Bienvenue on the southwestern French countryside.
Come Home to Yourself.
We invite you to take a break and to do so only for yourself. We're taking our yoga to the beautiful and peaceful French countryside. You’ll have a chance to immerse yourself in your well-being while enjoying the best treats of southwestern France: Charm of a centuries old farm-hamlet, long dinners and the famous French “joie de vivre”, farmers’ markets and local vineyards, splendid nature and tranquil ambiance. This is exactly the place where you can just be. Yourself. And at home.
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Breathe the fresh air. Free the spirit. Revive your body.
THE CLASSES & OTHER ACTIVITIES
The morning classes are focusing on the Sun/Yang -energy in opening and strengthening our bodies. We will start with short meditation and a pranayama (breathing practice) before we set ourselves to move more dynamically. Our morning asana practice is an energizing Hatha Vinyasa class to wake up the body and clear the mind with a sweet final relaxation to balance your practice. Often we finish our practice with a short meditation.
The evening practice is a Moon/Yin yoga practice. Yin Yoga is a style of yoga that is based on 5 elements of chinese medicine and meridian lines of the body. In Yin Yoga practice we will stay in restful positions for a longer period of time, usually few minutes in each asana. Instead of using the muscles, we dive deep into the fascia of the body. It is a beautiful opportunity to meet whatever is arising from the stillness within, to get to know ourselves better, while giving the body the nurturing and opening it needs. After the asana practice we will enjoy a blissful long relaxation with music or tibetan bowl sound bath.
In between the classes and tasty meals you can steal a moment for yourself and your book, curl up in a hammock tucked away under the trees. If you wish to get more active physically, the surroundings are perfect for walks or jogging, and we need to add, that “the Hamlet Hike” around the property with Nicolas has been very popular – just don’t wear your high heels! If the weather permits you may dip into the natural swimming pool (no chlorite nor other chemicals!) or no matter rain or shine, we’ll heat up the sauna for you to relax and enjoy the views.
Our program is based on a “go with the flow” mentality, this is time for your nurturing, after all! You may participate in our little visits in the region – but it’s completely fine if you wish to stay “home” in the Hamlet. Since in France, we’ll do some wine-tasting at our friends’ vineyard, we’ll also be happy to take you to a local “brocante” (seller of old goods), if you’re into treasure hunting, and departure day morning, if your travel plans allow, we’ll pick up the freshest from the nearby farmers’ market and enjoy a champagne brunch before the “au revoirs”. That is, “until we meet again” – because we think you might want to return..
In the hands of an experienced and inspiring instructor.
My passion for teaching yoga springs from my natural calling to guide people to find inner peace and joy through a yoga practice; yoga is a powerful self healing tool that can remarkably enhance your well-being in everyday life. I believe yoga is universal, there is a yoga for everyone regardless of the age, shape or background. I consider that the actual purpose of a yoga mat is to take all of our worries and cares, so we can rise and step off from it after the practice feeling lighter and happier time after time.
Most of the past three years I have been studying and teaching yoga intensively in Bali. I am well accustomed in teaching various levels of students, from total beginners to intermediate practitioners. Although instead of advanced acrobatics, I tend to focus more on the authentic connection between the breath and the movement, guiding the students to a really all-encompassing rejuvenating experience – a whole body moving meditation. To me yoga is much more than just a physical practice and I often create my classes focusing on particular themes and pay a lot of attention into sequencing them accordingly. The small group size in this retreat will naturally allow an adequate amount of individual attention and guidance in classes.
My teaching style is clear, smooth, precise, yet gentle so each individual can find their own pace of progressing in their practice. I give a lot of attention to create a seamless, full-body experience with pranayama, asana and meditation for you from the first Om to the last one. I find it important to challenge the body and the mind, maybe shed together a few drops of sweat but allow everyone to listen to their own bodies’ needs. I regularly get thanks for creating a warm, relaxed atmosphere for classes, so there will most likely be some laughter from time to time too! I do believe everyone will benefit tremendously from having their home practice. Hopefully after this retreat you will have your own practice to take back with you to live happier and fuller life on and off the mat!
Allow me to show you a world full of possibilities
Susan Garcia has been practicing yoga for more than 20 years. Opening her own studio, Grassroots Yoga, in upstate New York in 2014 was not quite a dream come true. “I never saw this coming. I loved the practice and it had done so much for me I felt compelled to begin to share it, but it was not what I planned on. Life is full of surprises!
Yoga has taught me to become more open in so many ways..body, mind and spirit. I used to think one had to plan so much, and there is merit in planning. But if you become more open to possibilities and discover what the universe has to offer, you may find yourself in the most beautiful and unexpected places”.
Susan guides her classes with a blend of Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. But the most important part of her offering is meeting each person right where they are, especially those new to yoga. “I strive to create an environment where people feel comfortable and free to be themselves. Never forcing anything. Alignment in postures may be important but so is self-expression and self-acceptance, and especially self-love.
Travel and yoga are two of her many passions. To be able to combine those experiences, for as many souls as she can, is far beyond her wildest dreams come true.
Sweet dreams guaranteed...
YOUR HOME FOR THE STAY
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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RESERVATIONS & MORE INFORMATION
All-inclusive retreat cost: 1450 EUR (VAT included) – SOLD OUT, PLEASE CONTACT FOR WAIT LIST!
Included in the price:
– Daily meditation, pranayama, Hatha Vinyasa classes (mornings) and Yin yoga classes (evenings)
– Sharing circle
– Accommodation (5 nights) in The Happy Hamlet guest house (twin or double room, ensuite bathroom)
– All meals (coffee, tea and fruit in the morning, brunch after morning practice, and dinner), other snacks and drinks during the day (free service)
– Property with vast outdoors, natural swimming pool, sauna, various sports/games equipment
– Visits to vineyards for wine tasting and the farmers’ market in a medieval village, and logistics accordingly
– One bundled airport transfer from and to Toulouse-Blagnac Airport
– Good mood, happy company, recharged body&mind&soul!
Inquiries on the classes: email@example.com
Please note that airfares and insurance are not included in the price. Closest airport: Toulouse-Blagnac.
Local organizer: SARL HAPPY HAMLET, Lieu dit Gary, 82190 Fauroux, Ranska. Please see The Happy Hamlet conditions for more details.