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FRANCE, Carcasonne

Receive focused daily teaching from experienced teachers – and have a brilliant holiday in a beautiful historic spot, together with like-minded people. Expect a stunning location, delicious food, a heated swimming pool, and daily opportunities to walk and visit local places (or lie by the pool if you prefer). This is a small retreat (18 people maximum), and we will have this gorgeous retreat centre to ourselves.

The place
We will be staying at Domaine de Mournac, a beautifully restored 12th-century stone-built coach house, set in over 15 acres of woodland and vines, in the stunning Aude department of South West France. The Domaine has a beautiful and spacious yoga studio, an outdoor practice space, a dining room and outdoor dining terrace, two living rooms and a heated swimming pool. It is located just south of Carcassonne, close to the Pyrenees and the Spanish border. There is is lots to see and do nearby, including the local market town, Cathar castles, abbeys, vinyards and much more. We will be organising a group walk or trip on most afternoons – which you are free to join or not.

The practice

This is an opportunity to concentrate on your practice, with support and guidance from a knowledgeable and experienced senior teacher. With a qualified assistant teacher present at all classes, there will be a high ratio of teachers to students. We will be practising ashtanga vinyasa yoga Mysore style, which means you will get a lot of personal attention and a practice tailored to you. This is an adaptive and dogma-free approach, using props where helpful. As always in Mysore practice, you are welcome to do as much or as little as you like. Beginners are welcome. On a couple of days (perhaps when a long walk is planned for later) we may do a restorative morning practice. We'll work this out together depending on the group's needs.


On at least some days, we will gather before dinner for a short meditative relaxation.

The food

Delicious vegetarian meals, including some home-grown produce and eggs from the Domaine's own chickens, will be prepared for us by a local chef. Fruit and herbal teas will be available before practice. There will be a substantial brunch after practice, and dinner at 7pm (with the option of wine – not included in the cost of the retreat). Snack food will be available for any long walks.
 

Rooms
The Domaine has a range of beautifully restored double, twin and triple rooms. If you'd like to be closer to nature, it's also possible to glamp. (The bell tents are comfortable, with beds, and situated in their own spot in private woodland.) All accommodation in the house is shared; however the retreat centre is spacious, with lots of indoor and outdoor space where you can be quiet and alone. Single glamping tents are available.

Typical schedule

8.30–10.30am: Mysore practice.
11am: Brunch.
Afternoon: Explore the local area or relax at the retreat centre.

6–6.30pm: Yoga nidra / relaxation / meditation.
7pm: Dinner.

10pm–8.30am: Quiet time.


Getting there
The nearest main station is Carcassonne, and the local station is Couiza-Montazel.
The nearest airport is Carcassonne (a 45-minute drive away). Toulouse airport is a 90-minute drive away.
Nearer the time, we will co-ordinate trains, flights, car sharing and so on for those who would like to travel together.

DATE

4–11 September 2020

PRICE

Double / twin

Early bird (deposit paid by end of 2019): £975 per person / Booked thereafter: £1,075.


Triple

Early bird (deposit paid by end of 2019): £875 per person / Booked thereafter: £975.


Glamping (twin / double)

Early bird (deposit paid by end of 2019): £775 per person / Booked thereafter: £875.

 

Glamping (single)
Early bird (deposit paid by end of 2019): £950 / Booked thereafter: £1,050.

Payment in full is due by 28 February 2020. Payment plans can be arranged.

All rooms are en suite. The tents have their own personal eco toilet (clean and easy to use) and a shared shower block. The fee includes all yoga, meals and board. It does not include travel, transfers and trips out, or wine at dinner.

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