Yoga, Hiking & Mindfulness in the French Alps

An Awe-Inspiring Retreat

Imagine 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 Toll

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 before breakfast. On selected evenings, 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 moderate 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 may strike a tree pose or sit for a short meditation 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 or sauna.

* or a similar hike depending on conditions

Aiguille du Midi and Panoramic Mont-Blanc

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! 

From Aiguille du Midi, we’ll ride the Panoramic Mont-Blanc cable car to Pointe Helbronner in Italy. A highlight of the week, this 30 minute one-way journey is one of the most breathtaking gondola rides in the world, as you glide over glaciers and gaze up at Mont Blanc. We’ll enjoy lunch at an Italian bistro here where you’ll have the best hot chocolate you’ve ever had! It’s an amazing day!

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France

Luxury in the Alps

DateMay 31 – June 7, 2025 (sold out – waitlist only)
4:00pmSaturday afternoon
10:00amSaturday morning
LocationChalet Le Moulin
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France
(per person)
$3,050 shared bunk room ensuite bath
$3,550 shared twin/double ensuite bath
$3,750 shared master bedroom ensuite bath
$4,050 single bedroom shared bath (*limited availability)
Twin Bed Option
Queen Bed
Roomsbedrooms are varied with some having twin bed options, some ensuite baths and some shared baths
Deposit$900 non-refundable check/cash deposit to secure your spot
Balance$900 is due on November 30, 2024. Balance due February 28, 2025. If registering after February 28, full payment is due at that time.
Register[email protected]
No refunds will be issued for the deposit. No refunds for the balance will be issued after November 30, 2024 unless your spot can be filled with someone from the waiting list.
  • daily yoga/meditation classes
    use of all yoga equipment (mats, bolsters, blocks, blocks, straps, eye pillows, blankets)
  • 7 nights accommodations in a luxury Alpine chalet
  • extraordinary chef to prepare healthy and delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner (except for 2 lunches & 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
  • half-day hike and lunch at Refuge du Plan de l’Aiguille
  • ski lift fares up to Lac Blanc
  • picnic at Lac Blanc
  • a day trip to Annecy, France
  • a trip up the Aiguille du Midi cable car to 3842m
  • Panoramic Mont-Blanc gondola to Pointe Helbronner in Italy
  • spa day at QC Terme including lunch and aperitif
  • full-body massage at chalet
  • 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
  • airfare
  • travel to and from Geneva
  • travel insurance
  • extra 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 is required in case of any life situation that may alter your plans or in the case of circumstances amounting to force majeure. Additionally, you must have a plan that covers ‘high mountain rescue’ due to the hikes. You may consider plans from allianz,,, 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.

Annecy, France

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

QC Terme Italian Spa Chamonix 

Fresh air, breathtaking glaciers and panoramic whirlpools: the sensory journey of this luxury spa is set in a landscape of incomparable beauty reinforcing the link between well-being and the mountains. 

In the heart of nature, more precisely at the foot of Mont Blanc, this wellness centre offers you 3000 m² of infinity swimming pool, bio-saunas, steam baths, solariums, relaxation rooms, Vichy showers, hammams, Japanese baths, relaxation rooms…all this in a refined and wooded setting. There are more than 30 wellness practices that guide the multisensory journey, as well as an infinity pool that is mirrored by losing itself in the water of the adjacent alpine pond, with a breathtaking view of the Bossons glacier. 

Our spa day includes a delectable lunch at the charming bistro and a toast to wellness with an aperitif at the end of the day.

The Chalet

Chalet Le Moulin is a 7-bedroom luxury chalet with breathtaking panoramic views of the Mont Blanc massif. With several sumptuous social areas, this former mill transformed into a gorgeous alpine-themed chalet by local artisans has your complete comfort in mind. Chalet Le Moulin beckons you to relax with a sauna and spa treatment room, along with a sun deck 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!


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