Overview

This unique retreat to Bordeaux in France is held at a charming Château in the countryside of Bordeaux near the famous Saint-Émilion village. The Bordeaux region is certainly one of the world’s best known wine regions. In the last decade, the city itself has seen a complete revamp much to the tourist delight and many guides have boasted about this must-visit town. In a privileged environment, twice a day, Martine and Iyan will lead yoga and meditation sessions and Claude will share his personal method of how to reach your dreams; a knowledge that has proven invaluable for the success to participants of past retreats.

While the program is an opportunity to relax and get in touch with the deeper self, it is also an occasion to discover the beautiful region of the Gironde and its vineyards at a time when grapes are being harvested. During the retreat, you will also experience the culinary art of the French and of course some of Bordeaux’s famous wines.

The intention of this retreat is to take time to destress and reconnect the mind to the spirit in a splendid environment. It is to practice yoga on and off the mat and to discover the charming countryside of the region.

SPECIAL OFFER:
Book this retreat before 1 August 2019 get FREE extra night in Bordeaux before the retreat.

INCLUSIONS

  • 8 days/7 nights accommodation at the Château
  • All meals
  • Dinner with paired wines
  • 1 Relaxing massage (60 minutes)
  • Morning yoga and meditation sessions
  • Evening restorative yoga and meditation
  • 2 ‘Dream It’ workshops sessions
  • 1 Wine workshop; getting to understand Bordeaux wines
  • Visit of the new Cité du Vin
  • Silent walk in the Château’s own forest
  • Walk to the village Créon and meet with locals
  • Meals by Chef Wayan – bridges, Bali
  • Visit of St-Emilion
  • Visit of a reputed Château
  • Visit of Arcachon, a charming town right by the coast
  • Lunch at a Oyster Farm in Gujan Mestras (Arcachon Bay)
  • Dune du Pyla excursion
  • French champagne apero
  • Wine and Cheese tasting and pairing
  • Transportation from/to Bordeaux/Château
  • Government tax and services

YOUR RETREAT LEADER

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Martine Bounet

Martine Bounet is a certified yoga teacher. Born and raised in Bordeaux, France, she also lived a long time in London, UK. Here she was able to combine the two big passions in her life, yoga and wine, and to attain great command of both. She greatly enjoys sharing her passions and combines them in her daily life – practicing and teaching yoga and meditation as well as acting in diverse roles in the wine business. Her philosophy in life is that one moment not lived is a moment lost. Read more about Martine Bounet

Iyan Yaspriyana

Yoga teacher, retreat leader, owner and co-founder of Oneworld Retreats Iyan Yaspriyana lives his life with passion. He has no doubts that he will reach his dreams and is using many tools and techniques to make them come true. Read more about Iyan Yaspriyana

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Claude Chouinard

Reaching dreams is not new to Claude Chouinard; over the years he has set many goals and has developed ways to achieve them. One of his dreams was to create a retreat centre and make a difference in other people’s lives and to remain faithful to the concept of letting everyone follow their own path in a simple and non-dogmatic way. Today Oneworld Retreats has grown to be the leader in holistic retreats in Bali. It all started with a dream! Read more about Claude Chouinard


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Wayan Sukarta
bridges Bali - HEAD CHEF

Wayan was born in Tampaksiring to a family of cooks where recipes were passed from one generation to the next. Therefore, Wayan’s decision to become a cook himself was not a big surprise.

After his studies, he went abroad and gained experience by working in Kuwait, the Seychelles, Miami as well as on cruise ships and in well-known restaurants in Bali. Wayan joined bridges in 2014 and is well-loved and respected by his team.

His passion for his métier and for bridges shows on your plate!

Retreat video

RETREAT PRICE - ALL INCLUSIVE

Room TypeEURUSDAUDCADGBP
Single3,200± 3,580± 5,080± 4,812± 2,766
Twin2,800± 3,132± 4,445± 4,210± 2,420
SPECIAL OFFER: book this retreat before 1 June 2019 and save € 250

Itinerary


DAY 1

09:00 Point of meeting to be announced

Walk around Bordeaux

Lunch and visit of the new Cité du Vin

16:00 Transportation from Bordeaux to the Château

Time for check in

18:00 Restorative yoga

19:30 Wine and Dine


DAY 2

Tuesday

07:00 – 08:30 Yoga and meditation

08:45 Breakfast

10:00 The Art of Contemplating – Workshop by Claude

Silent walk around the lake

13:00 Lunch

Free time or massage

17:00 – 18:00 Restorative yoga and meditation

18:30 – 20:00 Wine Workshop with Martine – Introduction to wine tasting

20:00 Dinner


DAY 3

Wednesday

07:00 – 08:30 Yoga and meditation

08:45 Breakfast

09:30 Departure for Arcachon

11:30 – 13:00 Introduction and Lunch at a Oyster Farm in Gujan Mestras (Arcachon Bay)

13:00 Leave for Arcachon

Followed by visit of la Dune du Pyla

16:00 Leave for Château

18:30 – 19:15 Yoga Nidra

19:30 Wine and Dine


DAY 4

Thursday – Day of silence and contemplation

07:00 – 08:30 Yoga and meditation

08:45 Breakfast

10:00  Dream It Workshop

13:00 Picnic Lunch – in silence

Massage or Dreaming time

17:30 – 19:00 Restorative Yoga

19:30 Silent Candlelight Dinner


DAY 5

Friday

07:00 – 08:30 Yoga and meditation

08:45 Breakfast

10:00 Day trip
Touring the famous town of St-Emilion

Lunch

14:00 Leave St-Emilion
Visit of a Château on our way back home

18:00 – 19:00 Yoga nidra

19:30 Wine and Dine


DAY 6

Saturday

07:00 – 08:30 Yoga and meditation

08:45 Breakfast

10:00 Yoga Workshop Understanding the Chakras – with Martine
Or
Free time to further explore Bordeaux centre – We will organise the transport

13:00 Lunch

Free time
Or

15:00 – 16:00 Optional workshop – Understanding Ayurveda

17:00 – 18:30 Restorative Yoga

18:30 Aperitif – by the pool

19:30 Wine and dine inclusive of a cheese pairing experience


DAY 7

yoga retreat near creon france

Sunday

07:00 – 08:30 Yoga and meditation

08:45 Breakfast

10:00 Depart to Creon – visit of the town and local market experience

13:30 Lunch at the chateau

Free time or massage

16:00 – 17:00 Introduction to the concept of food and wine pairing

18:00 – 19:15 Restorative yoga

19:45 Champagne Aperitif

Followed by – Gastronomic Dinner

And farewell entertaining evening


DAY 8

Monday

07:00 – 08:30 yoga and meditation

08:45 Breakfast

Wrap up and departure at 10:30 am

Transportation from the Château to Bordeaux


Price & Inclusions

RETREAT PRICE

Room TypeIDRUSDAUDEURGBP
Single
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INCLUSIONS

  • 8 days/7 nights accommodation at the Château
  • All meals
  • Dinner with paired wines
  • 1 Relaxing massage (60 minutes)
  • Morning yoga and meditation sessions
  • Evening restorative yoga and meditation
  • 2 ‘Dream It’ workshops sessions
  • 1 Wine workshop; getting to understand Bordeaux wines
  • Visit of the new Cité du Vin
  • Silent walk in the Château’s own forest
  • Walk to the village Créon and meet with locals
  • Meals by Chef Wayan – bridges, Bali
  • Visit of St-Emilion
  • Visit of a reputed Château
  • Visit of Arcachon, a charming town right by the coast
  • Lunch at a Oyster Farm in Gujan Mestras (Arcachon Bay)
  • Dune du Pyla excursion
  • French champagne apero
  • Wine and Cheese tasting and pairing
  • Transportation from/to Bordeaux/Château
  • Government tax and services

Itinerary


DAY 1

09:00 Point of meeting to be announced

Walk around Bordeaux

Lunch and visit of the new Cité du Vin

16:00 Transportation from Bordeaux to the Château

Time for check in

18:00 Restorative yoga

19:30 Wine and Dine


DAY 2

Tuesday

07:00 – 08:30 Yoga and meditation

08:45 Breakfast

10:00 The Art of Contemplating – Workshop by Claude

Silent walk around the lake

13:00 Lunch

Free time or massage

17:00 – 18:00 Restorative yoga and meditation

18:30 – 20:00 Wine Workshop with Martine – Introduction to wine tasting

20:00 Dinner


DAY 3

Wednesday

07:00 – 08:30 Yoga and meditation

08:45 Breakfast

09:30 Departure for Arcachon

11:30 – 13:00 Introduction and Lunch at a Oyster Farm in Gujan Mestras (Arcachon Bay)

13:00 Leave for Arcachon

Followed by visit of la Dune du Pyla

16:00 Leave for Château

18:30 – 19:15 Yoga Nidra

19:30 Wine and Dine


DAY 4

Thursday – Day of silence and contemplation

07:00 – 08:30 Yoga and meditation

08:45 Breakfast

10:00  Dream It Workshop

13:00 Picnic Lunch – in silence

Massage or Dreaming time

17:30 – 19:00 Restorative Yoga

19:30 Silent Candlelight Dinner


DAY 5

Friday

07:00 – 08:30 Yoga and meditation

08:45 Breakfast

10:00 Day trip
Touring the famous town of St-Emilion

Lunch

14:00 Leave St-Emilion
Visit of a Château on our way back home

18:00 – 19:00 Yoga nidra

19:30 Wine and Dine


DAY 6

Saturday

07:00 – 08:30 Yoga and meditation

08:45 Breakfast

10:00 Yoga Workshop Understanding the Chakras – with Martine
Or
Free time to further explore Bordeaux centre – We will organise the transport

13:00 Lunch

Free time
Or

15:00 – 16:00 Optional workshop – Understanding Ayurveda

17:00 – 18:30 Restorative Yoga

18:30 Aperitif – by the pool

19:30 Wine and dine inclusive of a cheese pairing experience


DAY 7

yoga retreat near creon france

Sunday

07:00 – 08:30 Yoga and meditation

08:45 Breakfast

10:00 Depart to Creon – visit of the town and local market experience

13:30 Lunch at the chateau

Free time or massage

16:00 – 17:00 Introduction to the concept of food and wine pairing

18:00 – 19:15 Restorative yoga

19:45 Champagne Aperitif

Followed by – Gastronomic Dinner

And farewell entertaining evening


DAY 8

Monday

07:00 – 08:30 yoga and meditation

08:45 Breakfast

Wrap up and departure at 10:30 am

Transportation from the Château to Bordeaux


Specials

  • A Life of Balance at the Château – in France – Special Offer

    Book the A Life of Balance at the Château – in France with Martine Bounet, Iyan Yaspriyana, and Claude Chouinard before 1 August 2019 get FREE extra night in Bordeaux before the retreat.


Guest Reviews

When I first signed up I truly did not know what to expect. This retreat went above and beyond my expectations. I recommend A Life of Balance for anyone looking to work on certain areas they feel they would like to improve whether it be physically, emotionally or spiritually. We all need balance in life. This retreat is all about self empowerment and self improvement. Desy and Martine truly made this retreat.

Sedra, UAE


A wonderful experience! The resort is beautiful and the staffs are so nice and friendly. Everything is taken care of so you can really take a break.

Anouk, Netherlands


I am always eager to embrace new experiences and this one was wonderful. I loved the silence and will endeavor and incorporate into my life from time to time.

Diane, Australia


Martine has been great and I enjoyed her retreat! Thanks so much

Pablo, Netherlands


As the title said “Life is about balance, just like yoga. Escape to nature, down to earth. A wonderful experience!

Yuen, Singapore


The whole retreat was a fantastic and rejuvenating experience. From the reception service, quality of the spa treatments to the participants, everything was well planned and very productive. I especially love our retreat leader, Martine Bounet. And not forgetting the quality of the food.

Chen Nie, Singapore


it was a perfect balance of so many things. Martine’s knowledge gave me very much food for thought, which was amazing. The activities and staff were great and the some even have enough time for yourself to reflect and rest. The attention to every single details was just perfect.

Birgit, Netherlands


A very nice experience! Unique, indulging, sometimes tough but an experience everybody should do once in a lifetime. Even if you’re not good in yoga or you don’t like it (but all the other things you do like) you should go for it!

Maria, Netherlands


With her knowledge and expertise on the world of wine and her passion and enthusiasm for yoga, Martine was a perfect leader for the retreat. It was a privilege to me to return to Oneworld Retreats for the fifth retreat and once again, I return home feeling physically, emotionally, and spiritually rejuvenated.

Carolyn, Australia


Overall balanced and a life-experience of all you would expect and so much more. If only I had the money, I would extend my stay for at least a month!

Nicolette, Holland


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More Info

GENERAL INFORMATION

The retreat will begin on Monday, 30 September. Participants will meet at a central point in Bordeaux. Some participants may wish to enjoy the weekend in Bordeaux prior to the retreat, we can organise accommodations.

A Life Of Balance In a Chateau, Bordeaux, France lasts seven nights and will end in Bordeaux on Monday, 7 October.


THE PLACE

Living in a Château!

Located in La Gironde near the small village of Créon, the charming Château is a perfect place to find peace of mind as it is surrounded by 29 hectares of woodland and has its own lake and an amazing swimming pool. The place was totally renovated less than 5 years ago. Each private bedroom is comfortable, well equipped and thematically decorated. The common areas are spacious and give the sensation of going back in time. One can only imagine what it would have been like to live there as a family!


YOGA

yoga retreat in bordeaux castle
The yoga that will be taught by Martine is Hatha and combines the precision of Iyengar with the dynamism of Ashtanga. Guests will be introduced to Pranayama, Asanas, relaxation techniques and yogic activities.

The yoga and meditation sessions that will be led by Iyan will take you deeper into the practice through a soft approach to the discipline.

Both Martine and Iyan are qualified yoga and meditation instructors and have years of experience to help you in your practice whether you are a beginner or more advanced.

Through meditation and yoga, people from around the world and all levels of society have reached incredible results in balancing the body, mind and spirit. Yoga and meditation are ways to help become more focus and provide a platform for one’s own inner peace and well-being especially when faced with life challenges.


MEALS

This year, we are taking our own chef Wayan from bridges to take care of all meals that are served at the chateau. Wayan is a brilliant chef and the menu we have prepared for you is most inspiring, of course each dinners are paired with the perfect wine carefully selected by Martine, our wine expert.


SPA

During your journey, you will be offered a deep tissue massage an you will have the option of getting a second treatment during the week.


WORKSHOPS

During the retreat, you will learn how to choose and pair the right wine based on the choice of food, this workshop is led by Martine, she will also host a wine and cheese pairing workshop and a talk about Ayurveda.

Martine’s teaching technic is most different as she has developed a way to taste using pranayama as a way to taste using senses as the base for the tastings. Claude will host ‘Dream It’ workshops, based on his Follow your Dreams retreat, you will have time to learn his method of reaching your own dreams.