Les Fraisses, Praz sur Arly, Savoie Alps

 

14th August -  20th August 2021 Iyengar Yoga with Mike Farr and Soraya Allison

Iyengar weekend yoga retreat

Les Fraissies

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I am excited to offer you my annual Iyengar Yoga Retreat, a unique  retreat experience in the French Alps, living off grid and surrounded by the majestic mountains. This is a retreat away from the way we usually live. There is a simplicity to the rhythm of the days that are determined by the  two daily yoga practices, preparing and eating food together,  having space to read, contemplate, converse. walking on the mountainside's, collecting and chopping wood to tend the fires, being in community. This yoga retreat will give you an opportunity to discover yourself,  align your mind, body and  soul.

About Les Fraissies

About 15 years ago I stumbled across Les Fraissies, in the window of an estate agent. After much persuading they agreed to show me the building that was a 45 minute walk up a steep mountain track with no road access, was derelict and unstable having been hit by a landslide. But standing outside,  I was blown away by the beauty of the area and could envision a yoga retreat centre. The house is a traditional alpine farm building that was originally handmade from trees cut down in the surrounding forest over a century ago. The floors were rotten, the dry-stone walls unstable and there were no utilities...in fact I had to source water from an underground stream...But I fell in love with it.

The initial excitement of a dream became bogged down with practicalities such as taking all building materials and furniture up a steep slope on a quad bike!!  There were months where I worked by myself, having a make shift kitchen outside and no bathroom, carrying water from my neighbour at the bottom of the track...I  almost gave up. But, through the years I have had help.  Some I had to pay for their expertise and some came from friends who gave their time in lieu of holiday in the Alps or just because they wanted to help. Their delight and love of Les Fraissies has helped to keep my commitment and determination on track. The project has taken over 14yrs and is still on-going, but the dream has been realised and this will be the 6th year of running retreats during the Summer.

There is a fully equipped Iyengar yoga studio, it was the original barn and has a beautiful rustic feel to it. This is a place of outstanding beauty on the side of a mountain, that invites you to pause just to gaze in wonder at the ever changing beauty of nature. The building is surrounded by alpine woodland, wild flowers and a gorge. As you walk around the perimeter, you are rewarded with views of Mont Blanc. The village of Praz sur Arly is  within easy transfer of Geneva airport but feels like a million miles away from the busyness. Accommodation is in teepees or tents nestled amongst the pine trees  surrounding the house. This is  a retreat for those who wish to un plug for a few days, connect with nature and are happy sleeping under canvas and being part of a community. You will be asked to contribute by means of helping to prepare the meals, washing up or collecting fire wood as part of the experience. There will be plenty of free time between practices to relax, sit in the wood fired hot tub, explore the many walking tracks or just be.

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The Yoga Retreat

6 night  stay at Les Fraissies, sleeping in a tent or tepee, with use of all the facilities.

 

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The retreat cost is will include:

  • 2 daily yoga practices
  • all meals; fruit and herbal tea's before practice. Muesli, bread, coffee and tea after practice followed by substantial veggie brunch. 2 course Veggie evening meal. Herbal tea's and normal tea, fresh mountain water (straight from source!) and snacks available throughout the day. Special diets can be catered for, let us know at time of booking.
  • All yoga equipment provided
  • You will need to bring: a sleeping bag, pillowcase, towel, head torch, walking boots or similar, clothes for all weathers (mountain weather is very changeable, you can experience hot 30+ sun, dramatic thunderstorms, fog all in the same day), small day rucksack for the hikes. Rucksack of similar rather than wheelie suitcase (we are up a mountain).

The Cost for 6 night stay

  • Accommodation of a tent to yourself, sharing a teepee with a friend, or single occupancy of teepee (price and availability dependant). All tents come with camping mattresses, teepees with normal bed mattresses. You will need to provide a sleeping bag and pillowcase.
  • £580 single occupancy tent/£630 single occupancy tepee
  • Flights, airport transfers and insurance are not included. The nearest airport is Geneva. Airport transfer can be booked through www.ouibus.com from Geneva to Praz sur Arly
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Testimonials

I met Mike 3 years ago and have been practicing Iyengar yoga with him since. What began as a necessary physical exercise to keep my scoliosis and its related problems at bay has evolved into something I didn’t expect at all.

Mike has a unique way of teaching the whole concept of yoga – thanks to him and real-life examples of yoga principles, I have finally been able to better understand the body-mind connection and apply what I’ve learned in everyday life.

Iyengar yoga with Mike is not a walk in a park – it requires resilience, discipline, and can test your limits – but I believe that in itself cultivates valuable life skills. Through my practice I have developed patience, self-discipline and better focus. These unexpected benefits are just as important to me as the fact I no longer have severe back pain and muscle spasms.

To really crown my Iyengar practice, I had the privilege to spend a week at Mike’s yoga retreat in France – one of the best and most profound experiences of my life.

Zusanna Smith

To Book

Contact us by completing the form for more information or to book a place.

A booking form will be forwarded to you with the terms and conditions. Once the form has been received with a non-refundable deposit of £200, we will secure your place. Final payment will be required eight weeks before departure.