Mindful Living Retreat

Through Yoga & Wine Appreciation

5 – 8 September 2019

with James Flewellen & Fiona Mack

in Provence, France

fiona [at] mackyoga [dot] co.uk

James & Fiona

James & Fiona

James Flewellen and Fiona Mack invite you to Provence for a four-day retreat a little different from the usual.

Over the long weekend we will practise reconnection with our bodies, minds and souls and a reverence for all aspects of our lives through mindful engagement of all our senses.

We will celebrate our bodies through yoga practice, nourish ourselves with breath and hearty, delicious food, and cultivate heightened awareness of senses through mindful wine tasting practices. All in the tranquil surroundings of the Maison 10 in the south of France.

This retreat is designed to nourish your body, mind, and soul while celebrating everything that makes us human.

 
The pool and yoga studio at Maison 10 in Provence.

The pool and yoga studio at Maison 10 in Provence.

Retreat Description

This four-day long weekend is about:

  • Time for yourself

  • Time to notice

  • Time to nourish

  • Time for your yoga practice

  • Time to appreciate being human

  • Time to be in nature

  • Time to breathe

  • Time to connect to other souls on a deeper level

  • Taking one thing at a time 

We will practise yoga and breathing exercises daily and explore the concept of mindful wine tasting (‘winefulness’) as a means of developing a greater awareness through all our senses, and how we can apply this awareness throughout our daily lives. There will be plenty of time to explore the area, to relax by the pool, and simply to exist in nature’s surroundings.

Click here to download a pdf of the full retreat schedule along with more information, including frequently asked questions. A summary of what you can expect is below:

Breakfast!

Breakfast!

Price includes:

  • three nights boutique accommodation based on two people sharing a room

  • brunch, supper, and afternoon snack lovingly prepared by our dedicated chef, Flora Budenberg

  • five yoga asana classes taught by Fiona

  • daily led meditation and pranayama (breathing exercises)

  • professional tutoring in wine appreciation by James

  • all wines for mindful wine tasting, and to accompany suppers

  • a different single-origin coffee each morning from gourmet roasters, Jericho Coffee Traders

  • WiFi throughout the house

  • Pool towels

  • BPA-free water bottles available for your use

The retreat is led in English. There will be plenty of free time to relax and enjoy the area. There are only 6 rooms: 12 spaces in this beautiful location.

Location

Our retreat is held at Maison 10 – a stunning boutique retreat venue in Provence, France. Set in a rich landscape of olive groves, vineyards, forests and orchards, Maison 10 sits on a hill overlooking the ancient market town of Nyons – world famous for its olive oil. With its microclimate and exceptional air quality, Nyons is known locally as “little Nice”.  The largely undiscovered area offers dramatic and spectacular mountainous landscapes, and is very popular with yogis, cyclists, walkers and artists.

 Facilities at Maison 10 include a swimming pool, poolside yoga studio and six beautiful rooms with views over the valley. Visit www.maison10.co.uk for more information.

Fiona & James

Fiona Mack (RYT500 IYN and REPs Registered) is an experienced yoga teacher who believes yoga is for everyone and anyone! She has taught for 10 years having practised and studied extensively in India, and has recently completed a one-year functional anatomy course in the UK with Gary Carter.  

She teaches regular classes in Buckinghamshire. Fiona believes that within all of us there is a divine and infinite awareness, being able to access and be in pure awareness takes practice – and it doesn’t have to be serious, it can be fun too!  Whether we are practising asana (posture and physical movement), dharana (focussed concentration) dhyana (meditation) or pranayama (breathing exercises) there is an invitation to rest in awareness. You can find more about Fiona at www.mackyoga.co.uk.

Dr James Flewellen (DipWSET) is a biophysicist and award-winning wine writer. He co-authored the Gourmand Award-winning Concise Guide to Wine and Blind Tasting, whilst completing his Level 4 Diploma in Wine & Spirits from the WSET. He is a judge for the International Wine Challenge competition and runs regular wine tastings in London and abroad.  His focus is on demystifying the jargon that too often surrounds the wine world, making wine appreciation more accessible and bringing a scientific approach to matters of taste. 

James uses the practice of mindful wine tasting (‘winefulness’) as a means of developing a greater awareness through all our senses, and how we can apply this awareness throughout our daily lives. You can find more about James at www.jamesflewellen.com

Price

The tasting table at Maison 10, Provence.

The tasting table at Maison 10, Provence.

Early bird offer (Deposit paid by 30th June 2019):

  • £685 per person (shared bathroom)

  • £715 per person (ensuite bathroom)

 Full price (Deposit paid by 31st July 2019):

  • £760 per person (shared bathroom)

  • £795 per person (with ensuite bathroom)

50% deposit is required to secure your booking to be paid by 30th June 2019 (for early bird bookings) or 31st July 2019 (for all other bookings). Payment in full is required by 14th August 2019.

Contact fiona [at] mackyoga [dot] co.uk for more information.

FAQs

Please see this pdf document with full details of the retreat along with frequently asked questions. If you still can’t find what you’re after, click here to drop us a line!

I’ve been looking for a long time for this thing called Love
And I’ve looked below and above.
Then one day I looked inside myself, and this is what I found,
A golden sun residing there,
Beaming forth God’s light and sound
— Rumi