5 Days Mindfulness, Dance, and Yoga Holiday in France

Relaxing Nature Yoga Retreat in France

Immerse yourself in pure nature, sink into to the enchanting beauty of your surroundings, dive into the river of your own flow, and emerge shining within, free to be yourself, and enjoy it all. Treat yourself to a retreat of pure bliss! Take the opportunity of resting in harmony with nature in this relaxing luxury yoga and dance retreat France, surrounded by vineyard and oaks, enjoying custom crafted classes, nature excursions, wild dance, meditation, bathing, body treatments, and relaxing with a small intimate group. Take the natural world in and merge into oneness.

Meet the instructors

Mei
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga practices
  • Daily morning meditation sessions
  • One Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy session
  • Mindful Dance workshop and guided deep relaxation sessions
  • Two divine body treatments (body massage and facial)
  • Two-day trips including transport and lunch
  • 3 daily delicious healthy meals
  • 4 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, English
The maximum participants in the group is 7
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Tennis court
  • Bar
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Conference room
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Meeting room

Surrounded by vineyards and centuries old oaks, Bastide Avellanne is a 17th century charming fortified Provencal demure set in 3 hectares of a private park in the heart of Provence, Cote dAzur. Secluded yet within easy access to quaint villages, its situated only 40 minutes from the sea and from the Cote D'Azur between Cannes, St. Tropez and Hyeres, the most beautiful coastlines of France, with hundreds of kilometers of white beaches, rocky capes, and wild bays. It is also minutes away from medieval villages, lavender fields, chateaux, and vibrant markets, which make this a perfect retreat destination for many heart-centered moments.

Bastide Avellanne offers privacy and a truly pampering experience with comfortable single, double and shared suites, all with private bathroom. There are indoor and outdoor yoga spaces, swimming pool, spacious lush gardens, breathtaking views of the vineyards, and shaded spots between the pergola and the hammocks under centuries-old oak trees. All the suites are very spacious and overlook the garden, offering a quiet and elegant stay.

Program

Day trips:

  • French Riviera: Porquerolles Island
  • Local market and countryside tour

Sample daily schedule

Arrival day: Friday, July 5, 2019

  • 15:00 - Arrival at villa and welcome lunch
  • 17:00 - Opening Sacred Circle

Departure day: Tuesday, July 9, 2019

  • 08:00 - Breakfast
  • 09:00 - Closing Sacred Circle
  • 11:00 - Depart

Included excursions

French Riviera: Porquerolles Island

Porquerolles is the largest of three islands and the most charming, with a port with a clay square, eucalyptus trees, restaurants and its varied coastline, to the north full of sandy beaches and fragrant myrtle, arbutus and pine trees, and the wild and rocky south coast with a lighthouse where you can enjoy a superb view.

Local market and countryside tour

Each county and town in Provence is animated at least once a week by the market, where you can find artisan food products, ceramics, wool fabrics and tablecloths, lavender, soaps and aromatic herbs. Each Sunday there are countless garage sales and flea markets, fairs of local wines, and much more.

Instructors

Mei Shapiro
Mei practices yoga and Buddhist insight meditation regularly. They have been a significant step in keeping connected with herself. Yoga has taught her how to live a meaningful life, guided from within. Her gentle style of teaching focuses on deep inner awareness in the yoga poses, pranayama, and meditation. Mei is also a certified diving instructor and a biodynamic craniosacral therapist.

Location

Var is one of the most important touristic departments in France and has many assets, an exceptional environment, rich cultural heritage, and a beautiful climate.

It covers 300 kilometers of coast by the Mediterranean Sea, white sandy beaches, a preserved landscape, protected islands and famous locations renowned worldwide. It looks exactly as you see in postcards, with fields of lavender, medieval villages and chateaux, colorful markets where you can find local products and exotic spices, lively villages with a slow way of life where the landscape and the quality of the light are remarkable.

Sampling the wines of Provence youll discover a piece of history that started when the Greeks founded Marseille, bringing the vines with them, and tasting the typical Provencal dishes you explore the different styles of Mediterranean cuisine. For those who like to venture off the beaten path, to stay in this area of Provencal vineyards and olive trees is an exceptional experience.

Nearby places

  • St. Tropez - 45 minutes
  • La Garde Freinet - 40 minutes
  • The Barbaroux golf course - 10 minutes
  • AGS Formule 1 - 10 minutes

Food

Breakfast is served on the terrace in the shade of the oak trees and includes tea, coffee and fruit juice, choice of baked breads and brioches, fresh fruit, yoghurt, and a selection of cereals.

For lunch, enjoy the plate of the day to eat under the pergola. Dinner is the choice of the chef on the day, and is served by candlelight under the pergola or in the veranda. It consists on a menu where the traditional flavors of Provence mix with the French, Italian, and Mediterranean styles. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian options are available, and special dietary requirements can be accommodated.

Exclusions

Please note that a-la-carte menu is not available and special dietary requirements can be accommodated.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Seafood
  • Lactose Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

A day trip to fancy St. Tropez

Take a day trip to explore St. Tropez. On the road you can visit la Garde Freinet, a medieval fortified settlement and now a typical charming Provencal village full of craft shops and small restaurants, Grimaud, a medieval village dominated by the ruins of a Chateau, and Saint-Tropez, a beautiful town with pastel colours known not only for celebrities and parties but also for sporting events such as the historical regatta sailboats Voiles de St Tropez.

Beaches and water sports

Explore the beaches between Hyeres and Le Lavandou. Estagnol and Pellegrin have white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters shaded by pine trees. The beaches have plenty of parking but can also be accessed on foot, through the coastal path, or the ancient path of the customs officers. For water sports, the beach of Saint-Clair is frequented by wind surfers, the Fossette is a meeting point for canoeing and kayaking, and the club nautique at Cavaliere and the naturist beach at Layet are other options. You can end the day with a visit to the medieval village of Bormes les Mimosas, listed among the most beautiful sites in France.

History, culture, and architecture

Visit the Abbey of Thoronet, a masterpiece of Romanesque Provencal style. Open daily, including Sunday to attend a service with Gregorian chanting. On the way back, visit Sillans la Cascade with its Chateau of the 18th century, and the waterfalls with a spectacular pond of clear turquoise water surrounded by rocks and lush vegetation. Don't miss Cotignac, a bustling village with houses of the 16th and 17th century, fountains, typical french bar-restaurants, art shops and one of the liveliest markets of Provence.

Other activities

There are endless options to spend the day: horse riding for children and adults, cycling, and mountain biking, wine tastings, helicopter tours, and much more.

Spa treatments

One Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy session and one Swedish massage with highly trained massage therapists are included in your retreat.

What's included

  • Daily crafted yoga classes
  • Daily guided sitting / walking meditation
  • Mindful Dance workshop
  • Guided deep relaxation sessions
  • Two body treatments: Swedish massage and a Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy session
  • Two-day trips including transport and lunch
  • Wine and cheese tasting special
  • Bike rental on market day and island tour
  • Transportation to / from daily trips
  • 4 nights accommodation at a stunning 17th-century French Estate
  • 3 daily delicious healthy meals in villa prepared by your chef
  • Complimentary coffee, tea, juice, snacks, and fresh fruit throughout the day
  • Quality mats, blocks, straps, blankets, and eye masks
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access

What's not included

  • Airfares
  • Transfers from the airport or train station to the venue and back

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Nice (NCE) and Marseille (MRS) International Airports are both about 1 hour and 10 minutes away. Transfer is quite easy, and the organizer can help guide you on the directions, and can help organize airport transfers as well.

Arrival by train

There is also the option of TGV from Paris to Carnoules, a 4 hours trip, and from there it's only a 15 minute drive to Bastide Avellanne.

GPS

432052.4N - 0061056.7E

Note: The GPS reading is for the roundabout on the D13 at Besse Sur Issole, from the roundabout follow the Orange signs to the Bastide (about 3 kilometers).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16.94% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.
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Arrival: Friday July 5, 2019
Departure: Tuesday July 9, 2019

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