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Awake Space I Château de Montcuquet


Join Awake Space in Château de Montcuquet for yoga teacher training and unique transformational retreats involving energy healing, spiritual therapy, art therapy, self development and occasional music and sports events. Set in a magical 13th century, authentic medieval castle - Chateau de Montcuquet, Lautrec in the south of France.


 Awake Space is about freedom. It is an open space to learn to discover and to transform. We honour the ancient techniques and history of yoga while understanding ourselves to be humans in evolution, changing and growing. 

We are a yoga teacher training school registered with Yoga Alliance since 2015 with more than 400 graduates from Europe and around the world. Founded by Sunshine ROSS who has over 18 years of yoga teaching experience with a specialization in teacher training for the past 8 years. She is an energy healer and author of "The New Yoga Sutra: Divine Grace" and registered senior teacher with Yoga Alliance, the international association of yoga schools and yoga teachers, setting the standards for learning, teaching and safety in the practice of yoga.

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A Magical Castle in the Golden Triangle

Welcome to the magic of Château de Montcuquet. The chateau is currently the family home of the Ross family - Sunshine, Glen, Ocean and Sky. Its doors are open to yoga students and chateau visitors by reservation. Chateau de Montcuquet stands on a hill just outside the medieval village of Lautrec, one of the most beautiful villages in France (Les Plus Beaux Villages de France). It's the perfect yoga retreat venue in France.


There is a very, very, very old folk story that talks about a utopian paradise called Pays de Cocagne. It is a mythical place of plenty and ease- a stark contrast to the actual medieval reality. It is marked to be an area triangulated by the towns of Albi, Carcassonne and Toulouse - the Triangle of Gold! Within the triangle, sits our village of Lautrec.


On a hill with a view of the village, stands the castle with its three towers, three floors, three wings, three wells, a courtyard, a dungeon, a small manicured garden at the entrance and woods at the back. The tree lined driveway is sentineled by a pigeonnier with the date 1662 inscribed on its arches. The castle itself dates back to the 1300s as old archives indicate.


The rooms have been converted to yoga halls, meditation rooms, living spaces, relaxation places, and of course, lodging for yoga students and guests.