We had a good idea! The yurt rents out very well during the summer for families and couples in search of a complete change from the rat race and city life. The yurt sits in it’s own field with a large terrace and amazing mountain views. We take the yurt down and pack it away over the winter, so what can be it’s purpose for all those beautiful Spring and Autumn days? Without furniture, the yurt is a perfect spot for doing yoga/meditation; and why not also tai chi, pilates etc.
So, I invited a wonderful local yoga teacher, Pascale Morvan, to lead a yoga session in the yurt, and I proposed to do a Middle Eastern inspired vegetarian lunch up at the house on the front terrace. It was a beautiful, sunny October Saturday; a lovely group of ladies of all ages met on the terrace of the yurt for a fresh leaf thyme or lemon verbena tea from the garden. Once I had enticed the escaped pigs, Ballerina and Fluffy, to leave the area by rattling some acorns in a bucket and shutting them out of the yurt field, the session began!
After and hour and a half and extra time for relaxation, everyone made their way up to the house, had a little look around the gites and were served lunch with a view; using all organic vegetables, many from our own garden;
Starter; Spanakopita triangles (using our own amaranth greens) with tzatziki and green salad
Main; Spiced rice & raisin stuffed tomatoes, roasted red pepper hummus, baked aubergine slices and a quinoa salad with fresh herbs and pomegranate.
A whole round of local Corsavy sheep’s ‘tomme’ cheese with home made plum chutney.
Dessert; Tunisian almond and orange cake with greek yoghurt.
Everyone was too full for roasted chestnuts (from here of course)!
Those who wanted to visit the animals/bergerie/saw yard etc did, some had coffee, while the kids, dressed as princesses, rode Martin the donkey until it was time to go home.
So now we know the yurt is a perfect spot for yoga, (as is the main living area of Gite Carlit), and heathy vegetarian/vegan catering is no problem, I will be looking for yoga teachers to bring groups to stay in the gites and put La Taillede on the map as a great spot for yoga retreats.
A lovely day; thanks for all that came!