BACK TO SIMPLICITY

YOGA RETREAT FRANCE

19-24 July 2021

(DIS)CONNECTION and YOGA are the key words of our retreat. During this time we will offer you space to release your mind from the constant distraction that comes with always being connected to the internet.

For the days in “Le Montel” (the small settlement where the house is located),  it is our aim to take you back to a simpler time, in which we are allowed to be present only in the moment we are living, in our actual time and surrounding.

We will use our “offline” time recharging with the beauty of the natural surroundings, a juicy daily yoga practice which will release our bodies from tension and bring our minds to the present moment, some extra activities, such as hiking, mantra chanting and bonfire building, to nourish our souls and find that true connection with ourselves and each other. Last but not least, we will enjoy healthy, sustainable, vegetarian and very delicious food, made with love and care.

This is the right place to be if you are missing that feeling of being in the present moment or if you like to take a break from your mobile devices. So find some time to disconnect and to re-connect with yourself!

We will keep our group “cosy” with a max of 10 participant (the 2 of us included), in order to offer the maximum comfort.

THE HOSTS

We are Jesse and Samantha, a young  international couple who met in Amsterdam few years back. Jesse is Dutch and Samantha is Italian. We are both passionate about nature, good food, travelling, hosting and appreciating the little things life can offer.

We decided to put together our skills and passions in order to create a cosy environment where people can share, connect with themselves and rediscover the little pleasures of life. Furthermore we sometimes like to share together some partner yoga and mantra chanting since we both play instruments (Jesse guitar and Samantha Harmonium). Our dream is to create a permanent space, close to nature where to host retreats and celebrate life together.

THE LOCATION

Located in the mountainous terrain of the rural heart of the Auvergne, stands the house.

Its has been a haven for our family for about twenty years and has provided refuge and a place to retreat for many others.

The house is a typical 19th century French country style-house (detached villa) surrounded by a piece of land on which also camping would be possible (see bottom of the page for details).

Though it is not a luxury hotel, in the property you will find all the things you need to make yourself at home: warm water, clean bedlinen and towels, private rooms and a very cosy big living room with fireplace where to relax. Two shared bathrooms are available. The property is located far away from the highways and the hectics of day to day life, surrounded by nothing but woods and creaks. Which makes it the perfect location for a retreat.

In the vicinity of the house there are some villages/cities that will be easily reached if you come with your own car. Some of our favourites are:  La Chaise Dieu, Arlanc, Le Puy en Velay, Thiers  and Saint Alyre d’Arlanc (within a walking distance) Also Lyon is in reach for a (half)day trip.

For those who come without a car or those who are there just to retreat there is plenty of natural treasure to be found within walking distance from the house.

There is a big well registered network of hiking roads all throughout France (GR) and the area around our house is no exception.

In the house we have a total of 6 rooms and two bathrooms. The centre of the house is the big living and dining room with open kitchen, where is nice to meet and relax in the evenings, in front of the traditional big fireplace/wood oven, to have a chat, play a game or listen to some music with a nice glass of wine.

If the weather allows it we will practice our yoga classes in one of the gardens or in the fields, in case we like to go for a little walk. In case of chilly or bad weather we will have the possibility to practice in the recently restructured attic of the old barn, a nice spacious room with wooden floor.

YOGA INSTRUCTOR

Samantha is a passionate yoga teacher, who decided to spend an important time of her life traveling and exploring the world, getting in touch with new cultures and life styles.

She loves to share her practice and knowledge about yoga, creating during her classes a comfortable and friendly environment where everyone can feel at ease.

Her speciality is Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, practice in which from a gentle warm up, the rhythm will increase slowly through a sequence of different asanas, standing, sitting and lying down, aimed to stretch and energise the body. You will feel strong, free and energised, while your mind will become calm and present.

Samantha likes to make the practice comfortable for everyone, providing personal care in finding adjustments and variation for every kind of body.

She loves to combine the physical practice with elements of meditation, yoga nidra and pranayama, offering great space for the mind and the body to slow down.

She is also passionate about mantras. She loves to play her singing bowls and harmonium to accompany Om chanting and mantras at the end of a class or during Kirtan, the devotional group chanting.

Her mission is to accompany her students through a journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance, in order to let the best part of everyone rise and express fully.

ABOUT THE FOOD

Jesse, as a professional cook, will every day prepare a healthy, vegetarian and protein filled brunch buffet consisting of fruit, eggs, bread, cheese and pastries from the local patisserie. The buffet will be available between 11:00 and 12:30.

In the evening Jesse will prepare a dinner that we will eat as a group. The dinner will consist off starter/main/dessert, bread, with optional wine.

Over the past years we have been traveling all over the world and Jesse is planning to integrate different culinary traditions into the menu. you can expect French, Italian, Spanish and Indian cuisine.

We have chosen to not cook a strict diet because the retreat is not all work, it should also be fun! For this reason we have also decided that wine can be a part of your menu if you so desire. For the wine we will charge per glass and a variety of red/white and rosé wines will be available at all times.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

A safe and familiar environment, surrounded by a serene natural landscape, where to recharge and relax.

A supportive guidance that will help you finding space for relaxation and starting your own personal journey of self-discovery.

Time to reconnect with the nature and her rhythm.

Private mentoring is available.

WHO CAN ATTEND

The retreat is open to everyone, from beginners to advanced Yoga practitioners. Those who are new to meditation or Yoga practices will receive full instruction, while those with experience will have the opportunity to explore more deeply.

DAILY PROGRAM

DAY 1: Monday 19th July

14:00 Arrival and settle in

Free time to relax and explore the surroundings (snack available)

17:00 – 18:30 Special Opening Yoga Class (1,30 h)

19:00 Dinner and free time

DAY 2: Tuesday 20th July

9:30 – 10:45 Vinyasa morning flow

11:00 – 12:30 Brunch

13:30 – 17:00 Free time / activity*

17:00 – 18:30 Yoga slow flow & Yoga Nidra (30+45m)

19:00 Dinner

DAY 3: Wednesday 21st July

9:30 – 10:45 Vinyasa morning flow

11:00 – 12:30 Brunch

15:00 – 17:00 Free time / workshop/ activity*

17:00 – 18:30 Yoga slow flow & Yoga Nidra (30+45m)

19:00 Dinner

DAY 4: Thursday 22nd July

9:30 – 10:45 Vinyasa morning flow

11:00 – 12:30 Brunch

15:00 – 17:00 Free time / workshop/ activity*

17:00 – 18:30 Yoga slow flow & Yoga Nidra (30+45m)

19:00 Dinner

DAY 5: Friday 23rd July

9:30 – 10:45 Vinyasa morning flow

11:00 – 12:30 Brunch

15:00 – 17:00 Free time / workshop/ activity*

17:00 – 18:30 Yoga slow flow & Yoga Nidra (30+45m)

19:00 Dinner

DAY 6: Saturday 24th July

8:30 – 9:45 Vinyasa morning flow (closing class)

10:00 Breakfast

11:00 Check out

*the afternoon activities may vary according to the weather conditions. Between the possibilities: trekking, outdoors sunset yoga, mantra chanting, bonfire building, vegetarian bbq.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 2 daily healthy vegetarian meals (brunch, dinner), water
  • organic tea all day available
  • Afternoon healthy snack
  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • Afternoon activities

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Flight and transportation (pick updrop off) to and from the property
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • extra towels and bedsheets

EARLY BIRD PRICES (until 1st April 2021):

  • OPTION 1: 5 nights accommodation, meals, yoga, in shared room 480.00 euro
  • OPTION 2: 5 nights accommodation, meals, yoga, in private room 580.00 euro
  • OPTION 3: 5 nights accommodation, meals, yoga, in private double room for couples 1000 euro

PRICES (regular):

  • OPTION 1: 5 nights accommodation, meals, yoga, in shared room 620.00 euro
  • OPTION 2: 5 nights accommodation, meals, yoga, in private room 720.00 euro
  • OPTION 3: 5 nights accommodation, meals, yoga, in private double room for couples 1300 euro

IMPORTANT:

INTERNET: *At our house we have a very weak internet connection and we love it! However, in case of emergency there is always telephone connection and if you reaaaaally need to check some emails or scroll your facebook feed there is a bar in the village close by with a proper wifi. But we recommend to try to challenge yourself to stay offline for the whole retreat.

CAMPING: *We offer also the possibility to enjoy our retreat to people coming with their own tent or camper. In this case we will offer yoga, food and basics (toilet and shower) and we will agree together about a special price.

YOGA PROPS: *We suggest to bring your own yoga mat, but in any case we will provide all the props necessary for our practice.