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Back2Roots Retreat in the French Alps

Date: 7 - 13 July 2019

Location: France

Instructor: Brooke Elliston & Lara Zilibowitz

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About the Retreat

A French Love Affair: the foothills of the French Alps in the summertime is nothing short of the most sensational fairytale picture book come to life. Come fall down the rabbit hole with us...

From roaring glacial rivers to heart-pounding waterfalls, mighty snow-capped mountains, ancient pine forests and wild-growing strawberry fields, this will be our playground.

Join facilitators Lara Zilibowitz and Brooke Elliston for six nights and seven days of dynamic yoga, Tantric meditation, live music, ceremony and of course wild natural adventuring...

As well as plenty of time for daily dunks in the local alpine rivers and tributaries surrounding Samoëns, we will be pilgrimaging to Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval and Cascade du Rouget to wander, explore, dunk and marvel in reverence at the centre of dramatic cliff faces and 360 degrees of waterfalls!! And we'll make sure to leave the steaming wooden hot tub brewing for our soak under the sky on our return.)

The vast and mysterious beauty of this magnetic part of the world literally leaves you speechless and awe-struck. Encircled by the splendour one of the most jaw-dropping national parks in all of Europe, the experience has to be felt to be comprehended.

About the Teachers

Brooke is an internationally travelling yoga teacher and co-founder of Back2Roots Retreats, hosting transformative yoga and meditation retreats around the world. Forever a student, she revels in the opportunity to connect with new communities and share the rich alchemy of the practice that has opened infinite doorways of growth in her own life.

Brooke’s teachings are deeply rooted in the ancient teachings of Yoga and Tantra and the potent transmissions of the esoteric mystics ~ using poetry, music and sensual movement to offer a glimpse and gateway into expanded states and experiences otherwise indescribable.

Her classes are intentionally slow, honouring the need for time, space and deep listening to savour the full spectrum of pleasure to pain, as a gateway to understanding the most intimate wisdom of what it means to be alive.

Lara is an internationally touring yoga teacher and artist, and co-founder of Back2Roots Retreats, hosting transformative immersions around the world spreading her passion for movement and creative expression through the body.

She has become renowned for her fluid and dynamic teaching style, delivered with heartfelt poetic prose, inviting students to savour the texture of every sensation as a portal into revelation and dynamic moving meditation.

A class with Lara is raw, playful and powerful as we journey from the outside in. Inspired deeply by the teachings inherent in nature, each practice is a call for a conscious connection with ourselves and the world around us.

Lara spreads this vital energy around the globe leading workshops and retreats and is faculty on numerous international yoga festivals, conferences and teacher trainings, including an assistant to global movement alchemist Shiva Rea. She is a key influencer and ambassador for yoga & lifestyle brands such as Lululemon Athletica, Wanderlust festivals and Aveda hair and skin care, and has graced the cover of Yoga Journal. When she isn’t teaching, globe-trotting, and empowering others, you’ll likely find Lara making her signature ceramics and artwork out of Byron Bay, Australia.

Useful Info

  • Date: July 7th - July 13th, 2019
  • Location: Le Dojo De La Piaz, Samoens, France
  • Price: From 1 647 EUR
  • Included:
    • Shared accommodation in Le Dojo De La Piaz
    • 3 carefully curated lush vegetarian meals per day by our internationally acclaimed retreat chef and published author Lina Bou
    • Solar morning meditation and asana practice with live sound
    • Workshops including ancient Yogic Philosophy, traditional practices, inversions and Zen ThaiShiatsu Massage partner work
    • Afternoon Lunar Practice and Yoga Nidra
    • Live sonic accompaniment, Kirtan and sound journeys by Benny Holloway
    • Day adventures to hike local trails and swim in the glacial waterfalls
  • To bring:
    • Yoga mat, block and strap (if you have your own) – please let us know if you need a mat
    • Diary/journal and pens
    • Toiletries
    • Insect repellant
    • Suncream
    • Torch
    • Yoga gear, enough for 2 practices per day
    • Comfortable casual wear
    • Swimmers
    • Warm and wet weather clothes
    • Walking shoes/runners
  • Teachers: Brooke Elliston & Lara Zilibowitz
  • Organizer: Back2Roots Retreats & Trainings


Our lodgings will be in Le Dojo De La Piaz, a breathtaking private chalet with a private Yoga Shala and panoramic views over the entire valley, the village of Samoëns and the majestic French Alps.

Depending on your sleeping preferences and budget there are options for triple share and dorm-style bedrooms.


You will be nourished from the inside out with the most delectable and nourishing farm-to-fork meals, celebrating the abundance of locally foraged and sourced fruits, vegetables and fragrant herbs. Our Chef de Cuisine is the exquisitely talented Lina Bou, Swedish-born nutritional therapist and passionate plant-based healer with an artist's eye for detail, texture, flavour and masterful presentation.

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