PROVENCE, FRANCE YOGA RETREAT
JUNE 22—28, 2014
NATURE & YOGA PROVENCE
Lavender fields, olive groves Cote du Rhone vineyards — indulge your senses, quiet your mind, and invigorate your body on an exclusive yoga retreat in a private villa in historic Provence, France. Christine Carville is a NYC based yogi and psychotherapist who has a gift of inspiring people o bring mindfulness into the daily life – and making fun! Christine’s vinyasa yoga practice and philosophy can be described as “serious playfulness”, incorporating athleticism, dance, and a fun focus on mindfulness through the senses.
PROVENCE MINDFULNESS & VINYASA YOGA RETREAT
WITH CHRISTINE CARVILLE
Simple pleasures like sounds, sensations, aromas, and flavors, when brought into awareness, become powerfully healing. This Provence yoga retreat guides guests to seek out each and every opportunity to savor the simplicity. Stress melts away, a sense of gratitude for life envelops, and balance in the mind is restored.
MORNINGS begin with a serenity walk through the olive grove and rolling fields, followed by a Hatha-Vinyasa practice on the yoga terrace with Christine Carville. After yoga we enjoy our French brunch under the shade of trees in the villa’s beautiful courtyard garden.
AFTERNOONS Afternoons can be spent exploring the local medieval towns brimming with cafes and rustic restaurants, exploring your palette tasting the peachy world-famous roses, or dreamily gazing at the sky as you float in the pool. This is a magical holiday for anyone passionate about yoga, wine, or mindful luxury.
EVENINGS are pure magic, as we share our meal and wine family style under the stars—appreciate the simple life of sumptuous tastes, good food, good wine and great company!
PROVENCE YOGA RETREAT INCLUDES:
- Spend six peaceful nights in a beautifully restored, 15th century French villa in the countryside of Provence
- Begin the day with a morning serenity walk through the vineyards and olive orchards
- Gather at 8 am for a guided meditation and mindfulness breathing followed by a dynamic 60-minute Vinyasa yoga class on the outdoor terrace overlooking the vineyards
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner is prepared and served in the garden by the hosts, artfully made from the local Provencal and Mediterranean seasonal ingredients
- Afternoons are free for lounging by the pool, hiking or exploring the famous Provencal towns, villages and wineries
- Re-convene at sunset for restorative–vinyasa class on the terrace
- A luscious closing Friday night dinner out at a local restaurant
- Participate in a private session to discuss and develop individual mindfulness practices tailored to your lifestyle
- For those interested in wines. staying in the heart of the Rhone Valley’s finest Cru vineyards, including Chateneuf du Pape, you will have a prime opportunity to explore and learn more about Cote du Rhone wines, as the owners of the villa offer optional education, tastings and tours.
YOGA & MINDFULNESS WITH CHRISTINE CARVILLE, LCSW
Christine Carville is a practicing yogini and psychotherapist in New York City. Christine’s vinyasa yoga practice and philosophy can be described as “serious playfulness”, incorporating athleticism, dance, and a fun focus on mindfulness through the senses. Her classes encourage working from your core, overcoming fear, and bringing awareness to the connection between thoughts and feelings, both on and off the mat. Christine’s clinical education in psychology and neuroscience at Columbia University inspired her to begin guiding clients in integrate yoga and meditation into the daily life, to help people improve mood stability, self-esteem, problem-solving ability, and overall peace of mind.
Situated in the heart of the Rhone Valley, near the picturesque villages of Gigondas, Beaumes de Venise and Vaison-La-Romaine, this 8-bedroom villa is beautifully renovated and equipped with all the modern comforts — a feeling of luxury, in it’s loving simplicity. Rooms are offered on a shared basis, though a limited number of single rooms can be accommodated. Each bedroom is decorated with french countryside furniture, with an en-suite bathroom.
You will experience Provence at it’s best staying in this classic french villa, originally a Benedictine priory dating from the late 12th century. The monks, the Saint-Benoit de Capella, arrived here from Lyons and stayed until the 15th century. Now we will enjoy the same quietude and natural beauty, while practicing yoga surrounded by olive trees and lavender fields in the heart of Provence, France!
For more information about the Provence Mindfulness & Yoga Retreat, click here.
“Thank you for this retreat; every minute was worth it! It was such a mind, body and heart opening… and so much fun! I learned to how to be present and the importance of surrender. It’s helping make my day-to-day life magical, and I can give so much to others as I have feel so fulfilled inside! Thank you again, and can’t wait for the next retreat!” —Jennifer Clarke, France
JUNE 22—28, 2014
FLY TO PARIS:
Take TGV train
3 hrs to Orange
Transfer - 30 min drive
FLY TO MARSEILLE:
Rent car, 2 hr drive
FLY TO LYONS:
Rent car, 2 hr drive
When I embarked on this yoga journey, I didn’t really know what to expect. I had planned to have some time for myself, meditate and to do lots of yoga. Well, I did that and much more. I found a connection with 6 amazing women from around the world that felt closer than I have had in years and helped me realize just how small and connected we all are in the world. As for the accommodations, the owner and the local staff at Le Fabriche were incredibly hospitable and the food (and wine) was nothing short of amazing. The grounds, the rooms and the main house were gorgeous. I felt like we were treated like family and were immersed in the local culture both on and off the grounds, which enabled us to experience Italy as a local. Let’s not forget the amazing women who put all of this together - Gayle Olson - thank you so much for creating this beautiful experience for us. Your spirit and teaching skills are unmatched. I will never forget it. — Laura Brodtmann, USA