Special offers

Stay 3 nights and only pay 2 nights

Discount on the room price. (no discount on breakfast or meals)
For a stay before 15 December 2014.

Stay 7 nights and only pay 5 nights

Discount on the room price.  (no discount on breakfast or meals)
For a stay until the 15 December 2014.

Additional bed and breakfast for children under 12:

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WELLBEING THROUGH AYURVEDA

until 31st of August 2014 with Dr Ramkumar from Coimbatore, India Ayurvedic consultation, a tailored program based on nutritional advice, holistic treatments

Wellness Activities in the forest

If you are looking for other ways to pass the time, you are most welcome to participate in the extensive range of activities on offer at La Clairière. We schedule a host of activities throughout the year : Yoga, Pilates, Qi Gong, Pranayama and Meditation.
Besides Nordic Walking expeditions and meditative walks, we also run guided excursions in search of the beautiful flora and fauna of the forest. Take a class in Yoga, painting, singing or cooking, and if you're a fan of latin rhythms, look out for our popular Salsa Weekends!
Timetable of scheduled sessions available at Reception upon arrival.


FOREST
The forests of the Vosges du Nord provide the ideal environment for oxygenating your mind and body while enjoying the natural beauty of the surroundings in peace and tranquility. Taking a walk in the heart of the countryside helps to dissipate stress and recharge your energy levels. Electric bikes and mountain bikes available for hire, maps of local area available for hiking. 

YOGA
The practice of Yoga uses asanas or postures to release tension and make you more aware of your body. The asanas work best when practiced in conjunction with Pranayama, Yoga Nidra and meditation. Pranayama is the art of controlling one's breathing so as to relax, purify and re-energise oneself. Yoga Nidra is a deep form of meditation where the body relaxes completely, letting go of emotions and reaching a state of peace and tranquility.
Meditation complements the series, helping us experience the present moment as fully as possible. At La Clairière, we run Yoga classes, workshops and retreats for a range of different types of Yoga practice (Ashtanga, Kundalini, Iyengar, etc.). We invite eminent teachers from all over the world to lead our yoga retreats.
Conscious walking, or meditating in motion, is another way of getting in touch with one's inner self. As you walk in the forest, let your thoughts drift to wherever your senses lead them. The idea is to maintain a high level of consciousness, both of yourself and your surroundings. This is done by paying special attention to your breathing, the action of walking, and your Hara or 'vital energy core'. The goal is to transform your usual way of walking into a conscious act of meditation. Once you have learnt the technique, you can use it during your everyday life.

QI GONG 
Qigong (or ch'i kung) is an internal Chinese meditative practice with over 3000 years of history, which often uses slow graceful movements and controlled breathing techniques. The Chinese believed that through gentle exercise which incorporates the mind, breathing and body helps to cultivate and promote circulation of qi within the human body, thus enhance a practitioner's overall health.
There are various forms of Qigong, some are done with no movement at all, in standing, sitting and supine positions, some with gentle movements and some with movements mixed with stretching of the body or dynamic exertion of power.
The Chinese character for qi, in qigong, can mean air, breath, or "life force". Gong means work, so Qigong is therefore the practice of "working" with ones "life force". The smooth flow of Qi enables our body to function properly and when the channels or meridians are blocked, the flow of Qi will slow down or become stagnant, illnesses arise and in serious case death. Therefore it is important to keep the Qi flow smoothly.

MEDITATION
Zazen is a seated form of meditation, as practiced by the Buddha when he achieved enlightment 2,600 years ago. It is at the heart of the Zen religion and is practiced by paying special attention to posture, breathing and the coming and going of thoughts.
Regular practice of Zazen meditation brings calmness and clarity of mind, helping you remain stable and focussed. To start practicing Zazen, it is best to be seated in a position and location where you can concentrate. Clear your mind of expectations, purpose, and any thought of gaining something from the process.
At La Clairière, we organise sessions of Zazen meditation and participants are encouraged to visit the Zen Temple of Ryumon Ji nearby in Weiterswiller.

NORDIC WALKING
Compared to regular walking, Nordic walking (also called pole walking) involves applying force to the poles with each stride. Nordic walkers use more of their entire body (with greater intensity) and receive fitness building stimulation not present in normal walking for the chest, lats, triceps, biceps, shoulder, abdominals, spinal and other core muscles that may result in significant increases in heart rate at a given pace.


A library filled with an inspiring selection of books is available. We also play our part in keeping local festivals and traditions alive.