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8 Days Tai Chi, Qigong, and Yoga Retreat in Nant, France

Relaxing Yoga Holiday France

Join Jan Vervecken, Mieke Vervecken-Pieters, and Marcella Ghijsen for a warm holiday in the south of France! Enjoy yoga, shiatsu, and qigong in a peaceful setting, surrounded by the beauty and tranquility of nature. This is the quaint vacation perfect to settle down your heart, body, and mind in achieving the balance of life.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily shiatsu class or lecture
  • 1 Tai chi lesson on the grassy fields
  • Daily asanas and corrective soft exercises
  • Explore the bountiful market of Nant
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily organic meals

Styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 14
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Accommodation

The accommodations will be in a bed and breakfast by the river. Trees around the house provide wonderfully refreshing greenery. There is a lounge with fireplace, lawn at the back, and the field in front.

You also have a choice to avail of the camping accommodation option; you will have to bring your own tent, but a number of mattresses is available for use.

Program

Possible topics for the lectures

  • Yin yang riddles
  • Making yourself stronger
  • Proper breathing techniques to improve energy
  • Memory
  • How a strong nervous system determines our happiness
  • How to feed and educate children in times of iPads and television
  • Training for marathons and triathlons

Schedule

Day 1, Saturday

  • 14:00 Start arrival
  • 18:00 Summer buffet

Days 2 to 7, Sunday to Friday

  • 07:00 Do-in, stretching, chanting, Qi-gong, and others
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Jokaho or other yoga classes
  • 10:00 Tea break
  • 10:20 Asanas, corrective soft exercises, and others
  • 12:00 Lunch buffet, with free time afterward
  • 19:00 Dinner, with wine and beer available in the bar
  • 20:30 Yoga, shiatsu class, or lecture and evening singing
  • 21:00 Storytelling and music improvisation

There will also be a tai chi lesson on the grass by the river on Tuesday, after which you will get to go to the market in Nant.

Included excursions

Enjoy the Nant market on Tuesday. You will enjoy many beautiful crafts, such as jewelry, clothing, pottery, and books. There are also sheep cheese and other vegan treats.

Instructors

Jan Vervecken
Jan founded the International Shiatsu School and the Natural Cooking School with spouse Mieke Vervecken-Pieters.
Mieke Vervecken-Pieters
Mieke founded the International Shiatsu School and the Natural Cooking School with spouse Jan.

Location

This program will be held in the quiet village of Nant in the south of France. Nant is still surrounded by forests; it is blissfully warm but cool under the trees and near the river. It has a beautiful village square with nice French terraces. Nant is a fascinating area, rugged nature with wild orchids, little population, sheep farmers, and an interesting history.

Nearby places

  • La Cavalerie - 20 kilometers
  • La Dourbie - 2 kilometers

Food

Delicious freshly prepared organic dishes will be prepared daily by Chef Mieke Vervecken, known for her refined and festive dishes that appeal to everyone. Diet includes macros, veggies, and vegan dishes. Special attention is given to local cuisine and refreshing drinks and desserts.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Read books
  • Relax
  • Walk around the village

What's included

  • Daily yoga classes
  • 1 tai chi lesson on the grassy fields
  • Explore the bountiful market of Nant
  • Daily asanas and corrective soft exercises
  • Daily shiatsu class or lecture
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily freshly prepared organic meals
  • Wine and beer in the bar

What's not included

  • Bubble bath (5 EUR per 30 minutes)

How to get there

Arrival by train

Take the TGV to Millau and then continue by bus (about 20 kilometers) or by taxi. You can also take the TGV to Montpellier and then board the bus to La Cavalerie. For a small fee, International Shiatsu School can pick you up there.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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