We - Malena Beer and Ali Kaviani - met on a similar yoga retreat, organised by a friend of Ali's, where we worked as yoga teacher and cook respectively. We were there on several occasions and discussed our own expectations, philosophy and ideas about how we integrate yoga in our normal busy everyday lives, and how we would like to create an environment where others can experience this, on a yoga holiday, in a retreat away from the said busy life.
YOGA HOLIDAY FRANCE is the result of these conversations.
Ali met Pierre Philippon, the owner of the retreat villa, several years ago in London. They were both taking an evening class in contemporary dance, another escapade. They have known each other since. Pierre and his partner Chantal bought the villa and decorated it for their own family use, and as a holiday home to let. The idea of using it for a yoga retreat came up over dinner in a nice French restaurant in London one evening.