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Malaucene Provence France
July 3, 2016 to July 9, 2016
Hatha| Iyengar | Vinyasa
Exotic Yoga Retreats
Join Exotic Yoga Retreats founder, Gayle Olson, on this France Yoga Holiday set in a historic 15th-century abbey turned boutique country villa, surrounded by lavender fields, olive groves and vineyards. It's the perfect holiday—with afternoons free to lounge about the pool, sip cappuccinos at charming cafes, explore classic villages of the Cote du Rhone valley, and share evenings of french meals and wine family style under the stars! FLOW OF THE DAY

MORNINGS begin with coffee or tea and quiet moments in the garden, meditating under an olive tree or taking a solo serenity walk through the vineyards. Convening on the outdoor yoga deck overlooking the vineyard, we share a deep yoga practice with Gayle Olson followed by a delicious French brunch under the shade of trees in a beautiful courtyard garden.

AFTERNOONS can be spent lounging about the pool, relaxing with a massage, reading, swimming, hiking or enjoying excursions. Explore local medieval towns brimming with cafes and rustic restaurants, expanding your palette tasting Provence's world-famous rosé wines or dreamily gazing at the sky as you float in the pool. At sunset we re-convene for a relaxing and rejuvenating restorative yoga, pranayama and meditation session.

EVENINGS are pure magic, as we share our meal family style under the stars—appreciating the simple life of sumptuous tastes, good food and great company! There will be evening activities involving music, meditation and connection… but remember, everything on this retreat is optional! You may prefer to drink wine late into the night, or climb into bed early with a book—our Mediterranean-style retreats provide the the perfect setting for you to relax, rejuvenate and be inspired—in the way that fits for you!


Discover or rediscover the joy of moving meditation with Exotic Yoga Retreats founder Gayle Olson with classes blend traditions of hatha, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Tantric and Yin Yoga. Whether fiery and energetic or soft and receptive, the practice will include Gayle’s trademark hands-on massage adjustments, and encourage you to maintain a strong, meditative focus on your breath — and on the joy of yoga. Gayle has been teaching world-wide for more than twenty years and is author of the Women’s Guide to Yoga & Fitness. EXCURSIONS & FLOW OF THE WEEK:

Exotic Yoga Retreats welcomes Emily Durand, founder of Your Private Provence as curator of our local excursions and tours. Yoga daily, morning & sunset (always optional) Sunday – Opening yoga, aperitif & dinner Monday – Relax day at villa by the pool; optional on-site wine tasting with Rhone expert, Philip Reddaway (€40) Tuesday – Wander the charming Provençal villages of Brantes & Montbrun-les-Bains Wednesday – Bike the famous wine region of Chateauneuf-du-Pape culminating in a castle lunch! (€75) Thursday – Stroll our local Malaucene market; lunch & siesta at villa; dinner on us at the magnificent village of Vaison (no yoga session this afternoon) Friday – Free day to lounge by the pool, hike, enjoy a massage Saturday – Closing Sun Salutations, breakfast, followed by a 10 am departure for Avignon


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