8 Day All Inclusive Holiday

Winter Yoga & Snow Retreat Holiday in the French Alps

8-15 February 2020

Sixt Fer A Cheval, France

From €1430 per person

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What awaits you on this holiday?

Take time to recharge and enjoy a mindful week of snowshoeing and yoga in a magical mountain setting. Enjoy delicious artfully prepared vegetarian food, indoor yoga and plenty of time to rest and slow down in a beautifully restored French farmhouse. Reconnect with yourself and nature in a quiet environment, whilst learning tools to bring a sense of calm into your everyday life. Come curious with an open mind. The retreat is open to all levels.

Guided Snowshoeing

“Nothing to do, nowhere to go“. During half-day mindful snowshoeing excursions, we’ll enjoy the beauty of the winter landscape with its endless forests and snow covered peaks. Together with a mountain guide, we’ll find our own walking rhythm and practise connecting to nature by observing our thoughts and senses. These tools will help you slow down and stay centred to fully enjoy the present moment. Our guide will carefully select snowshoeing routes with easy to moderate climbs. Walkers are required to wear comfortable waterproof boots and
outerwear, while snowshoes and poles will be provided by the mountain guide.

Daily Yoga & Meditation in the Studio

Deepen your yoga practice with daily yoga and meditation classes with our teachers. Whether you’re a complete beginner or an advanced yogi, this program will help you awaken the potential within yourself, through Vinyasa, Alignment-based and Restorative yoga methods, led by a team of qualified yoga instructors. Sessions take place in a
beautiful, fully-equipped studio located in a quiet corner of the garden, which benefits from the mountain sunlight and is perfect for practising in small groups.

'The Power of Pause' Workshop

During this one-hour workshop in the warm and relaxed atmosphere of the studio, coach and mindfulness teacher Sally-Anne, will help you learn tools for bringing a sense of
calm into your everyday life. Deepen your mindfulness practice whilst learning how you can counter mental exhaustion, ground yourself and achieve mental clarity through the simple steps of pausing, focusing and breathing. The workshop combines theory and practice.

What's Included

7 NIGHTS OF ACCOMMODATION

You will stay in a beautifully renovated farmhouse with four ensuite bedrooms (with twin, triple and quadruple bed arrangements), in the French Alpine village of Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval.

ALL MEALS

Fuel the body and mind with our delicious vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner, prepared by our in-house chef. Unlimited tea and fresh fruit are also included.

YOGA & MINDFULNESS PROGRAM

Experience indoor daily sessions of Vinyasa, Alignment-based and Restorative yoga, along with mindfulness workshops led by our team of inspiring qualified instructors.

THREE GUIDED SNOWSHOEING EXCURSIONS

Enjoy the snow and get back to nature as you explore the valleys and forests of the French Alps. Our snowshoeing walks are led by a certified mountain guide and include equipment.

YOGA STUDIO

Complete access to the indoor yoga studio, which is fully equipped with yoga props; including mats, blocks, straps and blankets.

ONE DAY OF REST

Enjoy a free day to spend as you wish: treat yourself to a massage, explore the local village, enjoy the ski slopes, book a ski lesson or simply rest in the chalet.

What's Not Included

Airport Transfers (details below)

Travel Insurance

Personal Expenses

How to get here

From Geneva Airport or Central Railway Station

We are a 75 minute drive from Geneva, and a straightforward journey from Geneva Airport or central railway station* by one of the following options:

Exclusively for our retreat participants, we organise a minibus from the airport to The Chalet in Sixt Fer A Cheval. A driver will meet the group at the arrival flight area at Terminal 1 at 1pm on 8th Feb 2020. The meeting point is Tekoe Cafe.

On the departure day 15th Feb, there will be a minibus from The Chalet to Geneva Airport, departing at 10.00am.

Price: €80 per person (€40 each way). To book contact us: info@yogainthealps.com

* If you’re travelling to Geneva by train, arrive at Gare Cornavin Railway Station, which is connected to the airport by train or bus. From Cornavin station take the 8 minute train ride to the airport (departs every 12-20 minutes) and walk 5 minutes through the shopping area to Terminal 1. Alternatively, take a 20 minute bus (number 5) from Cornavin station to the airport (departs every 30 minutes and stops directly at Terminal 1).

If you’re short on time and require a direct service, you can book a private taxi. The price starts from €200 from Geneva to The Chalet. For information contact us: info@yogainthealps.com

If you can’t make it to our organised transfers, you can book a seat in a shared minibus with Go Massif Transfers with other passengers travelling from Geneva Airport to our area and back. The shared minibus will drop you off/pick you up at the chalet. Please note: the waiting time in the airport can be up to 60 minutes; passengers may go via other Grand Massif resorts before being dropped off – please be patient.

Price: €90 per person (€45 each way)
Book Online with: https://gomassif.com/

Destination:
Maison La Cerisaie, Salvagny, 74740 Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval

If you travel by car, you can find us by GPS / Waze. Maison La Cerisaie, Salvagny, 74740 Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval. There is parking outside.

The Chalet

Located in the magnificent setting of Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval village, just 75 minutes from Geneva airport, this is a perfect base for all-mountain activities and anyone seeking a peaceful, restorative retreat. Located in a quiet spot, 15 minutes’ walk from the main village, the chalet faces spectacular mountain views. Built in 1830, the farmhouse has been beautifully renovated to combine traditional Alpine character with contemporary design and original art throughout.

The interior is designed for relaxation in total comfort, with newly fitted ensuite bathrooms in all the bedrooms, spacious living and sitting areas, and a unique dining hall with a wooden knights table that’s perfect for sociable mealtimes. Other comforts include an inviting wood-burning stove, boot warmers, clothes drying rooms and a luxurious hot tub. The peaceful garden hosts a secret yoga studio away from the main hub of the chalet.

The Location

Sixt Fer A Cheval, French Alps

Environmentally rich and unique, the magnificent Alps are one of the largest and highest mountain ranges in the world. Dynamic and diverse, here you can feel nature shifting around you. Sixt is a sleepy place in the stunning Vallée du Giffre with charming architecture dating back to the 17th century. It has long been established as the starting point for many well-known hikes in the spectacular Mont Blanc region. Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval is surrounded by the largest nature reserve in the Haute-Savoie, and is also one of the five ski resorts of the Grand Massif, France’s 4th largest linked ski area. It’s great snow record and natural landscape make it perfect for a wide-range of winter activities.

The Chef

Jessica De Jong

Based in the mountain village of Samoëns in the French Alps, Jess, the chef and owner of her own catering company Dailycieux, is passionate about creating artful delicious meals, using fresh, local and bio ingredients. Inspired by the mountains, local gardens and farmers markets, Jess loves to create nourishing and exciting meals. During this retreat, Jess will serve nutritionally dense, vegetarian food with optional fish choices. The meals will be served three times per day in the beautiful dinning room of the chalet.

The Hosts

Polly and Reuben Shaul

We are the couple behind Yoga in the Alps. We put our hearts and souls into planning and running yoga retreats, for fun-loving people who want to escape and re-connect through yoga in the mountains. Polly is a 300hr (Tel Aviv) and 200hr (Switzerland) certified yoga teacher, and also remains a very keen student. Polly teaches yoga based on the Iyengar method of understanding position and alignment, which has been designed to systematically cultivate stability, confidence and awareness. Reuben practises yoga, mindfulness meditation and takes part in Vipassana retreats.

Yoga Teacher

Julia Barnes

Originally from Scotland, Julia fell in love with yoga while living in New York. After arriving in France, she co-founded O Yoga, Lyon’s first Vinyasa yoga studio, in 2011, where she taught and co-managed the space for several years before leaving the city for the mountains. Living in the Alps, Julia is passionate about movement, whether it’s yoga or roaming around exploring her mountain home.

Julia’s approach is playful yet thoughtful, combining a creative flow with a focus on alignment and mindfulness. She invites us to find space, freedom and joy for ourselves. Her weekly classes and the community of yogis in the Valley are her anchor, but she also leads retreats and workshops elsewhere. Julia occasionally works with Yoga Journal France, and helps to organise the annual Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval Yoga Festival.

Mountain Guide

Agnieszka Warszawska

Originally from Poland, Agnieszka is a mountain guide and climbing instructor, as well as a mum of three. She has been based in Samoëns for 20 years and is absolutely passionate about mountain sports in all their forms, but especially climbing! Along with hiking and snowshoeing trips, she also practices yoga and a healthy lifestyle. It's always a pleasure for Agnieszka to introduce her guests to the magical places of the Giffre Valley in all their beauty and natural power.

Mindfulness Teacher

Sally-Anne Airey

Sally-Anne Airey, the owner of the chalet and a highly skilled leadership coach, draws on more than 35 years’ experience as a Royal Navy Commander, international business leader, coach and facilitator.

A professional coach for over 12 years, she has an Advanced Diploma in Coaching from The OCM in Oxford. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) in the UK, and a certified Mindfulness at Work Trainer and Retreat Leader. For many years she has been practising mindfulness as a way to clarity, insight and purposeful action. This and her natural empathy enable her to engage strongly with you and open your mind to new possibilities.

ANY QUESTIONS?

ARRIVAL DAY
13:00 Pick up from Geneva Airport Terminal 1
16:30 Check in
17:00 Snack
18:00 Introduction & Restorative Yoga
20:00 Dinner

TYPICAL DAY
07:30 Yoga / Meditation
9:00 Breakfast
10:00 Snowshoe Trip / Workshop / Free Time
14:30 Lunch
16:00 Free Time to Relax
18:30 Restorative Yoga / Meditation
20:00 Dinner
21:00 Quiet time

DEPARTURE DAY
8:00 Breakfast
10:00 Check out & Transfers to Geneva Airport

Our guided snowshoe walks are led by a qualified, highly capable and knowledgeable Mountain Leader. Each walk is around 3 hours, combining beginner and moderate levels: some hiking experience is preferable although not essential, and no snowshoeing experience in necessary. The hike includes easy to moderate climbs and descents, and requires the hiker to have a basic level of fitness and wear comfortable waterproof boots and clothes. Snowshoes and poles are provided.

Absolutely! During this retreat you will be introduced to Vinyasa, Alignment-based yoga, Restorative yoga, and Vipassana Meditation suitable for all levels, including beginners. After booking a retreat, you will be asked to complete a Personal Details Form and a Health Declaration. We recommend you consult with us before booking if you are pregnant, have an injury, are recovering from a disease or have a heart or blood pressure condition, or mental health issues.

The yoga classes and guided hikes will be led in English, however most of the team speak French too.

During this retreat, the chalet will host a maximum of 11 guests, which ensures everyone experiences the space they need to relax.

The chalet is fully equipped with towels, toiletries and yoga mats, we also provide snowshoes and poles. Bring comfortable clothing for on and off the yoga mat.
For snowshoeing bring breathable warm inner layers, waterproof outer layers (snow jacket and salopettes or similar), waterproof hiking boots and hiking socks, a reusable water bottle, a small/medium-sized rucksack to pack for the day, a warm winter hat, neck protector of scarf, waterproof gloves, high-factor sunscreen and sunglasses.
Don’t forget to pack a swimsuit to enjoy the hot tub.

You can expect healthy, nourishing and tasty vegetarian meals. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be packed full of natural, fresh ingredients and carefully prepared by our chef Jess.

Most of our guests are solo travellers and we highly recommend it for many reasons. It’s a great opportunity to create sacred space for yourself, to take a break from daily responsibilities, to make new friends, to gain a fresh perspective and even get to know yourself better. Typically our guests range in age between 25-65 and many are excited to be travelling by themselves for the first time.

We definitely recommend you treat yourself to a massage during your free day. Our local therapists are trained in deep tissue massage, sports massage, Swedish massage and reflexology. Contact us to book your slot in advance!
60 min 80€
75 min 95€
90 min 110€

Stay Local:
- Simply rest in the chalet and/or treat yourself to a massage (see above to book in advance)
- Explore the small local village of Sixt by foot directly from the chalet
- Explore the nearby beautiful mountain town of Samoëns (free shuttles provided, book in advance)

Skiing & Snowboarding:
- The chalet is right next to the small ski area of Sixt village and is a ten minute drive from the Grand Massif Express gondola which takes skiers to Samoëns 1600 for direct access to the Grand Massif ski area and its 265 km of pistes.
- The chalet overlooks the foot of the spectacular 14 km Piste des Cascades. This special run is highly recommended for its unforgettable views. To access the run, skiers must take the Grand Massif Express to Samoëns 1600 and ski to the Flaine summit (your hosts will be happy to show you this on a piste map).
- It's possible to hire ski equipment in local rental shops in Sixt and Samoëns.
- If you’re a beginner or completely new to skiing you can book a private / group ski lesson and enjoy the local beginner areas (book in advance).
- Choose your ski pass and area:
https://www.grand-massif.com/en/your-stay/ski-passes/tariffs-lift/

All clients need to be adequately insured for all activities they are taking part in. Insurance must include repatriation and details should be provided at the beginning of each trip.

All European clients should obtain a European Health insurance card (EHIC), however, this is not a substitute for travel insurance.

Cancelation:
- up to 60 days before arrival – full refund, minus booking fee of €250.
- up to 30 days before arrival – 50% refund of cost.
- up to 14 days before arrival – 20% refund of cost.
- less than 14 days before arrival or no-show – no refund.

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Please Note...

This Holiday is a partnership between Yoga In The Alps and Live Breathe Hike.
Live Breathe Hike is a registered Travel Agency in France and holds a Tour Operator license with ATOUT. The payment will be received by Live Breathe Hike.

Cancelation:
up to 60 days before arrival – full refund, minus booking fee of €250.
up to 30 days before arrival – 50% refund of cost.
up to 14 days before arrival – 20% refund of cost.
less than 14 days before arrival or no-show – no refund.

Please fill out a Personal Details Form and Health Declaration that will be sent via email after booking.

Price does not include flights, airport transfers, travel insurance and personal expenses.

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Terms & Conditions

Terms and Conditions (updated Jan 2019) – All trips are sold subject to these Terms and Conditions (hereinafter T&Cs). 

1. Insurance

All clients need to be adequately insured for all activities they are taking part in. Insurance must include repatriation and details should be provided at the beginning of each trip.

All European clients should obtain a European Health insurance card (EHIC), however, this is not a substitute for travel insurance.

2. Health and fitness

Trip members have the responsibility to select a trip appropriate to their abilities and interests. In order to assist with this, all trips are graded and we welcome the opportunity to discuss trip details/answer questions in advance of your reservation. Trip members must be in sufficiently good health to undertake the trip, and if unsure seek medical advice in advance. For your own safety, you need to inform us of any medical conditions in advance or at the start of the trip. Trip members are also required to bring adequate clothing/equipment as advised in the pre-departure information.

3. Dietary Requirements

We endeavor to work with clients and accommodate their dietary requirements. We fully encourage you to contact us in advance to discuss your requirements then we have every opportunity to explore options thereafter.

4. Cancellations and Fee Schedule Per Person

up to 60 days before arrival – full refund, minus booking fee of €250
up to 30 days before arrival – 50% refund of cost.
up to 14 days before arrival – 20% refund of cost.
less than 14 days before arrival or no-show – no refund.

Fees are calculated from the date we receive written cancellation notice which can be via email. If clients are unable to access email and cancel over the phone we will confirm in writing the cancellation.

If you cancel 60 days or more prior to departure, it may be possible to transfer to another trip without occurring any fees. Please discuss this with us in the first instance.

With specific departures, there may be an increase in cancellation fee if the accommodation provider T & Cs mean we are liable for payment.

5. Complaints

If you have a complaint, please contact us as soon as possible, in the first instance your leader is often your obvious point of contact. This ensures we have every opportunity to explores solutions to the problem(s) arising and we will do all we reasonably can to resolve the complaint. You must tell us within 4 weeks after your holiday of any complaints that you feel have not been dealt with properly.

6. Alterations By Us

We will tell you as soon as reasonably possible if we must make any alteration to your holiday. Most alterations are minor, but very occasionally we might have to make a major alteration. A major alteration is a change of location or to a lower standard of accommodation for a substantial part of your holiday, a change in start/finish dates or necessary price rise in your holiday caused by rises in costs (e.g. exchange rates, internal transport etc). You may then choose as follows:

  • To accept these alterations
  • To withdraw from the holiday, in which case we will repay all monies paid to us including your deposit and this is the sum of our liability to you
  • To accept an alternative holiday that we may propose to you, in which case if the proposed holiday is a lower price we will pay you the difference and if it is a higher price we may ask for the difference.

You must inform us of your choice as soon as possible after we contact you.

7. Group Leadership

On a guided holiday your leader is responsible for the safety and enjoyment of the whole group and has sole discretion, on behalf of Live Breathe Hike, to exclude temporarily a participant from the group. They may also choose to terminate the participants holiday without the possibility of a refund if the leader thinks the participant is likely to endanger the group safety or spoil its enjoyment.

8. Your Responsibility

Mountain holidays by their very nature are adventurous, with a certain level of risk is undertaken. Individuals need to conduct themselves in a safe and responsible manner at all times; responding to advice, guidance, and instruction that may be given by the group leader / experienced professional and take all reasonable actions to eliminate accidents or injury.

9. Our Responsibilities

We will take all reasonable care to ensure that the information we give to you is accurate, including on our website, in your schedule and information pack. We will do all that we can to provide the service as described in the information we give to you. We are not liable if any failure is:

  • Attributable to anyone other than us
  • Attributable to a third party unconnected to us, and unforeseeable or unavoidable
  • Due to unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control and could not have been avoided even if all due care had been taken
  • Due to an event which even with all due care we could not foresee or forestall

10. Cancellation By Us

Live Breathe Hike reserves the right to cancel any trip prior to departure for any reason whatsoever, including insufficient signup or logistics problems that may impede trip operations. The refund of all land payments received shall relate Live Breathe Hike from any further liability.

Live Breathe Hike must normally make substantial payments to its suppliers far in advance of the scheduled trip departure date. If a trip is canceled due to force majeure; (acts of God, war, strikes, earthquake, flooding etc), Live Breathe Hike will promptly refund the portion of the trip cost not already advanced to suppliers and use its best efforts to recover and refund the balance as promptly as possible. However, Live Breathe Hike does not guarantee recovery of any or all of the advance payments made.

11. Additional Costs

Live Breathe Hike shall not be liable for (a) expenses such as additional nights and meals not specified in the individual trip itineraries, but which may required to get to from a trip start or end; expenses due to the delay of a trip for any reason (e.g. bad weather, trails conditions, land slides, flooding, sickness etc); (c) expenses occurred in recovering lost luggage by airlines, belongings left behind on a trip or in shipping purchases or other goods home from abroad; (d) visa and other incidental costs.

Live Breathe Hike reserves the right to take photographic or film records of any trips, and may use any such records for promotional and/or commercial purposes without payment.

This was the perfect break - refreshing, relaxing and recharging!!! Everything was perfect from organisation and logistics point of view, Jackie was a wonderful yoga teacher and so willing to share additional perspective and learning, the lodgings and food were outstanding and Polly and Reuben were the perfect hosts. Thanks a lot and see you next year!

Ruth, 3-7 Aug 2018

We had a really great experience with Yoga in the Alps. I convinced my husband to join me for a 5-day yoga retreat. Polly & Reuben put all their heart and soul into this retreat and did it amazing. Daily yoga, walking meditation and more. The chalet was very cosy and the nature around went perfectly well with yoga experience. Estelle, has lovingly cooked us balanced, varied and delicious meals. The atmosphere was very pleasant and the different cultures from all over were very inspiring. We can fully recommend this yoga retreat to anyone who’s looking for active relaxation and a mindful time out.

Susanne, 12-17 July 2018

Fantastic journey I had with fantastic people, amazing nature and professional teacher️! Thanks to high level of yoga classes I went deeper into the practice, refreshed my mind, found the balance in my thoughts, emotions and body. It was a perfect time to take a moment just for myself, reuniting with nature and community. Polly & Reuben are organising the retreat perfectly, thinking about every small detail so just choose your retreat and let it happen. Waiting for the schedule of your next retreats for next year...

Alena, 19-23 July 2018

Thank you so much Polly and Reuben for this incredible week. We had excellent yoga classes, thanks to Julia, excellent food and comfortable room in a really nice “maison suisse”. We spent the week, practicing yoga, relaxing, walking in the Alps and enjoying the present moment. I strongly recommend this yoga retreat!!!!!

Sonia, 17-21 Aug 2018

Polly & Reuben are fantastic hosts! This was my first Yoga Retreat ever so I was rather anxious about how it would all turn out. However, my expectations were greatly exceeded! The organisation was excellent - we were picked up from Geneva Airport. The schedule worked out really nicely with yoga mostly practiced outdoors so we got to enjoy the beautiful French Alps air and views! The atmosphere that was created was also so conducive for relaxation. New friendships were made here and that’s so wonderful to be connecting with so many people from different walks of life. I had a really wonderful time and highly recommend this retreat!

Lester, 19-23 July 2018

Cette retraite a Morillon a été très bien organisée, du début a la fin, aucune fausse note....
Accueil chaleureux, hébergement plus que confortable, cuisine excellente, cours de yoga impeccables.... Pendant 5 jours, « nothing to do, nowhere to go »! On revient plein d’energie positive, comme après un voyage.

Isabelle, 17-21 Aug 2018

I loved the thoughtful, unpretentious, generous, and self-loving approach to a yoga retreat. Every detail was considered and the entire experience was lovely. I look forward to attending another retreat in the future.

Christy, 27-31 July 2018

This summer I had the privilege to spend an amazing few days in Morzine attending one of the yoga retreats Polly and Ruben hosted. I had the most amazing time from the first moment till the very last. Polly and Ruben made sure we had the most relaxing and fulfilling experience ever. I can't wait to visit again.

Eszter, 27-31 July 2018

This was the perfect getaway! Very well balanced between relaxing and active experiences. Loved everything! The yoga classes, the place, the food, and the wonderful group gathered from around the world. Polly and Ruben made it so beautiful and inspiring, they truly deliver the experience you see in the pictures. Hope to book again next summer.

Bat Chen, 19-23 July 2018

Organisation parfaite, prof de yoga de grande qualité, une nature à couper le souffle... de beaux moments privilégiés que je vous recommande vivement!! Merci encore Polly pour cette expérience magique.

Marine, 3-7 Aug 2018

The best yoga retreat I’ve ever been to!!! A magical combination of yoga with the amazing teacher Jackie, the breathtaking French Alps and the awesome hosts Polly and Reuben. Looking forward for the next year retreat!

Dina, 19-23 July 2018

Loved everything about this retreat! Had wonderful days in a diverse international group. Estelle, the owner of the chalet we stayed in, made spectacular meals. Nice balanced yoga classes from a professional teacher. And the mountains...

Marte, 7-11 Aug 2018

Tout était parfait.
Le yoga, les actuvités, le temps de repos, le chalet, la nourriture, l’atmosphère du groupe...

Sophie, 3-7 Aug 2018

What an experience, this was really a inspirational trip! The organisation and attention to detail was fantastic,
combination of Yoga, Trekking and Food was spot on. I was challenged just enough, never hungry and always relaxed. Extended expectations and I can not wait for next year to do it all again!

Danielle, 7-11 Aug 2018

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