Reset and revitalise: weekend in rural France
5 - 8 JUNE 2020
*UPDATE 02/09/19: all the spaces on this weekend have now been reserved. But we often have people drop out nearer the time - if you’d like to be on the list to hear if a space opens up send us a message and let us know! Or check out our central London retreat day, our other 2020 weekend away in Valencia, or our trip to India*
Celebrate the arrival of summer with a soothing weekend in idyllic southwest France
Think yoga with a view, delicious healthy food and doing as much or as little as you like: a total escape from the pace of modern life. We’ll spend the weekend in a beautiful converted barn surrounded by the rolling French countryside. If you want some time to switch off, relax and develop your yoga practice under the watchful eye of a highly trained and experienced teacher this is the weekend for you!
What will the yoga be like?
We'll practice yoga morning and evening. Start your day with an energising but mindful vinyasa flow on our stunning yoga deck with endless views of the surrounding valley. You'll set yourself up for the day ahead by moving in time with your breath, and strengthening and stretching all your major muscle groups. With class numbers strictly limited to 14 people there will be ample opportunity for personal attention, and to deepen your practice by learning how to adapt the postures to best suit the needs of your own body. Each evening we'll wind down with a calming and grounding practice drawing on yin and restorative styles of yoga, rounded off with a guided relaxation. You'll float out of our evening sessions feeling relaxed, renewed and restored. In addition, we will also practice some simple meditation and breathing techniques that are perfect for keeping the relaxed vibe going even after you get back home to real life. Our yoga deck is fully equipped with mats, straps, bricks and bolsters (and can be made rain proof in the event of bad weather!).
What food is included?
After working up an appetite on your mat each morning we’ll feast on a plentiful brunch. Think seasonal fruit, oats and cereals, delicious local French breads, yoghurts, eggs from local hens, plus juices, teas and coffees.
Each evening expect a mouth-watering home cooked dinner and dessert - think hearty soups and curries, salads, fragrant herbs and healthy grains. Our experienced chef will use organic produce sourced as locally as possible for each of our meals. We’ll also have a constant supply of teas, coffee, fruits, bread and yoghurts available for any time you’d like a snack. All meals will be vegetarian.
Where will we be staying?
We’ll stay in a collection of 3 neighbouring ancient stone buildings, all lovingly renovated into spacious dwellings. These beautiful houses are rustic and comfortable: your home away from home. Curl up with a book in a cosy living room or choose to explore our grounds and the peaceful wider countryside.
Our property has a covered terrace for al fresco dining, which is surrounded by beautifully tended lawns and herb gardens. Our spacious pool terrace boasts a 12m x 6m swimming pool with stunning views of the valley below. Explore our grounds further to find hammocks and secluded sunny spots perfect for relaxing in, fruit tree orchards and terraced vegetable gardens.
What’s the local area like?
We will spend the weekend in sleepy Sainte Foy: an extremely old hamlet consisting of around 12 houses and several barns. Exploring the hamlet you’ll come across several ancient well houses and traditional bread ovens. The local chapel dates from the 1100s and was built using the same marvellously crafted stone as the rest of the hamlet. Our venue sits at the end of the hamlet, overlooking the valley and surrounding hills.
Our hamlet is in the beautiful Lot area of south western France. The Lot is home to dramatic clifftop villages, rolling hills and endless peaceful green vistas. It has been a wine growing area since Roman times. Our venue is located about one hour away from Bergerac, and one hour 20 minutes away from Toulouse and Bordeaux.
What else is there to do?
This is your weekend away so how much or how little you do is completely up to you. You are positively encouraged to just sit and admire the views from a hammock in our garden, take some alone time as you stroll through the countryside or curl up for a nap in one of our home’s cosy chairs.
Or, if you’re feeling more energetic, we have the following available on site and included in the price of your weekend: table tennis, boules, badminton, volleyball, slacklining and swimming in our beautiful pool. Also, the countryside around our hamlet is peaceful, beautiful and perfect for walking in.
Alternatively, choose to treat yourself to reflexology or an ayurvedic massage (our therapists can come to you on site), or in the surrounding area there is horse riding, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, bike hire and wine tasting all available.
How much does it cost?
Our early bird prices are available for bookings made before 31.12.2019, and you can secure your spot at an early bird price now with just a 25% deposit. You can choose to share a bed with your partner or friend, to have your own bed in a shared room, or to have your own gorgeous room.
Early bird deposit prices (available until 31.12.2019):
SOLD OUT: space in a shared double room
SOLD OUT: space in a shared twin room
SOLD OUT: your own room with shared bathroom
SOLD OUT: your own room with ensuite bathroom
You can choose to put down a deposit or pay the full price up front if you prefer. If you pay a deposit, the remaining balance is due by 5 March 2020.
How do I book?
Click on the 'book now' button above. After login click 'make single reservation'. Then choose the room type you'd like to reserve (making sure it is marked FRANCE) and follow the steps to payment. If you are coming with a friend you each need to book your space individually, but let us know and we can make sure you are in the same room. If you’d like to share a room but are coming alone that’s completely fine - lots of people do it! Just let us know and we can pair you up with another lovely solo traveller.
When is it?
Arrive on Friday 5 June and depart on Monday 8 June 2020.
What’s included in the price?
Everything you need for the perfect rejuvenating weekend is included:
3 nights accommodation in our charming rustic barn
6 yoga classes
fresh, wholesome brunch every morning
delicious dinners every evening
yoghurts, fruits, breads, teas and coffees for snacking on
What’s not included?
your travel costs
travel insurance (this is required)
How do I get there?
We encourage you to consider taking the train to France. Our two nearest stops are Agen and Port-Sainte-Marie. From there we can arrange a transfer to our venue. For train times within France see www.voyages-sncf.com. Once the train timetables are released for June 2020 we will let you know when transfers to our venue will run.
We are located just one hour 20 minutes from Toulouse and Bordeaux and only one hour from Bergerac airport.
Can I come on my own?
Absolutely, lots of guests on each of our retreats arrive independently. There is always a warm and welcoming atmosphere with communal activities available, plus ample opportunity for you to take some quiet time for yourself too.
Is it all group activities or can I take some quiet me time?
We will eat our meals together and people often group together to go on trips, take a walk or just have a chat. But everyone is also positively encouraged to take time to themselves to read, take a stroll through the stunning scenery, go on a solo adventure or just nap in their room.
How many people will there be in class?
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 14 people, so lots of opportunity for individual attention.
I have a question - is there someone I can speak to?
Of course! You can message Olivia directly here with any questions you might have.
What if I reserve a place then can't make it?
Your deposit is non-refundable. But if your circumstances change and you cannot make the retreat in June 2020, we will accept someone else attending in your place - just let us know who!
What have other people thought of your retreats?
“Where shall I start? Tears after the last morning of yoga, says it all. I had the most relaxing and memorable yoga retreat. The venue was spacious and perfectly located with amazing views! An idyllic place to relax with plenty of space to socialise. The freshly prepared and cooked foods and visits to the local village were highlights but best of all, I met, laughed and spent wonderful time with fun loving beautiful people. Thank you so much, Olivia.”
— AA, 2019
“I have been doing yoga for about 8 years and have been taught by many different teachers, but I can confidently say that Olivia is the one of the best yoga teachers I’ve ever had. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced yogi, she helps you develop your practice in a way that is mindful of your body shape, flexibility and strength. She also runs amazing yoga retreats, which I would highly recommend: beautiful locations, great food, and of course, challenging but calming yoga classes where each and every student learns so much about how they can improve their practice, whether that’s just getting their breathing right, finding an easier way to get to a full plank, or perfecting a handstand.”
— DA, 2019
“I thought the yoga was great, the food was delicious, my room and the villa was absolutely delightful, and the company was lovely. Thank you for organising such a lovely week! It was much needed, massively relaxing, and I learnt loads too, as well as it being tons of fun.”
— AM, 2018
To see more reviews of our classes and retreats click here.