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Horseback Riding and Mindfulness Retreat in the Pyrenees, France

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Surrounded by the mountains, in a special place in the heart of the Pyrenees Atlantiques, Ancora Retreats is sharing what they most love to do: mindfulness and horse riding. Join them for 6 days with kind French horses and enjoy the sensations of transformation as you connect to your breath, to the beauty of nature around you and the sensation of riding through the Pyrenees raw countryside. Relax into the rhythm of riding cross country and find new confidence in yourself, and in your body. Learn mindfulness meditation basics and how to apply it in your life, how to listen to your body and tune in with what you feel. Go deeper and develop your horse riding and meditation practice and enjoy it! None of the activities require prior experience. At the end of this retreat, you will have the techniques to slow down, to engage with your breath, to raise your level of self-awareness which will lead to confidence and self-love.

Meet the instructors

Manuela & Michel
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  • Guided mindfulness meditations
  • Yoga practice with a trained teacher
  • Explore the beautiful Pyrenees raw countryside
  • Go on wonderful horse riding walks
  • Transportation during activities
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • 5 nights accommodation

5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Dutch, French, Portuguese
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer included: Pau Pyrénées Airport
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Beautifully renovated bearnaise property in the heart of the Pyrenees.

The property is situated just outside the village in private grounds. Renovated with the help of a local architect, the gite is a mixture of old and new, modern lines with traditional charm.

It is simple and has everything you need for a comfortable stay with privacy. A large, open ground floor comprising of an American style kitchen, lounge and toilet accessible to those with reduced mobility.

The first floor offers four well-lit bedrooms with private bathrooms (sink, shower and toilet) 3 bedrooms with a bed of 140 centimeters and 1 bedroom with a bed of 160 centimeters.

The second floor has a further two naturally lit bedrooms with exceptional carpentry and private bathrooms (sink, shower and toilet). Both bedrooms have a bed of 160 centimeters.

Outside, the wooden cube which is planted in the ruins, consists of a bedroom and private bathroom for a person of reduced mobility.

One bed of 160 centimeters looks out of a large bow window 2 meters by 2 meters offering an amazing view of the Pyrenees.

Parking, garden, sun terrace, covered terrace, river with its own little beach.

Each person has their own individual room with private bathroom.

There are no shared rooms (except for couples doing the retreat together).


Daily schedule

Day 1

  • 17:00 - 18:00 Arrival
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Orientation session and welcome
  • 19:30 Dinner

Day 2

  • 07:00 - 07:30 Mindfulness meditation practice
  • 07:30 - 08:30 Breakfast
  • 08:30 - 09:00 Break
  • 09:30 - 12:30 Mindfulness meditation practice
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:30 - 17:30 Horse riding
  • 17:30 - 18:30 Break
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Yin yoga class
  • 20:00 Dinner

Day 3, 4, and 5

  • 07:00 - 07:30 Mindfulness meditation practice
  • 07:30 - 08:30 Breakfast
  • 08:30 - 09:00 Break
  • 09:30 - 12:30 Horse riding
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Rest
  • 15:00 - 17:30 Mindfulness meditation practice
  • 17:30 - 18:30 Break
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Yin yoga class
  • 20:00 Dinner

Day 6

  • 07:00 - 07:30 Mindfulness meditation practice
  • 07:30 - 08:30 Breakfast
  • 08:30 - 09:00 Break
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Mindfulness meditation practice and closing session
  • 10:30 - 12:00 Check out
  • 12:00 - 14:00 Lunch


Manuela Rodrigues

Michel Rousseaux



  • Pau - 20 minutes drive
  • Toulouse (Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (TLS) - 2 hours drive
  • Bordeaux (Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport (BOD) - 2 hours drive
  • Paris - 7 hours drive


The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Mindfulness meditation and horse riding are the main core of our retreat but there will be also one yoga class in the end of the day (to stretch and relax any muscles and joints soreness), nourishing food (local and organic), the beautiful nature surrounding that you can explore with walks, and time to relax just doing nothing.

What's included

  • 5 nights accommodation at "Le Domaine des Deux Eaux" in a private room with toillet and shower
  • 4 horse riding walks with material
  • Guided mindfulness meditations
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 4 yoga classes with trained teacher
  • Transport between accommodation and the horse center and to and from the restaurant

What's not included

  • Airfare and transportation to the retreat venue

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by train

The nearest train station to the Domaine is Coarraze/Nay (10 minutes away from the Domaine). You can get TGV trains from almost any European capitals to Paris or Bordeaux. In Paris or Bordeaux you can take a direct train to Pau. And from Pau a city train to Nay.

Arrival by airplane

You can fly from all major cities in the world to Paris, to Pau, to Tarbes/Lourdes (these 2 airports are 30 minutes away from the Domain) or Toulouse (in Toulouse you can take the train directly to Coarraze/Nay).

Airport: Pau Pyrénées Airport Airport transfer included: Pau Pyrénées Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Early bird discount

The prices below include an early bird discount of 15% for 2021 retreats. To benefit, book or reserve before December 31, 2020.

Friday June 3, 2022
(6 days / 5 nights)

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