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5 Days Personal Development, Meditation, and Yoga Retreat in Pays de la Loire, France

Yoga Thym, La Haute Laudais, 44110 Chateaubriant, Loire-Atlantique, Pays de la Loire, France

Life-changing Yoga Retreat France

Yoga Thym offers a family-like welcome into their home with great food and hospitality. Enjoy a daily routine of guided meditation, gentle Zen yoga, life-changing workshops, yoga Nidra all included in the price. Choose the arrival day best suited for you and stay as many nights as required (minimum stay 4-nights). If you feel like it's time for you to make a difference in your life, read on.

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  • Daily Zen yoga classes
  • Daily consolidation time
  • Daily inspiring life-changing workshops
  • Tour of Chateaubriant and local points of interest
  • 4 nights accommodation (single occupancy in double room)
  • Local airport or train station transfers
  • Three daily meal and beverages
  • Time for relaxation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles

4 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 5
Airport transfer included: Nantes Atlantique Airport
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  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access

During this retreat, you will stay at Nikki's home, a quaint 300-year-old farmhouse set in the peace and tranquility of the Breton countryside. Surrounded by four acres of private farmland, Nikki has lived here for over twenty years with her parents, Sylvie and Laurie, and their two little family pet dogs.

The ground floor offers two double bedrooms used for single occupancy, comfortably decorated with French-style double beds, and a large shared family bathroom (toilet, wet-room style shower, and deep bath).

The first floor has a large open planned kitchen/diner with a huge oak farmhouse table seating up to twelve, a utility with washing machine, a garden room used as a quiet space for reading, a salon with wood burner, and double French doors leading to the terraced garden featuring a wisteria pergola, plunge pool, hot tub, and garden furniture. The immediate enclosed garden is full of colored flowers, trees, and secret areas to explore during the pauses and relaxation breaks.

Across the driveway is the Lodge, a converted stone-built stable block. The ground floor is now an open-planned yoga and workshop space with a small lounging area for breaks, a shower room with toilet. The upper floor has two double bedrooms, for single occupancy, a shared bathroom with bath and sink, a separate toilet, and Nikki's private treatment room. Within one kilometer, is a green route which is perfect for meditation walks in the beautiful countryside.


Yoga Thym Retreat Program

Staying with Nikki is a wonderful experience that goes far beyond any yoga retreat. Although both yoga and meditation are important aspects of a lifestyle that changes your views on the world, this retreat is about a journey that takes you to the heart of your emotions, thoughts, decisions, and passions too so you can gain deeper clarity, and leave feeling refreshed, back in control with a toolbox brimming with new and familiar ideas to keep you de-stress, and able to cope with modern living.

These retreats offer many unique features. The "open-style" of booking - Yoga Thym is open throughout the entire year, and you can choose what days are most convenient for your busy schedule, and how long to stay, giving you complete control and flexibility to fit your life-changing break around what else is important to you. Whether that be less time away from work, your family, or finding the mode of travel that suits your budget.

Home from home accommodation - The benefits of coming to stay in Nikki's 300-year old farmhouse are too numerous to list. Everything you need is already here, other than your personal items, like clothes and money. A great advantage, yes?

More importantly, Yoga Thym never cancels any of their retreats through low numbers. The workshops concentrate on personal development, clearing energy blocks and stress from the body. Building on the success of Yoga Thym's previous season, the new 2018 workshops are the secret weapon in making these retreats so life-changing and very different from others you might consider.

Delving deep into the subconscious mind to understand how and why we react in given circumstances the way we do and trying different techniques to eradicate these destructive repetitive behavior patterns. All sessions and workshops are in English only.

Here are the workshop synopses.

Taking back control of your mind

This workshop is a journey into the subconscious mind to find programs that are running and possibly ruining any chances in life. The most important 40 minutes of the day This is an opportunity to understand the science behind changing every aspect of life and the phenomenal difference this can really make.

Abundance of energy

Through this workshop, we look into vibrational frequencies of the human body (what makes one person charismatic and another draining) and how we can unblock and raise this unseen energy to balance and enhance life.

Daily schedule

Please note this schedule below is subject to change.

Day 1

  • 16:30 Spontaneous movement, great to stretch out after your journey
  • 17:30 Yoga Nidra or yogic sleep, time for relaxation and dream building
  • 18:45 Supper
  • 20:00 Consolidation Period
  • 20:30 Closing meditation
  • 21:00 Consultation/Therapy Time (by request only)

Day 2 - 4

  • 07:15 Guided meditation
  • 08:00 Zen yoga, each session is sequenced to complement the workshop of the day.
  • 09:15 Self-service buffet-style breakfast
  • 10:00 Workshop part I
  • 11:00 Coffee break
  • 11:15 Workshop part II
  • 12:15 Break
  • 12:30 Workshop part III
  • 13:30 Lunchtime, whenever possible, your delicious meals will be eaten al fresco at Yoga Thym's garden terrace
  • 14:00 Free time to relax in the garden with a book, take a dip in the plunge pool/hot tub, or walk in the beautiful countryside
  • 16:30 Spontaneous movement/gentle Zen yoga
  • 17:30 Yoga Nidra or yogic sleep, time for relaxation and dream building
  • 18:45 Supper
  • 20:00 Consolidation Period
  • 20:30 Closing meditation
  • 21:00 Consultation/Therapy Time (by request only)

Day 5

  • 07:15 Guided meditation
  • 08:00 Zen yoga
  • 09:15 Self-service buffet-style breakfast
  • 10:00 Vacate your bedroom ready for departure

Included excursions

As the time is limited on this retreat, it is not possible to offer any local excursions.


Nikki Harris

Retreat location

This journey of peace, clarity, and inspiration to transform your mind and body is set among idyllic rural countryside in north-west France. The region is known as La Pays de le Loire. Whether you arrive by plane, train, or car, the venue is easily accessible from the U.K. or Europe. Chateaubriant is a large market town situated between the cities of Rennes in the north and Nantes to the south.

Chateaubriant is always visible on route maps due to its remarkable history in royal connections, resistance during world war two, Victor Hugo, and, of course, the Chateaubriant steak. You can rest, relax, and rejuvenate among rolling hills and private fishing lakes, only a five minute drive from the center of town. The retreat venue is located 5 minutes to a large shopping area.


  • Chateaubriant city center - 5 minutes

Unique features


  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Spa
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)


  • Garden
  • Kitchen


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Toiletries

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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On a Yoga Thym retreat, even the delicious vegetarian meals are part of the program. Known locally as the queen of puddings, Sylvie, will provide you with an array of wonderful dishes that will tempt and tantalize your senses.

Between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., enjoy a buffet-style breakfast in the farmhouse kitchen/ diner, choosing from cereals, yogurts, fruit, toast with homemade jams, croissants, and pain au chocolates.

Mouth-wateringly scrumptious lunches are served al fresco during the summer months between 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. A satisfying supper and delicious dessert is ready around 7 p.m. with an optional glass of local wine. Everything is lovingly prepared using only the fresh of ingredients that are locally sourced, many of them are grown by Laurie on our own veggie patch. All beverages including tea, coffee, fruit teas, water, soft drinks, chocolate, and fruit juice are available throughout the day too.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

Your day is organized to obtain maximum results during your short stay. However, Yoga Thym has a well-stocked library with every book genre to choose from. Most guests love relaxing in the beautiful garden with a book or taking a nap in the warm sunshine. The surrounding countryside is breathtaking, so a stroll along the 'green-route' is a favorite, too. There is time to take a refreshing dip in the plunge pool, while watching the International Space Station orbit overhead or stargaze at the clear night skies, perfect for chilling.

Spa treatments

At an additional price, you can choose from a number of relaxing treatments or private life coaching sessions.

What's included

  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • 4 nights’ accommodation
  • Consolidation time
  • Daily guided meditation sessions
  • Daily workshops and tools
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Home from home welcome
  • Nidra yoga sessions
  • Transfers from and to Nantes Atlantique Airport (NTE), Rennes-Saint-Jacques Airport (RNS), or Châteaubriant train station
  • Unlimited beverages
  • Use of facilities available at the retreat including towels, appliances, Wi-Fi, and USB adapters
  • Yoga Nidra sessions

What's not included

  • Flight
  • Private consultations, including life coaching and clinical hypnotherapy
  • Personal hygiene products and expenses
  • Personal and travel Insurance
  • Spa treatments
  • Travel expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Nantes Atlantique Airport (NTE) or Rennes-Saint-Jacques Airport (RNS). These airports are used by the low-cost airlines like EasyJet, Flybe, Ryanair, as well as the larger airlines too. Transfer from and to any of these airports is included in your Yoga Thym retreat.

Arrival by ferry / boat

From the U.K., the nearest port to the retreat is Saint-Malo, on Brittany Ferries. The onward journey takes about one hour and a half by car. Alternatively, you can also cross the Channel from Newhaven to Dieppe on DFDS, with an onward journey of about five hours. The autoroutes in France are excellent and with GPS coordinates, finding the venue has never been easier.

Arrival by train

You can take the train to Paris, then to Rennes, and lastly to Chateaubriant. This is bookable as a direct journey (one ticket) with no more than 30 minutes between trains (Paris, Rennes). If you board in London, a train ride to Chateaubriant takes around five hours. Yoga Thym will pick you up at the Chateaubriant train station.

Airport: Nantes Atlantique Airport Airport transfer included: Nantes Atlantique Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 90 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 10 days before arrival.

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Special discount

Non-practicing partner is eligible for a discount. Please contact Yoga Thym for more details.

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