A Yoga and Cultural Adventure Retreat
Dordogne, France Retreat with Stephen Kirsch

Escape to the French countryside of Bergerac on the Dordogne River east of Bordeaux for a 7-day, 6-night yoga retreat. Join experienced teacher and retreat leader Stephen Kirsch June 2-8, 2024, for a relaxing and invigorating week in the French countryside in a charming and historical French chateau. The residence is meticulously maintained and situated amidst 100 acres of protected woodlands, and the grounds boast a heated swimming pool and tennis courts as well as walking paths for relaxing and connecting to nature.

Begin each day with a sunrise Vinyasa yoga practice followed by breakfast prepared by an artisan French chef with over 20 years of experience. Spend your days lounging by the pool, or head into one of the nearby towns to experience the culture, wine, and architecture of this captivating region. Evening Yin Yoga classes will be offered as a way to wind down from your day before enjoying an authentic biodynamic farm-to-table dinner. The weather in southwest France is spectacular this time of year with the region averaging less than 5 days of rain per month and an average temperature of 65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit daily! Sign up for this incredible opportunity to reset, adventure and explore in gorgeous French wine country- cheers!

  • 6 nights accommodations 
  • 3 meals per day starting with dinner on the first night and ending with breakfast on the last day
  • Group Ground Transportation to/from Bordeaux Airport to Retreat Center
  • Daily yoga practices
  • Personal retreat time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)


This retreat center is a charming 17th-century country estate in Southwest France. Its meticulously maintained residence and park are the essence of stillness and seclusion. The grounds include a heated swimming pool, hard-surface tennis court and 100 acres of protected woodlands.

Castles, medieval villages and historical sites dot the surrounding countryside. The region also offers many outdoor activities, world-famous vineyards, restaurants, and music. The weather could not be more ideal: from the end of April until the end of October the area averages less than five days of rain per month. Temperatures range from 18-29 degrees Celsius.

Stephen Kirsch (He/Him)

Stephen fell in love with yoga many years ago when he was looking for a way to balance an active athletic lifestyle and work on his feet with a complementary practice. He quickly pursued training and began teaching at some of the biggest yoga studios in Boston. Stephen is passionate about guiding his students through a practice that encourages them to listen and be present and challenges them physically while offering them ease and release. His classes are thoughtfully sequenced for all levels of practitioners and offer clear alignment and postural cueing.

Stephen teaches Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, and Barre classes and currently resides in Portland, Maine with his rascally Rottweiler Ruby. Stephen is an RYT-200 hour graduate of the Boston Yoga School and has been teaching yoga classes for over 8 years. He has led international yoga retreats to Tuscany, Morocco, Spain, and numerous other incredible locations. When he’s not in the studio, Stephen can be found reading, traveling, out for a run around town, or working on his margarita recipe.

A French lifestyle is about simple living and enjoying the best moments in life. France has it all. Dordogne offers everything that travelers head to France for: beautiful chateaux, lush gardens, ancient castles, a bucolic landscape of vineyards, forests, and rivers. Experience the rich culture, classic art, sophisticated fashion, detailed architecture, and culinary flavors that France has to offer on retreat.

Some of the possible options for tours and activities during your France retreat include:

  • Castle Tours
  • Truffle Hunting
  • Explore Marqueyssac Gardens 
  • Canoeing
  • Excursion to Plum Village
  • Explore local towns and cities
  • Horseback riding
  • Wine Tastings
  • And more!

*Activities not included in the price of tuition unless otherwise mentioned. Availability subject to change.

Please be sure to review Our Policies.


Click Here to Register Now!Paying an initial non-refundable deposit of $350 and $35 Payment Processing Fee (added to the tuition rate upon registration) will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip.

For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.

Getting There 

Included in the retreat is a shuttle from the Bordeaux Airport (BOD) to the retreat center. There are daily domestic flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) to Bordeaux. The domestic flight is just over one hour. Before booking tickets, please be sure you have received your official confirmation note that the retreat has met its minimums. There will be one group airport shuttle each way based on our flight window guidelines. Be sure your flights align with the provided flight windows if you wish to use the group shuttle. The drive time to the center is approximately 1.5 hours.

Travel Insurance

We cannot emphasize more the importance of travel insurance. As we all know, especially as travelers, “life happens.” Whether it’s family, work, mother nature, or a change of heart, it is important to be prepared in case you need to unexpectedly change your travel plans. Often for less than $150, you can purchase a travel insurance policy and be protected in the event that you need to make a change or need to be covered financially prior to or during your trip. 

We have partnered with two insurance companies: Trawick International and CSA Travel Insurance (available for U.S. Residents only). 

Read more about our insurance partners and their policies here. We encourage you to research the insurance company and policy that best meets your needs.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do you have questions about traveling abroad? After you register, we will provide you with a Participant’s Package with helpful information. Also, be sure to check out our Participant FAQs. If you have other questions, feel free to write to us at info@truenaturetravels.com and let us know how we can help!

Save $300 on full-price (shared only) of $3295 USD until October 1st, 2023! 

Shared Accommodations – $2995 USD (Full Price $3295)

Single Accommodations – $3795 USD

Paying an initial non-refundable deposit of $350 and $35 Payment Processing Fee (added to the tuition rate upon registration) will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip.

For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.


  • Initial deposits and the $35 registration fee are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • 50% of payments are refundable up to 90 days before a retreat excluding the initial deposit and the $35 registration fee.
  • 89 days prior to a retreat, tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Full tuition is refunded* if the trip is canceled due to low enrollment. The $35 registration fee is not refundable.
  • True Nature Travels is not responsible for any loss incurred due to currency conversion rates.

*Refundable amounts do not include applied credits.

If you wish to cancel your spot on a trip you must submit your cancellation by email to info@truenaturetravels.com.

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