This very special retreat promises to be a lovely combination of excellent yoga, incredible mountain walks (take it from us, the views from Chamonix’s hiking trails will blow you away) and plenty of healing relaxation time, including a free full body massage and a whole day at a fantastic spa just over the border in Italy.
Our incredibly intuitive instructor for this retreat, Ayda Koc, is passionate about helping people step into their fullest potential. As well as an excellent yoga instructor, Ayda is a revered therapist and transformational coach. During this retreat, through various breathing techniques and a healing style of yoga based in Anusura and Tantric Yoga, Ayda will guide you in practicing self-worth.
This retreat includes:
- A full body welcome massage
- 7 nights accommodation in a beautiful chalet
- Healthy and delicious meals. Breakfast, lunch and dinner (apart from one free evening to enjoy a meal at one of the fabulous local restaurants)
- A full week of yoga classes (check the retreat schedule for detailed info)
- Guided mountain hikes
- A whole day at a fantastic spa just over the border in Italy
- Transfers to and from Geneva airport
Our beautiful Chamonix chalet is situated high above the valley floor, with stunning views of the magnificent Mont Blanc mountain range. The chalet has 7 bedrooms, all designed and equipped to a very high standard. All bedrooms can be shared twins or doubles with a super king size bed, all have an ensuite bathroom, LCD TV and DVD player and a South facing Balcony (several have swing chairs and sun loungers).
The chalet has its own spa with a steam and sauna room, treatment room for the on-site massages, huge living area with double height picture windows and the ideal yoga deck, complete with Jacuzzi and pool, surrounded by breath-taking scenery.
During your retreat, there will be an excellent full-time chef, chalet host and driver providing catering, cleaning, driving and 24hr assistance.
Please specify, when booking, if you would prefer not to share a room.
The quality of the food on our retreats is very important to us. You will enjoy healthy, nutritional meals carefully chosen by our chef to complement the retreat perfectly. The food will be absolutely delicious and mostly vegetarian or vegan but you can opt for fish or meat when booking your retreat. Please include your dietary requirements in the section provided at checkout. We use organic and local produce where possible.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Born in Germany to Turkish and Italian parents, Ibiza yoga teacher Ayda Koc, from Yogayda (which stands for healing arts), is definitely not your everyday yogi. Described by Kate Winslet as ‘the teacher who got under her skin’, she goes beyond an everyday Yoga practice to help her students (who she prefers to refer to as yogis, believing you are your own teacher) unlock their fullest potential – be it physically, emotionally, spiritually, professionally.
Ayda’s love for the magic of life is evident in every asana and pranayama as she uses physical and physiological tools for wellness, life and vitality. Her varied skillset allows her to address all concerns and her inspirational teaching style has seen her lead classes from the clifftops of Ibiza to A-list luxury resorts around the world.
Ayda’s website: www.yogayda.com
Experience guided walks through the stunning French Alps.
Our gentle half day hikes last 2 – 3 hours with plenty of rest time to take in the incredible views. No prior fitness level is required. Our qualified and experienced walking guide and nature expert, Susanna Walker, carefully chooses trails to suit the abilities of our clients. She makes sure no-one is left behind, while imparting knowledge on the local wildlife and beautiful fauna.
On the full day hike we leave the chalet at 10am and set off to explore some of Chamonix’s best hiking trails. Around midday we make ourselves comfortable in an Idyllic setting for a high mountain 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.
All hikes are optional.
WHAT TO BRING
Chamonix Mont Blanc is the most beautiful Alpine region in Europe but as with all mountain regions, the weather is unpredictable. It can be extremely hot on sunny days and occasionally very cold even in spring and autumn, so it’s always a good idea to check the weather report right before you travel.
We recommend bringing hiking boots or sensible outdoor footwear, sunglasses, sun cream, a bathing suit (for the hot tub / spa / pool), a waterproof coat and enough layers just in case of cold weather. Don’t panic if you come unprepared or if you forget anything there are plenty of shops in town.
During the meet and greet we will go over the schedule and weather report for the week so we can adjust the schedule a little bit if necessary (hiking on sunny or slightly overcast days). We will fit the massages in around the schedule.