Mindful Living Retreat
Through Yoga & Wine Appreciation
5 – 8 September 2019
with James Flewellen & Fiona Mack
in Provence, France
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.
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:
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
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.
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
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)
A 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.