France·May 28 - June 3 2022
Retreat off-the-grid in a private chateau in the South of France. Pedal through charming villages and sip wine at local vineyards.SOLD OUT
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 locals for the week: live 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 1: May 28 - June 3, 2022 - we are running back-to-back identical experiences in the summer of 2022. *Please note we are requiring proof of COVID vaccination for all 2021-2022 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
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 in breathtaking indoor and outdoor practice spaces with spectacular views of the nearby mountain ranges. Mats and props are provided on-site.
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.
E-biking tour through picturesque vineyards, villages, gorges and ancient castle ruins with a mountain side picnic.
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!
Venture out from the villa to undertake a morning hike into the Pyrenees Mountains and enjoy 360-views of the nearby villages and sights.
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!
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 is the Owner + Chief Zen Officer of Above Yoga. She loves to teach yoga flows that are accessible to every level of student but offers challenges in an inclusive and warm environment.
Valerie specializes in yin yoga (long, slow holds that get deep into the connective tissues). She teaches at NoDa Yoga in Charlotte and has also joined Above Yoga in Cambodia as a retreat guest.
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
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.
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.
Average weather for early June: high 77 / low 62. Expect ample sunshine and breezes as we are in the mountains.
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!
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 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
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
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