Space to Breathe

Our executive retreats in the peaceful and inspiring French Alps create breathing space for busy minds. They enable you to step back, take stock and get clear on what really matters to you.

Alps Retreats founder Sally-Anne Airey shares more than 35 years’ experience as a leadership coach, mindfulness teacher and former Royal Navy Commander to help people develop clarity, resilience and presence. Her calm, pragmatic, accessible approach enables you to make the changes you want in your life and work.

In the beautifully serene surroundings of Alps Retreats, you take time out from the stressors of everyday life to pause, reflect and recalibrate. You gain clarity to meet the challenges you are facing. New ideas and creative solutions emerge. You leave relaxed and re-energised, with strategies and tools to apply in your everyday life.

Our Retreats

We offer scheduled retreats throughout the year and others custom-made to specific requirements. Typical clients include individuals seeking personal or professional development, corporate leaders and teams and purpose-driven entrepreneurs. Longer-term leadership development programmes are also available – see our companion site,

Our retreat centre is based in an 1830s renovated farmhouse in the French Alps. Our holistic approach nurtures you in mind, body and soul with the perfect balance of focused workshops, outdoor activity in stunning scenery, one-to-one coaching, mindful meditation and delicious food. You’ll also have time to relax and unwind in the luxury hot tub with its fabulous mountain views or enjoy a soothing massage.

All-inclusive prices start at 950€ per person for a shared room and include airport transfers from Geneva, meals freshly prepared by our in-house chefs, workshop training materials and all activities as well as a preliminary Skype conversation, a 90-minute coaching session during the retreat and a follow-up call after a month.

2018-19 Programme

Our Location

Our luxury retreat centre Maison La Cerisaie is nestled in Sixt Fer à Cheval, voted one of the most beautiful villages in France and surrounded by mountains and waterfalls in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

We are just three hours travelling time from most UK airports and 75 minutes drive from Geneva airport, where we meet you on arrival to ensure the start of your retreat is seamless and stress free.

Combining traditional Alpine charm with contemporary design, our spacious open-plan living area offers plenty of seating, a cosy woodburner and a large sociable dining area leading onto the garden terrace. The comfortable bedrooms all feature en-suite bathrooms with rain-effect showers and underfloor heating.

The Chalet

The Living Area

The Location

Our Team

Sally-Anne Airey’s unique approach combines coaching with mindfulness practice. This draws on her deep listening skills to raise awareness, open up possibilities and create solutions.

Each retreat is led by Sally-Anne and one of her highly experienced co-facilitators, alongside a support team of professionals including an in-house chef, mountain guide and massage therapist.

Click here to meet our full team.

Sally-Anne Airey

Executive and mindfulness coach, retreat leader and Alps Retreats founder.

Carroll Macey

Executive coach, specialising in performance and change management.

Jan Brause

Executive coach, working with head and heart to impact performance.


My family has had the most amazing time at Maison La Cerisaie. It is a wonderful place to come as a family and just ‘be’. We simply unplugged from all the busy-ness of our everyday lives and did what we love to do – spending time together in outdoor activities (hiking, high ropes, white water rafting, cycling, swimming in the lake) and enjoying the calm and tranquility all around.
This was made even more pleasurable by the stunning scenery, immaculate chalet, exquisite food and Sally-Anne and Simon’s thoughtful input.
We would highly recommend the Unplugged in the Alps retreat to any family, with children of any age, to come and just ‘be’ together.
Amazing. Can’t recommend it highly enough. We will be back.

Liz Kenrick, Partner, Realise Consulting Ltd

A holiday with your best friends is always going to be good, but staying with Sally Anne and Simon this week has been just lovely. As well as relaxing in the hot tub, we all pushed ourselves to try new things, from white water rafting to hiking to a mountain refuge.
We’ve had such a wonderful break and we all feel refreshed and ready for the change that is about to happen in our lives, something we owe to the environment created for us here.
As best friends for over a decade, we didn’t think it was possible for us to get closer. But the conversations which arise half way up a mountain where there’s no phone signal are so precious.
Thank you for helping us see our lives and our relationships through a new light.

Bella, Tazy and Aoife (age 16)

Availability and Booking

If you would like to discuss a mindfulness retreat specific to the needs and requirements of your team, please get in touch using the link below.

Contact us here.

Retreat Dates Status
Mindful Skiing  16-20 January 2019  Places available   Find out more
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