THE TRAVEL YOGI

France Yoga Adventure

Trip in One Word: Pleasure

What You’ll Experience in France

During this yoga retreat in France, you’ll spend your days wandering through medieval villages and soaking up French culture as the locals do. Imagine fresh pastries in sunny marketplaces, strolling through charming villages, sommelier wine tastings, and so much delicious food. You’ll quickly align with the pace of “slow” French country-living and find real pleasure in each moment.

How You’ll Experience France

Based in the Dordogne region of southwest France, you’ll experience bio-dynamic wines, farm-to-table meals, culture, stunning medieval castles, and local market days. You’ll get the skinny on the amazing organic and biodynamic wine scene—-and even bottle your unique wine blend on a vineyard. Your days in the French countryside will be balanced with yoga in a restored barn at our unique gitê home-away-from-home. Let leisure soak into your bones on this yoga retreat in France. 

How You’ll Feel When You Return Home

Culture-soaked and wine-happy, return home from this yoga retreat in France relaxed, inspired to build your culinary skills, and with a full-bodied (that wine education will come in handy) taste for life. Come back enlivened by new friends and great conversations you’ll remember for years to come.

A bicycle lays against a stone building with a pergola on this yoga retreat in France with The Travel Yogi.

Yoga Retreat in France Details

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SAUSSIGNAC

Beynac & La Roque-Gageac

Upcoming Dates

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
  • Become a winemaker for a day at a local vineyard!
    • Teach your taste buds with a lunch food and wine pairing class
    • Create, blend and bottle your own unique vino memories to bring home
  • Day trip to La Roque Gageac and Beynac
    • Picnic lunch by 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

Accommodations

France culture abounds in our historic manoir accommodation.  On this yoga reatreat in France, each gîte is its own private sanctuary encompassing two to three rooms, a sleek kitchen (for storing any yummy cheeses) and living room.  Rooms all have their own bathrooms with some en suite and some attached just outside the bedroom door.

And 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 to the local village, some chill time by the pool and, of course, our immersive south of France explorations.  Our location and accommodation leave nothing to want on our lux yoga retreat in France.

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

Itinerary

For this yoga retreat in France, 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 wellness retreat in the gorgeous south of France will look like:

1

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

2

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

3

DAY THREE

  • 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 free 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

4

DAY FOUR

  • 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
  • Delicious group dinner

5

DAY FIVE

  • 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

6

DAY SIX

  • 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

7

DAY SEVEN

  • 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

8

DAY EIGHT

  • Morning breakfast, hugs and goodbyes
  • Transfer to the Bergerac airport or train station with new friends and awesome memories!

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Yes!  Of course.  Once you’re booked you’ll receive an email with important logistical information and a link to your invoice.  You can pay any amount at any time on the invoice; you can use it as a payment plan or leave it alone until the final due date. Remember that deposits are non-refundable so, on all trips, we recommend purchasing travel insurance.

Jennifer Prugh

Jennifer Prugh is passionate about guiding students toward discovering what is possible in life when we bring our whole selves to each moment. She is the founder of Breath Together Yoga, a yoga studio, tea house and wellness center that offers over 100 classes a week for every level of practice, as well as the founder of  the Joy of Yoga 200 and 300/500 hour teacher trainings.

Jennifer leads yoga adventures and retreats all over the world. A professional artist with a master’s degree in Art and Consciousness Studies, she was an associate professor for eight years at Cogswell College where she taught storytelling, mythology and creativity. She began practicing yoga in 1989, and teaching yoga after in 1999 following the death from cancer of her greatest mentor, her father.

Jennifer left higher education to teach yoga exclusively, in the words of Joseph Campbell, “ to follow her bliss.” Her online classes can be found on yogaanytime.com. Jennifer is a member of the board of the Tibetan Children’s Education Foundation, and because education changes the world, she enthusiastically encourages people to sponsor the education of Tibetan children and children of refugees from neighboring countries who live in India. She lives with her husband Will, their son Liam, and their golden retriever, Hobbes.

Alexa Silvaggio

Alexa Silvaggio

Alexa Silvaggio is a wellness entrepreneur based in New York City and Los Angeles. 

She is a yoga instructor, writer, speaker, podcast host, social media influencer, yoga retreat leader, moved and shaker. She wants you to create a life you dig, a life that is in alignment with your highest good, your deepest desires, your absolute truth. She wants you to cultivate a more loving relationship to yourself and that body of yours. Creating a kind internal and external environment, so you can go out there and make that epic life happen.

Alexa has been practicing yoga since 2005, and is well versed in vinyasa, restorative, power, and slow flow yoga by Pure Yoga New York, and Kripalu Center for Health. She leads wellness retreats all over the world in places like Bhutan, France, Italy, Mexico, Iceland, and the Galapagos Islands, as well as workshops throughout the United States.

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Dianne Bondy

Dianne Bondy is a celebrated yoga teacher, social justice activist and leading voice of the Yoga For All movement. Her inclusive view of yoga asana and philosophy inspires and empowers thousands of followers around the world – regardless of their shape, size, ethnicity, or level of ability.

She applies over 1000 hours of training to help her students find freedom, self-expression and radical self-love in their yoga practice. She shares her message and provides millions of followers with affordable access to online yoga classes, workshops and tutorials at her virtual studio: Yogasteya.com and her personal blog. Dianne contributes to Yoga International, Yoga Journal, Do You Yoga, and Elephant Journal. She is featured and profiled in International media outlets: The Guardian, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, and more. She is a spokesperson for diversity in yoga and yoga for larger bodies, as seen in her work with Pennington’s, Gaiam, and the Yoga & Body Image Coalition. Her work is published in the books: Yoga and Body Image, and Yes Yoga Has Curves.