la vie organique en Provence

Yoga & Nature retreats - 2016

Inspired by the success in running our yoga retreats for several years now and on the positive comments we received from our guests dining with us at our table d'hôtes we decided to combine our two passions, yoga & cooking. We offer 3 dates for yoga & organic vegan cooking retreats with Claudia as the chef and Jim as the wine sommelier:

A holistic time, where we take care of ourselves from the inside, be it through
* mindful yoga practice
* delicious organic food: seasonal, fresh, Provencal with an international touch to reflect the places we have visited, lived in, experienced
* start or follow your personal meditation practice
* time to explore and relax, take a typical Provencal afternoon siesta
* time to enjoy an in-depth practice, yoga philosophy, spirituality. Focus will not only be on various asanas but on advancing on the path of yoga

Aside from daily yoga practice participants have time to explore the area, be it on foot (easy dedicated meditation walk, various walking and hiking paths starting directly at La Vudèle) or water (2 lakes nearby for boating and swimming)

niveau: beginner or regular practice at home or in a course setting, maximum number of participants: 6

dates for 2016
Friday, 16. - Sunday, 18. September (4 spaces left)
Friday, 20. - Sunday,22. May (completed)
Tuesday, 14. - Thursday, 16. June (completed)
Friday, 1. - Sunday, 3. July (completed)

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for the yoga & organic vegan cooking retreats
Good food requires more than top-notch ingredients and creative recipes - it's the compassion, intention, and energy of those in the kitchen that make a meal fulfilling. Cooking with Devotion: Cultivating a selfless intention, committing to recognizing the Divine in those you're feeding, and cooking joyfully without expectation of recognition will improve your awareness as well as your food. For the yogic cook, integrating mindfulness and love only deepens a cooking experience and, according to some, enhances the quality and flavor of the food itself. Fresh fruit, snacks, tea and beverages will be available throughout the retreat

First day
arrival after 15h and installation in your rooms
16h workshop on healthy, clean, organic vegan cooking and introduction of the menu and activities plus the La Vudèle goodie bag
17h relaxing yoga class, to release the tension from today's travels and ease into the evening
19h classic Provencal apéritif dinatoire: a relaxed sit-down dinner with several different dishes prepared by your hosts, to explore the flavors and aromas of Provence
Second day
7.30 energizing morning yoga practice outside in nature, to get Prana flowing and stimulate digestion
9h our copious organic vegan breakfast with sourdough bread
10h visit of the local farmers' market in Riez with guide to our organic producers. We will purchase the ingredients for the delicious meal for dinner
afterwards free time to explore the area, the lavender fields, the gorge du Verdon and its lakes, etc
16h awareness yoga & meditation: the love we place into the preparation is the love which nourishes uscooking course and preparation of our dinner:
Followed by our cooking class with the fresh ingredients purchased at the market in the morning
Practice of mindfulness, kindness & ahimsa, nonviolence, one of the yamas of yoga.
19h gala dinner presenting the bounty of our cooking experience accompanied by wine tasting of local organic wines from Quinson, some cultivated right behind La Vudèle
Third day
7.30 energizing morning yoga practice outside in nature
9h our copious organic vegan breakfast
followed by a workshop on ideas for a healthy vegan breakfast and a certificate of your participation of this workshop
afterwards departure or possibility to extend your stay in our B&B

2 nights accommodation in our organic B&B or guest house including all activities
€ 770 for 2 in spacious double room

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These workshops will give every participant the opportunity to learn how to prepare delicious vegan food using fresh, organic local products which are in season at that moment. Ayurvedic principles will be explained and incorporated as well. Learn how to include healthy seeds and herbs and make a delicious meal. Claudia is very creative in using all kinds of ingredients and loves to share; likewise this will be an opportunity for foodies and hobby cooks to share their knowledge with the group.
The yoga practice will be beneficial to the digestive system, be it stimulating in the morning or relaxing in the afternoon.
The entire retreat is created as a complete process, starting with the atmosphere here at La Vudèle and the exchange taking place during these retreats

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T&Cs: To book we ask for a 50% deposit, fully refundable if cancelled up to 30 days before the start date; all other cases by arrangement. The rest to be paid 30 days before arrival

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