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8 Day Coaching with Horses, Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Montbel, Occitanie

La Borde Blanque, 09600, Montbel, France

Coaching with Horses and Yoga Retreat in Occitanie

This week is an invitation for those who love yoga and nature and who would like to connect on a deeper level with horses and to learn from their qualities. In this retreat, you intend to connect and to communicate with horses on a subtle level. The yoga and meditation sessions will be designed around this theme with the emphasis on body awareness and will be beneficial for horse riders. All levels are welcome. All these wonderful experiences are set in an authentic French country farmhouse with a magnificent view of the surrounding countryside.

Meet the instructors

Elleke, Pieter, & Nynke
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Practical group horse coaching session
  • Practice your alignment and attunement and become aware of your subtle energy
  • No experience is necessary for both yoga and horse sessions
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals, snacks, and coffee and tea
  • Free time in the afternoon to explore
  • 7 nights accommodations

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


8 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:30
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Library

La Borde Blanque is an authentic French country farmhouse. It is situated on the crest of a hill with a magnificent view over the surrounding countryside. It has a private lakeside beach on the beautiful Lac de Montbel, with clear and clean water to swim. The property has a natural spring and bathes in the peace and serenity of the French countryside. On the compound, there are horses, dogs, and a cat colony, but in and around there is also a variety of smaller and bigger wildlife and rich flora.

Program

Overview

There will be two yoga and meditation sessions a day, in which you’ll practice your alignment and attunement and become aware of your subtle energy within your body and your fields. This way, you'll prepare your body and mind for the session with the horses. No experience with yoga or meditation is required, but when you are experienced, there will be plenty of opportunities to deepen your practice. The sessions will be adjusted to meet your needs.

You don't also need to have experience with horses, but if you have, you'll also be able to deepen your experience. When you are a rider, both your body and that of your horse will benefit from these sessions.

You begin and end the days with yoga and meditation. The rest of the morning will be spent with the horses. Then you'll have breakfast and prepare for the horse session, concluded by a gathering and sharing round. You 'll have a practical group coaching session outside with the herd, where individual themes can be brought in.

On some days, the session with the horses will be combined with other activities with the herd. And this week, you'll share the care for the herd. After lunch, there is a free afternoon, followed by a second yoga session and dinner. In the evening, there is another meditation session.

Daily schedule

  • 08:00 Herbal tea and fruit
  • 08:30 Yogaasana and relaxation
  • 09:30 Meditation
  • 10:00 Breakfast in silence
  • 10:30 Coaching session with horses
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • Siesta
  • Afternoon free and the possibility of a private coaching session with or without horses
  • 06:0 Dinner
  • 19:30 Yoga asana and meditation
  • 21:00 Closing

About the horse coaching

"Your horse is your companion and riding animal, but it's also your personal coach. Perhaps you already understand its body language and can interpret its signals, so that you can optimally take care of its well-being and also form a great team together. However, your contact can continue to deepen and thereby stimulate your personal growth process.

What should you give more attention/energy to? What more can you feel? Simple energetic exercises provide more flow in what is stuck, an awareness of what is in the shadows. Then you will see the horse reacting differently to you. This continuous interaction is an enriching process. Horses show you, without judgment and purely from their sensitivity, where you can grow and where you can free yourself. In the morning sessions with the horses, you'll work on this and thereby help you make your life, your relationships (including those with your horse) and the world a little more beautiful.

Please note that all activities are optional.

Instructors

Elleke Van Kraalingen

Pieter Hiemstra

Nynke Groenewegen

Location

La Borde Blanque is situated on a hill, at the border of a lake, surrounded by forests and at the feet of the Pyrenees. The 12-acre estate in the foothills of the Pyrenees is defined on one side by the natural boundary of the river Hers and on the others by the lake and the neighboring forest. On the compound, there are horses, dogs, and a cat colony, but in and around there is also a variety of smaller and bigger wildlife and rich flora. Old pilgrim routes through the varied landscape offer numerous opportunities for hiking.

Distances

  • Carcassonne Airport (CCF) - 50 minutes
  • Toulouse–Blagnac Airport (TLS) - 1.5 hour
  • Montpellier–Méditerranée Airport (MPL) - 2.5 hours
  • Béziers Cap d'Agde Airport (BZR) - 2.5 hours
  • Girona–Costa Brava Airport (GRO) - 3 hours
  • Barcelona–El Prat Airport (BCN) - 4 hours

Features

Activities

  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming

General

  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Lake
  • Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Library

Food

During this retreat, you'll be served vegetarian dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There will also be tea, coffee, and snacks provided for you to enjoy.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

In the afternoons, there is the possibility to have a private coaching session with Nynke and the horses. A private session may take about one up to one and a half hour and costs 50 EUR. There is also the possibility of having a private session with Pieter or Elleke for coaching, healing or physical, manual therapy. These sessions are on the basis of donation.

What's included

  • 2 yoga and meditation sessions a day
  • 7 nights in a spacious double room with an en-suite bathroom
  • 3 delicious vegetarian meals per day
  • Coffee and tea breaks and snacks
  • Daily practical group coaching session with horses

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Toulouse

  • From Toulouse, you can follow the A61, A66 to Pamiers (Direction Foix, Andorre) and turn to Mirepoix.
  • At the second roundabout in Mirepoix, you turn right to Lavelanet. In Aigue Vives you turn left to Leran.
  • In Leran, you turn right to Montbel. When you follow this road you can turn right to St Colombe.
  • At this point, you can enter the Borde Blanque entrance.

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport from the venue is Carcassonne Airport (CCF), it's around 50 minutes by car or taxi.

From Toulouse–Blagnac Airport (TLS) it's about 1 hour and a half by car or taxi to La Borde Blanque.

From Montpellier–Méditerranée Airport (MPL) it's about two and a half hours drive by car or taxi to La Borde Blanque.

From Béziers Cap d'Agde Airport (BZR) it's about two and a half hours drive by car or taxi to La Borde Blanque.

From Girona–Costa Brava Airport (GRO) it's about three hours drive by car or taxi to La Borde Blanque.

From Barcelona–El Prat Airport (BCN) it's about four hours by car or train to La Borde Blanque.

GPS

  • 42°57'35.2"N 1°58'55.3"E
  • 42.959791, 1.982019

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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