New Community Asset

Centre de Meditation & Yoga Fontainebleau

A new and dedicated meditation & yoga studio will open in the town of Fontainebleau on 15 January 2018. The studio is the first of its kind in the town and will be a community asset. It is aptly named:

Centre de Meditation & Yoga Fontainebleau

This is the first centre of its kind in Fontainebleau and will be accessible to all students in both English and French!

Planting the seed for 'le centre'


Teachers and spiritual practices have been loosely scattered around Fontainebleau and its surrounding towns for many years. Unfortunately, a lack of a dedicated space for teachers has hindered the collective effectiveness and efficacy of our work. A dedicated space where students can immediately connect and continue to nurture their personal journey was needed and sorely missing here.

Ed Niembro, from Ed Yoga Fontainebleau, has dedicated a lot of time to finding a suitable space and trying to connect with like-minded teachers who would consider using the space to fill this need. Due to fortunate circumstances, a new space had arrived mid-2017 and the rest is history.


The philosophy of the centre will pride itself on:

  • quality over quantity
  • environmental & social sustainability

Quality teaching space

Recent yoga training studies show that effective teacher guidance for less experienced students in general (open) level classes start to decrease in classes with 15 students or more. Therefore, the number of students in each class will be limited to ensure a greater attention to the needs of students by teachers.

The centre consists of a waiting area and two rooms:

  • main room – larger space for classes and workshops
  • quiet room – smaller space for one-to-one meditative practice

The centre will also have some unique features to help maximise communication between students and with teachers and become an outreach centre of wider community activities.

Sustainability – “walking the talk”

The need to be more aware of our daily choices in what we produce, consume, reuse and discard is paramount to the survival of all species. It is also core to philosophy and practice yoga and meditation.

Ed Niembro, a sustainability specialist, is a strong believer in Bioregional’s One Planet Principles of sustainability. The centre’s reconstruction, maintenance and longevity has adopted (where feasibly possible) these sustainability principles to minimise its carbon and ecological footprint.

Main sustainability attributes

Restoring cultural heritage

The building is located on the edge of the historical town centre of Fontainebleau and dates back to at least the 19th century. So the centre has tried to carefully restore many original, heritage features found in the existing rooms that are typical for this type of building and period in Fontainebleau.

Materials & products

Existing building materials and equipment from the previous cabinet dentaire have been recycled or reused (where possible) in the new centre to minimise wastage. Wastage materials sent to the decheterie were carefully sorted before disposal.

New materials (e.g. floor boards, lighting and paints) have been sourced from sustainable practices. All new products into the maintenance of the centre will promote products that help reduce consumption and achieve zero waste.

Sustainable consumption – water & carbon reduction

The centre reduced water points and installed water saving devices to control unwanted water consumption.

The centre will aim to source supplies of energy from renewable sources.

Equity & accessibility

The philosophy of the centre is to encourage active, sociable, meaningful lives to promote good health and wellbeing. The centre will carry out modifications to the internal layout and external point of entry to enable accessible for people with disabilities including people in wheelchairs to participate meaningfully in all activities.

Travel & transport

The new centre is on the edge of Fontainebleau town centre with excellent access to existing bike and bus routes. The centre is 30 metres from existing bus stop on main bus route from town centre to la gare.

If you do need to use your car, there is sufficient parking (metered) approximately 100 metres from the centre (along rue Aristide Briand – direction la gare).

Culture & community

The centre will be about respecting local identity and heritage, empowering our community and promoting a culture of sustainable living through the activities envisaged to be held at the centre.

The end product?

A centre that is inviting and that creates a warmth and ambience that welcomes all users for many years to come.


Private Classes
Single Class
60 min lesson
General Classes
Single Class
Private Classes
8 Class Pass
4 month expiry
General Classes
8 Class Pass
4 month expiry

15% discount available for students and non-full time workers


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Private yoga classes

Private yoga classes are the ideal way to learn yoga whether you are new to the practice or not. This one-on-one experience is tailored specifically to your goals and needs. It is a unique opportunity to hone your yoga skills with a focus on whaat works best for you while building body awareness and understanding how best to develop a lifelong practice that meets where you are today and where you want to be. Students find private yoga classes are an excellent way to:

Work on personal goals (for example strength, flexibility, or balance)

Have a personalised schedule

Address health concerns (including injury or illness)

Deepen their pratice

We offer fixed packages for individual students which combines private yoga classes with public classes for new or experienced students or you can book private classes only. Finally, we offer private yoga classes for goups.

It is easy to get started – you can either request an appointment directly, email us at or call us on 07 50 82 04 79.

All private yoga classes are assumed to be held in Fontainebleau. A small charge will be added for classes outside of Fontainebleau.

Dream. Plan. DO! Try our classes!