nearby sites of outstanding natural beauty or historical interest.

Sample schedule

This is a guideline and may be subject to change.

Arrival Day

  • Arrive by 15:00 (earlier arrival is possible, please contact the organizer)
  • 17:00 Introduction talk
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:30 Silence begins
  • 20:45 Evening closing circle (20 minutes meditation)

Full Days

You remain silent from the dinner the evening before until lunch.

  • 07:30 Warm drinks in the kitchen
  • 08:00 Morning embodied meditation (a meditative yoga practice)
  • 10:30 Breakfast followed by free time
  • 14:00 Lunch followed by free time, or a group excursion on one of the days. There will be suggestions for walks, places for wild swimming or simply relaxing.
  • 17:00 Guided yoga session (1 - 1:15 hours)
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 20:00 Evening closing meditation

Departure Day

  • 07:30 Warm drinks in the kitchen
  • 08:00 Morning embodied meditation (a meditative yoga practice) after which silence ends
  • 10:30 Breakfast followed by a closing circle.
  • Guests depart by noon but later departure is possible, please contact the organizer

Included excursions

One group excursion to the market in Esperaza and nearby sites of outstanding natural beauty or historical interest.

Instructors

Gertrud Keazor

Retreat location

This retreat will take place in a bohemian village chateau located in a medieval village in the foothills of the French Pyrenees, France.

Nearby places

  • Barcelona, Spain, 300 kilometers - 3 hours and 30 minutes
  • Calais, 1,100 kilometers - 10 hours
  • Carcassonne, 50 kilometers - 50 minutes
  • Carcassonne Airport (CCF) - 50 minutes
  • Girona, Spain, 200 kilometers - 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Mediterranean shore, 100 kilometers
  • Montpellier, 200 kilometers - 2 hours
  • Paris, 780 kilometers - 7 hours and 30 minutes
  • Perpignan, 90 kilometers - 1 hours and 30 minutes
  • Toulouse Blagnac Airport (TLS) - 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Toulouse, 120 kilometers - 90 minutes

Unique features

General

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Labyrinth
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Wireless internet

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

The beautiful vegan food remains firmly at the center of everything Yobaba Lounge does here. They play and paint with the food, discuss it, and photograph it. At Yobaba Lounge, you will take pleasure in it, fully, to your hearts' delight.

The food during the retreat is vegan, meaning it excludes dairy, meat, fish, sugar, and gluten. It is also mostly raw. This diet quickly re-balances digestion and is a key part of the holistic nurturing for which these retreats are known and loved.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Raw food
  • Lactose Free
  • Whole food
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)

During the free afternoons, you can explore the village, the nearby river, and walks. However, most guests simply relax in the garden and enjoy the sounds of village life beyond the massive garden walls. There will also be one optional excursion to a nearby place of natural beauty or historical interest, for example, a visit to the stunning castle at Puivert or wild swimming in Lac Montbel or in the Gorge de Galamus.

Spa treatments

You can book an Ayurvedic or energetic massage for 60 GBP per hour with a local therapist and healer.

What's included

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily full board vegan meal plan
  • 1 excursion
  • 12 guided yoga and meditation sessions

What's not included

  • Airfare and transfers
  • Body treatments
  • Massages
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Toulouse Blagnac Airport (TLS) or Carcassonne Airport (CCF).

Shared taxis between guests can be arranged for arrival or departure. The ride from Toulouse Blagnac Airport (TLS) is approximately 120 EUR and the ride from Carcassonne Airport (CCF) is about 55 EUR.

Airport: Toulouse–Blagnac Airport Airport transfer available: Toulouse–Blagnac Airport (US$127 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Carcassonne Airport Airport transfer available: Carcassonne Airport (US$58 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

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: Saturday September 3, 2022
Departure: Wednesday September 7, 2022

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