Sat, Jun 15, 2024 - Sat, Jun 22, 2024
Nestled within in its own private garden oasis, Yobaba Lounge is a stylish, charming and home-like retreat center, named by the UK Guardian as one of the best yoga retreat locations in the world!
Located in the medieval village of Chalabre, is world renowned for hosting gourmet vegan wellness retreats since 2013, especially for their sensational food, bohemian style and warm welcome. Four guest rooms are single occupancy, other guest rooms are double & triple occupancy.
The house is hip, stylish and bohemian, yet it feels like a temple. There is a walled garden with a meditation labyrinth, a glorious yoga shala, along with lots of places to relax. It combines authentic charm, discreet luxury and a contemporary atmosphere.
Enjoy the different relaxation spaces the chateau offers. From the roof top yoga shala enjoy breath-taking views of the surrounding town and countryside. The wide walled garden is equipped with lounge chairs and hammocks, giving you the option to unwind in the sun or in the shade of a tree.
White Flag Retreats
White Flag Retreats are like nectar to the soul. ✨
We MUST take time out of our regular daily life to gain space and perspective. To be re-energized and reinvigorated, reminded and realigned with our true nature so that we can re-enter our lives with a freshness that is so badly needed in our world today just to keep up keeping up.
MEET YOUR RETREAT LEADERS~!
Founder of White Flag Wellness
Kimberly is the Founder and leader of White Flag Recovery Yoga and Retreats in Charleston, SC. She is a Certified RYT300 Trauma informed Yoga teacher and Y12SR, The Yoga of 12 Step Recovery leader and Spaceholder. Kimberly has been leading these sacred Rē_TREAT gatherings since 2016. From the beginning, they have proven to be deeply medicinal and life changing for the participants. (read the love notes below from past retreatants) She’s been an active seeker since age 10. A self professed “lifelong learner.” Kimberly is in long term recovery. She believes that addiction just wants to live, and it does not really care how it manifests itself. Addiction = separation Yoga = union of all parts of our being. Through her embodiment practices, (moving meditation) which draw from many different somatic healing lineages, paired with the cognitive approach of the 12 steps, she has built a sustainable and long term platform for recovery. It is this practice and passion that she loves to share with others through her individual and group yoga sessions, classes, workshops, retreats and events. Above all, she loves to share this HOLISTIC approach to recovery with others.
Founder of Yobaba Lounge and Retreat Queen!
Gertrud has been hosting retreats through Yobaba Lounge since 2013 to international acclaim. Gertrud now spends her time between Morocco, London and the village chateau in Chalabre, situated in one of the most magical areas of the Southern-French Pyrenees. Gertrud is a retired international fencing athlete, successful dotcom entrepreneur, a massage therapist, and a Reiki Master. She has studied different approaches to meditation and mindfulness and has a deep interest in the non-dual philosophies detailed in the eastern Shaivinist Tantras. Drawing on these and other interests, in 2016 Gertrud formalised a mindfulness practice called Embodied Meditation, which she teaches on retreat at Yobaba Lounge. The practice incorporates use of Ujjayi breath, mindful yogic movement, and uses sound and visualisations to facilitate a deep state of meditation and awareness of inner space.
Are there payment plans?Yes! Upon receipt of your $500 deposit, you may divide your remaining total into up to 4-6 separate payments. Total balance is due May15, 2024. You may want to elect the paymnet plan and divide your payments seasonally. So, deposit now, then Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring! You are welcome to pay in full at any time. Cannot wait to take this journey with you! xx
What does the cost cover?6 night stay at the Yobaba Lounge Retreat Center, in the Medieval village of Chalabre. Our White Flag Wellness gift bags which are always AMAZING! Kimberly's Align & Embody master class experience throughout the retreat as well as printed copy. Daily gentle morning/afternoon embodiment practices with Kimberly and Gertrud including the SHIFT practice in our private yoga shala. 6 gourmet breakfasts and 6 gourmet dinners. Group walking tour of the local medieval town & castle. Group transportation to another local castle & town. Group transportation and guide to the ancient local cave paintings.
What isn't covered in the cost?Your airfare. All tips. Meals that are not listed above, including daily lunch. You will have the option to walk to local restaurants for lunch. Transportation to and from the airport. (Yobaba Lounge will help you set up airport or train station transfers). Transportation & lodging outside of the retreat dates, should you choose to arrive early or stay later in France. Any extra tours, excursions or activities (on site massage, etc) that you choose to do during your free time during the retreat.
Do i need travelers insurance?Yes, we highly recommend it.
Do i need immunizations?Please see the CDC recommendations for France.
What kind of food will be served, can food sensitivities be accommodated?The Yobaba Lounge offers a gourmet vegan menu, their food is sensational! Yobaba Lounge never uses processed foods and all meals are prepared the old fashion way – from scratch, often with local ingredients. They provide a fixed daily menu that relies on fresh and organic ingredients, other food sensitivities can not be accommodated.
How do i get to Yobaba Lounge from the airport and back again?Yobaba Lounge is happy to coordinate your airport transfers, or train station transfers: book your arrival and departure transfers HERE. When planning your arrival please note that you can check into Yobaba Lounge any time after 3pm on June 15th. Our Retreat will begin that evening at 6pm. On June 22, our departure day, check-out is by 11:30am.
What airport do i fly into?The Chateau is located in a medieval village called Chalabre, in the foothills of the Mediterranean Pyrenees in the South of France. The nearest airports are (distance in brackets): Carcassonne - budget airlines (45 km) Toulouse - national, international and budget airlines (100 km) There are other airports a little further afield, such as Perpignan, Montpellier, Beziers, Barcelona (you will need to take the train from these airports.) The nearest train stations are (distance in brackets): Carcassonne (45 km) Quillian, Limoux, Foix (local trains 25 km - 50 km) Toulouse (100 km) We recommend booking your flights at least 90 days before the beginning of the retreat. Please plan to arrive close to 1pm local time on September 26th if you are planning to coordinate shuttles from the airport with other guests.
What will the weather be like?Weather in June is likely to be in the high 70's. It is expected to be cooler, in the high 60’s in the evenings.
Is there anything special I need to bring?We will send you a supply list two months before the start of the retreat. The temperatures will vary, so don't forget layers, pack a bathing suit, sweater and a light jacket!
I'm not in recovery or a 12 step program, is this retreat still for me?Absolutely! All White Flag retreats, classes, workshops, and special events are open to anyone on a journey of self discovery and inward exploration. They are a hOMecoming to ones self. Much like the eight limbs of yoga, the twelve steps are referenced as a guideline or template for living a conscious life free from addiction and addictive thinking. We all can benefit from this journey. This retreat is focused on adventure and gathering inspiration, taking notice of our surroundings and approaching ife from a creative and holistic point of view. Our Retreat will be a mix of laid back down time, exploration, movement and immersion into a vibrant culture. We ask you to approach this trip with a sense of adventure in your heart. We think you are going to love this retreat! We encourage you to do a little research on the area before you come.
Do you offer refunds?There will be no refunds for this Retreat due to the planning and logistics involved. When you register be sure to know all you can about traveling to France.
What Others are Saying about the White Flag Retreat Experience
She’s done it again! The Kiawah White Flag Yoga Retreat was exactly what my mind, body and spirit needed, exactly when I needed it. Kimberly does such an amazing job at carefully planning each day of the retreat to nourish all three, and the space she holds has a way of making me feel so present. I left the Kiawah retreat knowing more about my body and diet, skincare, body movements, fire ceremonies, meditation, ocean cold plunges, healing and purification - you name it! An all-around restorative and therapeutic experience. I can’t wait for my next one! ~Jane F