France·June 5 - 11 2022

Yoga + Wine Retreat in the South of France: Week 2

Retreat off-the-grid in a private chateau in the South of France. Pedal through charming villages and sip wine at local vineyards.

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Overview

Our incredibly popular South of France boutique retreat experience is back! Whether it's your first time in Europe or your fifth, indulge in life’s simple pleasures in France’s most breathtaking wine-making region! We will live like locals for the week: relax in a eco-chic chateau, explore small villages and tour family-run vineyards (and consume lots of bread, cheese and wine!) *Note this is for booking Week 2: June 5 - June 11, 2022 - we are running back-to-back identical experiences in the summer of 2022. *Please note we are requiring proof of COVID vaccination (including a booster shot) for all 2022 retreat guests* - Group Size: 8-10 Guests - Luxury Score: 3 (out of 5) - Activity Score: 3 (out of 5) - Active + Walking, Biking, Hiking - Cuisine: Vegetarian

Highlights

Our Private Villa

Our Private Villa

The property is in the Languedoc wine region in the South of France tucked between the Pyrenees Mountains and only 30 minutes from the Mediterranean Sea; enjoy the vineyards, olive groves and an organic garden on-site.

Daily Yoga Classes

Daily Yoga Classes

Daily yoga classes in breathtaking indoor and outdoor practice spaces with spectacular views of the nearby mountain ranges. Mats and props are provided on-site.

Wine Tastings + Vineyard Tours

Wine Tastings + Vineyard Tours

Learn about this famous wine region through multiple wine tastings and tours of local vineyards. Can't get enough of the grapes? Explore the vineyards on property in your free time!

Multi-Course Luxury Lunch

Multi-Course Luxury Lunch

A meal to remember at a 3 Michelin starred French restaurant, one of only 133 restaurants in the world to receive this highest possible rating.

Epic Biking Experience

Epic Biking Experience

Pedal through the stunning French countryside as we take an electric biking tour through picturesque vineyards, villages, gorges. Our ride culminates at an ancient castle ruins with a mountain side picnic.

Plenty of Down Time

Plenty of Down Time

There is ample free time built into the schedule (and all the activities are optional). So you'll enjoy plenty of time to swim in the eco-pool basin, sun yourself, devour a good book, nap, journal or just be.

Guided Mountain Hike

Guided Mountain Hike

Venture out from the villa to undertake a morning hike into the Pyrenees Mountains and enjoy 360-views of the nearby villages and sights.

Excursion to Collioure

Excursion to Collioure

Visit a former fishing village on the edge of the sea, that was the inspiration for the Fauvist painters with brightly colored vistas. Lots of shopping and lovely restaurants!

Hosts

In addition to our owner and Chief Zen Officer Anna, each Above Yoga retreat has one or two additional certified yoga teachers on-site who will lead a portion of the classes and support students in their practice. We find that an opportunity to participate in a variety of classes with various teaching styles adds to our guests’ overall retreat experience.

Anna Egleston, RYT 500, Retreat Leader

Anna Egleston, RYT 500, Retreat Leader

Anna is the Owner + Chief Zen Officer of Above Yoga. She handles all the planning, pre-trip communication and on-site logistics of all retreats. She loves to teach yoga flows that are accessible to every level of student but offers challenges in an inclusive and warm environment.

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Meaghan Dunham, RYT 200, Co-Teacher

Meaghan Dunham, RYT 200, Co-Teacher

Meaghan is a yoga teacher and marketing coach living in Charlotte, NC. Her yoga journey began in the summer of 2012 when she was looking for holistic ways to manage her chronic stress. She approaches teaching from a holistic perspective and specializes in Deep Stretch and Chakra Flow. 

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Schedule

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DAY 1

Typical Retreat Day

While our days will vary based on the planned activities, here is an example day on a retreat:

  • 7:30 am: Sunrise Vinyasa Flow
  • 9:00 am: Breakfast at Villa
  • 11:00 am: Group Excursion (Trip to Coastal Village, Biking Excursion, etc.)
  • 3:00 pm: Afternoon Free Time 
  • 5:30 pm: Gentle Yoga or Journaling + Meditation Session
  • 7:30 pm: Group Dinner at Villa w/ Local Wine

*Everything on our retreats is 100% optional. While multiple excursions are included in the price, you are welcome to not attend any of them. However even if you participate in everything offered, there will be plenty of free time built into the schedule to enjoy the expansive property, journal, nap or read by the pool.

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Yoga Classes

Excursion

What's Included

What's Included

Shared accommodations at an eco-chic private villa

Vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

Daily yoga classes

Michelin star lunch experience

Guided mountain hike

Excursion to seaside village

Wine tastings + vineyard tours

Guided e-bike tour experience

Round trip transport from nearby train station to retreat property

Round trip airfare to Barcelona El Prat (BCN) (recommended)

Train from Barcelona to Perpignan, France (about 1 hr 20 min journey)

One lunch on your own

Trip insurance, personal shopping and additional wine

Accommodation

Double or Triple Occupancy Room

Double or Triple Occupancy Room

Environmentally conscious retreat held exclusively for Above Yoga

FROM$2,620.00/pp

Private Countryside French Chateau

Once-in-a-lifetime experience

Nestled between the Pyrenees Mountains and the French coast, our charming French chateau is built for relaxation and stepping away from the busy world of your day-to-day life. Retreat off-the-grid, immerse yourself in French culture, wine and food... and come back from vacation truly refreshed and renewed.

Private Countryside French Chateau

Trip Tips

Off-the-Grid

Off-the-Grid

This is a eco-friendly and fully autonomous property that is off-the-grid. So, like much of Europe, there is no A/C, but the house’s thick walls and the area’s breeze keep it naturally temperature-controlled. We ask you conserve the villa's water by taking shorter showers and reusing your bath towels through the week.

Digital Detox

Digital Detox

There is no WiFi access at the retreat property and cell service is spotty. Guests are encouraged to take time away from their devices to reconnect with nature, themselves & other guests. If you need to be in touch everyday back at home, consider buying a local SIM card for your phone.

Climate

Climate

Average weather for early June: high 77 / low 62. Expect ample sunshine and breezes as we are in the mountains.

Explore More

Explore More

Taking more time in Europe before or after is encouraged… no better spot than beautiful Barcelona to stay a few nights to bookend your retreat!

Getting There

Getting There

Pick up for the ground transportation to the retreat center can be from the either the Perpignan (France) train station or the PGF airport on the afternoon of Sunday, June 5 (around 4:00 pm, but pick up times will be coordinated based on group arrival times). The drive to the retreat property will be about an hour from Perpignan. The easiest (and usually cheapest) way to travel in from the US is to fly into Spain -- the Barcelona El-Prat Airport (BCN) and then take the train from Barcelona Sants station to Perpignan, France (it is a short, comfortable and scenic 1.5 hour high speed journey). Train travel within Europe can be booked just a month or two in advance, there is no need (or ability) to book any earlier. Alternatively, you can fly into Perpignan-Rivesaltes (PGF) airport. More detailed information will be provided closer to the retreat dates for all guests. Return flights should be booked no earlier than 3:00 pm for Saturday, June 11, or you can stay an additional night in Barcelona for flights on Sunday, June 12.

Reviews

travelday

This was my first yoga retreat with Anna & Above Yoga and it exceeded all my expectations. I felt like all of the travel details were under control and the helpful tips on booking trains really made my preparation easy. Once we arrived to the retreat center, I felt like I was in heaven. The home and the property were like something out of a fairy tale book and I was completely in awe the entire time. The first full day of relaxation was my favorite and it was nice to have downtime to do yoga, read, eat healthy food and "just be". The following days were filled with perfectly planned excursions and really enhanced the trip. The bike riding with the picnic was probably my favorite as I would have never been able to plan something like that on my own. The friendships formed on this trip will be something I will carry with me for a long time.

– Courtney, Charlotte, NC

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Anna was on point with her communication throughout the entire process. There was never a question that I had that she hadn't already answered or wasn't available to answer in lightning speed. She was so relaxed and inviting the entire trip and never showed any sign of stress, even if there was a hiccup, which honestly, I can't remember if there was.

– Amanda, Nashville, TN

hikingnew

The South of France was my second retreat with Above Yoga. I love how detailed Anna is with her retreats. The pre-trip organization(flight/travel assistance, packing list, weather updates) is top notch. I also love the groups of people she cultivates to join her on trips. Her retreats are a perfect mix for me of yoga, adventure, and tourism!

- Katie, Charlotte, NC

Yoga + Wine Retreat in the South of France: Week 2

France·June 5 - 11 2022·6 nights

FROM$2620/pp