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.

The Retreat

“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

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.

Hiking

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

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France

Luxury in the Alps

DateSeptember 11-18, 2021 (3 spots left)
September 18-25, 2021 (sold out) wait list only
Time
4:00pmSaturday afternoon
10:00amSaturday morning
LocationChalet Serena
Les Houches, France
Cost
(per person)
$2,800 shared room
$3,200 single room (limited availability)
 

Twin Bed Option

King Bed

 all bedrooms have private bath, shared terrace and views
beds can be made into 1 king or 2 twins
Deposit$700 non-refundable check/cash deposit to secure your spot
BalanceBalance due June 1, 2021. If registering after June, full payment is due at that time.
Register[email protected]
( 619 ) 224–2101
Cancellation
Policy
No refunds will be issued for the deposit. No refunds for the balance will be issued after June 1, 2021 unless your spot can be filled with someone from the waiting list.
Includes
  • 10 yoga and meditation classes (indoor & outdoor)
    use of all yoga equipment (mats, bolsters, blocks, blocks, straps, eye pillows, blankets)
  • 7 nights accommodations in a luxury Alpine chalet all with fabulous views!
  • excellent chef to prepare healthy and delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner (except for 1 lunch & 1 dinner out)
  • fresh juices /smoothies daily
  • wine tasting at the villa
  • local wine at dinner
  • hiking guide and nature expert to lead us on 2 half days and 1 full day incredible mountain hikes
  • ski lift fares up to Lac Blanc
  • picnic at Lac Blanc
  • a day trip to Annecy
  • a trip up the Aiguille du Midi cable car to 3842m
  • trip to La Mer de Glace
  • a full day out at a wonderful Spa with thermal baths, a salt room and more! (just over the border in Italy)
  • van and driver hire to take guests into town etc
  • housekeeper
  • chalet host to serve meals and keep guests happy
  • chalet manager to make sure things run smoothly
  • WIFI access
  • in-house laundry service (extra cost)
  • transfers to and from Geneva Airport
Does Not
Include
  • airfare
  • travel to and from Geneva
  • travel insurance
  • massages and spa treatments
  • gratuities
  • other travel related expenses
 
 TravelSaturdays are travel days and there is no programming except for a short yoga session on arrival day.
 Airports: Geneva Airport is the closest airport.
Travel
Insurance
We ask that you obtain travel insurance in case of any life situation that may alter your plans or in the case of circumstances amounting to force majeure. You may consider plans from allianz, travelinsure.com, insuremytrip.com, or any other option provided by your credit card, airline or travel company. Also note that your health insurance may not provide coverage internationally. Check with your provider and consider additional coverage if necessary.
More InformationRegistrants will receive more detailed information including itinerary, travel tips, recommendations on hotels in the area for extended trips, and much more.
 

Lac Blanc

 “Live this day as if the Earth exhales blessings in your direction.” Danna Faulds

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.

The Chalet

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!

Namaste.

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