Alpine Yoga and Hiking Retreat in the French Alps
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Alpine Yoga and Hiking Retreat in the French Alps, 16th – 23rd August

Join us in the beautiful French Alps for an alpine yoga and hiking holiday adventure. After touring around the French Alps, we love hiking in this area. With so many routes to choose from and breathtaking views, you won’t want to go home! Stay in our beautiful rustic Chalet style accommodation nestled on the mountainside surrounded by alpine pastures. Start and end the day with yoga to stretch out your hiking limbs, and soothe them with a sauna and hot tub, or treat yourself to a massage. We have been running these alpine adventures since 2008 and have worked out the perfect formula for your active relaxation.

Step out of the chalet and the mountain trails are yours for the picking. If you’ve not visited the French Alps in the summer time, you’re in for a treat. As the winter snow melts away in the spring, the mountains take on their summer mantle of bright green grass and colourful alpine flowers. The views are equally as spectacular in the summer as they are in the winter.

After a long walk reward yourself with a swim to cool off in a refreshing glacial lake. There are so many hikes to choose from, at blue, red or black levels. Enjoy views of Mont Blanc in the distance. If you feel like a day off from walking why not try paragliding or white water rafting, or enjoy the Olympic sized pool in Bourg St Maurice. Or simply relax in the garden of the chalet and catch some sun whilst enjoying a good book.

Yoga

You will have 2 x 1.5 hour yoga classes per day (with one day off to rest mid week). One in the morning and 1 in the evening.

Retreat schedule

Each day we have something exciting in store for you!

Day 1: Day hike with packed lunch to 1500m – to gauge the level of the group and get up high – enjoy a wild swim
Day 2: Day trip to Val D’Isere, or day off and relax at the chalet, go for a walk from the chalet
Day 3: Day hike with packed lunch to 2000m to see views of Mont Blanc – enjoy a wild swim
Day 4: Day trip to Tignes, or day off and relax at the chalet, go for a walk from the chalet
Day 5: Sunrise Yoga up the mountain followed by early morning hike and afternoon to relax or go paragliding
Day 6: White water rafting, mountain biking, swimming or shopping in Bourg St Maurice, day off, treatments
Day 7: Home time

Please note that this schedule is all optional – it is your holiday so you can be as active or relaxed as you like. If you feel like you need a day off to relax at the chalet, have a hot tub and sauna, a snooze and a massage then do it!

Teachers

Wenche Beard
26th July-2nd August & 2nd August – 9th August

Wenche trained as a yoga teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga in 2000 and now dedicates her yoga classes and her own yoga practice to the journey of joyful living. Wenche’s teachings are unique and deeply transformative as she does more then just ‘teaching the posture’. She is deeply knowledgeable in the affect the seasons has on our practice as well as the elements and chakra systems hence creating a transformative experience on your yoga mat.

Rebecca Keenaghan
9th – 16th August 2017 & 16th – 23rd August

Rebecca’s style of teaching is both tender and soulful yet deep and satisfying. Rebecca’s love and passion for all things Yoga is obvious in her classes. You will feel her joyful and playful energy and experience the soul soothing balm that is Yoga. She has studied with many inspiring and well seasoned Yogis such as Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, Kino Macgregor, Danny Paradise, David Williams and David Swenson. Their influence and wisdom continue to colour her own practice. Her style comes from a mixture of Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Hatha and Chakra Yoga. She likes to call it ‘Just’ yoga. She has taught Chakra Yoga retreats for 3 years and enjoys studying this healing, ancient map of the psyche. She is experienced in teaching mixed ability groups and has a knack for keeping everybody happy with lots of options in asana.

Cuisine

Your meals will all be freshly prepared by our in house chef Will, who is Cordon Bleu trained and is highly-talented. He has taken on the challenge to create wheat, dairy, sugar, gluten free food to a Cordon Vert standard and has succeeded. Be prepared to be thoroughly spoilt with your 3 course evening meal, beautifully presented and delicious. Brunch is buffet style, offering a selection of juices and homemade smoothies, a selection of cereals, including homemade granola, fresh fruit, yogurt, boiled eggs, freshly baked hot croissants and bread with homemade marmalade, jams, and local honey, washed down with freshly brewed tea, herbal teas or coffee.

Accommodation

There are 7 bedrooms, all with ensuite bath/shower rooms and there are 5 twin/double rooms and 2 single rooms. There are 5 bedrooms on the ground floor. The 2 single rooms with en-suites have glazed doors opening directly onto the garden, with the other 3 rooms being on the 2nd floor. The ground floor rooms have all been completely renovated in 2014. All the bedrooms are decorated in soothing colour schemes to reflect the surroundings and have beautiful mountain photographs on the walls.

Retreat price in British pounds

Prices start from £889 per person with Early Bird Discount when booked up to 8 weeks in advance

Twin/Double shared with en-suite: Early Bird £889pp/standard price £989pp
Single room with en-suite: Early Bird £1161pp/standard price £1295pp

Includes

* 7 nights beautiful chalet accommodation with en-suite bathrooms throughout
* Outdoor hot tub in beautiful gardens or Sauna to steam away aches and pains after a days hiking
* Free transfers from Bourg St Maurice Train station or Geneva airport
* Free in resort transfers to the hikes, to Tignes, Val D’Isere and Bourg St Maurice and to your activities of choice – nowhere is too much trouble
* 2 guided hikes with experienced guide on the first day and the third day with packed lunch and local guide
* 1 x morning yoga to the sunrise – transfer to the spot, yoga, tea & coffee and snacks and mini hike
* 2 x 1.5hr daily yoga classes – enjoy full immersion of your yoga practice over the week (with one day off mid week to rest) inside or on the decking with stunning mountain views
* Delicious brunch after yoga – with granola, eggs, selection of juices and homemade smoothies
* Gourmet vegetarian evening feast and local wine 6 nights (Wednesday is chef’s night off!)
* Experienced and friendly AdventureYogi and chalet hosts to look after your every need and help arrange excursions.

Does not include

* Flights/train travel and insurance
* Afternoon activities. Prices for activities are above and we will send more information about activities closer to the time and then tailor the week to the groups desires for a bespoke package
* Massage treatments are available on request
* Lunches. If you are staying in the chalet and would like lunch it is €10pp

Optional activities

* Hiking
* Rafting
* Hydrospeeding
* Parapente
* Mountain Biking
* Massage

Special offer

Receive a complimentary 30 minute massage worth £38 when you book through Soul Seed Travel.

What past guests have said

”10/10. Beautiful Chalet, great facilities, loved the hot tub, sauna, lounge, deck, everything!.” Rachel

”In my job as a travel journalist, I’m very lucky to have experienced several different yoga retreats. AlpineYogi was one of the best. Our teacher had really integrity and care plus the group was just the right size. The combination of Alpine walking and yoga really worked. I was stretched in all the right ways.” Clare

”Thank you so much for one of the best experiences in life so far. Such a fabulous week in the French Alps, meeting fabulous people. The service at the Auberge was extra special and I made some great friends. Wenche Krag our gorgeous yoga teacher was absolutely outstanding, a very special being from whom I have learned so much. I have gained so much from this wonderful holiday.” Charlotte

What to pack

* Shawl or thin blanket for after yoga – important in case you get chilly in relaxation
* Yoga equipment: If you use blocks then please bring along, we will provide yoga straps and mats, but feel free to bring your own if you wish
* Waterproof coat/jacket for hiking
* Walking boots or trainers for walks/hikes
* Water bottle and small back pack for walks/hikes
* Appropriate clothing for walks/hikes
* Lots of layers as the weather can be changeable. You will definitely need some sunny weather clothes, and warm clothes for the mountains
* Sun cream and hat for hikes
* Swimsuit for sunbathing, wild swimming, white water rafting or swimming pool action
* Camera for recording some of the fantastic scenery you’ll see and meals you will eat

How to get here

Our rustic chalet is set in La Thuile, a small peaceful hamlet that’s part of the commune of Sainte Foy Tarentaise. It’s nestled on the mountainside surrounded by alpine pastures, at 1250 metres altitude, halfway between Bourg St Maurice and Val d’Isère. This is one of the most easterly and spectacularly beautiful parts of the French Alps right up against the Italian border.

There are 2 options on getting to us by plane to Geneva or train to Bourg St Maurice (or automobile). We highly recommend the train because of many reasons: The train is a mere 20 minutes drive from the chalet whereas the flight transfer from Geneva is 3 hours. The slow way to travel, take in the countryside, have a stop over in Paris if you fancy, make the journey a part of your adventure.


If you decide to fly, please make sure you book your outward bound flight to arrive before 3pm. Homeward bound flight to leave after 1pm. This is so that we can arrange 1 group transfer, which will be included in the price. If you arrive outside of these times your transfer will be out or our control and considerably more expensive. We recommend Skyscanner to search for the best airfares.

Booking

Send your request to the bookings team who will get back to you within 24 hours or email us directly on retreats@soulseedmedia.com or call/whatsapp (0044) 7730095657.

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Alpine Yoga and Hiking Retreat in the French Alps

Join us in the beautiful French Alps for an alpine yoga and hiking holiday adventure. After touring around the French Alps, we love hiking in this area. With so many routes to choose from and breathtaking views, you won’t want to go home! Stay in our beautiful rustic Chalet style accommodation nestled on the mountainside surrounded by alpine pastures. Start and end the day with yoga to stretch out your hiking limbs, and soothe them with a sauna and hot tub, or treat yourself to a massage. We have been running these alpine adventures since 2008 and have worked out the perfect formula for your active relaxation.

Step out of the chalet and the mountain trails are yours for the picking. If you’ve not visited the French Alps in the summer time, you’re in for a treat. As the winter snow melts away in the spring, the mountains take on their summer mantle of bright green grass and colourful alpine flowers. The views are equally as spectacular in the summer as they are in the winter.

After a long walk reward yourself with a swim to cool off in a refreshing glacial lake. There are so many hikes to choose from, at blue, red or black levels. Enjoy views of Mont Blanc in the distance. If you feel like a day off from walking why not try paragliding or white water rafting, or enjoy the Olympic sized pool in Bourg St Maurice. Or simply relax in the garden of the chalet and catch some sun whilst enjoying a good book.

 

 

 

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