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Le Jas du Boeuf has been restored in a contemporary, pared-down style while retaining original elements such as exposed stone walls and wooden beams. Its infinity pool and terrace sit happily alongside the ancient farmhouse. The pool is south-facing and offers far-reaching views of the surrounding countryside.
There are two double and one single (or small double) guest rooms in the house. They each have their own entrance and either a private terrace or independent access to the spacious grounds. In addition there are two double poolside bungalows built of wood and glass in a highly contemporary style. All rooms are en suite or have a private bathroom. A hairdryer, bath and pool towels as well as tea and coffee making facilities are provided in all the rooms. There is a simple outdoor summer kitchen, where we may enjoy some small meals. Guests are invited to spend time relaxing at the infinity swimming pool with its stunning views or in one of the many secluded sunny or shady corners of the grounds.
A large and open art studio awaits those interested in exploring various art mediums while visiting, and also can serve as location for some "art as meditation" courses or a journaling room. The grounds are spacious with plenty of outdoor space to sit alone, relax on the outside terrace overlooking the meadows, or enjoying an open-air lunch. Also, the villa is located on a large estate ground with plenty of hiking available and even a pool to cool you down in the warmer summer months.
Hosts, villa owners Les and Wendy, will make you feel right at home with their hospitality and wonderful cuisine. As they usually run art and painting retreats throughout the year, Wendy will share her love of the medium with us in a fun "art as meditation" class in the week.
Healthful, vegetarian food is part of the retreat experience, including breakfasts and dinners daily (with 2 special restaurant dinners out), as well as some selected lunches. Breakfast is French style and includes freshly baked croissants and breads from a local boulangerie, fruit juices, local honey, jams and compotes, fromage blanc, coffee and tea. For painting holiday guests (and non-painting partners) lunch and dinner are included. Meals are enjoyed either in the farmhouse or on the terrace under the trees. Our cooking is based on fresh local produce and complementary local drinks and wines are offered with meals. A weekly visit to a local restaurant is also included. The evening meal is an opportunity to relax and discuss the day?s activities in a convivial atmosphere as the sun goes down over the distant hills.
Guests will not only enjoy the villa and encompassing estate, but also the richness of the French cities and villages from the hills to the coast.
Le Jas de Boeuf nestles on the southern slopes of the Montagne de Lure in the heart of Haute Provence. It is located 3 km from Cruis, a small village classed as a "site of character" in the Pays de Forcalquier area. Day trips will allow students to add arts, culture, adventure, and natural beauty to their retreat experience. Trips may include visits to small villages, large cities, and outdoor activities, even a gorgeous spa day in a restored convent in the French hills where guests can swim, enjoy a healthy lunch, schedule spa treatments, or simply enjoy the sun. See smaller villages that few tourists go, and get a true education and taste of France with a local aperitif, liqueur, and olive oil tasting.
One full day will be spent on the French Riviera along a beautiful seaside town. Also, we will take a trip to the famous city of Aix-en-Provence. You'll enjoy a true Provencal experience with the markets, food, culture, and sites.
Daily meditation and yoga classes will be offered in a way to relax, stimulate, and help guests grow in their own personal practice. Classes are open to all levels, beginner to practiced, and can range from gentle, meditative, and more vigorous ashtanga styles.* Style and class levels will be determined and moulded to fit participating students' needs, and with a small intimate retreat class size, students will be able to get personalized attention and comfortability to deeply explore their practice. Classes will be held in a yoga room of the villa and/or in an outdoor space with a wonderful view.
Certified yoga instructor, Erin Lewis, will facilitate the classes, helping each student focus on improving their practice and gaining new insights into their bodies and movements. She's studied various types of yoga disciplines for over 12 years, concentrating on the Ashtanga discipline since 2008. She received her teacher certification in Florence, Italy and now she combines powerful movements with more anatomical-based core vinyasa flow in her personal practice and teaching style.
Transfers between Villa and train station can be arranged at no charge on first and last day of retreat. Single and group airport transfers are possible and pricing discussed upon request. Train transfer from all airports is quite easy, and we can help guide you on the directions.
Besides the basic packing and travel needs, here are a few things to think about bringing with you.
Please note that because EPM Yoga Retreats are limited to a small number of attendees, to allow for a more personable, intimate experience, our cancellation policy is in place to help guests and us alike work together sharing expenses that may arise from unexpected cancellations.
No one books a retreat with the intention of cancelling it, but unexpected events do occur, so please consider purchasing travel insurance (see below) and that it is your responsibility to read and understand our cancellation policies. Exceptions cannot be made for any reason, including weather, injury/illness, or personal emergencies. No refunds or credits for failure to attend or failure to complete the retreat, or for arriving late or leaving early. We recommend that you purchase your own travel insurance. We encourage you to purchase trip cancellation insurance in order that your trip fees will be covered should you or your family have a medical problem prior to your trip or while on the trip. Trip insurance should also be purchased to cover medical expenses in the event you have an accident while on the retreat. Most travel insurance must be purchased within 14 days of making your reservation. We reserve the right to cancel retreats with inadequate participant interest, in which case all money paid to EAT.PRAY.MOVE Yoga Retreats will be refunded. Notification of cancellation will occur at least 1 month prior to retreat start date. EAT.PRAY.MOVE Retreats cannot be held responsible for any personal expenses, such as airline tickets due to changes in itineraries or retreat cancellations.