Breathe From The Soul Yoga, Meditation & Gourmet Vegan Food | Chalabre, France | 14th – 18th May

This gourmet vegan food retreat has a special offer on when you book through Soul Seed Travel. Fill in the form to make an enquiry or booking and we will get back to you within 24 hours. You can also contact the team direct on retreats@soulseedmedia.com.

Description

Breathe from The Soul is Yobaba Lounge’s signature retreat format by its founder, Gertrud Keazor, which has gained international acclaim.

We will look after all your practical needs whilst you spend time reconnecting with yourself. Extended periods of delicious silence each day allow you to relax and retreat and marvel at the power of sound and speech. Two daily sessions of gentle, soulful yoga and meditation support you in your journey back to your centre.

Gertrud shares philosophies, science and yogic mindfulness practices that have the power to shift your paradigm.

This retreat is suitable for those who need a break, who are exhausted and burnt out, as well as those who already have a yoga practice but are looking for something deeper and more soulful. It is suitable for those new to yoga as well as those who are already proficient.

Teacher & Host

Gertrud

Gertrud Keazor is your teacher. She has been practicing the healing arts for almost 30 years. She has been hosting these retreats to international acclaim since 2013.

She is a qualified massage therapist and Reiki practitioner. Her practice of Embodied Meditation is deeply rooted in the ancient Tantric wisdom sciences of the East. She uses mindfulness, breath (Ujjayi) and movement (common Hatha postures) to bring awareness to the inner space and physical and emotional edges. Gertrud’s aim is to support retreat guests in listening to their own bodies and to becoming familiar with how to use mindfulness to enhance their daily yoga practice.

Retreat Highlights

  • Full board gourmet vegan meal plan
  • Breathing, mindfulness and visualisation techniques to apply to any yoga practice that will ease your soul back into the practice.
  • Using the concept of the “ Edge” to turn your yoga practice into a life practice
  • Practices to develop your intuition
  • Practices of self-acceptance
  • Investigating the link between judgement, discernment, acceptance and forgiveness
  • Philosophies on the nature of reality, and where science and mystical wisdom traditions meet
  • Going beyond the paradigm of masculine and feminine to investigate your experience
  • Extended periods of Noble Silence each day (from after dinner in the evening, until lunch the next day).
  • Self-care and the fine art of beditation
  • Natural beauty products to help you detoxify
  • For those who are interested, weaning yourself of detergent heavy soaps, shampoos and conditioners
  • Wild swimming in our private Walnut Grove by the river Hers or in nearby Lac Montbel
  • One group excursion to the market in Esperaza and nearby sites of outstanding natural beauty or historical interest.

Cuisine

The vegan food is at the heart of the retreat. It is beautiful, satisfying and incredibly tasty. Without sugar, dairy, gluten or meats, this diet is easy on the digestion, and assists the cleansing process.

yoga, mindfulness and embodied meditation retreat

yoga, mindfulness and embodied meditation retreat

yoga, mindfulness and embodied meditation retreat

Accommodation

Known for its chic, bohemian style, this beautiful nineteenth-century village chateau has the feel of a vast, ancient temple with large, stylish rooms.

There are original wooden floors, large fireplaces, elegant balconies, tall ceilings and windows, a large walled-garden and a stunning yoga shala overlooking the medieval rooftops. The bedrooms are beautifully decorated and uncluttered, mixing ethnic artefacts with classical French features in Gertrud’s inimitable décor style.

You will enjoy a peaceful nights sleep with no noise disturbances and can gave at the starry sky at night due to having no light pollution.

Schedule

Arrival day

Arrive by 15:00 hours (earlier arrival is possible, please contact us)

17:00 Introduction talk

19:00 Dinner

20:30 Silence begins

20:45 evening closing circle (20 minutes meditation )

Full days (we remain silent from rising until breakfast)

7:30 Warm drinks in the kitchen

8:00 Morning embodied meditation (a meditative yoga practice)

10:30 Breakfast followed by free time

13:00 Lunch snack followed by free time, or a group excursion on one of the days. There will be suggestions for walks, places for wild swimming or simply relaxing.

16:00 Vegan cooking workshop

18:30 Dinner

20:00 Evening closing meditation

Departure day

7:30 Warm drinks in the kitchen

8:00 Morning embodied meditation (a meditative yoga practice) after which silence ends

10:30 Breakfast followed by a closing circle.

Guests depart by noon but later departure is possible, please contact us)

Retreat price

Prices are in Euros
From €1,580 alone in a room. 5 day all inclusive.

Includes

4 nights’ accommodation and full board vegan meal plan

1 excursion

12 guided yoga and meditation sessions

Does not include

• Airport transfers are not included, but we will assist in liaison between guests to arrange shared taxis to and from point of arrival and departure. Price guideline for airport transfer: Toulouse £80 each way. Approx 1 1/2 hour, or Carcassonne £45 each way. Approx 50 minutes.

Optional activities

• Swimming in nearby lake or river
• Excursions to nearby sites of historical interest or outstanding natural beauty
• A massage

What past guests have said

”Dear Gertrud and the wonderful team. Thank you all again for a magical five days on the Yoga, Mindfulness and Embodied Meditation Retreat. Gertrud, you radiate a healing, loving energy that seems to permeate all in your presence; allowing us to feel held, connected and empowered enough to simply let go. It’s from this place that the retreat just seemed to have a beautiful mind of its own.

All was welcome to unfold, individually and collectively as a group. Gertrud’s mostly raw, always delicious and artfully presented meals promote a mindful relationship between food and our body. The way eating should be. Incredibly, after just a few days, I have come away with a Yoga self practice, lead by healing breath so beautifully instructed by Gertrud during the retreat days. Gertrud’s practice has the power to heal the world.” Narelle

“What can I say? The house was absolutely enchanting, and Gertrud was the perfect host. I’d seen photos of her food before arriving and, being someone who loves eating and who eats a lot of fatty and meaty food, I really noticed my energy levels increase and my body feel lighter during my stay. The yoga and meditation was also fantastic. It lifted a heavy weight off my shoulders, and I felt truly cleansed after every session. I would highly recommend to anyone in search of a retreat experience.” Richard

”I feel very lucky to have discovered this retreat and the transformative power of Gertrud’s daily practice. The historic château and tranquil walled garden provided a much needed refuge from the stresses of my busy life in London, while the untouched surrounding landscape evoked a profound sense of protection, helping to facilitate a magnificently restorative and healing experience.

Perfectly complementing the yoga and meditation was Gertrud’s food, which was not only seductive in its visual appeal, but unexpectedly delicious and satisfying given the absence of any meat, dairy, gluten or refined sugar – I had no idea that food could be so delicious at the same time as being so nourishing! I’ve only recently returned home from visiting this magical place and I’m already planning my next visit, during which I hope to discover a little more of the beauty and wisdom that seems to dwell in every part of its unique fabric and essence.” Madeleine

How to get here

Fly to Toulouse (Easyjet and all major airlines) or Carcassonne (Ryanair) in France.

Driving distances:
Carcassonne – 50 minutes (50 km)
Toulouse – 90 minutes (120km)
Montpellier – 2 hrs (200km)
Perpignan – 1.5 hrs (90km)
Paris – 7.5 hrs (780km)
Calais – 10 hrs (1,100km)
Girona, Spain – 2.5 hrs (200km)
Barcelona, Spain – 3.5 hrs (300km)

Booking

Fill in the booking form to enquire about this Gourmet Vegan Food Retreat in a French Chateau. You can also contact the team direct on retreats@soulseedmedia.com with any questions you may have.

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