NEW DATES! Yoga Retreat with Ullis Karlsson – Provence, September 19-24, 2021



Discover all the magic of Provence with gorgeous surroundings like picture perfect small villages, local markets, waterfalls, turquoise lakes and a rich history. Provence is not only a treat for your soul but also your taste buds. The healthy and creative flavors of Provence are a part of the retreat experience, especially when enjoyed on the terrace at the beautiful, luxurious eco boutique Bastide Avellanne, our home during the retreat.

The itinerary includes hiking expeditions, yoga and meditation at the Bastide, as well as visits to the local markets in the small villages.

One of the days we will go on a hiking expedition to the largest Canyon in Europe, Gorges du Verdon. It sits between white rocks and emerald lakes and is an outdoor paradise. Imagine swimming in turquoise water and waterfalls.

One of the most beautiful villages in Provence, with many artisanal shops and small restaurants, is Moustiers Sainte-Marie. Experience the atmosphere while walking through the narrow historical streets, and maybe visit one of the many workshops of ceramics.

Our first retreat at the Bastide took place in August 2019, with the American yoga teacher and leader, Diane Zagoria. Below is a testimonial from one of the participants:

Yoga Nidra Retreat with Renu in Provence was a magical experience from start to finish. It was the perfect balance of internal serenity and exploration of the area. Daily Yoga and Yoga Nidra meditation with Renu was amazing, and was then followed by a different adventure every day – hiking the nearby mountain, walking to the local village market for provisions for a picnic, canoeing in the amazing Gorge de Verdon and of course a little shopping for Provencal goodies. A true highlight of the trip was the Bastide Avellanne where we stayed – a beautiful stone farmhouse in the gorgeous Provencal countryside. The accommodations were lovely, the grounds gorgeous, and the food fresh and delicious. And oh! the bread and butter are the best I have ever tasted! Linn and her staff were accommodating and provided convenient transportation for all our needs. We had time to relax in the pool, and enjoyed some of the best massages and healing treatments we had ever had. I can’t wait for the opportunity to repeat this magical retreat. 

Ellen Hall Saunders 

We are so happy to be able to repeat this success story with the Swedish yoga teacher and author Ullis Karlsson. You will find more info about Ullis below.


Your home

The Villa

The Bastide Avellanne is located at the heart of Provence and is owned by Swedes. Linn is one of them, she’s also our wonderful host and she will take us to her “hidden gems”, while she shares her story with us.

The Bastide is a beautiful 17th century fortified villa, a luxury bed & breakfast set in a private park of 3 hectares, where the colors of the olive trees and centuries old oaks blend with the perfumes of Lavender and Rosemary. In this small Mediterranean paradise, you will find a heated swimming pool, giant chess, tennis, pétanque courts and bicycles to rent. Every bedroom has its own stone chimney, provencal furniture and fabrics. Attention to detail, from the bedding to their grand soft towels, is a signature of Bastide Avellanne. All the rooms overlook the magnificent Provençal landscapes, and each is fitted with air-conditioning, assuring coolness and comfort.

You are heartily invited to book a massage at the Bastide (book in advance), enjoy the pool or just relax with a book. Heal the mind, body and spirit with one of the many treatments offered at the Bastide.




We will balance our day at the retreat with healthy, local food. Enjoy cuisine which combines creativity and flavors with a special attention to creating balanced meals. The colorful and tasty menus celebrate Provencal, international and Mediterranean flavors and are prepared by an in-house chef from fresh, local organic ingredients. Breakfast consists of eggs, fresh fruit and juices, homemade granola with farm-fresh yogurt, croissants and baguettes. These are prepared fresh for you each morning. Dinner will be enjoyed on the terrace in the shade of the oak trees, or served by candlelight under the pergola or in the veranda. Upon the arrival, before we start the retreat, the wonderful hosts will welcome us with wine and a cheese tasting experience.

Meet your leader

Ullis Karlsson

Relax   I   Release   I   Receive  

Ullis Karlsson is a beloved Spiritual Teacher, Yoga Teacher and a Yoga Therapist from Sweden, and she works with clients from all fields, across the globe. She has more than 25 years of experience from different holistic disciplins. The Yoga she offers is soft, feminine and yet forceful. It suits everyone regardless of previous experience. Ullis is driven by her intuition and the needs of her yoga students. Each yoga session contains breathing, yoga, rest and meditation.

As a public speaker and workshop leader, Ullis brings 30 years of experience in health and personal development to teach people how to heal and manage stress. She is devoted to sharing with others the lessons learnt from going through extreme periods in her own life.

Ullis is also an author and she recently published her first book based on her own life and experiences. Ullis suffered a massive burnout followed by depression and sleeping disorders. Yoga literally saved her life.

The Itinerary

Day 1

Saturday, September 19

Arrival Day

Nice Airport, group transfer to Villa Bastide in Provence, about 75 min

Yoga with Ulrika, 90 minutes

Welcome snacks and a guided tour around the premises

Welcome dinner at the Villa of Bastide Avellanne


Day 2

Sunday,  September 20

Yoga with Ulrika, 90 minutes


Let’s explore the local market! We’ll hike to a small market in the nearest village, Besse sur Issol, together with our host Linn. On Wednesday’s the local market is on. We’ll buy our own picnic lunch from the market and Linn will take us to a cozy spot for our lunch.

Yoga With Ulrika, 90 minutes

Dinner at the Bastide


Day 3

Monday, September 21

Adventure Day! 

Yoga with Ulrika, 60 minutes


Today we will enjoy a full day excursion to Gorges du Verdon, the largest Canyon in Europe. Imagine waterfalls, white rocks, hiking and picturesque little villages and markets. We will explore the pretty town, Moustiers Sainte-Marie

Yoga with Ulrika, 90 minutes 

Dinner at the Bastide


Day 4

Tuesday,  September 22

Blissful morning

We start our day with coffee and fruit and leave early, before the heat breaks. We will hike to the local mountain St Quinis with wild cats and views over Provence. On a clear morning you can see the Alps. We will have a meditation experience at the top of the mountain where there is a 500 year old church.

Brunch at the Bastide

Time to relax, or enjoy a walk in the surrounding area, take a bike ride, swimming in the pool, massage, or just take time to read a book and relax.

Yoga with Ulrika, 90 minutes

Dinner at the Bastide


Day 5

Wednesday, September 23

Time to reflect…

Yoga with Ulrika, 90 minutes


Time to relax, or enjoy a walk in the surrounding area, take a bike ride, swim in the pool, massage, or just take time to read a book and relax

The Bastide will provide a lunch buffé for those who wish to purchase lunch at the retreat today

Yoga with Ulrika, 90 minutes

Dinner at the Bastide


Day 6

Thursday, September 24


Check out



  • Villa accommodation (spacious bedrooms, private bathrooms, linens)
  • Daily Yoga, twice a day
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Daily Dinner
  • Snacks at the retreat
  • Welcome gift – a healing lava stone bracelet from forUjewelry
  • Use of the Estate premises (hiking trails, pool, courts etc)
  • Hiking to St Quinis
  • Excursion to the National Park, Gorges du Verdon
  • Local guide
  • Transportation to all the activities
  • Airport transfer

Not included:

  • Lunch every day
  • Massage (book in advance 6-7 weeks before the retreat starts)
  • Travel insurance
  • Airfare, Nearest airport: Nice (NCE)

There will be group transfers provided:

  • ARRIVALS = 1 from Nice Airport
  • DEPARTURES = 1 to Nice Airport


How to say yes to a journey of a lifetime…

Step 1: Learn all about the trip; the theme, the teachers, the venue, the location, our policies etc.

Step 2: Register online.

Step 3: You’ll get a confirmation email + 2 emails leading up to your trip preparing you for an amazing adventure.

Policies and terms – get clear before your purchase

We strive to maintain a balance between offering our programs to the widest range of participants and running a sustainable and thriving company so that we can continue to create and share our experiences with you.

By reserving your space through placing your deposit with us, you are agreeing to the stated policies in our Agreement. Please read in full and please note:

All prices are per person in Euro. All bookings include a deposit that is 20% of the total trip cost. Final payments are due 60 days before the start date of the trip to keep your spot secure.



Early Bird until January 1, 2021:  €1450

(The price is based on a shared room with 2-3 beds)

1st deposit:  (20%) due upon reservation – non refundable:  €290

2nd deposit and final payment by July 15, 2021:  €1160

Added fee for a single room:  €600


Price after January 1, 2021:  €1600

(The price is based on a shared room with 2-3 beds)

1st deposit  (20%) due upon reservation – non refundable:  €320

2nd deposit and final payment by July 15, 2021:   €1280

Added fee for a single room:  €600


Deposit is due upon registration!

Additional transaction fees might be added to international payments.

You will receive payment information upon registration!

Airline tickets – Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip is confirmed with the minimum number of participants required to operate.


Cancellation policy

If you wish to cancel your retreat you must notify us in writing. Once we’ve received your notice, cancellation will take effect subject to the following: If cancellation takes place more than 60 days prior to your departure date any payments made will be refunded minus your deposit.

Maria Söderholm reserves the right to make any changes deemed necessary by our team, trip leaders, teachers or partners. In the rare case of a cancellation on the part of Maria Söderholm (due to political unrest, dangerous weather, or low sign-ups), we require all participants to purchase travel insurance and highly encourage them to purchase “cancel for any reason” to protect them against the rare chance of cancellation.


Register here!




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