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Summer Retreat
Delighting in Meaningful Action

16 - 23 August, 2020

A mountain adventure that will leave you feeling challenged, relaxed and fulfilled

If you love being extremely active, but don’t want the hassle of finding the best places to go or organising all the details, then our Summer Stillness In Action Retreat is for you.


This is a week-long adventure in the Southern French Alps where each day you will explore a different mountain activity that will leave you feeling challenged, relaxed and fulfilled.  

This active holiday happens from the tranquillity of Lauvitel Lodge.  We make sure that there is ample opportunity to rest in the spacious and beautiful gardens, to enjoy the comfort of your bedrooms and to share in the delicious food that is served in the restaurant.

What's on the Programme?

Our Summer Retreat is designed for you to enjoy the contrast between being out in the mountains in full-on action and delighting in down time in the comfort and spaciousness of Lauvitel Lodge.


With some flexibility for the weather and for your preferences, there will be the possibility to experience:

  • Rafting on the Veneon river, connecting intimately with the glacial waters, leaving you feeling exhilarated and refreshed

  • Hiking up to Lauvitel Lake and beyond for the most incredible views and the sensation of being surrounded by the magnificent mountains 

  • Climbing one of the local Via Ferrata, creating a safe way to face your fears and climb in the most extraordinary settings 

  • Following the most magical trails through the ancient forests towards La Berarde

  • Wild swimming and walking in the waters of the mountain rivers and lakes

  • Sleeping out under the stars , with the open heavens above you and the cool earth below you - a true alpine adventure - in all its simplicity.

For the early risers, there is also the before breakfast session on the deck, with a mix of morning T’ai Chi, Chi Kung and Yoga.  And if there is any day you fancy a ‘day out’ from the activities you can ‘stay in’ and treat yourself to a spa day with massage, Reiki or Being Well coaching.

How Will You Benefit?


Throughout the Retreat, we will use nature-inspired coaching as a means to uncover your innate strengths, natural limitations and habitual ways of dealing with the unknown.


Nature-inspired coaching uses real experiences in the physical world (such as a challenging hike) to let you observe your feelings, your reactions and choices and then transpose these powerful insights into something immediately applicable in your everyday life.

While you can do all the activities without being on the retreat, what Caroline brings is a particular state of consciousness: the state of being centred in the present with awareness of what else is happening around you at the same time.  Each activity brings a slightly different experience, none of which you would get if you just did them by yourself. One made me more aware of my personality and my relationships with other people. During another I recognised previously unseen strengths. Throughout all, there are intense moments of clarity of thought, as to what I want from life and how to achieve it. From the Lodge, you can spend a lot of time looking out at the mountains just enjoying the view, and quite suddenly realise that they are not solid but constantly moving and not unsurpassable if you take the right path.

-- Tom Taylor

What to Bring?

  • Comfortable clothing for Tai-chi/Yoga sessions

  • Warm clothes as well as summer clothes

  • Comfortable outdoor clothing suitable for hiking

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Hiking boots

  • Shoes that you don’t mind getting wet

  • Journal and/or a good book

  • Water bottle

  • Sunglasses and sun cream

  • Rucksack

  • Sleeping bag and mat (if you have your own)


To check what else is available at the Lodge, please feel free to contact us directly.


Retreat Participation​


per person

Provides access to all group activities and practices.

Food & Lodging

€525 - €840

per person


Single or shared room with
private or shared bathroom. 

Price includes:

Lodging at Lauvitel Lodge (7 nights) • Bed linen and towels • Full board (3 meals a day plus tea, coffee and fresh drinks) • Guided activities included in the program • Transport to the pre-planned activities.


Price does not include:

Insurance • Travel costs • Any extra activities or well-being services purchased throughout your stay • Alcoholic beverages (available at an additional charge)

To reserve your place, click the register now button to pay the deposit of €550.


Once we have received your registration we will contact you to confirm your choice of accommodation from the options available. The remaining balance is due no later than 15 days before the date of the Retreat. 


Our Stillness in Action Retreats take place at Lauvitel Lodge, an extraordinary place situated in the small hamlet of La Danchere in the heart of the French Alps. Peaceful and secluded, the lodge remains easily accessible and provides all the comforts of a family-run hotel.

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