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.

Available Retreats

Fabulous France: Yoga Reaches Out Benefit Retreat

Alexa Silvaggio

May 6 - 13, 2017
We all want to feel good right? Most of us spend a lot of our life striving to just. feel. good. It may feel good to be a gangster, it may feel good to stay at home reading, but I gotta say, one of the best ways to feel darn good is by being of service. Yep, giving something away. You want to feel like you have more than enough? Give something away! You want to feel abundant? Give something away! You wanna feel like a freakin rock star hero who rides on a magical unicorn? Give something away! And…
From $2,495.00

Breathe In France

Jennifer Prugh

May 13 - 20, 2017
This special retreat in the French countryside that takes place over Mother’s Day is dedicated to love! We’ll be in a place where love is easy to feel and beauty so very easy to see. During the day we’ll explore our senses fully: in nature, food, wine, local markets, the French countryside and the people we meet. We’ll begin each day with meditation and an inspired flow-based yoga practice. Before dinner we’ll calm the mind and body with a gentle practice.  Our yoga will be accessible and tailored to the students, and you’ll be given new tools to take home…
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ReSource Your Life: The Beauty of Bergerac

Gioconda Parker

May 20 - 27, 2017
What better way to get back to Source than to spend a week in the Dordogne region of France? The author Henry Miller said his time in this region filled him with a sense of “gratitude unthinkable.” Spend a week in this land of beauty, enjoy farm to table meals in our beautiful chateau and toast our good fortune with wines from local vineyards. Our chateau comes complete with a beautiful yoga studio, where we’ll practice twice daily—morning vinyasa practices offer intuitive sequences and invigorate us for the day’s activities, while evening practices guide us deeper and include yin yoga,…
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Wine & Culture France Yoga Retreat

Ame Wren and Johnathon Holmes

June 10 - 17, 2017
Get ready for a French holiday that you will not want to miss! This trip is the perfect opportunity to combine a once-in-a-lifetime locale with daily yoga practices and community cultivation. We will begin most days with a sweaty practice to wake us up and prepare the senses for the day ahead. After our French adventures we’ll cool down with a yin-inspired practice and meditation, prepping you for the best sleep you’ll ever have, amongst the vineyards and the sounds of the countryside. Practice will be catered to the group’s energy and inspired by the landscape. This one of a…
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Magical France Yoga Retreat

Julie Rader

September 16 - 23, 2017
Join me on a retreat in my favorite magical place! Live like a European for a week and recharge. Eat fresh delicious food, taste wine, shop in the local markets, do yoga and find balance. Each morning will begin with an invigorating yoga flow class and meditation. After a refreshing afternoon of French exploration, we will conclude the day with relaxing sessions to wrap up our day. The daily yoga and meditation will be accessible and tailored to the needs of each student. We will explore the tools of our practice that may be continued at home to keep the spirit…
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Wonderment France Yoga Retreat

Jenniferlyn Chiemingo

September 23 - 30, 2017
I have always dreamed of leading a wine and yoga retreat! Sunshine, Wine, Yoga, Wellness, and Connection. This is it!  It’s the perfect combination of Wonderment. We will wake up to a fun, rigorous flow to energize for the days of play. We will indulge in luxurious, restorative practices in the evening to soak all the goodness up. This retreat includes days of wine tasting, exploring, relaxing and eating. It has all I’ve wanted – a Chateau as a home base with a pool and gardens, as well as a cozy yoga studio and rooms that make you feel truly ‘at home.’…
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Play With Fire France Yoga Retreat

Elizabeth Rowan

September 30 - October 7, 2017
If there’s anywhere on earth made for transformation and exploration of both the inner and outer sorts, it’s this breathtaking medieval village in France. The Dordogne region of France, our home for the week, offers a glimpse of the 12th century in the present day, exquisite riverfront and countryside castle views, market strolls, restorative retreat life and vineyard vibes. For this week, a glorious French chateau is home to our inner journey too; the transformative alchemy of yoga promises a journey of a lifetime. As above, so below. A medieval setting in modern day invites us to embrace the duality between fiery shift and new beginnings, small self and universe at large, ancient practice and 21st century integration. As truth seekers and yogis, we are inherently alchemists. Constantly in pursuit of our highest selves and that within one another.  We are on a quest for transformation …and pool chairs and wine tastings too! Think yoga two­-a-­days in the French countryside, outings to castles, markets and vineyards, pool, nap, biking and lounging…
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Alexa Silvaggio - France | May 6-13, 2017
Starting at $2495

Jennifer Prugh - France | May 13-20, 2017
Starting at $2495 **only 1 Room Left**

Gioconda Parker - France | May 20-27, 2017
Starting at $2495

Ame Wren & Johnathon Holmes - France | June 10-17, 2017
Starting at $2495

Julie Rader - France | September 16-23, 2017
Starting at $2495

JL Chiemingo - France | September 23-30, 2017
Starting at $2495 **1 Roommate Left**

Elizabeth Rowan - France | Sept 30 – Oct 7, 2017
Starting at $2495

Gustavo Padron - France | June 2-9, 2018
Starting at $2495

Ashley Thesier - France | June 23 – 30, 2018
Starting at $2495

France Yoga Retreats & Adventures

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.*

French Chateau Holiday The Travel Yogi

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 1

  • 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 2

  • 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!

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

Do I need a passport/visa?
US citizens will need a passport to visit France, but no visa is required at this time.  Nationals of all other countries should check travel requirements well in advance of their retreat.

What airport should I fly into?
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.

Do we need to bring our own yoga gear?
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.

Will we have access to WiFi?
Yes, there is wifi, but it is best for basic emails.

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

Can my dietary restrictions/needs be accommodated?
Yes.  The food is locally sourced farm-to-table goodness.  The chef can accommodate as long as we have at least 3 weeks notice.

Do I need to book any of the optional activities ahead of time?
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.

What is the electrical currency/outlet in France?
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.

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

What do I need to bring?
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.