As soon as I got home from the retreat I felt empowered to take action in my life. I felt clarity and conviction in where I wanted to be and how I was going to get there. I felt present in my own life again. In the few weeks since the retreat, I have recommitted to myself and practices that make me feel in-tune with myself. I also applied to and was offered the job I had been dreaming of for a year!
I came away from this retreat feeling rejuvenated & revitalised. I re-entered my day-to-day life feeling newly inspired and excited for all its potential. Sometimes going on holiday can act as an escape from the monotony of life, whereas this felt life recommitting to creating the life I want. Also, we were staying in a beautiful chalet tucked away in amongst the mountains, with a hot tub, sauna & the most scrumptious meals prepared for us 3 times a day. It felt like a holiday but with greater intention.
I love the unknown. Experiences I know nothing about. People I’ve never met. Places I’ve never been. Going in with an open and curious mind, excited about what might come about. For me, this was the AliKats/Great Heights Pathways retreat. I knew that there we would be surrounded by awe-inspiring natural backdrops. I knew that we’d be staying in cosy accommodation
and eating quality food. I knew the overall goal was to feel rested and reset. But apart from that I was happily curious not really knowing what the 5-day summer retreat may bring.
This is, in fact, the intention of Caitlin, the leader of our retreat. So often we are tied to strict timetables, our calendars constantly pinging with meeting reminders, sleepless nights trying to
remember all of the tasks of the day ahead. Instead, on this retreat, it was refreshingly like being a child in primary school again. We got dressed and everything else was catered for, from food to all of our activities, for the body as well as for the mind and soul. Our learning was planned and prepared without being overbearing or tedious. Each day, after a delicious home-made breakfast from one of the in-chalet chefs, Caitlin, along with our driver/host extraordinaire Dmitri, would take us out into the wild. We’d walk, at times in silence, 2 sometimes quietly in pairs, other times animatedly and in step all together as a troupe. Surrounded by nature and drawing on these incredible elements, we’d talk, write, discuss, compare and conjure
up ideas, guided by Caitlin’s thought-provoking prompts. We’d eat picnics next to bubbling brooks or under immense pines. We’d magically bump into Ursula each day, our inspiring yoga and qi gong instructor and flow through various classes with her. Being trained at length in Chinese medicine, she brought so much more than the physical element to our practices and time together.
Downtime involved relaxing in the sauna and hot tub, sunbathing on the deck, napping, snacking on homemade trail mixes and freshly prepared cakes or reading one of the books or inspirational sets of targeted cards for discussion left out for us.
In the evenings we’d sink into the oversized sofa to enjoy delicious canapés and mocktails before sitting down to dinner and enjoying culinary delight after delight from our chefs Jon and Rachelle. Much of this food was foraged locally or cultivated from AliKat’s permaculture garden and the passion the chefs had for their food shone through as they gleefully explained each dish. The evenings would finish early, allowing time for quiet reflection, curling up with a book, evening strolls in the fading light or a final soak in the tub as the stars began to emerge.
Each night, as my head was enshrouded by the pillow, I thought to myself how somehow the day had made perfect sense and I couldn’t have imagined it otherwise, flowing as it did in a carefully curated yet seamless and seemingly carefree manner. As sleep beckoned, I thought to myself, “I wonder what tomorrow will bring. Whatever happens, it will all make sense by the time my head reaches the pillow again.”
If you are considering going on one of these retreats but wonder what exactly is involved and why there’s no daily timetable of classes, hikes, meals and events, I implore you to step back a little from our constant craving for precise and instant information and instead to trust the process and let yourself be cared for and guided by the exceptional team which AliKats and Great Heights Pathways have put together.
I went away from the incredible five-day experience with a much deeper insight into myself: who I am as a person and how I think. I left with effective coping mechanisms I’ll be able to use when stress gets the better of me. I have clear ideas of how to move forwards and what my future looks like. I feel balanced and calm and ready. I highly recommend this retreat to anyone at a crossroads in their life or lacking direction and clarity. The variety of activities, locations, food and people make for a truly holistic experience you won’t regret!
Caitlin is a true leader in her field and she guided the retreat with sincerity, authenticity and love. My experience with Caitlin has led to a huge positive shift and growth in my life and I am very grateful to her for opening my eyes to the possibilities beyond the limitations I have placed upon myself. I truly recommend such an experience to anyone, whether you are searching for the answers to big questions or just curious and wish to work on self-development. This retreat plants the much-needed seeds and gives you the resources and energy for meaningful growth.
The Spring Awakening totally exceeded my expectations of what a true wellness retreat was all about. There was obviously the physical challenges, which were exhilarating for me to achieve, the 5* healthy eating and healthy treats planned into the programme, and consulted organisation of what was working throughout, what you might want to include and/or do more of. It was all considered and catered for. The flexibility was outstanding. For me, what became the thread running throughout and pulling it all together, was the added luxury of reflection and contemplation during the 1-2-1’s and the group coaching sessions… the silences… the rediscovered appreciation of nature and how it related to you; as a person… but also considerations for everything that is important to you in your life. I completely embraced the yoga and meditation which gave me greater insight on another level into who I am, what I want for me and my family and where to next
Just WOW! I would highly recommend this programme and extend a big thank you to all who made it happen but mostly thank you to Caitlin who led it with a vision of helping people see what is possible and available it they want it.
Thank You Great Heights Pathways, my next chapter has begun!
AliKats retreats are completely holistic. While Al and Kat provide plush beds and nutritious, vegetarian meals, Caitlin and Ursula challenge you to do inner work. Their mission? To help participants restore the connection with themselves and the rhythm of nature. Not just by talking, but above all by experiencing . For four days I gave myself over to hiking, wild-picking, forest bathing, Qigong and even a cocoa ceremony. All in all, damn good reasons to put this holistic retreat on your bucket list.
SUCH a cosy and comfortable mini chalet. It is very modern and all of the furnishings are great quality. The chalet also has the most amazing views over Morzine. The one downside is that it is located about a 20 minute walk uphill from Morzine. There are bus stops outside, so we didn’t find it to be a huge problem. We rented skis from a shop by the Pleney and we’re able to leave skis and boots there overnight, so usually just walked back. The hosts were great and very helpful with sorting our ski pass. The chalet is gorgeous inside, has a great shower and the bed is super comfortable. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone going to Morzine. Thank you for a wonderful stay
Our stay at the Lumina Chalet was great. Everything was just as pictured, and the house is beautiful, with incredible views, and great big doors and windows that open up to expose you to the great fresh air 🙂 Hot tub was big and could fit 7 people, the beds were very comfortable, and robes supplied for everyone was a great touch. Kitchen equipped with plenty of dishes, pans, and even raclette/fondue tools. Thanks again!
We had a great weekend with friends at Chalet Mélodie. The location is perfect, with the supermarket right next door, the chalet is spacious and very pleasant and we received all the help and information we needed from the team. I recommend it! 🙂
We stayed in Chalet Melodie and had a great time. It’s a beautiful and luxurious chalet with mountain views. Staff/owners are also very friendly and attentive
Beautiful Chalet kept as new, Super friendly and helpful staff, the jacuzzi is definitely a plus! Easy access to one lift opening up to all the Portes du soleil domain!
Honestly the nicest chalet we’ve ever stayed in – bearing in mind I’ve been visiting Morzine at least once a year for around 20 years this really is a high accolade! The position is wonderful and quiet (except for the very occasional horse and carriage clopping past!) you really couldn’t find a better place closer to the Super Morzine lift and we will certainly be booming with AliKats in the future.
The correspondence from Ash has been professional but very friendly and she was lovely, chatty and very friendly when she came to say goodbye at the end of our stay. Absolutely wonderful!
Had a really great weeks holiday at Chalet de l’Ange. Beautiful chalet with great hosts Aron and Quentin who went above and beyond. Friendly approachable guys and excellent food. Alikats also provide a great service taking you to and from any ski lift you wish, never too much trouble, thanks to Rob, Roger and Will 🙂 would highly recommend Alikats and hope to be back again.
An exceptional 5 star chalet with impeccable service from the hosts. The chalet is beautiful, spacious and has everything needed to have a special trip in Morzine.
The quality of food makes this chalet truly stand out from the others – truly delicious fare.
Thank you AliKats for an amazing holiday- we will be back!
Our hosts, Dimitri and Cate, were wonderful and looked after us brilliantly – so helpful, friendly, and great at what they do. AliKats left lots of special little touches around the chalet, for example a welcome box with local chocolates, hip flasks filled with toffee vodka, and a few other goodies. Already planning a summer trip back to Morzine!
Once again Alikats delivered on their promise of a ‘Ridiculously good chalet holiday’. Our stay at Chalet Debussy exceeded expectations. The chalet is charming with amazing views over the mountains, a pleasure to return to after a day on the slopes. Excellent food too, the quality, variety and presentation of the weekly dinner menu was impressive.
Our chalet hosts were delightful and couldn’t have done more to make our holiday just perfect!
A big thank you to Al and Kat, Alex and Fede and the Alikats team, superb service all round.
See you next year!
This is the third time we have stayed with AliKats. It is an excellent, wholly professional company who provide a superb hosting service. The indulgence package is well worth any extra cost with the food a gastronomic delight – do not expect to lose weight on this holiday no matter how hard you ski. The chalets are of a very standard all equipped with a hot tub. The support service is without fault with an attention to detail which makes the whole experience a delight. Al & Kat’s commitment to their guests, staff and the concept of service is unquestionable. We will go again and would encourage those who have not tried this unique offering to do so
I couldn’t recommend this company enough, the only problem is, if you book them once, you will have to do it every year, there is nothing more amazing, so be warned!
The amazing food menu….. which I have to say was spectacular! Well done Kat on the design and sourcing local produce! We felt that we were treated to something truly special every day!”
Superb service from booking to leaving. The AliKats team are extremely helpful and efficient. Our chalet was pristine and very well serviced. I would highly recommend them!
An AliKats holiday is about enjoying total luxury & relaxation whilst still respecting & preserving the beautiful mountain environment. If you haven’t tried one yet I don’t know what you are waiting for!
Thank you so much to the incredibly hard working staff. You smashed it!
If you want a top-class chalet, with amazing hosts, food and chauffeur service to the lifts and surrounding towns look no further, you will not be disappointed. I wish I was back there right now!!
Just returned from a week in Morzine and couldn’t recommend the team at AliKats more highly. The chalet, the organisation, the people doing lifts, the food and wine, the company overall, were hands down the best I’ve ever had on a ski trip.
When Alikats say you’ll have a luxury holiday and they’ll do everything for you, they really do mean it!
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