Dates: 19-23 June 2013
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Join us at Arnauton, a beautifully renovated 16th Century farmhouse in the heart of the Gascony countryside for our France yoga and pilates holiday this June. Located in the Midi Pyrenees, this region is sometimes referred to as the French Tuscany due to its gently rolling hills filled with sunflowers and old villages, including many “bastides” or fortified towns.
Our farmhouse is set in five acres of private grounds and has swimming pool and tennis court. The superb yoga room has views over the pool and beyond to rolling hills. From the terrace there are views of Pyrenees on a clear day.
On this healthy holiday, you’ll enjoy a mix of yoga and pilates classes with Lara Chandler. Between classes our peaceful location lends itself perfectly for some “you time”, or within easy reach you'll find a thermal spa, golf course and a swimming lake. You can also enjoy wine tasting and explore nearby bastide villages, towns and chateaux.
Yoga, pilates and meditation
Lara will offer two classes a day, plus optional evening meditation. You’ll have two hours of dynamic yoga in the mornings, ninety minutes of pilates in the afternoon, followed by half an hour of relaxation and restorative yoga.
Lara’s yoga classes combine elements of Vinyasa flow and a focus on cirrect body alignment. Working to improve your strength, flexibility and range of movement, you'll sometimes work with props to help you fully experience the asana (postures). Each morning session will have a theme in which the student can thread into the following days practice, to create a fuller knowledge and awareness of body placement.
Yoga (asana) practice will include standing asana, backbends, twists, seated forward bends and inversions.
Pilates is a great way to strengthen the core muscle groups. Over four sessions of expertly guided practise you'll cover the full syllabus and will be able to make significant progress and achieve inspiring results.
The combination of yoga and pilates will stretch and challenge your physical limits without pushing you beyond them. With optional evening meditation and plenty of time to rest and relax, you'll find this a rejuvenating healthy holiday for your mind, body and spirit.
Students of all levels with find the classes rewarding. Lara incorporates many adjustments and alternatives to suit all abilities within a class, creating a warm and friendly environment for everyone.
Other things to do:
Our venue is in a tranquil location ideal for relaxing, reading, walking and enjoying some quiet time in the private grounds. For the more active there is a tennis court, table tennis and a pool table.
Cycling: It's easy to hire bicycles and head out into the countryside to explore.
Wine tasting: The Gers region of Gascony produces several wines and is best known for its Armagnac brandy. We'll organise an optional visit to a nearby vineyard, where you'll be able to learn more about the production process, enjoy some wine tasting and buy some of their produce if you like it!
Golf: There is a golf course 45 minutes away at Eauze. If you'd like to spend a day there, we can arrange transport. We'll have more information on costs when they release their 2013 prices.
Villages: There are several bastide villages to explore in the area:
Accommodation will be in shared rooms, either twins or double. We have six rooms, located in two separate wings and in a lodge house. All rooms have fabulous views over out onto the countryside. Each room has its own wash basin, and some have ensuite bathrooms. We also have space for 3 tents, so if you like being close to nature this could be a great option.
Our own chefs will prepare delicious meals, using fresh local produce.
Our menus are designed to support your yoga and pilates practice, so you can expect tasty meals which are mostly vegetarian, gluten free, sugar free and low on dairy. In keeping with the Gascony tradition we will have some optional meat dishes in the evening.
Large twin ensuite £750pp Twin ensuite £700pp
Double ensuite £700pp Twin shared bathroom £650pp
Double shared bathroom £650 Camping (bring your own tent) £500
Monthly payment plans starting from £65 available.
Temperatures in June range from mid 20’s to 30’s. Spectacular storms can occur but they are short lived and usually give way to hot sunshine.
Please arrive by 2pm on 19th. We'll finish at 11am on 23rd and provide you with a packed lunch when you leave.
We encourage our clients to travel responsibly, so if you have the time to make the journey part of your holiday then you can travel by train. With great scenery, no baggage or check in fees, no airport taxes or 2 hour check ins, it’s a less stressful way to travel.
You can travel from London to our nearest station, Agen in 8 hours. You will need to change trains in Paris and Bordeaux. If you book in advance you can get some great deals for around £150 return. See www.raileurope.co.uk for more information.
We’ll provide free transfer from Agen at an allocated time.
If you are travelling from UK, our venue is around 10 hours drive from Calais. We can provide information on suggested driving routes when you book.
The nearest airports are Bordeaux and Toulouse and you can fly direct from UK with British Airways and Easyjet. We’ll update information here when flight schedules have been released for June 2013.
Transfers from the airports
You can take a direct train from Bordeaux St Jean station to Agen for around £40 return. Journey time is around 90 minutes. There is a shuttle bus between the airport and St Jean station which takes 45 minutes and runs every 45 minutes. The cost is around €7 one way.
You can take a direct train from Toulouse Matabiau to Agen for around £30 return. Journey time is 60-90 minutes depending on which train you take. There is a shuttle bus between the airport and Matabiau station which takes 20 minutes and runs every 30 minutes. The cost is around €7 one way.
Please note that you should book your train tickets in advance to get a cheap fare, train ticket costs increase considerably if you leave booking to the last minute. See www.raileurope.co.uk for more information.
We’ll provide free transfer from Agen at an allocated time.
You can hire a car from Bordeaux or Toulouse airport. It takes around two hours to drive from either airport and we’ll provide directions when you book.