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4 Day/3 Night Zen Yoga, Meditation, Deep Relaxation, and Guided Walks in Vernodes, Dordogne

Vernodes, Tocane-Saint-Apre, France

Meditation and Yoga Retreat Dordogne

Zen - Meditation & Yoga Retreat offers you an opportunity to immerse yourself into a gentle beautiful daily zen yoga and meditation practice. This weekend allows you to leave behind the stress and noise of the outside world and experience the silence and stillness of Zen. Zen - Meditation & Yoga Retreats' aim is to offer you a caring, kind and compassionate space that will encourage you to develop your personal yoga and meditation practice. This ongoing practice will benefit and support you from day to day when your weekend with them comes to an end.

Meet the instructors

Valerie
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Highlights

  • Daily meditation session
  • Guided country and forest walks
  • 4 days of practice (Starting 5.00 pm on arrival day)
  • 2 yoga classes per day (Zen - Restorative - Nidra)
  • Stunning natural surroundings
  • Daily tasty brunch and dinner
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Ground transportation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


4 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French
Group size: Maximum of 5 participants
Airport transfer available:
Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport (US$32 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
10:00
Check-out Time:
17:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Table tennis
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga studio
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry

During this retreat, you can choose to stay in one of two different buildings on the same plot of land, the farmhouse which is called Vernodes or the barn accommodation which is attached to the yoga barn. Six twin guest bedrooms are available and all individually decorated. Three bedrooms are located in the main house and three in the barn.

There are six showers including a large wet room available to you and linen, bath, and pool towels are provided. There are several terraces located around the house for outdoor dining and relaxing. From June to September, the bell tent in the garden also offers shade from the afternoon sun and is a lovely place to chill.

Program

Zen - Meditation & Yoga Retreat offers you four days of gentle yoga classes, country and forest walks, and delicious vegetarian food to nurture and nourish your soul. They also offer the daily healing practice of yoga Nidra. You will learn to deeply relax, breathe gently, and allow your body to rejuvenate itself during this beautiful practice. Yoga Nidra can have a positive impact on your nervous and digestive system as well as assist with general health problems such as stress, anxiety, and insomnia.

As a direct result of Covid 19, Zen yoga continues to prioritise the health and well-being of all of their guests by reducing the number of retreat participants. There will now be a maximum of 5 guests per retreat. The yoga studio is over 100 square meters allowing plenty of space for everybody to practice safely. During the retreat, they will be abiding by the 1-meter social distancing advised. All of the classes will take place in the carefully renovated traditional barn, which has been transformed into a beautiful yoga space. A vaulted ceiling, underfloor heating, and exposed stonework create an intimate space for your daily practice. The vast windows offer views across the countryside bringing nature right to your front door and flooding the studio with natural light. This weekend is an opportunity for you to focus and to immerse yourself into a holistic lifestyle. The afternoons are free for you to visit the local area and enjoy everything that the beautiful Dordogne has to offer. In the evening, they offer you an optional Restorative yoga class or a candlelit Yoga Nidra practice to finish your day. During your stay with them, you will explore several easy ways in which you can practice mindfulness and learn about the long term benefits that this can bring to your lives.

  • Learn to connect with your senses
  • Meditate daily
  • Observe your thoughts and emotions
  • Observing and connecting with the breath
  • Walk mindfully

A typical day on retreat

  • 08:30 Morning bell - fruit and teas
  • 09:00 Yoga
  • 10:45 Meditation or yoga Nidra
  • 12:00 Brunch
  • Afternoon leisure time
  • 17:30 Restorative yoga or deep relaxation/evening walk
  • 19:00 or 19:30 Dinner

Included excursions

During this retreat, you will take part in guided lake and forest walks (mindfulness walks including periods of silence).

Instructors

Valerie McDonald

Retreat location

The traditional farmhouse and barn are situated in the heart of the Dordogne countryside between the villages of Tocane-Saint-Apre and Douchapt. From the house and gardens, you will enjoy uninterrupted views across the valley and be able to enjoy relaxing walks through the surrounding forests and fields.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Zen - Meditation & Yoga Retreat offer a delicious balanced menu of organic fruit and vegetables, homemade soups, and vegetarian dishes to nourish your appetites. The meals are served on a large communal table on the terrace (weather permitting) and are served by the in-house cook. Out of season, all meals are served in the farmhouse kitchen. Complimentary teas and organic fresh fruits are available throughout the day.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Raw 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)

At Zen - Meditation & Yoga Retreat, they are very lucky to be surrounded by the most beautiful countryside and forest with miles of well-marked public footpaths for you to explore. The Medieval city of Perigueux with its incredible cathedral is 25 minutes away while the towns of Brantome and Bourdeilles are both within easy reach. Both towns have the river Dronne running through them and you can spend a beautiful afternoon canoeing along miles of crystal clear waters.

The market town of Riberac is a 15-minute drive away and offers one of the best Friday morning markets in the Dordogne. You can sample local cheeses, honey, and wines as well as find little gifts to take home with you. A little further afield Bergerac and the river Dordogne are highly recommended as a day trip with its medieval buildings and stunning views along the Dordogne river.

Spa treatments

Zen - Meditation & Yoga Retreat has a Reiki practitioner and Ayurvedic massage therapist available for treatments during the weekend. These treatments are at an extra cost and you are kindly requested to pay the therapist directly after your treatment.

Please note that booking must be made 7 days prior to arrival.

What's included

  • Early morning teas and fruit
  • Daily brunch and dinner
  • 3 Zen yoga lessons
  • 3 Yoga Nidra or Restorative yoga classes
  • Daily mindfulness practices
  • Evening relaxation class
  • Guided country and forest walks
  • Pick up from Saint Astier railway station
  • 3 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Additional treatments such as massage (75 EUR for 1 hour)
  • Flight
  • Wine or spirits (please note that alcohol is not served on this retreat)
  • Airport transfers (25 GBP roundtrip)
  • Medical or travel insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (BOD) or Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport (EGC). From Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (BOD), you can travel by train to Saint Astier train station. The free pick up from this station is available. Transfer from and to Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport (EGC) is available upon request at an additional cost of 25 GBP.

Airport: Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport Airport transfer available: Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport (US$32 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16.94% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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