7 Days Equinox Enlighten Yoga Retreat in Benque, France

  • Chateau Benque, Benque, Haute-Garrone, France

Yoga Retreat France

In honor of the equinox, this retreat is all about letting go. And therefore, in turn creating space for all that's new for a lighter, clearer, and more vibrant you. Join Chaya Yoga Retreats in the south of France for a retreat that is devoted to renewal, where you'll find a clear and nourishing space devoted to rebooting and upgrading you on every level.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Evening guided meditation sessions
  • Learn how to integrate raw food into your diet
  • Cleansing and food workshop with Lucy Hill
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily brunch and dinner
  • 6 days with instruction
  • French, English
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Chateau Benque is a beautifully restored traditional French chateau just an hour's drive from Toulouse Airport (TLS). Set against a stunning backdrop of oh-so-pretty rolling French countryside and even the Pyrenees mountains when the sky is clear, it offers the perfect setting for this seven day retreat. Sleeping a lovely, intimate group of just 14 guests, each of the unique rooms provides you the perfect calm space to rest and relax.

With juicy flows to start your day, followed by their epic, slow, and delicious gourmet brunch, you can then swim in the jaw-dropping outdoor pool with panoramic views of the Pyrenees, or perhaps take a long country walk.

Maybe sit in a hammock with a book or get your tan on lounging in the sun. You will have open fires in the evenings, guided meditations, stargazing, game-playing, and inspiring workshops. All for you, as always, to take part in as little or as much as you like - making it the perfect retreat for you.

Cleansing workshop with Lucy Hill

Guests can also take part in a one-hour workshop focused on cleansing, which will discuss the what's and why's of what 'doing a cleanse' actually means. Looking at how the body works, healing and cleansing foods, naturopathic techniques for cleansing, when to cleanse, and when not to cleanse. The time of equinox provides the best time to cleanse and detoxify, meaning you can enjoy clearer skin, better digestion, improved moods, weight loss, and greater energy levels.

Yoga with Annie Clarke and mind body bowl

East London yoga teacher, Annie Clarke, will lead a beautiful, energizing, and detoxifying flow practice in the morning and a restful, restorative Yin practice in the evening. Annie’s approach is playful and lighthearted, whilst giving you the opportunity to connect to yourself in a calm and grounding space.

Well-being and raw food workshop with Lucy Hill

Lucy will be hosting a two-hour workshop during the week, where she will share her extensive knowledge of natural, healing foods. Drawing from naturopathic principles, the workshop will discuss what well-being eating is and how you can feel amazing through food. With a focus on giving you the low down on raw foodism and how to integrate the healing benefits of raw food into your diet.

You will look at some simple ways to upgrade the way you eat for better health, showing you how to create delicious, energizing food and snacks, meaning you can leave the retreat feeling enlightened and enthused about a new, fun, and delicious approach to mealtimes.

Daily schedule

  • 07:30 - 08:30 Herbal teas, coconut water
  • 08:30 - 10:30 Flow yoga for two hours
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Buffet brunch
  • 11:30 - 16:30 Treatments, free time
  • 16:00 - 17:00 Afternoon tea
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Yin
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Dinner
  • 22:00 – 22:45 Yoga Nidra or guided meditation (one during the retreat)
  • Lucy Hill

    Lucy has worked with numerous individuals and with clients such as Selfridges and the Soho House Group among various other wonderful eating establishments. She offers unique recipes and teachings on how to make delicious food feel even better in the body than it tastes. Lucy Hill and her team, also known as Chaya Kitchen, can cater for all events, tastes, and dietary requirements for individual and private dining and from small groups through to massive parties.

  • Annie Clarke

    Annie Clarke came to yoga on her quest to find a healthier and happier lifestyle. In 2015, she spent the last of her savings on a trip to India to complete her 200-hour training in yoga with the anticipation of leaving her with two options: to come home and get a 'real job' or maybe to become a yoga teacher. From the first day of training, Annie knew which one was right. Since then, she has gone on to complete further trainings in various aspects of yoga, taught internationally, and grown a following of students back home in East London too.

This retreat will take place in Benque, France.

Nearby places

  • Toulouse Airport (TLS) - 1 hour

Daily brunch and dinner with afternoon tea are included in the price. Using the bountiful abundance of local fruit and vegetables, Chaya Kitchen, also known as Chaya founder, well-being food coach and teacher Lucy Hill and plant-based chef Laura Paine, will prepare delicious, organic 50% raw, plant-based meals.

The food will refer to the pillars of a therapeutic diet to best support you during the retreat, with the natural detoxifying element of the autumn equinox in mind. Full of tasty super foods designed to cleanse and lighten you mentally and physically, whilst energizing, and brightening you from the inside out.

Homemade nut and seed milk, organic juices, superfood smoothies, and raw chocolate are a standard on all Chaya retreats. Being super foodies at heart, they ensure there's absolutely never any compromise on any aspect of the eating experience. They look forward to surprising and delighting you in just how good truly healthy food can taste and feel.

Guests can sit by the pool, wander the secluded beautiful gardens, hang out under a tree with a good book, or take a healing massage. Or maybe just snooze in the beautiful chateau suites. For those that want a little extra activity, you can make use of the tennis court or take a run through the local villages, and come back to a glowing fire, a hot bath, and a cup of hot cocoa.

  • 1 hour cleansing workshop with Lucy Hill
  • 1 yoga Nidra or guided meditation
  • 2 daily yoga sessions
  • 2 hours wellbeing food workshop with Lucy Hill
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily brunch and dinner, with afternoon tea
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Toulouse Airport (TLS). Airport transfers can be arranged at around 25 EUR per person each way when sharing with two other guests. Alternatively, Chaya Yoga Retreats would encourage you to car share or hire a car with other guests as it's an easy and pleasant one hour drive.

Testimonials

  • Review by Prerna Saraff
    10 out of 10

    "The incredible combination of nourishment on every level, the space, beauty, letting go, luxury and lols = the perfect retreat"

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  • Review by Emily Chiswell
    10 out of 10

    "If I was to design a retreat then this would be it. The support, the wisdom, the yoga, the luxury, the sunshine, the food, the love - nourishment of the absolute highest kind on all levels. It would be a crime if Chaya host Lucy wasn't doing work like this! She is so gifted in creating a safe, loving, and supportive space to allow you to really connect with yourself and what can often be deeply challenging things that you've got on your plate. I came on this retreat in a right old muddle about all sorts of different bits and pieces and left feeling so deeply refreshed and revived on both a mental and physical level. This retreat gave me my first taste of what it's like to be truly and authentically me. What a gift to help me find and feel that?! I will be eternally grateful to Lucy and her team for this experience and if your'e still debating on whether to go or not - just book it. If it's anything like my experience, it will actually be one of the best decisions you ever make."

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  • Review by Lisa Cuerden
    10 out of 10

    "I would return to all of Chaya's Yoga Retreats if it was possible, I guarantee you will 100% love every single second, it was a life changing 10 days for me, in so many ways."

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  • Review by Nicola Rose
    10 out of 10

    "This retreat is up there with one of the best holidays I’ve ever had, the organisation was exceptional, food was some of the best I’ve eaten, yoga was sublime and the staff and fellow yogis were all brilliant people. I felt completely looked after and nurtured at all times. The variety of activities was a perfect level of optional balanced with daily yoga and beach time. I have come back to work feeling a million dollars – balanced, calm, healthy, and glowing! I cannot wait to do another Chaya Yoga retreat this year."

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  • Review by Lydia Hunt
    10 out of 10

    "I can honestly say from deep within my heart I have truly had the best and most special 10 days that I can remember for quite some time; hosted by raw foodie goddess Lucy Hill at Chaya Yoga Retreats in the stunning eco boutique Kaju Varo surrounded by sweet nature and colourful wildlife. Waking up to birdsong every morning and welcoming the day in with a sunrise yoga practice guided by no other than the beautiful and wise Chlo Park; tucking into a nourishing breakfast with the group whilst talking about our plans for the day.Lazy days on the beach sipping coconuts, sunset yoga and shopping in the markets seeking out treasures to take back home. Not forgetting a trip to Mapusa to meet Ramakrishna for my personalised perfume and some kind words of wisdom; soaking up the atmosphere over a lemon lassi in a corner cafe and sharing a thali with new friends are memories not to be forgotten.I feel wonderfully relaxed, revived, awakened and full of love and light, thank you Goa and thank you all for being a part of that. I can honestly say that I have returned from my beautiful retreat the happiest and healthiest version of myself I have felt in a very long time. Thank you Chaya Yoga Retreats for making that possible."

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  • Review by Rebecca and Will Sicardi Hatcher
    10 out of 10

    "We wanted to send you enormous loving thanks for your non-stop incredible vibes, generosity, and nourishment for our time at Chaya. Literally within hours our pulses had slowed down to the level of a student monk, and as we know that's the level I like functioning at ;-) Your thoughtful (and educational!) menu was out of this world delicious and I'm still dreaming of our lazy brunch hours after yoga. Totally loved the nut milk and fermenting workshop- you're an absolute natural presenter and it was fascinating to not only learn so much but also to witness the incredible difference of our own guts being able to eat like that for a sustained period of time. Whole Foods has been stripped bare and we've been attempting all sorts of juices, mylks and buddha bowls; we are well and truly inspired! We couldn't have wished for a wiser and grounding yoga teacher to welcome us into each day, so much love for that mighty warrior mama! (And her little fam!) Safe to say she's made even the toughest crowd (William) into a true convert and he even admitted to working on his own self-practise without me. We've come back to London with a glowing heart, healthier gut, and steadier feet; fully equipped to battle out the rest of the UK winter. Literally not a better way to start off the new year. Full of love and light."

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  • Review by Anna Smale
    10 out of 10

    "Absolutely amazing retreat. Lucy is a fantastic host, who thought of everything. A wonderful relaxing 10 days in India."

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  • Review by Claire Petrou
    10 out of 10

    "When booking this Chaya Yoga Retreat in Goa, I wanted to use the experience to kick start me off on a healthy new path and inspire me to change the unhealthy lifestyle I was currently living. I had no idea when I booked exactly how emotional this experience would me and how much I would take from it. Spending time with, and get to know, an amazing group of people in such a relaxed, peaceful and loving environment was a life changing experience for me.The beautiful venue, the fresh yummy food, the yoga, and most of all, the inspirational people I had the pleasure to meet all meant so much. Ive come away from this experience mentally stronger and so much more comfortable in my own skin, and I owe the Chaya team a huge thank you for that. Especially Lucy who was brilliant the whole way through - from booking to our final goodbyes at the end. She was there looking after us every step of the way and I feel richer to have had her touch my life, if only for this brief moment.It is an experience I will carry with me for the rest of my life, and I hope to have the opportunity to join another Chaya retreat in the future."

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  • Review by Olivia
    10 out of 10

    "The Chaya retreat was one of the most special experiences of my life. The trip was a beautiful journey which has left me feeling refreshed and inspired."

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  • Review by Victoria Saunders
    10 out of 10

    "The Chaya retreat was a life saver. The 10 days rebooted my life. The space it gave my mind to rest and recharge, the reinvigoration from the yoga to energise my body and the warmth and kindness of the teachers was just the cotton wool I needed to be wrapped in. A wonderful place to be."

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