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3 Day Spring Transition Yoga Retreat in the Magical French Alps, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
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Prepare for Spring Yoga Retreat France

Join Yoga In Nature in the magical French Alps as you prepare for the season of spring, working with qualities of growth, expansion, and clearing the way to maximize your potential.

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Natalie & James
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  • 3 days of activities
  • Morning meditation
  • Yin yoga, AcuYin and Qigong Yin sessions
  • Gong bath, cacao ceremony and breathwork session
  • Singing bowl therapy and reiki drumming during yoga sessions
  • Strolls, forest walks, and snowshoe
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

3 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
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Chalet Savoie Faire is a beautiful 1900s farmhouse in the tranquil village of Fontaine Naves, in the heart of the French Alps which has been transformed by Nikki and Hugh into a luxury and bespoke accommodation. The main house provides accommodation for up to eight people, with a beautiful open-plan living area, vaulted dining hall, and walled terrace with views across the valley. Luxury bathrooms with gorgeous toiletries, flat-screen televisions in every room, and a cozy open fireplace make it a perfect retreat.

One kilometer up the road, they have the beautiful Chez Milo which offers an additional two sole or twin occupancy double rooms for you to enjoy with their own living space and kitchen which is below the yoga barn. There are also a number of private apartments and a shared gite close by.


Yoga In Nature is delighted to be collaborating with Nikki and Hugh at their stunning Chalet Savoie Faire to offer you a nourishing retreat in the heart of the magical French Alps surrounded by breathtaking views and lush forests as you transition from winter to spring. We will be adopting the principles of traditional Chinese medicine theory; expect meditations, daily Yin yoga with singing bowl therapy, reiki drumming, gong bath, breathwork, and a cacao ceremony offering you perspective and tools to continue your practice at home.

Yoga In Nature has prepared a beautiful nurturing retreat where you will work to harmonize your energetic, physical, emotional, and mental self with Yin yoga, sound healing, Reiki, breathwork, cacao, and using aspects of traditional Chinese medicine theory whilst nourishing you with life at altitude, delicious meals, an optional vegetarian cooking course and some deep, powerful, and transformational sessions. The intention is to leave you feeling rested, balanced, rejuvenated, inspired, and have some tools to take back home with you.

We will be tuning into the wood element whilst working with the liver and gall bladder organs and meridian pathways in order to improve energy (chi) stagnation and flow. According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) theory, working with the liver and gall bladder meridian pathways in advance of the spring season is the most optimal time to start to protect these channels as they are likely to weaken over the spring season.

When out of balance in the liver and gall bladder meridian channels, you are likely to experience symptoms such as (but not limited to) stress, headaches, neck or shoulder tension, repressed anger, frustration, irritability, resentment, indecisiveness, and physical issues linked to blood, menstruation, digestion, joint issues, muscular strength, and vitality. You will use techniques such as Yin yoga, acupressure, Qigong, sound therapy, and energy work to bring balance to these channels, improve energy (chi) flow, and prepare you for the transition to spring with tools for optimal health.

Yin yoga

Yin yoga is a slow and soft style of yoga that allows you to stress and nourish the deeper connective tissues such as ligaments, bones, and joints which are harder to target in more dynamic (yang) styles of yoga. There will be a specific focus on acupressure, the meridian pathway, and organ health to harmonize your energetic system and to bring balance physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. The practice will be accompanied by Nepalese singing bowls so that the sound and vibrations will enter your body at a cellular level to calm your body and mind and promote healing.

Sound healing

Sound healing helps the body generate a positive flow of energy and offers vibrations ion a cellular level into the body which stimulates the blood vessels, lymph, nerves, veins, and muscles to open up blockages and loosen tension in the body, relax the body, and release pain. Sound can help with stress, depression, insomnia, menstrual pain, ear problems, sinusitis, etc. and offer a sense of peace and calm. On retreat, you will experience a gong bath, singing bowl therapy, and Reiki drumming and you will have the opportunity to book a private treatment (extra charge).


Ceremonial grade cacao has been used for centuries by the indigenous as a plant medicine for nutritional and healing purposes. Nutritionally, ceremonial grade cacao has 20 times more disease-fighting antioxidants than blueberries and offers magnesium, riboflavin along with essential fatty acids making it a huge help to lower cholesterol, improve heart function, and reduce the risk of cancer. It is also a mood enhancer through increasing dopamine and serotonin whilst also stimulating endorphins amongst other benefits which you will experience together in ceremony.

Daily schedule

Friday, March 4th

  • 09:30 Arrival tea and settle in
  • 10:30 - 11:00 Morning stroll up to the yoga barn and take in the local views
  • 11:00 - 13:00 Yin yoga practice working with the liver and gall bladder organs and meridian lines accompanied by singing bowl sound therapy and Reiki drumming
  • 13:00 - 15:00 Delicious plant-based or vegetarian lunch back at Chalet Savoie Faire
  • 15:00 - 16:30 Free time
  • 16:30 - 19:00 Forest walk, breathwork, and gong bath
  • 19:00 - 20:30 Nourishing three-course dinner
  • 20:30 Relax by the fire, read a book or chat with like-minded souls

Saturday, March 5th

  • 07:00 - 07:30 Morning meditation
  • 07:30 - 07:45 Morning stroll to the yoga barn
  • 07:45 - 09:15 Acupressure with Yin (AcuYin) yoga practice with singing bowl therapy and Reiki drumming
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 15:00 Explore the mountains by snowshoe including picnic
  • 15:00 - 17:00 Free time
  • 17:00 - 19:00 Cacao ceremony around the fire with journaling, singing mantra, and sound session
  • 19:00 - 20:30 Nourishing three-course dinner
  • 20:30 Relax by the fire, read a book or chat with like-minded souls

Sunday, March 6th

  • 07:00 - 07:30 Silent walk meditation to the yoga barn
  • 07:30 - 09:15 Qigong Yin yoga practice, silence, and gong bath
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Breakfast
  • 11:00 - 13:00 Optional vegetarian cookery course linked to the wood element, liver, and gall bladder
  • 13:00 - 15:00 Lunch lovingly prepared in the cookery course
  • 15:00 - 17:00 Drumming meditation and closing circle
  • 17:00 - 18:00 Cup of tea and goodbyes for now
  • 18:00 Check out or book additional nights

Check-in will be from 9:30 a.m. on Friday, March 4th. Parking is available in the village. Please note that timings are flexible, everything is optional, and activities are weather and group-dependent.

Included excursions

There are morning strolls, forest walks, and snowshoe planned optionally during your stay.


Natalie Bradshaw

James Bradshaw

Retreat location

The retreat will take place in La Léchère, Savoie, France. Fontaines Naves is a picturesque mountain village, with stunning views across the valley. It is situated at 1300 altitude and is perfect for escaping the main winter resorts so you can enjoy peace and tranquility in the comfort of Chalet Savoie Faire or an private apartment close by. If you did want to extend your stay, the nearby market town of Moutiers is only 15 minutes away and 30 minutes from the main ski resorts of Meribel/ Courchevel. There are plenty of other beauty spots to explore including Annecy, many stunning drives, and even the medieval town of Conflans.


  • Market town of Moutiers - 15 minutes
  • Main ski resorts of Meribel/ Courchevel - 30 minutes

Unique features


  • Cooking classes
  • Massage
  • Reiki


  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Yoga studio

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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You will be served delicious carefully prepared vegetarian food including two breakfasts, one picnic, two three-course lunches, and two three-course dinners included in the price. Other dietary requirements are catered for. Nikki will nourish you with a delicious, nurturing, and colorful menu and there is an option to add a vegetarian cookery course linked to the wood element, liver, and gall bladder (discounted by half to 75 EUR per person).

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • 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)

  • Half-day day vegetarian cookery course linked to the wood element, liver, and gall bladder with Nikki (75 EUR per person - discounted by half)
  • Massage (details available on arrival)
  • Reiki treatment or singing bowl chakra balance (45 EUR for 45 minutes)

What's included

  • 2 morning meditations
  • 1 x Yin yoga with TCM, 1 x AcuYin and 1 x Qigong Yin Session accompanied with singing bowl therapy and reiki drumming
  • 1 breathwork and gong bath
  • 1 cacao ceremony with journaling, singing mantra, and sound
  • 1 drumming meditation
  • Daily optional morning stroll, forest walk, and mountain hike
  • Optional discounted cookery course (75 EUR on arrival)
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 2 breakfasts
  • 1 picnic
  • 2 three-course lunches
  • 2 three-course dinners

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Optional vegetarian course
  • Reiki treatment or singing bowl chakra balance
  • Massage sessions
  • Extended stay

How to get there

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Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 15% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 5 days before arrival.
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