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7 Days Yoga Retreat in mindfulness in the South of France

The FrogS'House B&B, 35 rue du Saumalier Saint-Jeannet, Provence-Alpes-Cote D'Azur, France

Yoga Retreat near the French Riviera including Hiking, Cultural Tours, and Cooking Sessions, South of France

This retreat is a rare opportunity to live with local people and meet their friends in rural France, taste the regional products, admire the beautiful landscape, get off the beaten track, and experience the French culture from the inside...while adding more mindfulness in your daily lives.

Set in the beautiful medieval village of Saint-Jeannet in the south of France, only one step away from the French Riviera.

All of the activities will be done with the awareness of the present moment, in complete contact with your bodies and your breathing.

Corinne and Benoit are both fluent in French and English.

Prices are « per person », and include all yoga and meditation sessions, the accommodation with private bathroom (single or double occupancy), breakfasts and/or brunches, picnic lunches and some of the dinners (homemade, organic and local food), all daily activities, transportation, guided tours with a certified guide (entrances to museums and lunches at the restaurants are extra).

Meet the instructors

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Benoit, Jean, Véronique, & 2 More…
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga sessions in a stunning environment and shared talks about yoga philosophy
  • Introduction and practice of meditation
  • Communication workshops based on Non-Violent Communication philosophy
  • A day of well-being that includes a “sound bath”
  • Hiking trips, in the surrounding local hills, or in a local canyon to enjoy swimming in waterfalls during summer days
  • Scenic drive and visit of the perched village of Tourrettes
  • Visit of the Chapelle du Rosaire from French artist Henri Matisse
  • Cheese and wine tasting
  • French cuisine cooking class
  • Guided tours of the old city of Antibes
  • All night accommodation with homemade organic breakfasts and picnic lunches

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Spanish
The maximum participants in the group is 12
Airport transfer available:
Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (US$61 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access

During this retreat, you will be staying at The FrogS'House Bed and Breakfast. The house is a former family hotel that has been reorganized to be turned into a warm and comfortable bed and breakfast. Six rooms options with single and double occupancy are available including 3 with a balcony and sea view, and 3 with view on the local hills.

If FrogS' House accommodation isn’t available any more, they would be happy to book an alternative option so you could still take part in the yoga/meditation sessions and join the daily excursions. Of course you will be welcome to use the common facilities at the FrogS’ House as much as any other guests (the sunny terrace, the big open kitchen and cosy lounge room). The options are:

  • A room in our friend Marie Christine’s B&B (10/15 minutes walking distance from FrogS' House, +70 m denivelation), with a bathroom to be shared between 2 bedrooms.
  • A room in a local 2* hotel, (15 minutes walking distance from FrogS' House, +100 m denivelation)
  • A room in a gite/a studio/a private apartment, in the village itself, 3mns walk from the FrogS’House

Program

These yoga retreats are offered every week from March to November.

Check all the different duration possibilities and prices here: https://www.bookyogaretreats.com/fr/the-frogs-house.

Philosophy

We created a program that lasts for a whole week, in order to offer our 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…

However, if your itinerary could not fit with this schedule (arriving earlier or later), please let us know, and we will see what other options we can offer.

It is also possible for you to stay less than a whole week (minimum of 4 nights stay). Please note that you will benefit from a 10% discount on our regular prices if you stay at least 6 nights.

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 doesn't 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…

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 which 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 need and at the same time maintain a harmony in the whole group.

This is the general activities program for a week

Program Frogs House Yoga Retreat 2020

Arrival day: Sunday

  • NOTA: it is really advised to arrive on Sundays, and start the retreat from the beginning to get the full benefit from it…However, if your itinerary could not fit with this schedule (arriving earlier or later), please let us know, and we will see what other options we can offer.
  • 15:00: Arrival at the time of your convenience. Rooms will be available from 15:00. We will be happy to store your luggage until then, if you wanted to arrive earlier that day: please be aware that if we 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
  • 18:30-20:30: Welcome evening to introduce the FrogS House and the yoga retreat, followed by a welcome cocktail

Monday

  • 07:30-09:00 Mindfulness Yoga session with Benoît: meditation and Asana
  • 09:00-10:30 Homemade breakfast on the sunny terrace
  • 10:30-17:00 Walking day. Following the philosophy of the Buddhist Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, let each one of your steps deepen yourself into the present moment…

"Every breath we take, every step we make can be filled with peace, joy and serenity. We just have to awaken, living in the present moment»

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 quite enough as well), sun screen and sunglasses, a hat, and in case of cold weather, a wind stopper and/or rain jacket
  • Description of the walk: 8kms, +350m uphill on rocky path, -350m downhill on rocky path, 4h00 + picnic lunch at the top

In Summer:

  • An “aquatic” walk, taking you into a gorge/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 than spring and autumn walk + swimming suits and towel
  • Description of the walk: 5kms, -100m downhill on rocky path, +100m uphill on rocky path 2h00 + picnic lunch and swim in the river
  • 18:30-19:45 Introduction to Vipassana meditation with Anthony
  • 20:00 Dinner at your own convenience

Tuesday

  • 07:30-09:00 Ashtanga Yoga session with Jean
  • 09:00-10:30 Homemade breakfast on the sunny terrace
  • 10:30-12:30 Communication workshop based on the “Non Violent Communication” approach, with Helene. Introduction
  • 12:30-14:30 Free time. 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…
  • 14:30-16:30 Communication workshop based on the “Non Violent Communication” approach, with Helene. Practice
  • 18:30-19:45 Hatha yoga session with Sarah
  • 20:00 Dinner at your own convenience

Wednesday

  • 07:30-09:00 Mindfulness Yoga session with Benoît: meditation and Asana
  • 09:00-10:30 Homemade breakfast on the sunny terrace
  • 10:30-17:00 The perched villages. A day to fully enjoy what the area has to offer, and to deepen yourself even more in the present moment.

Starting the day by a 25 mns drive on small roads off the beaten path, followed by a short walk (1/2h) that will lead us to the old medieval village of Tourrettes-sur-Loup, well known nowadays for the culture of Violette flowers and its local art crafts. Visit of the local market.

We will then drive to meet Bruno, a local cheese maker who has settled with his goats in a well preserved and protected area, which offers a stunning view over the Cannes bay, to enjoy our homemade picnic lunch combined with cheese and wine (from Saint Jeannet local vineyard) sampling.

Surrounded with nature and overlooking the Mediterranean Sea… an ideal combination to share and talk about Yoga Philosophy

On the way back, we will make a stop at the worldwide famous “Chapelle du Rosaire” in Vence, entirely built up and decorated by famous French artist Henri Matisse (entrance extra), to feel and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere that little chapel has to offer...

  • 18:30-19:45 Ashtanga yoga session with Jean
  • 20:00 Dinner at your own convenience

Thursday

  • 09:00-10:30 Mindfulness Yoga session with Benoît: meditation and Asana
  • 10:30-12:00 Brunch. Time of sharing about yoga, meditation, or following the inspiration of the moment and the needs of everybody
  • 12:00-13:30 Workshop with Anthony about medicinal and aromatic plants (cultivated by himself), discussion about nutrition
  • 13:30-15:30 Free time. Enjoy a massage, 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…
  • 15:30-18:30 Cooking session with our friend Noel PICARD, a professional French chef, in our big 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 our physical body and our mind
  • 18:30-19:45 Hatha yoga session with Carline
  • 20:00 shared dinner with Noël to enjoy the result of your mindful cooking session

Friday

  • 07:30-09:00 Mindfulness Yoga session with Benoît: meditation and Asana
  • 09:00-10:30 Homemade breakfast on the sunny terrace
  • 10:30-17:00 La Côte d’Azur: leisure day to wander around in Antibes, without any goal or expectation, only the pleasure of following the flow that life is offering us…

Antibes, one of the most beautiful cities at the Côte d’Azur, famous for its medieval old town and its museum dedicated to Pablo Picasso. Trust Benoit to guide you through the picturesque streets of the Free commune of the Safranier, or follow the temptation to try a glass of Absinthe in the most original place…

Lunch in a local restaurant (lunch extra, allow 10 to 20 EUR/pers without drink).

Leisure time after lunch to follow your own rhythm, enjoy the best ice cream of the Cote d'Azur, or go for a swim in the Mediterranean Sea, discover one of the nicest view points of the Côte d’Azur, always driven by the inspiration of the moment…

  • 18:30-19:45 Hatha yoga session with Sarah
  • 20:00 Dinner at your own convenience

Saturday

  • 09:00-10:30 Hatha Yoga session with Sarah
  • 10:30-12:00 Brunch
  • 12:00-15:30 Free time. Enjoy a massage, meditate at your own rhythm, or wander around the picturesque streets of St Jeannet following Cyrielle’s treasure hunt to discover the secret of the Alchemist…
  • 15:30 -18:30 Yoga and relaxation. 15mns 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
  • 19:00-21h30 Final dinner organized at the FrogS House

Departure day: Sunday

  • 08:00-8:30 Final meditation and dedication of the retreat with Benoît
  • 8:30-10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Check out

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

NOTE regarding dinners: Some dinners will be at your own leisure, with a choice of 4 restaurants walking distance in St. Jeannet, or take away food from the local shops (1 grocery store and 1 butcher who also makes vegetarian dishes, 1 bakery, 2 cafés/pubs… that makes it very enjoyable to live in as a local, and that pleases a lot our visitors) to organize your own dinner at The FrogS House using the big open kitchen, at your disposition.

Among the restaurants in the village, all within walking distance from the FrogS’House, we can especially recommend for 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.

Included excursions

This retreat includes all the excursions described in the itinerary above: they will depend on your arrival and departure day. It is warmly advised to arrive on Sunday, and stay as long as you can to the next Sunday to get the full benefit from the retreat.

However, if your itinerary could not fit with this schedule (arriving earlier or later), please let us know, and we will see what other options we can offer. In that case, please note that excursions on arrival and departure days are not included. However, you are very welcome to join us if your timing allows it (arrival before 10am or departure after 5pm). Cost extra, please consult the organizer.

Instructors

Benoit Couvreur

Jean ROCCA

Véronique Pince

Carline Gauthier

Sarah DePietro

Retreat location

This retreat will take place in the middle of the peaceful village of Saint-Jeannet, France. Saint-Jeannet is a charming and typical French medieval village, perched at the foot of the Mediterranean hills called “Baou”.

Only 15 kilometres away from Nice Côte d’Azur and the French Riviera, but so much more quiet and relaxing, its position at 450 meters of altitude offers a great view on the Mediterranean sea and a moderate temperature in the middle of the summer.

Nearby places

  • French Riviera - 15 kilometres
  • Mediterranean hills - 5 minutes walk
  • Nice - 30 minutes drive
  • Nice Côte d’Azur Airport (NCE) - 15 kilometres

Food

During this retreat, you will be served daily organic breakfasts, brunches, and homemade picnic lunches on several excursion days (see program). A cooking session is also programmed during the week, as well as a welcome cocktail on Sunday evenings and farewell dinner on Saturdays.

All the food provided is as local and organic as possible.

Please let the organizer know of any specific dietary requirement.

Lunches during visit of Antibes and/or Nice are extra, in organic and/or local restaurants (15 to 20 EUR/person).

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 4 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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Lunch

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

  • Organic
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
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)

  • Use your free time to explore the amazing village of Saint Jeannet, wandering around the small medieval streets
  • 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 or relax on the local beaches, using your own car or the public transportation services (buses and trains).

Must see places on the French Riviera and cultural tours

  • Meeting with a local world wild famous sculptor, Jean Pierre Augier
  • Other perched villages, including olive oil mill
  • The islands of Lérins in the bay of Cannes
  • Saint -Jean Cap Ferrat and Villa Ephrussi, Monaco, Eze village, Grasse perfume factories, the chapelle and the private villa Jean Cocteau

Outdoor activities

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

Vineyards and wine sampling

  • Visits and wine sampling in the vineyards of the Côte d'Azur or the Var area

Spa treatments

There's a possibility to book a massage with our local professional masseuses, Claudia, specialized in oil relaxing massage, tuina (Chinese) and reflexology (Thai), with Myriam, specialized in Shiatsu massages, or with Florence, a physiotherapist specialized in Californian massages. Or discover the amazing effect of a Tibetan sound massage with Jean, a certified sound healer.

What's included

  • According to your arrival and departure day and length of stay (minimum 4 nights)
  • All yoga and meditation sessions
  • All nights’ accommodation with daily organic breakfasts and/or brunches
  • Homemade and organic lunches on picnic days (see program)
  • Welcome cocktail, farewell dinner and shared cooking session dinner with organic and homemade food
  • All days of activities including transportation, guided tours, and visits with a professional and certified guide
  • Hiking trip in the Mediterranean hills around Saint Jeannet
  • Communication Workshop (based on Non Violent Communication)
  • Scenic drive and visit of the perched village of Tourrettes, including visit of its local market
  • Fresh goat cheese and Saint-Jeannet local wine sampling
  • Guided visit of the Chapelle du Rosaire from Henri Matisse (entrance extra)
  • Cooking class with a professional chef, followed by a shared dinner
  • Visit of the old town of Antibes
  • Sound bath experience with Tibetan bowls and Chinese gongs

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport/train station transfers (available at extra cost, please consult us)
  • Additional activities other than specified. Excursions on arrival and/or departure days if arriving another day than Sundays. If your schedule allows it (arriving before 10am or living after 5pm) you are welcome to join us. Extra cost, please consult us)
  • Some lunches and dinners, see program
  • Entrance to museums
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE). Transfer from and to the airport is available upon request (55 EUR /transfer to be shared by number of passengers and cost extra on early morning, evening and WE/public holidays).

Arrival by train

The closest train station is Saint Laurent du Var, only eight minutes away from Nice central station and only 20 minutes away from Saint-Jeannet by car.

Transfer from and to the train station is available upon request (from 65 EUR/transfer from Nice Ville or from 55 EUR/transfer from St Laurent du Var, to be shared by number of passengers, cost extra on early morning, evenings and WE/public holidays).

There is also the possibility to catch bus N°54 just outside Saint Laurent du Var train station.

Arrival by bus

There is one direct bus to Saint-Jeannet: Bus N°54 starts from the Commercial centre CAP3000 or Grand Arenas, both near the airport.

Once in Saint-Jeannet, bus N°54 allows direct connection with Nice (city Tram) or any other city along the coast. Bus N°54 also goes to/comes from Saint Laurent du Var, a train station for direct connection with Nice or any other city along the coast by train (Antibes, Cannes, Monaco).

The second bus is bus N° 47, connecting Saint Jeannet with Vence, and eventually St Paul de Vence (connection with bus N°9).

Arrival by car

The organizers will send you the link to their website that contains a map and some photos about how to find the Frogs’ House and where to park when arriving in the village.

Airport: Nice Côte d'Azur Airport Airport transfer available: Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (US$61 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 90 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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This holiday is available from mid March to November. You can click on the link under The Frog’s House picture below to see the different retreat duration and prices proposed. 

10% discount on long stay retreats (from 7 to 9 days)

Disponibilité

Ce séjour est disponible de mi-mars à novembre. Cliquez sur le lien situé sous la photo de la description de The Frog’s House ci-dessous pour consulter les autres stages de yoga proposés.

10% de réduction sur les séjours longs (à partir de 7 jusqu’à 9 jours)

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NOTE: please be aware that if cancellation had to occur because of medical reasons, like a disease, illness, accident, death…concerning yourself or a member of your family, VISA and MASTER cards include an insurance that covers all the cancellation costs attached to your travel: flight or train tickets, rental car, accommodation…as long as you provide them with a medical certificate, and all the bills corresponding to those cancellation fees. We will of course provide you with a proper bill. Do not hesitate to consult your own bank.

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