Yoga, Spa & Culture Retreat in the South of France
Get ready for our annual getaway in the south of France – this time with a new itinerary with daily yoga, walks, and food-focused activities throughout the week. From gourmet tastings, the famous Provencal rosé, and plenty of time to take in the gorgeous surroundings on our hikes past lavender, blue waters, and vineyards.
Bastide Avellanne is the ideal location to visit Provence. Situated only 30 minutes from the sea and from the Cote D’Azur between Cannes, St. Tropez and Hyeres. With its hundreds of kilometers of white beaches, rocky capes and wild bays, it is considered the most beautiful coastline of France – 300 kilometers of coast accompanying the Mediterranean Sea, white sandy beaches, a preserved landscape, protected islands and famous locations renowned worldwide.
It looks just as you see in postcards: fields of lavender, medieval villages, chateaux, markets full of colours where you can find local products and exotic spices, lively small towns with a slow way of life.
Day trips will allow guests to add arts, culture, adventure, and natural beauty to their retreat experience. Trips may include visits to small villages, large cities, outdoor activities, even a gorgeous spa day in a 5* countryside chateau where guests can swim, enjoy lunch, use the spa area and receive a relaxing treatment (included in the retreat).
See smaller villages that few tourists visit, and get a true education and taste of France with various tastings of regional wines, aperitifs and cheeses.
One day will be spent on the French Riviera on the island of Porquerolles for freetime to explore the beaches, hiking trails or town. We will take a tour through the countryside to see quaint villages, French markets, and hopefully get a peek at the early-blooming lavender fields.
You’ll enjoy a true Provencal experience with the markets, food, culture, and sites. Our final day will be spent relaxing at a beautiful spa in the countryside with treatments, 5* service and lunch.
Daily meditation and yoga classes will be offered in a way to relax, stimulate, and help guests grow in their own personal practice. Classes are open to all levels, beginner to practiced, and can range from gentle, restorative, and more vigorous vinyasa flow and ashtanga styles.
Style and class levels will be determined and moulded to fit participating students’ needs, and with a small intimate retreat class size, students will be able to get personalized attention and comfortability to deeply explore their practice.
Depending on each retreat location, classes will be held in a dedicated indoor yoga space and some also offer outdoor options as well for us to use if the weather is agreeable.
Healthful, vegetarian food is part of the retreat experience, including breakfasts and dinners daily, as well as selected lunches.
Enjoy cuisine which combines creativity and flavours with a special attention to creating balanced meals. Wholesome ingredients, freshness of the foods, cooking times and methods are present in every meal you will enjoy at the Bastide.
Meals will be enjoyed on the terrace in the shade of the oak trees, or served by candlelight under the pergola or in the veranda.
We’ll feast on traditional flavours of Provence mixed with the French, Italian and Mediterranean styles as well.
Plus, throughout the week we’ll have a chance to sample many regional wines, aperitifs, and other tastes such as cheeses and various other specialties.
This yoga retreat will take place at the beautiful villa of Bastide Avellanne. The Bastide is a charming fortified Provencal demure dating back to 17th century.
Totally refurbished in 2011 it welcomes you with spacious light rooms in country style, all with modern en-suite bathrooms and independent apartments with every comfort.
In the Bastide you will find a vast air conditioned lounge with old leather sofas, a stone chimney, exposed beams and a bar, a dining room in the veranda overlooking the garden and a workshop-come-meeting room close to the pool.
Surrounded by vineyards Bastide Avellanne is set in a private park of 3 hectares, where the colours of the olive trees and centuries old oaks blend with the perfumes of lavender and rosemary, creating a small mediterranean paradise in where you will find a heated swimming pool and summer bar, giant chess, tennis and petanque courts.
Retreat price in US Dollars
7 days / 6 nights (June 9-15, 2019)
Inclusive Retreat Price = $2,995 (shared room*), +$650 (single room supplement)
Deposit to hold space = $950
Max # Guests = 12
* Villa accommodation (spacious bedrooms, private bathrooms, linens)
* Daily breakfast
* Daily dinner (at Villa and restaurants)
* Lunch on selected days
* Welcome cocktail party
* Transportation to/from day trips
* Ferry to Porquerolles Island
* Optional bike rental on free day
* Daily meditation and yoga classes
* Use of estate premises (hiking trails, pool, courts, etc)
* Wine, aperitif, cheese tasting
* Day tour through Gorges du Verdon, lavender fields, villages
* Spa day
* Day trips + entrance fees
* Tips & taxes
Does not include
* Spa Day and visit to St. Tropez
* Countryside tour to Gorges du Verdon, lavender fields, villages
* Porquerolles Island and ferry
What past guests have said
“This was my first Yoga retreat (I attended with my girlfriend) and it was terrific. Erin has created a great concept and runs a great business. She said she loves to travel and she loves yoga and she has merged these passions into a very unique experience. The yoga was technically pure and diverse without the rigid atmosphere you might expect. The day trips were a mix of city, village, and nature environments. The accommodations and itinerary allowed us to make new friends. In fact, many of our new friends told us that “this is the way they travel” because of what Erin has put together. You eat well, have sessions of Yoga, see parts of the world you will never see again…all in one week!”. Ethan – Georgia, USA
“My time in Provence was an amazing and wondrous and glorious one. Filled with fabulous moments I hoped for and more that I could never have imagined. It was a beautifully crafted experience in every respect – the accommodations, the yoga, the food, the excursions, the pampering, the camaraderie. And of course the art. The joyful, exuberant, awakening art. The entire adventure was deliciously exhilarating and fun. And I wanted you to know how much I appreciate the time and energies you committed to making it so. And thus I guess what I wanted (and for too long neglected) to do was to say “Thank-you!”. I loveloveloved it!”. Terri – California, USA
”What a treat it was to experience France for the first time with EAT.PRAY.MOVE. Erin was a wonderful host who led thoughtful, challenging, and accessible classes in addition to daily excursions that provided a view of the Provençal region from many different angles. The accommodations and landscapes were breathtaking and I couldn’t ask for a better group to share the week with. I returned with new friends, a renewed love of yoga, and inspired to travel more. Thank you Erin and EAT.PRAY.MOVE for a memorable experience! ”. Eugenia – Georgia, USA
How to get here
Nearest airport: Marseilles (MRS) and Nice (NCE). Possible to do easy train connection to region from Paris. Nearest major TGV train station: Aix-en-Provence. Transfers between Villa and Brigoles or Carnoules bus/train stations (which offers transfers to airport or Aix) can be arranged on first and last day of retreat. Private transfers directly from the airports or TGV can be arranged at an extra cost as well.
To make an enquiry or book this retreat in the South of France, send your request to the team who will get back to you within 24 hours or email us directly on firstname.lastname@example.org.