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After a busy period of end-of year activities, and even busier start-of-year preparations, many people often feel lacking in energy at this time of the year, unable to spring into life as the warmer weather arrives.

It’s at this point that you need to consider taking some time out for yourself, leaving your busy life and “to do” list behind. So what better idea than to head on a local mountain retreat where you can literally “drop into your body”, move, stretch, explore nature and the natural environment, and most importantly relax and unwind?

Tanya Perret is a mountain guide and Yoga teacher with her own small business called Live Breath Hike, which offers just that: weekend retreats for anyone living within a few hours of the Vallée Brevon in France.  Since Geneva is only an hour’s drive from this region, her retreats are ideally located for anyone here wishing to recharge their batteries and experience some time out.

Join Scott Poynton on his epic Movember journey, walking and talking for men’s health

This November, Scott Poynton, the founder of Nyon-based NGO, The Forest Trust, and Earthworm, is inviting the general public to accompany him on his Everest en Suisse challenge as he walks from Nyon to La Dôle and back again every Wednesday in a bid to raise funds for global charity, The Movember Foundation.

A sound mind in a healthy body is a well-known concept that Scott Poynton feels deeply committed to putting into practice. The Australian, who lives in Gingins, is set to repeat the challenge he successfully completed last year in an attempt to raise awareness for men’s health.

The walks, taking place throughout the month of November, will be led by Scott, and will have both a physical and emotional focus to them. "I am doing the Everest en Suisse challenge again this year to raise money and awareness for The Movember Foundation. Physical activity is so beneficial to our well-being and we all need to take time to walk and talk for our emotional health. La Dôle is the ideal place to do this challenge - when I reach the summit and look out over the magnificent snowy landscape, I see the lake below and reflect on my mobros and mosisters who have passed away. I am thrilled to be doing this in the name of a great cause.»


Nyon-based organizer of activities for women, Charlaine Jannerfeldt of SHEzone, has partnered with local photographer, Michelle Petersen, to offer clients a unique outdoor experience: hiking through some of the most beautiful areas of the Jura mountains whilst learning essential photography skills that will help you to capture these special moments on your camera.

The new 5-stage hiking and photography course, will explore basic technical and artistic skills that will enable you to understand your camera and take better images. Each hike, in which you will be accompanied by a certified mountain guide, will cover a different nature theme and will delve into specific photographic skills that will help you make the most of your camera in that particular setting.

Michelle, who was one of the winners in last year's Know-it-all passport photography competition, told knowitall.ch, “As local mumpreneurs, Charlaine and I knew about each other’s businesses and had great appreciation for each other's work.  So when Charlaine wanted to add photographic hikes to the long list of activities she offers women and their families in this region, she approached me, and I was more than excited to cooperate with her on this project! The synergy between our two family-oriented businesses means we can offer something really special to our clients, which they are unlikely to experience elsewhere.”


Spring can be such a wonderful time to walk in the mountains around Geneva. Late April and May are particularly special as the narcissus blooms provide spectacular scenery in the hills around Lake Geneva. The best way to view these flowers is to go on a hike so you can get into the thick of them.

Amie O'Shaughnessy, from the popular travel blog, Ciao Bambino, has kindly allowed us to republish a couple of suggestions for child-friendly walks, that enable you to see these blooms in their true glory - we hope you enjoy them!

Les Pléiades

For a very short walk with just a little bit of uphill, you can take the train from Vevey (from a special station just behind the main station) called the “Train des Etoiles” to Les Pléiades. At that point you can take a signed path towards the restaurant La Cha across from the station and will hit fields of flowers in the meadow, up the hill, and beyond. Or you can do a full loop to “Les Tenasses” and back up to Les Pléiades via Lally.


Do you want to find out more about the beautiful countryside where we live? Are you prepared to let yourself be led into the wilderness by a trained mountain guide, who has lived in the region for over ** years? If so, then you should consider signing up for one of the numerous hiking and trekking activities offered by newly-launched, local company, Jura-Trek.

Set up last year by Swiss hiking enthusiast and trained mountain leader, Michel Ruffieux, Jura-Trek organizes a wide range of events and outdoor activities for individuals, companies and schools, focused on discovering more about our local fauna, flora, and human heritage.

Michel told knowitall.ch, “Having spent twenty years of my life traveling the world, I soon came to realize that actually there’s a whole universe to discover in our back garden.  So I put away my suitcases and concentrated on discovering the amazing hills and forests that form a large part of our local Jura mountains."