As we plan the “Retreats” section of Yogateau (launching in early 2013!) we’ve been gathering resources on yoga retreat locations throughout France, as well as investigating new venues and programs that combine the health benefits of yoga with beautiful settings. Yoga retreats run the gamut from humble to elaborate, from an individual teacher’s vision (Renan de Germain, for example) to a group’s collective wisdom (EuropeanYogiNomads.) In each instance, the experiences are shaped from beginning to end to ensure that each participant feels renewed, and simultaneously energized and peaceful. On the surface, a yoga retreat is a quick way to plug back into your practice without life’s usual distractions; on a deeper level, though, it’s really about plugging back into yourself.
One of Spring’s most opulent yoga escapes will surely be “Weekend PUR DÉTOX” led by Paris-based yoga teacher Amanda Dates. Hosted at Les Prés d’Eugénie, a luxurious 5-star Relais & Châteaux property nestled in the Landes, this retreat will offer as much enchantment and sensory indulgence—chef Michel Guérard’s Grande Cuisine Minceur™ has been awarded 3 Michelin stars—as deluxe relaxation. A unique experience that is truly the perfect marriage of wellness and bucolic elegance!
Amanda’s focus will be, as it always is, on “going back to the source,” which she meansboth literally and figuratively. On the literal level, Amanda is referring to terroir, or the soul of a place, and her teaching is inspired by and adapted to its location and the seasons. On the figurative level, “going back to the source” means reconnecting with your essence, using the practice of Vinyasa Flow to know yourself more deeply and honestly.
Friday 31 May-Sunday 2 June. Picture it: three days of delicious yoga, meditation and pranayama, all of it in sumptuous surroundings, nourished by sensational cuisine. What are you waiting for? Click here for more info. Additional details and reservations available through Les Prés d’Eugénie - Michel Guérard, 05 58 05 06 07.