A summer week of yoga and meditation, France

27 August - 3 September 2018

Cost from £640

Teacher Kate McKenzie

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About La Roane

La Roane is the perfect place for yoga. It is located in an idyllic 20 acre estate with wide open spaces and woodland walks - a haven for the spiritual seeker and nature lover. As the night draws in to reveal its starry sky, the silence is broken only by the sound the cicadas or the call of the nightingale. It is a place to unwind and return to that quiet place within. Space to think, space to breathe, space to be - this is what La Roane quite naturally has to offer.

Here you will find an abundance of wildlife (deer, hare, buzzards, singing frogs and butterflies) and wild flowers.

One mile away is the Gorge de L'aveyron, with stunning views of the river valley and a network of caves which were used during the war by the French resistance. Three miles away is the medieval market town of St Antonin, the setting for the film “The Hundred Foot Journey” with Helen Mirren.

La Roane really is 'home from home', a place to be totally at ease in and drop into a slower and often more appealing pace of life.

The daily programme

Apart from the first day, morning yoga class take place before breakfast. It will begin with a gentle opening of the body and atunement of the mind to the breath. It will slowly move and build into a flowing and dynamic hatha sequence, always incorporating the cultivation of awareness, physical alignment, breath and chakras (energy centres).

Afternoon sessions vary and may include: moving meditations on the chakras, free movement, group singing and harmony, kundalini kriyas, alongside guided relaxations and restorative postures. These sessions are designed to explore and free our innate creative spirit and are offered in a totally supportive environment free from judgement and expectation.

After dinner, we will gather together for group singing with Kate and Nigel Shamash (your host), an evening stroll, a game of table tennis or simply to hang out and chat and listen to the call of the night creatures...a truly inspirational and life-changing week!

Things to do

During the course of the week there will be a visit to the local market and a one day excursion, walking, picnicking, swimming in the River Aveyron and drinking coffee in one of the surrounding historic villages.

The area around La Roane is great walking and cycling country (bicycles are available free of charge) with the spectacular Gorges de l'Aveyron just a mile away. For the experience of a lifetime, visit the Grotte Trasadou and La Dame Blanche, prehistoric caves that were used by resistance fighters during the last war.

The local town of St Antonin is three miles away; a magical medieval town, which retains its original charm. It is the scene of a very colourful market every Sunday.

Flowing though St Antonin is the River Aveyron, ideal for picnicking, swimming and, for the more adventurous, canoeing down the rapids.

Accommodation at La Roane

Guests are housed in three beautiful buildings set around a large oval-shaped pool in a lovely sunny spot in the centre of the garden. Accommodation is in comfortably furnished single and double rooms - indoor towels are provided. There are plenty of bathrooms for everyone.

The sauna and table tennis table are nearby with a luxury tree house and a yurt in the woods (available for guests).

Client Reviews

Kate adds a magical dimension to all her teaching.
Kate was aware of all our needs and brought in a dimension of love and kindness.
I was rather apprehensive before arriving but this trip has been one of my best holidays ever! The food was to die for, made with love and local produce, it’s a feast for the eyes and the soul. Kate was superb! Such a lovely, supportive, warm and welcoming person. I really enjoyed all the classes. A home away from home.
A great source of inspiration.
Loved Kate, she is very attentive, inspiring, joyful and encouraging
Kate was wonderful- calm, patient and able to adapt the course to all levels. A very serene and calming instructor

A summer week of yoga and meditation, France, 27 August - 3 September 2018


£620 sharing accommodation
£690 single occupancy accommodation

Cost includes:
All meals (vegetarian), snacks and wine with the evening meals
Three excursions
All yoga classes
Your accommodation

Travel Arrangements

The local airport Toulouse is only one hours drive away from La Roane. There are regular flights to Toulouse from most major UK airports.

If you are coming from the south east, book on the early morning Easyjet flight from Gatwick. It means an early start, but you will arrive at La Roane in time for an early lunch and an afternoon siesta.

La Roane offer a £60 (£30 each way) taxi service from Toulouse airport to La Roane on the day the course commences, returning to the airport a week later.