French riviera
Yoga & writing women's retreat


Sainte-Maxime, June 18-25, 2023


Why the French Riviera?

Duh! Perfect weather, cornucopious farmers' markets, the mythic Mediterranean at our feet, the light that brought Matisse, Picasso, Cézanne, and P.Diddy here... Also, Valentine's family is willing to let us use their gorgeous villa with a pool.

Why Yoga & Writing?

The quick answer is, because we love both passionately. Also, over our combined 40+ years of teaching and facilitating, we have learned that our bodies are full of stories waiting to be told, and our stories hunger for the sensory detail that will bring them to life. Yoga has the power to uncoil and unwind our Muse in a safe and systematic way, freeing that vital creative impulse for a more vibrant, happy, and fulfilled life.

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Sacred Space, Sacred Time, Sacred Community


We make sure you have plenty of time to explore, enjoy the sensual riches that the French Riviera has to offer, and spend precious time with yourself if you wish. We also value the sacred space we create for a sacred time together, and we expect all participants to participate in most of the activities we offer. This is not meant to be a family vacation, but a Retreat for the body, heart, soul, and spirit!


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You may fly directly into Nice airport. Then we can arrange for a taxi to take you to the villa, about a 50 minutes drive away from the airport. You can also take a train from Paris to Saint-Raphael - Valescure (about 5 hours). The train station is only a 25 minutes taxi ride from the villa. 


*Please coordinate with Valentine before you purchase your plane ticket. Plan to arrive by 4pm on June 18th, and to leave on June 24th. 


Fee: $1790


Includes shared accommodations; all on-site, freshly prepared delicious meals; day-long Pilgrimage to La Sainte-Baume, Mary-Magdalene's holy grotto; and all teaching for 7 days and 6 nights at the "Be Nice or Leave" villa in Sainte-Maxime, France. 

Travel is not included. 


Please pay your $350 downpayment to reserve your spot.


$100 off if you register by 12/31/22!

The rest of your fee is due by February 1st, 2023 


Cancelation policy: 

- If you cancel before before February 1st, 2023, you will forfeit your down payment.

- If you cancel after February 1st, 2023, you will forfeit the entire fee paid.

- If you cancel before March 30th and register for another of our international retreats within 2 years, a $500 credit will be applied to the new retreat. You may also transfer this credit to another person.

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