Urban Yoga Retreat à paris: an exploration of yoga, culture and self
October 14th to 20th, 2019
Yoga + Paris. Could it get any better?
This retreat is born from my desire to share, jointly, my two most favorite things in life: yoga and living another language.
Yoga is a study of the Self. We use the asana practice as an opportunity to cultivate evenness of mind in comfort and discomfort -- to practice staying present, focused and engaged even when we feel challenged and uncomfortable. It helps us live life differently and see the world through another lens. Language and cultural immersion does the same thing.
I believe that language fundamentally shapes one's experience in any given moment. The words we use, how we communicate, is core to how we engage with others in this life. For me, travel, especially in a foreign language, goes far beyond being a tourist. It is an opportunity to try on different or hidden sides of self, to practice being uncomfortable, and to discover and adapt to new territory. It is about embracing a place's social norms and embodying its cultural nuances in a way that can't be accessed except through language. Doing so, the culture 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.
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 have a chance to explore la question, "Who am I en français?" as you wander through the dreamy Parisian streets that have inspired countless generations of creatives before you.
L'hébergement (The lodging):
You will spend six 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.
Note: In Paris, accommodations are adorably petites. At our Maison, all bathrooms are shared. If you wish to have alternative accommodations, I am happy to help arrange a nearby Airbnb for you. Message me for details.
Yoga and meditation will be offered each day in English by moi. And bien sûr, you will also have opportunities to practice asana en français.
Practices will be held daily at a local studio. Guided meditation will be offered, followed by nourishing and invigorating vinyasa classes. You will also be offered opportunities for guided meditation and asana play in some of the city’s iconic locations.
The entire résidence, with a lovely kitchen, living and dining area, will be ours for the week. You can choose to have a room to yourself (king bed) or share a room with another yogi (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.
Each afternoon, you will have dedicated time to explore the city. As part of this retreat, you will receive a Museum Pass that will grant you access to more than 50 museums, from Parisian must-dos like the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, and La Sainte Chapelle to hidden local treasures.
For mid-day 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 for a picnic along the Seine. A baguette-in-hand-whilst-exploring-the-city lunch is always endorsed.
In the evenings, you will enjoy gourmet French cuisine at favorite Parisian restaurants, home-cooked traditional favorites at a local Parisian home, and as a group we will prepare a meal made with goodies sourced from the local farmer’s market. You will attend a private cooking class just for our group at La Cuisine Paris, where we will first take a food shopping tour of Le Marais and then return to the cooking school to turn our ingredients into a three-course meal. You will also have an evening to explore the city on your own and have the French dining experience you most desire, whether that’s a street falafel or a Michelin star meal.
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:
-Six nights of accommodations
-Daily yoga and meditation
-All breakfasts and five dinners
-Unlimited snacks, fruit, coffee and tea
-Private French cooking class at La Cuisine Paris
-Paris Museum Pass
-Personalized trip planning with Mira to shape your free time
-The magic that only Paris can provide...
Airfare, transportation to/from airport, additional excursions/attractions, non-group meals, alcoholic beverages and gratuity for Maison staff not included.
**NOTE: Beds at the Maison Chanzy are now sold out/waitlist only. Email me directly for alternative housing arrangements.
Single occupancy: $2925 SOLD OUT
Double occupancy: $2550 SOLD OUT
$500 non-refundable deposit due upon registration. Balance due no later than September 1st, 2019.