The Art of Being:

An Invitation to Solitude

Find the Peace Within

Allow Yourself Space for Inquiry, Contemplation, and Rejuvenation

Do you feel the longing to reconnect to your Self, recharge your energy and deepen your yoga and meditation practice?

This retreat may be the ideal opportunity with a program that allows you to rejuvenate and refresh awareness and energy. During the retreat you will have the option to remain in solitude and focus on your own sadhana (yogic practice) or to join guided daily meditation and hatha yoga sessions. Further we offer a personal coaching session with a teacher to help guide you on your personal and spiritual path.

‘To be’ is really our birthright, it is existence in truth, simplicity and love. It is so natural and obvious, yet a busy lifestyle often carries us into identification and a state of constant doing. Do you remember those moments where everything just fell away and where the current of life flowed through your being in the most natural way? It is our wish to create a healing space of peace and truth that facilitates this, where you can reconnect with what has always been yours: the innate joy of simply being.

This retreat is offered in English.

“Empty yourself of everything. Let the mind rest at peace. The ten thousand things rise and fall while the Self watches their return. They grow and flourish and then return to the source. Returning to the source is stillness, which is the way of nature.”

-Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching


This retreat includes:

  • Daily hatha yoga
  • Daily meditation
  • Personal guidance
  • 1 day of fasting
  • Lectures on yogic philosophy
  • A supportive community and beautiful location


In addition to the schedule below, participants are welcome to join any scheduled evening activities of the center (bhajans, movie night, ecstatic dance, rituals, etc). Massage sessions and/or ayurvedic consultations are also usually available (additional to the retreat package prices.) All of the aforementioned are optional.

One of our teachers will be assigned to you during the whole week. The program however is very much an invitation to discover silence and solitude.

Day 1

7:00-8:00 Guided Meditation
10:00-12:00 Welcome meeting, intro to meditation & yoga
15:00-17:00 Guided Hatha Yoga Class

Day 2

7:00-8:00 Guided Meditation
10:00-12:00 Lecture on Kryas + practice
15:00-17:00 Guided Hatha Yoga Class

Day 3

7:00-8:00 Guided Meditation
10:00-12:30 Guided Hatha Yoga Class
16:00-17:00 Lecture about fasting (fasting is optional)

Day 4 – Fasting Day

7:00-8:00 Guided Meditation
10:00-12:30 Guided Hatha Yoga Class
Afternoon Personal time/ Nature walk

Day 5 – Day Of Silence

7:00-8:00 Guided Meditation
10:00-12:30 Guided Hatha Yoga Class
Afternoon Personal Practice

Day 6

7:00-8:00 Guided Meditation
10:00-12:00 Guided Hatha Yoga Class
Afternoon Personal Practice

Day 7

7:00-8:00 Guided Meditation
Morning Conclusion and sharing / Departure

Note, the majority of the hatha yoga classes are Module 1 Intensive classes.

Meal times are as follows: Breakfast 8am, Lunch 12.30pm, Dinner 7pm.

Pricing and Registration

Please click Pricing and Registration for a list of prices and types of accommodation available when you want to visit.
Dates Course Pricing and Registration

Please Note:

  • Please read the Payment, Refund & Amendment Guidelines before booking.
  • This retreat is guided in English. 
  • The dates listed above are for accommodation. The retreat begins the morning after the date of arrival and ends the morning of departure. Check-in is available from 14:00 on arrival day.
  • Hridaya Yoga France is a non-profit organization and we believe everyone should have the opportunity to practice, which is why we keep our prices low. If the prices still exceed your budget, you are welcome to apply for a scholarship. We will happily consider your request and try to find a way to support you.

The Art of Being is held at Chateau de Longeval, a beautiful property in the Beaujolais countryside.

No previous meditation or yoga experience is necessary to participate in this retreat.