Space to Breathe

Our 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.

Here’s Sally-Anne giving you an example of one of the tools you learn on our retreats, recorded by our friends and partners at Yoga in the Alps (12 minutes):

Our Retreats

We offer scheduled and tailor-made retreats all year round to individuals, teams and groups looking for a safe space to work, play and learn. For leaders, we also offer longer-term leadership development programmes through our companion site

Our holistic approach nurtures mind, body and soul with an expertly-designed balance of focused workshops, outdoor activity in stunning scenery, one-to-one coaching, mindfulness meditation and delicious vegetarian food.

And there’s time to enjoy a soothing massage or simply to relax and unwind in our luxury hot tub.

All-inclusive prices are 650€ per person for a shared room (for co-travellers only while COVID restrictions apply) and 950€ per person for a single room. This includes transfers from Geneva and all local transport, full board and accommodation, all scheduled indoor and outdoor workshops and activities, and a pre-retreat needs assessment with Sally-Anne.

2021 Programme

Our Location

Our luxury retreat centre Maison La Cerisaie – just 75 minutes by car from Geneva – is nestled in the beautiful, peaceful French Alpine village of Sixt Fer à Cheval, surrounded by mountains and waterfalls.

The warm and open living area fuses traditional Alpine charm and contemporary design. There’s plenty of cosy seating, a large woodburner and a spacious, sociable dining area leading out into the garden. The super comfortable bedrooms all have private bathrooms with rain-effect showers and underfloor heating.

There’s off-road parking for several vehicles. If you arrive by plane or train, we meet you on arrival and drive you here.

The Chalet

The Living Area

The Location

Our Team

All our retreats are led by Sally-Anne, with a strong support team including an in-house chef, mountain guide and massage therapist.

Click here to meet our full team.


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

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Retreat 2021 Dates Status
Mindful Skiing 14-17 January Places available   Find out more
Mindful Snowshoeing 21-24 January

25-28 February

25-28 March

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