sept nuits à paris: an exploration of yoga, culture and self
september 20 to 27, 2018
Yoga + Paris. 'Nuf said -- but I'll say more because I'm too excited not to...
This retreat was born from the desire to share, jointly, my two most favorite things: yoga and living another language.
I am of the camp that believes that language shapes one's experience. For me, travel, especially in a foreign language, goes far beyond being a tourist. It is an opportunity to try on and adapt. It is about embracing a place's social norms and embodying it's cultural nuances so that it becomes a part of me and I, a part of it. It is about getting lost and then finding myself, again and again. In that, it is a practice of yoga -- an exploration of self.
For several years, I facilitated this sort of experience as a field producer and translator for National Geographic and PBS. Here, for the first time, I am marrying these skills with my love of teaching yoga and creating an offering of my own.
Within the container of this retreat, you will dive deeply into your asana practice. You will wine and dine. You will visit historic sites and have plenty of time to stroll and shop and museum hop and eat baguettes. And you will se poser la question "Who am I en français?" as you wander through the dreamy Parisian streets.
Because of its small, intimate nature, this retreat is limited to women only.
L'hébergement (The lodging):
You will spend seven nights at the beautiful Maison Pierre Chanzy, a boutique Bed & Breakfast located in the 11th arrondissement. The neighborhood, full of cafés and artists, is a favorite of Parisians; is situated in the heart of the city (easily walkable/bike-able/métro-able to the attractions) yet outside the bustle of tourist traffic, and as such feels très parisien.
Yoga and meditation will be offered by moi each day.
Du matin: Morning practices will be held daily at a nearby studio. Guided meditation will be offered, followed by nourishing and invigorating vinyasa classes.
Après-midi: Afternoon workshops will help you refine your standing poses, backbends and hip openers and build towards arm balances and inversions. They will also give you an opportunity to blow up your Instagram feed, as these workshops will be held in different iconic locations around the city.
The entire résidence, with a lovely, traditional kitchen, living and dining area, will be ours for the week. You can choose to have a room to yourself (SOLD OUT) or share a room with another yogini (twin bed). All bathrooms are shared; it's Paris, after all.
You will be served delicious Parisian breakfasts each morning. Fresh fruit and yogurt and cheeses and jams and café and thé and, of course, fresh baguettes and croissants and pain au chocolat and other deliciousness from different bakeries will be provided. Is your mouth watering yet? Yeah, mine too.
You will enjoy gourmet French cuisine at favorite Parisian restaurants for our group arrival and departure dinners, and will learn to cook some French fare in a private cooking class-and-dinner just for our group. For other meals, you will be free to explore the city's culinary side as you desire, or if you prefer, pick up some spécialités at a local market to prepare back at the Maison. A simple wine + baguette picnic along the Seine is always endorsed.
You will visit the palace and gardens of Versailles and tour of the city by night down the Seine. I will serve as your personal concierge to help you curate the Parisian experience you most desire. You will receive personalized maps and neighborhood guides and the necessary tools and support to help you navigate the city as you journey through your inner landscape.
This is a trip for YOU. It is an opportunity to seek and unleash. To practice pushing your edges of comfort. To lose yourself and find yourself again -- and, perhaps, anew. Allons-y!
Ça veut dire (In other words):
Pricing for this retreat includes:
-Seven nights of accommodations
-Daily yoga and meditation
-All breakfasts and three group dinners
-Unlimited snacks, fruit, coffee and tea
-Visit to Versailles, Seine river tour and private cooking class
-Transportation to/from airport
-Personalized trip planning with Mira to shape your free time
-The magic that only Paris can provide...
Airfare, additional excursions/attractions, non-group meals, alcoholic beverages and gratuity for Maison staff not included.
Single occupancy: SOLD OUT
Double occupancy: $2700
Early Bird Registration: Pay in full by February 1st, 2018 and save $225!
Single occupancy: SOLD OUT
Double occupancy: $2475
$500 non-refundable deposit due upon registration. Balance due no later than August 1st, 2018.