Inner Goddess Retreat to South of France
May 31 - June 5, 2021 

This one-of-a-kind yoga retreat includes two daily yoga classes, farm-to-table breakfast & 3-course dinner buffet prepared by our own personal chef; a day trip to Gorges du Verdon, the largest canyon in Europe where we will kayak or paddle board along the emerald waters; a full day to explore all the glitz & glamour of celebrity-driven vacation spot St. Tropez; a visit to the local market in Besse sur Issole where we can shop, buy a delicious lunch, sip coffee & picnic along the lake... &

a special night out to local 5-star restaurant for a traditional 3-course Provincial dinner; a visit from local sommelier for an authentic wine & cheese tasting; afternoons lounging by the heated pool, or tennis courts, and sunset walks along the fields and vineyards, and so much more!


Let's Go!

Imagine spending a week in the picturesque country-side of Provence, France nestled between lavender fields, sprawling vineyards, and only 300-meters away from the Mediterranean Sea! 

Dine

Poolside

 Outdoor Yoga

Our Stay...Bastide Avellane

The Bastide is a charming fortified Provencal demure dating back to 17th century. Totally refurbished in 2011, it welcomes you with spacious light rooms in country style, all with modern en-suite bathrooms and independent apartments with every comfort. On the grounds of Bastide, you will find a vast air conditioned lounge with old leather sofas, a stone chimney, exposed beams and a bar, a dining room in the veranda overlooking the garden.

Accomadations

Relax

Grounds

Accommodations

Day trip to the Gorges du Verdon (2-hour drive) the largest canyon in Europe, between white rocks and emerald lakes.
Lunch in Moustiers Sainte-Marie, one of the most beautiful villages in Provence with many artisanal shops, and small restaurants. We will spend our time walking through the narrow streets, in a magical atmosphere where you can visit the 20 workshops of ceramics.
This day trip also includes either stand-up paddle board or kayaking along the stunning emerald waters.

Gorges du Verdon!

The French Riviera is the beautiful coastline in the south of France along the Mediterranean Sea. It covers about 550 miles and acquired the nickname Cote d'Azur or Azure (Blue) coast in 1887. The French Riviera is known for its beaches, views, picture perfect water, yachts and as a playground for the wealthy. 

We will spend a day driving (60 minutes) through the Massif des Maures. Lounge on the famous Nikki Beach Club, eat at local cafes, walk through the village, and perhaps a visit to the SPA at Château de la Messardière http://www.messardiere.com 

St. Tropez & Massif des Maures

Pamper Yourself

wine & cheese

Food

Wine & Cheese / Dinner Out!

The colorful and tasty menus celebrate Provencal, international and Mediterranean flavors and are prepared by an in-house chef from fresh, local organic ingredients. Breakfast consists of eggs, fresh fruit and juices, homemade granola with farm-fresh yogurt, croissants and baguettes. These are prepared fresh for you each morning. Dinner will be enjoyed on the terrace in the shade of the oak trees, or served by candlelight under the pergola or in the veranda (pictured above).

The Schedule

Our mornings we will begin with a flowing vinyasa yoga practice in the outdoor yoga shala (or indoors, weather permitting) while in our afternoons we will have the opportunity to lounge by the pool or nap in the hammock, take a leisurely stroll or a bike ride to the nearby village, hike the mountain trails, indulge with a massage, or schedule horseback riding along the French countryside. We will end our day's events with a gentle yoga session before enjoying our sumptuous 3-course dinner which always includes dessert & glass of wine or beverage of choice.

Awaken Your Inner Goddess Workshop: Where have you been playing small, afraid to embrace your true feminine power? The first night of the retreat, we will shed all the layers that no longer serve us, as we step into our true power. Activities include: journaling, guided meditation, sisterhood sharing. The last night we will commence with a night out at a five ⭐️ restaurant, head back to Bastide, share what we learned, and end with a celebratory dance party! You'll feel rejuvenated, connected and deeply nurtured back to your Higher Self! Retreats are a time where magic happens!

Here's what's included:

+ 7 days / 6 nights in luxurious accommodations at Bastide Avellanne.
The rooms include hairdryer, eco-certified products, and bathrobe.
+ 1-2 daily yoga classes.
+ Brunch & Dinner each day. 
+ Snacks: Coffee and Tea table where you can pick on some nuts, fruits, homemade raw bars or perhaps the chefs surprise creations.
+ Wine & cheese tasting event.
+ Excursion to Gorges Du Verdon
+ Excursion to St. Tropez
+ 3-course dinner at local restaurant outside of Bastide.
+ Transportation to all excursions, including dinner off-site.
+ Shuttle transport to/from Nice airport (Conditions Apply)*

I'm Ready To Go!

*Option to spend the weekend in Paris once our retreat is over. We can take the train to Paris from Bastide (see below). 

May 31-June 5, 2021

Deposit $550
(non-refundable) to book your spot!

Grab the early bird pricing $200 off
*ends December 31, 2020

$2995 / Double Occupancy

$3795 / Single Occupancy

All prices are per person. I would happily match you with a roommate, if you are coming solo!
I accept Paypal, Zelle, Venmo. 


Here's what's not included:

+ Flights
+ Lunch (except one day)
+ Staff gratuity
+ Addt'l excursions, massages

Investment:

Cancellation Policy: Refunds minus deposit by December 31st, 2020 (if you paid in full). Balance due March 15th. No refunds after February 1st. 

Getting There: Bastide Avellanne is 75 minutes from Nice airport​. There will be a scheduled group pick up from Nice airport on Sunday, May 30th. 
Check-in @ 3pm. Check-out @ 10am on Saturday, June 5th. Arrival/departure outside of these times will need to be arranged by you.
I will happily assist you.

BIPOC Scholarship

I'm excited to be offering (1) partial scholarship to any Black, Indigenous,
Person of Color who:
+ Never traveled to Europe before 
+ Never been on a yoga retreat, or any retreat of this kind
+ Shows financial need 
+ Has an interest in yoga/wellness/spirituality
If you or someone you know would love to join us on this trip of a lifetime... please apply below.

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After spending a week witnessing the beauty of the French countryside, why not spend the weekend in the city of lights! Paris is only a 3-hour train ride from Provence. We can be dropped off at AIX TGV station and take a scenic ride to the heart of the city.

You are on your own for accommodations; however, I will happily provide suggestions for neighborhoods as I usually find affordable housing on Airbnb.

I would love to arrange a group night bike tour for Saturday June 5th. This is my absolute favorite tour in Paris. It covers all of the landmarks of the city and ends with an hour-long boat cruise along the Seine River where you get to witness the Eiffel Tower all lit up! It's truly magical. ​You can read all about where it covers here.

It would be amazing to end our time together in my favorite city of all... Paris! Let's create more memories together!

Weekend in Paris!

"With her effervescent personality and attention to detail, Charlene is an ideal leader as well as a superb and fun yoga teacher who inspires students of all levels. She also has a talent for bringing together a truly nice group of people who share wonderful experiences on her retreats, and genuinely cares that everyone has a good experience. And Charlene organizes everything, so all you have to do is turn up!"

Laurel W.
Guatemala Retreat

"One of the most beautiful spiritual experiences of my life'. Not only does Charlene research and organizes every aspect of the trip, she is also a great leader and yoga instructor. Guatemala was amazing!!! We met the most genuine nicest group of people and can't wait to see them again in our next yoga retreat!"

Ann B.
Guatemala, Peru, Morocco Retreat

"What an amazing experience! I can't say enough about the fantastic trip which was extremely well organized and planned. Perfect mix of activities and downtime. I would join you again and again in a heartbeat!"

Michelle S.
Peru Retreat 

What other's have said about my retreats:

"I’m settled back home in NYC but I’m still talking about Morocco nonstop! We rode camels, camped in the Sahara Desert, hiked the Atlas Mountains, rocked the Kasbah. This trip was such a beautiful and eye opening experience, and I’m grateful to have gotten to share it with a great group of lady yogis!"

Shawna A. 
Morocco Retreat 

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