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9 Days Culinary Vacation, Hiking and Yoga Retreat in the South of France

The FrogS'House, 35 Rue du Saumalier, Saint-Jeannet 06640, France

Hiking, Cultural Tours, Cooking Sessions, and Yoga Retreat in Provence, 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. You can choose to arrive whenever you want and you will follow the program according to your day of arrival.

Corinne and Benoit are both Fluent in French and English.

Prices below are « per person », and include accommodation (single or double occupancy), with private bathroom, 2 yoga sessions per day, breakfasts, picnic lunches and brunches (homemade, organic and local food), 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

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Daily yoga sessions in a stunning environment
  • A day of well-being with a sound bath
  • Guided tour of the medieval and authentic village of Saint-Jeannet
  • Visit of the Chapelle du Rosaire from French artist Henri Matisse
  • Hiking trips, in the surrounding local hills, or in a local canyon to enjoy swimming in waterfalls during summer days
  • Scenic drive to the perched village of Tourettes daily
  • Guided tours of the old city of Antibes
  • Homemade organic breakfasts
  • French cuisine cooking class
  • Cheese and wine tasting

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


7 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$66 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
11:30

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 turn 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. A private suite for triple and quadruple occupancy is also available upon request, or for single/double if you want to enjoy more space.

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 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)
  • A room in a local 2* hotel, (15 minutes walking distance from FrogS' House, +100 m denivelation)
  • A room in a gite/a studio/private apartment also in the village

Program

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

You can start this course any day of the week and stay as many nights as you like! Check all the different duration possibilities and prices here: https://www.bookyogaretreats.com/fr/the-frogs-house.

Week-ends

We initially 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.

However, we totally understand that it is not always possible for everyone to take a whole week off. Thus, it is possible for our guests to come for a shorter period (3 nights minimum).

Please note that there are no included activities during the WE apart from the yoga sessions. For stays that will last 4 nights or less, and include a whole WE, we will adjust the final price accordingly.

Moreover, we will provide all the information, tips and contacts on what to do in the area during the weekend.

Excursions on arrival and departure days are not included, however you are very welcome to join in if your timing allows it (arrival before 10am or departure after 5pm). Cost extra, please consult the organizer.

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 the Being, not of the Doing.

Veronique, Carline and Jean, qualified teachers, will assist Benoit to lead the 2 daily sessions. Véronique 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 (depends on your arrival day)

ARRIVAL DAY :

NOTA: Excursions on arrival and departure days are not included, however, you are very welcome to join in if your timing allows it = arrival before 10 am or departure after 5 pm. Cost extra, please consult the organizer.

  • 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.
  • 18:30-19:45 Yoga session
  • 20:00 Dinner at your own convenience

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 - Spring and Autumn: walking day in the surrounding Hills called Baou, including a guided visit of the village, St Jeannet, before reaching the top of the hill for a shared homemade picnic lunch and a fantastic view over all French Riviera and the Southern Alps. In Summer: An “aquatic” walk, taking you into a gorge/canyon, to walk along, and sometimes into, a river, La Cagnes. Waterfalls and fresh water ponds will be the highlights of the day to jump and swim, a perfect activity during those warm summer months.
  • 18:30-19:45 Mindfulness Yoga session with Benoît: meditation and Asana
  • 20:00 Dinner at your own convenience

TUESDAY:

  • 08:30-09:30 Ashtanga Yoga session with Jean
  • 09:30-11:00 Homemade breakfast on the sunny terrace
  • 11:00-15:30 OR 15:30-18h30 Cooking session with Corinne or her friend Noel, a professional French chef, in her big open kitchen, using fresh local and organic products, followed by a convivial shared lunch OR shared diner
  • 18:30-19:45 Hatha yoga session with Carline
  • 20:00 Dinner at your own convenience (if shared lunch) OR shared dinner to enjoy the result of your “work” if cooking session was organized in the afternoon :)

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: this day will take you on small roads off the beaten path, and a short walk will lead you to discover the old medieval village of Tourrettes-sur-Loup, well known now for the culture of violettes flowers. You 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 sampling. On the way back, you 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), before heading to, if time allows, the local vineyard of St Jeannet for a wine sampling.
  • 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
  • 10h30-12h Brunch, time of sharing on yoga, meditation, or following the inspiration of the moment and the needs of everybody ...possibility to get a free massage demonstration by our masseuses during the brunch.
  • 12:30-14:45 Free time
  • 14:45 -18:30 Yin Yoga session with Jean followed by a soundbath: short transfer of 15mns to arrive at Jean’s yoga studio. You will experience one of his relaxing «sound baths»… you just have to let your body be touched and travel with the sounds of Tibetan and cristal bowls, ancient gongs, and other different and original instruments … who knows which effect these almost magical instruments will have on you …
  • 20:00 Dinner at your own convenience

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: This day will take you to one of the most beautiful cities on the Côte d’Azur, Antibes, famous for its billionaires’ harbour, and its museum dedicated to Pablo Picasso.You will have lunch in a local restaurant (lunch extra, allow 10 to 20 EUR/pers without drink). Follow the temptation and try a glass of Absinthe in a very original place, or have a stroll in the picturesque streets of the Free commune of Safranier. Leisure timeduring the day to follow your rhythm, to enjoy the best ice cream of the Cote d'Azur, or to go for a swim.
  • 18:30-19:45 Hatha yoga session with Sarah
  • 20:00 Dinner at your own convenience

SATURDAY :

Relaxing day

  • 09:00-10:30 Hatha Yoga session with Sarah
  • 10:30-12:00 Brunch

Free day to relax and meditate at your own rhythm, or get a massage with FrogS' House professional masseuses, Florence (Californian, oil), Myriam (Shiatsu), Claudia (Californian/oil) or experience a “sound private massage” with Jean’s Tibetan bowls.

For the more active ones, join the treasure hunt organized by our friend Cyrielle to discover/explore Saint Jeannet in the most fun way.

Or explore the area at your own pace. Bus N°55 available to go to the coast or N° 47 to go to Vence - connexion with St Paul de Vence, or book our local taxi driver Jean Jacques.

  • 18:30-19:45 Yoga Nidra with Sarah
  • 20:00 Dinner at your own convenience

SUNDAY:

Relaxing day

  • 09:00-10:30 Mindfulness Yoga session with Benoît: meditation and Asana
  • 10:30-12:00 Brunch, time of sharing on yoga, meditation, or following the inspiration of the moment and the needs of everybody ...possibility to get a free massage demonstration by our masseuses during the brunch.

Rest of the day to relax and meditate at your own rhythm, or get a massage with our professional masseurs, Florence (Californian, oil), Myriam (Shiatsu), Claudia (Californian, oil) or experience a “sound private massage” with Jean’s Tibetan bowls.

For the more active ones, join the treasure hunt organized by our friend Cyrielle to discover/explore the streets and legends of Saint Jeannet in the most fun way.

Or explore the area at your own pace. Bus N°55 available to go to the coast or N° 47 to go to Vence - connexion with St Paul de Vence, or book our local taxi driver Jean Jacques.

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

DEPARTURE DAY :

  • XX:XX - XX:XX Yoga session (time according to the corresponding day, see program above)
  • XX:XX - XX:XX Homemade breakfast on the sunny terrace (time according to the corresponding day, see program above)
  • 12:00 Departure. Please note that rooms should be left by 12:00. We will be happy to store your luggage if you wanted to leave later that day.

NOTE regarding dinners:

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 to meet Hugues and zazou at the pizzeria “le vieux four”, or to « Maï o Maï » for the delicious take away pizzas of Romain and Rafael. At last, all summer long, Le “Sainte Barbe” will also welcome you for a great dinner on its opened terrasse 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.

For instance, if you arrive on Sunday and leave on Thursday, there will be the Monday walk, the Tuesday cooking session and the Wednesday local Producers experience with the Matisse Chapel.

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 quiet 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 kilometers 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 coast and a moderate temperature in the middle of the summer.

Nearby places

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

Unique features

Activities

  • Cooking classes
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Wine tasting

General

  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Special menu request

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi

Food

During this retreat, you will be served daily organic breakfasts and home made picnic lunches during Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday excursions. Also the Thursday and Sunday brunch. All the food provided is as local and organic as possible. Please let the organizer know if any specific dietary requirement. Lunch during visit of Antibes is extra, in organic and/or local restaurants (15 to 20 EUR/person).

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 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
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 masseurs, Florence, a physiotherapist specialized in Californian massages, or with Myriam, specialized in Shiatsu massages. Or a Tibetan sound massage with Jean, teacher and masseur certified

What's included

  • According to your arrival and departure day
  • 8 nights accommodation with daily organic breakfasts and 2 brunch on Thursday and Sunday
  • 2 yoga sessions per day
  • 7 days of activities with transportation, guided tours, and visits with a professional and certified guide
  • Visit of the Chapelle du Rosaire from Henri Matisse
  • Picnic at Domaine des Courmettes with fresh goat cheese sampling
  • Hiking trip in the mediterranean hills around Saint Jeannet
  • Scenic drive to the perched village of Tourettes
  • Wine sampling at Saint Jeannet's local vineyard
  • Guided tour of different medieval villages
  • Lunches on picnic days
  • Cuisine cooking class
  • Visit of the old town Antibes

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport/train station transfers (available at extra cost)
  • Additional activities other than specified (excursions on arrival and departure days. But if you have time you can join for extra cost)
  • Lunches when eating out in local restaurants
  • Entrance to museums
  • Personal expenses
  • Dinners

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 (60 EUR /transfer to be shared by number of passengers, +10 EUR extra evenings 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 (70 EUR/transfer from Nice Ville or 60 EUR/transfer from St Laurent du Var, to be shared by number of passengers, +10 EUR extra evenings and WE/public holidays)

There is also the possibility to catch bus N°55 just outside saint Laurent du Var train station.

Arrival by bus

Two buses drive from and to Saint-Jeannet. The first is bus number 55 from and to Saint Laurent du Var, a train station for direct connection with Nice or any other city along the coast by train. Bus N°55 also starts from Commercial center CAP3000 near the station for direct connection with Nice or any other city along the coast by bus. The second is bus Number 47 from and to Vence and St Paul de Vence.

The second is bus Number 47 from and to Vence and St Paul de Vence.

Arrival by car

The organizer will send you the link to our 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$66 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 non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on departure.

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Availability

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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