This year eight intrepid travelers joined Annette, Rita, and me in a beautiful farmhouse in Pertuis, Provence. The owners converted the farmhouse, complete with stables and a few outbuildings — one of the bathrooms still had the feeding trough within it. There were many nooks to explore in this home with a unique spot for meditation in one of the smaller buildings and an excellent great room for yoga practice. We were able to practice yoga outdoors on the patio when the weather was a little warmer, and we had several dinners outside too. It was really a lovely setting to rest and restore, and enjoy the amazing French countryside.
It’s been a while since I’ve updated this blog, so I want to get you caught up on the 2019 trip to Southern India with Roaming Buddha’s Rimmi Singh and myself. I took over 300 photos, and it is difficult to choose which ones to show here, but below are some highlights from the last trip.
Next year we will visit northern India once again. Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Rishikesh and Haridwar. Join us!
This year, we stayed in a wine village in the south of France, Saint Christol. Our residence used to be a home for nuns. It is a stunning Clos, walled home or cloistered home, with salt water pool and tennis court. Like last year, we had to move the furniture out of the living-dining area in order to make way for yoga.
Each morning we had meditation before breakfast. The boulangerie was a block away, walkable, so we had the freshest croissants possible. Rita also treated us to plum compote and fresh goat cheese. Ah, the French. Then, we had yoga class each morning focusing on the different elements within nature: earth, water, fire, air, and space. The final day of our retreat was the UN International Day of Peace so we had a partner yoga class to foster community support and offered our “Om”s so that Peace May Prevail On Earth.
Afternoon yoga classes were more restorative with forward bends, twists, and yoga nidra because most days after yoga we were out exploring somewhere. Annette chose amazing places for us to visit. Below are some photos from our trip.