South of France - August 29-September 4, 2018


Provence in August. Magic Words.

You're Invited!

Soul Romance

The ancient French word romance comes from the two roots 

                  'to wander'


                                                   'a story.' 

'Romantic' poetry and medieval tales grew out out of this Provencal region, telling stories of warriors, royalty, and outsiders chasing each other or the sacred. 'Romance' has come to mean a predictably happy ending, but our journey is riskier: wandering, wondering, and adventure framed by morning and evening yoga and movement practices designed to reconnect you to your own story with fresh perspective on its next chapter. Through soulfully-designed workshops and movement practices, you'll uncover purpose and vision for how your story is unfolding, and how you want to embody it. We will weave this theme through days of wandering Saint-Tropez and the Cote d'Azur, local markets and a medieval island fort and abbey, floating down the largest canyon in Europe, cycling past vineyards and lilac fields, and nights of star gazing and deep-end friendships.



Wednesday, August 29th - Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

Our Journey:

7 Days, 6 Nights in the hills of Provence, above the Cote D'Azur at Bastide Avellanne with free range of its pool, tennis court, and hiking trails

Morning and Sunset yoga + meditation + sweat sessions

Lovingly prepared farm-to-table breakfasts, lunches, and dinners at the Bastide

Afternoons to wander, sit by the pool, run, hike, or cycle lilac fields, vineyards, and surrounding Provencal towns

Excusions to:

Saint-Tropez, the gem of the Cote D'Azur, a seaside resort beloved by artists, bohemians, and the jet set for its deep history, colorful beauty, and stunning coves of white sand and crystal water. We'll tour the town, absorbing its history and art and soak up inspiration from

Gorges du Verdon, the largest river canyon in Europe. We will float down its mineral-rich, otherworldly aquamarine flow, hike its rim, trace the fingerprints of the sea, lunch in Moustiers Sainte-Marie, one of the most beautiful villages in Provence, and explore the workshops of its ceramicists.

Thoronet Abbey, above the Provencal hillside town of Cotignac with its renowned market, is a 12-century Cistercian Monastery now restored as a museum. We will explore the monastic theme of cultivating rich solitude and stillness in community, and cultivating spiritual practices in a creative workshop in this stunning space, then wander the town of Cotignac.

Porquerolles Island, a natural park only accessibly by ferry, has no cars, only bicycles crossing trails along white sand beaches. The fragrance of eucalyptus and pine hangs in the air and oak forests, olive, juniper, lavender thrive in this preserved slice of untouched French Riviera. You can bike, hike, or wander, or just dream on the beach. 

and either Aix en ProvenceFort Bregancon, Bormes les Mimosas, or a day at the Bastide.

A curated collection of soulful art, readings, and local gifts before and during the course of the journey

And other surprises...


Not included:

Airfare (closest airports: Nice or Marseille)

Tranport to Bastide Avellanne (which can be arranged!)

Spa Treatments at the Bastide

Lunches and dinners during excursions


We are dreaming and rekindling in rural luxury at Bastide Avellanne, a fully restored 17th-century Provencal villa. Surrounded by vineyards, Bastide Avellanne is a private property covered in hiking trails, a heated swimming pool, giant chess, tennis and petanque courts, an indoor yoga shala and outdoor yoga shala overlooking  a forest grove, olive trees, centuries old oaks and the perfumes of lavender and rosemary. A 45-min drive from Saint-Tropez, we'll adventure by day and retreat to a mediterranean hillside paradise at night.


$2900 triple occupancy

(after June 1st $3200)

$3800 double occupancy

(after June 1st $4100)

$4600 single occupancy

(after June 1st $4900)


Submit Reservation Deposit Here.


Payment Schedule:

  • $800 nonrefundable reservation deposit due upon booking

  • Balance due July 15th

  • Cancellation policy: You may transfer your registration to another person. If you do, please send notice of your registration transfer, along with contact information for the new participant.

  • If you must cancel, the following cancellation fees apply:

  • prior to July 15th: 50%

  • after July 15th: 100% of trip cost

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