Provence Ashtanga Retreats

Traditional Ashtanga Yoga 6-day intensives are held in Bouc Bel Air, Provence, each season, during the French school holidays (Please email for the exact dates)

  • Winter (20 - 25 February 2023)

  • Spring (17 - 22 April 2023)

  • Summer (31 July - 26 August 2023)

  • Autumn (October 2023 – TBA – Please send an email if you are interested to know dates)

All intensives are taught by Claire Saunders (authorized level 2 Ashtanga Yoga teacher) and are available for all levels of practitioner – from beginners to advanced students who wish to go deeper into their personal practice with a group of like-minded students.  These retreats are designed to allow students take time out from their daily lives and fully immerse themselves in a week of yoga lifestyle in stunning Provence.

Students are responsible for finding their own accommodation

The retreat program remains similar and includes:

  • 2 Sessions of classes per day

  • 6 Mornings of Ashtanga practice (5 Mysore classes and 1 guided Sanskrit class)

  • Extra sessions of pranayama, chanting, asana clinics, philosophy classes, yogic relaxation, meditation, Questions and Answer time, Healing Mantras, Kirtan (singing), opportunities for shared vegetarian meals, and an excursion to a local place of interest in Provence

While the content for these intensives will vary:

  • The focus of the asana clinics

  • The philosophy topics

  • The subject of the question-and-answer sessions

  • The excursion location

Sample Program

Monday 

6:30 - 9: 30  Ashtanga Mysore class

10:00  - 10:30  Mantra chanting and pranayama (in the studio or the local forest)

10:30  Welcome chai and fruit

14:00 - 16:00  Afternoon workshop, Asana clinic, theory session, relaxation (yoga nidra, mantra and/or bansuri)

Tuesday 

6:30 - 9:30  Ashtanga Mysore class

10:00 - 10:30  Mantra chanting and pranayama (in the studio or the local forest)

14:00 – 16:00  Afternoon workshop, Asana clinic, theory session, relaxation (yoga nidra, mantra and/or bansuri)

Wednesday 

6:30 - 9:30   Ashtanga Mysore class

10:00 Excursion to forest/sea - picnic lunch and meditation/pranayama

Thursday 

6:30 - 9:30 Ashtanga Mysore class

10:00 - 10:30 Mantra chanting and pranayama (in the studio or the local forest)

      ...

14:00 - 16:00 Afternoon workshop, Asana clinic, theory session, relaxation (yoga nidra, mantra and/or bansuri)

Friday 

6:30 - 9:30 Mysore class

10:00 - 10:30 Mantra chanting and pranayama (in the studio or the local forest)

 .......       ​

17:30 Healing Mantra

18:00 Kirtan

19:30 Shared Vegetarian Meal

Saturday 

9:00 - 10:30 Ashtanga Primary Series Guided in Sanskrit

10:30 Yoga Nidra  closing discussion, Q & A Chai and cake/fruit

Registration

  • Full payment is required to reserve your place.  This can be made either via PayPal or direct bank transfer.

  • To register, please email: AshtangaYogaShalaProvence@hotmail.com

  • Subject: Provence Ashtanga Retreat

Important Information

Cancellation before six months of a retreat: 100% refund minus bank/PayPal charges

 

Cancellation six to three months/180 to 90 days prior to arrival: 50% retreat fees apply

 

Cancellation within three months/90 days prior to arrival: 100% retreat fees apply

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