posts in February & March & April & in May
And the last one, in July, before the summer break
posts in December & November
posts in October
YOGA - the yoga shala
Yoga & Nature is about enjoying the outdoors of beautiful Provence for our yoga, to integrate nature's beauty, the fresh air, the blue sky, the flowers and - of course - lavender all around us. ~ tadasana - mountain pose - gets a new meaning when more ...
LIFE AT LA VUDELE - thank you
October has arrived, the season of contemplation is starting, the sun shines less strong and the evenings get colder... This is also the time to reflect. And to pick up projects left aside during the busy season, like this blog which we stopped in early more ...
EXTRA new retreat: yoga & vegan cooking
Based on the success in running our yoga retreats for several years now and on the positive comments we received from our guests dining with us at our table d'hôtes we decided to combine our two passions, yoga & cooking, and will offer 3 dates more ..
RECIPE chocolate mint ice cream
Everybody loves ice cream! And even more chocolate ice cream! So on my quest to find THE best vegan ice cream recipe I realized that it need to be creamy. And what better and easier way than to make a custard and then turn it into ice more ...
posts in April
YOGA - 6-day yoga retreat - lavender in bloom
For 2015 we not only offer the usual weekend retreats in May and September but also a 6-day/5-night yoga week in June! We chose this date to offer our yoginis the unique opportunity to experience the fantastic sight and scent of lavender in more ...
ACTIVITIES - spring gardening in Provence
Spring is the best time of year: the sun is strong, the doors and windows stay open all day, the birds start their morning concert earlier and earlier, the animal world has come out of hibernation, and the flora is every changing, with new blossoms more ...
RECIPES - lavender custard
Lavender - what a lovely flower! And so versatile: everybody loves the scent of lavender essential oil, be it in cosmetics or as a room scent. But how about adding it to a dessert? Unknown to many this culinary experience is a delight to be savored! more ...
posts in March
YOGA - World Yoga Day '15
Every year in late winter World Yoga Day, now in its 7th year, takes place allover the world. This year on 22nd February, on a Sunday morning, between 11h and 13h, yogis everywhere came together to celebrate this special moment, united more ...
EXTRA - online sources
We believe in sharing because not only is sharing caring but we also believe that a mind can only expand when it can exchange and hence learn new things. So here are some of the online resources we use when looking for advice, ideas, information more ...
RECIPES - quinoa risotto
February and March are the most difficult months of the year for the human body as nature has not awakened from its winter slumber and winter has stopped producing in order to prepare for spring and another growing season. Our trusted more ...
ACTIVITIES - spring at the café
Spring has arrived in Provence when the street cafés start to get busy again. With the (fairly) mild weather here we are fortunate to be able to make use of this quintessential Mediterranean pastime every Saturday morning where we meet up with more ...
LIFE AT LA VUDELE - spring gardening
Every year, or rather: continuously, we work on our vegetable garden. 'Continuously' because we use permaculture as the basis which utilizes many different factors like the moon phases; creating our own compost, of course no fertilizers but to us more ...
posts in February
YOGA - calming winter asanas
Winter is the time of year where our body slows down, naturally. There is less daylight, the temperatures drop, nature has fallen into its slumber, to gather energy and strength for the warmer and lighter months. Nevertheless we can take our yoga more ...
RECIPES - winter ratatouille with couscous
La Ratatouille is as typical Provencal as lavender and the blue sky. It is the quintessential summer dish, of using what's in season, in the garden, at the farmers' market, and creating a delicious slow-cooked blend of flavors. And naturally vegan! The same more...
ACTIVITIES - truffle market
The truffle market... Every village in this region has one... And one is more important, has the better truffles, than all the other ones around... Riez, a small village nearby and not at all chic like in the nearby Var, holds its annual truffle market the last more ...
LIFE AT LA VUDELE - Heckmeck & games
Visitors ask what we do in the winter when the guest season is over, the olive harvest has been brought in, the hours of sunshine are becoming less. Living in the countryside is a lifestyle choice we selected for ourselves, and it suits us perfectly! So more...
posts in January
LIFE AT LA VUDELE - New Year in Provence
Bonne année, bonne année! And of course bonheur, la sante et prosperité for 2015 to everyone!
In general the French ring in the New Year with family and friends, around the dinner table filled with local delicacies and accompanied by champagne, which - outside the northern region of Champagne - is called methode traditionelle. ....more
ACTIVITIES - bike riding
The great thing about winter in Provence is the beautiful blue sky, the crisp clear air. And the empty roads... From around November until March Provence falls into its winter slumber which is what we love about this area. And what we have come to appreciate for riding our bikes. Granted, "we" would be Claudia and her friend Edith from nearby Saint Laurent du Verdon ...more
EXTRA - 30% off English Rose face balm
30% off your favorite product - English rose face balm, ideal for dry winter skin. A wonderfully moisturizing skin balm with the precious properties of natural oils. € 13.30 instead of € 19. Does not contain water so it neither dries out the skin in heated homes and offices nor in harsh winter weather, be it wind, snow or rain. Created and produced right here at La Vudéle ...more
YOGA - winter detox sequence
Winter is the time when our system slows down, naturally, and we should give it - and ourselves - the time and space to do so. It all starts with taking the time out of one's busy schedule, to make space for oneself. Mindfulness.... awareness... A winter detox is a wonderful thing where we can give ourselves as a present. Personal. Unique. Inspiring. Relaxing. Mind-opening. ...more
RECIPES - winter detox
It is this time of year, after the debauchery of the holiday season, which makes our body and mind crave to be cleaner, lighter and less sluggish. This is also the time of year when seasonal fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins, protein, dietary fiber, and of course flavor! Along with this detox yoga sequence in our other post take the time to pamper yourself! The day before ...more
posts in December
LIFE AT LA VUDELE - gift certificate
If you would to give a special gift to your loved one, a vegetarian friend, someone looking for natural cosmetics or somebody who appreciates what La Vudèle has to offer why not give a gift certificate! Why not give: * a stay in our organic vegetarian bed & breakfast € 85/night including our signature copious vegetarian breakfast with freshly baked sourdough bread * table d'hô ...more
EXTRA - free soap
The signature C'etrange natural soap - free with every purchase in December and January 2015. Produced here at La Vudèle by Claudia and Jim many of our guests and visitors have already tried this line of all natural cosmetics, never tested on animals, only on and by Jim. Listed below please find the complete list of ingredients according to INCI laws (complete declaration of ...more
ACTIVITIES - no olive picking this year
What a joy and gastronomical pleasure it is to taste one's own hand-picked, organic olive oil! We pick in December ... but not this year... Early December is usually the time we get cracking: supplied with small baskets and bags we descend onto our olive grove of about 200 trees, located between La Vudèle and Quinson, and we pick this delicious fruit for a good 10 days. We pick ...more
RECIPES - a vegan Christmas
Winter offers a cornucopia full of delicious fruits and vegetables, and accentuated by legumes, nuts, grains and essential oils we can make use of these fantastic ingredients. Why not incorporate that into a vegetarian holiday dinner? As we promote a vegetarian and almost vegan lifestyle here at La Vudèle we would like to give you some ideas for the holiday table. When ...more
YOGA - a calming sequence for winter
As the colder and darker winter months have arrived, with 22 December being the shortest day of the year, a calming yoga sequence is ideal for this time of year It all starts with taking the time out of one's busy schedule, to make space for oneself. Mindfulness.... awareness... Find a warm cozy spot where you can spend a few minutes to yourself, undistracted by your ...more
posts in November
posts in October
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