Yoga, Hiking & Mindfulness in the French Alps
An Awe-Inspiring Retreat
Imagine the feelings of standing in mountain pose before the majestic Mont Blanc in the French Alps, the highest peak in Europe. Chamonix is the charming village at the base of the mountain, a popular resort area near the junction of France, Switzerland and Italy. Practicing yoga and meditation, taking mountain hikes and exploring this spectacular area will truly be an awe-inspiring experience.
“Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest on it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in being. Let nature teach you the silence.” Eckhart Tolle
Experience the quiet and stillness the mountains offer while surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Move mindfully at your own pace so you can do as little or as much as you’d like. Yoga classes, hikes, meals and included activities are planned but always optional. The rest of the time is yours to relax at the chalet, go on excursions or pamper yourself with some in-house spa treatments. To compliment the retreat, our chef will prepare delicious and healthy vegetarian meals using organic and local produce where possible.
Yoga practice will be offered on most mornings on the outside deck (or inside if it rains) before breakfast. In the evening, a restorative yoga class will help you relax and sleep more deeply. Appropriate for beginning and intermediate level students, classes emphasize the wisdom in honoring your strengths and limitations and to be grateful for all that your body can do. All classes are taught by Lisa Hampton.
There are two gentle half-day hikes that last 2 – 3 hours with plenty of rest time to take in the incredible views. A qualified and experienced walking guide and nature expert carefully chooses trails to suit the abilities of the guests. She makes sure no-one is left behind, while imparting knowledge on the local wildlife and beautiful fauna.
On the full day hike, we set off to explore Lac Blanc, one of Chamonix’s hiking highlights. A classic, high mountain panorama reflects onto a lake surrounded by snow much of the year. It’s this idyllic setting where we’ll practice a short yoga session followed by a healthy packed lunch with impressive views. When rested, we continue our inspirational journey through the spectacular Mont Blanc mountain range before returning to the chalet to enjoy a fresh healthy smoothie and to relax in the hot tub, sauna and steam room.
Aiguille du Midi and Mer de Glace
Taking Europe’s highest cable car, we ascend to 3842m to Aiguille du Midi and its terraces where you’ll have a 360° view of the French, Swiss and Italian Alps, as well as a clear view of Mont Blanc! We’ll enjoy lunch here with the most unique and stunning views!
The Mer de Glace is the largest glacier in France at 7km long and 200m deep. Departing from Chamonix on the Montenvers rack and pinion train, we slowly climb around the side of the mountain to the foot of the Mer de Glace at 1913m. There’s also a man-made ice cave cut into the living glacier. This ‘Grotte de Glace’ is home to some wonderful ice sculptures.
Chalet Serena is a 7-bedroom luxury chalet with breathtaking panoramic views of the Mont Blanc massif. Each bedroom has an ensuite bath, terrace and mountain views with your complete comfort in mind. Chalet Serena beckons you to relax with a steam room, sauna and spa treatment room, along with a pool and hot tub. Breathe deeply and enjoy.
Let Awe have a Moment
The French Alps offer you the experience of standing before them with feelings of respect and reverence for their beauty and presence. The retreat is created with a mindful approach and thoughtful planning so that your travel adventure is enjoyable, memorable and fun!