Disconnect, reconnect and recharge.
During this lovely spring-time retreat in Chamonix-Mont Blanc, we will discover the benefits of Yoga and Mindfulness with elements of Sound Healing techniques. Leaving behind city life, you will immerse yourself in the stunning beauty of the Alps, inspirational Vinyasa and restorative yoga classes, mindfulness meditations and a journey in sound therapy with our retreat leader; Malwina Koska. It’s time to disconnect from everyday life. We will focus on reconnecting with the self through reconnecting with nature. Spending time in nature gives you the opportunity to slow down and remember what’s important. Nature will quiet your mind, open your heart and invite ease into your body.
Experience incredible guided hikes, mindful walks and outdoor meditations, healthy and delicious, nutrition-focused, vegetarian food, curated music, forest baths, life in a luxury chalet (with it’s steam room, sauna, pool and hot-tub) and the best full-body massage you ever had! The sound healing elements of this retreat will lead you to mindfulness via a world of sounds, including; acoustic instruments, electronic music, silence and the sounds of nature that surround this wonderful retreat venue.
Malwina’s mission for this retreat is to create a safe space and provide the tools for you to reconnect with your true self. Reconnecting with your body through strong Vinyasa practice and restorative yoga in the evening, and nurturing your mind with daily meditations, mindful walks and cultivating healthy self-care habits. Enjoy being present in nature and totally relaxed in the most beautiful place on earth while learning some powerful mindfulness techniques that you can take away and implement in your daily, urban life.
This retreat is open to all levels of experience.
This retreat includes:
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)
- Mindfulness meditations
- Sound healing techniques
- Guided mountain hikes
- A whole day at a local Italian spa in the center of Chamonix
- Transfers to and from Geneva airport
Our beautiful chalet is nestled in the mountainside, high above the valley floor, with stunning views of Mont Blanc.
The chalet has 7 bedrooms, all designed and equipped to a very high standard. All of them have French doors leading out on to a South facing balcony overlooking the Chamonix valley and directly opposite the magnificent Mont Blanc mountain range. The bedrooms can be shared twins or doubles with a super king size bed and all have an en-suite bathroom, TV, DVD player and iPod docking station. Several have sun loungers just outside on the balcony.
The chalet has its own spa with a sauna, steam room, walk in shower and treatment room for the on-site massages. The terrace is the ideal place for yoga, complete with Jacuzzi, outdoor pool and breath-taking panoramic views of the French Alps. We also have a secluded indoor space for yoga and meditation, in case of rain.
The living area has large floor to ceiling windows to capture the valley scenery. A stone open fire place plays centrepiece to the sunken lounge and dining area, making it an inviting and sociable area to relax. There is also a cinema room and games room at the chalet to enjoy in your free time.
During your retreat, there will be an excellent full-time chef, chalet host and driver providing catering, cleaning, driving and 24hr assistance.
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
“What keeps you young and fit?”, “Yoga and swimming” answered Madonna in one of her interviews. And that’s how Malwina was influenced to embark on her yoga journey in 2002 🙂 She immediately found it was the perfect practice to balance her other passions: snowboarding and surfing.
In 2012 Malwina moved to London to follow a career with Apple in Business Development. While working under a lot of pressure in a high-paced city, she found an everyday retreat in yoga practice. Even after the most stressful days this self-care practice brought her such a significant level of relief that she decided to share this antidote for big-city-life with as many people in London as possible. She completed a 200h yoga teacher training in 2016, specialising in Vinyasa. She then went on to become a certified mindfulness teacher (200h MBSR Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and 80h Mindfulness for Kids 7-11 years old).
Malwina’s passion for wellness and meditation took her from the Business Development Executive role at Apple to co-founding her own corporate wellness company and becoming a full-time Yoga and Mindfulness teacher. ‘I wanted to bring this knowledge and these tools to every employee in the workplace’. That’s how she embarked on her life’s mission to make people healthier and happier.
Malwina emphasises the mind-body connection in her classes and is particularly interested in the ways her students can incorporate mindfulness into everyday life.
Malwina’s website: www.mindsovermatter.co
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 and as with all mountain regions, the weather is unpredictable. It can be extremely hot on sunny days and occasionally very cold even in summer, 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 backpack, a waterproof coat, a hat, warm layers and flip flops or slippers to wear on the deck. Don’t panic if you come unprepared or forget anything, there are plenty of shops in town.
The yoga classes will take place on the decking outside the chalet surrounded by the stunning Mont Blanc mountain range but we do have an indoor room to use on rainy days. We provide blankets as well as all yoga equipment (mats, blocks, bricks, straps, bolsters, eye pillows and blankets) but please bring extra layers in case of cold days.
We also provide towels and bathrobes at the chalet so no need to bring your own.
During the meet and greet we will go over the schedule and weather report for the week so we can adjust the schedule a bit if necessary (hiking on sunny or slightly overcast days). We will fit the massages in around the schedule.
“I have been practising with Malwina for over four years, and have known her throughout to be a thoughtful, attentive, and genuinely caring yoga instructor. Her practice balances between a deep understanding of the underlying philosophies of yoga and careful attention to physical components. Elemental and calm. Respectful, though always with an eye to progress and fostering personal development. She is simply a joy.” – William
“Malwina is an amazing yoga and mindfulness teacher. I always find her sequences very creative and she knows how to make me progress in my practice. The sessions are always targeting my needs, challenging yet relaxing. I’ve seen her teach in several groups with very diverse levels and I have even been to a few sessions with my mum and she has always provided us with the best classes. I’ve also done a few meditation classes with Malwina and it’s always been the most wonderful experiences. I couldn’t recommend her enough!” – Lola
“Malwina’s joy and passion for teaching really shine through in her classes. There is always something new and you are guaranteed to leave the practice feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. I love her gentle guidance, creative sequencing and calming meditation techniques. Highly recommend!” – Clare