Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation Retreat in a French Chateau
A 5 day Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation Retreat at the award winning Yobaba Lounge to re-establish a rich, soulful connection to your yoga and meditation practice. Located in a picturesque medieval village in the southern French Pyrenees, the house feels like a temple, the rooms are large and stylish.
The gourmet vegan food has been described as sensational, outrageous, alchemical, the best ever, and more. It is often raw, always free from dairy, meats, gluten, and sugar. The food supports the practice and quickly rebalances digestion. Retreat facilitator Gertrud shares her practice of Embodied Meditation, which is the yoga of breath, mindfulness and movement. Without excessive effort, the practice strengthens your core, legs and hips, tones your parasympathetic nervous system and sets alight your inner space.
There will be periods of free time each day, which gives you opportunity to just relax in the walled garden, pamper yourself or explore wild swimming in nearby lakes and rivers. You will be held within a clear daily structure. The Yobaba Lounge team will look after all your practical needs whilst you let go and spend time with your self. Our Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation Retreat includes periods of delicious silence (until mid-day each day) to help you reflect and integrate what arises during practice.
This Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation Retreat is intended for all those in need of rejuvenation, rest and relaxation, and those who are seeking a more mystical connection to their existing yoga and meditation practice. Nevertheless, it is suitable for beginners or those already proficient in either yoga or meditation.
Gertrud Keazor is your teacher on this Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation Retreat. She has been practicing the healing arts for almost 30 years. 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.
The vegan food at Yobaba Lounge is at the centre of everything we do. 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. A cook book is under way.
Known for its chic, bohemian style, our beautiful nineteenth-century village chateau has the feel of 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 artifacts with classical French features in Gertrud’s inimitable décor style.
* Our signature suites are enormous with ensuite bathrooms (approx 48 sqm / 480 sqf)
* The double rooms are large, sharing individually styled bathrooms (approx 30 sqm / 300 sqf)
* We have a large master room for a group of 3, sharing bathrooms (approx 35 sqm / 350 sqf)
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.
Prices are in British pounds
From £800 per person
• All meals, snacks and drinks on the Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation Retreat
• 5 days (ie 4 nights) accommodation
• 2 daily sessions of Embodied Meditation
• 1 evening session of guided meditation
• skin and hair detox pack (face mask, raw skin oils, no-poo hair rinse)
• 1 or 2 option excursions to nearby sites of historical interest or outstanding natural beauty
• 1 night accommodation prior to start of retreat for those where transport links make it difficult to arrive in time for the 3pm start
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 massage treatments (to be booked separately, in advance)
• 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 Yobaba Lounge team. Thank you all again for a magical five days on the Yoga, Mindfulness and 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 Yobaba to anyone in search of a retreat experience.” Richard
”I feel very lucky to have discovered Yobaba 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 Gertrude’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.
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)
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