Retreat to Provence with Harriet and Elodie
2nd-7th June 2020 near Nyons
Escape to Provence amongst the olive groves, vineyards, forests and orchards that overlook the ancient town of Nyons. It is the perfect spot to unwind, relax and restore. You will be eating great vegetarian food, deepening your practice with a dynamic morning class, and releasing stress with a slow yin class in the evening. Tay and Elodie have a wealth of combined experience that will enable you to enjoy a variety of styles (Jivamukti, Vinyasa, Yin, Nidra, etc.) in a safe, fun and light-hearted environment. You will be learning, exploring, meeting new people and will leave feeling great!
Maison 10 is a beautifully renovated farmhouse with a mix of modern and vintage styles. Most bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms and all overlook the views of the valley. In between classes you can do as little or as much as your heart desires; whether that is lounging by the pool or exploring the local town. This is your time!
“Thank you. This is the best I have felt in many years!”
Price: £895 per person for shared twin or double with en suite bathroom
£855 per person for shared twin or double with shared bathroom (own sink in bedroom)
Early bird until 1st January 2020:
Price: £845 per person for shared twin or double with en suite bathroom
£805 per person for shared twin or double with shared bathroom (own sink in bedroom)
e-mail Harriet or Elodie via the contact page
Yoga classes, accommodation and meals included. Flights and transfers are excluded. Please scroll to the bottom of the page for cancellation terms.
About the teachers
Harriet first came to yoga after being diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. In 2014 she moved to London, discovered Dynamic Vinyasa and Power yoga and was totally hooked! Like many, at first it was the physical demands of asana practice she enjoyed the most but after experiencing the life changing physical and mental effects it was having on her body she then came to truly appreciate the wider benefits of yoga.
Harriet did her first training (200 hours) at Shanti Power Yoga in 2016 and continued her studies under Ashtanga guru David Swenson in 2017 and completed her 60 hour Yin yoga training in June 2018. Harriet aims to guide you through a challenging class, full of love and good humour, with a strong emphasis on anatomical alignment and good technique to build strength and prevent injury. You can expect to leave her class feeling sweaty but energised, nurtured and hopefully with a little bit more Santosha in your life! Harriet is passionate about yoga and teaching it, she is dedicated to providing a safe place for others to practice so they too can experience the powerful benefits of yoga to both the body and mind.
About the teachers
Elodie was not always a mover: it took the whole of 18 months before she decided it might be interesting to see what happened on the other side of the room, and therefore get up and walk! Since then however, there has been no looking back. After moving to the UK from her native France to train as a contemporary dancer at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, she discovered yoga as a way of staying injury free whilst developing deep strength. It is only later that she fell in love with the wider world of yoga, in all its variety, adaptability, physicality and spirituality. She decided to make the full leap in 2013, going on her first yoga teacher training and running with it.
She is sometimes described as "the smiling assassin", so come to class expecting to work hard whilst having fun! She aims to help students cultivate respect and awareness of the body and mind, whether in the most dynamic or restorative styles. Her classes have a strong emphasis on the physical, developing an expressive, strong and flexible body: use it, or you will lose it!
Over time, her love of yoga in all its versatility has become the prime focus of her teachings so that students can embody their most powerful self by combining work on the physical body, the breath and the mind. Her knowledge of multiple disciplines layers into her classes so that intelligent movement can be the prime focus every time.
Over the years she has trained with some of the most wonderful teachers: Allie Hill and Toni Roberts, Joy Kunkanit and Ricardo Martin, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Nirlipta Tuli, Sharon Gannon and David Life, and David Kyle to name a few. She looks forward to learning from Jason Crandell in 2020. Elodie also teaches anatomy on reputable teacher training courses: Hotpod Yoga, Yoga London and Yogarise.
Her passion for the moving body has taken her one step further, to the University College of Osteopathy of which she has been a student since September 2017.
What you need to know….
How do I get there?
There are a couple of options for you to choose from:
By Eurostar with an easy connexion in Paris if you are coming from London. Avignon is the closest station and is just an hour away from the house.
By plane, fly to Marseille airport which is 90 minutes away from the house.
From your chosen airport or station, you can either taxi, or hire a car. If you would like to go out and explore beautiful Provence between classes we would advise you hire a car (Uber does not operate in the sunny French countryside!), it is also the more economical choice. Whether taxiing or driving, please let us know if you would like to make plans with other travellers and we can help match you with other guests on corresponding flights for travel arrangements.
What does a typical day look like?
A typical day on retreat:
8.15am - 10am: dynamic class (including asana / physical poses, meditation, pranayama / breath work, kriya, technical breakdown, mantra, etc.)
Your time! Explore, relax, read, swim, enjoy an afternoon snack on the terrace….
6pm-7.30pm: yin based practice sometimes accompanied by yoga nidra
What type of yoga will I be doing?
Having two teachers on retreat allows us to vary your practice throughout your stay. You will experience Vinyasa, Yin, yoga Nidra, Jivamukti and Rocket yoga. We will also be exploring breath work, some chanting, and some of the more detailed work we cannot always cover in class.
How much yoga do I need to have done to attend?
The retreat is open to all levels (no need to be a pro!), however if you have never experienced a dynamic practice, we do advise you attend a few classes in the weeks leading up to your time in France. This will allow you to get the most out of your stay with us.
What is the food like?
You will enjoy some amazing vegetarian food twice a day (brunch and dinner), with a snack to keep you going in the afternoon. You won’t go hungry! The food is fresh and wholesome. Where possible the chef will support and make use of seasonal, organic ingredients and local producers. With dinner you will also be able to enjoy a glass of wine or two (should you wish to do so!).
What can I do between classes?
You can choose to do as little or as much as you want. That might be lazing by the pool and reading a book, having a massage or taking a well-deserved nap! If you are feeling a little more adventurous, you can take a short walk into town to the local cafes and restaurants. We will also amend the schedule slightly on Thursday to allow you to stroll to the weekly market. You could choose to hike, go on a vineyard tour, or a 4 hour e-bike tour, or maybe you want to find out more about the local olive oil… Of course, you also have the time to venture a little further afield and visit the beauty of the nearby region.
Do I have to do every class?
This is your holiday so you can do as little or as much as you need. Of course, we encourage you to join the classes to make the most out of your trip.
Can I have a room to myself?
The rooms are all twin or double rooms to share with a suitable roommate. If you are coming with a friend or partner please let us know. If you are coming by yourself, no problem! We will pair you with someone suitable. Many people come to retreats by themselves, so you won’t be lonely. It is a great way to switch off and make new friends.
If you are desperate for a room of your own, please contact us, however do be aware that costs will be substantially higher.
What do I need to bring?
All yoga equipment is provided, however if you have a yoga mat that you like to practice with, you may want to bring it with you.
A jumper for the evenings
A French adaptor plug
A few different changes of yoga clothes
Something you can be comfortable and relax in
A reusable water bottle
Is there wifi access?
Yes, there is free wifi access at the house if you need. Of course, you may choose to ignore your e-mails for a few days. That out of office feels so great!
The boring, but necessary stuff
Payment: to book, you will need to pay a 50% non-refundable deposit via bank transfer. Your place will be confirmed once application form and deposit are received. If booking after March 1st 2020, full payment will be needed to book.
Cancellations: 50% deposit is non-refundable.
Cancellation prior to 8 weeks before retreat start-date: full refund minus deposit. If you are cancelling under 8 weeks before the start of the retreat: no refund. If you are cancelling in that 8 week period, we will refund you if you can find someone to fill your spot.