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Mindful Foraging, Wild Food Cooking, Outdoor Meditation and Yoga

Come join Destination Namaste on the magical island of Corsica awakening our five senses and connecting to nature and self through creativity, food and movement. We will be following the rhythm of the sun and sea with sunrise yoga, mindfulness meditations, wild food foraging, outdoor explorations, intention art and vibrant nutritious food creations. The retreat schedules flow of events promises to be gentle, engaging, educational and delicious with a sprinkling of adventure.

Meet the instructors

Roushanna
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga and meditation
  • Picnics, foraging and harvesting
  • Nature inspired art and journaling
  • Cooking classes and recipe creations
  • Sensory experience tea tasting, seasonal & wild food demos
  • Wholesome healthy meals and botanical drinks
  • Communal meal creation sessions
  • Mountain and beach excursions
  • Transfer from Figari airport
  • 4 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


5 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer included: Figari–Sud Corse Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
14:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen

This unique retreat will take place in a charming private villa, in the South of the Island close to Porto-Vecchio (Figari airport).

Program

Destination Namaste and Roushanna invite you to come and discover the Corsican Maquis through the eyes of wild food expert Roushanna Gray who will be joining us from South-Africa on this delicious, exclusive retreat. There are many similarities vegetation wise between the Corsican “Maquis” and the Western Capes “Fynbos” which makes this the perfect combination. This five day retreat is all about tuning into the natural flow of things.

Set in a wonderland of mystical mountains and turquoise seas, we will explore the floral Spring landscapes and embark on an earth scented adventure through food, art and movement. This experience will leave you nourished, reconnected to the abundance of nature and rejuvenated in mind, body and spirit. The day of arrival after settling and introductions, we will gather together with herb tea and flower treats for our first activity – to each create our own unique journals. This magical book bound by golden thread will eventually be a weaving together of our adventures at the end of this special retreat – of memories and moments, recipes, found objects, new friends, pressed botanical art, dreams, stories and photos. These handmade journals will be our own individual guides to capture this moment in time and preserve our experiences, which may be uncorked and savoured whenever we feel the need to tap back into this space once back in the normal routine of our busy lives.

Benefits

This retreat will allow you to step away from the fast-paced life of the busy modern world and slow down, breathe, and reconnect to the joy, wonder and simplicity of all that nature provides. Also learning more about natures edible wonders and the creativity that can blossom from spending time with Roushanna and Destination Namaste on the Magical, wild and undiscovered Island of Corsica. This will be a real down to earth, nature inspired experience, creating and providing a positive and nurturing space for you to open up to a deeper connection to the earth, the elements, your senses and yourself.

Day 1 - Flowers

  • 15.00 Flower tea and homemade cakes, introductions and settling in
  • Nature inspired journal workshop
  • Dinner – Sharing platters created by Roushanna
  • Welcoming circle, wild herbal facial steam and tea tasting ceremony

Day 2 - Earth

  • 08.00 Breakfast
  • Introduction to land foraging and seasonal flavor
  • A “Taste your Walk” nature exploration in the mountainside
  • Cooking class and lunch preparation (optional participation for guests)
  • Lunch
  • Down time
  • Botanical drinks and nature journaling session indoors by the fire
  • Yoga
  • Dinner

Day 3 - The sea

  • Breakfast
  • Beach exploration and coastal forage introduction
  • Swimming, beach meditation, exploration and picnic on the beach / Lunch creation and seaweed facials at the villa
  • Down time
  • Nature journaling and meditation
  • Yoga
  • Dinner

Day 4 - Fire

  • Breakfast
  • Outing to a local veg garden for lunch ingredients harvest and herb gathering.
  • Cooking class with local, seasonal and wild foods
  • Lunch
  • Downtime
  • Flower crown creations and mandala plant art
  • Yoga
  • Dinner
  • Fire stories, closing circle, music and botanical cocktails

Day 5 - Heart

  • Herbal teas and semi morning fast till brunch time
  • Meditation and Yoga
  • Brunch
  • Art Collage
  • 14.00 Retreat close

Included excursions

  • A “Taste your Walk” nature exploration and flower foraging
  • Beach exploration and coastal forage introduction
  • Outing to a local veg garden for lunch ingredients harvest and herb gathering.

Instructors

Roushanna Gray

Retreat location

The beaches around Porto-Vecchio are simply stunning and count the world-famous Palombaggia and Santa Guilia amongst their number. All have pearly white sand and glittering turquoise sea, surrounded by lush countryside. With shallow waters, they are ideal for swimming.

In the heart of the Mediterranean, just south of Italy, lies the French island of Corsica (also known as “Kaliste” in Greek, meaning ‘the most beautiful). It is a wild and untouched jewel just over an hour’s flight from Paris. As global travellers, we can attest that there is something magical about this place that leaves visitors in awe of its raw and powerful beauty.

Corsica is a spectacular granite mountain in the sea, allowing for a vast variety of landscapes from the tip of its summit, to the edge of the sea. For nature lovers it is nirvana. With breathtaking landscapes, an abundance of natural rock formations, a multitude of hiking trails in the “maquis” (a type of fauna and flora which smells heavenly and of which many essential oils are made of and that can only be found in Corsica) it will enliven your senses.

It offers white sandy beaches where you can find solitude, and limitless time and space; a perfect place for yoga lessons, sacred hikes, stand up paddle boarding and more. A true hidden treasure that’s natural beauty we would like to preserve and share with you in the most conscious and respectful way possible to travel. Join us for a once in a lifetime experience on an Island well worth discovering.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Roushanna teaches adults and children about wild edible foods through immersive experiences, connection and creativity. Inspired by the local edible indigenous plant availability, she has been experimenting with the exciting flavours and diversity of wild plants for over ten years. The wide range of delicious and nutritious culinary offerings from the rock pools along the coastline and the beautiful Corsican Maquis also play a major role in her cooking classes,food and retreats.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
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)

During this retreat, there is optional participation for guests that are interested in the daily cooking of foraged food and lunch preparations. Moreover, there are also other mountain and beach excursion available. For more info, kindly send an inquiry to Destination Namaste.

What's included

  • Yoga sessions
  • Outdoor meditation
  • Wild food talks, foraging, and harvesting
  • Nature journaling, intuitive plant study, and Corsican wildflower sessions
  • Art, craft, and food creations
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • All meals and beverages
  • Transfers from Figari Airport or the Port of Porto-Vecchio

What's not included

  • Flights to Corsica

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Figari Sud-Corse Airport (FSC). Transfers from the airport is included. Destination Namaste will pick you up from the airport. Transfers from the Port of Porto-Vecchio are also included. For more info, kindly send an inquiry to Destination Namaste.

Airport: Figari–Sud Corse Airport Airport transfer included: Figari–Sud Corse Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Availability

Arrival: Wednesday June 8, 2022
Departure: Sunday June 12, 2022

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