Chaya Yoga Retreats

FRANCE RETREAT | SEPT '17 | EQUINOX ENLIGHTEN


A 7 DAY YOGA, WELLBEING + RENEWAL RETREAT
with ANNIE CLARKE (Mind, Body, Bowl) + LUCY HILL
From £950

ENLIGHTEN. In honour of the equinox, this retreat is all about letting go. And therefore in turn creating space for all thats new; for a lighter, clearer and more vibrant you. Join us in the south of France for 7 days devoted to renewal - where you'll find a clear and nourishing space devoted to (gently) re-booting and upgrading you on every level. 

Set in a traditional chateau, beautifully restored, in the peaceful and stunning French countryside, our Chaya retreat home will immerse you in comfort and nature.
With juicy flows to start your day, followed by our epic, slow and delicious gourmet brunch, you can then swim in the jaw-dropping outdoor pool with panoramic views of the Pyrenees, or perhaps take a long country walk. Maybe sit in a hammock with a book or get your tan on lounging in the sun. We will have open fires in the evenings, guided meditations, stargazing, game-playing and inspiring workshops. All for you, as always, to take part in as little or as much as you like - making it the perfect retreat for you.

YOGA | Annie Clarke + Mind Body Bowl
East London yoga teacher, Annie Clarke, will lead a beautiful, energising and detoxifying flow practice in the morning and a restful, restorative yin practice in the evening. Annie’s approach is playful and lighthearted, whilst giving you the opportunity to connect to yourself in a calm and grounding space. 

FOOD | CHAYA KITCHEN
Using the bountiful abundance of local fruit and vegetables, Chaya Kitchen (aka Chaya founder, wellbeing food coach and teacher Lucy Hill and plant-based chef Laura Paine), will prepare delicious, organic 50% raw, plant-based meals. The food will refer to the pillars of a therapeutic diet to best support you during retreat, with the natural detoxifying element of the Autumn equinox in mind. Full of tasty super foods designed to cleanse and lighten you mentally and physically, whilst energising and brightening you from the inside out.

Homemade nut and seed mylks, organic juices, superfood smoothies and raw chocolate are a standard on all Chaya retreats. Being super-foodie's at heart, we ensure there's absolutely never any compromise on any aspect of the eating experience. We look forward to surprising and delighting you in just how good truly healthy food can taste and feel.

WELLBEING + RAW FOOD WORKSHOP | LUCY HILL
Lucy will be hosting a 2-hour workshop during the week, where she will share her extensive knowledge of natural, healing foods. Drawing from naturopathic principles, the workshop will discuss what wellbeing eating is and how you can feel amazing through food. With a focus on giving you the low down on 'Raw Foodism and how to integrate the healing benefits of raw food in to your diet. We'll look at some simple ways to upgrade the way you eat for better health; showing you how to create delicious, energising food and snacks - meaning you can leave the retreat feeling enlightened and enthused about a new, fun and delicious approach to mealtimes.

CLEANSING WORKSHOP | LUCY HILL
Guests can also take part in a 1 hour workshop focussed on cleansing, which will discuss the what's and why's of what 'doing a cleanse' actually means. Looking at how the body works, healing and cleansing foods, naturopathic techniques for cleansing, when to cleanse and when not to to cleanse. The time of equinox provides the best time to cleanse and detoxify - meaning you can enjoy clearer skin, better digestion, improved moods, weight loss and greater energy levels.

LOCATION | Benque
Chateau Benque is a beautifully restored traditional French chateau just an hour's drive from Toulouse airport. Set against a stunning backdrop of oh-so-pretty rolling French countryside and even the Pyrenees mountains when the sky is clear, it offers the perfect setting for our 7 day retreat. Sleeping a lovely, intimate group of just 14 guests, each of the unique rooms provides you the perfect calm space to rest and relax.

Guests can sit by the pool, wander the secluded beautiful gardens, hang out under a tree with a good book, or take a healing massage. Or maybe just snooze in the beautiful chateau suites. For those that want a little extra activity, you can make use of the tennis court or take a run through the local villages, and come back to a glowing fire, a hot bath and a cup of hot cocoa.

TREATMENTS
Deep Tissue, Therapeutic and Hot Stone massage are all available, with more TBC

TYPICAL DAILY RETREAT SCHEDULE

  • 07:30 - 08:30 Herbal teas, coconut water
  • 08:30 - 10:30 Flow Yoga (2hrs)
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Buffet brunch
  • 11:30 - 16:30 Treatments, free time
  • 16:00 - 17:00 Afternoon Tea
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Yin
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Dinner
  • 22:00 – 22:45 Yoga Nidra or Guided Meditation (1 during the retreat)

INCLUDED

  • Twice daily yoga
  • Evening guided meditation
  • Twice daily gourmet plant based meals, plus afternoon tea
  • 2 hr wellbeing food workshop with Lucy Hill 
  • 1 hour cleansing workshop with Lucy Hill

NOT INCLUDED
Flights and transfers

TRAVEL
We would recommend arriving in to Toulouse between 16:00 and 17:30, with flights from London with Easyjet arriving at 17:35 and departing at 17:10, currently priced at around £45 return.

TRANSFERS
Airport transfers can be arranged at around 25e per person each way, when sharing with 2 other guests. Alternatively we would encourage you to car share or hire a car with other guests as it's an easy and pleasant 1 hour drive.

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RETREAT COST (per person) 
£950  based on four sharing
£1250  based on two sharing
£1695 single room

We have many independent retreaters - and we can pair you up with another guest if you’re coming solo. In our experience this always works out beautifully!
To book a place on this retreat or for any further details, please contact us at:
Email: info@chayayogaretreats.com Lucy: 0044 7866 368798