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Wellness Retreat

Provence Wellness Retreat

The French art de vivre to restore mind, body, and soul…

Next Wellness retreat in the making for 2018 – please contact Emily if you are interested in coming to Provence on a wellness retreat…

Sometimes we just need to stop, step back and retreat to find ourselves again…to re-engage in the simple pleasures in life that once fueled our energy.

It’s all about recharging

This retreat is all about using our senses to reconnect with our mind, body, and spirit. The richness and diversity in Provence make it a perfect place for rediscovery! Enjoy:

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  • Healthy meals with regional specialties
  • Wine discovery classes (aroma and taste learning)
  • Wellness massages and spa afternoon at Spa Ventoux
  • Fitness (stretching, toning) classes on the sun deck
  • Daily walks through the countryside
  • Private and group coaching sessions with certified life coach
  • Cultural excursions in the land of Provence

The coaching element

The coaching is a person-centered approach and aimed at helping each person (re)discover who they are and where they are going.  Greater self-awareness and deeper life-skill aptitudes often come when we meet others and seek the guidance of a friend, life coach or sometimes even a stranger.



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Organic whole food flavored with local herbs and olive oil

  • 6 nights lodging in elegantly restored 12th-century priory
  • All meals (except 1 lunch) of exceptional quality with fine wine
  • All transportation (pick-up/drop-off Avignon TGV train station)
  • Private cultural tours with local guide
  • Relaxing and invigorating fitness classes on the sundeck
  • Wine discovery workshops
  • Organic vineyard tour with vineyard lunch


  • Transfer to/from Avignon and the villa outside the scheduled group transfers
  • Transfers to/from Marseille airport
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    The sundeck looking out over the vineyards and orchards

  • Insurance

Retreat Cost

Price to be announced in 2018


Once we hear from you, you will receive an invoice via email for your $600 dollar deposit along with details for your payment options.

More Payment details can be found under the Register tab.


Retreat Venue    

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La Madelene – retreat venue

Nestled at the foot of the Mt. Ventoux in the heart of Provence, is La Madelene: originally a Benedictine priory dating from the late 12th century. The monks – the Saint-Benoit de Capella – arrived here from Lyons and stayed until the 15th century.

Today, after extensive restoration in Provencal charm, it’s the perfect venue for retreats.  The ancient walls, its dining room that served as the arched chapel and the surrounding orchards and vineyards cultivate the perfect frame of mind for revitalization.  The Villa receives the Trip Advisor Excellence Award every year and many guests come back for their restoration in this haven.  Read more about the villa here.

Other highlights

  • Exploring a local Provencal market
  • Cultural and historical discoveries of medieval villages and Romanesque architecture with your local guide
  • Time to set new goals and clear the areas of your life that keep you from advancing
  • Camaraderie with like-minded travelers while enjoying the French art de vivre – small group – 8 max
  • A personal diary to keep a log of your wellness journey – that will follow you home for a positive transition
  • Free time to reflect on your goals and also just to bask in the Provencal atmosphere
  • A yoga sun deck at the villa for you to use to meditate or do your own yoga session



Emily Durand

Emily grew up in Southern Oregon then spent 5 years in Seattle to earn her degree in Sociology/Anthropology plus her teaching credentials. During her 3rd year in Seattle, she met a Frenchman. The rest, as we say, is history.

Her natural curiosity for life and love for adventure have led her down the road of hosting unique vacations and retreats in Provence.

The Provence Wellness Retreat is where her heart is as she strongly believes in travel as a means to restoring and building are often burnt out and fragile state of mind.

In 2015 she hosted a Women’s Energize Retreat – a 9-day coaching tour through three different regions in Provence.  Travel and cultural discoveries were the metaphors used to help each woman find their inner voice.  The feedback was positive and each woman used the retreat in Provence as a pivotal moment – ready to embrace the next best chapter in their lives.

Emily is excited to provide the next Provence Wellness Retreat at La Madelene – a venue perfectly designed for mindfulness with a team wholly inspired to give the best of Provence to others.

Learn more about Emily



Step 1: To register, start by emailing Emily at to check availability and ask any questions you may have.  A Skype/FaceTime chat can also be set up.

Step 2: Send in your deposit (you will receive an invoice for sending your deposit payment). A $600 deposit (non-refundable) reserves your spot on the retreat. You may pay using PayPal (secure online method and no need for PayPal account) or send a check (US accounts).  If you desire to have trip insurance, this is the time to inquire.

Step 3: Make final payment 60 days before day 1 on retreat.

Travel & General Information

Group pick-up will be at the Avignon TGV train station at 2 pm. This meeting point makes it easy for people traveling down from Paris on the TGV (fast train from Paris to Avignon is 2 hours and 40 minutes).

Possibility for pick-up at Marseille airport is also available (not included in retreat price).

It’s recommended to arrive in France the day before the retreat starts to allow time for any jet lag and perhaps any bags that didn’t come in on your flight.

Airline tickets are not included in the retreat price. You may either fly into Paris (CDG) to take the TGV down to Avignon or you may fly into Marseille (MRS) and taxi to Avignon (45 min. drive).  If you have further questions on logistics please don’t hesitate to ask Emily.

Group transportation will be in a 9-passenger van. It is necessary to pack lightly (one medium-sized suitcase and one carry-on per person).

Group drop-off will be at the Avignon TGV train station after breakfast on the last day of retreat (if you need a drop-off time outside the group transfer time there may be an extra fee).

Travel insurance is recommended to cover any unforeseen circumstances that cause you to cancel (illness, injury, death, etc.) Remember that travel insurance must be purchased immediately after purchasing your airline tickets or making your deposit for the retreat (whichever you do first).

Travel insurance companies you may want to check out:

  • AAA travel insurance
  • Travel Guard
  • Travel Insure
  • World Nomads


Rates: Your quoted tour price is only guaranteed once your deposit has been paid and your Terms and Conditions agreement has been signed and returned. Retreat price does not include airfare and is subject to change without notice due to the unpredictability of currency rates and trip costs. Credits are not given for services not used.

Itinerary: Your daily itinerary will be sent to you before your departure. However, changes may occur to provide you with the best possible retreat. Uncompleted portions of the retreat itinerary are not cause for refund

Cancellation by Your Private Provence: Your Private Provence reserves the right to cancel the retreat. In this unlikely event, the entire amount you have paid for the applicable tour will be refunded to you.

Cancellation Fees: If you should cancel, your $600 deposit is not refundable. Full refund, less deposit, will be given with a 60 days or more notice from day one of retreat. Within 60 days of the start of the retreat, no refund will be given. If a replacement participant is secured, you will get a refund of your money, minus the deposit.

Your Private Provence must receive written notice of said cancellation via mail or e-mail (with confirmation of receipt from YPP). Cancellation date is the date such notice is received in writing by YPP.

Release of Liability: Client agrees to hold the Coaches free of all liability and responsibility for any actions, results, or damages created as a direct or indirect result of specific referrals, or advice given by the Coaches.

Your Private Provence accepts no responsibility for your own personal safety or that of your belongings, nor can be held responsible or liable for any injury, loss, damage, or delay arising out of or in connection with any act, omission, neglect, accident, error or default. YPP cannot be held responsible for costs or other liabilities associated with any act of terrorism, war, accident, weather or any act of God. By engaging YPP, the client accepts these terms and the noted terms of the program cancellation penalties. It is highly recommended that all participants investigate and purchase travel insurance.

Contact Emily for more information

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