Mountain Adventure Retreat

  • Lauvitel Lodge Lauvitel Lodge
  • La Danchère, Vénosc, France
  • Aug 18 - 24, 2018 (7 days)
  • 1250 EUR

Event Highlights

  • 7 days (6 nights) in a beautiful and pristine location in the heart of the French Alps
  • 3 healthy, delicious and home-cooked meals per day, lovingly prepared by our Chef
  • 4 thrilling Mountain Adventures: Lake Walk, Bivouac, Via Ferrata, Rafting
  • 1 Creative Workshop led by Dr Caroline Purkhardt
  • A guided Moving Meditation session (Yoga or Tai-Chi) each morning
  • Round-the-clock access to our gardens, cosy living room, yoga deck & equipment
  • Ongoing support and guidance from an accredited Life Coach and Tai Chi Master, Dr Caroline Purkhardt


Each day during the Mountain Adventure Retreat will constitute of two major parts.

First one is a Moving Meditation session on the Deck, serving as a conscious opening of our days. Every day the session will be a little different, so that it may set the ground for the particular outdoor activity planned later in the day.

The second part of each day will be getting out and about to experience one of the Mountain Adventures (Lake Walk, Via Ferrata, Bivouac, Rafting) or, on one of the evenings, participating in the Creative Activity. We take care of all the logistics, so you don’t need to worry about transportation, additional fees or hiring a guide.

The dinner and the time after is intended for socializing, self-time, rest and simply enjoying warm summer evenings.

The program, although rich in activities, also leaves some free time for yourself. This is when you can go for a walk, exercise, read a book, journal or simply spend time with others in the garden. There is also an option of booking a massage or an additional private session with Caroline (Reiki, T’ai Chi or personal coaching session).

About This Event

Exploring Nature and playing out in the mountains can be a great way to get to know yourself. This is precisely what we will do during the Mountain Adventure Retreat. Challenge yourself, have fun and discover your innate strengths! We'd love for you to be a part of this adventure.

If you:

are looking for a deep connection with Nature,want to confront your fears and enhance self-confidence,want to remember how to play like a child,need a break from the usual routine,

then our Mountain Adventure Retreat in the heart of French Alps is just right for you. The Retreat will be led by author, accredited life coach, Tai Chi teacher and mountain lover – Dr Caroline Purkhardt

Summer is the season of full-on action. In the natural world, it is when plants flourish to their fullest potential, animals breed and the Sun stays up high above the horizon. Following Nature’s conduct, our human capacity for action also rises towards its peak.

Our Mountain Adventure Retreat draws on this seasonal energy rise, as it is designed to reawaken your highest potential. Through various exciting activities out in Nature, you will be exploring what it means to face your true self and stay present in any situation. Ultimately, the Retreat is intended to boost your self-confidence and help you find out how to achieve the unachievable… with a child-like smile on your face!

The core of the Retreat’s programme consists of daily Moving Meditation (T’ai Chi Kung, Yoga) and introduction to mindfulness practices in the morning and mountain adventure activities during the day:

Lake Walk – a hike up to Lauvitel Lake is a chance to gently reconnect with Nature. At the same time, it may reveal insights into how you orient yourself, make decisions and position yourself within a groupVia Ferrata – this exciting climb empowers you to face your fears and find the support you need. It is an experience of committing to something no matter what and finding your inner strength to do this.Bivouac out in the mountains – a true alpine adventure, which is all about simplicity. You will be leaving behind the comfort, as well as the complexities, of everyday life.Whitewater rafting – floating down a mountain river is a blast! This is an experience in which you can feel yourself one with the elements, fully present, joyful and bursting with excitement.

What will you gain from the retreat?

Throughout the Retreat, we will be using nature-based coaching as a means to uncover your innate strengths, natural limitations and habitual ways of dealing with the unknown. Nature-based coaching uses real experiences in the physical world (such as a challenging hike) to let you observe your various feelings, your habitual reactions and potential choices and then transpose these powerful insights into something immediately applicable in your ‘normal’ life.

The Mountain Adventure Retreat is designed to deepen your self-awareness, as well as help you develop confidence and a sense of ease in the unknown whilst approaching new challenges. The natural surroundings of La Danchere and the Ecrins National Park create the ideal backdrop to being able to detach and relax as well as stretch yourself, revealing your hidden strengths and unique gifts.

Here is what one of the previous participants had to say:

“While you can do all the activities without being on the retreat, what Caroline facilitates through them is the state of being centred in the present with awareness of what else is happening around you at that time. Each 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, for me, 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

“In June 2016, I discovered Lauvitel Lodge during a Reiki retreat. This was an amazing experience: Tai chi, chi gong, meditation, hiking, initiation to Reiki, amazing food, super comfortable room, great views, peaceful garden and most of all: extraordinary people running the place. I have travelled all over the world but this is one of my top 5 best places on earth. I’ve come back a different person. Thanks Caroline for having given me more faith In myself. I’ll never ever forget that first stay (of many to come) at Lauvitel Lodge.” – Céline Maginel

Tags: adventure alps climbing exploring french alps hiking mountain adventure personal growth rafting self development

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