Fun and Laughter

  • La Roane La Roane
  • La Roane, 82140, Saint Antonin Noble Val, France
  • Jun 25 - Jul 2, 2019 (8 days)

Event Highlights

  • 20 acres of woodland retreat
  • Eco oval-shaped pool
  • Fresh local vegetarian food cooked by award-winning chef
  • 20 hours of structured group activity
  • Minimum of 3 excursions
  • Sense of community
  • Small groups
  • Excellent value


8:30 - 9:00
Optional wake up exercises with your host Nigel Shamash. Outdoor fun and laughter, leading to meditative movements based on chi kung. A great way to start the day.

A hearty breakfast

11:00 - 13:00
Morning session of the week’s course activity.

A delicious buffet lunch.

Free time. Do as you please!
There are plenty of things to choose from such as walking, cycling, having a sauna, table tennis, table football or simply taking a book from the library and lazing by the pool.
Therapeutic treatments are available in the afternoons at a cost of 45 euros for a one hour session.

4:45 - 6:45
Second daily session of the week’s course activity.

Splendid three course dinner served with wine, followed by an after dinner stroll, music with Nigel, circle dancing, or just taking it easy.

About This Event

Live life to the full, cherishing each moment and renewing your passion for life. 

This week is all about enjoying yourself whilst discovering the gorgeous surroundings. We will explore the local area visiting mediaeval villages and the fabled city of Cahors with its famous medieval bridge and it’s impressive cathedral. There will be a series of organised walks exploring the stunning countryside plus a chance to canoe down the River Aveyron.

There will be a vegetarian cookery class with our cook Enzo. We will also spend time doing laughter exercises, chi kung and other meditative practices as well as singing your heart out and dancing your socks off! All activities are optional and all are welcome.
Nigel Shamash, the owner of La Roane, has lived here these past 24 years and has been running yoga and activity holidays here since 1999.
He founded Cortijo Romero (see (contact info blocked) ) in 1986 and was its resident director for 5 years before moving to France.

He has had a varied career as a banker in South America, Senior Lecturer in Business Studies at Portsmouth University and a yoga teacher and masseur in Australia. He has spent a lot of time visiting yoga ashrams in India and alternative communities in California.

He has a profound interest in all aspects of the spiritual path with a particular interest in yoga and music. He sings and plays with a local band. He is fun-loving with a special blend of humour and sensitivity – an ideal host and group leader.

“I’ve been thinking back to my holiday and I can only think of laughing, I honestly think that I laughed more in this last week than I did in the whole of April. It was so good for me – since being home I’ve carried on laughing, so much so that my daughters have commented on it.” - by IcklePickle

Venue Highlights

La Roane is set in a 20 acre woodland retreat with wonderful walks to explore, a paradise for nature lovers. La Roane is set in a magnificent estate, 3 miles from the mediaeval market town of St Antonin where the film "The Hundred Foot journey" with Helen Mirren was recently shot.This is an small retreat centre - guests limited to 17 - with an extremely supportive and loving staff. We believe that fun and laughter are crucial components in our journey to health and happiness. We run only 8 one week courses and this year they are almost all full.

Here you will find an abundance of wildlife: deer, hare, buzzards, singing frogs and butterflies – over 40 species of butterflies identified recently – and wild flowers.

‘Roane’, pronounced ‘ro-anne’ means ‘red’ in the local patois and the name is taken from the colour of the soil.


Guests are housed in 3 beautiful buildings set around a large oval-shaped pool in a lovely sunny spot in the centre of the garden.

Accommodation is in comfortably furnished single and double rooms – indoor towels provided.

Plenty of bathrooms for everyone.

A luxury yurt (with hot water, carpets and comfortable double bed) is also available for guests.

The sauna, table football and table- tennis table are nearby and in the woods you will find a tree house (usually for the group leaders), a labyrinth and plenty of spots for quiet reflection.


  • Free Wifi
  • Sauna
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio
  • Bicycles For Rent

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


We offer organic and locally sourced food wherever possible.

The food we serve is vegetarian and is one of the highlights of La Roane. It is prepared with love, attention and artistry by our award-winning Italian chef, the ever-popular Enzo. He is an artist whose medium is food.

Buffet breakfast is a wide selection of porridge, cereals, home made jams, the neighbour’s bread, yogurts, seasonal fruit, cheeses, honey produced at La Roane.

Lunch is served buffet style with soup and a selection of freshly prepared dishes.

Dinner is a served three course meal, a mix of colours and flavors to enchant your palate. Good local wine is provided at no extra cost with the evening meal.

Coffee, a wide range of teas-including La Roane’s garden herbal teas, juices and snacks are available free of charge at any time of day or night. We will make sure you do not go hungry at any time!


This is the easiest and most comfortable way to get to La Roane. Toulouse is our local airport, just one hour away. There are regular flights to Toulouse from most major UK airports. I offer a £60 (£30 each way) TAXI SERVICE from Toulouse airport to La Roane on the day the course commences, returning you there a week later (£45 return for 7th June & 6th September).

As you exit customs, look out for our friendly taxi driver who will be holding up the “La Roane” sign. Don’t rush by! Have a good look around. Its not a very big airport and we have never lost anybody yet! We will email you the driver’s mobile number before you leave and we will ask you to supply us with yours. You will be informed of precise pickup times a few days before departure.

Ryanair operate flights to the town of CARCASSONNE from Stanstead, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh and E. Midlands. Carcassonne is about 2 hours from la Roane. There is a train service from Carcassonne to our local station of Caussade, Tarn-et-Garonne (see (contact info blocked) or contact me for train times). I don’t operate a regular taxi service from Carcassonne but can organise a taxi to meet you (and any other participants) for £120.

Most flights from Toulouse return in the afternoon and we usually provide a light lunch before leaving around 1 pm.


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