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5 Days Self-Care Meditation and Yoga Retreat in France

  • Yobaba Lounge, 16 Rue du Presbytere, 11230 Chalabre, Languedoc Roussillion, France

Overview

Yoga Retreat France

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.

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

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 10.

  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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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.

Day 1

  • 15:00 You will arrive and settle into your room. Drinks and snacks will be available from the kitchen. Feel free to use the yoga shala for any self-practice. Please respect the shala as a quiet space
  • 16:00 Meeting in the lounge for an introduction by Gertrud to the retreat’s wellness philosophy, food, and program
  • 17:00 First yoga session in the shala and introduction to the elements of Gertrud’s embodied meditation practice
  • 19:30 Dinner
  • 20:30 Noble silence begins and is maintained until noon next day
  • 20:45 Guided meditation in the yoga shala on third floor

Days 2 to 4

  • 07:30 Coffee, chai, and teas will be available in the kitchen throughout the day
  • 08:00 Morning practice guided by Gertrud in the yoga shala
  • 10:00 Breakfast in silence
  • 12:00 Noble silence ends
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 14:30 Free time, you can ask to be taken to the lake
  • 17:00 Afternoon practice guided by Gertrud in the yoga shala
  • 19:30 Dinner
  • 20:30 Noble silence begins and continues until noon next day
  • 20:45 Guided meditation in the yoga shala with Gertrud

Day 5

  • 07:30 Coffee, chai, and teas will be available in the kitchen throughout the day
  • 08:00 Morning self-practice with Gertrud in the yoga shala
  • 09:15 Noble silence ends
  • 10:00 Breakfast, chatting, and giving feedback. End of retreat
  • Gertrud Keazor

    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.

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
Activities
  • Massage nearby
  • Swimming nearby
General
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Labyrinth
  • Lake nearby
  • Yoga shala

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Organic
  • Raw food
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Whole food
  • Other dietary requirements on request
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

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.

  • 1 optional Gertrud's skin detox treatment
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 10 sessions of embodied or guided meditation
  • All drinks, meals, and snacks
  • Daily guided meditation sessions
  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Optional excursions
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Body treatments
  • Massages
  • Personal expenses

Arrival by airplane

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

Arrival by taxi

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.

  • Review by Glenn Morris from Melbourne, Australia
    10 out of 10

    "I arrived at Yobaba after an extremely stressful year and feeling rundown, unhealthy, and out of sync with my inner self."

    "I did not come just seeking yoga. I did not come seeking meditation and silence. I did not come just for fabulous, vegan food. Nor did I come to simply relax. I came to Yobaba for much more. I came seeking a holistic, nurturing experience where all of the above was cleverly woven together to help me regain my vitality and energy for life."

    "Two weeks later, I head home with my mind, body, and soul nurtured fully back to a state of calm and well-being."

    "It is the holistic way in which Gertrud and her wonderful team were able to guide me to do all the things I needed to destress and get back to a state where I am recharged to embrace life with happiness and zest. Gertrud's program brilliantly brings it all together, helped also by the chance to experience the magnificent region around Chalabre. She gave us the flexibility and assurance to find our own paths to self-care; however, following her on the journey is the best path to take."

    "For anyone who feels their batteries fast running down, Yobaba Lounge is the one place on earth to come for that holistic nurturing and recharge."

    "In my mind, simply a life-changing experience that I recommend to anyone to try if they have the opportunity."

    "To Gertrud and the team, thank you from the bottom of my heart. The most fulfilling thing one can do in life is to give of yourself to help others. You and the team ought to feel very fulfilled in what you are doing. It is unique and it works! I give you five stars; actually, I will give you six! I will be back again. With love, Glenn."

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  • Review by Sejal Pandya from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you to Gertrud and team. I just came back from this amazing yoga retreat. I was not sure what to expect and was in two minds. Having a real bad sweet tooth, I thought vegan food and no sugar, really? But I was wowed. The food was five-star Michelin style and the desserts were insane. The energy that Gertrud brings out makes you feel like you are on top of the world. The scenery and nearby stream among the village mountains are epic and, finally, the house itself is magical. If you are unsure about yoga treats and what to expect, I totally recommend this place; it will open your eyes to new and wonderful things and, best of all, you only have to take back with you what you want from it. Gertrud is an amazing teacher and a friend. I never thought a yoga retreat would be like this. Yobaba Lounge, you rule. Lots of love, Sejal."

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  • Review by Sandra Humby
    10 out of 10

    "So I have come to the end of a wonderful retreat here at Yobaba Lounge. It really has been an extraordinary five days and such a beautiful group that has come together and shared amazing experiences."

    "Gertrud and Naela hold a very wonderful temple space here. And here, that process of being held allows for transformation and the energies to arise through the practice, through the breath work, and through the yoga, to allow us to let go and to come into stillness."

    "This has brought up all sorts of residual emotions that get moved as we have worked with our bodies, worked with the yoga practices and the inner breath work that is so much part of the practice and richness Gertrud shares."

    "The food on the retreat has just been amazing. So inspiring and so stunningly gorgeous that everybody was savoring every mouthful."

    "This truly is an extraordinary place to be and an extraordinary gift that you can offer yourself to come and be in the presence of this amazing landscape and this offering that is present here."

    "So, yes it has been a fabulous time and I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to be here."

    "This is the yoga shala and the very beautiful temple space. I am going back with a sense of really needing to simplify my life and to come back into the true essence of who I am and what I am here for. I feel very refreshed, very nourished, and very held. Huge thank you to Gertrud and Naela."

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  • Review by Gilly Adkins
    10 out of 10

    "Gifting yourself with a Yobaba Lounge retreat is one of the best things you can do for yourself. I loved it; the yoga space, the pace, and the place wraps you up in the beauty and magic of the mystical Aude Valley. And as for the food, wow! your taste buds will not be disappointed. Your eyes will be delighted, too! Yobaba Lounge nourishes you inside and out."

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  • Review by Ilana
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for such a divine retreat. Yobaba truly is a place of magic."

    "I felt a renewed harmony within me and with the world that is so very very rare. It takes a brazen soul to offer her own precious beauty to others and to share her yoga; a kind of distillation of breath form that allowed us all to experience the essence of yoga."

    "Like the great Mark Whitwell or Erich Schiffmann, Gertrud, with passion and wry wit, focused us on the profound pleasure of the breath moving through the body, effortlessly clearing, and strengthening as it goes."

    "Taking time to experience yoga at its purest and simplest offered me a sense of deep renewal and delight."

    "Beauty and generosity permeate through everything here in this deep ancient land. To be held by Yobaba Lounge was like a brief but deeply amorous affair with a potency that you can carry with you forever."

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  • Review by Christine Spring from New Zealand
    10 out of 10

    "What can you say about the wonderment that is Yobaba Lounge? Everything! It was an extraordinary ten days. To be enfolded into the spirit and magic of the house and people is the best remedy to center, reflect, and reenergize."

    "I loved walking the labyrinth. I loved the morning meditation and reflection, and I do not like early activity. I loved the food and I truly loved my bathroom!"

    "This was my second visit and it gets better each time. The openness and warmth of Gertrud and her philosophy and this extraordinary chateau are uplifting and help you look and see clearly. I cannot wait until July when I get back for a retreat. Given I come from New Zealand, three times in twelve months will be bliss! Thanks so much for all you do."

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  • Review by Willamina
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for a taste of heaven on earth. I can never thank you enough!"

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  • Review by Julie
    10 out of 10

    "What you are doing at Yobaba Lounge is totally unique. I have been to many retreats over the years and none touch the depth and transformative energy that arose during my retreat with you. This has changed my life."

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Yobaba Lounge offers award-winning yoga and meditation retreats hosted in stylish quarters, complemented by outrageous raw vegan food and a deeply healing practice.

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Early bird discount

The prices below include an early bird discount up to 15%. To benefit from these rates, book or reserve before December 31, 2016.

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