South of France - Retreat By The Sea

06210 Mandelieu-La Napoule, France

BP
Sep 18 - 25, 2022
Group size: 15 - 20
South of France - Retreat By The Sea
06210 Mandelieu-La Napoule, France


$NaN
Sep 18 - 25, 2022
Group size: 15 - 20

About this trip

Illuminated Life Projects and Yoga Adventures are so excited to host our second yoga retreat at Château de La Napoule. In hosting and leading 13 retreats over the last nine years, Château de La Napoule is one of the most unique places that we have ever experienced. 


Daily meditation and yoga from the roof of the chateau high above the Bay of Cannes watching the sun rise over the water followed by coffee, tea, and a warm croissant ... Just another morning at the Château de La Napoule in the South of France. 


La Napoule is an adorable town right on the water 10 minutes by train from Cannes. Wandering this quaint little village - restaurants, cafes, and people become quickly familiar. The town has a low-key and relaxed vibe but is full of activity and life and surrounded by the natural beauty of the hills and the sea. 


An example of a day in the South of France might include a morning swim after yoga and breakfast followed by a day trip to the medieval art mecca of St. Paul de Vence and wander the cobblestoned streets Jean-Paul Sartre and Picasso walked. Or, take a boat ride to the glamorous Saint-Tropez and soak up some sun and fun and enjoy some of the best restaurants and shopping in the French Riviera. The evening could find us watching the sunset over the Mediterranean followed by a candlelight meditation and dinner at a local restaurant in the village. 


The South of France really is what "everything coming together" looks like ... And all of it beautiful. It seems to be overflowing with life - elegant and sophisticated and 



History & Romance: Château de La Napoule

In the South of France in a tiny village along the sea sits a castle that overlooks the Bay of Cannes. Water laps up against the stone and rock of this inspired structure. This is a place where art is born, the wings of creation take flight, and the illuminated light of our dreams is eternal. 

Château de La Napoule is experienced today as the aspiration of impassioned and gifted sculptor, Henry Clews. He and the love of his life, Marie, gave up all that was familiar and left America to design a new life in France. A life more befitting to their dreams. Erected from the stories, soil, and dust of 14th century Roman ruins, hands of risk and hope formed the vision of a new life, a more authentic living experience, a different way. Henry and Marie created a world of art and love that casts a light into a future for all of us to appreciate, celebrate, and enjoy. Between two world wars and the rubble of history, this love story was born. This is what transformation looks like. 

Come and celebrate yoga, meditation, food, art, history, and life on this gorgeous land by the water. Be Brave. Be Inspired. 

About Billy Potočnik

 Billy has been working with people in many different realms for over 20 years. He uses yoga, meditation, and his own LightWarrior Coaching as a sort of ‘template’ to provoke, activate, and deepen our own wisdom and intention to live a more meaningful and purposeful life of open-hearted resilience, compassion, courage, inspiration, and joy. He teaches classes, works with individuals, small groups, corporations, and leads Yoga and Meditation retreats around the world.


Illuminated Life Projects is the ever-evolving creation of Billy's own BillyYoga, LightWarrior Coaching, and Yoga Adventures. Our lives should be lived with passion and joy and the courage to feel all of our experiences - informing, inspiring, and guiding our destiny in congruence with our heart and vibrating at the level of our dreams. Let's illuminate.

What’s included

  • Daily Yoga & Meditation
    Start each day with the sunrising over the Mediterranean and the sounds of the water lapping up against the shore. Breathwork, Meditation, Yoga, Movement with breathtaking beauty
  • Daily Breakfast
    Simple breakfast. Deliciously French. Croissants, eggs, toast, fruit, coffee, tea, fresh juices. Can customize for dietary restrictions.
  • Incredible Cuisine
    Welcome and Closing dinners on the gorgeous grounds. And four dinners and three lunches out at some of our favorite local restaurants in La Napoule, Antibes, and Nice.
  • Food Tour in Nice
    Three hour walking food tour through the ultra cool city of Nice. So French and So Italian. Such a unique, picturesque, and vibrant city nestled between the base of the Alps and the Mediterranean.
  • Day Trip to Saint Paul
    Day trip to the magical, medieval hilltop village of Saint Paul de Vence. There is so much to see and experience in this ancient pedestrian villages with panoramic views. Be here to believe it!
  • Lodging
    Classic French rooms in the villa and the chateau with private baths. Several rooms with sea views of the Bay of Cannes reserved on first come first served basis.
  • Boat Trip to St Tropez
    Always a favorite adventure to one of the French Riviera's hot spots: Great dining, people (and yacht) watching, shopping, seaside hiking, you name it! You may not want to leave. Don't miss the boat!
  • Train to Antibes
    The quick train trip takes us to the the inspiring seaside village of Antibes to visit the Picasso museum and lunch. Explore the markets, cafes, seaside, and streets where artists find their muse.
  • Art & History Tour LNAF
    A one hour tour of the grounds Chateau de La Napoule
  • Swim, Hike, Relax
    Daily swims and paddleboarding in the perfect crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean. Hikes along the coast and in the hills overlooking the valleys, villages, and sea. Relax. The choice is yours!
  • Air Fare
    Air Fare is not included. The nearest international airport is Nice. There are many options.
  • Transport from Airport
    Trains to Mandelieu-La Napoule run from Cannes. The tram line 2 "Port Lympia” connects the airport (Terminal 1 and Terminal 2) to the Nice Ville station via the "Jean- Médecin” station.
  • Alcohol
    Alcohol not included unless specified.

Available Packages

Budget Double Room
Available until July 10, 20224 left

Only two of these rooms are available in the villa. Two separate beds. Garden view with private baths. Air conditioning. $2700 per person. $500 non-refundable deposit person. 'Availability' number indicates individual spots available NOT rooms available.


Reservation Details: When you and your roommate sign up, PLEASE indicate who your roommate is at the prompt in the 'Participant Info' section. 

$2,700
Deposit: $500
Sea View - Two Beds
Available until July 10, 202214 left

Room in the Villa or Chateau. Two beds. Private bath. Sea view. Seven Rooms available. Air conditioning. $3300 per person. $500 non-refundable deposit person. 'Availability' number indicates individual spots available NOT rooms available.


Reservation Details: When you and your roommate sign up, PLEASE indicate who your roommate is at the prompt in the 'Participant Info' section. 

$3,300
Deposit: $500
Premium Room with Sea View and Terrace
Available until July 10, 2022only 2 left

This is the nicest room. In the villa with expansive view of the Mediterranean. Light-filled with private terrace. Two beds. Private bath. Only one available. Air conditioning. $3475 per person. $500 non-refundable deposit per person. Only one room available.  'Availability' number indicates individual spots available NOT rooms available.


Reservation Details: When you and your roommate sign up, PLEASE indicate who your roommate is at the prompt in the 'Participant Info' section. 

$3,475
Deposit: $500
Budget Single Room
Available until July 10, 2022only 1 left

One bed. In villa. Garden view. Private bath. Air conditioning. $500 non-refundable deposit per person. This room is for one person. 

$3,100
Deposit: $500
Single Room
Available until July 10, 2022only 1 left

One bed. In villa. Garden view. Air conditioning. $500 non-refundable deposit per person. This room is for one person. 

$3,500
Deposit: $500
Single Bed Sea View
Available until July 10, 2022only 2 left

Queen bed with sea views. Private bath. Air conditioning. $500 non-refundable deposit per person. Sleeps two. 'Availability' number indicates individual spots available NOT rooms available.


Reservation Details: When you and your roommate sign up, PLEASE indicate who your roommate is at the prompt in the 'Participant Info' section. 

$3,300
Deposit: $500
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Itinerary

Retreat Itinerary
Daze in the South of France

 

Sunday

3:00pm Arrival and check-in to rooms

6:00pm Social hour in courtyard 

7:30pm Welcome dinner at the Château in the Gothic Dining Room followed by Q &A

9:00pm Roof top meditation

Monday

8:00am Light breakfast in the Gothic Dining Room and Terrace

9:00-10:30am Roof top yoga and meditation

11:00am Group swim

12:30pm Lunch on your own in town

4:00pm Tour of Château

5:00pm Hike to hill San Pyre

7:30pm Group dinner at Le Papanou in La Napoule 

Tuesday

7:00am Roof top yoga 

8:30am Breakfast

11:00am Van to Saint Paul de Vence

Lunch on your own in village

4:00pm Return to Château 

5:30pm Meditation and group discussion in the garden followed by cocktails at swing bar and group swim

7:30pm Lite dinner provided on the beach

9:00pm Candle light gentle yoga in the White Art Gallery 

Wednesday

6:00am Rooftop yoga & meditation

8:00am Breakfast

10:00am Train to Antibes includes Picasso museum guided tour and group lunch

5:00pm Train return with group

Dinner on your own

Thursday

6:00am Kundalini in the White Gallery Room

8:00am Breakfast

10:00am Boat Trip to St Tropez 

4:45pm Return from St Tropez

8:00pm Pizza dinner at La Neapolis in La Napoule

Friday

6:00am Sunrise rooftop yoga and meditation 

8:00am Breakfast

10:00am Train to Nice for Food Tour with La Petits Farcis

5:00pm Train to La Napoule - Later trains are available if you prefer to take dinner in Nice

9:00pm Evening meditation in White Gallery (optional)

Saturday

6:00am Silent hike to San Peyre - bring journals

7:30am Breakfast

9:00am Beach Yoga 

11:30am Sandwiches on the beach

Massages available at the Villa 

Rest and Relax

7 p.m. Closing dinner in Gothic Dining Room & Epic Dance Party

Sunday

6:00am Last rooftop yoga and meditation

8:00am Breakfast & Goodbyes 

12 p.m. Check out of rooms 

*Itinerary subject to change at retreat leader’s discretion 

Your Organizer


BP
Billy Potocnik
Within yoga, we find a place to connect, a place to share and experience our inner and outer worlds, a place to breathe and to sweat, to suffer and cry and laugh and shine. BillyYoga is a celebration of this living process. It focuses its energy on the most important journey in life – the one that goes inward, into our own hearts – and guiding us on this journey is the knowledge that yoga is always always changing, always harmonizing, and always perfecting.