This fun and active retreat is open to everyone of all levels of experience. Guided snowshoeing excursions through the stunning Mont Blanc mountain range will take place on 3 of the days during your retreat (leaving time to enjoy the spa, take part in the excellent Yoga classes and relax in our luxury chalet with its hot tub, pool and on-site massages).
During this retreat we will head over to Italy to spend a whole day pampering ourselves at spa Pre St Didier. This spa has got to be one of the best spas in Europe, if not the world! It’s innumerable steam rooms, saunas, hammams, treatment rooms, relaxation rooms, Jacuzzis, thermal baths, flotation pools, whirlpools, waterfalls, meditation rooms, sensorial tubs, music therapy tubs, Kniepp hydrotherapies, Vicky showers, foot-baths (the list goes on and on) come together to create a multifaceted haven of wellness, with something for everyone to enjoy. Relax and rejuvenate while taking in the incomparable views of the Italian side of the Mont Blanc massif.
Your experienced and intuitive instructor for this retreat; Clive Fogelman, has a creative and open minded approach to Yoga and meditation. Through flowing sequences and restorative postures (with variations for all levels of practice), Clive will guide you in cultivating an intuition for what your body needs while building strength, creating flexibility and letting go of stress.
This retreat will offer a variety of yoga styles, including; Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Yin and Restorative Yoga with meditation. To get a flavour for Clives style of teaching check out some of his videos. Clive teaches a very inclusive style so all levels of experience are welcome.
This retreat includes:
- A full body welcome massage
- 5 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)
- Twice daily yoga classes (check the retreat schedule for detailed info)
- Guided snowshoeing treks
- A full day at a wonderful Italian spa
- 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
Based in London, Clive Fogelman has a creative and open-minded approach to yoga and meditation, influenced by his therapeutic work and sporting background. He encourages people to cultivate intuition within their bodies, mindful that all individuals are different and continually evolving.
His tailored yoga classes emphasise linking breath and movement to direct attention inward and become more aware of each moment and the unique nature of our own body. Drawing on the parallels between yoga and life, the mat becomes an opportunity for exploration and transformation.
Clive teaches vinyasa flow, restorative and yin yoga, always offering variations for all levels. His meditation classes include guided visualisations, breathing techniques and often integrate poetry.
Clive’s website: www.helloyoga.co.uk
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 summer, so it’s always a good idea to check the weather report right before you travel.
We recommend bringing insulated, waterproof boots. They have thick soles, rubber/leather uppers and insulation – perfect for snowshoeing. Leather hiking boots work well, too, especially if they are waterproof. Wool or synthetic socks with wicking liners, although not essential, keep your feet warm and dry for the duration of each trek. A waterproof, breathable shell jacket and trousers will keep you dry and fend off wind. We also recommend bringing sunglasses, sun cream, a bathing suit for the spa and enough layers (a fleece if you have one) in case of cold weather. Don’t worry 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. We will fit the massages in around the schedule.
‘The whole experience was beautiful. The setting, the chalet, the food, the yoga, the massage, the food, the walks, the spa day, the food, and the total vibe – calm but energising, excellently organised but relaxed – were all perfect. The food was delicious, healthy, satisfying. El and Anna were totally brilliant. I loved the food. Clive’s yoga was inspirational, every day. But the aspect that perhaps I wasn’t expecting, and which surprised me, was the power, joy, and inspiration I gained from my fellow guests. Thank you all.
And did I mention the food..?’ – Simon Blake
‘The other guests were wonderful; inspiring and real pleasure to spend time with. Everyone involved in running the retreat was very welcoming, friendly and really fun to have around. Eleanor and Anna made us all feel really at home and looked after us brilliantly. Wonderful, inspiring, responsive yoga teacher. I had the best massage I have in years. The food was excellent, absolutely delicious. The views were magnificent. Perfect balance of structure and freedom.’ – Fiona Paveley
‘Had the most relaxing week. Such a great experience. Everything was so smooth, well organised. Awesome yoga and hikes of course. The venue is fabulous, with indoor spa, pool & jacuzzi, in-house cinema …the food was incredible. On top of all that, it was so lovely to meet new people and it truly ended up being a beautiful, fulfilling and humbling human experience. Thanks to all of you.’ – Morgane Boucherit