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8 Days Alpine Wellness Yoga Retreat in France

  • Chalet Ardoise, 162 Chemin des Velars, 74400 Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France

Overview

Women’s Luxury Yoga Retreat France

Is your current life situation overwhelming you? Do you feel you deserve some quality time for yourself? Do you yearn to try something new and have an adventure? This women only Alpine wellness retreat could be just for you! This is your opportunity to disconnect from your everyday life and reconnect with your inner self and nature. You will have plenty of reflection time and of course some amazing Alpine adventures.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Adventurous activities including rock climbing and hiking
  • Complimentary 50-minute spa treatment
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • All meals and drinks
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 7.

  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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During the retreat, you will stay in a spacious, tastefully decorated, and fully-catered luxury Chalet Ardoise on the outskirts of Chamonix. It’s a chic Alpine resort situated approximately one hour from Geneva Airport, which offer some of Europe's best hiking trails.

Chalet Ardoise is built and decorated using traditional materials, such as wood, slate, and wool. By combining tradition with a modern twist, this chalet has all the creature comforts you can wish for. Stare out at Mont Blanc, from the comfortable sofas, next to the log fire. The open plan kitchen and dining room means it’s a social affair to be shared with friends and family. Don’t forget your private sunken hot tub, located directly outside the bedrooms for your convenience.

The chalet is equipped with a sauna and steam room, a terrace, balcony, and a professional chef preparing all your meals. To make sure you get the most out of your retreat, URQU Retreats limit the size to seven attendees and you have the choice of a shared or single-occupancy room with your own en-suite bathroom.

URQU Alpine wellness retreats for women are designed to re-balance your life through a program carefully designed by women and for women that combines holistic activities like yoga, meditation, and mindfulness exercises with more adventurous outdoor activities such as hiking, rock climbing, and ski touring. You will also have plenty of time for pampering, including a day at a luxury wellness spa, evenings in the hot tub, and retail therapy in town.

This hiking and climbing retreat is the perfect way to challenge yourself and seven days at a time in the mild, stable weather (18 to 25 degrees Celsius) is perfect for these outdoor activities. Springtime allows you to see the blooming Alpine flora and in the Autumn the rich Fall foliage and colours. With many quiet hiking paths throughout the valley, you can spend a day without seeing another soul, and will often spot plenty of ibex, marmots, chamois, and other fauna.

%You start your retreat with guided gentle half-day hikes and slowly work your way up to longer days. Your hikes are catered to the pace of the group, with plenty of breaks, and a picnic for lunch. A restorative yoga class and relaxing meditation will follow on your chalet's outdoor terrace - the perfect way to end an active day in the mountains.

Physical requirements

No previous hiking and climbing experience is needed to join this retreat but you are expected to hike four to eight hours a day for up to 15 kilometers with varying degrees of elevation gain (maximum 900 meters). Therefore, a basic level of fitness is desirable. A simple exercise regime (three runs per week of 30 minutes each) should be enough to get you ready.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Saturday

Afternoon

  • Arrival
  • Check-in
  • Welcome champagne
  • Introductions

Evening

  • Dinner at the chalet
  • Discuss program for the week

Day 2 - Sunday

Morning

  • Take the train to Chamonix and cable car to L’Aiguille du Midi for a guided visit

Afternoon

  • Picnic lunch at the Plan de L’Aiguille mid-station
  • Take the train back to Argentiere
  • Relax at the chalet
  • Yoga and meditation class

Evening

  • Dinner at the chalet
  • Mindfulness discussion

Day 3 - Monday

Morning

  • Rock climbing introduction day

Afternoon

  • Picnic lunch
  • Rock climbing
  • Relax at the chalet

Evening

  • Dinner at the chalet
  • Movie night

Day 4 - Tuesday

Morning

  • Yoga and meditation class
  • Mindfulness exercise

Afternoon

  • Lunch at the Golf Club
  • Shopping or sightseeing in Charmonix
  • Group plans Friday’s dinner

Evening

  • Dinner at the chalet
  • Movie nights

Day 5 - Wednesday

Morning

  • Full-day hike (six to seven hours with breaks)

Afternoon

  • Picnic lunch
  • Return to Argentiere

Evening

  • Dinner at the chalet

Day 6 - Thursday

Morning

  • Morning hike (three to four hours)
  • Mindfulness exercise

Afternoon

  • Picnic lunch
  • Return to Argentiere
  • Yoga and meditation class
  • Relax at the chalet

Evening

  • Fondue dinner in Vallorcine

Day 7 - Friday

Morning

  • Spa day
  • Treatments

Afternoon

  • Five-course lunch at the spa
  • Treatments

Evening

  • Group cooks dinner at the chalet (chef’s night off)

Day 8 - Saturday

Morning

  • Yoga and meditation class
  • Brunch
  • Departures

Please note that the itinerary is subject to change depending on weather.

During your stay, you will visit popular local attractions including the Mer de Glace, the longest glacier in France, and take the second highest cable car in the world for a panoramic view of Mont Blanc.

  • Sophie Ryan

    Sophie is a passionate yoga teacher, coffee lover, and part-time ski bum. Leaving her professional background in human resources, she dove into the world of yoga. Absorbing from a number of different teachers, she now practices Vinyasa, Power, Hatha, Yin, and Restorative yoga, as well as various meditation techniques. Coming from a beach side suburb in Sydney, Australia, Sophie bring her laid-back approach to yoga in Chamonix. Her classes are fun, lighthearted, unpretentious, and straightforward.

This retreat is held in Chamonix, France, known for its scenic hiking trails and being at the foot of Western Europe's tallest mountain, Mont Blanc.

Activities
  • Hiking
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Shopping
  • Spa
  • Steam room
General
  • Balcony
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace

You will be provided with daily meals prepared by a professional chef. Drinks and wine are also included in your package.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

Your luxury spa day will take place at Spa Le Bachal in Chamonix. The spa offers a wide choice of beauty treatments using Anne Semonin products from Paris, a large indoor and outdoor heated pool, a Jacuzzi, a beautiful outdoor terrace with magnificent views of Mont Blanc, and a fabulous restaurant with outdoor seating. During you time at the spa, you will enjoy one 50-minute treatment of your choice.

  • 1 50-minute spa treatment of your choice
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • Airport transfers from and to Geneva Airport (GVA)
  • All guided activities (climbing and hiking)
  • All meals and drinks (including wine)
  • Daily yoga and meditation practices
  • Guided hikes
  • Lift passes and entrance tickets to local attractions
  • Local transport

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Geneva Airport (GVA). Transfer from and to the airport is included. URQU Retreats will pick you up from the airport. The airport transfer is scheduled at 4:00 p.m. on the day of arrival. On the day of departure, a private transfer will be arranged at noon or earlier, depending on flight schedules from Chamonix back to the airport.

For those unable to make these pick-up times, URQU Retreats can arrange individual transport before or after the scheduled times for an additional fee.

  • Review by Gabriella Perotti Schneider from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I really haven't taken the time to publicly thank my friend Julie for such a spectacular time in Chamonix last month. I came back a changed person, and to just think of the wonderful time I had with Raisa, Jennifer, Karen, and everyone that made the trip special (Zoe, Emma, Johanna, Ulrika, Natasha), and all that each of you taught me in a special way, puts a smile on my face. On July 1st I start a journey that seems scarier than the highest rock to climb, but somehow the things I learned while doing one of the URQU retreats Julie set up, help me feel readier than ever."

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  • Review by A participant
    10 out of 10

    "Thanks for a fabulous weekend, it was such a lovely break and a beautiful setting."

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  • Review by A participant
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    "Thank you for an amazing and refreshing experience."

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  • Review by A participant
    10 out of 10

    "A very nice long weekend in a wonderful location and with wonderful ladies."

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  • Review by A participant
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    "Thanks for the amazing week, absolutely fantastic!"

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  • Review by A participant
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    "Thanks again for the wonderful retreat and good luck with the future ones!"

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  • Review by A participant
    10 out of 10

    "The all-women team was wonderful - accomplished, friendly, and supportive."

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    10 out of 10

    "Extremely well-organised."

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  • Review by A participant
    10 out of 10

    "Spared no expense in lining up the finest of everything, from chef Emma L, guide Emma J, Stephanie, a world-class climber, wonderful Natasha, fabulous lunches at exquisite places, dinner at the best fondue restaurant in town - it was clear that you put your heart and soul into this retreat! "

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    10 out of 10

    "The food was absolutely excellent."

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  • Review by A participant
    10 out of 10

    "Good mix of activities, met and exceeded expectations as described in brochure."

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  • Review by A participant
    10 out of 10

    "Had a great time..loved it."

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Departure:
Saturday May 13, 2017
(8 days / 7 nights)

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