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International Retreats

France Ashram Retreat 
September 8-15, 2024 

(Depart your hometown the day prior to arriving at the Ashram)

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Come experience a yogic life style

Blending the practice of postures, pranayama,
meditation, chanting, hiking and service at the Ashram of Yoga Sivananda in France with Peace through Yoga Foundation.

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A week of “simple living, high thinking” in a traditional ashram in the French countryside will allow the body to regenerate and the mind to become steady

and calm down.


The Ashram

The Ashram is a very spiritual environment away from the noise and disturbances of daily life. Whether you are new to yoga or a seasoned yogi, this will be a transformational experience should you choose to say “yes”. The theme for the week is “Soothing the Body and Mind”. The week will give you tools which can lead you to find peace and freedom of letting go of unnecessary body and mental tensions. The Ashram is situated near the village of Neuville-aux-Bois in the famous Loire Valley, just a little over an hour from Paris, and is easily accessible from Paris by car or by train (Les Aubrais Orleans).

Since 2003, the natural setting of the Ashram has been very conducive to contemplation and rejuvenation: vast open spaces, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and century old forests populated with countless species of birds. The goal of all our retreats is always to contribute to your physical, emotional, and spiritual health.  If this resonates with you, this experience is for
you. If you are looking for a 5-star hotel with a spa and pool, well, this might not be for you. What do you need in your life right now?

What do you need in your life right now?


The Ashram will help you:

  • Relax in a beautiful natural setting in the Orleans forest

  • Progress in your asana practice

  • Develop and deepen your meditation practice

  • Try different techniques of mantra repetition to focus the mind 

  • Hike  every day in the French countryside and through the Orlean forest 

  • Change your perspective: adopt a positive attitude

  • Find a better digestion by adjusting your diet

  • Adapt your yoga practice into a realistic daily routine

  • Transform your life

Recommended reading:

“Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion”.


The themed program "Soothing the Body and Mind" includes:

  • Classical Hatha yoga and pranayama practice – twice a day

  • Delicious vegetarian meals – twice a day (Fully vegetarian with no eggs and also no coffee or tea)

  • Vitalizing meditation and mantra sessions (Satsang – twice a day). Satsang is a group meditation followed by devotional chanting and an informal talk on the practical philosophy of Yoga.

  • Opportunity for selfless service as part of the daily ashram routine (Karma Yoga) – one hour a day

  • PTYF group sessions to review a 2024 book to be released called  "Spiritual Transformational Yoga" and find a deeper connecion with your mind, body, and soul 

  • Guided hikes

  • A cooking class

  • Plenty of free time to relax, connect and socialize with new and old friends

For a better insight into this trip, read "10 Reasons to Take a Trip like..." under the Journal section on this website. It was written from the Ashram in September 2023. 

Note: The program does not include bath towels or accessories, bike rental, yoga mats (available in the Ashram's boutique) or washing clothes.


You also will be able to:

  • Rent a bike to explore the surrounding countryside

  • Relax in the library

  • Enjoy nature walks and the beautiful garden in the center of the Ashram

  • Visit the boutique (Yoga literature, clothing and accessories)     


Price Per Person/Single Room with Bathroom:

826 Euros

(Use the link below to book early to ensure your  private room with bathroom)

Price Per Person/Shared Room with 3-5 people:
476 euros

Price Per Person Single Room: 707 euros

Price Per Person Single Room with Bathroom:
826 euros

(taxes not included)

Deposit: 100 Euros upon booking

(or full balance, if you choose) and final balance is required 30 days prior to arriving at the Ashram.

To book this retreat, please click on the following link for  2024:


Please put in the comment section that you are with Peace through Yoga Foundation.

After completing your registration via the link above, it is recommended to purchased your flight to France to ensure best airfare. 


Sally Bassett at

or 317-679-1168.

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Sally Bassett

Trip Leader

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Sally Bassett/Trip Leader - Ph..D., E-RYT, Founder and President of Peace through Yoga 

Sally’s passion toward life, creative nature, and spiritual approach have been keys to her success.  She has led groups to over 130 countries as a result of her 40+ year career in the travel industry where she went from flight attendant to CEO.


Sally has been teaching yoga for close to two decades, even as a corporate CEO, through her 12-year ownership of two yoga studios before selling the studios in 2014. Sally’s yoga journey has also included teaching yoga basics and philosophy as an adjunct professor at Butler University for seven years and co-founding the Yoga and Spirituality program at Christian Theological Center in Indianapolis, IN. 


Peace through Yoga Foundation developed and supports two Girls for Success programs, one in the rainforest of Costa Rica and one in the rural area on the island of Dominica., a preschool in Dominica, and a women's shelter in Morocco.  Sally teaches at Blooming Life Yoga in the village of Zionsville, IN and leads adventure trips around the world.  Her favorite quote is by Helen Keller, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”     

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