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Arrive Any Saturday - 7 Day Yogic Living - Explore the Joys of A Simpler, More Soulful Way of Being

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

Meditation and Yoga Holiday France

The time has come for action, for reaching out, for reaffirming ties of love, family and community. Time to envision a more healthful society and way of being, time to take our practice off the mat… At Yobaba Lounge they like to keep things simple and keep it real. Join their zero waste lifestyle for a week, be inspired, take home with you what serves you.

Stay for a week or a month. Bring friends and family. Or stay for a while and work remotely. Included are accommodation and a half-board, vegan meal plan, morning yoga of Embodied Meditation, a little silence each day and 2 hours Karma yoga for those who are interested - this is optional. Enjoy the region or just relax.

Incorporated are a few key daily rituals to help you cultivate a more conscious and richly joyful life style.

Meet the instructors

Gertrud
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Highlights

  • Access to the yoga shala for self-practice
  • Daily joint morning self-practice or guided practice
  • Nearby sites of outstanding beauty and historical interest
  • Daily periods of noble silence (rising until morning practice)
  • 2 daily vegan meals free from processed sugar and wheat, light lunch snacks
  • 2 hours Karma Yoga each day (optional)
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer available:
Toulouse–Blagnac Airport (US$144 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Carcassonne Airport (US$66 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

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 where you will be staying 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. You will be staying in a room on your own or a couple sharing a bed.

The bedrooms have a certain monastic simplicity, uncluttered and bright, and individually styled. 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

During this retreat, you will practice a few key morning rituals to anchor your day. The idea is that you will feel inspired to take some or all of these practices home with you. Rise in silence each day and remain so until after morning practice. Celebrate food, friendship, and the joys of ever more awareness in your lives.

The day begins at 7:30 a.m. with warm drinks, coffee, and teas, followed by joint self-practice or guided Embodied Meditation / yoga at 8:00 a.m. and a hearty vegan breakfast at 10:30 a.m. This is followed by 2 hours of karma yoga. This is optional, but from experience, this helps to build relationships and joy in service and a chance to learn some of Yobaba Lounge recipes. You may be asked to help with gardening, meal prep, or housekeeping. Particularly if you are staying during a formal retreat, they expect you to assist as part of the retreat team. Dinner will usually be served at 7:00 p.m.

This schedule may be subject to change from time to time.

Included excursions

No formally led excursions are included in this retreat. However, there is an opportunity for wild swimming in Lac Montbel, glorious walking tracks and, if you have access to your own transport, there are many sites of outstanding beauty and historical interest for you to explore.

From experience, guests naturally group together to explore the region beyond walking distance.

Instructors

Gertrud Keazor

Retreat location

Yobaba Lounge is located in the very south of France, in a medieval village in the foothills of the Pyrenees.

Distances

  • 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 hour and 30 minutes
  • Toulouse Blagnac Airport (TLS) - 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Toulouse, 120 kilometers - 90 minutes

Unique features

General

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Labyrinth
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • River
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • ATM / banking
  • Bicycle rental
  • Convenience / grocery store
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Internet access
  • Wireless internet

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Yobaba Lounge is famed for their sensational vegan food free from processed sugar and wheat. During this retreat, you will enjoy delicious vegan meals every day. Breakfast will be warm or raw porridge with coffee and teas. Lunch will be a light snack of fruits and nuts. Dinner will be a tasty and satisfying vegan meal. You can eat out in the village or nearby restaurants if you need additional meals.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • 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 your free time, you may relax, reflect, walk, explore the region, or enjoy wild swimming.

Spa treatments

Local massage therapist(s) are available to give treatments at Yobaba Lounge. This is not included in the package and you will pay the therapists directly, usually in cash. The budget is 60 EUR for a 1-hour treatment.

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Access to the glorious yoga shala
  • Daily period of silence
  • Joint morning practice of yoga or guided Emboded Mediation
  • 2 hours Karma Yoga (optional)
  • Daily half-board wheat-free, vegan meal plan
  • Non-alcoholic drinks throughout the day
  • Towels and bedding

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Entrance fees for excursion
  • Massage or body treatments
  • Personal expenses
  • Toiletries if not doing skin and hair detox

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Toulouse Blagnac Airport or (TLS). Easyjet and all major airlines fly to this airport. You can also arrive at Carcassonne Airport (CCF) using Ryanair. Transfer from and to the airport is available upon request.

Arrival by train

You can catch a train to either Carcassonne or Quillan (change at Carcassonne).

Airport: Toulouse–Blagnac Airport Airport transfer available: Toulouse–Blagnac Airport (US$144 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Carcassonne Airport Airport transfer available: Carcassonne Airport (US$66 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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