Nia Retreat in the South of France
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La Deveze is situated amongst the stunning landscapes of the Occitanie region, equidistant from Nimes and Montpellier, set between the Cévennes mountains and the Mediterranean sea. The secluded domain has spectacular views and stretches over 97 acres of vineyards, forest, and meadows.
Conveniently located, we will be a short 20 minute walk to the busy market town of Quissac with the dramatic backdrop of the Coutach mountain. Our group will have the entire La Deveze estate and grounds to ourselves. Various walking trails from the property. There are four beautiful self-contained houses. Additionally there are two premium bedrooms in main house. Although we will dine as a group, each house has it's own kitchen, dining room and living area. You will find a private spot to read a book or take a nap within this spacious retreat sanctuary.
Limited to 15 participants.
Retreat Rates (taxes included):
Twin room double occupancy, shared bathroom $1990 per persons
Twin room double occupancy, private bathroom, $2100 per person
Full size bed single occupancy, bathroom shared with another room, $2,600 per person
Full size bed single occupancy, private bathroom, $2900 per person
Premium room single occupancy, private bathroom, $3200 per person
If you want to share a room but do not have someone in mind, we will gladly pair you with another single participant.
*7 nights luxurious accommodations at La Deveze, a 18th century lovingly restored French farmhouse.
*A light breakfast including tea & coffee, a two course lunch, and a three course dinner prepared by Caroline and Andrew Lewis who studied at the London Cordon Bleu school. Andrew trained under the head chef of the late Gary Rhodes. They are accomplished vegan and vegetarian chefs but they also cater to the desire of their international guests who enjoy eating the local cuisine. Food allergies and dietary needs are accommodated with advance notice.
*Tea, coffee, mineral water and fruit available throughout day.
*1 to 2 daily Nia classes in the indoor dance space or the picturesque wooden platform outside. It is most likely that we will have a second Nia class on non-excursion days.
*Yoga classes including restorative with meditation.
Excursions included in retreat cost. Additional excursions are available at additional cost. Examples of a possible outings which may vary depending on availability.
1. The Chateau Lascaux wine tour & tasting. https://chateau-lascaux.com/en
2. Visit to the Bamboo forest... nestled in the low Cevennes mountains lies this magical and tranquil idyll with over 1000 types of bamboo. Listed as one of Frances most beautiful gardens. https://www.bambouseraie.fr/en/homepage
*Outdoor heated swimming pool with dedicated private bar and terrace. Honor bar.
Airfare and transportation to La Deveze. La Deveze can arrange transportation from Montpellier or Nimes.
Massage therapist and Reiki sessions can be made by appointment.
La Deveze has a liquor license and wine is for sale by the bottle.
Register by paying a deposit of 50% of the retreat cost which will be determined by chosen room and availability. Please wait for us to confirm the room availability. Specify which week you will be attending. Payment can be made by Zelle, Venmo or check. Prices do not include airfare. You do not need to have flight booked in order to register.
Let us know if you would like to share a room or house with a friend. We will do our best to accommodate your request but cannot promise specific rooms. There are limited twin rooms so if you want these lower price rooms, it is suggested you register right away.
Full payment must be paid by June 23, 2023.
Please wait for confirmation of room availability before booking your flight.
Make payment by contacting Danielle Woermann, email@example.com once you receive room confirmation from Janet. email firstname.lastname@example.org
Zelle to email@example.com or check made out to Danielle Woermann.
Please fill our registration form. Yellow highlighted button for Danielle's address if you wants to send a check.
Deposit is non-refundable. Once the remaining balance of the retreat is paid, it is non-refundable.
There will be no refunds for arriving late or departing early- no exceptions. In case of another pandemic, retreat will be rescheduled, not cancelled. No refunds will be issued. There are no exceptions to the above cancellation policies including illness, personal injuries or weather, or finding a replacement for your space. Thank you for your consideration.
Danielle Woermann and Janet Kaufman will not be held responsible for any additional travel expenses incurred in preparation for cancelled retreats including airline tickets, travel delays, flight cancellations or illness.
We highly recommend travel cancellation insurance should your travel plans change for any reason.
From my own travel insurance experience the option of "non-refundable for any reason" must be purchased within 2 weeks of first trip payment. Yes, your travel insurance can cover more than just your plane fare. Make sure that you include the retreat costs including your deposit when you purchase your plan.
Here is a list of top rated plans: https://www.consumersadvocate.org/travel-insurance/a/best-travel-insurance
*As of January 1, 2007 all U.S. citizens need a valid passport to travel in and out of the U.S. Your passport MUST have at least 6 months remaining before expiration to be considered valid. Please check with your airline or travel agent if you have additional questions regarding necessary documentation. These requirements can change without notice.
The owners of La Deveze recommend flying to Paris, then taking a short flight or 3 hour high speed train to Montpellier. La Deveze is approximately 45 minutes by car from Montpellier. We can assist in coordinating shuttle service to La Deveze. If others are arriving in Paris at approximately the same time we will connect you to others for train travel.
We are happy to answer any of your questions:
Danielle firstname.lastname@example.org or Janet email@example.com
We understand that it might be the first time some of you have travelled internationally alone. If you have never experienced a Nia class rest assured you will be welcomed with love and acceptance. We go out of our way to reach out to each and everyone of you so no one will feel lonely or left out.
Janet & Danielle
"It is rare to come across a talent like Janet Kaufman. I have been a participant in Janet's Nia class since January, 2017. Nia was recommended to me by my nutritionist as a way to gain strength during my recovery from Stage 4 colorectal cancer.
Janet is completely dedicated to her art and gives 100% of herself to her class, each and every session. For those like me that can't keep up with the rest, she makes accommodations and never makes anyone feel ashamed for shortcomings. Instead, she empowers participants by combining beautiful physical movements with spiritual awareness and appreciation for life.
I attended Janet's first retreat last week and still cannot figure out how someone could get it SO RIGHT the FIRST TIME! She treated us all with such love, tenderness and kindness -- some of us didn't want to go home! I would definitely attend another retreat with Janet as she is a terrific planner with endless talent, energy, compassion, and love."
"Janet was our teacher in Nia movement and dance. We danced together, shared our soul and laughed with Joy. What a gift to have insights that will change our relationships to the ‘Best'. It was powerful, beautiful and life changing for each of us.
The Joy, Love and companionship polished our thoughts and hearts."
First and foremost, Danielle is a beautiful dancer. Each foot placement, angle of knee or arm extension is precise and evokes emotion in the observer. She has no need to shout directions or exhort us to move. Always perfectly prepared, Danielle shows us with her body how to sync with the rhythm and pace of the music until we too feel like beautiful dancers, moving in harmony with each other.
I am a self confessed Danielle groupie. I took my first Nia class with her fifteen years ago and promptly signed up for a retreat to a remote area of Costa Rica. This involved a turbo prop puddle jumper, a tricky beach landing and gloriously, sweaty dance. I have enjoyed many retreats with Danielle, most recently to Italy in June 2022, and she never disappoints. I trust her implicitly, knowing that her research and planning will deliver a rich and intimate experience in a beautiful setting.