Mountain Retreat Yoga Week

Mountain Yoga Retreat

For 2019 we are extremely excited to be running our first mountain yoga week at Serre Des Ormes. A relaxing week in stunning mountain scenery with daily yoga classes tailored to suit you.
The twice daily yoga classes will be led by Caroline Lofthouse who has an extensive background in both dance and yoga. Where possible we will hold the classes outside in our gardens and are planning at least one hillside yoga session so you can really immerse yourself in stunning natural surroundings. The group size will be limited to 6 and therefore we will be able to offer an exclusive and personal approach during your week with us.

Mountain Top Yoga
                         Mountain Top Yoga

Between yoga sessions you will be free to explore the fantastic walking, trail running or cycling on offer around Serre Des Ormes. We will be on hand to suggest our favourite routes and trails to help you make the most out of the holiday. Alternatively just relax by our own private pool, or on the sunny terrace.
Gorges de La Méouge
                          Gorges de La Méouge

On Thursday there will be the opportunity to visit the local Provençal market in Laragne. There are many stalls selling local and organic produce and you can buy a picnic before we make the short trip to the beautiful Lac de Riou. If conditions allow we are planning a yoga session on the shaded grassy lake shore before enjoying a picnic lunch and perhaps a swim.
Lac de Riou
                          Lac de Riou

The accommodation for the week is in our newly renovated 18th century farmhouse, Serre Des Ormes. With luxury en-suite rooms, library, rustic dining room, terrace, pool and gardens. Each morning a healthy, nutritious breakfast will be served including; porridge, muesli, granola, croissants, fresh bread, fruit juice, homemade jams and freshly laid eggs from our own hens. On 6 nights of the week a delicious two course evening meal will be prepared, using locally produced organic food where possible. Aperitif, hors d’oeuvres and wine is included with the evening meals.
Dinner on the Terrace
                         Dinner on the Terrace

Each afternoon a freshly baked cake is served; tea, coffee & fresh fruit are also freely available throughout your stay. Free WiFi is also available.
Our 8 day (7night) yoga week will run from Saturday 7th to 14th September. The price is €945pp (based on 2 people sharing a room) and includes group airport transfer from Marseille airport or Aix TGV, 7 nights catered accommodation, local transport and yoga classes.
For more information or provisional bookings please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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If you are looking for a running holiday with great trails, accessible mountains and stunning gorges then look no further. With plenty of sunshine, luxury accommodation and fresh home cooked food, Serre Des Ormes is the place to come. The majority of our runs are based in the Méouge valley and will take you from stunning mountain ridges to breathtaking trails in the Gorges de la Méouge.

The running is self-guided but with our knowledge of the hills and trails we will make sure you get the very most out of your week with us. During your stay we will provide detailed directions, maps and GPS files. With a car you will be free to explore the valley on your own but we can arrange transport around the valley if required.

Below is a an example of a typical week running with us but this can very easily be tailored to suit you’re individual needs. From ultra-runners after an early season training location to those after a more relaxing  week of running in great surroundings, Serre Des Ormes is the place to come.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch for more details on our running weeks, it’s what we are here for!»

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Day 1 – The mountain ridges of Eourres.

This stunning mountain ridge run starts and finishes in the hamlet of Eourres. Perched at 900m altitude the community is known for their total respect of the environment and it’s residents are proud of their organic produce and self-sufficient lifestyle. The run itself is a perfect start to the week; although predominately on ridgetops you are never far from Eourres and therefore there are plenty of options to tailor the length to suit the legs.

From the village of Eourres, you warm up by traversing the hillside and then descending to the hamlet of Les Damias. From here you climb steeply to the open mountain top of Chanteduc and a great panoramic view. A great trail decends to Col St Pierre before climbing again to reach the crest of Montagne de Mare (1603m), from here enjoy the views of the Jabron valley far below you and the impressive peaks of Montagne de Lure and infamous Mont Ventoux in the distance.

After a steep descent to Col Verdun you have a choice, if there is enough in the legs (remember this is the first day!) there is the option to climb Montagne du Pied du Mulet. Alternatively descend from Col Verdun on a cracking trail that takes you directly back to Eourres.
Distance 19 km; Elevation +/1,100 m; Click here for more route details:-  GPSies - Eourres Ridges_Chanteduc_Mare_Pied Mulet

Day 2 – Crete De Chabre

Another stunning ridge run but this time on the dramatic ridgeline of Chabre which dominates the horizon to the north of Serre Des Ormes. The highlight of this run is the ridge line between Col de St Ange and Pas de Ste Colombe, the views from the path are simply breathtaking with a 360 degree panorama of the Alps to the north and Mont Ventoux in the distance.

From the small village of Ballon climb the forest path to reach Col St Jean. From the Col you begin the undulating traverse of Crete Chabre. At first the path follows the shaded north side of the ridgeline before climbing onto the Crete itself. From here the ridge top path continues, at times quite exposed, to Col de St Ange which is one of our favourite viewpoints in the valley. From the Col descend steeply at first and then on more gentle forest paths back to Serre Des Ormes and a well earned cup of tea, piece of cake and perhaps a dip in the pool.

Distance 19km, Elevation +700m / -850m; Click here for more route details:-   GPSies - Ballon to Serre Des Ormes via Crete de Chabre

Day 3 – Circuit of the Méouge

This circuit around the stunning Gorges de la Méouge offers a total contrast to the previous two days of mountain ridges. The run follows the Méouge river as it weaves through the steep sided cliff faces before returning on the north side of the hillside to give a give magnificent views over the Gorge and Pic St Cyr opposite.

The trail starts at Pont Roman, a charming Roman Bridge crossing the Méouge River, popular with locals and tourists enjoying a pique-nique alongside the river or taking a dip in the many plunge pool. The trail quickly leaves the crowds and follows the Gorges upstream to Roche Coupee which offers a magnificent view back down the Méouge. From here the trail continues up stream on a quite exposed path at times before crossing to the opposite side of the valley.

The path then climbs from the valley bottom and opens out to allow a stunning vista over the Gorges de la Meouge and of Pic St Cyr opposite before descending back to the car past the village of Pomet perched on the cliff tops.

Distance 13km, Elevation +/- 800m

Day 4 – Rest Day

Well earned rest day after 3 days of running. Enjoy a day recovering at Serre Des Ormes and relax by the the swimming pool or browsing through the numerous books in our library enjoying tea and cake.

If you do want to stretch the legs then there are a number of easier loops on tracks from the house that we can recommend.

Day 5 – Laragne Market & Mountain Ridges of St Genis & Gorges du Riou

In the morning why not visit the local market in Laragne. A bustling weekly market where you can wander around the many stalls with local producers selling a huge variety of cheeses, meats, fruit & veg and of course wine and beers. Or just relax in a cafe and watch the world go by with a coffee or perhaps join the locals for a drink of Pastis! After the market it’s time to run again and and today we recommend a route around the ridges of St Genis and Gorges du Riou. The route starts from the Plan d’eau du rhiou, a superb bathing lake set in stunning surroundings. From the Lake climb up to the ridgeline which dominates the horizon and make a circuit of the Montagne de St-Genis before dropping down into the Gorges du Riou. From here head back to the Lake and a enjoy a well earned cool down swim.

Distance 22 km, Elevation +/-1,000m; Click here for more route details:-   GPSies - Montagne de St Genis & Gorges du Riou
Day 6 – Pic St Cyr and the Gorges de la Méouge

A route of two halves both as dramatic as each other in very different ways. First the open mountain ridge of St Cyr before returning to the stunning trails along the length of the Gorges de la Meouge. Both equally dramatic, we probably saved the best to last, so I hope you have enough left in the legs!
The route starts from the quaint hamlet of St-Pierre-Avez, from here you climb, quite steeply at times up through shaded oak trees before the path opens out at “Les Avens”, a limestone rocky outcrop perched on the side of the hill offering panoramic views of the Méouge valley. From Les Avens continue climbing to the summit of Pic-St-Cyr. The views from the top of this peak are magnificent, to the East the mountain side drops quickly to the Buech Valley, to the West there are views of the Méouge valley and to the North, in the distance the grand snow topped mountains of the Alps can be seen. You can continue to enjoy the views on the relatively gentle descent along the open ridge of St-Cyr before dropping more steeply through the trees to bring you about above the Gorges de la Meouge.

After descending to the hamlet of the Antonaves and topping up with water you return to St Pierre-Avez along the stunning Gorges de la Meouge. This stunning trail follows the Méouge and is steep, rocky and exposed in places, you will have remember too keep one eye on the path and one on the view which is equally dramatic. There are plenty of opportunities to cool of the body and legs in the many natural pools formed by the river.

Distance 19km, Elevation +/- 1100m; Click here for more route details:-  GPSies - Pic St Cyr and Gorges de la Meouge