"... The retreats pivot on delicious raw food meals and Embodied Meditation, a practice which teaches you to focus on the power of mindful breath and yogic movement to rejuvenate body and mind...." The Sunday Telegraph, 7/8 April 2018
“This delightful retreat, open between April and October, is a bohemian château in the sleepy village of Chalabre in southern France that offers five-night group wellness retreats and bespoke stays. …”
Gertrud on yoga: “My yoga is gloriously feminine, chaotic and alive with connection. It reaches for the light in the earth, our source, our nourishment. Physically, it builds strength in the hips, the legs and the back. Bringing to us a sense of support, of being held....”; and on food: “We develop little unconscious rituals wherever we go. The things we eat, how and what kind of food we prepare. The kind of ingredients we buy. To become mindful of those rituals, and to cut out the ones that no longer serve us, is a really good exercise. …”
"If you're looking for something less active (and alcohol-free), book a cheap flight to Toulouse or Carcassonne then head to the small and friendly Yobaba Lounge boutique retreat, situated in a village chateau in the foothills of the Pyrenees. …”
Yobaba Lounge, France This stylish, bohemian village château nestled in the heart of the French Pyrenees is owned by the impressively creative Gertrud Keazor, who runs regular five-day wellness breaks. There are two-hour sessions of yin-style yoga and meditation four times a day, and each retreat includes periods of silence. This year teachers include the Sanskrit scholar Dr Christopher Wallis, the ashtanga and yin yogi Luiz Veiga and the Zen Buddhist meditation teacher Myosen Cimiotti. The (mainly raw) meals are exceptionally tasty. Details: The next retreat is on April 22; four nights, all inclusive, cost from £975pp (07834 963000, yobabalounge.com). Carcassonne is the nearest airport
El Pais, Spain's leading newspaper, included us on the weekend in their S Moda supplement and review of yoga retreats with a difference.
Our formula is unique. And effective. If you need some space, want to get away, and hear yourself think again, come and stay. We have beautiful, satisfying vegan food, stylish, bohemian accommodation and pure, pristine and inspirational yoga that is suitable to beginners as well as experienced yogis.
"Teacher Mangalo kept it simple, so very simple, a pure, clean, pared away practice that washed away thought and pulled me right into my body, into the moment. Peace incarnate. At the end of our asana practice and after savasana, we sat up for meditation and I was reminded that the whole purpose of yoga asana is to prepare for this, to calm the body so the mind can sink deep, Mangalo's hatha yoga brought me back to the fundamentals and I felt like the best kind of beginner. Bottom line? I loved it. Totaly utterly loved it."