near Paris, France
Wake up high amongst the trees, to the sound of the birds singing and the leaves whispering in the breeze on each morning of this weekend yoga retreat. Each of the Tree houses is furnished with all comforts of a luxury hotel, including an ozone treated Nordic hot tub on the private terrace.
Delicious locally sourced, plant-based food is cooked by the creative chefs using Ayurvedic recipes and healing herbs to place high-energy food on your plate every meal. Enjoy lunches and dinners in the dining rooms of the imposing castle surrounded by vast oak trees, which once provided the impressive backdrop for the first original film adaptation of Beauty and the Beast by Jean Cocteau. Participate in the Yoga Food Atelier to understand the sources of nutrition within our food and cooking demonstrations held by the chef to complete a knowledgeable cooking experience.
You will be invited to experience the ancient ritual of forest bathing (often known as Silvotherapy) for an entire afternoon, led by a dedicated nature healer, discovering the power of the trees and their magical properties, following shamanic rituals and ancient meditation techniques as well as some yogic practices.*
Yoga classes will be held at sunrise and sunset, within the castle, with views of the forest and green fields all around. The morning Ashtanga Vinyasa ritual will revitalise you through a dynamic and energetic flow, with focus on core and muscular strength. The evening practice will be deeper and slower with yin and nidra yoga elements and visualization techniques to release emotional and physical pain, through the repetition of mantras and positive affirmations. You will quickly feel your mind, heart and body transformed.
A meditation class is offered at noon each day, integrating dancing meditation, music therapy, colour-chakra meditation and mantra singing.
This retreat is run in partnership with Happy Healthy Ila.
Ilaria is a passionate yoga and dance teacher who began yoga in her early 20s to improve her ballet dancing. She holds grace, elegance and gratitude as the key pillars of her philosophy. Living abroad and travelling across countries such as Brazil, New York, Singapore and now Paris has enabled Ilaria to adopt core elements of different yoga and meditation traditions into her personal methods of practise. It has also allowed Ilaria to access ports of different healing techniques ranging from forest therapy Shinrin Yoku to ayurvedic treatments all with a key purpose to help members heighten achievements of health and happiness independently every day.
Inspired by a bird’s nest suspended above ground level, nestled amongst the towering trees of the forest, be awed by the panoramic birds eye view and surrender to the beauty of Mother Nature in the Spa Origin wooden cabin. Made from the trunk of a scalar oak, wake up each morning 8 M above ground level in a generous Queen sized bed inside a modern and Zen interior, greeted by the wistful and welcoming landscapes of nature to promote a balanced mind and to awaken the senses of inner-grace and peace. The suite is composed of a living room area that is furnished with comfortable armchairs and tables and a coffee/tea machine and a bathroom with modern design shower and toilets. Access the highest terrace domain through a small set of stairs to capture the views at 13 M above ground on a set of comfortable chairs and table. Access the spa zone through a 30 M Tibetan bridge connected to the cabin living room area to take refuge in the Nordic hot tub with chemical-free, UBO technology treated water at 40°C. Access through a vertical ladder. Cabin is furnished with electricity, heating, bathroom and bedroom equipment and bathrobes. Shower gel, shampoo and conditioner also included.
Inspired by a bird’s nest suspended above ground level, nestled amongst the towering trees of the forest, be awed by the panoramic birds eye view and surrender to the beauty of Mother Nature in a wooden cabin, 6 M above ground. Accessible through a round ladder, met at the front door is the living room area, furnished with comfortable armchairs, table and coffee/tea machine. Bedroom is equipped with a generous sized Queen sized bed with a modern designed shower. Toilets in a separate local. The Nordic hot tub with chemical-free, UBO technology treated water at 40°C is located on the large spaced external terrace. Cabin is furnished with electricity, heating, bathroom and bedroom equipment and bathrobes. Shower gel, shampoo and conditioner also included.
Romantic adventures await in this cosy spherical love nest cabin. Suspended 8 M above ground level, nestled amongst the towering oak trees, this cabin is made from the trunk of a scalar oak. The bedroom, furnished with a round shaped Queen sized bed is situated in the wooden cabin while the cabana is connected and accessible through a short walk on the Tibetan bridge.
Be immersed in the layers of the forest to be at one with nature in a hanging wooden cocoon. Made from trunk of scalar oak, suspended 6 M above ground level the Lov’nid Zen Spa Cabin is nestled amongst the towering oak trees. Enjoy moments of Zen and the simplicity of each other’s company on the spacious Queen sized bed with the crisp and clear night sky overhead parading a spectacle of dancing stars. Walk along the Tibetan bridge to reach the cabana that is furnished with a cosy living room area with armchairs and table, modern shower and toilets and on the external terrace sits the Nordic hot tub with chemical-free, UBO technology treated water at 40°C. Access through a round ladder. Cabin is furnished with electricity, heating, bathroom and bedroom equipment and bathrobes. Shower gel, shampoo and conditioner also included.
While it possesses the luxury of contemporary design and modern facilities, the true
appeal is the impressive stillness and silence granted by the Emotion wooden tree-
house cabin here in Northern France. This cabin is newly built and furnished, open to
the public from the beginning of March. Accessible through a separate spiral
staircase, admire the beauty of nature as you stand tall with the laidback oak trees
on the terrace of your cabin, perched on natural wooden stilts, 10M above ground
level. With three terraces spread across three different levels, each is complete with
its own set of round wooden table and chairs, a cohesive adaption to the circular
shape of the cabin. On the mid-level terrace sits the Nordic hot tub with chemical-
free, UBO technology treated water at 40°C but we recommend the third floor
terrace to embrace the captivating, panoramic views during meal times. A feast for
the emotions, the bedroom is filled with a round and generously sized Queen sized
bed surrounded by insulated windows. The bathroom includes an ultra-modern,
water efficient shower and sink with a separate toilet room. This cabin is equipped
with electricity, heating and a coffee and tea machine. Bathroom toiletries and a
bathrobe is also supplied and included as part of this programme.
Disconnect to reconnect, a key objective to offer guests during their weekend retreat in the Coupole cabin, a spherical pod nestled amongst the oak tree forest, made from the trunk of scalar oak. Accessible through the spiral staircase, this wooden cabin sits 6 M above ground level with a panoramic roof to enclose guests in a warm embrace from nature throughout their stay. Out on the terrace sits the Nordic hot tub with chemical-free, UBO technology treated water at 40°C while the spacious bedroom complete with a Queen sized bed is situated in the mezzanine, accessible through a short set of internal stairs. Modern bathroom with shower and toilets and set of soft bathrobes included. Shower gel, shampoo and conditioner also included.
Enjoy the company of each other in the recreational spaces of Forest Bathing Tree House. Shared spaces include, relaxing yoga room decorated with hand-painted motifs of the Belle Époque style, 50 hectares of oak tree forests, a cosy reception area integrated with a boutique selling locally sourced eco-products, massage rooms and to satisfy the taste buds, a welcoming dining room open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, served in one of the saloons of the castle.
Indulge in a happy and healthy range of dishes made from locally sourced, plant-based meals to regain energy after a morning and afternoon of activities spent outdoors. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared with locally farmed ingredients by a local chef to deliver an authentic taste of the nature. Meat and fish options are available and proposed once a day for non-vegan individuals. *Please notify us of any dietary requirements and allergies.
Be at peace and let the natural healing benefits Mother Nature has to offer awaken, revitalise and nourish the mind, body and soul. Enjoy smooth sound sleep during your stay in one of these spherical hanging cocoon tree house cabins and experience a stunning display of dancing stars above your head as the night sky embraces you from the panoramic rooftops. Various traditional meditation and yoga classes will be held throughout the day overlooking pristine countryside fields and the companionship of wildlife in the woodlands. Disconnect to reconnect and discover your balance.
Situated North of France amongst the laurel green countryside fields, approximately an hour away from Paris, Raray is a small village famous for the castle, which it is named after called Château Raray and dates back to the 14th Century. It also once provided the impressive backdrop for the original film adaption of Beauty and the Beast by Jean Cocteau in 1945.
With accessible modes of transport available across France, the domain is only a stone’s throw away from both Charles de Gaulle airport and Gare du Nord Station. Call a taxi outside the airport or station, quoting the below address to the driver. If traffic conditions permit, the total journey time from Charles de Gaulle airport is 30 minutes and from Gare du Nord Station, one hour. Alternatively, a pickup car at an extra cost can be arranged to pick you up from either the airport or Gare du Nord station to bring you to the domain. Please contact us for further information regarding this service.
Address: Coucoo Grands Chênes, 1 Rue Jean Cocteau, 60810 Raray
Our Forest Bathing Retreat lasts 3 nights and 4 days. An arrival and initiation ceremony takes place at 5 pm, therefore, we suggest booking tickets with an arrival time that allows sufficient time for travel from the airport/train station to the domain. As a general rule, guests will be allowed to check-in from 3 pm on the day of arrival. On the day of departure, this programme includes activities scheduled until 1 pm however, you are welcome to depart earlier to suit your personal agenda. Please contact us if you have any enquiries regarding check-in and check-out.
As a Nordic hot tub is available in all cabin suites, it would be advisable to bring a bathing suit and some comfortable work out clothes for the morning and evening activities.
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