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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.


Just in case you’re not sure what a retreat is, Tanya describes the meaning of the word on her website:  To withdraw, retire, draw back, pull back, pull out, fall back, give way, give ground, recoil, flee, take flight, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat, run away, run off, make a run for it, run for it, make off, take off, take to one’s heels, make a break for it, bolt, make a quick exit, clear out, make one’s getaway, escape, or head for the hills!

Describing her own unique take on a retreat, Tanya told knowitall.ch, “Live Breathe Hike is special because it offers Singing and Hiking holidays, Yoga and Hiking, Yoga and Snowshoe retreats, and of course Hiking ! I have been guiding people in the mountains for 20 years, predominantly in the Alps, Nepal and Tuscany. I set up Live Breathe Hike 2 years ago, as I wanted to offer people a unique experience in the mountains and help them connect with their natural environment.”

Tanya’s next retreat will be held on 10-12 March 2017 in the stunning Alpine village of Bellevaux in France. Described as a Yoga and Snowshoe retreat, this special 3-day event will provide daily opportunity for snowshoe walking, exploring beautiful forest trails and mountain tracks. In addition there will be daily Hatha Yoga Classes, including dedicated time for meditation, and if the weather is warm enough there will be some mindfulness sessions during snowshoeing outings.

Tanya exclaimed, “And then there’s the food! We will experience wonderful French cuisine in our local family run hotel, Les Moineaux, and on Saturday evening you will be hosted by me in my beautiful old farmhouse dating back to 1746.”


For those who are interested, here are some more details:

What does the trip include?
2.5 days Snowshoe guiding and Yoga teaching, with 2 nights accommodation. All meals provided including Friday night and Saturday night meal, Saturday and Sundays breakfast and lunches. Trip price does not include flights, insurance, or transfers.

Where is the hotel located?
The trip is based from Bellevaux, in the Vallée du Brevon. Bellevaux is a tranquil village located approximately 1 hour’s drive from Geneva. The chosen hotel, Les Moineaux, is a charming, family-run, 2* classic Savoie hotel located 10mins from the centre of the village. Hotel Les Moineaux has its own fitness rooms and sauna, perfect after snowshoeing.

How difficult is the snowshoeing?
This trip is graded as moderate with all the snowshoe hikes taking between 2 and 4 hours. Snowshoes and poles will be provided. For more information on grades, click here.

Personal Approach
Live Breath Hike can cater for dietary requirements and other needs that you may have. For more information, please don’t hesitate to drop Tanya a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Snowshoe and Yoga Retreat
10 to 12 March 2017 with Tanya Perret as Snowshoe guide and Yoga teacher.
Cost: £250 per person based on two sharing. Click here to book a place.
Single Supplement: cost £280 Click here to book a place
For a full itinerary please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you really can’t take time out in March for yourself, but still like the idea of giving yourself a break, then get in touch with Tanya and ask her about her other organized trips in the French, Swiss and Italian Alps, as well as Tuscany, UK, and Nepal.

Still not sure? This is what one former client of Tanya told us about her. "I can fully endorse Tanya's all-round abilities as a leader. Her professionalism, enthusiasm and joy for life in the mountains especially are second to none!"

Live Breathe Hike
Tanya Perret
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