Travelling to the Retreat
PraanaWellness is also a bed and breakfast and yogis are welcome to spend a few days before and after the retreat to settle in / settle out (!) of this idyllic home. If this is the case please book extra accommodation at least one month prior to arrival.
On our last retreat, one brave soul cycled all the way from Bristol to Jonzac. If you are willing to make the travel part of your adventure then the train is very much a possibility. If you decide to go by plane, there will be 2 organised pick up and drop off times at the airport on the Friday and Sunday. These will be sent out when the deposit is paid.
Options are to fly into:
Paris (Charles de Gaulle (CDG) or Orly), Bordeaux or even London!
Paris Charles de Gaulle has a TGV (train) station within the airport, and is so much more
convenient than Orly airport.
The train options from Paris, Bordeaux and London are discussed in the section below.
Airport transfer to and from Bordeaux airport (an hour by car) is charged at 45€ per person
each way, for two or more people (90 euros for one person, one way). Alternatively, there is
a simple and quick non-stop coach transfer from right outside the terminal at Bordeaux
airport directly to Bordeaux St Jean train station. Details here. Then take the train to Jonzac
and organize a transfer to PraanaWellness at no extra cost.
If you have time, renting a car is a lovely way to explore France and will come in handy if
wishing to explore in your free time during your stay at PraanaWellness either on Retreat
or when using the B&B.
Car hire is available (book online) at Paris airports, Bordeaux airport and Angoulême train
station. There are two types of main road: the National Routes (N) and the Péage that are
the much quicker toll roads.
For trains, we have used this link or here for train timetables and booking (Google says
there are many you can book from, though.)
The journey by train from Paris (CDG to Angoulême) is 3h20m. When booking always check
the premier (first) class price, as it can sometimes be only a few euros more than second-
class. Also, when reserving your seat you may have the choice between an upstairs seat (a
better view of the countryside) but a downstairs seat may be better if you have a lot of
It is even possible to take the train from London (Eurostar changing in Paris for Angoulême)
going through the Channel Tunnel.
The best station to arrive at is Jonzac, which is just 15 minutes from our retreat centre.
PraanaWellness can collect you from this station at no cost. However, if you are coming into
Angouleme then getting to Jonzac on the train is long and may take you via Bordeaux – you
are better off arranging pick-up from PraanaWellness.
Angoulême is an interesting, buzzy fort city built on a hill. It's 40 minutes away from the
retreat centre by car or taxi. PraanaWellness can collect you from this station at a cost of
30€ per person, for two or more people (60 euros for one person, one way).
Alternatively, you could get to our retreat centre using car rental or shared taxi.