yoga holiday france
2 x 5 night retreats
with Joyce & Marcos
Retreat 1 - Saturday 6 June - Thursday 11 June (includes morning yoga class for non Ashtanga practitioners )
NB. 5 of 10 rooms available
Retreat 2 - Friday 12 June - Wednesday 17 June (includes morning introductory Ashtanga class for beginners)
NB. 2 of 10 rooms available
We have a stunning new venue for 2020 where we are running two separate five day retreats. Our venue is 1km away from the busy market town of Quissac in the Languedoc region of southern France. It provides luxurious boutique accommodation, nestled in the heart of some of the most spectacular scenery of the south of France. The expansive swimming pool (96m²) is set into the hillside above the accommodation, enjoying views in all directions across the rolling hillside. A large flagstone terrace and shade-speckled decking surround the pool. From the doorstep you can walk for miles enjoying the beautiful wild countryside and wild swimming in the many rivers. In the early evenings, buzzards drift in the warm air currents searching for prey over the Coutach mountain. As the night draws in, the cicadas subside and the sound of scops owls can be heard. We will be sleeping in beautifully restored houses each with their own fully equipped kitchen allowing you to make that perfect pre-practice cuppa and mid day snack.
On both retreats there will be one afternoon where there is no class. On retreat one this will be Wednesday 10 June to co-incide with the local market in Quissac. On retreat two this will be Monday 15 June (although we need to change this for the excursion to Sommieres market). Please note that transport will be provided for people on retreat two who wish to attend Sommieres market on the Saturday.
Teachers: Joyce and Marcos
Timings: Arrive from 4pm (first class is at 6pm) and depart at noon.
Travel: 35 minutes by car from Nimes and Montpellier. A transfer can be arranged from Nimes or Montpellier for an additional charge of 30 Euros/person (return). If you choose to fly to Marseille then the journey time is 85 minutes and the additional charge is 80 Euros/person. You could also fly to Marseille and depart from Nimes or Montpellier in this case the additional charge would be 60 Euros/person. All additional charges should be paid in cash on arrival. Alternatively you may prefer to hire a car and go and explore the local area.
London Gatwick and Luton - Easyjet to Montpellier
London Heathrow - British Airways to Montpellier (limited flights)
London Luton and Stansted - Ryanair to Nimes
For retreat 1 we recommend the British Airways flight from London Heathrow to Marseille departing at 13.10 and arriving at 16.05. On the return journey we would recommend taking the British Airways flight from Marseille to London Heathrow departing at 16.55 and arriving at 17.50 or the Ryanair flight from Marseille to London Stansted departing at 17.55. Alternatively you could take the Easyjet flight from Montpellier which departs at 16.10 and arrives at 17.05 into London Gatwick.
For retreat 2 we recommend the Ryanair flight from London Stansted to Nimes which departs at 13.05 arriving 16.00 at and the return flight which departs at 17.05 and arrives at 18.00.
We have always found skyscanner.net a useful site to figure out your journey.
If travelling by train…
Eurostar to Avignon and then a train to Nimes
Accommodation & Price: There is a good mix of rooms (see below). The Superior Premium Double en-suite has a free standing bath in the room. While most rooms are en-suite, there are two rooms without an en-suite which share a bathrooms between them and one room that has its bathroom adjacent to the room. We are really keen to accommodate people who would like their own room - our starting point is therefore to offer four rooms/retreat as single occupancy but we will offer more or less depending on the demand/availability at time of request. That said, we always recommend that you book early if you are looking for a single room. To reserve your space you will need to pay £300 non-refundable deposit. The balance will be due on 14 March 2020.
Standard Double (shared bathroom) - £800 (2 available)
Premium Double en-suite - £850 ( 2 available)
Double occupancy per person
Standard Twin (own bathroom next door) - £725/person (1 available)
Premium Twin en-suite - £750/person (1 available)
Premium Double en-suite - £750/person (2 available)
Superior Premium Double en-suite - £850/person (2 available)
There is also a house which has two premium double/twin rooms and two bathrooms but the bathrooms are not inside the rooms; you can decide which room uses which bathroom and effectively have your own bathroom. From a pricing perspective these rooms are considered en-suite.
Daily morning Mysore class (NB. Last morning may be led class)
Three x late afternoon restorative yoga, meditation, philosophy and pranayama classes
1 x Q & A session
1 hour gentle yoga class on arrival evening
Retreat 1 only - a slow flowing alignment based class for people who do not wish to attend Ashtanga Mysore classes
Retreat 2 only - a 1 hour morning Ashtanga beginners intro class (for people who are new to Ashtanga or Mysore classes and would like to learn)
Two plant-based meals a day (breakfast and dinner). We do not serve alcohol at mealtimes and encourage people not to drink during the retreat. However, if you would like to enjoy some French wine in your own space away from the communal tables that’s fine too!
Fruit, tea, coffee and mineral water throughout the day
Trip to local market - by foot to Quissac market (retreat 1) and by car to Sommieres market (retreat 2)
Massage (provided by Joyce & Marcos)
All travel costs including transportation from airport or Nimes train station