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The centre de création is an inspiring space for retreats, courses and residencies in the Dordogne region of France.

Summer Solstice Yoga Retreat


retreats and professional courses held at the centre de création

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Summer Solstice Yoga Retreat

  • centre de creation Les Joncailles 24480 Alles-Sure-Dordogne France (map)

Do you love the Summer? Do you fancy warm long nights of star filled skies? Are you craving lush green nature and beautiful views? And to feel the sun on your skin?

Yes to one or maybe all of the above?

Then join Lisa Hood for a long weekend in the beautiful french countryside of the Dordogne, in celebration of the peak of Summer.

Summer solstice or Mid-summer occurs when one of the Earth's poles has its maximum tilt toward the sun, which reaches its highest position in the sky and thus, it is the day with the longest period of daylight. It happens twice yearly, once in each hemisphere.

Just think bright sunny days with long warm evenings, totally dreamy!

Solstice is also the half way marker for the year, so a great opportunity to check in with how the intentions and manifestations that we set at the beginning of the year are going. A chance to celebrate positive journeys that are moving forward and perhaps learn lessons from experiences that have been more challenging. Either way the energy in the air at Solstice time is full of abundance and opportunity, so perfect to realign and energize for the months ahead.

Our retreat home is Les Joncailles or 'centre de création'. I have been coming here for over 5 years, its a completely wonderful place and I cannot wait to share this new retreat space with you. Set in a beautiful green valley, with the Dordgone river just a short walk away, this old tobacco and walnut farm has been renovated by my friends Abi and Paul. Rooms are set over 3 different buildings, the farm house, woodhouse and pig sty; with the kitchen, eating area and yoga shala in the old cow shed! Don’t fear, these buildings have been lovingly brought back to life, light and airy.

Perfect for letting the summer breeze cool you down in the evening. Surrounding the centre is woodlands to explore and the freshest air to breathe in, it really is the perfect escape from the City.

Summer Solstice Practice

In honour of the Solstice and Mama Earth we will practice Elemental Mandala Vinyasa in the mornings and cool down in the evenings with Elemental Yin and meditation. The practices will be strong and deep as we work through the delicate layers of the body, seeking out all our true desires. Expect to sweat, expect to get upside down, and most of all, expect to explore the full potential of your body.

Together we will perform rituals and hold circles with movement, stillness and voice. A real opportunity to let your hair down and as Florence would say “shake it out”!

Lisa will lead daily mindfulness workshops with crystals, essential oils and other mystic fare.

Expect long glorious walks in the countryside, bike rides to the river with swimming, sunbathing, riverside yoga and plenty of chill out time.

Of course if bike rides sound too strenuous you can chill by the pool in the venue and admire the gorgeous views.

It really is going to be a glorious powerful weekend.

Rough Schedule for the weekend

Friday 21st, Arrival Day

From 12pm Arrive, settle, unpack

3:30pm Opening Circle

4:30pm Summer Solstice Yoga Practice & Ceremony

8:30pm Dinner


Saturday, Sunday, Monday

From 7am Juices, Coffee, Tea, fruits and snacks

8am Elemental Mandala Practice

10:30am Brunch

Free Time

(swim, sun bathe, read a book, walk explore the area, take the bikes, swim in the river)

3:30pm Afternoon Snack, Juices and teas

4:30pm Mindfulness Workshop

6pm Yin & Meditation

8:30pm Dinner


Tuesday 25th, Final Day

From 7am Juices, Coffee, Tea, fruits and snacks

8am Elemental Mandala Vinyasa

10am Closing Circle

10:30am Brunch

12pm Goodbyes and Departures


Price and all that is included

Double Room for single occupancy with shared bathroom: £550.00 per person

  • Airport transfers in France to and from Les Joncailles

  • 2 yoga classes everyday.

  • Daily guided meditations.

  • 3 x Mindfulness Workshops/Rituals

  • Fresh, delicious plant-based feasting style Brunch & Dinner

  • Early morning and Afternoon snacks, juices, teas and coffee

Gettin here..

Ryanair flies direct from London Stansted to Bergerac airport.

Then a minibus will be there to pick you up. It’s about a 45 min journey from Bergerac airport to Les Joncailles.

If you prefer to fly to Bordeaux and visit the wonderful city, you can catch a train from Bordeaux train station to Le Buisson. Again there will be a minibus to collect you.

How to Book

To book your Spot or ask any questions please email

£75 deposit needed to secure your mat.

Payment Plans available on request.