How to get to Albi
The best is to fly to Toulouse and take a train to Albi
From Paris you can either fly or take a train to Toulouse and then take a train to Albi.
Albi is about 80 miles northeast of Toulouse.
It is highly recommended that you arrive a few days earlier and spend a couple of nights in either Toulouse ( beautiful city on the Garonne river) or in Albi (charming, "pink city" by the Tarn river). Albi is a quieter place then Toulouse.
There are hotels in Albi as well as car rentals.
The retreat center is about 50 minutes from Albi by car. There will be a pick up time around 6PM at the train station in Albi on Saturday June 30 to go to "La Combe".
The retreat will end on Saturday July 7 after Breakfast.
YOGA RETREAT IN FRANCE June 30-July 7, 2018
with Anne Saliou and Villard Martin
Yoga Instruction: you will enjoy a morning Pranayama session followed by a 2 hour asana class
Each afternoon class will have a special focus (Therapeutics to address special needs, restorative yoga, philosophy, walking meditation...)
Rates: $1550 if paid in full by March 31 Double occupancy
$1695 after March 31 Double occupancy
Private room available for an additional $200
A few individual chalets for one person with private bathrooms are available for an additional $250
$200 cancellation fee before May 1, no refund after unless your place can be filled
The retreat center, "la Combe de la Périère" , is a charming 18th century house converted into a modern and comfortable retreat center. It offers a swimming pool surrounded by beautiful gardens and a spacious fully equipped yoga studio.
Around the center there are many possibilities for hiking and sightseeing to nearby medieval villages.
Other activities There will be plenty of time for relaxing, swimming, hiking (there are a number of marked trails starting from the retreat center) or just hanging out to enjoy the beautiful surroundings
We will have one afternoon of guided hiking to surrounding villages and one afternoon of sight seeing or canoeing in the region.
-The yoga instruction
-Breakfast and two delicious meals, ayurvedic-vegetarian cuisine prepared with fresh local products
-Two afternoons of hiking and/or sightseeing
-Transportation from Albi to the retreat center and back
Your teachers: Anne and Villard are Certified Iyengar Yoga instructors well known for their precise, creative and inspiring teaching styles.
They will co-teach and assist each-other to insure that everyone receives individual and personalized attention.
Villard with your payment
"Anne is a gifted teacher and her intuitive mastery of yoga makes her teachings a gift to her students. She brings great compassion to her work and one thing that sets her apart from other teachers is the careful sequencing of poses and breathing exercises to make the practice of yoga, Pranayama, and walking meditation deep and rich.
The center is in a beautiful location and the food is fabulous. Villard, a gifted yoga teacher in his own right. I emerged from the retreat recharged, rebalanced and recommitted to my practice."
" Going to Anne and Villard's yoga retreat was probably one of the best decisions I made about myself, my body and my spirit! I've even gone to the retreat twice! At first I was afraid of doing yoga every day or that I would get bored, but frankly it was the opposite! Anne and Villard are really patient and you have almost the impression of having one teacher for yourself. They taught me to be more independent about my practice, I knew after the retreat what to do to practice yoga alone at home! and I had the will to do it.
Another thing that makes this experience unforgettable is the location! beautiful place, serene and relaxed! The accommodation is very clean and comfortable, the Yoga Studio fully equipped and the hosts are amazing!! The quality of the food is just unbelievable!! I've never eaten so well my entire life: so healthy! If you have any hesitation, don't! Just do it!"
"I came to la Combe de la Périère in 2014 and it was a wonderful chance to concentrate on my practice for a week in a beautiful setting, to meet some fascinating fellow students, and revel in the culinary bounties from Sylvie's garden. The accommodations are charming and comfortable, and the “salle de yoga” is equipped with every imaginable prop, including a full set of wall ropes. The environs are beautiful, and we took full advantage of this with several memorable hikes.
On the way to la Combe I stayed for a few nights in Albi to commune with the wry spirit of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec at the comprehensive museum devoted to his work. But the main point of all this was the yoga itself, of course: the asana, pranayama, and sutra study led by Anne and Villard with compassion and deep attention to each student's needs. It goes without saying that I recommend it highly--I'll be back in 2017!"
-Mary Ellen Poole