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Private Life-changing Retreat in France

Changing the way forward, Yoga Thym is ready to re-open! After six successful years, 2020 happened and were forced to rethink and evolve. For 2021, Yoga Thym has developed a new program that is perfect. This year and 2022, Yoga Thym will only offer a one-on-one private and personal experience enjoying private tuition in yoga, meditation, and fulfillment. All in the safety of their unique little bubble in the French Rural countryside.

Meet the instructors

Nikki
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Highlights

  • Aromatherapy massage
  • Deep Theta Sleep meditation
  • Guided meditations, Hatha-style 'activated' yoga, and workshops
  • Handpicked afternoon escorted tours of the local area
  • Transfers from local designated pick-up points
  • Lovingly prepared, fresh vegetarian meals
  • 3-nights full-board accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


3 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 1 participants
Airport transfer included: Rennes–Saint-Jacques Airport
Airport transfer included: Nantes Atlantique Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
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Check-out Time:
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Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access

Part of the attraction of this retreat is that you stay in Nikki's home complex, a quaint 300-year-old farmhouse and buildings set amongst the Breton and French countryside. Surrounded by her family, Nikki has lived in her home for over twenty years with Mum, Sylvie, and their little family pet dog Leo. Some of the old farm buildings have been converted, too; one into a home for her youngest son, David and his family, and another for the yoga studio and guest accommodation.

The Lodge

On the ground floor is the studio. A space dedicated to yoga and meditation. The upper floor has a large double bedroom, a bathroom with a bath/shower and sink, and a separate toilet.

A second room is used for the workshops, library, and reading area. There is also a massage room, too.

Meals are taken across the driveway in the Farmhouse. During the warmer seasons, you will eat outside under the shade of the wisteria pergola looking out over the enclosed garden full of colored flowers and shady green trees. On cooler evenings, you will relocate to the large open-plan kitchen/diner, the ‘hub and bub’ of Nikki’s family life.

Program

Overview

Yoga Thym understands that for some, participating in a retreat is about sharing life experiences with like-minded spirits but if you need time to recharge your batteries away from the anxiety of what has become your ‘normal’ existence then perhaps this unique experience is for you. Yoga Thym is one of the best self-improvement retreats in France. Demand is always higher than their availability allows. Book your place before someone else grabs your dates!

Your Private Program: (subject to change)

Day 1: (Arrival)

  • Pick-up as arranged
  • Check-in
  • Welcome meeting in the studio
  • Aromatherapy Massage: 1-hour duration
  • 18:15 Deep Theta Sleep Meditation
  • 19:30 Supper

Day 2 and 3 (Full Days)

  • 07:30 Guided meditation
  • 08:00 Planning and technique
  • 08:30 Activated Zen yoga
  • 09:15 Breakfast break
  • 10:30 Technique workshops
  • 12:30 Buffet lunch
  • 13:30 Afternoon escorted tour of local attraction
  • 18:15 Deep Theta Sleep Meditation
  • 19:30 Supper

Day 4 (Departure)

  • 07:30 Guided meditation
  • 08:00 Planning and technique
  • 08:30 Activated Zen yoga
  • 09:15 Breakfast break
  • Preparation for departure

Included excursions

Handpicked escorted tours (subject to availability)

  • A Visit to AquaChoisel Wellbeing Centre

Admission includes indoor/outdoor swimming pool, Nordic bath, jacuzzi, hammam, sauna.

A choice of either:

  • A visit to La Gacilly, including entrance to the Yves Roches Museum, or
  • A visit to one of the best, Le Chateau de Serrant, Angers including a guided tour of the interior and time to enjoy the grounds.

Instructors

Nikki Harris

Location

This private journey of peace, clarity, and inspiration to transform your mind and body is set among idyllic rural countryside in north-west France. Just on the northern tip of La Pays de la Loire, Chateaubriant is an old market town central to the large cities of Rennes, Nantes, and Angers.

It has a colorful history of Royal connections, a large Renaissance Chateau, monuments dedicated to the Resistance Movement during world war two, and a building associated with the writer, Victor Hugo. Less than 5-minutes by foot, there is a cycle route that takes you into the stunning countryside; perfect for a safe, mindful stroll.

Features

Activities

  • Massage

General

  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Library

Food

Sylvie provides an array of wholesome home-baked dishes that will tempt and tantalize your senses. Her vegetarian menus are freshly prepared and lovingly baked.

Between 9 and 10 a.m., enjoy a self-service style breakfast in the farmhouse kitchen/dining. Choose from cereals, yogurts, fruit, fresh-baked croissants with homemade jams. Teas, tisanes, coffee, orange juice all available on a help yourself basis.

Mouth-wateringly scrumptious lunches are served al fresco during the warm weather between 12.30 and 1.30 p.m. A satisfying supper and delicious dessert are ready around 7.30 p.m. with an optional glass of local wine.

Everything is lovingly prepared using only the freshness of ingredients that are locally sourced, many of them are grown on their own veggie patch. All beverages on site are available throughout the day too.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

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

Spa treatments

1-hour massage therapy treatment is included in the package.

What's included

  • Home from home welcome
  • 3 nights private accommodation
  • Morning guided meditation sessions
  • Morning one-on-one activated Zen yoga instruction
  • Transfers from and to Nantes Airport or train station (NTE), Rennes Airport, or train station (RNS)
  • Use of home facilities including towels, hairdryers, Wi-Fi, and USB adapters
  • 2-afternoon tours including transport and admissions
  • Yoga Nidra afternoon theta meditation sessions
  • 1-hour aromatherapy massage treatment
  • Three daily vegetarian meals
  • Unlimited beverages on site
  • Two workshops

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Travel costs to pick-up points
  • Travel insurance
  • Spending money
  • Hygiene products and personal needs (shampoo, soap, toothpaste etc.)
  • Face masks (compulsory)
  • Optional life coaching sessions

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions

Free off-road parking.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Nantes Atlantique Airport (NTE) or Rennes-Saint-Jacques Airport (RNS). These airports are used by low-cost airlines like EasyJet, Flybe, Ryanair, as well as the larger airlines too. Transfer from and to any of these airports are included in your Yoga Thym retreat.

Arrival by ferry/boat

From the U.K., the nearest port to the retreat is Saint-Malo, on Brittany Ferries. The onward journey takes about one hour and a half by car. Alternatively, you can also cross the Channel from Newhaven to Dieppe on DFDS, with an onward journey of about five hours. The autoroutes in France are excellent and with GPS coordinates, finding the venue has never been easier.

Arrival by train

Whichever European country you arrive from, Paris offers an easily accessible way to get to Chateaubriant. There are three different routes: first, Paris to Chateaubriant VIA Angers. TGV to Angers, then bus to Chateaubriant train station. Second, Paris to Nantes, then TT (train tram) to Chateaubriant train station. Third, Paris to Rennes, Rennes to Janzé, and then bus to Chateaubriant train station. All are booked as a direct journey (one ticket) with no more than 30 minutes between transfers. Nikki will pick you up from the Chateaubriant train station.

Airport: Rennes–Saint-Jacques Airport Airport transfer included: Rennes–Saint-Jacques Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Nantes Atlantique Airport Airport transfer included: Nantes Atlantique Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 18.15% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 10 days before arrival.

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