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AYP Yoga and Meditation Retreat, La Drome, France

4th - 8th June 2020

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Note: This retreat will be led in the French language, with Satsangs given in the evenings in English with French translation. 

The Venue

The retreat will be held at the La Salamandre retreat centre in the mountains of La Drome. The venue is a working farm with a large yoga practice hall. There are beautiful walks in the nearby hills.

The Yoga

  • Deep Meditation
  • Spinal Breathing Pranayama
  • Samyama
  • Mudras and bandhas
  • Asana
  • Self inquiry

Practices will include Asanas, Meditation, Spinal Breathing Pranayama and Samyama, as well as other yoga practices. 

The focus of the retreat will be on the cultivation of inner silence, peace-fullness and inner purification.

The requested theme of the retreat will be “Spiritual awakening, and how it is related to the AYP system of yoga, to the process of kundalini and to the evolving stages of the mind.”

This will include:

  • How the process of inner purification relates to the process of spiritual awakening and Self-realization.
  • The 5-stages of mind leading to enlightenment.
  • What is the difference between “awakening”, “Self-realization” and “enlightenment”?

Full instructions in practice will be given. All yoga classes and meditation sessions are optional, so each person can take the retreat at whatever pace suits them. The retreat will be suitable for people at any level of yoga practice.


Tristan Dorling

Tristan Dorling

Tristan began the practice of yoga in 1985 at school when he was 16 years old. At the age of 19 he travelled to the Himalayas to live in a Mahayana Buddhist monastery. This was really his first introduction to the higher teachings and to the spiritual life. He had his first awakening experience a year later after a meditation retreat in a Buddhist cave monastery in Thailand…

Amandine Perrin

Amandine Perrin

Sometimes when people ask me what I do in life, I like to answer “researcher”. “Ah that’s good!” they say. Then follows invariably: “In what?” “in Yoga.” Some look disappointed, others laugh out loud… Yet this is a noble path and a fairly accurate definition of what a yogi is, who, driven by an invisible force, searches relentlessly (or almost!) through their practices, to capture the essence of life in its purest form.


Food will be vegetarian. The food served will support a yoga and meditation practice. We can also cater for vegan diets and special diets such as dairy or gluten free, if you let us know in advance.

There will be two meals served each day (brunch and dinner) and fruits and hot drinks will be available all day.


  • Mini Dorm (3 or 4 sharing)/ Camping/ Campervan: 430 Euros per person. (Available)
  • Twin/ double shared room, or Glamping*: 475 Euros per person.  (Fully booked)
  • Single room:  520 Euros.  (Fully booked)

The cost includes accommodation for 4-nights, 2 meals a day (brunch and dinner) and all the yoga and meditation classes.

If you are coming on your own and staying in a shared room, then you will be allocated a room with someone of the same gender.

A non-refundable deposit of 100 Euros is required to secure a place on the retreat. The balance is then due two-months before the retreat starts.

*The glamping tents are twin (two beds) and are already set up with beds in.


Contact Amandine to book a place on this retreat. 

Once your place on the retreat is confirmed, payments can be made by bank transfer in euros or pounds. Card payments can be made here.

Getting there and away

Arriving by train and taxi:

If you arrive from Die station or from Lus la Croix-Haute, a taxi service will bring you to the centre for 5 euro.

Retreat schedule

4th June

Yogis welcome from 13h30

16h – 18:00  Opening of the retreat: asanas, pranayama, meditation, samyama

18:00 Dinner

Free time, discovery of the place

5th June – 7th June

07:30 – 09:15  Asanas, pranayama, meditation, samyama

09:30 -10: 20  Pranayama, meditation, samyama

10:30 Brunch

11: 30-14: 30 Free time, walking, individual interview …

14:45 – 15:45  Bhajans/ Kirtan Traditional songs in Sanskrit

16:00 – 17:45 Asanas, pranayama, meditation, samyama

18:00 Dinner

19:15 – 20:45  Satsang, teaching and questions/ answers

8th June

7:30 – 8:50  Asanas, pranayama, meditation, samyama

9:00 am  Breakfast

9:30 – 11:00 End of the retirement-departure