Breathe & Balance with Ashtanga Yoga


AUGUST 2-7, 2021


What's the deal?

Bienvenue on the southwestern French countryside.

For you who wants to...

Let your mind be still and let your breath lead your movements. Find your balance in the relaxed surroundings of The Happy Hamlet, feel the freedom of your breath through yoga and move your body happily inside the system of ashtanga yoga. This retreat is open for all ashtanga lovers who have either an existing Mysore practice or who are ready to take the step towards independent and oh-so-rewarding Mysore practice.

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What our previous guests have said

“Rustic perfection! Lovingly restored, gorgeous natural surroundings and unbeatable hospitality. Attended a fantastic yoga retreat. So much so, planning on returning with my own group next year. This is a find. Hoping to return many times over. In love!”  – SUSAN (May 2019)

Listen to your body...


We will start our mornings peacefully with Mysore yoga classes, where students are enjoying their individual ashtanga yoga practices in a group setting. Outi will assist and support your independent morning practice, but most of all you can just be with your breath, listen to your body and dive deep into the beauty of silence at the Happy Hamlet’s Yoga Shala. The Happy Hamlet’s Yoga Shala supports and nourishes your practice with a stunning view, fresh air and nicely bouncing floor.

The themes for afternoon yoga sessions will vary daily. We will focus on making your ashtanga yoga practice as safe as possible by learning more about practice techniques. We will also do some breath work and relaxation practices everyday.

During afternoons we will balance ashtanga yoga’s dynamic nature by searching our grounding. Sometimes we will just sit in silence, observe and listen. And other times you will get a chance to ask questions and share your yoga experiences with the group. Freedom to talk or stay in quietness will lead the afternoon sessions. And no matter what we won’t forget to stretch every now and then!

Our program is based on a “go with the flow” mentality, this is your vacation, after all! You may participate in the little visits in the region – but it’s completely fine if you wish to stay put in the Hamlet. We’ll visit a medieval village with a dinner on a “Marche Gourmand” outdoors and we’ll do some wine-tasting at our friends’ vineyard. Departure day morning, if your travel plans allow, we’ll pick up the freshest from the farmers’ market and enjoy a champagne brunch for “au revoir”. That is “until we meet again”, because we think you might want to return..

An inspiring instructor


I found yoga in 2007 because of my Mother who had been practicing hatha yoga for years. During those days I was looking for a new hobby to balance my hectic work as a lawyer. I took one ashtanga class and I was hooked.

Ashtanga was so hard for me both physically and mentally but extremely rewarding as well. I loved the challenges of it! The practice was strangely calming my mind and I quickly became a dedicated seeker of that peace of mind. Nowadays ashtanga is a way of life for me.

My yoga path has taken me all over the world and in 2010 it took me all the way to India. I studied with R. Sharath Jois in Mysore for five months and I did Yoga Alliance RYT200+ training in Koh Samui in 2011. After my studies abroad I returned to Helsinki and was asked to start teaching. I created my company Outi Sirviö Yoga in 2013 and started to teach fulltime. Sharath gave me his blessing to teach Primary Series in 2015. I still return to India yearly and lately I have studied mostly with Sharmila Desai in Goa.

I never thought that I wanted to become a yoga teacher. But when I started to teach I felt that I had found my true calling. It was fascinating to meet different kind of yoga students with various backgrounds and see ashtanga’s true power to heal.

I believe that every student is unique and this practice belongs to all. I want to encourage my students to find the strengths of their body and mind through yoga. For my classes I wish to create calm and safe environment where everybody is welcome to breathe freely.

Website:, Facebook: Outi Sirviö Yoga and IG: outisirvio

Sweet dreams guaranteed...


You will stay in the Guest House of The Happy Hamlet, which centuries ago was home for several families and now has been turned into a place for feeling good. The charming rooms (double, twin or triple) have each an ensuite bathroom with a window. The house has been renovated by preserving as much of the old as possible, yet keeping the comfort in mind. Many recycled treasures have been given new life allowing them to tell you their stories from the past.

The huge barn will be your lounge, salon and kitchen whenever you wish, and the vast property offers woods and prairies, fields and valleys for you to explore. You are welcome to enjoy the organic produce from the garden whenever you feel like having a healthy snack. With the sessions and discussions, other activities and visits you will surely have plenty to do, to explore and to experience – but you will certainly have your free time, too. Nothing beats the hammock under the trees for good relaxation!

At night, once in bed, you’ll be guaranteed a good night’s sleep because the only background noise will be the owl informing that everything is.. just fine.

See gallery in the bottom of the page or visit directly here for more photos of The Happy Hamlet property, the Guest House & rooms, the barn, the outdoors and more. Lovely feedback and reviews from our previous guests can be found on our testimonials page, on our Facebook (click “most recent”), and also on Google Business and TripAdvisor (search The Happy Hamlet).

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Please note, this is a group of maximum 10 yogis

All-inclusive retreat cost: 1450 EUR (VAT included)

Included in the price:
– All instruction and classes
– Accommodation (5 nights) in The Happy Hamlet guest house (twin or double room, ensuite bathroom)
– All meals, snacks, drinks
– Property with vast outdoors, natural swimming pool, sauna, various sports/games equipment
– Visit to the vineyards, evening dinner market and the weekend farmers’ market in a nearby medieval villages
– Good mood, happy company, recharged batteries

Please note, airfares and insurance are not included in the price. Nearest airport: Toulouse-Blagnac.

Reservations & Contact with any questions: &

Local organizer: SARL The Happy Hamlet, Lieu dit Gary, 82190 Fauroux, France.  Please see The Happy Hamlet  conditions for more details.

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See you next summer, we're excited - and you should be, too!