TRUE YOGA IMMERSION


Retreat to the old world where time seems to move a little more slowly, dinners last for hours and everything tastes better. We will begin or end each day with yoga and meditation,  bookending carefully curated excursions that will immerse you in the local flavors of  Provence.


COSTA RICA AND THE RIP JACK INN


The region of Provence in the southeast corner of France is the jewel of the Mediterranean. Best known for its dazzling Riviera it is also an area of striking contrasts and a merging of diverse cultures. Flanked by the Alps, the Rhone River delta and the sea, this land of 3 millions inhabitants is rich in culture and history. 

Cezanne, Van Gogh and other impressionist painters came for the extraordinary light and rich landscapes. From the lush fields of lavender and sunflowers, to the craggy rocky hinterland scented with wild thyme and rosemary, this land is known for its truffles, melons, figs, almonds and olives as well as its crisp white wine from Cassis and its red Cote du Rhone.

We will be staying just outside of Pertuis and will make day trips to Aix-en-Provence, Cassis, Cucuron, Ansouis and Loumarin.





DAILY ITINERARY 

FRIDAY
Depart USA for overnight flight to Paris (Charles de Gaulle airport).

SATURDAY
Arrive Paris to catch 11:58am TGV train to Aix-en-Provence where you will be picked up and transported to the chateau. Late afternoon restorative yoga, dinner and orientation..

SUNDAY
Sleep in or take a yoga & meditation class. Late morning welcome lunch, wine tour, tasting and a stroll around the grounds at nearby Chateau La Coste. In the afternoon you will have free time to rest, sit by the pool or just relax. There will be a late afternoon yoga class and dinner under the stars.

MONDAY
Morning yoga & meditation. Lunch at the chateau before leaving for a wander around Ansouis, a little village classified as one of the most beautiful in France. We will do a walking meditation around the village and then you will have free time to wander and photograph on your own. Late afternoon yoga class, dinner and discussion.

TUESDAY
Explore the open air markets and historic sights of Aix, one of the jewels of Provence. Back home in the afternoon for a yoga/meditation class, dinner and bed.

WEDNESDAY
Early morning yoga class and leave home by 10:30am to drive the 45 minutes to the coast and Cassis. You can stroll along the little port, shop, have lunch on your own or take a boat trip in and out of the calanques. Back home in the late afternoon for yoga/meditation, dinner, wine and bed.

THURSDAY
Morning yoga & meditation class, free time and then head to Cucuron for lunch at a restaurant and a stroll around the village. Cucuron was made famous by the movie "A Wonderful Year" with Russel Crowe which was partially filmed around the etang ( basin) where we will lunch. Return home for yoga, dinner, a movie and bed.

FRIDAY
Meditate early and leave by 9:30 am for a visit to the very chic village of Lourmarin, Shop for gifts to take home and have lunch on your own. Late afternoon yoga class, a farewell dinner.

SATURDAY
Departure day. Drop off at the TGV station in Aix between 6:00 and 8:30 am


 

Investment:

 

$2500 - $3000 - Includes Room and board and excursions at our Costa Rica Retreat center as well as all Yoga 101 Workshops and unlimited yoga classes throughout the week. Your application deposit will be deducted from the total price of the program upon payment of your final balance.
 
We offer a 10% discount for this portion of the teacher training if you pay in full by March 1st.


 




ACCOMMODATIONS


We will be staying at a private Chateau just outside Pertuis, France. There are 3 private rooms with private baths, 1 private with shared bath and 4 twin rooms all sharing baths.

















Your Teachers


Kate Doran

 

Certified Baptiste Power Vinyasa Teacher, RYT500

 

Kate started practicing yoga in 1998 to balance out the physical stress of her running habit and the mental stress of working in the software industry. During the years since, she has turned a weekend hobby into her vocation. With more than 1,000 hours of teacher training under her belt, Kate brings a breadth of experience to her teaching.

 

 

Kim Norvell

 

E-RYT 200
Certified Baptiste Teacher

 

Kim was introduced to yoga for the first time in February 2011 by a roller derby teammate. After years of wanting to try yoga, she agreed to attend a class. It was exactly what she needed to balance out her Type A personality and passion for a female aggressive sport. She quickly discovered that a regular Baptiste Power Yoga practice not only suited her physically, but transformed her mental state as well, allowing her to find a more peaceful and loving way of life.