Yoga with Fiona
Yoga Retreat in southern France
'A Journey through the Chakras'
18-25 August 2013
Space for you to restore and revive
This retreat is set in a beautiful valley of the Pyrenees, with stunning views and a wonderful programme of relaxation and rejuvenation!
There'll be two yoga sessions on most days (about 12 sessions in total, usually 8am to 10am and 5pm to 6.30pm), either in the purpose-built wooden studio, on the outside decking, or in the garden.
There is plenty of time to rest and enjoy the beautiful surroundings - you can walk to the local towns of Eus and Prades, or perhaps enjoy a swim in the river!
On-site there is a small swimming pool with sun-beds, a large garden with hammocks and a comfortable terrace for relaxing.
Brunch, snacks and the evening meal are included. The food is a real highlight of this venue; delicious home-cooked vegetarian cuisine.
The retreat includes two excursions – one day at the beach to relax and chill out, and one trip to the mountains where we'll do a short walk and practice some yoga and meditation in nature.
Massage treatments are available for those who wish, and our hosts offer optional one-to-one sessions - Robert is a qualified homeopath and Kate gives coaching and theta-healing.
If you'd like to explore the area more, perhaps stay an extra day or two nearby. I'd recommend not planning in much extra during the actual retreat, apart from perhaps short trips to the local towns.
We will be taking a 'journey through the chakras' and the qualities they represent in our lives. Each day we’ll focus on one of these energy centres with yoga, meditation, and reflection. My aim is for the retreat to give you a nurturing and supportive space in which to rest and explore this journey in your own unique way.
This will be a fairly intimate and quiet retreat because of the countryside setting and small numbers (maximum 8 students). You will be taking a break from the ‘outside world’ in many ways, breathing plenty of fresh mountain air, and enjoying moments of deep silence as well as making new friends. Beginners are welcome.
Retreat centre and the area
Kate and Robert’s attractive property is nestled in a valley of the Pyrenees mountains. You will be able to experience for yourself the magical energy of the Canigou, the sacred mountain of Catalonia, and the lush green surroundings of "La Méditerranée Verte”.
Fresh mountain streams flow through many of the surrounding valleys, even in the height of summer, and the whole region is steeped in local history with many ancient sacred sights. The amazing quality of light, spacious clear blue skies, and stunning landscape all invoke a sense of relaxation, well-being, rejuvenation, and a close connection with nature.
The house itself is set in a large garden with wonderful views of the mountain, a swimming pool, and outside decking. There is a purpose-built, fully equipped yoga studio, a separate kitchen area with tea-making facilities for guests, and a comfortable terrace.
Accommodation is simple and mostly camping-style in chalets and tents, apart from one room in the house. Bathrooms are shared.
The feeling of this venue is more like staying with friends - it can be wonderful to experience this more simple and mostly outdoors way of life.
Costs are based on sharing with one other (although the tent has separate compartments), and shared bathroom (there are no en-suite).
Tent: £440 (€535) - camps beds & bedding provided (you'd have your own separate compartment without paying single supplement)
Garden rooms: £460 (€560) - see photos
Double chalet: £480 (€585) - similar style to garden rooms, but bigger
Room in house: £500 / €610
Single supplement: £90 (€110)
Included: yoga sessions (approx 12 sessions of 90-120 mins each), accommodation with brunch, snacks and evening meal, 2 excursions (beach and mountains), transfers to and from Perpignan (airport, train station or frogbus). Food is vegetarian, and most special diets can be catered for with prior notice.
Not included: travel from abroad (flight/train), travel insurance (essential), transfers from airports other than Perpignan, extra excursions, massage and one-to-ones.
Please aim to arrive in Perpignan by 5pm at the latest on 18th, and depart on 25th from 10.30am onwards (our last session finishes at 10am, followed by brunch).
You may choose to stay extra nights before or after the retreat - Perpignan and Girona are both are beautiful cities to explore (or wherever you fly to of course).
The nearest city and airport is Perpignan (40 mins from the retreat centre, and your transfer is included). There are flights from a few UK airports (Stansted, Southampton and Manchester last time I looked, but there may be more options) and trains from Paris (or with Eurostar you can change in Lille to avoid crossing Paris - check out www.seat61.com for useful tips and guidance).
There are more flights to Girona/Gerona in Spain, a very easy 90 minute direct bus ride to Perpignan, where you will be collected. The bus from Girona is not included in the retreat price – it is bookable online (frogbus.com) and costs approx €25 return.
You may also like to check out other airports in southern France, for example Montpellier, Toulouse, Beziers and Carcasonne, and then connect to Perpignan by train. The flight companies serving these airports (from different places in the UK) include Easyjet, Ryanair, Flybe, British Airways and Jet 2 (and there may be more...). Each French airport has its own web-site with details of airport shuttles to the train station, and a useful place to start researching French trains is www.seat61.com.
Or of course you can drive.
If interested, please contact me for details. There will be an initial deposit to hold your place, with the balance due 6 weeks before the retreat. Please also feel free to call for a chat if you’d like to know more.
Testimonials from previous years:
“This was one of the best and most rewarding weeks of my life - the warmth of companionship, the beauty of nature and the grounding of yoga practice, with such generous hospitality. A nurturing experience in beautiful surroundings, and not least - such an inspiring teacher!” Claire, Oxford
“Fiona created a lovely retreat! Her teachings are amazing, full of inspiration, care and fun, enriched with humour and lightness. I definitely recommend this retreat to anyone who looks for a combination of a yoga retreat in nature, with time for relaxation and inspiration for daily yoga practice.” Rinske from Leidschendam, The Netherlands
“A unique experience which allowed me to ground, relax and to become content with myself. I would certainly want to join another retreat with Fiona.” Liz from Carmarthen, Wales
“Fiona’s yoga retreat has been deeply restorative; both relaxing and energising. I am coming away with renewed energy at a time of change in my life - absolutely perfect!” Ali, Brighton
“I enjoyed a delightful week of yoga, great food, great company, beautiful venue and nature. It was my first retreat and I enjoyed every minute of it.” Diana, The Hague
“A whole experience, led by a beautiful teacher in a perfect setting.” Sally from Bridgnorth, UK
My thanks to Kate and Robert, Kate Lee, Catherine and Sandra for the photos on this page.