Song of the Bird-France, Yoga and Nature Retreat, September 2016

by Come Back to Yourself Retreats

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Company Name: Come Back to Yourself Retreats

Name of yoga retreat: Song of the Bird-Yoga and Nature Retreat

Dates: 3-9 September 2016

City: Provence, Cote d‘Azur Country: France

Cost/Price: US$ 2,483

Early booking discounts? Early Bird 10% discount for registrations by March 24th, 2016 (sign up early, limited spaces available!)

Description of the Retreat: Your Invitation to slow down.
Immerse yourself in pure nature, sink into to the enchanting beauty of your surroundings, dive into the river of your own flow, and emerge shining within, free to be yourself and enjoy it all. Treat yourself to a week of pure bliss!

Take the opportunity of resting in harmony with nature, surrounded by vineyard and oaks, enjoying custom crafted yoga classes, nature excursions, wild dance, meditation, bathing, body treatments and relaxing with a small intimate group. Take the natural world in and merge into oneness.
Set in a private park, where the colours of the olive trees blend with the perfumes of lavender and rosemary creating a small Mediterranean paradise, lays a 17th century magical oasis of calm in one of the most beautiful parts of France: Provence, Cote d‘Azur. The perfect opportunity to tune into nature, connect and reflect. A place of stunning simplicity and incredible natural beauty where you can truly relax and be one with nature!

Accommodations: Surrounded by glorious vineyards and centuries old oaks, The 17th century charming fortified Provencal demure is set in 3 hectares of a private park in the heart of Provence, Cote d‘Azur. Secluded yet within easy access to pretty villages, it offers the perfect opportunity to tune into nature and into yourself. Situated only 40 minutes from the sea and from the Cote D'Azur between Cannes, St Tropez and Hyeres, with its hundreds of kilometers of white beaches, rocky capes and wild bays-the most beautiful coastlines of France. Medieval villages, lavender fields, chateaux and vibrant markets make this a perfect retreat destination for many heart-centered moments! Bastide Avellanne offers a truly pampering experience; comfortable suites, a spacious garden, indoor and outdoor yoga spaces, an outdoor swimming pool, lush gardens, breathtaking view of the vineyards and ample privacy and shaded spots between the pergola and the hammocks under centuries-old oak trees.
All suites overlook the garden, are very spacious and offer a perfect, quiet and elegant stay. The exposed stone harmonises with the pastel colours of the walls and the furnishings. The varying height of the ceilings and the ancient beams give all the spaces an equilibrium between past and present. Rooms have spacious modern en-suite bathrooms with walk in shower.

How long has the your company been running retreats? 1 year

Instructor name and bio: My name is Mei Shapiro, founder of Come Back to Yourself Retreats. You know as well as I that certain moments in life call to us, however faintly, for a change of pace. The need to go elsewhere and just be. Each retreat I lead is a combination of mindful living, yoga, relaxation, physical activities, creativity, dance, movement and having fun. 
Given my own corporate past and having benefited so much from the holistic approach I understand and acknowledge the essential need for finding a balance between work and life, between body and mind. 
I would like to share that wonderful experience with you and help you find simple ways that work for you. Everyone is capable of making these changes in their lives, and it always starts with the little things - sometimes they are right under your nose where you just can't see them! 
Coming Back to Yourself are my offering. Let me show you simple practical ways to slow down, blanace, reflect, smile, enjoy, embody and go home a fuller happier version of yourself. More aware of being perfect as you already are.
I love playing music, yoga, being underwater, wild dancing, painting, long walks on the beach, peaceful tea breaks, silent moments and magical sunsets. 
I am Canadian, fluent in English and French. I am passionate about travelling, nature, different cultures and places. At the moment I am living in the Golden land, Myanmar (Burma). Would love to share with you ideas and inspirations about living a fuller, more enriched life and most importantly, having fun!

Type of Yoga: Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga

Is there childminding available? no

What's included in the cost of the retreat:
All Inclusive Song of the Bird France-Yoga & Nature Retreat includes:
Six nights accommodation at a stunning 17th century French Estate (rooms serviced daily, AC, ensuite bathroom, garden view)
Private serene location; surrounded by vineyards, close to local villages
Private outdoor pool, tennis court
Three daily delicious healthy meals in villa prepared by your chef or at local restaurants (veg and non veg options)
Complimentary coffee/tea/juice, snacks and fresh fruit throughout the day
Daily crafted yoga classes
Daily guided sitting/walking meditation
Guided wild dance
Daily guided deep relaxation sessions
Two divine body treatments (body massage, facial) with highly trained massage therapists
Three day trips including transport and lunch
Wine and cheese tasting special
Bike rental on market day & island tour
Transportation to/from daily trips
Mindful creative workshops
Two guided sacred walks
Quality Yoga mats, blocks, straps, blankets and eye masks
Complimentary wifi internet access
An intimate retreat with max 7 participants-personalized experience, authentic connections
10% of profits donated towards our Come & Give back program

Treasures you take back home:
A personalized Yoga Nidra CD recording
2 detailed yoga sequences–Yin and Yang flow

What's not included in retreat cost: airfares, transfers to venue/back are not included

Are non-yoga partners welcome? yes, non-participants are always welcome. All classes are voluntary and there is always plenty of activities (or total relaxation) that can be enjoyed during the retreat in place of one of the yoga classes.

Food whats included in the cost and what type of food is it? Three daily delicious healthy meals in villa prepared by your chef or at local restaurants (veg and non veg options), special dietary requirements can be accommodated

Do they serve alcohol? yes

Number of Participants: max 7 participants-personalized experience, authentic connections

Daily schedule:
Below is an outline of our daily schedule, each day different surprises are offered. Please remember that this retreat is all about you! This means that all retreat activities are optional as you are encouraged to participate in what feels right for you, moment by moment.

07:30 serene smiling meditation
08:00 outdoor yin yoga class
09:30 breakfast in the garden
10:30 excursion tour
13:00 lunch at restaurant
17:00 guided sacred walk
18:30 5 rhythm dance
19:30 dinner at villa

Instructions for getting there:
For international travel, arriving a day earlier to France will allow you to adjust to the time difference and culture, while also allowing you to rejuvenate from the long fight. feel free to contact me for recommendations of some great places to stay.

Nice (NCE) and Marseille (MRS) international airports are both about 1hour and 10 minutes away, transfer from all airports is quite easy, and we can help guide you on the directions, and can help organize airport transfers.
There is also the option of TGV from Paris to Carnoules- only 4h away, and from there it's only 15 min drive to Bastide Avellanne. transport can be arranged on first and last day of retreat, please email me here.


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