France

Find yourself immersed on a yoga retreat in France that soaks you in the very best this beautiful countryside has to offer. The beauty of the Dordogne needs no embellishment; our yoga retreats however, are the perfect accompaniment.  Sit at the pool and soak up the lakeside view or hop on a bike and ride into the village to explore.

Spend your days wandering through a village with buildings dating to the 12th century, a Sunday market in a medieval town and sample wines during an evening with a local sommelier that perfectly blend the old and the new. Enjoy walking through the vineyards and sightseeing through the verdant countryside.

The Dordogne region of France is known for it’s wine and culture ranging from the caves at Lascaux to the medieval castles and towns that still dot the river’s edge. Our yoga retreats bring together the best of this restful countryside, the fun and French-ness of local wine tasting, adventure on the Dordogne river and the region’s history all wrapped up in a lovely yoga retreat bow.

Retreat Details

Retreat Adventure Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights • Starting at $2495 per person

June 10 - 17, 2017Ame Wren & Johnathon Holmes
September 16 - 23, 2017Julie Rader
September 23 - 30, 2017JL Chiemingo **sold out**
Sept 30 - Oct 7, 2017Elizabeth Rowan
June 2 - 9, 2018Gustavo Padron
June 23 - 30, 2018Ashley Thesier
September 22 - 29, 2018Amanda Harding

Accommodations

Each room in the chateau is unique.  But while all rooms have their own charm, don’t expect to spend too much time indoors!  Encased in a region of rolling hills and country roads, days can take the form of a stroll down the lane, a bike ride through the vines or our included explorations.  And  don’t forget a good book for some chilled out pool time.

*Please note that European twin beds are slightly shorter and more narrow than U.S. twins.*

Itinerary

 

Schedules will vary slightly and final itineraries will go out to the travel crew about a month prior to departure.  Our schedule below gives you an overall picture of what a weeklong yoga retreat in the gorgeous south of France will look like:

Day One
  • Midday arrival to Bergerac
  • Transfers from the Bergerac airport or train station (on arrival and departure days only)
  • Check-in and soak up the general countryside splendor
  • Evening de-travel and welcome yoga class
  • Gourmet group welcome dinner
Day Two
  • Early morning coffee, tea and fruit available
  • Wake up and refresh morning yoga
  • Local and fresh breakfast
  • Day trip to the locally famous Issigeac market
    • Stroll through the medieval town’s farmers market for local and organic yummies
    • Enjoy the local flavor and introduction to one of the area’s historic villages
    • Souvenir shop, mix with the locals and sample tastes of the region
  • Head back for lunch at the chateau
  • Late afternoon yoga in the chateau yoga ‘stable’
  • Group dinner
Day 3
  • Early morning coffee, tea and fruit available
  • Morning yoga class
  • Local and fresh breakfast
  • Enjoy a chill morning
  • Dig into a country fresh lunch
  • Enjoy an afternoon in the country
    • Walk a country lane
    • Chill in the pool
    • Explore the town of Bergerac
  • Head back for an evening yoga class
  • Delicious evening group dinner
  • Post dinner sommelier visit
    • Enjoy an evening tasting and learning about some of the regions most delicious wines
    • Get the scoop on the local wineries in preparation of the next day’s vineyard visits
Day 4
  • Early morning coffee, tea and fruit available
  • Morning yoga class
  • Fresh poolside breakfast
  • Enjoy a free day to explore or relax
    • Book a day trip exploring local castles, Lascaux or local nature
    • Rent a bike and cruise through the countryside
    • Relax by the pool and chill
  • Afternoon lunch at the chateau
  • Early evening yoga class
  • Poolside group dinner
Day 5
  • Early morning coffee, tea and fruit available
  • Morning yoga class
  • Fresh poolside breakfast
  • Head out to a local organic vineyard to be a winemaker-for-a-day!
    • Hands-on exploration of the vineyard and winery
    • Enjoy a farm fresh lunch with a wine/food pairing talk from the vintners
    • Test your blending skills as you create your own bottle of wine to enjoy, bottle and take home
  • Late afternoon yoga class on the outdoor deck
  • Sunset group dinner
Day 6
  • Early morning breakfast
  • Day trip to picture perfect Aquitaine region
  • Head to La Roque Gageac for a scenic Dordogne river trip
    • Board an authentic Gabarre river trip
    • Marvel at the centuries old buildings (1100s!) built up against and into the sheer cliff face
    • Catch a fish-eyes view of the castles dotting the Dordogne
  • Explore the castle town of Beynac
    • Marvel at the castle on the sheer limestone cliffs
    • Stroll through the 12th century village
  • Picnic lunch
  • Late afternoon yoga class
  • Gourmet group dinner
Day 7
  • Early morning coffee, tea and fruit available
  • Morning yoga class
  • Fresh poolside breakfast
  • Enjoy a last full day at your leisure
    • Head back to a favorite spot
    • Stroll through the beautiful countryside
    • Take off on one last adventure
  • Early evening yoga class and closing circle
  • Final group dinner
Day 8
  • Morning breakfast, hugs and goodbyes
  • Transfer to the Bergerac airport or train station with new friends and awesome memories!
France

What's Included

What’s included:
  • Yoga most mornings & each evening
  • 7 nights chateau yoga retreat accommodation
  • 3 farm-to-table meals each day
  • Wine tasting
    • Sample the best of the region during an evening with a local sommelier
  • Local vineyard winemaker for a day!
    • Teach your tastebuds with a lunch food/wine pairing class
    • Create, blend and bottle your own unique vino memories to bring home

 

  • Day trip to La Roque Gageac and Beynac
    • Boating on the Dordogne
    • Excursions through medieval La Roque and Beynac
  • Trip to the Issigeac market
    • Catch the tastes and colors of this medieval town during their famous Sunday market
  • Transfers (on arrival and departure days only) from the Bergerac airport or train station

 

What’s not included:
    • Airfare to Bergerac, France (EGC)
    • Additional excursions
    • Alcohol or items of a personal nature/souvenirs
    • Travel insurance (recommended)
    • Gratuities

FAQs

US citizens will need a passport to visit France, but no visa is required at this time.  All passports will need to be valid for at least 3 months after your date of arrival and have at least one blank page for entry stamps.  Entry information can change so please visit the State Department’s website for current information.

Nationals of all other countries should check travel requirements well in advance of their retreat.

Well, you have a few choices here…  The easiest location to come into, either by train or by plane, is Bergerac.  The Bergerac airport (ECG) is about a 20min drive from the chateau.  The Bergerac train station is about 30min away.  There are other train stations and airports (Libourne and Bordeaux) but they are 40min to an hour and a half away from the chateau.

Nope!  The chateau is stocked with mats, blocks, straps and blankets.  You only need to bring your own stuff if you’re particularly attached to personal gear.

Yes, there is wifi, but it is best for basic emails.

The chateau has a beautiful pool that is open from spring until the fall season.

Yes.  The food is locally sourced farm-to-table goodness.  The chef can accommodate as long as we have at least 3 weeks notice.

You can wander through some additional castles to explore or gallop off through a vineyard, there is more than enough time to book these excursions when you arrive.  There is so much to absorb that it’s best not to overbook yourself before arrival… see what you feel like when you reach the good life and don’t forget to book in some chill time.

The only exception to this would be if you want to visit the caves of Lascaux or Font de Gaum.  For those you’ll need to book a tour in advance as tickets go very quickly, especially in the summer season.

France is on plug type “E” and 230v.  Anyone coming from a region with a different plug or voltage should pack their adaptor and/or converter.

France is on the Euro and while we suggest you get cash in Euros when you arrive, credit cards are also accepted.

Although we don’t recommend you book excursions ahead of time, you’ll want to think ahead a bit when it comes to packing.  Treks and horseback riding will require close-toed shoes (ie, not flips or sandals) and a few pairs of long pants won’t go amiss.  Your essentials will be your yoga clothes and bathing suit with the rest depending on your appetite for adventure; quick dry clothes for adventure activities will work best.