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Verbier Swiss Alps Retreat For Women

About The Retreat

Balancing a fun range of fitness sessions, explorative hikes, paddleboarding, yoga flows and restorative self-care, all within nature; enrich your life through experiences. MOVE your BODY | REST your MIND | FEED your SOUL. This retreat is as much about social connection and having fun as it is about fitness, relaxation and healthy eating. Leave feeling restored, relaxed, re-energised and happy, with lifelong friends! Explore some of the most stunning mountain hikes in the area, with glistening glacial lakes (optional dips for the brave!). Enjoy a range of yoga sessions from morning awakening flows to evening restorative practices. Spend time with other like-minded women, in a fun, supportive, encouraging and non-intimidating environment. Nourish your bodies with a delicious, healthy menu using the freshest of ingredients. Created by our private chef and enjoyed in a social setting. Perfect for solo travellers and those in small groups, from all life stages and all nationalities. Fully relax into your mountain home for the week; an alpine Swiss chalet with all the comforts to offer you a relaxing stay, with breathtaking, scenic mountain views. With everything planned for you during the retreat you can fully switch off and escape the stressors and demands of your daily routines. Created from a love of sharing the incredible experience of living in the mountains, with others. Our retreats are based in the scenic mountain resort, Verbier. Best known for its glamorous winter skiing scene, the summer is actually the most underrated and best time to experience this incredible mountain landscape.

Itinerary

1Day 1

06:45AM - 08:00AM

Awakening Yoga flow to rise, with intention setting for the week.

08:00AM - 09:00AM

Nourish yourselves with a healthy breakfast.

09:00AM - 12:00PM

Explore one of the most stunning mountain hikes in the area, an introductory, mostly flat warm up hike to start the week, at an impressive 2200m!

12:00PM - 13:00PM

Scenic mountain picnic lunch to refuel, before returning to the chalet.

01:00PM - 14:00PM

Self care: Rest & Relaxation (time for reading, journaling, sunbathing, ambling around Verbier town or treat yourself to a spa treatment) OR book an exhilarating paragliding flight!

02:00PM - 15:30PM

Strengthening workout, with a mixture of weights & bodyweight, followed by a guided stretch to fully recover & unwind.

03:30PM - 18:00PM

Self care: Rest & Relaxation.

06:00PM - 19:00PM

Enjoy a relaxed & social dinner in the chalet.

2Day 2

06:45AM - 08:00AM

Morning Yoga flow with guided meditation.

08:00AM - 09:00AM

Nourish yourselves with a healthy breakfast.

09:00AM - 10:00AM

Par Cours Vita circuit: enjoy a fun cardio & strengthening workout in the forest using fixed equipment. Hike or jog from station to station and feel motivated in our outdoor gym!

10:00AM - 12:00PM

Explore another beautiful, serene mountain hike, ending with a climb to the picturesque Cabane Mont Fort, for a well deserved drink and small break.

12:00PM - 13:00PM

Picnic with a view! As you enjoy lunch up the mountain.

01:00PM - 14:00PM

Opportunity to book a paragliding flight! Continue this beautiful hike and return down to the chalet.

02:00PM - 18:00PM

Self care: Rest & Relaxation.

06:00PM - 19:00PM

Enjoy a relaxed & social dinner in the chalet.

3Day 3

06:45AM - 08:00AM

Morning Yoga flow with guided meditation.

08:00AM - 08:30AM

Nourish yourselves with a healthy breakfast.

08:30AM - 11:30AM

Short 30min drive to the picturesque Champex Lac, for a peaceful hike along the 'Bisse' stream. Gently climb through the forest, connecting with the nature surrounding you.

11:30AM - 12:30PM

Cool off with a fun paddleboarding session, either enjoying a paddle across the small lake or joining in with a balance and core workout. Optional lake swims & dips afterwards!

12:30PM - 13:30PM

Lakeside picnic lunch to refuel.

01:30PM - 15:00PM

Optional lake swims & dips, and relaxation by the lake, before returning to the chalet.

03:00PM - 18:00PM

Self care: Rest & Relaxation.

06:00PM - 19:00PM

Enjoy a relaxed & social dinner in the chalet.

4Day 4

07:00AM - 08:00AM

Fuel up with a healthy breakfast.

08:00AM - 11:00AM

Day long explorative mountain hike along one of Verbier's most scenic trails. Enjoy this challenging and scenic route, spotting wildlife along the way (if lucky!) towards the Cabane de Louvie and the hidden gem of the valley - Lac de Louvie!

11:00AM - 12:00PM

Picnic lunch at the Cabane & optional cold water dips in Lac de Louvie.

12:00PM - 16:00PM

Continue this incredible, remote hike, immersed in nature as you start to climb down towards the valley floor and our end point. Returning to the chalet by bus.

04:00PM - 17:00PM

Relaxing restorative yoga session.

05:00PM - 18:00PM

Self care: Rest & Relaxation.

06:00PM - 19:00PM

Enjoy a relaxed & social dinner in the chalet.

5Day 5

06:45AM - 08:00AM

Morning Yoga flow with guided meditation.

08:00AM - 09:00AM

Nourish yourselves with a healthy breakfast.

09:00AM - 11:00AM

Hike a challenging, scenic mountain trail, as you climb from 2200m and then descend to a breathtaking glacial lake - Lac de Vaux.

11:00AM - 11:20AM

Core workout, lakeside.

11:20AM - 12:30PM

Picnic lunch by the lake & optional cold water dips!

12:30PM - 15:00PM

Continue this mountain hike loop, taking in the stunning panoramic scenery, as you continue to descend and return to the chalet.

03:00PM - 18:00PM

Self care: Rest & Relaxation.

06:00PM - 19:00PM

Enjoy a relaxed & social dinner in the chalet.

6Day 6

06:45AM - 08:00AM

Morning Yoga flow with guided meditation.

08:00AM - 09:00AM

Nourish yourselves with a healthy breakfast.

09:00AM - 10:00AM

Par Cours Vita circuit: enjoy a fun cardio & strengthening workout in the forest using fixed equipment. Hike or jog from station to station and feel motivated in our outdoor gym!

10:00AM - 12:00PM

Continue on a beautiful hike through the forest to Chez Dany restaurant, where the views open up to more magnificent mountain scenes. Relax in a deckchair for an optional coffee/drink stop before hiking back to the chalet.

12:00PM - 13:00PM

Enjoy a fresh, healthy lunch in the comfort of the chalet.

01:00PM - 16:00PM

Self care: Rest & Relaxation.

04:00PM - 18:00PM

Evening restorative Yoga flow & reflections of the week. Followed by Self care: Rest & Relaxation.

06:00PM - 19:00PM

Enjoy a relaxed & social dinner in the chalet.

7Day 7

07:00AM - 08:00AM

Cardio & strengthening workout. Using a fun combination of weights and bodyweight exercises - 1 final blast!

08:00AM - 09:00AM

Nourish yourselves with a healthy breakfast.

09:00AM - 09:30AM

Goodbyes & chalet departure.

What’s Included

  • 6 day systematically designed fitness and wellness programme

  • 7 nights accommodation in a beautiful Swiss alpine chalet

  • 3 healthy & nutritious meals each day, using fresh local produce

  • Daily yoga with varying styles

  • 30 minute massage

  • Gift set of mini REN toiletries

  • Transfers from/to Le Châble train station

  • Verbier lift pass and all transport during week

  • Access to high-speed WiFi

  • Happy vibes and optional dog cuddles!

Not Included

  • Flights

  • Travel insurance

  • Additional massages and spa treatments

  • Optional activities i.e. paragliding flight

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT FITNESS LEVEL DO I NEED TO BE? / HOW HARD IS THE FITNESS TRAINING?

This is not a high tempo fitness retreat, so an average base level of fitness is fine. Already integrating some form of exercise and movement into your weekly routines is advisable. Verbier is situated at 1500m so a base level of cardio fitness is recommended and will help in the altitude. You ideally will be able to sustain a steady day long hike (roughly 5-6hrs, 16km and 800m of elevation) with breaks. There are no specific running sessions, other than short sprints in some fitness circuits. Other sessions i.e. yoga & fitness circuits using weights, will be tailored as much as possible for individuals, especially if any injuries.

WHAT IS THE FOOD LIKE?

A sensational menu is created by your private chef for the week: 3 healthy & nutritious meals each day, using fresh local produce. The week's menu offers a combination of vegetarian & plant based dishes, balanced with some meat & fish additions too. The focus is on nourishing your bodies with natural, quality ingredients; no processed foods, sugars or additives. Dietaries and allergies are accommodated and portion size can be tailored if so desired. Eat together in a relaxed social environment both in the chalet and up the mountain for incredibly scenic picnics. Healthy snacks are provided on certain days too. Plus unlimited teas, coffee & infused water.

WHAT TO PACK?

- Trainers (ideally trail specific trainers) or hiking boots (if you prefer more ankle support) WORN IN. - Enough workout wear for the week (washing facilities normally provided in chalet) - Shorts, leggings and exercise tops - Warm leggings or lightweight trousers (for hikes and cosy yoga sessions) - Long sleeved warm fleece or shell top - Good lightweight waterproof jacket - Warm jacket/down puffa - Comfy lounge wear for relaxing in the evenings - High protection sunscreen for face and body, sun hat, sunglasses - Small 15-20 litre rucksack (some Camelbak's will have extra room and are sufficient) - Bikini/swimsuit, light swim towel (thin quick dry if you’ll want to dip in any of the lakes), flip flops (opt.), waterproof phone case (opt. if wanting to take on paddleboards) - Water bottle - Walking poles (optional & available to rent) - Adaptors for Swiss plugs (3, or 2 pin) - Swiss Francs (CHF) cash for drinks up mountain - Any medication you may need

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE & HOW HOT DOES IT GET?

The weather in Verbier during the summertime is usually dry, warm and sunny. Average temperature is 27°, which means you can be hiking high up in the mountains in a t-shirt and shorts.

CAN I COME ON MY OWN? & HOW BIG IS THE GROUP?

Yes of course, it’s the perfect retreat for travelling solo, as well as with a friend or partner! The retreat caters for small groups of 5-8 women, from all nationalities and life stages. It’s a lovely coming together of like-minded women. A perfect retreat for making lifelong connections and friendships.

Reviews

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Cat

November 2022

I can 100% recommend! Best week I ever had & I did it solo! It wasn't scary or daunting - just fun, challenging & relaxing!

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Catherine

August 1922

The first time I have done anything like this & it absolutely exceeded my expectations! I was not looking for a bootcamp experience, I wanted to get out into the mountains, do some hiking, workouts, take in beautiful views, stretch & relax & Lottie was able to provide this & more! The hikes were hard work but very rewarding. She is very experienced & knowledgeable at what she does. My job is busy & stressful & I can honestly say I didn’t think about work once during the week as I was having fun!

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Valerie

June 1922

Highly recommend! Challenging & super inclusive - a love of moving and being outdoors throughout! Bliss

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Sophie

June 2022

Lottie has been able to get me back on track mentally. I feel so much happier in myself and I owe that to her fitness training methods, using nature and a fun atmosphere to train in.

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