This September, Climb & Yoga is going abroad. This weekend retreat is going to be pretty special as we are going to the bouldering mecca of Fontainebleau!
Fontainebleau (or Font as it is commonly known) is the famous French forest packed with thousands of sandstone boulders just 1 hour south of Paris. The rocks of Font have been climbed on since the 1870s when they were used as a training ground for Alpinists. Since the 1930’s Font has remained at the heart of the world bouldering scene.
On this weekend retreat, you will spend 3 days in gorgeous accommodation in the pretty village of Barbizon, made famous by artists in the mid 19th century, and just a short walk to lovely shops, bars and restaurants. What’s more, it is within walking distance from the rocks!
By the end of this weekend, you will be relaxed, rejuvenated and a stronger, more flexible climber. The weekend will be packed full of yoga and climbing, whilst allowing time to enjoy the local surroundings and experience a snippet of life in France, ooo la la!
Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th September
Barbizon, Forest of Fontainebleau, France
Climbers of all levels, with knowledge of rock climbing risks and safety guidelines. Must own their own climbing shoes.
£575 (1 person in an individual en-suite room with double bed)
£795 (couple in en-suite room with double bed)*
£375 (single bed in a shared bedroom – with shared bathroom)
£325 (Mezzanine mattress in shared room – with shared bathroom)**
- Luxury accommodation
- Continental breakfast
- 3 days climbing the boulders of Fontainebleau, guided by Cat Gallagher who is qualified as a coach and has been climbing in the forest for over 20 years.
- 6 ‘Yoga for climbers’ session led by Climb & Yoga’s founder, Sandra Berlin
- Climbing and yoga equipment, except for climbing shoes.
- Every participant will also receive a unique gift bag courtesy of our very generous sponsors!
Food and transport are not included. Please see further information below.
4pm – Arrival at accommodation
5pm to 6.15pm – Yoga
7pm – Dinner
Friday + Saturday
8am to 9.15am – Yoga
9.30am – Breakfast
11am to 4pm – Rocks
5pm-6.30pm – Yoga
7.30pm – Dinner
8am to 9.15am – Yoga
9.30am – Breakfast
11am to 2pm – Rocks
The forest of Fontainebleau spans an unbelievable 110 sq. miles! Needless to say there is a huge amount of potential for climbing here. The rocks are grouped into different sized areas across the forest, each area is known as a crag and has a different name, e.g ‘Desert d’Apremont’ or ’95.2’ or ‘Roche aux Sabots’. Many of the larger crags have ‘circuits’ which are a series of colour coded boulders painted with a number. Led by expert guides and coaches you will develop your climbing skills and fitness by climbing circuits as well as specific problems designed to challenge you. Forget the grades you’re used to climbing, Font is famous for making even the most talented climbers eat ‘humble pie’!
Sandra will guide you through 6 ‘yoga for climbers’ sessions during your stay. These will involve energising morning classes to set you up for a great day of climbing and some well deserved relaxing and restorative sessions to wind your day down and gently work and stretch the body.
We are staying at a superb french country house renovated to high standards, with a beautiful garden, private parking and our own heated swimming pool.
The house is within walking distance from the rocks as well as the lovely village of Barbizon and its shops and restaurants.
A continental breakfast is included in the price of your retreat.
For all the other meals, Barbizon Village is on the doorstep with a wide range of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants suitable for all budgets.
The house also has a fully equipped kitchen which can be used by all guests.
Generally speaking the best option from the UK is to drive and then take a ferry or the Eurotunnel, especially if you are sharing (if you are planning on travelling on your own, please let us know and we may be able to arrange a car share – if you’re driving and happy to car share please let us know). Alternatively, you can fly to Paris and hire a car or take the Eurostar to Paris and a connecting train to Fontainebleau or Bois-Le-Roi where we may be able to arrange for someone to pick you up, or you could take a taxi – it’s approx 15 minute drive to Barbizon from either station. We have made the journey many times and will happily share more tips with you on this after booking.
Spaces are very limited. Book yours here.
*Double beds only
** Only 3 comfy mattresses available on a mezzanine floor in one of the sharing bedrooms
***For those of you looking to come with friends, we have one room with 2 single beds and one room with 2 single beds and 3 mattresses available, ideal for 2, 3 or 5 friends to share!