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4 Days Wu Style Tai Chi, Tao Yoga, and Meditation Retreat in Ariège, France

Tourné, 09420 Castelnau-Durban, Couserans Est, Saint-Girons, Ariège, Occitanie, France

Transformative Yoga Retreat France

Learn the complete Wu style Tai Chi short form with Tao yoga standing postures. The Tai Chi form and the Tao yoga sessions are accompanied by clear mind meditation to rid the mind of obstacles, to learn the efficiency of effortlessness, and to arrive at ease. This ease is often what appeals to people when the see authentic Tai Chi being performed. Even a single retreat will start you on your Tai Chi and yoga journey.

Meet the instructors

Paula & Ram
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Highlights

  • Tao yoga standing postures
  • Moving meditation to accompany the form
  • Standing meditations during stand-in postures
  • Expert tuition in the Wu style Tai Chi short form
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Full instructional video
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


4 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French
The maximum participants in the group is 6
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:30
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Table tennis
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga studio
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Library
  • Meeting room

The manor house at Tourné is set in a secluded river valley in the foothills of the Ariège Pyrénées mountains. Spacious accommodation in the main house or adjoining stone cottage offers an excellent base for your holiday in France. The manor has large bedrooms all with private bathrooms.

Tourné and the Artillac River are in the very center of the Pyrénées Ariégeoises Natural Regional Park. Tourné also has substantial gardens and outside seating areas with 1,000 meters of private river frontage. The altitude of just under 500 meters allows you to enjoy exceptional air quality, warm sunshine with cool shade never far away.

Program

Wu style Tai Chi short form is a nine to ten minutes flowing form comprised of 18 moves. Each move contains a Tao yoga standing posture with associated meditation. A complete instructional video is included for all participants (available in French or English). A complete retreat practice! Tao Meditation suggests two retreats to learn the complete form. The two retreats can be joined to make a single longer retreat or can be some time apart to give the practitioner an opportunity to deepen their practice.

Sample daily schedule

Day 1 (Arrival day)

  • Orientation and introductory session followed by evening meal.

Day 2

  • 09:30 - 11:00 First session
  • Free time, self led practice, and /or questions
  • 16:00 - 17:30 Second session
  • 19:30 Evening meal, free time

Day 3

  • 09:30 - 11:00 First session
  • Free time, self led practice, and /or questions
  • 16:00 - 17:30 Second session
  • 19:30 Evening meal, free time

Day 4 (Departure day)

  • Breakfast and last session, finish around 11.00 a.m.

All times and sessions are flexible according to your needs.

Included excursions

This retreat includes forest walks.

Instructors

Paula Davidson

Ram Chatlani

Location

Food

The price includes breakfast and four-course evening meals. Fresh and tasty food from local producers and our own organic vegetable garden. Transformed in our kitchen into dishes from countries around the world. On this course we follow a standard diet but are also happy to cater for vegans and vegetarians.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • 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

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast and four-course evening meal
  • A minimum of five hours teaching
  • Full instructional video
  • Bicycles
  • Free pick-up from local village

What's not included

  • Airport/train transfers
  • Lunch

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (TLS). Travel form Toulouse to the retreat center will take on average 90 minutes by car or 150 minutes (includes time waiting for connections) if using public transport. Car hire varies from about 35 EUR per day; a public transport journey from Toulouse toTourné will cost between 20 EUR and 50e EUR depending on your choice of travel (bus or taxi).

Dependant on availability of Tao Meditation's support drivers, they can arrange a pick-up from Foix or Toulouse with cost between 30 EUR and 120 EUR. Tao Meditation recommends arriving at Toulouse no later than midday on your arrival day.

You can also fly to Carcassone Airport (CCF), where car hire is recommended to shorten the next leg of the journey to Tourné.

Arrival by train

Foix is the nearest local train station, about 60 minutes by road or 85 minutes by train from Toulouse.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 33% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Tao Meditation runs this retreat all year round so if you do not see the dates you require just let them know and they will make them available to you if they can.

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