South of Francevin et Vinyasa
Yoga in a French Chateau
Château de Rhodes
Get ready to experience the beauty of the South of France as you embark on your Yoga Teacher Training journey. Our grand 18th-century château is situated in a newly designated natural park at the foot of the Pyrenees mountains, just three kilometers from the village of La Bastide De Serou. The Department of Ariege nestles in the central Pyrenees, next to Andorra, its highest peaks visible from Toulouse. It is one of the most unspoiled regions of France, whose inhabitants have held fast to their traditions. The countryside is wild but easily accessible. Top grade trout streams rush down forested mountainsides into rivers where kayakers paddle. Waymarked walking trails lead to 3000 metres peaks where isards (chamois), marmots and even bears roam. Cyclists can take in a stage of the Tour de France, mountain bike down tracks or gently pedal in the valleys.
Numerous species of butterflies, orchids and raptors thrive here thanks to the endurance of ancient farming practices such as the transhumance, when cows, sheep and Mérens horses are led up to the high summer pastures.
Its many prehistoric caves, Cathar chateaux and WWII escape routes over the mountains are testament to the ways Ariège has served as a place of refuge and resistance throughout history.
Walk the Walk
Ariège is a walker’s paradise, laced with a hundreds of kilometres of waymarked paths for all abilities, from unpaved tracks through rolling countryside to blazed footpaths used by mountain inhabitants for centuries to high-altitude transpyrenean hiking trails that extend from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. A variant of the Way of Saint James skirts along the foothills to join up with the main trail at St Jean Pied de Port. Trails from France to Spain through the high mountains were used over the centuries by smugglers, Cathars fleeing persecution, downed WWII Allied pilots and refugees and now are named for them: the Chemin des Bonshommes, the Chemin de la Liberté.
Wine & Unwind
Your yoga (or culinary) experience will be intense, but Château de Rhodes is filled with 18th and 19th century antiques, and Persian rugs, the château will create incredible memories for all who stay here. There are two very large reception rooms, chateau dining room, library, billiard room, games rooms, terrace dining-room for thirty plus, cinema room, original chateau kitchen, plus a fully equipped professional kitchen.
There are outside dining tables and chairs for 30+ and sun beds, shades, etc. Around the pool and terrace. The grounds are encircled by a tranquil walking path, and are accentuated by both a river and a stream. There are many ancient trees in the well-tended landscape.
From the terrace one can hear the soft flowing arize river which meanders through the château’s park. From the sparkling swimming pool are dramatic views of the Pyrenees. Tennis buffs will be thrilled with the hard tennis court. An antique snooker/ pool table is available indoors, plus a further games room and exercise room which will definitely appeal to the younger set. Just a five-minute drive away is a challenging eighteen-hole golf course.
Optional excursions include a visit to gorgeous Toulouse, known as “The Pink City” for its signature rosy stone, and home to the best wine bar in the world; and a delectable lunch and wine tasting from our friends at La Mas de Mon Pere.
Special pricing for a limited time
UPCOMING PROGRAM DATES
Starting at $3299 for both our
14 Day / 21 Day if you book up to 3 months (90 days) before start date.
$3599 when you book within 3 months (90 days) within start date.
Both options have the same start date
OCTOBER 4 – 17 / 24 SOLD OUT – WAIT LIST ONLY
SEPTEMBER 26 – OCTOBER 9 / 16
Vineyards & Vegetables
The land of d’Artagnan, pre-historic cave paintings and thermal hot springs.
The Department of Ariege is known for having high vibrations and attracting artistic, progressive and eco-conscious people!
Snowcapped mountain peaks. . .
Click here for information on getting to Château de Rhodes
Lakshmi Rising will provide group transportation between the Toulouse train station and Château de Rhodes at no additional charge. We will have a special rendezvous spot in Toulouse at 2:00pm on Saturday, September 5. At 4:00pm we will ride together to Château de Rhodes. Check-out time is 10:00am on Friday, September 25 (or Friday, September 18, for 14-day YTTs). All participants are responsible for their own travel inbound to and onward from the train station in Toulouse. If you cannot make the group shuttle we will be happy to help coordinate your private transportation but it will be at your own expense.