5 Days Hiking and Yoga Retreat in France

  • La Chaumiere, 581 Route de Thonon, Châtel 74390, France

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Luxury Yoga Retreat France

  • 4 days with instruction
  • Join Lisa Valentine in this luxurious yoga retreat in the French Alps. Having lived and taught in this beautiful part of the world for the last eight years, Lisa has a deep passion to share her love of the mountains and yoga. With the combination of yoga to help support the activity of your choice, luxurious accommodation to relax in, sunshine to fill your days, you will feel life just couldn’t get any better.


    • Daily yoga classes
    • Pranayama and meditation sessions
    • Guided hike to local glacial lake
    • 4 nights’ accommodation
    • Daily brunch and dinner
    • Airport transfers

    Skill level

    • Beginner


      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: English
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    During the retreat, you will be accommodated at La Chaumiere, a luxurious mountain chalet with breathtaking views in a peaceful location in Chatel. There are all the comforts you will need to relax with the comfiest of beds, crisp linen sheets, huge soft sofas, log fires, and above all, a welcoming atmosphere.

    Begin your day the yogi way with a morning yoga class to warm you up ready for the day ahead. Then there’s a delicious healthy brunch, followed by your own time to do whichever activity you desire, from hiking or biking across snow-peaked mountains, wild swimming in glacial lakes or in an outdoor pool with views to astound you, or white water rafting. If you just prefer to relax, the chalet has a sauna, an outdoor spa, and a lovely terrace with mountain views. There is also a fabulous spa in the village center with thermal waters and spa treatments.

    On the early evening, you will wind down with another yoga and meditation class, followed by fabulous home cooked food. After dinner, chill out in the hot tub underneath the stars then snuggle down for a well-deserved and blissful sleep.


    The morning sessions are a more dynamic practice to help you stretch, lengthen, and warm the body in preparation for a day of adventure! Special focus is on the legs in order to build stamina for those hill-walks or other activities. The evening class is gentle yoga to stretch out and relax sore muscles and joints.

    The session will vary and there will be pranayama and meditation to help you to really let go and enter a state of deep relaxation. The classes are suitable for all abilities and everyone is welcome. Lisa is practiced at adapting the class for everyone’s level. The asanas and meditation will help increase oxygen flow, balance, clarity, and promote a peaceful mind.

    The yoga style that Lisa will teach is Vinyasa flow. It is a fusion of various styles of yoga. The style concentrates on breath synchronized movement - one movement and one breath creating a union between the two sides, energetic in ways, and simply flowing creating a beautiful balance, leaving you feeling invigorated yet with a deep residing peace.

    Lisa’s classes will lead you into a dance with your breath, body, and mind. In this style of yoga, expect to work hard and get warm as you stoke the inner fires and send energy pulsating through the body.

    The retreat package includes one guided hike to local glacial lake with mindfulness and a little yoga with a picnic to replace brunch (weather permitted) is included in the price.

    • Lisa Valentine

      Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Vinyasa Yoga)

      Lisa has been practicing yoga for 20 years and has just returned back from living and teaching in the French Alps. Lisa has also attended yoga workshops in London, India, and Thailand to continue her learning. She qualified in Vinyasa flow 200-hour teacher training in 2009 in Ibiza.

    Chatel is a beautiful village nestled within the valleys of the Porte du Soleil area in the French Alps. It's a picturesque and traditional resort, sporting panoramic views of the infamous Mont Blanc and the Dent du midi. It is located in the region of Haute Savoie, and on the French border with Switzerland.

    Ideally placed right in the middle of the Portes du Soleil, Chatel is the gateway to a marvelous summer playground. You will never forget the miles of open spaces surrounding the meadows, from where you can head off into the middle of nowhere.

    • Cycling
    • Hiking
    • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
    • Massage
    • Mountain biking
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Swimming
    • Swimming pool
    • Wine tasting / tour
    • Fireplace
    • Garden
    • Lounge
    • Luggage room / storage
    • Special menu request
    • Toiletries
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Tour assistance

    Enjoy delicious, healthy homemade food which is an integral part of your yoga retreat. You will need to feel looked after and nourished with all the exercise and mountain air! The food is fresh, local, and seasonal. Included in the retreat package is delicious brunch with granola, eggs, juices and fruit, and a gourmet buffet style evening feast with organic and carefully chosen French wines. The food on the retreats is as important as the yoga. Teas, coffee, cake, and fruit bowl are also available throughout your stay.

    Whether you love the thrill of downhill mountain-biking, or enjoy a spot of alpine road biking, or prefer hiking over mountain passes, or maybe even paragliding or white water rafting, there is something for everyone to do during the free time.

    You can also relax in the chalet, enjoying the outdoor Jacuzzi, sauna, and pretty alpine patio with stunning views. Or you can visit the local spa for many treatments or a swim. There will be a second teacher to offer a fusion of Pilates and yoga and to ensure you get the most from your yoga holiday.

    • 2 daily Vinyasa yoga classes
    • 2 healthy buffet style meals daily
    • 4 nights’ accommodation
    • Airport transfers
    • Freshly made cake each day
    • Guided hike to local glacial lake
    • Pranayama and meditation sessions
    • Teas, coffee, and fruit bowl
    • The use of hot tub and sauna
    • Transportation for hiking
    • Wine with evening meals
    • 1 evening meal out
    • Airfares
    • Holiday insurance
    • Optional activities

    Arrival by airplane

    Please book your flight to arrive at Geneva Airport (GVA). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Lisa Valentine Vinyasa Flow will pick you up from the airport. Please note that arrival and departure times are within a 2-hour frame.

    For information about the booking conditions, please send Lisa Valentine Vinyasa Flow an inquiry.


    • Review by Janet Brookes-Smith

      "I had the good fortune to be a part of Lisa's first yoga retreat. I cannot recommend it highly enough. It was everything I'd hoped and more. The accommodation was in a peaceful setting in the mountains. We were able to practice yoga inside and out, lulled by the gentle sound of cow bells! The food was healthy and delicious. Lisa organised activities during the day for us. We sampled an Alpine bike ride along a river and through woodland, also a hike and even a zip wire for the brave ones! I returned home feeling totally relaxed and ready for anything! Well done Lisa, here's to many more successful retreats."

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    • Review by Sarah Lee from Towcester, UK

      "Thank you so much for such a brilliant yoga retreat, it was very special. I cannot think of anything that was not just right. The chalet was brilliant and Nick is a truly wonderful host. What a gorgeous family. I had been very apprehensive about coming, given my age and lack of fitness, but you and Nina were fantastic. The few days were a huge success. Super group. It was wonderful to have not just the yoga but walking and bike ride too! I certainly felt so much better than when I arrived and am committed to keeping this up. Thank you again."

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    • Review by Jo Brackley

      "I experienced an amazing yoga retreat run by Lisa Valentine in Châtel, French Alps. The chalet we stayed in was luxurious and Nick, who runs the chalet, has thought of everything to make the stay super comfortable and well catered. What a dream team they are! I loved the yoga twice a day and climbing and mountain walking in between. Not to mention the gorgeous local food and wine. Truly the best yoga retreat you could ever wish for! Lisa is going to be running more of these trips, so I highly recommend you go."

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    • Review by Sarah Credland

      "Lisa's class is excellent - always varied; calm but challenging."

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    • Review by Karen Spreckley

      "Excellent teacher. Very knowledgeable, as well as lovely."

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    • Review by Cora King

      "Lisa's classes are wonderful. I come out feeling calm, and ready to face the day! I had been looking for a yoga class that was professional but friendly at the same time, with a knowledgeable teacher - and I found it with Lisa. I'm hooked!"

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    • Review by Jo Langridge

      "Lisa's classes are fabulous, she works you hard in a gentle way, which she adapts for all abilities. Highly recommended."

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    • Review by Tanya Young

      "Fabulous teacher and a great yoga class. Being new to the area, it has taken me quite some time to find a yoga teacher who teaches my kind of yoga! I have practiced yoga for awhile and I am really terrible, but do enjoy it. I would recommend Lisa to anyone who is new to yoga, anyone who has practiced for some time, or anyone like me!"

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