Rural yoga retreat venue in SW France with indoor & outdoor equipped studios. Situated on 8 acres of land with heated pool. Perfect for small groups (12 max).
Teachers stay for free. Fantastic organic vegetarian food. Only €50 per person per day all inclusive. Airport pick-ups and sightseeing tours optional.
This former farm has been our family home since 2001. Accommodation is in a converted stone barn which is now two cottages each with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
Retreat leaders are welcome to stay in our farmhouse guest room (with ensuite shower room) to give them some privacy and time away from the group.
Studios overlook herb garden and horse pasture with river running through - perfect for meditating by in the shade of the acacia and oak trees.
We grow our own organic vegetables and have free-range hens. Family pets include a loveable labrador dog, 2 cats and 3 ponies,
Lucy, your host, is an Alexander Technique teacher and offers free introductory workshops to all retreat groups with an option of follow-up lessons. Lucy has been a vegetarian all her adult life. She is a keen organic gardener and loves cooking. Due to requests from retreat guests she has created her own yoga retreat recipe book.
Lucy has practiced yoga for over 15 years and also meditates regularly. Living a healthy and sustainable lifestyle and being mindful in everyday activities are her aims. Sharing her home with others who are seeking the same, providing the space where people can re-connect with nature and with themselves, whilst nurturing them with lovingly prepared delicious food is why Lucy loves hosting a retreat venue.
Surroundings & ActivitiesHalf day sightseeing trip to nearby medieval Najac - classed as "one of the most beautiful villages in France" is included. Trips to other medieval towns and traditional markets are optional. Lots of walks direct from our doorstep, including one to a nearby source. Swimming in the Viaur river (10 mins drive) with a 3 hr riverside walk is very popular. We can organise other activities such as horse riding, canoeing, rock climbing, accrobranche - all of which are available locally. We can provide massage.
- Air Conditioning
- Airport Transfer
Gear & supplies
10 yoga mats, 10 belts, 20 blocks, 10 bolsters - provided free of charge.
Total number of rooms: 8
Room(s) Description: 4 rooms with double beds (2 downstairs) , 4 rooms with 2 single beds. 2 shower rooms with wc (downstairs). 2 bathrooms with wc (upstairs).
Food types available:
All our food is organic and locally produced whenever possible. Much of it is homegrown. All of it is delicious, healthy and nutritionally balanced. Lucy can cater for any special dietary needs. Due to requests from retreat guests she has created her own Yoga Retreat Recipe Book - available for free on line.
Organic herbal teas and other drinks are available all day on a self-service basis. Three meals a day are provided and included in the price.
Can a retreat leader bring a personal chef? No
Closest city with major airport that attendees would fly into: Toulouse
Travel time to closest airport: 1.5 hrs
Transportation from airport to venue:
Nearest train station is 8km with free pick-up service. Direct trains from Toulouse, sleeper train from Paris.
Airport pick-ups €60 return trip based on a minimum of 4 people sharing. We have a minibus which takes 8 passengers. Also, a car for an extra 4 passengers.
For teachers leading a group retreat
Deposit to reserve the venue: €350
Price range per day per attendee (for a group retreat)
€50 including meals and accommodation. Leaders stay for free.
Price Description & Conditions
Leaders/teachers stay for free. Price is €50 per person per day all inclusive.
Deposit is non-returnable.
- "Les Aleis is a wonderful rural retreat centre set in beautiful countryside. Lucy offers comfortable accommodation and delicious organic, home-cooked vegetarian meals, much of made it with home-grown produce. My students had a lovely week in September. As well as yoga they enjoyed meals outdoors, swimming in the pool (and once in the river), visits to medieval towns, country walks and an evening round a bonfire to celebrate the autumn equinox. If you are looking for a retreat centre offering a quiet holiday away from it all, Aveyron Retreat is perfect." www.yogawithchris.co.uk Chris Holt has brought yoga groups to Aveyron Retreat for 4 year running.