YOGA RETREAT IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE
The South of France at "Le Claoux"
Teachers - Chloé Porter & Christian Gentile
This yoga retreat will be a week devoted to yourself with the aim to gently detox your body, learn some amazing cooking skills and explore you inner creativity. We will practice yoga daily, venture down to the local town, cook, visit local artist, draw and picnic at the neighboring waterfalls. This is by far one of our favorite places to relax and restore.
If the South of France, Yoga, healthy food, art, Meditation, delicious organic meals, adventures to waterfalls and peace sound good to you then keep reading. Our South of France Yoga Retreat is one of our favorite times of the year, one we look forward to with great pleasure. This year's theme will be to gently detox your entire system from everyday life and give you space and time to focus on more relaxing activities. If you have a fast paced job, live in a high stress environment or have hit a point where you need a break this is the perfect option to totally mellow out.
Vence is a beautiful medieval village perched on the hills overlooking the Cote d'Azur. You can read Richard Madeley's view of Vence in the Telegraph here. Our Villa, Le Claoux, is a 10-minute stroll downhill into this beautiful artistic town which is a renowned artists hubs with history, beauty and culture rolled into one. Vence village captures French old school chic with its cobbled streets, small squares and elegant shops, bistros and galleries. Le Claoux's stunning panoramic views are reason alone to kick back, relax and take in the beauty of the world.
The week will be led by Christian Gentile and Chloé Porter. Chloé is no stranger to Vence having grown up there. She adores bringing friends and clients to discover her charming home town. Your time away in this beautiful place will give you space to:
Wind down and get back to yourself
Lift your mood and energy levels
Tune into your inner creativity and express that in different manners
A gentle detox of your entire system (physical and mental)
Clarity of mind
With plenty of yoga, healthy food, different activities and that good old french vibe you will be sent home rested and energized.
Yoga - There will be two daily 2 hour yoga sessions (with a couple afternoons off for excursions). The morning practice with be a more energetic Vinyasa Flow Class and the evening practice will be a Restorative Class as well as more detailed Workshops. We have mats, straps and blocks and we will be practicing all our Yoga Classes outside around the pool. The classes are available to all levels offering variations for the beginners up to the more advanced practitioners.
Journey into Inversions - Learning how to get upside down can be daunting. We will explore the basics together to give you a strong foundation for your inversions practice.
Chocolate Making Workshop - One afternoon we will spend time creating our own beautiful chocolate to be consumed by you or to take home to family and friends.
Art & Drawing Workshop - Drawing Mandalas can be a very therapeutic process and requires no artistic skill. This has been one of our most popular workshops and most people forget how much they love to draw. :)
Your Yoga holiday will include:
6 nights accommodation (Linens and Towels provided)
1-2 daily yoga sessions (2 hrs each)
Drawing Workshop at The Looking Glass Atelier
Chocolate Making Workshop to really get them watering
Two delicious organic meals a day (brunch and dinner)
Free use of the pool and space at Le Claoux
Nature walk and picnic at the local waterfall
Day Trip to St Paul de Vence by Bus
Pick up & Drop off - (conditions apply)
Excluded from the price are:
Nutrition Coaching Session
All the meals are fresh and healthy made with seasonal organic produce grown in the garden with some traditional elements of Mediterranean cuisine to put a smile on our faces. All meals will be balanced vegetarian dishes made to provide maximum nourishments to our bodies. Caffeine, sugar and lactose are limited through out the week but we will keep a little good French wine for our evening meal (optional of course) ;) Dietary requirements will be taken into account but must be discussed before hand.
We will be serving a large brunch and dinner daily. Fruit, snacks and tea will be provided throughout the day if you are hungry. Also we will spend a little time in town where we will offer are favorite suggestions for lunch.
Vence - Between Morning and Afternoon Yoga you will have time to explore Vence as well as just relax. Vence is home to some of the cutest little art galleries and cafes. We will be spending time in Vence where we will practice meditation and do our Art Workshops in the Atelier The Looking Glass.
Picnic to the Waterfall - We are lucky to have a beautiful waterfall just a short distance away from the Villa. This waterfall will transport you to some paradise like island waterfall. Although the water can be quite cold it is truly stunning.
Nature Walks - There are plenty of nature walks around that we can help you get to.
Massage – Thai Massage Sessions can be booked at an discounted rate throughout the week (1 1/2 hr for 75 Euro).
Daily Schedule (subject to slight change depending on weather)
7 am Wake up tea and journaling time or morning run
8 am Morning Yoga & Meditation practice
10.30 am Brunch
11.30 am - 3.30 pm Activities - walks, local town visits, workshops, waterfall visit, cooking class or pool time
4 - 6 pm - Evening Yoga & Meditation
7 pm Dinner & Evening Activities
A home away from home dedicated to art and wellbeing.
Le Claoux is a unique home of art nestled in the foothills of the Southern Alps. With panoramic views of the French Riviera, a few days in this magical place and you feel replenished. Watch the sunrise and the sunset from the terrace everyday, relax by the pool, read a book in a hammock, play the piano, practice some yoga, have a glass of wine, enjoy 'la belle vie'. The villa is available throughout the year for rentals as well as yoga, painting, nutrition and meditation retreats.
The villa is set back from the town of Vence overlooking the coast. Surrounded by olive trees, lavender and rosemary the natural space surrounding the home is stunning. The villa itself is made up of 4 rooms with a bathroom each. Prices vary depending on the room you choose. Prices will be released with dates. Take a look at the photos below for a better idea of the rooms and outdoor space.
This is a luxury retreat set in a stunning villa in the South of France with a private chef and limited spaces. We do not take more than 9 people.
Prices start from €1360/person all inclusive
Airport pickup and drop off will be from Nice Airport:
The closest airport to the villa is Nice (2 terminals) and the villa is about a 35-minute drive (without traffic) or 1-hour bus ride (without traffic) away. The airport serves most major European cites flying regularly throughout the day to the more major ones such as London and Paris. The biggest airlines flying to Nice are: British Airways, Air France and Easyjet.
Arrival Airport Shuttle is at 3-4 PM on Arrival Day (Departure time from Nice Airport)
Departure shuttle is at 11.30 AM on Departure Day (Departure time from Le Claoux)
Arrival outside these times will require you to organize your own transport to Vence. There are a few options:
Rent a Car
The South of France is beautiful and easily explored by car. There is parking at the villa and having a car will allow you more freedom to explore the neighboring towns.
Arrival by bus
The South of France is well connected by rail to other French cities and to other countries notably Italy. The major stations are Nice and Antibes. There are two buses that travel to Vence from the airport passing via the Cagnes sur Mer train station, the number 400 and number 94. They pass approximately every 15 - 30 minutes, take 1 - 1.25 hours and cost 2 EUR. The ride up to Vence is very scenic and if you take the 400 you will pass by the historic village of St Paul de Vence. Once you arrive in Vence, it is a 5-minute car journey to the villa. Transfer from Vence up to the house can be organized and will be free of charge.
Arrival by taxi
Taxis are expensive in the South of France but very comfortable and an easy method of transport. The cost is about 70 EUR to get to the house and they can be taken directly from outside the airport terminal.
"Chloe and Christian are excellent yoga teachers, attentive and highly professional. The retreat I attended in the South of France was pure bliss for the body and the soul. The venue was equally exceptional as were the home-cooked wholesome vegetarian meals. I highly recommend going on their retreats, you'll feel replenished, and at peace while improving your yoga practice. Thank you!" - Sophie, France
"I have recently returned from a yoga retreat in the south of France. I hadn't been on a yoga retreat before and it was really quite special. The venue was wonderful; amazing views and a very homely feel. The yoga was perfect for our group (not too easy and not too challenging). Chloe and Christian set the perfect tone for the week and I left feeling refreshed and happier. I would heartily recommend it to anyone (in case you hadn't noticed from my gushing review...)." - Paul, UK
"Epic, that view, the food, those people, loved ever minute." - Elizabeth, Designer, UK
"Truly excellent, the team were warm, friendly and professional from the moment we arrived. We had a wonderful week filled with yoga and various other activities from running, hiking and swimming in waterfalls to lying by the pool with a book. Returned home feeling completely relaxed, invigorated and full of energy. It was like hitting reset on my system." - Hannah, Lawyer, UK
"The people who run the retreats are absolutely fantastic. They all made me feel that I belonged. The yoga classes and meals were unforgettable too! I highly recommend going on a yoga retreat with them." - Hazel, Lawyer, UK
"Feeling to be at home ..cosy and friendly..nice teaching, good food and amazing people!" Mara, Air Hostess, Switzerland
"I had a lovely sunny week, in a stunning location, with some really wonderful people and some of the best yoga & meditation classes I've ever attended. I came back happy, healthy, relaxed and a tiny bit tanned - everything you could wish for from a holiday! I'd encourage anyone thinking about going to one of these retreats to stop thinking about it and BOOK IT! I wholeheartedly recommend it and am already plotting my next one. Thank you Chloe, Christian, Maudie, your amazing chef Phoebe and the ever smiley Mia for such a great week. And also big love to everyone who I was on the retreat with. I made some friends for life xx" - Jenny, PR & Marketing Manager, UK
"I loved the mix of different yoga styles that were taught, the focus on nutrition and nourishment, and the flexibility for each participant to do what they want, meanwhile having a great program for every day! Your retreats are a must and I most recommend them! Thanks for an amazing yoga week in the South of France in early June! Beautiful setting, great yoga, fantastic food, not to mention the great friends and the lovely memories. I can't wait for the next! ;-)))" - Nadejda, Freelancer, Switzerland