YOGA RETREAT PERPIGNAN OCT 2023
Yoga in Perpignan, Southern France
Saturday 21st - Saturday 28th October 2023
with Karen Lane
Invest in a week of self-care and well-being by joining us in the tranquil surrounds of Perpignan in Southern France. Treat yourself to dedicated space and time for transformation.
We will help you ignite the power within, to find balance, nourishment, and peaceful relaxation. You will be invigorated and leave with a sense of tranquillity, to take back to your everyday life!
Join us for 2 Yoga classes (optional) and meditation daily. The dynamic morning sessions will focus on strength, alignment and safe accessible movement for mobility, whilst late afternoon yoga will be more gentle - Yin focused, on breathing and relaxation.
We will end with Karen's calm chanting voice engulfing you in rest and finish with Yoga Nidra.
You will build strength and develop your yoga practice as well as gain a deeper understanding of Yogic Philosophy, Mudra, Mantra and Pranayama.
Through this holistic and deep dive into the alchemical healing benefits of Yoga - beyond just the asana (poses)
you will harness a deeper connection to your dharma (life purpose) and true authentic self.
Classes will be suitable for all abilities. Limited to 14 spaces.
"Everything was amazing! The accommodation exceeded my expectations. The house has a 360 degree view over the Pyrenees and distant sea. From the extensive grounds you can hike into the surrounding wilderness or walk to the picturesque town of Castlenau. The yoga was the best. I was initially concerned that I would struggle to keep up with those of higher level but Karen's unique style offered options for all levels and made everyone feel comfortable, like a family for a week. I would definitely go again." ~ Em
Karen has always been a mover, studying dance from a young age. She returned to mindful movement as her main form of exercise to help her cope with grief, a fast-paced London life and bringing up three daughters. High powered workouts no longer provided the grounding and centering she needed and through Yoga she discovered a sense of calm and resilience. Karen credits her main teacher Tania Brown for inspiring her to delve deeper into the ancient traditions and become a teacher of Yoga. She trained initially (200hrs) in London with Yogahaven lead by Allie Hill and Amy MacDonald. As a professional singer and voice practitioner she has always known the importance of breath but as a yogi she has truly come to deeply understand the benefits to mind and body. Studying further training in Yogic breath work with Michael Bikyer YogaLap Jan 2021. Karen completed her 300Hr advanced training in 2021 studying with Sianna Sherman and Greta Hill – the Rasa Collective – a tantric based yoga practise which incorporates deep dives into mudra (healing hand gestures) mantra (chanting sacred Sanskrit) and is focused on welcoming the whole individual on this alchemical journey. Embracing ourselves, the light and the dark all emotions (Rasas) without judgement. Rasa Yoga has helped Karen to combine all her strengths and align fully with her Dharma using her voice as healing medium integrating chanting into her practice. Exploring the connection of breath, voice and body and utilising yoga as a form of mind body transformation for all.
The morning will begin with a dynamic Vinyasa Flow to energise you for the day ahead. The Villa has spectacular views so you can replenish by drinking in the surrounding nature. Where possible, we will practise outside on the terrace – so layers are recommended. If raining we will practise inside.
8:00 am - teas and fruit provided
8:30 - 9:45 Dynamic Vinyasa and relaxation
11:00 Hike to Castlenou (some days - optional)
Free Time to explore surrounding towns beaches or simply relax with a good book in the gorgeous Villa surrounds.
Fruit and healthy snacks available throughout the day.
5:00 Restorative Yoga/Meditation/Yoga Nidra
We will meet for a restorative gentle Yin style practise and meditation in the early evening before a two-course vegetarian dinner made with local produce.
Mas de Castelnou is an amazing 'baronial' style property located in the heart of the Garrigue. Stunning expansive views, complete seclusion, being at one with nature, the perfect place for timeout.
Located 10 minutes from the charming village of Castelnou, nominated one of 'Les Plus Beaux Villages de France', with a choice of restaurants, bars and shops. The views are just amazing and sweep from the top of Mount Canigou down to the Mediterranean. There is a big choice of beaches - both sandy and rocky coves - within 40 minutes drive.
The house itself evolved from an old Bergerie dating back centuries to become an 11 bedroom Catalan Mas set amongst 12 hectares of undulating terrain. Enter the estate through a lovely arch with wrought-iron gate to a huge sitting room with the original Bergerie fireplace. There a plenty of private terraces covered external areas and gardens to find your secluded tranquil resting place.
Many airports are close by with good transfer links too. Trains come into Perpignan from Paris, Montpellier, Béziers, Toulouse, Girona and Barcelona. Buses go directly from Girona Airport to Perpignan.
TRANSFERS not included. We can help to co-ordinate on request and will provide a reduced cost transfer from
Beziers or Carcasonne Airports (90 mins drive) Group transfer Allow £60 EACH WAY for transfers.
Note if you do not take the suggested flights - private taxi transfers are expensive.
TAXIS from Bezier and Carcassonne on a weekend range from 180 - 200 Euros one way. From Perpignan - 60 Euros one way.
You might prefer to hire a car as this house is well away from the hustle and bustle. This would give you flexibility for your own touring adventures during the day in the surrounding towns and villages. The property is 40 minutes from the Mediterranean with a variety of beaches at Canet en Roussillon, St Cyprien and Argeles-sur-Mer and a number of other little coves along the coastline. Collioure is a beautiful coastal town 45 minutes away. The house is also 40 minutes from the Spanish border.
FLIGHTS can be taken to:
TOULOUSE and - followed by trains to Perpignan - where we can pick you up for a cost of £20 each way.
A delicious range or Vegetarian food sourced with local produce is included.
Breakfast is self-serve and will include Smoothies fresh juice, local bread and pastries, museli and yoghurt.
Lunch will include a soup and salads, hearty grains, avocado, roasted vegetables, eggs and smoked salmon, frittata. Dinner a hot warming curry or stew with either rice or potatoes, salads and a dessert.
GROUND FLOOR - MAIN HOUSE
WHITE ROOM (ground floor)
Kingsize with Ensuite shower and direct access to garden via French doors
Kingsize bed £1250 single or twins at £850 pp
BLUE ROOM (ground floor)
Kingsize Bed with Ensuite Bath TUB and direct access to garden
Single occupant £1250 or shared (couple) £850 pp
BEIGE ROOM (ground floor) - 1 SPACE LEFT
2 Small doubles beds (120cm) (NB shared bathroom) £750 pp
GREEN ROOM TRIPLE (ground floor) - SOLD OUT
Twin £700 pp (Shared bathroom) or triple £650 pp
MIDDLE LEVEL of HOUSE
GREY ROOM (w Morrocan Wood Head board)
Ensuite BATHROOM and SHOWER and Private tTerrace on first floor.
Super KINGSIZE BED £1250 single occupancy or twins (90 cm) £850 pp
PINK ROOM - SOLD
KINGSIZE BED with Ensuite Shower (shared toilet opposite room)
£950 SOLO occupant or £750 pp couple sharing
End Room - SOLD
Kingsize Bed and separated by half low wall from Small Double bed.
Ideal for two close friends happy to share. (Direct access to terrace shared with annexe studio).
Kingsize Bed £875.
Small double £800.
First Floor APARTMENT with Kitchenette
Kingsize Sofabed, Spacious bathroom and lovely 360 degree view terrace.
This is a studio room with its own kitchen and separate bathroom - bath with shower over.
£1300 single occupant, £850pp couple sharing.
TOWER ROOM (2nd floor) Deluxe room 360 degree views (private access) - SOLD
Super Kingsize bed with Ensuite (bath no shower). Spectacular 360 degree views,
£1350 (single occupant), £850 pp couple.
ANNEXE Studio (Apartment) - SOLD
Super Kingsize w ensuite shower and kitchen. Shared roof terrace w one other room.
Additional small sofabed. £1250 single or £750 pp couple
Two yoga classes daily (optional). Gorgeous Accommodation and all organic vegetarian food from Saturday evening welcome dinner until Saturday morning breakfast. Snacks available throughout the day - or go further a field to explore local cuisine.
Flights, transfers and extra activities NOT included in the price.
2 hour afternoon trip to winery.
Lunch trip to Carcassonne (departure day)
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"Everything on the retreat was amazing. The accommodation exceeded my expectations. Each room was unique with stylish bathrooms plus private terraces. The massive living room with fireplace and kitchen and dining areas lead to the spectacular swimming pool with snowcapped peaks in the background. From the extensive grounds you can hike into the surrounding wilderness or take a 45 min walk to nearby picturesque Castelnau. The best thing was the yoga. I was concerned I would struggle to keep up but Karen's unique style made the yoga accessible to all levels. We quickly felt safe and became like a family for a week. Transformational- I would definitely go again." - Em