Yoga Retreats in France

Pyrenees Yoga Hike Restore Retreats

6 Night France Retreats
Atlantique Pyrenees, Southwest France
with Jessie Chapman & facilitators

OCTOBER 2024
Monday 7th – Sunday 13th October 2024

Join Jessie Chapman & facilitators on our Radiance Pyrenees Yoga Hike Restore Retreat staying in a mountain view lodge high in the Atlantique Pyrenees of Southwest France. Each day on retreat is an inspired journey of dedicated twice daily yoga practice, awe-inspiring hiking, restoration and yoga nidra. This is your time to relax, connect, strengthen and regenerate in beautiful and invigorating mountainous surrounds.

Our journey begins in Pau, where our group meeting and pick-up location is. From here we journey via regional train up into the Atlantique Pyrenees for our yoga and hiking adventure days. Everyone is welcome and well cared for by Jessie and the experienced Radiance Retreat facilitators. The yoga classes are designed for all, from the complete beginner to those with a regular practice, with lots of nourishing one-on-one yoga adjustments and instruction. 

6 Night France Yoga Retreat I Rooms

Euro 1475 – Twin Room with ensuite
Euro 1655 – Single Room with share bathroom (for 2 guests)
Euro 1775 – Single/Couple Room own ensuite

Many people join our France Yoga Retreats on their own and can either book a single room or share with another participant. 

What's Included - France Pyrenees Yoga Retreat

6 nights accommodation
All retreat transport
Morning & afternoon yoga with Jessie & facilitators
Daily guided hikes 
All breakfasts and dinners
Evening yoga nidra I meditation 
Some silent walking periods on our hikes

Not included: airfares, travel insurance, return train fares from Pau, lunches, which we either eat out or buy at the store to take on our days hiking. 

Our Retreat Days

wake up in beautiful mountain surrounds
7 am: Morning yoga with Jessie & facilitators
9 am: Breakfast
10 am: Depart for our days hiking adventure
12.30: Picnic lunch or we stop by a resturant 
3-4 pm: Return to our hotel for a shower and a rest
5.30 pm: Afternoon restoration yoga with Jessie & facilitators 
7 pm: Dinner at our hotel bar
8.30 pm: Evening yoga nidra for a deep restorative sleep

Our days are full with lots of yoga and hiking. Feel free to skip a class or hike as needed to simply rest in the beautiful mountain village surrounds.

France Yoga Retreat Accommodation & Location

We stay 6 nights in a mountain village lodge 1.5 hours outside from Pau, in the Atlantique Pyrenees of Southwest France. The family run hotel is situated high up in a small village with the cafe and bar next door where we enjoy our breakfasts and dinners before setting off on foot for our days hiking adventures. There’s a general store in the village with fresh local produce that we buy each morning for our picnic lunches or we stop by a restaurant to savour the regional cuisine.

Your France Retreat Hosts

Your France retreat hosts are Jessie Chapman and the experienced Radiance facilitators Jessie has been offering retreats in the Pyrenees region since 2008. Jessie has been teaching yoga for 27 years and for the past 22 years (since 2002) she has been offering Radiance Yoga Retreats in Byron Bay, Asia, New Zealand and Europe. Author of 4 Yoga Books (HarperCollins) including the bestseller Yoga Postures for your Body, Mind & Soul and creator of the Radiance Yoga DVD Series, Jessie loves sharing the transformational yoga practice and powerful retreat journeys; creating space for people to deepen in yoga and to be inspired in beautiful natural surrounds. During the retreat Jessie is joined by the experienced Radiance yoga adjusters and highly attuned facilitators offering an abundance of care, nourishment and healing art classes for inspiration and renewal. 

Yoga, Restoration & Stillness

Jessie’s morning yoga classes are an inspired journey of full body loosening, limbering, breath awareness and stillness followed by gentle warm up sequences, core awareness and holding postures longer to cultivate strength, flexibility, core stability, correct alignment and awareness. There’s a focus on addressing any issues that arise from our hiking bodies, stretching and strengthening as needed. In our afternoon classes we start with some gentle releasing and stretching out after our big days hiking adventure and then move into restorative yoga postures for deep healing rest, inner connection and stillness.

Our Hiking Days

Each day we set off on foot from our hotel after yoga and breakfast. The beauty of staying up high in the Pyrenees is that we do not need transport to get to the start of our hikes. Stunning trails are all around us. The scenic hikes combine a wide variety of trails with some gentler walking days and some higher mountain hikes. People in good health and of all ages have managed the hikes well. The hikes vary in length and average around 8-12 km’s per day with varying terrains. When walking we’re taking in the views, stopping to rest as needed and to absorb with some silent walking periods each day for deeper connection and stillness. Each day we stop off at the village general store to pick up some fresh local produce for our days picnic on the trail or we may eat back in the village at a local resturant. Our hiking days end with time to shower and refresh back at our hotel before afternoon restoration yoga.

Getting There, Arrival & Departure, Extra Night

Our scheduled pick-up and meeting place on the first day is 8.30 am at Pau Train Station. Pau is the gateway to the Pyrenees of Southwest France and is located 1.5 hours inland from Biarritz and 2 hours from Bordeaux. Most guests will opt to stay in Pau the night before at a nearby hotel or AirBNB.  You can get to Pau via train from Paris and other cities as well as fly into Pau International Airport from Paris, etc. From Pau we travel together to our retreat via local train. Once we arrive there’s to settle into our rooms, rest, shower and relax before our first yoga class and group welcome followed by our evening meal together. On the last morning of the retreat yoga will finish at 8.30 am followed by breakfast before we pack up make our way back to Pau via local train. Full ‘getting there’ details along with what to bring, etc are emailed upon registration. 

EUROPEAN YOGA RETREAT TESTIMONIALS

“Having just spent a fantastic week in Spain, I am delighted to recommend Jessie Chapman’s Radiance Yoga Hike Restore Retreat for anyone who wants an active and stimulating holiday. I feel both rested and reinvigorated, and ready to explore the world further. The hiking and scenery is incredible, and the intensity of the daily yoga helped me make some real gains (even as a beginner). The combination of mental and physical challenges and restorative contemplation was perfectly balanced and both teachers were really helpful and knowledgeable. Oh, and the food was delicious! Fabulous week in an amazing part of the world.
Cara – Spain Yoga Hike Restore Retreat

“I highly recommend Radiance Retreats. I’ve been to 4 now in 4 different countries and they have all been amazing experiences and so well organised. The yoga classes cater to all different levels of experience and everyone is so well looked after.”
Lina – Radiance Spain Yoga Hike Restore Retreat

“The joy began at the sight of our Tuscan Villa which proved to be ‘home’ for a week of well balanced strengthening, restoring, rejuvenating yoga and meditation. We enjoyed wonderful walks through the countryside and optional outings. The vegetarian food, facilities and staff were outstanding and Jessie’s guidance and nurturing instruction lead us all through a wonderfully, memorable time. I now have a new strength of heart, body and mind. Thank you so much.”
Jenny – Tuscany Yoga & Walking Retreat

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