Yoga Retreatwith Samantha Roy & Nina Fowkes, 20th - 25th September, 2021.
20th to 25th September, 2021
Bookings will open on the 18th of January, 2021.
This retreat is hosted in conjunction with the Yoga Garden, so I will be joined by the amazing Nina Fowkes who will bring her intuitive magic, essential oil healing & massage.
We will practice yoga & meditation twice a day, with clear guidance on meditation and how to sustain a sitting practice once back in daily life.
Yoga classes will emphasise movement with mindful awareness, learning how to develop a deeply contemplative experience. The fluidity of vinyasa will be combined with periods of holding asanas for more extended lengths, using props to further deepen the felt sense. The dynamic & fluid practices will heat the body and build strength, endurance & flexibility. The restorative postures will help relax the muscles, tissues and nervous system encouraging a release of deeply held tension while replenishing energy.
Nina will offer an extended aroma yoga class (deeply restorative yoga and meditation combined with essential oils and massage).
There will be plenty of free time for personal (or group) space, reflection or activities. The river is perfect for (wild) swimming, the surrounding area for walking and exploring. In essence we will get the opportunity to put the teachings in to practice to enable a deep sense of peace and well being. This will be a transformative experience, to further awaken.
All participants would also be expected to take up the opportunity of Karma yoga – helping on the grounds for 50 minutes per day, either with gardening, clearing up after lunch, chopping vegetables etc (the practice of generosity).
Wake up, coffee and tea
07.30 Silent Meditation
08.45 Working Meditation (Karma Yoga)
Free time: could involve a wild swim, walk, reading.
13.00 Lunch, a variety of nutritious locally sourced or grown, seasonal
Afternoon relaxation or group activity – massages, siesta, go exploring, hiking, wild swimming, nature walk (with ecologist)
16.00 Mindful movement & Meditation Practice
19.00 Silent Meditation
20.00 Evening relaxation
Please contact Yoga Garden for details of registration and teaching costs before booking your accommodation.
Accommodation & Food
Shared room €400 + €10 membership
Single rooms €450 + €10 membership
Single rooms (en suite) €525 + €10 membership
How to pay
This event must be paid in full at the time of registration. Payment is by Paypal and credit card through the online registration process.
Once you have completed the process, you will receive a confirmation email with the details of your booking. If you do not receive this email, (check spam folder first) or you experience any difficulties booking, please contact us directly by email or telephone.
If a participant should cancelled this event 2 months before the starting date, it is refundable less a €100 administration fee. If cancelled 1 month before the event, 50% is refundable . If cancelled less than 1 month before the event, there is no refund.
Participants may wish to take out an insurance to cover themselves in case of any eventuality
If the moulin should cancel this event, it would return all monies paid by participants for moulin accommodation.
In the event of the Moulin cancelling this retreat because of COVID-related government restrictions, three choices will be offered to participants:
1. Credit for a future retreat.
This is our preferred option, as it supports the associations financial standing. Whatever you have already paid will be held in credit for you for the next retreat you would like to attend at le moulin, whether that is in 1, 2 or 3 years time.
2. Refund minus administration costs and or offering Dana.
We would refund the amount of the retreat minus between €50 to €100 administration costs ( please say how much). However if you would like to offer more, that amount would also go towards supporting le moulin association during these difficult times.
3. Full refund
We understand times are difficult for many of us, so if you request it, we will refund the full amount back, with no administration costs included.
In the event of a participant cancelling because of COVID-related restrictions to travel, a full refund will be made minus a fee of 50€ to cover administration costs. Please note that if you feel that it is likely that you will not be permitted to travel, notifying us as early as possible may enable us to fill your place so will be greatly appreciated.
You are welcome to arrive between 14h and 20h on the opening day of this event.It is not possible to arrive before this date unless you are attending a previous retreat.
Rooms need to be vacated by 10h, on the closing day of this event and we ask that you leave by 15h. Lunch is the last meal which you are welcome to stay for. It is not possible to stay on at Le Moulin, unless you are attending the next retreat.
We have several accommodation options; Single room, shared room or fully equipped Moulin tents in the warmer season. For certain retreats it is also possible to camp in your own tent.
All bedrooms in the main house share two bathrooms and toilets on each floor of the building. We provide bedding and towels for all rooms and all Moulin tents.
If you choose to stay in a moulin tent, available for either one or two people, we will provide everything you need. A bed ( yes a bed!!) quilt, bedding, lighting, torch, towel, and anything else to make you comfortable. The tent will also have space to keep your luggage and belongings.
CAMPING IN YOUR OWN TENTS
If the retreat you choose offers the option to camp in your own tent, please bring the following: your own tent, ground sheet, warm sleeping bag, a towel, a torch, and anything else to make you comfortable.
As the weather can be changeable, we highly recommend you bring a warm jumper or fleece, even in the summer time.
During your stay here, you will be offered 3 healthy and nutritionally balanced vegetarian meals. The main meal of the day is lunch with a lighter supper of soup, salad, bread and spreads in the evening time. We endeavour to use organic and fair-trade ingredients as much as possible (around 80% organic), combined with locally sourced produce that is farmed in a sustainable way.
For those who are vegan, wheat, gluten or diary free, or have any other dietary restrictions, we can provide on request a simple diet of steamed vegetables, a simple protein such as lentils, pulses and a simple carbohydrate. We are sorry but we are unable to offer any other more specialised diets.
Hots drinks are available all day.
MEDITATION AND YOGA
We provide meditation mats, meditation cushions, chairs and shawls.
We have enough yoga mats for up to 50 people, however if you use yoga props, you need to bring your own.
DAILY SCHEDULE AND MOULIN GUIDELINES
See a sample schedule of a previous retreat. (Please note this is just an example and may differ on this retreat)
Click here for Le Moulin guidelines. Please read before arriving.
WHAT TO BRING
Please bring indoor shoes/slippers for the main building,
An alarm clock, if possible not your mobile phone.
Torch if you are camping.
Comfortable loose clothing for sitting and walking meditation, plus exercise practice.
Appropriate clothing for cool and hot weather.
A towel if you are camping in your own tent (selective retreats only)
A european power adapter
Your own cup (optional)
Mosquito repellant if you are camping
It can get very hot in the height of the summer, so sun hats, water bottles, and sun cream can be useful. However as we are next to a river, the mornings and evenings can be quite cool, so do bring a warm jumper/jacket. If you are camping be prepared for hot and cool temperatures and a warm sleeping bag is recommended.
KARMA YOGA ~ Giving of service
Moulin de Chaves is a non profit Association. Everyone who comes here on retreat contributes one hour of their time each day towards the running of the Moulin. This may be anything from washing up, veggie chopping, cleaning, or gardening. We thank you in advance for helping us in this way.
The Moulin de Chaves operates as a French registered Non Profit Association (loi 1901). In order to maintain this status, all activities are offered as a service to Association members. The annual subscription of €10 allows us to offer events at the Moulin for the lowest possible cost. Without membership, we would have to operate as a profit-oriented, tax-paying organization.
Please click here to find out more details on how to get to Le Moulin.