Retreat to the countryside of deepest France for yoga, time to connect with yourself and to feed your creativity. Develop Mindfulness in conducive surroundings with trained teachers and like-minded people.



Your retreat at Le Verger includes:

Yoga (1.5 hours morning and evening)
Guided Meditation
Creative response (writing, art)
Silent periods
Full Board with vegetarian meals
Deep relaxation
Nature Walks
Free time
Wifi Access

Your Teacher

Yoga will be expertly taught by Jo Darking, a long-term yoga practitioner teaching both adults and children for many years. Her focus is on developing mindful awareness and her classes blend together somatic enquiry, traditional yoga asana, creative movement, breathwork, meditation and deep relaxation. She is especially interested in discovering the biomechanical connections to yogic physiology and philosophy and making them relevant to everyday life. In 2016, Jo alongside her husband Paul opened the Satyam Yoga Wellbeing Centre in the heart of their home-town of Cambridge.

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£395 own room (shared bathroom).

£345 shared room

£285 one on-site tent (sleeps 1)


You’ll stay in deliberately simple but comfortable shared accommodation, a room in the main house, The Piggery or a cabin. The Piggery is a separate gite in the grounds, suitable for up to four retreaters. It has a large open mezzanine space upstairs (4m x 6m) with further accommodation downstairs (5m x 6m). There are two cabins in the grounds each with a yoga deck: ‘Le Cabanon’ (3 x 3.5m sleeps 2) and ‘Le Shed’ (3 x 3 sleeps 1). Both cabins have basic washing facilities but occupants use the main house bathroom. There is one funky VW van tent (sleeps 1) at a reduced rate. We can accommodate a maximum of 10 retreaters. There is wifi throughout Le Verger.

*While we do our best to satisfy your accommodation request, please note that in the event that this is not possible, you will be offered the alternative at the advertised price.


Breakfast is on a help-yourself basis. A simple buffet lunch will be laid out in the kitchen from 12:30-1:30. Tea and coffee-making facilities are always available. There is a meal preparation rota for the vegetarian evening meal dinner served from 7.30 pm. Please indicate on the Booking Form any dietary needs or intolerances (we provide gluten- free and soya alternatives). The consumption of alcohol is discouraged during the retreat.

Getting there

Most retreaters will be flying from London-Stansted to Limoges. If flying from another airport please liaise with us so you’re arriving and departing within an hour or so of the others to facilitate transfers to and from Le Verger. We will inform you which Ryanair flights to book. Travellers by train can be picked up / dropped off at Limoges-Benedictins rail station .We charge £12 per person each way for group airport pick ups and £15 each way for rail station pick ups. *Note: If you require a separate pick up or drop off, a local taxi costs 140-160 euros and we charge £80.

What to bring

Ensure you bring warm clothes (jumper, woollen socks, a blanket etc) for meditation and relaxation as this will be done in a covered decked area. We are at the highest point in the Dordogne (410 m). Bring your own yoga mat. Some art materials (acrylic paints, brushes, glue, felt tips) will be provided but bring any extra art materials, you may wish to use. Bedding and a bath towel is provided. We stop at a supermarket on arrival so you’ll have the chance to buy toiletries and any personal requirements. The nearest pharmacie is 7 km away (and costly) so please bring supplies of any personal medication you know you will need. You will need to bring a European plug adapter.

Please click here for your booking application form