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We are located located in a small village chateau in an unspoilt medieval village and loved for our gorgeous accommodation, outrageous vegan food, much of it raw, and our rich, soulful approach to yoga and meditation. During this retreat, you will feel rejuvenated and regenerated with periods of silence, until noon each day, and a gentle but powerful practice to get in touch with and to heal your inner space. You will use stillness, breath, guided visualisation, and meditative movement to listen inward, to find joy in a self-practice, and to re-connect with your body wisdom.
The maximum participants in the group is 10.
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.
Gertrud is a retired international athlete, a qualified massage therapist, and a Reiki practitioner. She teaches the ancient wisdom traditional use of ujjayi breath, mindful movement, and visualizations to reach a deep state of meditation and awareness of inner space. She will use common yoga postures as part of this practice. Gertrud does not have any formal yoga teacher qualifications but she has studied different approaches to meditation and mindfulness and has changed her life through the comprehensive healing practice, which she shares on the retreats.
This retreat will take place in a bohemian village chateau located in a medieval village in the foothills of the French Pyrenees, France.
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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 the digestion and is a key part of the holistic nurturing for which these retreats are known and loved.
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.
During this retreat, you will enjoy one of Gertrud's complimentary skin detox, with a clay mask and cold-pressed, unrefined oils. You can also book an Ayurvedic or energetic massage for 60 GBP per hour with a local therapist and healer.
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 80 GBP and the ride from Carcassonne Airport (CCF) is about 45 GBP.
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