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
This four 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. We will work with the principle that we are created by light and that human perception is light perceiving light. We will combine this with daily meditation on the colours of the chakras and yoga asana practice.
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 meditation with concentrate on the colours of the chakras, one by one over the course of the workshop.
The daily yoga asana will be an Open Level practice, including Pranyama (breath work). Willamina Bridger has developed yoga exersises for the eyes that are meaningful and enjoyable to practice. We have yoga mats and props, but feel free to bring you own mat if you wish.
Wlliamina Bridget specialises in hydrotherapy and Pranayama. She is a Kundalini Yoga teacher and 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.
4 nights accommodation in beautiful dorm style rooms.
3 organic vegetarian/vegan meals per day.
Daily meditation, Pranyama and asana practice.
Techniques to take away with you for improving your eyesight.
Local walks among the vineyards and yellow broom.
A trip to the local Sunday Market in Esperaza.
Free pick up form/to Limoux Gare (railway station, 15 mins away).
A special price for local residents without accommodation, but including lunch and dinner, € 295
This retreat will be taught in English.
For more information about travel, accommodation or dietary requests, please contact 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/
An Alchemists Retreat
JACKIE SUMELL (jackSun sLaughter) and CATHERINE BURKE
June 11th-17th, 2018
Housed in the sunflower decorated mountains of the French Pyrenees, this retreat will explore heART opening practices on and off the mat. For 6-nights/ 7-days we will employ creative practices, learning how to integrate the imagination into our every day problem solving and human(e) existence.
This a retreat for creatives and non-creatives, for those of us who believe self-care is part of generative practice that includes art, movement, music, play, storytelling, journaling, humor and movement building. During this sweet retreat we will build a tool kit for personal alchemy that integrates the imagination and cherishes in our delightfully playful spirit. Also, good wine! Also, chocolate! Also, France!
Sample daily schedule:
7:30-8am: Morning meditation
8-9am: Silent breakfast
9-10:30am: Yoga practice
11-12:45: Creative practice
1-5pm: Lunch and free time/day trips
5:30-7pm: Yoga practice
8:30pm: Evening meditation/discussion?
6 nights at Santosha Yoga Retreat and Healing Centre in spacious community-style rooms with breakfast
6 lunches and 6 dinners (vegan, with locally grown organic produce)
2 yoga/movement classes per day
Sunset picnic dinner with an almost 360 breath taking view of the surrounding valley and the Pyrenees Mountains.
Guided local walks from the village
Excursions to local attractions, such as Carcassonne, the largest medieval walled city in Europe
Art supplies to inspire our creative practices
Coffe and tea throughout the day
Transportation to and from airport (can be arranged)
Massage sessions with aromatherapy
Optional cooking classes
Early Bird ($500 nonrefundable deposit by March 1) $1100
Regular Bird ($500 nonrefundable deposit made after March 1) $1350
Payments made in full by May 21
May All Birds Be Happy and Free!
Santosha Yoga Centre is in the small village of Conilhac de la Montagne in the department of Aude, in the region of Languedoc-Roussillon, France.
It is situated 45 minutes south of the medieval City of Carcassonne, 1 hr 45 min from Toulouse, approximately 1 hr 30 min from the Mediterranean sea, 2hrs from the Spanish border, and 4 hrs from Barcelona.
The closest airport is Carcassonne, reachable from within Europe via low cost airline Ryanair. From outside Europe, the nearest international airport is Toulouse. From either of these airports, high speed trains can bring you close to Santosha.
Sometimes cheaper flights can be found into Barcelona. We can help arrange transportation to Santosha Yoga Centre from any of these options.
For more information go to https://www.thealchemistsretreat.com/
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
5-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 restorative yoga classes
5 nights at the Yoga Retreat and Healing Centre in spacious community-style rooms with nutritious breakfast and organic juices.
5 lunches and 5 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.
Dates and price:
Dates and price:
Saturday 8th September for 5 nights
Price: 789 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: http://www.prananavinayoga.com/yoga-and-hiking-retreat/
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.