4 nights Yoga and Hike (or relax) Retreat in the French Alps
Chatel, Haute Savoie..
£645 twin or double occupancy private en-suite
£745 single occupancy (shared bathroom)
£795 single occupancy private en-suite
Please enquire about non-yogi partner rates
Having lived and taught in this beautiful part of the world for the last 8 years, I have a deep passion to share my love of the mountains and yoga.
Chatel is a beautiful village nestled within the valleys of the Porte du Soleil area in the French Alps. It's a picturesque and traditional resort, sporting panoramic views of the infamous Mont Blanc and the Dent du midi. Located in the region of Haute Savoie, and on the French border with Switzerland. Ideally placed right in the middle of the Portes du Soleil, Chatel is the gateway to a marvelous summer playground. You will never forget the miles of open spaces surrounding the meadows, from where you can head off into the middle of nowhere.
Whether you just want to relax, or love the thrill of downhill mountain-biking or enjoy a spot of alpine road biking, or prefer hiking over mountain passes, or maybe even paragliding or white water rafting, we have something for everyone. With the combination of yoga to help support the activity of your choice, luxurious accommodation to relax in, sunshine to fill your days, you will feel life just couldn’t get any better.
Begin your day the yogi way with a morning yoga class to warm you up ready for the day ahead. Then there’s a delicious healthy brunch, followed by your own time to do whichever activity you desire, from hiking or biking across snow-peaked mountains, wild swimming in glacial lakes or in an outdoor pool with views to astound you, or white water rafting. If you just prefer to relax the chalet has a sauna, an outdoor spa and a lovely terrace with mountain views, there is also a fabulous spa in the village centre with thermal waters and spa treatments. Early evening we will wind down with another yoga and meditation class, followed by fabulous home cooked food. After dinner chill out in the hot tub underneath the stars then snuggle down for a well deserved and blissful sleep.
La Chaumiere is a luxurious mountain chalet with breathtaking views in a peaceful location in Chatel. There are all the comforts you will need to relax with the comfiest of beds, crisp linen sheets, huge soft sofas, log fires and above all a welcoming atmosphere.
The morning sessions are a more dynamic practice to help us stretch, lengthen and warm the body in preparation for a day of adventure! Special focus is on the legs in order to build stamina for those hill-walks or other activities. The evening class is gentle Yin yoga to stretch out and relax sore muscles and joints. The session will vary and we will include pranayama & meditation to help you to really let go and enter a state of deep relaxation.
The classes are suitable for all abilities, everyone welcome. I am practiced at adapting the class for everyone’s level. The asanas and meditation will help increase oxygen flow, balance, clarity and promote a peaceful mind. Please see my about page for more info on style I teach.
Nina our lovely 2nd yoga teacher on the retreat, she will be offering an alternative class if you prefer a slower paced class, and co teaching with me on the evening classes.
Total body workout to stretch, tone and elongate the muscles. Working with the Core, increasing balance and improving stamina.
Enjoy delicious, healthy homemade food, which is an integral part of our Yoga retreat. You will need to feel looked after and nourished with all the exercise and mountain air! . The food is fresh, local and seasonal. Included are a delicious brunch with granola, eggs, juices and fruit, and a gourmet buffet style evening feast with organic and carefully chosen French wines. Food on our retreats is as important as our yoga.
There are plenty of activities on offer even in the Autumn months from a gentle stroll to an organised hike, mountain biking or simply relaxing in the luxurious alpine chalet with its own outdoor Jacuzzi, sauna and pretty alpine patio with stunning views or you can visit the local spa for many treatments or a swim
Retreat highlights what's included
* 2 X Daily Yoga class's (VInyasa, hatha or Yin)
* Candlelit meditation
* 2 yoga teachers and small class's
* Transfer to and from Geneva airport**
* Yin and Restorative Yoga
* 4 nights accommodation in luxury chalet (La Chaumiere service i.e. Molton Brown toiletries, linen, TVs in room, Wifi and en suite bathrooms)
* 2 healthy buffet style meals daily (vegetarian available). 1 evening off to enjoy one of the lovely traditional alpine restaurants.
Wine with evening meals directly from selected vineyards in the Languedoc region. (Naturally we are in France and wine is good for the soul)
Teas, coffee & fruit bowl available all day
Freshly made cake each day
Use of Hot Tub and Sauna
Transport to and from local hikes
Guided hike to local glacial lake with mindfulness and a little yoga with a picnic to replace brunch (weather permitted)
What’s not included
Flights (closest airport is Geneva airport)
Activities such as: mountain biking, paragliding, spa and more
1 evening meal out
** arrival and departure times within a 2 hour frame tbc..
Email me for more information on how to get there, what’s included, what's not and the daily schedule.