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Gardoussel Retreat

Gardoussel Retreat offers themed Ayurveda and yoga holidays, writing workshops, gîtes and unstructured residential stays. Set in the lush Cévennes mountains of the Languedoc region, Gardoussel ('guardian of the birds') is a magical oasis of calm in one of the most beautiful and untouched parts of France. A place of stunning simplicity and incredible natural beauty where guests can truly relax without the distractions of TV, crowds or traffic.

Surrounded by glorious pine and holm oak forests, Gardoussel is a picturesque hamlet set in 45 acres of private meadow and woodland in the heart of the Mediterranean mountains, 1 hour from Nimes and 2 hours from Montpellier.

Secluded yet within easy access to pretty villages, it offers the perfect opportunity to tune into nature and to ourselves. Served with delicious, home-made, organic vegetarian meals.

During events, guests are accommodated in our gîtes (holiday apartments) and independent, en-suite bedrooms. Our two beautiful, independent gîtes, sleeping 4-6 people each, are also available for weekly rentals for those who want to do their own thing at Gardoussel.

All our guests are welcome to make use of our workshop spaces which include an indoor loft, two outdoor yoga decks and a 'boma' seated fire pit.

'Gaia' is a beautiful wooden Rotunda (roundhouse), a 6m-diameter circular building which serves as a guest lounge, with comfy chairs, coffee tables and teas & coffees available all day. It also functions as a workshop space for some of our courses.


rotunta interior


On-site therapies include Ayurvedic massage, Ayurvedic consultations and craniosacral therapy. For the more energetic, the local area offers a wide variety of hiking trails, river bathing, mountain biking, donkey rental, tennis, a local Sunday market... or simply explore the hills behind the hamlet or relax in a hammock in our peaceful gardens & grounds.

Meals are now available for gîte guests outside of themed weeks. See Gîtes page for more information.


Gardoussel, 30940 St Andre de Valborgne

GPS: 44.163444, 3.666870



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Gardoussel Retreat, 30940 St Andre de Valborgne, France
09 64 28 32 71 (from UK/world dial 0033 964 283 271)