THE LITTLE OWL RETREAT
Saturday September 21 – Saturday 28 September 2019
French Alps, Parc de la Vanoise. Le Petit Hibou is situated at the end of the Nancroix valley nestled in a mountain paradise at the base of two enormous mountains – Mont Pourri and the Bellecote. Amongst skiers and snowboarders this area is known for its off-piste lines from the adjacent ski resorts (La Plagne and Les Arcs) and when the snow melts, it becomes a spectacular place to explore by foot and retreat to for a pure Nature immersion.
Per Person €1,200 all inclusive (excluding travel costs and travel insurance)
The Little Owl Retreat
This annual event is designed to be your ultimate treat holiday, curated with one thing in mind…. BALANCE.
Spend a week in the heart of the Vanoise National Park cocooned in mountain magic on a fun-filled, soulful adventure with Caz and Becs – both wise owls in their field of hospitality and wellness, who will attend to your every need.
Marking the mid-point between Summer and Winter (the Autumn Equinox), expect to experience the perfect balance of
Retreat and Adventure
Nature and Nurture
Comfort and Challenge
Fresh air and Fun
Expect this Little Owl mountain adventure to blow your hiking socks off!
Indulge in the comfort of a true mountain sanctuary with exquisite daily eats from Caz’s Kitchen. Caz is a highly experienced and celebrated professional chef from New Zealand, based in the French Alps since 2004.
Re-connect to the splendors of Nature and expand your horizons with a choice of countless mountain hikes and a variety of outdoor activities. Explore this special area of the French Alps from your doorstep. Experience its vibrancy, enormity and its array of flora, fauna and wildlife (such as Ibex, Chamois, Marmotte and Birds of Prey).
Recover with a massage treatment from Keiran, our favorite sports masseuse.
Re-condition and centre yourself with Bec’s twice-daily Yoga Flow. Bec is the reference for Mountain Yoga (yoga for mountain sports and activities) in this area since 2010, with a wealth of experience in producing and teaching yoga classes, events, workshops and retreats.
Adventure with us to our favorite day trip to Italy and pamper yourself at the foot of Mont Blanc in our favorite Thermal Spa.
Be inspired by kitchen wisdom from Caz and wellness wisdom from Bec. They have over 40 years of collective experience and passion in their chosen professions.
Immerse in this magical experience, make new friends and lifelong memories. Take advantage of Caz and Bec’s wealth of local knowledge and mountain experience, so you can make the most of your mountain holiday and leave feeling bright and re-balanced.
All this and more surprises – don’t miss out. Just like the Autumn Equinox, this opportunity only happens once a year.
Bookings and Enquiries
This annual offering is boutique in nature and in number (limited to 9 people), so please note your interest or book your space to avoid disappointment.
Call or email us
Caz – 0033 6 29 88 56 61
Bec – 0033 6 95 36 31 22
Travel by Train from London to our local train station (20 mins away) Landry or Bourg St Maurice which accessed by TGV via Paris).
Travel by Plane to one of our local airports Chambery (1hr 20 mins), Grenoble (2hrs), Geneva (2hrs) or Lyon (2hrs 20 mins)
Travel by Car to Le Petit Hibou, Pont Baudin, Les Glieres, Peisey Nancroix 73210.
Transfers to and from airports or train station can be arranged at an extra cost.
Seventy3 are fully licenced and insured to carry up to 8 passengers in their air conditioned Renault Trafic minibus. With over 10 years of Alpine transfer experience and great knowledge of the mountain roads, you can expect a professional transfer service.
Frequently asked Questions
How fit do I need to be to go on this retreat?
Alpine hiking involves uphill and downhill challenges that make it unsuitable for the injured or those in ill-health. An adequate level of fitness is advised to enable walking adventures through varied terrain and all weather for sustained periods of up to 3 hrs.
Is this a Vegan retreat?
The emphasis is on 3 quality, locally produced, nutritionally balanced meals a day. A full range of food groups will be offered. However, if you are Vegan or Vegetarian or have specific dietary requirements please tell us. Caz caters for everyone incredibly well.
How much yoga experience do I need?
Two Yoga classes will be offered each day in compliment to the daily activities. Morning sessions will be dynamic and evenings more restorative. Bec’s signature style, Vinyasa Flow will be central to the sessions so some experience of yoga is advised to make your experience fun and enjoyable. Nevertheless, whatever your yoga experience, Bec will offer sessions adapted to meet each persons needs and ensure everyone is suitably challenged and chilled.
Will lunch be provided?
Yes, every day you will be provided with lunch, whether a sit down meal at the Hibou or picnic style in the wilderness. Lunch will never disappoint!
Can my allergies or dietary restrictions be catered for?
Yes, absolutely – Caz specializes in this field.
Will I have my own bedroom?
The Chalet is boutique by nature and by size. The accommodation is shared, recently renovated tastefully and to a high standard. There are 3 bedrooms, twin or double. One of which is a family room and can sleep 3.
Can I have ensuite toilet and bathroom?
Yes, all rooms are ensuite with toilet, wash hand basin and shower.
I live locally. Can I participate but not stay at the Hibou?
Yes, we have 3 spaces available for people who want to participate but stay nearby. Contact us for more details.
What do I need to bring?
On booking, we will send you an information pack with all the details and information that you will need.
Bedding, towels, hairdryer etc will all be provided. Yoga mats and props will be provided.
Will Mountain hikes be guided?
There are numerous hikes of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty that you can freely access from the door. We will not provide a guide but we will provide maps and use our local knowledge to help you select suitably awesome hikes. We will accompany you on at least 3 mountain hikes to help you orientate yourself and feel confident to explore more.
What if I don’t want to take part in all the hikes / yoga / activities?
Nothing is compulsory. You may take part in as little or as much as you like.
What if the weather is wet and wild?
These mountains have their own weather systems. Through all seasons we can experience unsettled and inhospitable weather. Late summer often offers great outdoor weather with sunny days and cooler mornings and nights. If bad weather comes in, we will adapt our schedule accordingly. If the conditions hinder our outdoor pursuits, we have a number of Little Owl workshops up our sleeves, from Caz’s kitchen workshops to Bec’s Late Summer Yoga workshops….. you will almost be wishing it to rain for at least one day!
I have other questions how do I contact you?
Please contact us by email or telephone and ask away….
Caz Clapham- 0033 6 29 88 56 61
Bec Black – 0033 6 95 36 31 22