Yoga Retreat in the French Pyrennes
Dates 22 - 29 June 2020
Vilalte will be our home for our 7day retreat. A spacious hamlet situated on the South-facing slopes of the massif of Mount Canigou at an altitude of 920m it offers breath-taking views over the surrounding mountains and hills.
It is only a mile away from the famous GR10, the Pyrenees track which connects the Mediterranean Sea with the Atlantic Ocean.
There are acres and acres of pristine forest offering adventurous trails between enormous granite boulders and ageless oaks and within the property an ancient stone circle (Cromlech) can be reached by a short walk.
Our retreat is supported by Vilalte's isolated position, the only sounds those of nature. Wild boars, Pyrenees vultures, eagles and many other wild life can be seen here in addition to a great diversity of botanical species. At night the stunning, starry skies can be seen, a gift with the absence of light pollution.
The ancient stone buildings dating back to the 16 century, have been totally renovated and restored to provide a comfortable stay to guests. The hamlet consists of a large mansion house and renovated barn, a newly constructed, spacious, yoga/mediation hall with a grass roof and infra-red heating. The property includes several dry wall terraces, where fruits and vegetables are grown organically, a large bio-pool with a natural and biological filtering system (no chemicals) surrounded by large decking areas, lawns and gardens.Vilalte's pure drinking water comes from a private deep well, it is mechanically and UV filtered, while a natural spring provides for the watering of the garden.
Our trip will begin in the capital of Catalania, Barcelona. We will travel by train early on the 22nd June to Perpignan where we will be met by a shuttle bus to Vilalte. Please book hotel accommodation at DingDong Express Gracia (or nearby) for the days before this. If you are in Barcelona for a few days before (or after) we can explore Barcelona together and do a day trip to amazing Montserrate. Let me know if you will join this part of the trip. I also recommend visiting Girona, Figueres and Cadaques, maybe after the retreat, as Girona and Figueres are on the same train line. Cadaques is a bus journey from Figueres.
Barcelona Program Plan to arrive in Barcelona around the 18th if you want to join a exploration of the city.. it's an amazing city and there is lots to see.
19th June Gaudi Barcelona - Early morning walk - depart 6.30am from DingDong to Parc Guell - free entry before 8am. Independently you can then wander back down into town to Casa Battlo and La Pedrera (purchase tickets in advance on ine). Together in the afternoon we will visit La Sagrada Familia (please purchase online individual ticket for 1630 entry ).
20th June Montserrat day trip. Depart DingDong at 7.00am
21st June Leisurely morning - Explore Las Ramblas and Gothic Bario in the evening
22nd June Depart for Perpignan 9.30 am train .. purchase tic 3months in advance for best deal
Cost summary 1010 - 1210 Euro
There are various different room options (single/doubles/triples +/- shared or private bathroom), which determine price. I will confirm price with room booking. A proportion of fee will be payable direct to venue and remainder to Tam for yoga tuition and expenses. 200 Euro non-refundable deposit to confirm booking.
Accommodation, meals, use of yoga shala and facilities
Min 4 hours of Yoga classes daily with one rest day
Guided walk of property up to G10 & perhaps an afternoon walk along it??
Transport – Transfers to and from Perpignan train station. There is also an airport in Perpignan with links to the UK; but transfers will be at your separate expense.
Accomodation and expenses either side of retreat – ie. Barcelona, Girona, etc..
Travel insurance (compusory) – also that covers in the event of travel delays and cancellations
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NB: Flights, accommodation and meals outside of Vilalte retreat at your own expense
7.00– 8.15 Pranayama and Meditation