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A Week of Yoga, Gastronomy and Culture in Provence

From £922 pp

France, Provence

6 Nights / 7 Days

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A Week of Yoga, Gastronomy and Culture in Provence

From £922 pp

What You'll Do

Relax and unwind during yoga lessons then go discover yoga philosophy, nature and gastronomy in Provence and the Côte D’Azur on this fantastic activity filled break based in Saint-Jeannet; arrival is on Sunday evening and departure on Saturday morning (6 nights / 7 days).

This wonderful yoga, nature and personal development holiday is set perched on the border of Provence and the Cote D’Azur, regions renowned for panoramic landscapes, coastal and mountain view and rich history.

You’ll stay in the medieval village of Saint-Jeannet which will be the setting of this 6 night / 7 day yoga holiday combined with guided activities and workshops. This tranquil location sets the scene for your twice daily yoga lessons designed to energise you in the morning and unwind and relax in the evening.

During the week, there will be two communication workshops, one shared plant-based French gastronomy workshop with a professional chef and meditation sessions. You will also be able to enjoy a cooking class followed by dinner with a professional French chef.  There is a weekly set schedule which will bring you new experiences and exploration, with everything from hiking to shared cooking and food, you’ll have yoga as well as  free time to take part in massage treatments or simply explore the region.

Typical activities include a wonderful hike to get a 360 degree panoramic view over the Mediterranean sea, the French Riviera, and even stopping for a refreshing swim in the local waterfalls and freshwater ponds! On another day, you will end up off the beaten track on a meditation walk.

In your free time you can enjoy walking toward a 1000 year old oak tree, or perhaps finishing the day rambling to a local vineyard to enjoy some wine tastings.

During your wellness holiday, stay in a bright and gorgeously renovated  19 th century guest house. Three of the rooms boast balconies with stunning sea views. The other three have views of the majestic cliffs that give Saint-Jeannet its fame amongst the hilltop villages of the Cote d’Azur. Each room has a private ensuite bathroom, WiFi and various other modern amenities.

There is free WIFI throughout the house, as well as a fully equipped kitchen, a meditation and massage room, a sunny terrace, and of course a yoga studio, all at your disposal throughout your stay. Off-road parking in the village car park is possible free of charge with a token that you’ll be given for the week. Have an after dinner wander down the medieval cobbles and see where you end up for the sunset.

Experience
Highlights

Bespoke yoga and meditation sessions admist the beautiful French countryside

Hikes with breath-taking views, or to known-to-locals-only waterfalls and ponds for bathing

Plant-based gastronomy workshop with a professional French chef

Wine from the village vineyard accompanying 3 dinners

Your Local Host:

Benoit

Benoit and his fabulous team run a guest house specialising in Yoga holidays and Yoga retreats. It is situated in the heart of Saint Jeannet, a medieval village perched on the hills above Nice, only 20kms away from the famous French Riviera. Since 2006, they have been eager to share this magical place with you. They offer a weekly program during which you will discover or deepen your Yoga practice and enjoy everything the area has to offer: cultural and outdoor activities, French gastronomy through cooking sessions. This is a space where you will be able to relax, recharge yourself, and find out who you truly are, and what you really want. The House is also available as a private lodge from mid-November to mid-March. Please contact us for more details.

Experience Itinerary

Sunday

Arrival is on Sunday evening

15:00-18:00: Arrive to the house at your own convenience.

Should you arrive earlier a note will be left for you at the front door with the code and directions for make yourself comfortable.

18:00 – 21:00: This evening we welcome new arrivals to the house for introductions and bonding accompanied by a dinner aperitif.

Accommodation

– Your accommodation is in the charming medieval village of Saint Jeannet, filled with cobbled streets and hiking paths leading you into the hills
– The village is located just 25 minutes from Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport
– You will stay in a 19th century converted village house has been restored to a charming B&B
– There is a total of 6 rooms, 3 twin rooms & 3 double rooms – some rooms come with balconies but all of them come with a view
– The light airy rooms are well-decorated and there is an ensuite bathroom with shower in each room
– During your free time, there is a lounge for you to relax in and free WiFi.
– A fully equipped kitchen is available for you to make your own meals, tea or snacks in
– Outside there is a lovely terrace to enjoy breakfast on
– A washing machine and dryer are also available for you as well as secure off-road parking
– Check in to your room from 3pm and check out before 11pm; however, please note your hosts can be flexible if necessary

 

Monday

08:00 – 09:30: Yoga session
09:30 – 11: 00: Homemade breakfast on the sunny terrace

11:00-19:00 Walking day; following the philosophy of the Buddhist Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, “Every breath we take, every step we make can be filled with peace, joy and serenity. We just have to awaken, living in the present moment”.

In spring and autumn, hike around the Baou towards the top of the mountain for a homemade picnic and a magnificent view of the Côte d’Azur and the Alps. The walk is 8 km, + 350m and -350m difference in height on a rocky path, 4h00 + time for the picnic at the top. We provide backpacks with “Camel back” (1.5L) for drinking as well as trekking poles on request. Please bring comfortable shoes (trainers should suffice), sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, and in case of bad weather a windbreaker or rain gear.

In summer, we walk towards the gorges of the Cagnes or the Esteron (walk along the banks or sometimes in the river). You can swim in waterfalls and cool water pools. Please ensure you bring your swimsuit and towel. The walk itself is 5kms, + 100m and -100m of altitude difference on uneven ground, 2h30 + time for picnic and swimming in the river.

A picnic lunch, including a glass of wine, is included.
An introduction to meditation will take place during the excursion.

18:00 – 19:00: Meditation session.
20:00: Dinner organised by your hosts.

Accommodation

The B&B

 

Tuesday

08:00 – 09:30: Yoga session
09:30 – 11:00: Homemade breakfast on the sunny terrace.
11:00 – 14:00: Free time to relax, meditate at your own rhythm, reserve a massage or wander around the picturesque streets of the village or in the surrounding hills

14:00 – 16:00: Introduction to benevolent communication (based on Non-Violent Communication) with a certified professional: introduction

16:00 – 18:00: Afternoon tea and cake

18:00- 21:00: Colourful conscientious cuisine: an informal workshop leading to dinner, a moment to
bring more mindfulness to nourishing both our physical body and our mind Wine included.

Accommodation

The B&B

 

Wednesday

09:30 – 11:00: Yoga session
11:00 – 13:00: Homemade brunch on the sunny terrace
13:00 – 18:00: Free time to reserve a massage or Tibetan sound healing, wander the cobbled streets of this charming village, take a gentle climb for gorgeous views, or a short descent for a refreshing dip in the river, saunter to the village vineyard for a tasting led by the vintner, take in the local arts offer in the galleries of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, or by visiting the enchanting chapel designed by Henri Matisse in Vence, or even take a day trip to the oh-so-famous beaches of the Cote d’Azur.

18:00 – 19:00: Yoga session
19:00: Dinner, provided by the host, self-service.

Accommodation

The B&B

Thursday

08:00 – 09:30: Yoga

09:30 – 11:30: Homemade breakfast on the sunny terrace

12:00 – 14:00: Free time to relax, meditate at your own rhythm, reserve a massage or wander around the picturesque streets of the village or in the surrounding hills

14:00 – 16:00: Continuation of the benevolent communication workshop (based on Non-Violent Communication) with a certified professional: practice

16:00 – 18:00: Afternoon tea and cake

18:00 – 19:00: Yoga

19:00: Dinner at your leisure – hosts are able to help with recommendations and booking tables.

Accommodation

The B&B

Friday

08:00 – 09:30: Yoga session

09:30 – 11:00: Homemade breakfast on the sunny terrace.

11:00 – 17:00: Free flow day: to practice what we preach, being present. We leave the activity of this day open, to decide during the week. Activities in the past have included: trip to the beach, sampling the local art offer, a silent meditative walk in the village followed by a picnic and dip into the refreshing waters of a local river or wine-tasting at the village vineyard.

17:00-19:00: Plant-based French gastronomy workshop with our professional chef Noel

19:00-22:00: 3-course farewell dinner prepared during the gastronomy workshop. Wine included.

 

Personal development workshop with a certified therapist.

13:00 – 14:00: Free Time

14:00 – 17:00: Walk and meditative approach in the middle of nature: meditation / mantras

17:00 – 20:00: Farewell Dinner organised by your hosts

There will be a French gastronomy workshop with a professional French chef during which dinner is prepared while having drinks and tapas starters. This will be followed by the Farewell Dinner.

Accommodation

The B&B

Saturday

09:30 – 10:00: Closure ceremony of the retreat

10:30 – 12:00: Homemade brunch on the sunny terrace and check out.

Your luggage can be stored if your departure is later in the day.

Reviews (3)

Deborah

Tuesday 27th October, 2020

I was fortunate enough to have a week at the Frog's House in August and it was a welcome respite from a challenging year during the pandemic. Benoit and the team take care of everything with great care and attention. The room had a beautiful view acr...

I was fortunate enough to have a week at the Frog's House in August and it was a welcome respite from a challenging year during the pandemic. Benoit and the team take care of everything with great care and attention. The room had a beautiful view across the valley towards the sea and the yoga studio looked on to the mountain tops. There was delicious healthy food and a full program that you could engage with, or step out of if you wanted a more leisurely pace. The village of Saint Jeannet is perched between two incredible mountain tops and is charming, authentic and contained. The day trips we took were so enjoyable and the river swims were real highlights of the trip. I travelled by myself but never felt lonely or out of place. Highly recommended.

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Crystal

Monday 11th November, 2019

Thoroughly enjoyed the charming little village, beautiful yoga, French cooking, amazing hiking, fun day trips and absolutely lovely hosts!! Benoit is very passionate and patient, and was such a knowledgeable guide around the city! A very authentic Fr...

Thoroughly enjoyed the charming little village, beautiful yoga, French cooking, amazing hiking, fun day trips and absolutely lovely hosts!! Benoit is very passionate and patient, and was such a knowledgeable guide around the city! A very authentic French country side experience with a good mix of city exploring too! Fantastic and recommend it!!

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Brigg

Monday 30th September, 2019

Had an amazing time at the frogs house. The views are spectacular and has all the amenities you would ever need. The yoga was suitable for all levels, and as a beginner i found it very spiritual and testing physically but always felt amazing after. T...

Had an amazing time at the frogs house. The views are spectacular and has all the amenities you would ever need. The yoga was suitable for all levels, and as a beginner i found it very spiritual and testing physically but always felt amazing after. The food gave a real taste of French culture and was all locally sourced, delicious! Also really enjoyed the trips and the hosts felt more like friends rather than tour guides. The staff and people we met that were staying the same week really made the holiday, and honestly cant wait to go back again!

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Location Information

Saint-Jeannet stands in the hilltop villages of the Cote d’Azur, with majestic cliffs hanging over it, locally called Le “Baou”. Enjoy panoramic views of the coast all the way from the Italian border to the East, to Saint-Tropez in the West. To the North and East lie the magnificent French Alps. To the West, rolling foothills and low-lying mountain ranges trickling into the Mediterranean set the scene for spectacular sunsets year round.

Stay in a delightful family-run renovated guesthouse with a history that dates back to 1850. There is a total of 6 rooms; 3 twin rooms & 3 double rooms – some rooms come with balconies but all of them come with a fantastic view. There’s also a yoga shala for your yoga and relaxing time. Located in Saint-Jeannet, a charming medieval village perched on the hilltops of Provence overlooking Nice.

Nearest airport: Nice Cote D’Azur Airport (20km)

  • 6 nights accommodation at the B&B in a twin/double ensuite room
  • Please note: prices are per person and based on one person in a hill view room
  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • Food (all as organic and local as possible) breakfasts / brunches, picnic lunch on hike day, dinners on all nights other than on Thursday, including a welcome finger-buffet and a farewell dinner, afternoon tea & cake on two days.
  • Evening meals are provided on 5 days
  • Activity programme from Monday to Friday
  • Participatory plant-based mindful and colourful dinner
  • Cooking workshop with a professional French chef
  • Professional certified guide for activities
  • Hikes in the Mediterranean hills around Saint-Jeannet or in a local gorge/canyon to enjoy swimming in ponds and waterfalls on summer days
  • Compassionate Communication Workshops (inspired by Non-Violent Communication)
  • The “free flow day” activity (see programme), unless it is to a ticketed venue.

FAQs

You can check in any time after 3pm on Day 1 and check out by 11am on Day 7

- This holiday is suitable for all levels of yoga from beginners to experienced yogis
- A relatively good level of fitness is required for the walks
- Minimum age is 18 for this holiday
- Your hosts are French, and all cooking classes and guided cultural excursions are in English and/or French

- These holidays make great singles holidays as solo travellers can join groups for the daily activities and guests are encouraged to use and mingle in the shared spaces such as the terrace, living and kitchen
- Solo travellers will have their own private ensuite room for NO additional cost
- However, if there are two people travelling together who wish to share a room, a discount per person will be applied

Please find below some information regarding the accommodation and location of the holiday which may be useful when deciding if this is the right holiday for you; should you have an further questions, please contact us and we will be happy to help
- We generally do not recommend this location for those with restricted mobility
- The holiday is based in a mountain village with steps, narrow streets and guests stay in n old village house built over 4 floors without a lift
- There is no accessibility for wheelchairs at this venue
- If a person is able to walk but has 'some' restrictions then we would need further information concerning their needs and would be very honest if we felt the person could not participate in the activity holidays

- Breakfast or brunch every day, picnic lunch during excursions and all but one dinner (Thursday), are included in the price. So are tea and cake on two afternoons.
- Wine from the village vineyard is included with three of the dinners and at the picnic lunch. At all other times, it is available for purchase at cost price.
- Our meals are made with as far as possible organic and local ingredients. We encourage, but are not dogmatic about, a plant-based diet, and are happy to introduce you to some options: for example, we make our own yoghurt daily with vegetal alternatives to cow’s milk, and at some breakfasts we will cook you omelettes and other delights without their common animal-based ingredients. We will of course also serve French cheeses, pastries, etc. on particular days, and if requested by guests, more often.
- If you have dietary requirements, these must be communicated to us at the time of booking

- You will be happy to find lots of places to grab a bite to eat: 4 restaurants, 1 grocery store and 1 butcher, 1 bakery, 2 cafés/pubs
- You can also buy some take away meals in one of the local shops, at the butcher (who also makes vegetarian dishes), the bakery or get some supplies from the local supermarket and use the big open kitchen to prepare your meals

-Explore the beautiful village of Saint-Jeannet, wandering around its narrow medieval streets. Make this even more fun by participating in a wonderful treasure hunt organised by a local young entrepreneur that will take you around the secret places of the village and immerse you into the legend of the alchemist.
-Walk to the village vineyard and have a tasting led by the wine-maker.
-Meditate on your balcony watching the sea, or take a walk in the nearby hills and valleys
-Extra cost: book a massage or Tibetan Bowl Healing treatment
-Outdoor activities that the host can help you organise at extra cost: Canyoning, rafting, rock
climbing
-Explore the Cote d’Azur: Monaco, Eze village, Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat and Villa Ephrussi, Jean
Cocteau’s decorated chapel and villa, Matisse’s chapel in Vence, the art galleries of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, the glass blowing workshops of Biot, the perfume factories in Grasse, Antibes with its effortless combination of old and new, from beaches to forts, Nice, Cannes, and much more.

The retreat is for 6 nights/ 7 days an starting on Sunday and ending on Saturday.

- Light, airy rooms well decorated with lovely views and some with balconies
- Wifi throughout
- Fully equipped kitchen for you to make your own meals, tea or snacks in
- Lovely outdoor terrace to enjoy breakfast on
- Yoga shala for daily practice
- A meditation and massage room
- Washing machine and dryer available
- A selection of inspirational books for guests to read during their stay
- Secure off-road parking and WiFi throughout

-The yoga and meditation sessions, cooking classes, workshops and excursions are taught in English
and/or French to make them accessible to all guests.

-The main social language of the retreat, the language in which the guests chat with each other, is
advertised as English in the first two weeks of the month and French in the last, so those weeks are a
perfect place for yogis who want to improve their French while doing an activity they love, and
spending time with like-minded people. Intermediate proficiency in French is recommended to take
part in French weeks.
-But the hosts are extremely flexible and accommodating. If your dates don’t match the right
language, remember that the classes are in both languages anyway, and the hosts will also do their
utmost to include you in the social interactions, by doing as much simultaneous interpreting as they
can. They often find the other guests join in with this, too.

BED IN A SHARED TWIN ROOM WITH HILL VIEW

BED IN A SHARED TWIN ROOM WITH SEA VIEW
AND BALCONY

SINGLE OCCUPANCY DOUBLE ROOM WITH HILL VIEW

SINGLE OCCUPANCY DOUBLE ROOM WITH SEA VIEW AND BALCONY

DOUBLE/TWIN ROOM WITH HILL VIEW (MIN. 2 PEOPLE):Choose this option if you are two people sharing
the same room

DOUBLE ROOM WITH SEA VIEW AND BALCONY (MIN. 2 PEOPLE): Choose this option if you are two people sharing the same room