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France Yoga Holiday

The FrogS’House has been designed to provide a caring and confident atmosphere allowing personal and intimate interactions between guests and hosts. It is a space to take a break from your daily life, catch up with your breath, and connect with your own strength and inner self. The intention is for you to leave this place with a feeling of home, warmth, and love. They offer a complete program. Yoga and meditation sessions are combined with walks in nature, cooking classes, non-violent communication (NVC), and personal development workshops.

Meet the instructors

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Benoit, Jean, Carline, & 1 More…
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Highlights

  • 6 days of practice
  • 2 yoga classes per day
  • Meditation and sound bath sessions
  • Personal development and NVC workshops
  • Cooking lesson, hikes, and walks
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
Airport transfer available:
Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (US$71 per person)
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Wireless internet

During your stay, you will be accommodated in one of the six rooms with a private bathroom at the FrogS'House. The FrogS’House is a guest house nowadays specialized in yoga holidays and retreats. It is situated in the heart of Saint Jeannet, a medieval village perched on the hills above Nice, only 20 kilometers away from the famous French Riviera. Since 2006, they are eager to share this magical place with you. It is a space where you will be able to relax, recharge yourself, and find out who you truly are, and what you really want.

The house is a former hotel transformed into a warm and comfortable retreat center with its own yoga shala. There are two options of single or double occupancy rooms, each with a private bathroom overlooking the hills or with a balcony and sea view. In the case that all rooms are occupied at the FrogS'House, they can arrange alternative accommodation nearby so that you can still join the retreat and participate in all the activities. You will, of course, be welcome to use the common rooms of the FrogS'House in the same way as all the other participants.

Program

The FrogS'House created a program that lasts for a whole week in order to offer their guests enough time to find the perfect balance between the yoga sessions, the cultural activities, moments of sharing with the teachers and with other guests, as well as time on their own. This is why it is really advised to arrive on Sundays and start the retreat from the beginning to get the full benefit from it and feel the natural progression. Excursions on arrival and departure days are not included in the prices given.

However, you are very welcome to join in, if your timing allows it: arrival before 10:00 a.m. or departure after 5:00 p.m. The cost will be extra, please consult them. Benoit has been inspired and still is, by a French spiritual teacher named Jean Klein, who has transmitted his own experience of yoga to many disciples, with whom he continues to learn more and more deeply each time he manages to attend their workshops. This type of yoga is also known as Yoga du Cachemire. It is a very meditative yoga that allows you to get deeper and deeper into some subtle feelings, both physically but also energetically.

To do so, you have to first manage to put that little voice of yours that constantly make comments, criticism, judgment into observation and let yourselves become totally open to the here and now to the proposition of the moment, to what is happening in your own body and your own mind, and let it be, by a simple, but profound, observation. To make it short, the yoga he likes to share is of being, not of doing. Sarah, Carline, and Jean, qualified teachers, will assist Benoit to lead the daily sessions. Sarah and Carline, both with their own style, will share Hatha yoga sessions, more or less based on internal listening.

Jean is a certified Ashtanga teacher, a more dynamic and physical yoga style. They all do their best to guide and listen to everyone’s needs and at the same time maintain harmony in the whole group. The FrogS'House keeps the right to modify this program according to weather conditions and unexpected events beyond their control but also to adapt it according to the energy of each group. On the arrival day, rooms will be available from 3:00 p.m. They will be happy to store your luggage until then if you wanted to arrive earlier that day.

Please be aware that if they were not home at your time of arrival, a note will wait for you on the front door, with the code to enter the house and instructions to find your room easily, so that way you can arrive anytime you want. Your Wednesday brunch is the time for sharing about yoga, meditation, or following the inspiration of the moment and the needs of everybody. From 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday is time for your yoga and relaxation. It takes 15 minutes to drive to join Jean in his yoga studio in La Gaude, for a Yin yoga session followed by one of his relaxing sound baths.

Just let your body be touched and travel with the vibrations of Tibetan and crystal bowls, ancient gongs, and other different and original instruments who knows which effect these almost magical instruments will have on you. During your free time, you can enjoy a massage, a lunch in one of the local restaurants, meditate at your own rhythm, or wander around the picturesque streets of St Jeannet, why not following Cyrielle’s treasure hunt to discover the secret of the Alchemist. You will have the chance to join a workshop about medicinal and aromatic plants and a discussion about nutrition (optional).

Philosophy

Through daily yoga or meditation practice and outdoor or cultural activities, you will be able to reconnect to your body as much as to your soul. Every session is an opportunity to practice mindfulness. Come back to yourself, deeply listen to what is, here and now, in order to become more present and discover more and more who you truly are and what you really want in your life. When physical tensions are perceived and welcomed as they are, real relaxation can occur. Physical relaxation but also psychological, which opens a space where emotions and unconscious fears can be revealed and released.

Level required

There is no level required here. The invitation during those yoga sessions is to mainly listen and observe the feeling of the moment, both physically and mentally. So either you have been practicing for a long time or not, it does not matter. Beginners or regular practitioners, everyone is welcome. Make sure that you are willing to eventually experience a new approach, a new practice, and maybe explore your own being even more. Hopefully, a better understating of oneself, and of the world, will come out.

Cooking session

You will join one cooking session with Noel Picard, a professional French chef, in an open kitchen, using fresh local and organic products. A moment to discover or rediscover the pleasure and the joy of cooking together and bring more mindfulness to nourish both your physical body and your mind.

Daily schedule

Sunday - Arrival day

  • 15:00 Arrival and check-in
  • 18:30 Introduction and presentation of the program
  • Welcome dining cocktail at the FrogS House

Monday

  • 07:30 - 09:00 Yoga session
  • 09:00 - 10:30 Homemade breakfast on the sunny terrace
  • 10:30 - 17:00 Walking day
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Free time
  • 18:30 - 19:45 Meditation session
  • 20:00 Dinner at your own convenience

Tuesday

  • 07:30 - 09:00 Yoga session
  • 09:00 - 10:30 Homemade breakfast on the sunny terrace
  • 10:30 - 12:30 Communication workshop (inspired by NVC) - introduction
  • 12:30 - 15:30 Free time
  • 15:30 - 18:30 Cooking session
  • 18:30 - 19:45 Yoga session
  • 20:00 Shared dinner with Noël to enjoy the result of your mindful cooking session

Wednesday

  • 09:00 - 10:30 Yoga session
  • 10:30 - 12:00 Brunch on the sunny terrace
  • 12:00 - 17:00 Meditation walk toward a 1000-year-old oak trees forest
  • 18:30 - 19:45 Yoga session
  • 20:00 Dinner at your own convenience

Thursday

  • 07:30 - 09:00 Yoga session
  • 09:00 - 10:30 Homemade breakfast on the sunny terrace
  • 10:30 - 12:30 Communication workshop (inspired by NVC) - practice
  • 12:30 - 18:30 Free time
  • 18:30 - 19:45 Yoga session
  • 20:00 Dinner at your own convenience

Friday

  • 07:30 - 09:00 Yoga session
  • 09:00 - 10:30 Homemade breakfast on the sunny terrace
  • 10:30 - 12:30 Personal development workshop with a certified therapist
  • 12:30 - 18:30 Transfer with a minivan to Antibes and free time
  • 18:30 - 19:45 Yoga session
  • 20:00 Dinner at your own convenience

Saturday

  • 09:00 - 10:30 Yoga session
  • 10:30 - 12:30 Brunch
  • 12:30 - 15:30 Free time
  • 15:30 - 18:30 Yoga and relaxation. Join Jean in his yoga studio in La Gaude, for a yoga session followed by one of his relaxing sound baths
  • 19:00 - 22:00 Final dinner organized at the FrogS House

Sunday - Departure day

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Final meditation and dedication of the retreat with Benoît
  • 09:00 - 10:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Check out

Please note on Sunday that rooms should be freed by 10:00 a.m. to allow cleaning for the next retreat. They will be happy to store your luggage if you wanted to leave later that day. Possibility to extend your stay if required, please consult them.

Included excursions

Walking time on Monday

Following the philosophy of the Buddhist Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, let each one of your steps deepen yourself into the present moment.

1. Spring and autumn

This walking day will take place in the surrounding hills called 'Baou' to reach the top of the hill for a shared homemade picnic lunch (made with local and organic products) and a fantastic view over the whole French Riviera and the Southern Alps.

  • Equipment required: The FrogS House will provide backpacks with camelback and walking sticks on demand. Each guest will need to bring comfortable shoes (running shoes are a minimum, but quiet enough as well), sunscreen and sunglasses, a hat, and in case of cold weather, a wind stopper and rain jacket.
  • Description: eight kilometers, +350 meters uphill on the rocky path, -350 meters downhill on the rocky path, four hours and picnic lunch at the top

2. Summer

An aquatic walk, taking you into a gorge or canyon, to walk along, and sometimes into a river. Waterfalls and fresh water ponds will be the highlights of the day to jump and swim, a perfect activity during those warm summer months.

  • Equipment required: same as spring and autumn walk with swimming suits and towel
  • Description: five kilometers, -100 meters downhill on the rocky path, +100 meters uphill on the rocky path, two hours with picnic lunch and swim in the river

Meditation walk on Wednesday

This is a new opportunity to deepen yourselves into the present moment by meditation walk toward a 1000-year-old oak trees forest. You will start the day by a 30-minute drive with a nine-seat minivan on small roads off the beaten path to reach the Domaine des Courmettes, a protected area that offers a stunning view over the whole Mediterranean coast.

You will then walk into a forest to meet green oak trees which have been living there for more than 1000 years. You will have a tea break to enjoy the view and for leisure talk about the philosophy of yoga. On the way back, if time allows, you will make a stop at the famous Chapelle du Rosaire in Vence built by Henri Matisse.

Visit to Antibes on Friday

Today, you will transfer with a minivan to Antibes, one of the nicest cities of the French Riviera, famous for its medieval old town and the Picasso museum. It is time to have lunch in one of many restaurants of the city (vegetarian or vegan, gluten-free restaurants available), wandering through the local markets and the colorful neighborhood of the Safranier. You can enjoy one of the best ice creams of the Côte d’Azur and relax on the cute and cozy beach of la Gravette, taking a swim in the Mediterranean Sea.

Instructors

Benoit Couvreur

Jean ROCCA

Carline Gauthier

Sarah DePietro

Retreat location

The holiday will take place at The FrogS House, a holistic center located in the peaceful village of Saint-Jeannet in the south of France.

Saint-Jeannet

Saint-Jeannet is a charming quaint French medieval village of the Cote d'Azur, perched at the foot of the magnificent hills called 'Baou', famous for trekking and climbing. Only 15 kilometers away from Nice Côte d’Azur and the French Riviera and at the same time very quiet and relaxing, its position at 450 meters of altitude offers great views on the Mediterranean sea and a moderate temperature in the middle of the summer.

The nearest airport is Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE), only 25 minutes away from Saint Jeannet by car. You can rent a car at the airport or use their transfer service. The closest train station is Saint Laurent du Var, eight minutes away from Nice central station and only 20 minutes away from Saint Jeannet by car.

Distances

  • Saint Laurent du Var train station, 15 kilometers - 20 minutes
  • Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE), 20 kilometers - 25 minutes
  • Nice train station, 35 kilometers - 40 minutes

Unique features

Activities

  • Cooking classes
  • Hiking
  • Massage
  • Spa

General

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

Food

During this holiday, you will be served epic organic breakfast every day, brunches and a homemade picnic lunch or a tea break on two hiking or walking excursions (see program), a welcome cocktail on Sunday evening, and a farewell dinner on Saturday included in the price. A cooking class is also programmed during the week with chef Noel Picard. All the food provided is as local and organic as possible. Please let The FrogS'House know of any specific dietary requirements. Lunches during the visit of Antibes are extra (choice of organic, vegan restaurants, or without gluten).

Apart from the cooking session day, the welcome cocktail, and farewell dinner, evening meals will be at your own leisure. There is a choice of four restaurants walking distance in Saint Jeannet or take away food from the local shops to organize your own dinner at The FrogS House using the big open kitchen entirely at your disposition. You will see a grocery store, a bakery, and a butcher or caterer with vegetarian dishes.

Among the restaurants in the village, all within walking distance from the FrogS’House, they can especially recommend its fantastic French gastronomy: La Table des Baous owned by French chef Sébastien Liprandi. Try also 'Le Bivouac' chez Claude. If you want to try the best organic pizza of the Côte d’Azur in the warmest atmosphere, go and meet Hugues and Zazou at the pizzeria 'Le Vieux Four' or go to 'Maï o Maï' for the delicious take-away pizzas by Romain and Rafael. At last, all summer long, Le Sainte Barbe will also welcome you for a great diner on its open terrace with a great view over the coast.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Detox juices

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

You can use your free time to explore the amazing village of Saint-Jeannet, wandering around the small medieval streets. Bring in more fun by participating in Cyrielle’s famous treasure hunt that will take you around the secret places of the village and deepen you into the legend of the alchemist.

You can also meditate on your balcony watching the sea or take a walk into the nearby Mediterranean hills, and for the most adventurous, go explore the must-seen places of the French Riviera, relax on the local beaches, using your own car, the public transportation services (buses and trains), or the service of local taxi.

Must-see places on the French Riviera and cultural tours

  • Grasse perfume factories
  • Monaco, Eze village, Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat and Villa Ephrussi, the chapel, and the private villa Jean Cocteau
  • Other perched villages, including famous St Paul de Vence
  • The islands of Lérins in the bay of Cannes

Outdoor activities

  • Canyoning
  • Hiking in the Mercantour national park
  • Rafting
  • Rock climbing

Spa and massage treatments

There is a possibility to book a massage with the local professional masseuses Claudia specialized in oil relaxing massage,

Myriam with tuina (Chinese) and reflexology (Thai) specialized in Shiatsu massages, and Florence, a physiotherapist specialized in Californian massages. Or you can discover the amazing effect of a Tibetan sound massage with Jean, a certified sound healer.

Vineyards and wine sampling

  • Visits and wine sampling in the vineyards of Saint-Jeannet

What's included

  • All yoga and meditation sessions
  • Activities including transportation, guided tours, and visits with a professional and certified guide
  • Meditation walk toward a 1000-year-old oak tree forest
  • Personal development workshop with a certified therapist
  • Sound bath experience with Tibetan bowls and Chinese gongs
  • Hiking trip in the Mediterranean hills around Saint-Jeannet
  • Communication workshop (based on non-violent communication)
  • Guided visit of the Chapelle du Rosaire from Henri Matisse (if time allows)
  • Cooking class with a professional chef
  • Free time to visit the old town
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily organic breakfasts or brunches
  • Homemade and organic lunches on picnic days
  • Welcome cocktail, farewell dinner, and shared cooking session dinner
  • Fresh goat cheese and Saint-Jeannet local wine sampling
  • Transfer to Antibes

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport or train station transfers
  • Additional activities not specified
  • Excursions on arrival and departure days
  • Some lunches and dinners
  • Entrance to museums
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE)

  • To drive UP to the village, make sure you get to the roundabout at the bottom of the village.
  • Then follow the sign pointing to St Jeannet via the main road, D18.
  • Only 2 kilometers to drive up and you will reach the entrance of the village.
  • Please be careful when using a GPS or navigation system. If it indicates one of the two narrow and steep roads also leading to the village, do not listen to it.
  • Just before the center of the village, make sure to use the free car park that will appear on your bottom left.
  • Car parks are very safe in St Jeannet, this is where everyone parks.
  • You are only 100 meters away from the FrogS’House.
  • If you have heavy luggage, you can actually pass the car park and keep driving as far as the small plaza just above the FrogS’House to unload your car.
  • Please make sure not to continue into the village.
  • Make a U-turn to go back to the car park.

Arrival by bus

From the train station Saint Laurent du Var, the bus no. 54 will take you all the way to Saint Jeannet old village, 300 meters from the retreat.

Arrival by train

The closest train station is Saint Laurent du Var, eight minutes away from Nice central station and only 20 minutes away from Saint Jeannet by car. The FrogS'House can organize transfers between Saint Jeannet and Nice or Saint Laurent du Var train station or your previous hotel.

  • Nice train station: 35 kilometers, around 40 minutes, 70 EUR per transfer, to be shared between each passenger
  • Saint Laurent du Var train station: 15 kilometers, around 20 minutes, 60 EUR per transfer, to be shared between each passenger

Please note that you will need to pay 10 EUR extra for any transfer after 6:00 p.m., before 7:00 a.m., on Sunday, and on public holidays.

Airport: Nice Côte d'Azur Airport Airport transfer available: Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (US$71 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 1 days before arrival.

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