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5 Day Luxury Mediterranean Relax and Recuperate Yoga Retreat in Opio, Alpes Maritimes

La Luciole Retreat 6 Chemin du Bois d'Opio Opio, Alpes Maritimes, 06650, France

Healing Yoga Retreat France

Take a pause from your daily life obligations and routines, and come to 'La Luciole' Retreat in the South of France, Riviera for a relaxing and recuperating retreat. Take the time to focus only on yourself. Our yoga retreat is a tranquil space for you to grow stronger and more flexible, a place to meditate and heal at your own pace, where you can just take the time to indulge yourself in rest and relaxation. Enjoy home cooked Provencal meals. Let this be a precious rejuvenating time you know you deserve!

Meet the instructors

Corinne
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Highlights

  • 3 evening 60-minute Yang into Yin classes
  • Daily morning 75-minute Hatha Vinyasa Yoga class
  • 1 90-minute Candlelit Yin Yoga and Meditation class
  • 3 days full board healthy Home Cooked Provençal cuisine
  • 2-hour walk in the backcountry hills of Riviera
  • Aromatherapy introduction session
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Welcome dinner

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


4 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace
  • Free Wi-Fi

La Luciole Retreat consists of the main house and its cottage.

The cottage is fully equipped with a kitchen, living room, and two with separate bathrooms. There is a possibility of sleeping on the very comfortable pull out bed as well in the living room which has a separated area for privacy. The cottage space is given a 15% discount on the total retreat price.

It can sleep 4 to 6 people and is ideal for small groups to allow more intimacy. We use this space mainly for our 3-day retreats. The main house pool is available for all guests.

Reservations for each unit are on a first come first serve basis.

Program

During your stay at La Luciole, you will be given daily yoga lessons. Your yoga classes will be with a maximum of ten people, conducted in a beautiful and peaceful Mediterranean setting to calm your senses and reset your energies.

Corinne’s practice is Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin yoga, inspired by Anusara principles of alignment and energy, with the aim to move the body integrally, gently and safely, strengthen, stretch, and deepen your focus and clarity.

You will begin by bringing your awareness to your breath, being mindful of the present moment. Then, you will move through gentle warm-up asanas to sun salutations, followed by strengthening and balancing poses, and then wind down with some deeper stretches to increase flexibility.

And finally, an assimilation time to allow the body and mind to refresh and regenerate with a focus on relaxation. You will end the yoga session with a guided Shavasana for deep relaxation, releasing stress and tension, improving concentration and insomnia, and stimulating blood circulation.

During our class, a scent will be associated with the theme of the chakras in the form of an essential oil which has balancing properties for that specific Chakra. You will be able to enjoy this sensorial and revitalizing experience, at the same time allowing deep muscle relaxation.

Corinne also teaches Yin yoga during the evening Yang to Yin class, and the Candlelit Yin class. This practice cultivates a deep sense of awareness through the release of mind and body stress. Working more on the flexibility of joints, ligaments and connective tissues (facia) as well as the energetic pathways of the body (méridiens) rather than the muscles.

This is a very gentle and slow-paced class, slowing down the breath as well in this active form of relaxation which helps reduce the effects of stress. The long held deep stretches also improve flexibility and stimulate the energy and functions of the organs. This meditative way of practicing allows you to go on a journey within and practice mindfulness. Yin Yoga is a complementary practice for an active lifestyle and other more Yang yoga practices.

Quiet pranayama follows to balance our yin and yang energies. And finally, a brief meditation bringing awareness to how we feel compared to the beginning of the class.

Sample daily schedule:

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Morning herbal tea or coffee
  • 09:30 - 10:45 75-minute Hatha yoga class
  • 11:30 - 12:30 Brunch
  • 14:30 - 16:00 Afternoon free time
  • 16:00 Herbal tea with a 1-hour aromatherapy session (2 sessions per stay)
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Free time
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Yang to Yin Yoga class
  • 20:00 Dinner

Free time may be used for swimming, reading, meditating and relaxing in the garden or yoga shala of La Luciole. Or if you would like to visit the surrounding area of the Riviera or a walk in the back country or nearby villages independently.

Included excursions

Corinne's husband is a French painter from the area and knows much of the history here and will be able to discuss this with you. He can also give on request and free of charge an art history discussion on the area in the evening, or a painting class in the afternoon. You may see his work at artmajeur's website (Philippe Metaireau).

He comes from a family of perfumers from the Grasse region and had many ‘nez’ amongst them. He has a deep love for the aromatic plants of the region for healing benefits i their essential oils and in fresh in local cuisine.

Instructors

Corinne Payne

Retreat location

La Luciole is a haven of peace in the hills behind the Riviera and the Bay of Cannes. Settled in lush Mediterranean gardens, and surrounded by the rolling hills dotted with Medieval villages perched on top. (Opio, Chateauneuf de Grasse, Gourdon, Bar-Sur-Loup, Valbonne among many others).

The South of France has been and still is home to many artists, so there are many beautiful museums to visit.

It is also the home of perfume in Grasse, with Le Musée International de la Parfumerie.

The closest airport is the Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE) and the closest train station is Cannes.

Food

During this retreat, you will be served a welcome dinner, daily brunch, and dinner of Provencal cuisine. For the welcome dinner and the last dinner of the retreat, local organic wines will be served.

The local produce in the area is astounding and Provençal cuisine is one of the French paradoxes with one of the healthiest diets in the world, consisting of lots of raw vegetables served in very interesting ways, ie (Aioli), local goat cheeses marinated in local herbs. Lovely soups ie (Soupe au Pistou) and salads ie (Salade Niçoise), and tomatoes provençales are also on the menu. Local fresh baked bread and croissants are served for brunch.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Seafood
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 your stay, there is the possibility to visit the Perfume Museums in Grasse, such as Le Musee Internationale de la Parfumerie or Fragonard. There are also many museums of different painters that have resided on the Cote d'Azur that can be visited. These are not included in the retreat and are independent activities.

Massage on request (please contact for prices, reservation must be made 14 days in advance).

What's included

  • Welcome dinner
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Welcome dinner on arrival. Morning Herbal tea, Brunch and healthy Provençal dinner daily. Fresh fruit smoothies, salads, pissaladiere, soupe au pistou, ratatouille, aïoli, tapenade and salade Niçoise, tomatoes provençales
  • 2 daily yoga classes (75 minutes Hatha and Vinyasa class in the morning and a 60 minutes Yang Yin class in the evening, mats and props provided)
  • Aromatherapy introduction session
  • Free time to explore the surrounding area

What's not included

  • Additional excursions
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Massages (extra cost 100 EUR / hour)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving from Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE)

  • Take direction: Toutes Directions. Then take direction Sophia Antipolis/Cannes on the A8 autoroute.
  • Take Exit at Villeneuve Loubet #47.
  • Head towards Villeneuve Loubet and then continue along the Route Départementale la D2085 (Route de Nice).
  • At Roquefort Les Pins take a left at the roundabout just before entering the village in the direction of Valbonne.
  • About 200 meters after the big school turn to your right on Le Chemin des Fonts des Dones. (Just before the Begude Golf Course and The English Garden Centre.)
  • Then take the next right on Le Chemin du Bois d'Opio.
  • Continue along this road for about 2 kilometers until you get to #6.

Driving from Valbonne

  • Take direction Roquefort les Pins.
  • Turn left after the English Garden Centre onto the road La Font de Dones.
  • Then turn right onto Le Chemin du Bois d'Opio.
  • Drive about 2 kilometers.
  • Just before the Chemin du Moulin, we are a house on the left at #6.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.

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