FINDING BLISS AT THE LA BELLE VIE YOGA RETREAT IN SAINT RÉMY DE PROVENCE
By Susanne Rieker
I completely fell in love with Saint Rémy de Provence (you can read more about what I did in Saint Rémy here) and when Sabrina and Harriet invited me to join the Belle Vie Yoga Retreat for a few days, I jumped at the chance.
Harriet, the founder of La Belle Vie Wellness and Cultural Programming, is an Australian/ American who has lived in and out of France for 12 years and has a true passion for yoga, community, culture and the arts.
For the yoga retreat in the Provence she brought together a beautiful group of people from all over the world, invited world-class teachers and designed a truly special program, with lots of yoga, horse-riding in the Camargue, exploring local restaurants, a Flamenco workshop and much more.
Yoga in the Provence
Of course, the yoga is the heart of a yoga retreat. Harriet is an experienced yoga teacher herself and also invites other international yoga teachers for the retreat. The main teacher this year was Pradeep and he’s simply amazing, I loved his classes.
Pradeep is an internationally certified yoga teacher based in San Francisco, who draws mostly from his training in India. In his classes we meditated, we chanted, we sweat and be died and went to heaven in Shavasana.
I love it when yoga classes in a retreat are not like the “normal” 90-minute long studio classes, but longer, with some extra time for meditation, talks on yoga philosophy or explanations. Pradeep definitely delivered on that, his morning class was 2,5 hours long and insightful, with a loooong shavasana at the end.
The post-yoga brunch was unforgettable, one of my best meals in France. It was french cuisine with a healthy twist. Fresh vegetables beautifully prepared, and the yummiest apple crumble for dessert. I mean, just look at the pictures!
Saint Rémy de Provence is a charming small village in the heart of Provence with a beautiful medieval center. There are cute little shops to buy local delicacies as well as many art galleries and boutiques that make this place special.
The yoga retreat took place at Mas de L’Amarine, a boutique guesthouse a few minutes away from the city center by car, or 10 minutes with the bicycle. At Mas de l’Amarine you can’t help but feel amazing as you wander around the beautiful grounds with the birds chirping and the smell of rosemary and pines in the air. I would have loved to stay there for longer, it’s a truly special place.
More about the Belle Vie Yoga Retreat in the Provence
What I loved about the Belle Vie Yoga retreat is that it immerses the international guests with the local community. The yoga classes are open to regular students and it’s possible to take part in the retreat for just a day or weekend as well, which is a great opportunity for people staying locally. I really enjoyed mixing with the international guests and the local students!
Details and Contact
If you’re in Saint Rémy de Provence, make sure to join a yoga class at Yogastremy.com.