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Join Ananda Expeditions **WINNER: “Best Curated Experiences” – 2017 Shape Healthy Travel Awards** for a 7-day/7-night yoga adventure in the Dordogne region in Southwestern France. Enjoy twice daily Vinyasa yoga practices (all-levels) with Michael Hoyer, adventurous hiking and sightseeing excursions led by local guides, an array of culinary and cultural experiences, and ample time for relaxing or exploring the area on your own.

We have the privilege of lodging in an authentic 17th-century chateau located in the “Périgord Pourpre,” or Purple Périgord region, just south of Bergerac in Southwestern France. The chateau offers luxurious en-suite rooms, comfortable common spaces, a game room, multiple outdoor lounging areas — including around the heated salt-water pool. The estate encompasses close to 100 acres of gorgeous land, which includes a lake surrounded by ancient oaks, wooded hills, and hiking trails for wandering.

A professional, local chef will prepare us three locally-sourced meals daily: self-service buffet breakfasts, 2-course plated lunches, and 3-course plated dinners. We have access to a fully-equipped yoga room, as well as an outdoor platform should we prefer to practice in the open air (weather permitting). Beyond offering luxury accommodations and relaxing wilderness, the chateau provides the ideal base from which to explore the many wonders of the Dordogne region.

During the week, we’ll practice daily, float the Dordogne in a canoe, hike to a prehistoric church built into a cliffside, learn about regional wines in a tasting with a professional sommelier, and take a day-trip to the medieval city of Saint-Émilion, whose vines and subterranean church and catacombs we’ll tour with a local guide. You can also opt to schedule and enjoy massage treatments on site.


April 21 – 28, 2018


Day 0 — Friday

Depart, if you’re flying from North America (or elsewhere outside Europe), for the overnight flight to France.

Day 1 — Saturday

Plan to arrive into Bergerac — either the airport or train station — to catch the 4 PM group transfer to the chateau, or make your own way. Check-in at 4:30 PM. Settle into your room, then unwind with a relaxed, grounding yoga practice. Enjoy your first plated 3-course French dinner before retiring for a good night’s sleep.

Days 2 – 6 — Sunday – Friday

While the schedule is subject to change, here’s an outline of the two types of typical days:

Variant 1:

 8:30 AM — Morning Yoga

 9 AM — Breakfast

 10 AM-4 PM — Day Trip

  • Relaxed Canoeing + Visit to Beynac-et-Cazenac + Lunch Out + Gardens Visit
  • Guided Hike + Picnic
  • Saint-Émilion Tour + Lunch Out

 5-7 PM — All-Levels Yoga Practice (including pose demonstrations and long savasana)

 7:30 PM — Dinner

Variant 2:

 9 AM — Breakfast

 10 AM-12 PM — Issigeac Market / Free Time

 12-1:30 PM — All-Levels Yoga Practice (including pose demonstrations and long savasana)

 1:30/2 PM — Lunch

 2:30-5 PM — Free Time / Massages

 5-7 PM — All-Levels Yoga Practice (including pose demonstrations and long savasana)

 7:30 PM — Dinner

Day 7 — Saturday

Enjoy a farewell breakfast. We’ll check out at 10:00 AM. Then, transfer back to Bergerac (airport or train station) or continue on your own way


Join the 4-day, 3-night Add-On Itinerary: EXPLORE PÉRIGORD & THE VÉZÈRE VALLEY — April 28 – May 1, 2018 

Your Yoga Teacher

Michael Leigh Hoyer, PhD. Michael founded Ananda Expeditions to draw on her breadth of experience as a traveler, teacher, and writer, and, most importantly, to pursue her _ananda_ (“bliss”) by guiding others on purposeful wanderings in-line with their internal compasses.

Michael has completed 500 hours of Vinyasa yoga teacher training with her two primary teachers, Jason Crandell and Stephanie Snyder. She teaches strong and mindful Vinyasa practices that blend intelligent sequencing, precise alignment cues, and accessible contemplative themes. Most importantly, she focuses on meeting the specific desires and needs of her students — whether that entails introducing the basics of the practice to those who are new to yoga, or supporting more experienced practitioners in their process of continual growth and discovery. In practicing with her, you can expect to be warmly welcomed and physically challenged, to receive thoughtful (not forceful) manual adjustments, to experience a deeply restorative savasana at the practice’s end, and to leave your mat feeling both relaxed and invigorated.

When Michael isn’t guiding and teaching Ananda Travelers on inspired adventures, she’s practicing/teaching yoga, metalsmithing, cooking, running on trails in her native Boulder, Colorado, or riding her Bianchi cross-bike in the hills of San Francisco.


 “I spent a lot of time researching the perfect yoga retreat for me; I could not have made a better choice: Michael responded quickly to all the questions I had, and I felt that we were in good hands the entire week. The group we traveled with was fantastic, and everyone got along very well. I thought this would be something that I could cross off of my bucket list, but now I’m not done — I want to go again!” — Tracy

“Michael is one of my favorite yoga teachers! She gives you just the right amount of explanation, and I felt really comfortable in the class. Everything about the yoga adventure was amazing! It struck the perfect balance between practicing yoga, visiting the area, and having a beautifully relaxing vacation. The food was excellent, and the accommodations were beautiful. I will recommend Ananda Expeditions to everyone!” — Holly

“I will definitely recommend Ananda Expeditions to my friends. The yoga adventure was well organized and thoughtfully put together. The accommodations were uniformly excellent. The venues and guides included fascinating places and people that I likely would not have found on my own. My horizons were definitely expanded, making the trip well worth the investment!” — Lyn

“From booking to pre-departure communication to the actual trip, everything was well organized and clearly communicated. Michael’s ability to be flexible to deal with the needs of the group as well as the weather was awesome. You could tell that providing the best possible experience was top priority. This type of trip is great for individuals looking to explore new places, without having the typical tourist experience.” — Emily

“I’m telling everyone I care about that Ananda is the answer for how to turn an opportunity for travel into a meaningful, memorable experience. We always felt well cared for by Michael, and the pacing of our activities and meal times was perfect. We never had to deal with even the smallest headaches that are always a part of international travel; Michael took care of everything!” — Jo

“I absolutely recommend Ananda Expeditions without hesitation. The yoga adventure was very thoughtfully and professionally planned out every step of the way. Michael got ahead of the few, inevitable travel-related issues that arose — changing the itinerary according to the weather, taking amazing care of us all.” — Arika



EARLY BIRD PRICES (thru 12/20/17), per person (USD):

$2295  Double (2 single beds)

$2420  Partner Double (1 king bed)

$2835  Single (double bed)*

$3145  Deluxe Single (king bed)*

* limited availability

$1895  Triple (1 king bed, 1 single bed)**

** Must sign up with roommates for triple option

REGULAR PRICES, per person (USD):

$2480  Double (2 single beds)

$2615  Partner Double (1 king bed)

$3065  Single (double bed)*

$3395  Deluxe Single (king bed)*

* limited availability

$2045  Triple (1 king bed, 1 single bed)**

** Must sign up with roommates for triple option

What’s Included

  • 7 nights’ accommodation at chateau
  • 3 meals daily (except for 3 lunches)
  • Tea, coffee, fruit, and nuts available throughout the day
  • All group transportation, including 1 scheduled transfer from Bergerac to chateau on arrival, and back to Bergerac on departure day
  • Daily yoga practices (usually 30-min Morning Yoga & 2-hr afternoon practice with pose demonstrations and long savasana), use of mats, props
  • Use of outdoor salt-water pool, tennis court, 100-acre grounds, trails
  • Planned activities (including trip to Issigeac, canoe trip on the Dordogne, gardens visit, guided hike, tour of Saint-Émilion, and wine-tasting), entrance fees, local guides
  • Wi-fi
  • Gratuity for local guides, and house and kitchen staff

Not included:

  • Airfare from/to your home city
  • Ground transportation to/from arrival airport to Bergerac, and transfers from/to Bergerac outside the 1 scheduled pick-up on arrival day and drop-off on departure day
  • 3 lunches out (2 at restaurants, 1 sandwich picnic), and any other additional meals not mentioned in “What’s Included”
  • Local wine for purchase at wholesale prices to have with meals (€7 red, €9 white, €5.50 rosé)
  • Supplemental, personal activities (i.e. massages, shopping, etc.), including transportation
  • Short-term traveler’s insurance
  • Other travel-related expenses

Contact and Booking

Organizer: Ananda Expeditions

→ To book your spot, visit www.anandaexpeditions.com/southwestern-france-yoga-adventure

→ Questions? Contact Michael at mlh@anandaexpeditions.com