Mindful Skiing

Experience flow in the snow amid stunning Alpine scenery - ski or snowboard out of thinking and into awareness

13-16 January 2022

Six Fer a Cheval, French Alps

From 650€

Experience the Joy of Winter

Skiing - or snowboarding - is a natural mindful awareness practice. Skiing down a mountain safely invites you to be in your senses and in the present moment. We show you how to leave interfering thoughts behind, to feel both energised and relaxed.

Our focus is on attention, awareness and quality of sensation, rather than on speed or adrenaline rush.

What's Included?

3 nights luxury accommodation

In private or shared ensuite rooms

Delicious breakfast, dinner, snacks and drinks

Vegetarian cuisine, prepared by our in-house chef

Collective return transfers (and all local transport)

From Geneva airport / train station.
Pick up is 11:00-13:00 on Thursday. Drop off is 15:00 on Sunday.

All ski guiding & mindfulness teaching

On and off the mountain

What's not Included?

Travel costs

Please make your own arrangements

Equipment hire

We facilitate this locally

Travel insurance

Strongly advised, to include winter sports cover

Ski pass

Best bought locally

The Activities
(and teaching)

We teach you proven techniques for developing mental calm, physical relaxation and awareness whilst in motion. These can be applied both on the ski slopes and anywhere else, any time. Most of the day is spent on the mountain, practising what you’ve learned, including one whole day with a high mountain guide (you should be a competent skier or snowboarder, comfortable on red pistes).

You leave feeling more present, joyful and energised, with tools you can use for life.

The Retreat Centre

The Alps Retreats Centre is an authentic 1830s Alpine farmhouse in a magnificent setting. Beautifully renovated, it combines traditional Alpine character with contemporary design and comfort.

It nestles peacefully among stunning mountains and waterfalls, and at the foot of a 14-kilometre ski run.

The Rooms

With ample space for up to 11 adults, the four bedrooms all have super-comfortable beds and private bathrooms with calming rain-effect showers and underfloor heating. In the open living areas there are plenty of sofas and armchairs and a superb woodburner. 

And you can soak up the fabulous mountain views from the large outdoor hot tub.

The Location

Sixt Fer à Cheval is a beautiful French Alpine village 75 minutes from Geneva airport and train station. Surrounded by the largest nature reserve in Haute-Savoie, it is a place of inspiring beauty, peace and calm. 

Sixt is part of Le Grand Massif, France’s fourth-largest linked ski area. The village encompasses the majestic mountain valley of the Cirque du Fer à Cheval and the Cascade du Rouget, known as the ‘Queen of the Waterfalls’.

The Food

During your retreat you can expect delicious, creative, vegetarian meals, plus afternoon tea and cake, all lovingly prepared by our in-house chef.

Ingredients are organic and locally sourced where possible.

You can help yourself to hot and cold drinks at any time.

The Retreat
Support Team

Retreat Guide
Support Coordinator
High Mountain Guide
Qi Gong Teacher
Massage Therapist

Sally-Anne Airey

8 years ago, Alps Retreats co-founder Sally-Anne Airey decided to make her beautiful Alpine home into a place where busy people have the time and space to reconnect with what really matters to them.

Herself an experienced coach, retreat leader and mindfulness teacher, Sally-Anne guides your retreat with the support of other deep specialists in their field.

Simon Airey

In moving to the mountains 10 years ago, Alps Retreats co-founder Simon Airey was at last fulfilling his childhood dream: to wake up every morning to an inspiring Alpine view and breathe in clean mountain air.

And after a full career in the Royal Navy, this was worth waiting for.

Jess de Jong

Jess de Jong is one of the most sought after retreat chefs in the valley. Her vegetarian creations come from a place of genuine love and her warmth and skill shine through every one of the meals she cooks for you.

Jess’s food is delicious, nourishing and a feast for the eyes.

Christope Gélati

Christope Gélati is an IFMGA-certified guide with over 23 years’ experience of leading mountaineering and skiing expeditions in the Alps and all over the world.

One of the big personalities of the Grand Massif, he has a huge talent for making any day on the mountain both fun and memorable.

Ben Cox

Ben Cox has devoted his adult life to the practice and teaching of Taichi, Qigong and Chinese medicine, learning and working with several masters in the west and China.

He teaches you how being physically open, relaxed and dynamic is the key to being physically and mentally present.

Ella Plaisted

An Advanced Myofascial Release Therapist, Ella Plaisted tailors her treatments to your needs, with dedicated focus on the cause rather than the symptom.

She works with the body’s connective tissue to restore balance and improve your overall well-being.

Sample outline retreat schedule

Day 1


14:00Arrive, orientation, get ski passes and equipment

15:00Opening ritual

16:00Introduction to meditation & mindful movement


20:30Guided meditation, quiet time

Day 2


07:30Guided meditation


09:00 - 10:30Mindful movement

11:00-16:30Accompanied skiing/snowboarding (packed lunch)

16:30Free time / massage / hot tub / one-to-one coaching


20:30Guided meditation, quiet time

Day 3



09:00-16:30Skiing/snowboarding with high mountain guide

16:30Free time / massage / hot tub / one-to-one coaching


20:30Guided meditation, quiet time

Day 4


07:00Mindful movement


09:00Closing ritual



"This was a wonderful and unique opportunity to unravel the noise and chaos of everyday life. After a couple of days of peace and tranquility, with Sally-Anne's gentle guidance and encouragement, I started to reconnect with my inner being. I was able to focus on who I wanted to 'be' rather than what I needed to 'do'. I left with the strength and resolve to move forward and embrace all that life has to offer."

Larissa H. - HR Director

"I sought out Sally-Anne with a burning desire to self-discover. After my time with her in awe-inspiring Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval, I felt calmer, sharper and far more grounded than I'd ever felt before. The experience helped me rejuvenate, adjust course and plan the rest of my career/life. This wasn't just a journey of self-discovery, it was what my mind and body needed to find my purpose."

Alexander F. - Director of Alliances,

global cybersecurity firm

"Being on retreat gave me the comfortable space I needed to step back, relax and reflect on what's important. What better way to do that than in this wonderful environment in the French Alps. I don't stop very often and it's been a real joy to take time for myself. I urge everyone to do the same."

Vicki Evans, Founder,

Walk Mill Botanics

"Maison La Cerisaie is a beautiful, comfortable chalet and the food was creative, varied and delicious. Under Sally-Anne's gentle guidance, the retreat fed my spirit, mind and body, enabling me to re-charge and re-focus in a stunning corner of France."

Stephen Burt, Owner,

GibsonStarr Ltd

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    Private ensuite luxury room

    950€ per person

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    650€ per person

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    Maison La Cerisaie, 44 Chemin de la Combe des Tattes, 74740 Sixt Fer à Cheval