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4 Days Personal Tao Yoga, Qigong & Meditation Retreat in Ariège, France

Private Tao Yoga, Qigong Meditation Retreat France

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This retreat program is designed to help you explore or deepen the subject of your choice; choose from Tao yoga, a variety of qigong forms and practices or from a variety of meditation methods from Taoist and Buddhist lineages. Ideally, you will be looking to stop all your habitual daily activities-including mobile devices and internet although they are available-and simply relax while enjoying two hours a day of gentle guided instructions in your chosen subject. We are happy to extend your stay. If you prefer a longer retreat, please let us know and we will adjust the package accordingly.

Meet the instructors

Ram
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Highlights

  • Daily Tao yoga practice
  • Daily sessions of Qigong
  • Learn the poses and benefits of Five Zhang Organs Qigong
  • Abandon stress and welcome efficiency of ease and effortlessness
  • Relaxation through Tao yoga postures and Qigong meditation
  • Encourage natural healing and balancing
  • Breakfast and 4-course evening meal
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, English
The maximum participants in the group is 6
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Table tennis
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga studio
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Library
  • Meeting room

Tourné is a large maison de maître, considered locally to be one of the finest examples. Large airy rooms with high ceilings set in mature gardens surrounded by a welcoming forest valley. Tourné has been offering retreats as well as holidays for the last 15 years. Historically, it had previously housed a music school, acclaimed for presenting public performances making use of the stunning natural acoustics of the valley in which the house is set.

You will have your own large room with views of the valley and en suite bathroom. Set in a totally natural environment, a clear mountain stream running through the extensive gardens - no light pollution here, no traffic , just clean fresh air, no light pollution and plenty of opportunity to view the amazing night skies filled with more stars than you can imagine. Abundant wildlife, flora and fauna make this a perfect place to relax and refresh with support from a completely natural environment.

Program

This Tao meditation retreat is aimed at increasing calm awareness, stress release and heightened energy levels. Daily meditation sessions to release stress and develop a calm mind are followed by a series of taoist yoga postures. The principles of sitting practice are brought into movement. Tao meditation is a natural practice which awakens the mind's inherent capacity to heal and to reorganise. You will leave the retreat with confidence that you can practice what you have learned and make progress in daily life.

On your arrival day you will have the opportunity to discuss your requirements with Ram Chatlani. Together you will decide on the details of your daily program. You will have 5 one hour sessions, two on each of the first days and one before you leave on your last day. Sessions are usually at 9.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m., but times are flexible according to your needs.

Your daily sessions will be tailored to your specific needs and level of experience. Depending on the weather and the season, sessions may be outdoors or in one of our three dojos or practice areas. You will be able to use these spaces at your pleasure during your stay.

Included excursions

You will have use of a good quality mountain bike for a daily visit to the village, 3 kilometres away, if you choose. Only breakfast and evening meal is provided so that you can enjoy the gentle cycle ride to the village along the river Artillac, in the forest. The village is small and quiet with an excellent restaurant, Chez Victor, a third generation family restaurant. The village bakery has a good choice of breads and food for a picnic.

Dependent on weather conditions you will be offered the opportunity to witness sunrise on the Pyrenees mountains. We will drive to an altitude of 1500 metres and walk through a beech forest to arrive at the col de Portel for a morning practice or simply to breathe in the spectacle of sunrise on the mountain.

Instructors

Ram Chatlani

Location

Tourné is a fine maison de maitre in the Artillac valley, built by the Vicomte de Bellissens in 1858, reputedly for his maitre d’affaires. Hence, it is a genuine maison de maitre-built by a noble for his right hand man.

With extensive gardens, woodland and river access, the house has three floors with a large adjoining activity studios. The valley is an area of protected environment in the heart of the Parc naturel régional des Pyrénées ariégeoises.

In the park, there is virtually no industry (1%); the population is sparse - 1 person for every 2 kilometers and consequently minimal traffic, with very few cars passing the House.

There are many walks, for all levels of fitness, of astounding beauty that can be made directly from the house. Beautiful wild flowers in spring, stunning walks in summer cooled by the forest. The voie verte is a recently opened 42-kilometer route reserved for cyclists and walkers running from St Girons and Foix accessed at Castelnau Durban and is wonderful at all times of year.

In the house, you will find guides and maps with local attractions and walks. With no pollution, the river runs clear and the nights sky bright for star gazers. Many local activities and historic sites are under 30 minutes' drive. There are lots to see and do in the area, and the House provides a very calm and tranquil base for a gentle calm retreat.

Features

Activities

  • Mountain walking
  • Rock climbing
  • Stargazing

General

  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • River
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Free bicycle

Food

Breakfast and a four-course evening meal are provided for you. Meals are prepared from the fresh ingredients each day, often using vegetables from their own organic garden. Tao Meditation is happy to cater for special diets.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Coffee
  • Detox juices
  • Soda
  • Tea
  • Water

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Pescatarian
  • Seafood
  • Whole food
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

  • Local forest and riverside walks from the door of the center
  • Local village, 3 kilometers riverside or forest walk
  • Ancient footpath to 12th century chapel at Lacazas
  • Riverside seating for contemplation and relaxation
  • Explore acres of formal and informal gardens
  • Explore the library
  • Make use of the meditation and yoga halls for your private practice
  • Make friends with the donkeys or watch for abundant wildlife

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast and 4-course evening meal
  • At least 3 hours a day, yoga, qigong or meditation instruction
  • Use of all house facilities, library, lounges , riverside seating, large gardens and mountain bikes

What's not included

  • Airfare or trainfare
  • Airport or train station transfers
  • Personal expenses
  • Lunch is not included. There are plenty of local options available. You may make use of our dining room for preparing light lunches.

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport is Toulouse–Blagnac Airport (TLS). The venue is accessible by public transport.

Arrival by train

The nearest major train station is Foix. It is about 60 minutes by road or 85 minutes by train from Toulouse. A shuttle service leaves from the airport to the train station every 20 minutes for 6 EUR, from 07:35 a.m. to 00:15 a.m. daily. The bus station is next to Gare Matabiau. There is also a tram.

From Toulouse, take the train to Foix. The journey time is about 85 minutes. Trains run hourly. From Foix, you can either take a taxi (about 45 EUR), a bus, (3 EUR), or Tao Meditation can arrange to have you met and driven to Tourné by one of their support team (30 EUR). If you would like them to meet you, please let them know at least three days in advance. Also Tao Meditation asks that you ring them once on the train from Toulouse to confirm your arrival time at Foix.

Arrival by bus

Buses leave from the post office in Foix and will stop at Castlenau Durban. Ring Tao Meditation from the village and they will collect you (no charge, but please let them know in advance). Please check the bus timetable as bus times change according to school holidays. Generally there are three buses a day between Foix and Castelnau Durban at about 08:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. (not on Saturdays or Sundays). But please check with the St Girons or Foix tourist office whose web address is easily found.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 33% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Tao Meditation may have more available dates, please check with Tao Meditation. They are happy to accommodate you if they can. 

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