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HEALING WITH FOODS 5 nights from € 1'350 (12. - 17.10)

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12th to 17th of October 2016

In Sanskrit, the literal meaning of Ayurveda is “science of life”, best described in English as the art of living.  It is a system of holistic natural medicine, founded in ancient India by the Rishis (enlightened Yogis, sages and seers) as described in the main text books of Ayurveda, the Charaka Samhita and Ashtanga Hrdadyam. Charaka says in praise of food: “The life of all living things is food and the entire world seeks food. Complexion, clarity, good voice, long life, understanding, happiness, satisfaction, growth, strength and intelligence are all established in food.”

An inappropriate diet is the main physical factor in the cause of imbalance, and a proper diet is essential in preventing and treating it.  This is equally true for body and mind. According to Ayurveda, learning to know your specific needs in food is the key to an appropriate diet.

Ayurvedic nutrition is quite different from the contemporary vision of a balanced diet.  In Ayurveda, the analysis of food items in terms of vitamins, oligo elements and other components is replaced by the “6 tastes principle”, very subtle according to which each natural food item has a taste, an energy (cooling or heating) and a post-digestive action that will determine its effect on the body as well as consciousness.  Food becomes a powerful tool in this manner.

Your basic constitution, your temporary imbalances, your digestive capacity (Agni or Fire in Ayurveda) are therefore crucial elements that will help to establish a balanced diet that will change with the season and weather, even the day of the week.  The art of cookery called Paakshaastra in Sanskrit, not only places value of what foods are cooked but also how food is cooked. Ayurveda gives favoured and unfavoured food as well as food quality and sourcing according to our geographical location (Desha Virudha = Place/Geographical location/ Altitude) as well as time and season (Kala Virudha) as well as food combining principles (samyoga virudha).

To comprehend this holistic way of nourishment and to be able to follow its principles in our day-to-day existence you will gather information about harmonious nutrition in relation to time, place, quality, and quantity, the basic constitution and deal with practical aspects and recipes.

Program content

During this program Yogi Manomoyanand will give lectures on Ayurvedic food principles and will give cooking classes on how to prepare a balanced meal according to Ayurveda.  This program is an opportunity to benefit from the knowledge of an authentic Yogi and a passionate cook who received the knowledge and practice of Ayurveda from its Source.  If weather permits, the program will include some walks to look for forest herbs to integrate to the recipes and cooking outdoors.

This program includes:

  • accommodation in a room with ‘Greensleep’ mattress, shower, with bathrobes provided
  • organic breakfast, lunch and dinner based on ayurvedic diet principles (excluding drinks)
  • lectures will focus on the “Principles of Ayurveda”  and “Principles of Cooking”
  • cooking classes and learning how to prepare Ayurvedic meals based on the seasons and the days of the week.  If weather permits, some forest outings to look for local herbs and cooking in the forest.
  • Access to the spa
  • Free participation to the daily activities
  • -10% on all treatments in the spa


Day 1         
Check in from 3pm, dinner and evening introduction to the program

Day  2     
Morning and afternoon lectures. Free time for spa treatments, walks in the forest.

Day 3 and 4   
Cooking classes and forest outing to look for local herbs. Free time for spa treatments, walks in the forest.

Day 5       
Breakfast and check out before 12am

Price per person for 5 nights in a double room

Room Classique (14 à 17 m²)     1350 Euro
Room Confort (22 à 28 m²)    1450 Euro
Room Supérieure (32 à 38 m²)     1600 Euro
Single room supplement     +200 Euro
The tourist tax is 1.20 Euro per day and person         


  • an introduction to Ayurvedic dietary principles
  • learn how to cook according to Ayurvedic principles and how to apply Ayurvedic principles to your diet

About Yogi Manmoyanand

Yogi Manmoyanand is one of the few living teachers of the Saraswati lineage, which goes as far back as to the year 800 AD. He lived and practiced for 7 years amongst a group of ascetics in the caves of the Himalayas.
His knowledge on various yogic and Vedic scriptures were given to him by Yogi Angadanand Saraswati, who wanted him to become a teacher for students of the ashram, but also for students who lead a normal worldly life.

For Yogis, Ayurveda is a yogic practice (Sadhana) that is given to the authentic Yogis after many years of successful practice of Yoga. Yogis study Ayurveda by knowing and being the nature.

Yogi Manmoyanand has been studying and practicing Ayurvedic and natural healing for the last 25 years. Because of his expertise on the subject, for the last twelve years he has been giving lectures and seminars on the subject in various countries.
He has both a traditional and scientific approach to Ayurveda and uses only natural remedies for the treatments and therapy, often handpicked and prepared by him.

La Clairière - bio & spahotel
63, route d’Ingwiller 67290 La Petite Pierre

La Clairière is 2km from the village of La Petite Pierre in Alsace. It is set in the heart of the forests of the Vosges du Nord Nature Reserve, classified as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

The forests of the Vosges du Nord are a graceful tapestry of oak, beech, Scots pine and alder trees, woven onto the mountainous landscape. The sandstone bedrock is veined with rivers and accommodates a variety of natural habitats hosting a distinct array of fascinating flora and fauna.

Discover the many treasures of the forest by taking a stroll or a bike ride along the network of forest paths around La Clairière. Besides being a picturesque village, La Petite Pierre is home to a 12th century château, a church, and museums of local arts, crafts and customs, official stamps and seals, and local Paganism.

Other popular places of interest in the local area include the troglodyte caves in Graufthal, the Judeo-Christian Museum and the distinct architecture of Alsatian houses in Bouxwiller, the Abbey at Neuwiller-les-Saverne, and the châteaux in Lichtenberg and Fleckenstein.

There is a golf course in Bitche. Last but not least, the region is famous for its glass and crystal, with exquisite works on display at the Meisenthal glassworks, the Lalique Museum and the Museum of St. Louis.


True to its name, La Clairière is nestled in a clearing near the edge of the forest. The contemporary design of the building perfectly complements the peace and tranquility of the location. Open your bedroom window and inhale the woody fragrance of the forest and the pure mountain air, bursting with oxygen. Our rooms fall into three categories: CLASSIQUE, CONFORT and SUPERIEURE.

The interior design was inspired by the natural surroundings. It plays on the natural beauty of wood, reflecting the tones and hues of the forest. For nights of peaceful slumber, all our beds have natural latex mattresses and bed linen made from organic wool and cotton.

All rooms are equipped with shower, WC, hairdryer, bathrobes and bath towels, complimentary slippers, shampoo and shower gel, Grander drinking water, kettle and organic herbal tea, minibar, safe, flat-screen TV, digital terrestrial television reception, telephone and free Internet access (wired in room; WIFI in communal areas).

At La Clairière, we believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The buffet is spread with fresh fruit and fruit juice, a selection of freshly baked breads, cheeses from the Alsace region, cereals, egg specialities, crèpes, homemade cakes and granola and many other surprises.


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