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Escape the urban grind, move your body gently and be kind to yourself, take time out to unwind and find your inner self. Along with relaxing yoga classes, you will enjoy fine vegan Provençal dining and create delicious, tasty, and wholesome raw vegan treats using local, seasonal, organic, and natural ingredients.
During this retreat, enjoy an in-depth practice of yoga, yoga philosophy and spirituality. In which, the focus will not only be on various asanas but on advancing on the path of yoga. With the focus on oneself, on balance and on the gentle use of one's muscles, combining it with various aspects of slow and focused Hatha yoga, which include breathing, relaxation, and meditation. At the end of the retreat you will have been exposed to the spirit of yoga and deepened your practice.
Each room comes with a single or double en-suite spacious bathroom with shower and toilet, towels, amenities, and hairdryer. Finished to high standards this house oozes Provençal charm everywhere you turn!
Discover the key elements of Hatha yoga with elements of Iyengar yoga, enriched by meditation and relaxation, adapted to all levels. The program offers a holistic time where you can take care of yourself from the inside through yoga practice, delicious organic vegetarian food, meditation, and free time to explore and relax.
07:00 - 08:30 Yoga and meditation (a morning yoga class to awaken the body and mind and prepare for the day ahead)
09:00 - 11:00 Enjoy a delicious vegan breakfast
15:00 - 16:30 Yoga and meditation (an energizing practice to prepare for the cooking class ahead)
17:00 - 19:00 Raw vegan cooking class with fresh ingredients and practicing mindfulness, kindness, and ahimsa (non-violence), one of the yamas of yoga, awareness, and mindfulness: the love we place into the preparation is the love which nourishes us
You will be staying at the luxurious, spacious La Maison du Faiencier, a friend's charming village house in Varages in Provence.
Varages is a small village with some colorful old houses, some nice hidden squares and small 19th-century canals running through the center. There are a few shops around the open central square, some lovely old plane trees and narrow streets to be explored. Varages was a center of faïence pottery in the 19th century. Today there are several faience pottery workshops, with a shared earthenware factory and a sales shop open 7/7. There's also a Museum of Faïences de Varages in the center of the village.
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Along with relaxing yoga classes you will enjoy fine vegan dining and create delicious, tasty and wholesome vegan treats using organic natural ingredients. Claudia, our retreat hostess, has been vegan for several years (before vegetarian for 15+ years) and recently created "Vegan in Provence", a website to promote delicious balanced vegan meals and dishes at local restaurants.
Enjoy beautiful walks in the surrounding countryside or a leisurely stroll through the village, with a stop at one of the cafés for a drink and to take in the local culture.
Please note that we have three international airports close by Marseille Provence Airport (MRS), Toulon–Hyères Airport (TLN), and Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport (NCE). They are between one hour to one and a half hours drive from Varages.
The TGV and Eurostar go to Aix-en-Provence and Marseille, and the TGV also stops in Les Arcs.
We highly recommend you have a car during your stay here. All the standard car hire companies can be found at Marseille Provence Airport (MRS) and Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport (NCE). For those traveling by one of the low-cost carriers, good deals can often be arranged through the flight company.