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Spend a week in amazing French settings while you meet new friends, explore, hike, relax, sweat, experience and connect with yourself. Enjoy daily yoga, daytrips, delicious vegetarian food and the chic Cote d'Azur. Daily meditation and yoga classes will be offered in a way to relax, stimulate, and help you grow in your own personal practice. You will not only enjoy the villa and encompassing estate, but also the richness of the French cities and villages from the hills to the coast. This is an unforgettable experience that you do not want to miss!
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 meeting room close to the pool.
Surrounded by vineyards Bastide Avellanne is set in a private park of 3 hectares, where the colors 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.
15:00 - 17:00 Check in
18:30 - 19:30 Welcome reception and orientation
19:30 - 21:00 Welcome dinner
One full day will be spent on the French Riviera on the island of Porquerolles for free time to explore the beaches, hiking trails or town. You will take a tour through the countryside to see the Gorges du Verdon, lavender fields and quaint villages. Also, you will take a trip to the famous city of Aix-en-Provence. You'll enjoy a true Provencal experience with the markets, food, culture, and sites. Your final day will be spent relaxing at a beautiful spa in St. Tropez and will include a stroll through this famous harbor town.
Erin has studied various types of yoga disciplines since 1998, concentrating on the Ashtanga discipline since 2008. She received her teacher certification in Florence, Italy and has continued her education with various specialty certifications throughout the years. She now combines powerful movements with more anatomical-based core Vinyasa flow and restorative movement in her personal practice and teaching style.
Besse-sur-Issole is situated only 30 minutes from the sea and from the Cote D'Azur between Cannes, St Tropez and Hyeres. 300 kilometers of coast accompanying the Mediterranean Sea, white sandy beaches, rocky capes, wild bays a preserved landscape, protected islands and famous locations renowned worldwide make this the most beautiful coastline in France.
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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 flavors 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. You will feast on traditional flavors of Provence mixed with the French, Italian and Mediterranean styles as well. Throughout the week you will have a chance to sample many regional wines, aperitifs, and other tastes such as cheeses and various other specialties.
Get a relaxing massage
Swim at the beach or the pool
Taste cheeses and aperitifs
Visit the beautiful French beaches and villages.
Visit the lavender fields
Visit the Provencal markets
A spa day in St Tropez is included in this retreat.
The closest airports are Marseille Provence Airport (MRS) and Nice Cte d'Azur International Airport (NCE).