Between the Alps and the Mediterranean, you’ll find lively Nyons in the heart of the Drome Provençal region. July is when the lavender bursts into bloom and we’ll use this epic moment as a metaphor for our own re-blooming. Nyons is nicknamed Le Petite Nice and boasts a wonderful Thursday market. The region is famous for its olives, lavender, fruit trees and sunflowers dating back to the 5th century. In summer, Nyons enjoys night markets and free concerts. By our side during our week-long stay is Mundey Young, a certified life coach. She’ll be assisting each participant to create their own unique vision of what they want their next stage in life to look like. In addition to enjoying all that Provence has to offer during lavender season, we’ll be creating a vision for 7 fundamental areas of our lives to create a lasting sense fulfillment. We’ll explore what you want to: be, do, have and feel in the next stage of your life, no matter if you’re 24 or 84. You’ll learn to use that vision to achieve the goals you have, create a strategy with a plan and timeline, and an action plan to help transition you to that next stage of your life. You’ll go home with your new personal growth plan and vision for the next stage in your life, plus you’ll be able to execute that plan step by step with peace, ease and a sense of fulfillment.
Here's a day-by-day itinerary of the trip
We’ll meet at Gare de Lyon in Paris to take the train out to Montélimar, about a 3-hour journey. You will need to arrive in Paris before 09:30 am. Why not come a night ahead of time and relax and do a little exploring while in Paris. The French TGV trains are lovely! It’s not difficult – we’ll make sure you know exactly where to go and what to do. You’ll arrive in Montélimar around 2:30pm from Paris. Our driver will pick you up and drive you to Nyons. We’ll check into our charming house for the week, Château la Tour Provence.
After unpacking, we’ll meet up with Mundey for tea and our opening session. Today she’ll introduce the seven concepts areas which we’ll be working with all week. The first is the area of personal growth & education.
After some time to relax, we’ll head into town for a lovely welcome dinner near the Roman Bridge at La Cuisine du Marche.
After breakfast, Mundey will introduce our 2nd area, Lifestyle.
Next, we’ll head out for a day of dancing amongst the lavender fields. We’ll take a photographer with us to capture this momentous fragrant-filled moments. We’ll have a guided tour on a farm that’s been farming lavender since the early 1800’s. There’s is a charming shop at the farm.
Then we’ll enjoy a lovely lunch locally.
This afternoon is yours to relax. Our hotel has a spa; pamper yourself with a massage or facial! (Massage not included).
Dinner tonight will be at our hotel.
This morning after breakfast, Mundey will introduce us to our next area of focus, career/retirement.
Today, we’ll remain closer to home and work with a local artist, Gaia du Rivau. She’ll lead us on a stroll through Nyons taking the time to observe every small detail whilst taking photos. It’s market day so we’ll peruse the market stalls perhaps picking up an item or two. We’ll learn some history and anecdotes about Nyons during our walk.
After our photo stroll, we’ll head over to 3 Plantanes, an artist’s cooperative where our host has a workshop. Here we’ll select which photos to use, and Gaia will turn our photos into paintings.
After our art enriching morning we’ll have lunch here with Gaia and Mundey in the garden enjoying some of our finds at the market.
Enjoy some afternoon rest back at the hotel, a good time to take a dip in the pool.
Tonight, will be all yours. Go out for pizza, grab a burger or try some Moroccan – all are just a short walk into town. Or why not pick up some picnic items and some wine and dine by the river.
This morning after breakfast, Mundey will introduce us to our next area of focus, Finances.
We’ll visit Mundey’s husband’s family olive oil mill where we’ll learn about the entire process from olive tree farming to harvest and then the pressing.
Lunch will be at Le Bistrotteur outside with a view.
This afternoon we will have a wine tasting at a nearby biodynamic winery, Domaine Vallot. We’ll enjoy a tour and then a tasting of rosé, white and red.
Dinner tonight will be at the charming Chez Sarah. Make sure to save room for dessert!
Olive Oil Tasting
Over breakfast today we’ll discuss the 5th area of concentration, Relationships.
Then we’ll take a day trip and venture south to discover a hillside village, Montbrun-les-Bains, famous for its sulphureous healing thermal waters. This town is one of the Plus Beaux Villages de France (most beautiful villages in France). At the thermal spa, bring your suit as we’ll bath in the waters, taking the cure. We’ll also spend time in the hammam, the jacuzzi and try one of their wellness treatments.
After a healthy lunch, we’ll take a restorative walk-through town.
We’ll drive back to our home base and have some time to rest.
We’ll grab something quick at a local wine bar for our dinner tonight, before heading to an outdoor concert!
Today after breakfast, Mundey will introduce our 6th area of focus, Community & Spiritual Life.
This morning will be a lazy one, you’re free to roam, sit by the pool, relax by the river or do some shopping.
Lunch will be at the crêperie today.
This afternoon we’ll soak it all in with a guided walk and a pétanque lesson (similar to bocce ball or boules). Secret: you get better the more rosé wine you drink!
Our farewell meal tonight will be at D’un Gout à la Autre for a thoughtful gastronomic meal with some of the best local wines.
At our closing session this morning we’ll discuss the final area, Leisure Travel, something we’ve enjoyed all week. We’ll continue to work on all 7 areas and walk away with our virtual vision board.
We’ll enjoy one final lunch together at Le Verre a Soie.
What a glorious week we’ve had together! I can’t think of a better way to spend a summer week – gathering in a beautiful place, inspired by other like-minded women, and ready to set an intention allowing for endless possibilities.
In the early evening, you can either take the train back to Paris and stay in town or at an airport hotel (if your flight is early), or you can elect to stay an extra day in Nyons and take the morning train. (Your hotel stay tonight is not included).
Château la Tour Provence is a charming 19th century hotel located in the heart of the village. You'll be able to spend your downtime lounging by the pool.
Mundey Young is the founder of Mundey Young Coaching. As a life coach, she has spent years working with clients to ensure that they have the necessary skills, support, and compassion that they need to achieve their goals, become one with themselves, and live the life that they’ve always envisioned.
A 25-year resident in her adopted Paris. Katrin has turned from a career as an international literary agent to sharing her passion for travel and art. She speaks 5 languages fluently and when not guiding visitors in France, is an active translator in the film industry. She's always keen to find the perfect view, the ideal bistro and hidden gem to make the trips she leads seamless and memorable.
Immerse yourself in Lavender
The Provence lavender fields are a major attraction in the South of France. It’s one of the few places on earth where you can truly immerse yourself in the experience of wandering endlessly through the fragrant rows of purple gold, and breathing in the heady scent.
Everything stated in itinerary above including all meals (unless mentioned) plus wine or beer with dinner
All guides and experts and tastings
Your stay at a beautiful hotel
All entry fees
All local transport
Train to/from Paris
All Daily workshops with Mundey
A One on one coaching session virtually once home
A 30 minute call with Mundey pre-trip
One spa treatment
Roundtrip airfare to France
Additional wine, beer or spirits beyond what is offered at meals.
Any personal souvenirs or purchases
Travel and Medical Insurance (required)
You'll want to fly into Paris Charles De Gaulle International Airport. The group will be meeting at 9:30am to take the train to Nyons.
The trip officially starts on the morning of July 7th, but if you are traveling across an ocean to get to Nyons, you may want to consider arriving a day early so you have time to relax and get acclimated to the local time zone. If you do decide to arrive early, please let us know and we will take care of booking your room for you and make sure that you are kept in the same room as you will be in when the trip starts.
We will have a zoom call about 6 weeks before the trip starts to discuss all that information and give you a packing list. Here is a great website that we love that will help you with packing and travel trips.
The high for July is low 80's with the low being mid 60's. Perhaps bring a light sweater in case the evenings are chilly.