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Exotic Yoga Retreats with Hillary Wright

France Yoga Holiday

July 3 - July 9, 2016

Experience the Provencal countryside at it’s best on this France Yoga Holiday set in a historic 12th-century Benedictine priory turned boutique villa. It’s the perfect European holiday—fresh mornings walking in the countryside followed by yoga over the olive grove; afternoons free to lounge about the pool, visit local markets or wine-taste and explore classic villages of the Cote du Rhone valley; sublime evenings, with exquisite food & wine shared family-style under the stars!

 

FLOW OF THE DAY

MORNINGS  begin with coffee or tea and quiet moments in the garden, meditating under an olive tree or joining a serenity walk through the vineyards. Convening on the outdoor yoga deck overlooking the vineyard, we share a deep yoga practice followed by a delicious French brunch under the shade of trees in a beautiful courtyard garden.

AFTERNOONS  can be spent dreamily gazing at the sky as you float in the pool, reading, swimming or enjoying a host of excursions: Explore local medieval towns brimming with cafes, experience a local morning market, expand your palette tasting Provence’s world-famous rosé wines, bike the vineyards of Chateauneuf de Pape and eat lunch at a castle and of course, visit the famous lavender fields of Sault!  We will have three sunset yoga sessions focused on inversions, restorative yoga and pranayama.

EVENINGS  are pure magic, as we share our meal family style under the stars—appreciating the simple life of sumptuous tastes, good food and great company!  You may prefer to drink wine late into the night, or climb into bed early with a book—our Mediterranean-style retreats provide the the perfect setting for you to relax, rejuvenate and be inspired—in the way that fits for you!


OUR VILLA

Situated in the countryside in heart of the Rhone Valley, near the picturesque villages of Gigondas, Beaumes de Venise and Vaison-La-Romaine, this 8-bedroom classic french villa, originally a Benedictine priory dating from the late 12th century, is now beautifully renovated and equipped with all the modern comforts. Long ago, the monks of the Saint-Benoit de Capella arrived from Lyons, staying in this very building until the 15th century. Now we will enjoy the same quietude and natural beauty, while practicing yoga surrounded by olive trees and lavender fields in the heart of Provence, France!

Rooms are offered on a shared basis, though a limited number of single rooms may be accommodated. Each bedroom is decorated with french countryside furniture, with an en-suite bathroom. Hosted by villa owners — chef, Judy and Rhone wine expert, Philip — you will experience Provence at it’s finest on this France Yoga Holiday!

EXOTIC YOGA CLASSES

Discover or rediscover the joy of yoga with Hillary Wright, a NYC based yoga teacher who is a highly experienced international yoga teacher, meditation teacher and writer who believes there is no “one-size-fits-all” yoga, encouraging each student to find their own path. Her classes bring a mix of intelligent sequencing, internal depth, breath work and challenging movement to leave you feeling both energized and grounded.  Hillary facilitates teacher-trainings around the world, and has studied many different lineages of yoga, including: Sivananda Yoga, when she spent time living in the Amboli Ashram in India; extensive study of Vinyasa Yoga, as well as hundreds of hours of study of the Ashtanga Vinyasa lineage. Her extensive background studying the Ashtanga Vinyasa system brings a depth to her classes, while her knowledge and understanding of Vinyasa Flow brings a creative twist to the practice. All of our Exotic Yoga Retreat yoga programs emphasize safety, awareness, intelligence—and the joie di vivre of yoga!

INCLUDED IN YOUR FRANCE YOGA HOLIDAY:

  • Free group transfers to and from Avignon (TGV train station (easy train ride from Paris or Marseilles)
  • 6-nights accommodation in a charming villa with swimming pool
  • Delicious, healthy and creative Mediterranean meals made with local Provencale and seasonal ingredients
  • One dinner out at a fabulous restaurant in a classic Provencale village ~ our treat!
  • Morning yoga sessions daily, plus 3 afternoon yoga classes (other days will be out on excursions)
  • Afternoons free to lounge by the pool, explore the famous Provencal towns, villages and wineries
  • A variety of included excursions to see the lavender fields, a classic medieval village, local market and more, curated by our favorite yogini tour guide, Emily Durand, founder of  Your Private Provence

EXCLUDED IN YOUR FRANCE YOGA HOLIDAY:

  • Transfers to and from Avignon, outside of the scheduled group transfers
  • 1 dinner to enjoy in a more intimate setting or with the group in a medieval village
  • Add-on Chateneuf du Pape excursion biking vineyards & lunch at a castle (€60)
  • Add-on in-villa wine education / tasting of Rhone valley wines (€35)

PRICES PER PERSON

*There are 6 guest rooms. All have en-suite bathrooms, with either a queen bed, or (2) twin beds.
**Come as a couple, with a friend, or solo and share a room with a new friend you have yet to meet!

SHARED ROOM:   US $1,995   (price per person; 2 twin beds, or a queen bed for a couple) 

SINGLE ROOM:     US $2,995   (queen or twin bed)

Review our Payment & Cancellation Policy, then click the BOOK NOW button below. You will be redirected to our MindBody registration site to deposit by credit card. If you prefer to pay by bank transfer, please contact us here. If you have questions before you book, feel free to contact us by phone (+1) 720-924-8666 PST.

RETREAT DATES & TIMES

DATES: Sunday, July 3 — Saturday, July 9, 2016.

ARRIVAL DAY:  

2:00 pm   Van pick-up in Avignon at the TGV station

4:30 pm   Van pick-up in Avignon at the TGV station

6:00 pm   Opening yoga circle

7:30 pm   Aperitif & dinner

DEPARTURE DAY: 

7:00 am   Early van departs for Avignon (1 hr) arriving 8 am for the 8:14 am train to Paris, arriving 10:56 am.

8:00 am   Breakfast

11:00 am  Later van departs for Avignon (1 hr) arriving 12 noon for the 12:14 am train to Paris, arriving 2:56 pm. 

*Please note that van seats are limited so please let us know which time is your preference at booking and we will do our best reserve your preferred departure time.

TRAVEL ROUTES & TIPS

International Flight Note:  For all international flights, we strongly encourage you to arrive a day early (at least to Barcelona or whatever European city they are connecting from.) This extra day helps with jet lag and making sure travel delays do not cause disruption to your retreat.

RETREAT LOCATION:

A beautiful 12th century abby, beautifully renovated into a residential villa, a couple km from a small village called Malaucene, in the eastern side of the Cote du Rhone region. The full address and contact information is provided upon registration.

ARRIVING ITO AVIGNON:
Fly to Paris (CDG) or Marseille Provence Airport (MRS).
Take the fast train (TGV) to arrive in Avignon.
From Paris (fast train is 2 hrs 40 min). From Marseille (between 35 minutes to 1.5 hours)
We will offer two free group transfers to and from Avignon (see times above).

CAR RENTAL: 
The villa is completely rural. If you would like to have the freedom to come and go, to explore on your own, we suggest you rent a car in Avignon or Marseille. If you will be driving we will provide you with driving instructions Malaucéne.

PRIVATE TAXI WITH EMILY: 
In case you you don’t make the group transfer, Emily offers group transfers for €50.