French Riviera and the botanical garden


In the pursue of living well, and being in France, Europe or the Western world in general as a middle class person, i can tell you that is very challenging. It is almost that ‘if you cannot afford it, you are not allowed for having quality life’.

I moved to South of France, in a village near Le Lavandou, where time does not exist and pollution did not destroy the all thing. I do an exchange work and learn about plants and flowers in a botanical garden, owns by an English couple. In parallel, i study an Ayurvedic course that match perfectly with the environment i am into.

I feel great here, i like the freshness in the air, the all place looks like another lost paradise. I visited many those last years – it feel almost i am running to the latest places on earth where life is preserved {I did not explore South of America yet}.

So i start working in the garden at 7:30am, where the first early morning rain is still waiting like drops in the flower petals. With the reflection of the first ray of sun, that looks like crystal pearls. The smell is a mix between rosemary, lavender, fresh grass, wet earth, and a floral perfume floating all around. The sound is birds symphony, but not one bird song, they are many species flying over my head when i am working, so i can recognize many different languages now.

When i am done with my few hours work, me and the others from the group have breakfast together in the middle of this heaven, with sea view. The coast line looks so tiny from up hill and you can take it with your two fingers but you cannot move it. It is just an optical illusion. Maybe we are not allowed to change the landscape.

I feel the same feeling i had long time ago in North Thailand or in Nepal. Away from the madness of the big cities, on the top of my hill and watching my escape from the world and having so much peace in my heart. Almost never want to come down again or maybe only to listen the best music with great people.

Just another moment to stop the time and appreciate my life running out from Earth with full awareness. It is a beautiful planet, i am glad i came!


Publié par Sophie Foucher

Lives between Europe and exotic places, here is my story: I worked as a fashion Buyer for 10 years in Paris and get the chance to travel a lot during fashion weeks and experienced to live abroad. At 30 I changed my life and relocated in Hong Kong, where in parallel of my work I was studying Yoga and Ayurveda from short trips to Bali. Influenced by my teachers, peers, environment and my travels… I felt unstoppable and this year gap changed my life. First, I attended in Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep Monastery my first Vipassana course – the 21 days of silent meditation in 2013. I did an Ashtanga 200-YTT in India in 2013, I stayed under the guidance of certified Ashtanga teachers of KP Jois as Prem Carlisi, Damien de Bastier, BNS Iyengar till now. Completed an Ayurvedic course with Deepak Chopra, M.D., F.A.C.P in his foundation of Ayurveda and also with Dr Ramesh Kumar from the University of Ayurveda in Mysore – India. Completed a Dietary Course called ‘Food is your best medecine’ with the Dr. Veronica Waks M.D., N.D. which is about planning a food plan who works the best with different type of people. More recently in 2018, she stayed under the guidance of well known Ayurvedic author Janesh Vaidya in his center in Kerala to be trained as a Yoga Therapist and integrating Yoga-Ayurvedic program that she is able to teach now. « My experiences make me understand that the key component for health and wellness is traveling into a healing environment, as it is an extraordinary step into the process of self-discovering and how to transform our life with new habits and then sustain this lifestyle for our own health ».  That’s why I choose to use my yoga retreats to guide others for self-discovery and adopting a spiritual practice into their life “Sadhana” and all tools that has benefited me. You can visit my website :

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