RETREATS IN 2018
Santosha Yoga is available for bookings during July
Closed for August for family fun
Santosha Yoga is available for bookings for the rest of September, October and until the middle of November
Deep Presence in the Footsteps of Mary Magdalene
A 7 Day Retreat with Dr Stephen M. Marcus and Barbara Kroll
5th May to 12th May 2018
We are excited to once again invite you to join us for a very special retreat in the heart of French Occitania. The core of our time together will be based on the Freedom Through Releasing process of Dr Isa and Yolanda Lindwall (www.releasing.org), and also WE-space presencing practices which allow us to take our inner work even further into the space of our mutual connection and our connection with all of life in trust, openness and love.
As we come together with a genuine desire for the highest not only for ourselves but also for each other, we find that our issues gently dissolve in this space of mutual love and trust. And as our hearts open more and more, we are in deeper contact with ourselves and those around us. Old wounds may be healed and blockages dissolved for ourselves and the whole. A sense of connectedness and oneness arises which very naturally continues after the workshop.
We will also be opening to and deeply embodying the spirit of the land where we find ourselves: looking south, gently rolling hills give way to a spectacular backdrop of the high Pyrenees. This is the land where Mary Magdalene and her followers are said to have lived, leaving sites dedicated to her memory even today and a tangible presence rooted deep in the earth. It is also the Pays Cathare, that part of Europe where a fertile culture of peace and understanding flourished in the 12th century between the Cathar people and the local Catholic and Jewish communities. A golden age of culture, tolerance and understanding which ended with the so-called Albigensian Crusade, the total genocide of the Cathars. The eternal flame of spirit and sacred way of love which they embraced could not be extinguished and lives on in the land to this day.
The retreat will be in English and German.
Go to http://landscapeofthesoul.com/retreat-france-2018-en/ for more information about Stephen and Barbara’s retreat.
Go to http://landscapeofthesoul.com for general information.
Illumination Yoga Retreat
18th May to 21st May 2018
As the flowers start to bloom across the french countryside, so too will we blossom during this retreat to find our most illuminated SELF! Going back to nature in this quaint country village, we’ll eat from the organic garden, salute the sun with our morning yoga practice, hike in the mountains & learn about the history of the region from our stellar hosts, Gillian & Neil.
Your retreat includes:
3 nights/4 days in a historic French cottage
Morning & evening yoga classes (All levels)
Three scrumptious vegetarian/vegan meals per day
Tea and snacks
Hike & picnic on the mystical Mount Bugaresh
Visit & hike to the natural Labyrinth or afternoon at the natural hot springs
Local French market tour
Relaxation time to disconnect & de-stress in the garden or take a long walk in the surrounding vineyards and beautiful French countryside.
*All outings are optional and will depend on the group’s desires
Santosha Yoga Center is an eco-friendly, historical stone cottage built 450 years ago in the quaint village of Conilhac de la Montagne. With a focus on sustainability, everything at the cottage is recycled, reused and composted, providing for minimal waste in an effort to preserve the surrounding environment. It boasts exquisite views of the scenic Pyrenees and Mt Bugarach, and is beautifully set among sunflower fields and vineyards. It’s home to a gorgeous and newly renovated yoga studio, in addition to charming outdoor gardens and terraces.
Accomodations are shared rooms however a private room can be requested.
Early Bird Special (before April 1st): 350€
Price after April 1st: 380€
*A Deposit of 200€ is required to reserve your spot.
If you are interested in joining, please email Angela directly at email@example.com with any questions.
Find out more about about Lila Yoga Massage – www.lilayogamassage.com
Eye Sight and Insight
Willemina Bridget and Gillian Rice-Duncan
24th to 28th May 2018
“Your eyes are the windows of the soul, they are precious and sacred. We will work with the principle that we are created by light and that human perception is light perceiving light.”
This three day workshop will bring clear examples of how to look after eyes in your day to day life. We will repeat basic routines, and we hope and intend that you will leave with a sense of satisfaction so that you may continue with the benefits of the techniques you have learned. Your eyes are the windows of the Soul, they are precious and sacred.
Our eyesight governs our sensory perception, the gateway to the inner world of memories, visions and dreams. Through daily meditations sessions we will explore the deeper levels of seeing, opening to intuitive insight and meditation in a loving supportive environment where we can open and journey together. Through becoming aware of of the relationship between our outer world experience and our inner world reactions, we can find solutions to our eye problems. Our mediation practice, some with live music, will concentrate on visualisations of the seven chakras and their colours.
Daily Hatha yoga classes will be given by Gillian Rice-Duncan, co owner of Santosha Yoga Retreat Centre. The yoga classes will be an open level, and available to all levels. We will pay particular attention to where we focus our eyes during the sessions, A daily yoga Nidra session is also included in the workshops. We have a limited number pf mats, blankets and props.
FOOD FOR THE EYES:
Eat the Rainbow! All meals will be organic and vegan, with a balance of cooked and raw foods, and will be as colourful as the season allows. Carotenoids are pigments that give fruits and vegetables their vibrant red, orange, yellow and green colours, and are essential for healthy eyes. Your meals will also be rich in in vitamin C and E, Omega 3 fatty acids and selenium.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Daily sessions on the beautiful roof terrace yoga deck, focusing on long and short distances per day (weather permitting).
Daily palming, Yoga Nidra, Brain Gymnastics, Banda exercises, Kriyas, Yoga for the eyes, candle gazing, visualisations, Kundalini breath work, meditation, Hatha Yoga, walks through the countryside of Conilhac de la Montagne, discussion and journal writing.
Over the past few decades, Willamina Bridget Lytton-Minor, an accomplished Kundalini Yoga Teacher, has developed what she calls Yoga for the Eyes, which are both meaninful and enjoyable. She specialises in hydrotherapy and Pranayama and is a lifelong vegetarian. At the age of 92 she is still enthusiastic about good vision, and helping people to become less dependant on glasses. Or even doing without them completely. She has been running residential eye courses for 12 years, and does not wear glasses herself.
Gillian Rice-Duncan is the co-owner of Santosha Yoga Retreat and Healing Centre. She is a certified 300hr yoga teacher, and was a Licensed Massage Therapist in the state of Louisiana, USA before moving to France. A vegetarian for over 23 years, and now vegan, her passion for complimentary therapies, especially concerning diet, will be reflected in the meals you will receive here.
The cost of these workshops reflects our gift to you. We are just covering our costs, and Willamina Bridget is sharing her teachings for no monetary gain. If you enjoy the teachings and wish to make a donation to Santosha Yoga, it will be very much appreciated.
Each day will commence at 10am and finish at 4.30om. An organic vegan lunch will be provided, as well as morning coffee and tea throughout the day. You may attend one day for €25 euros, or all three for €60.
Several evenings will feature activities such as chanting and chakra meditations with live music from Peter Bailey.
Evening meal available on request on these evenings.
WHATS INCLUDED IF YOU RESIDE AT SANTOSHA YOGA
3 nights accommodation in beautiful comfortable dorm style rooms, each with it’s own bathroom.
3 organic vegetarian/vegan meals per day.
All the teachings mentioned above.
Free pick up form/to Limoux Gare (railway station, 15 mins away).
The price for this is €200.
We can arrange airport pick up/drop of from Carcassone or Toulouse.
It is possible to arrive the day before (Thursday 24th May) and stay an extra night for a cost of €57 including your evening meal and breakfast the next morning. Check our rooms and facilities here http://www.santoshayoga.fr/the-house-and-accommodation/
In this 3 day workshop you we hope that you will learn, and take away with you, methods and exercises that will help you to improve your eyesight and your general wellbeing. We encourage you to wear your colourful clothing and please avoid wearing black. Yoga mats can be provided. Please bring water bottles and walking shoes, as well as comfortable (colourful) clothes for yoga.
Places are limited so please sign up in advance. Sign up with Gillian at firstname.lastname@example.org
Joie de Vivre Yoga Retreat
ALUNA ADVENTURES WITH THE MEGS
2nd to 9th June 2018
Joie de vivre \ˌzhwä-də-ˈvēvrə\ simply means, “joy of living,” and on our first Aluna European Adventure, we are diving into this theme. That is what the spirit of the Land that has become our home in Southern France buzzes with. Simple, abundant joy as experiencing through……
Rolling hills. Dancing fields of wheat. Rushing rivers. Sweet wildflowers. Old family vineyards. And a secret labyrinth forest, what one might imagine is the lush dwelling place of fairies. All set in the foothills of the rugged Pyrenees Mountains, the meeting grounds of France and Spain. The natural landscape is wild and sparsely populated, but carries a rich and mysterious history. Caves with prehistoric paintings, crumbling castles, grand chateaus, and gothic cathedrals dot the land. It has been nicknamed Cathar Country, for the mystical Cathars, a sect of Christianity who was persecuted by Pope for being “heretics” and tales of Mary Magdalene can be heard in whispers.
You’ll find refuge in the smallest town in which you may have ever stayed (Conilhac-de-la-Montagne has a population of 60 people!) At this time of year the nights are short and the days are long with the sun setting between 9 and 10pm. Watch the hues of the landscape change as the light begins to fade. Join us as spring begins to turn into summer. A time when nature is pulsing with life. Let the wild, open space allow you to find freedom in your heart. Room for it to expand. Lightness. Tenderness. This land is rich with simplicity and will help you to remember your own capacity for spontaneous, relaxed enjoyment of all things. In a place where the people work the land; till your own soil, so you can grow and expand. Rejoice in simple pleasures. Let the warm breezes blow through you.
Join us on this beautiful journey. Give your heart this gift of living and breathing in joy every day.
Your retreat includes:
7 nights at Santosha Yoga Centre
1 night in the rose city: Toulouse
all transportation in France
daily yoga + meditation
healing massage with Gillian
2-3 meals a day
other surprises….it’s not an Aluna Adventure without a bit of mystery!!
For more information and prices go to: http://www.alunaadventures.com/france-retreat/
Flourish France-a Soulful Yoga/Cultural Retreat in the Pyrennes
23rd to 29th June 2018
Treat yourself to 6 nights and 7 days of soul filling yoga and magical connection in the south of France. Renew your soul in this gorgeous setting where sacred movement, deep culture, and sweet friends gather. Fill your heart, strengthen your body, and have an adventure you’ll never forget!
Flourish Yoga Project Founder Carla Giambrone, PhD, e-RYT
Carla teaches from a deep love for the body/mind connection that yoga creates, and that has transformed her own body and heart. A certified yoga instructor for well over a decade, she created her signature Flourish yoga style from a fusion of flow, vinyasa, and precise alignment into one sweaty, uplifting experience. With a doctorate in psychology and physiological integration, Carla creates pathways of well-being through movement and breath to create transformative intensity and grace in the body/mind and soul. The south of France is one of her favorite places in the world, especially because her family name is Provenzano (“of Provence”). Carla has always loved the beat of small town life, the adventure of travel, and the soulfulness of this magical place.
Your Soul retreat includes all this:
6 nights/7 days in historic French cottages w/private baths
Daily meditation and hiking through the gorgeous mountain range
Morning and evening Flourish flow yoga classes (challenging & accessible to all levels – evening restorative, meditation and yin practices)
Three delicious vegetarian/vegan meals per day
Two French lessons (on food and travel) by native Frenchwoman & former English teacher, Carla’s dear friend, Isabelle
Sunset hike & picnic w/fantastic views of the mystical Mount Bugaresh
Visit & hike to the natural green labyrinth & the Goerges de Galamus
Explore the pre-historic paintings in the walls of Caves at Niaux
Visit to La Cite at Carcassonne, the largest medieval walled city in Europe
Sun and swim at the natural hot springs
Visit to the local and lively French market at Esperaza where you’ll find clothes from Italy, original art work and local crafts galore
Free transportation from and to Limoux Gare (train station)
Relaxation time to decompress & revitalize
* All outings are included and optional
* Some are weather permitting, and may be rearranged if needed
Contact email@example.com to register.
$ 400 non-refundable deposit & copy of passport to register
Early bird (before November 10) $ 1409 (dollars)
After November 10 $ 1559 (dollars)
*All rooms are shared and accommodate 2 – 4 people. Roommates provided and requests accepted.
** Remaining balance due March 1, 2017
Not-included: airfare and train to Carcossone (fly into either Toulouse (1.5 hours by train) or Barcelona (4 hours by car).
Options: Swedish and deep tissue massage on-site w/ Gillian $40 euro/hr
One-on-One Session w/ Carla $ 75
For more about Carla and Flourish Yoga go to http://flourishyogaproject.com/
6 night/5 day Day Hiking & Yoga Retreat
9th to 14th September 2017
Tandy’s journey into yoga started over 17 years ago, when she discovered the healing power of Yoga after a serious accident. This journey has taken her all over the world, where she has undergone intensive training from amazing and talented teachers and holistic therapists, which has resulted in her now attaining the status of Yoga Elder with the International Independent Yoga Network.
Tandy is the founder of Prana Navina Yoga and as a Buddhist and Yogi believes that our ultimate goal is enlightenment, which involves realizing the unity and interconnectedness of all beings and things. The transformative journey of Yoga unites body, mind and spirit. Prana Navina Yoga aims to opens the gateway to this ancient spiritual discipline, awakening the power to transform our lives and the lives of those around us.
We strive to live in the present moment every day, evolving and becoming more connected to our surroundings, and the impact that our actions can have on the future. Our aim is to help and support you embrace the Sacred Power of Yoga and deepen your connections to all that is around you, creating joy, happiness, health and a deep connection with our environment. Our Yoga and Hiking Retreat is based firmly on these principles.
Join us for five mornings of Energizing Vinyasa Yoga, followed by an invigorating and connecting hike in the beautiful mountains of the French Pyrenees, then replenish the body with delicious organic food and juices, ending with a relaxing evening of meditation and yoga nidra!…..The perfect way to re-connect with your environment, whilst diving deeper into your yoga practice.
Your retreat includes:
5 guided walks throughout the beautiful mountain range.
5 morning flowing vinyasa yoga classes
5 evening meditation and yin yoga classes with pure organic essential oils
6 nights at the Yoga Retreat and Healing Centre in spacious community-style rooms with nutritious breakfast and organic juices.
5 lunches and 6 dinners organic vegan meals
Sunset picnic dinner with an almost 360 breath taking view of the surrounding valley and the Pyrenees Mountains.
Free transportation from and to Limoux Gare, or we can organize collection from Toulouse airport. Please email for price.
Date and price:
Saturday 1st September for 6 nights
Price: 689 euros per person.
Note: This is a woman’s only retreat….time for women to join together and connect and support each other in this nourishing environment.
For more information: https://www.tandyoga.com/yoga-and-hiking-retreat-in-france/
Vean Thanksgiving Yoga Retreat
MICHELLE BAKER and MEGHAN HAYS
20th to 25th Novemeber 2018
Enjoy the fall season with daily hiking in the Pyrenees, sun flower fields, teachings on natural lifestyle medicines , a full Ayurvedic tri-doshic thanksgiving feast & French culinary journey with teachings on herbs, essential oils & food as medicine.
Visits to Cathar castles and the village of Mary Magdalene
Intention Setting, Meditation, Energy Clearing Practices
Morning Yoga and Chanting.
Ayurveda Lectures on healing your life
Restorative Yoga Therapy
3 Vegetarian, Ayurvedic Medicine Meals
Morning and afternoon Wellness practices
For more details about the accommodation, please see other pages on this website. Transportation Questions:
See our “Where we are” page. Any questions please contact Gillian
Hosts: Gillian & Neil
Registration: details to follow.