Domaine de Longeval
A new retreat centre in the heart of France
A medieval stronghold overlooking the Azergues Valley
Hridaya Yoga France is based at Domaine de Longeval, a beautiful property nestled in the Beaujolais countryside. In the Middle Ages, Longeval was a stronghold that protected access to the high valley of Azergues and the barony of Amplepuis. In the nineteenth century, the estate passed into the hands of a notable Lyonnaise family, the Termes, who were members of the parliamentary assembly. They are responsible for the reworked and enlarged appearance of the château. In 1964, the Terme family sold the estate to the French government, which turned it into a children’s therapeutic educational institution. At the same time, the forest of Longeval was transformed. Because of public policies in support of reforestation, many conifer trees were planted, resulting in the thick forest that surrounds the castle today.
Hridaya Yoga France acquired the castle in June 2017, began renovations, and plans to open to the public in July 2018.
A holistic retreat centre
Offering a space for revealing our True Nature, the Spiritual Heart
Hridaya Yoga France is lovingly restoring Domaine de Longeval to offer about 40 rooms for overnight accommodation, a camping area, two yoga and meditations halls, a vegetarian restaurant open to the public, and permaculture gardens.
A vegetarian restaurant
Delicious vegetarian and vegan meals
Our restaurant offers wholesome vegan and vegetarian meals, smoothies, and desserts, all made and served with love. As it is open to the general public as well as to our students, we hope it will become a meeting point for everyone interested in healthy food options.
A home in the heart of Longeval Forest
Resting in the healing power of nature
Domaine de Longeval encompasses 7 hectares (17 acres) and offers many walking trails into the heart of Longeval Forest. The forest is a varied ecosystem and features cool, humid sections, dry, open environments, and an area dominated by trees measuring several tens of metres high.
To discover these multiple riches, you are welcome to wander the various trails. You can also hike the 2.2-kilometre (1.4-mile) “Botanical Trail”, which has informational signs.