Hiking course "Art of walking" in Diois (Drôme)

Duration : 3 days

France, Southern Alps

Level : quite good to very good hikers

from 390 € / p. from 7 to 15 persons

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Beginners or confirmed walkers, discover during this training course "the Art of Walking" all the keys to succeed any trekking or hiking!

You will find here some keys, essential to better understand the objective of this stay taking place in Diois (department of Drôme):

1 - Walking is fun!
How to place each step on the ground to save and walk smoothly, being completely present at every moment of the walk.
Practices of the different rhythms in the walk: the breathing, the synchronization walking / breathing, the rhythms according to the ground, the capital importance of the nasal breathing in the effort but also in all the moments of the life. Vital energy contained in the air: Chi or Ki for the Orientals.

2 - Exercises on the Hara (gravity center of the body).
The difficult part of a trek can be lived differently and even become a pleasure! How to be comfortable downhill? Application of simple tips to be safe in steep ground.

3 - Perception of the present moment.
Importance of living in the moment to save energy. Importance of staying as receptive as possible instead of spending time talking but also naming everything that is perceived.
Using positive words instead of counting steps or energetic sounds with multiple benefits.

4 - Dynamic exercises to practice the morning before departure.
These simple exercises were developed by Raymond Abrezol, professor of Sophrology, pioneer of sports preparation using sophrology. First student of Caycedo, founder of sophrology, Raymond has to his credit more than 300 athletes awarded at the highest level!
In the evening at the refuge, the importance of recovery, key to a successful trek with hydration, sophrology, Korean relaxation ...

5 - Energizing relaxation and relaxation.
Discover a simple way to regenerate yourself by practicing the natural circuit of relaxation. In 30/35 minutes we retrieve as much energy as after 4/5 hours of sleep: very useful in long trips by plane, without possibility of really sleeping. Because we can practice lying down or sitting.

And again at the special request of trainees:

  • Tips for altitude treks. What factors can allow better acclimation to altitude? And those who, on the contrary, are factors that go against this acclimatization ...
  • Tips on the material. Some advice on the equipment to bring depending on the place where the trek takes place.


D1: departure from Archiane's hut at 8.15am for those arrived the day before or appointment at 8.45am the car park of Combeau Valley (useful information will be given to participants going directly to this place). The duration and the elevation will depend on the group and the weather. This is a day where I explain a lot of sequences, so with a moderate ascending elevation, around 400 meters. Before the start of the hike, dynamic exercises and warm-up.
Walking uphill with some gentle slopes: practice from the start of advice related to breathing and walking pace for about 2h30 (interspersed with stops), exercises on the "Hara", rooting on the ground.
Reminder: the purpose of this internship is not to go for walks, but to use the land to learn and practice the techniques and tools learned!
Snacks taken in the nature. Back to car then Archiane's hut.
Installation for those who have not arrived the day before.
Shower, session of sophrology then convivial meal.

D2: breakfast then transfer by car to Châtillon-en-Diois to walk on the loop of Baïn under the cliffs of Glandasse. Positive and negative elevation gain: 600 meters, 4 to 5 hours walk.
Objective of the day: climb with an altitude difference between 500 and 700 meters to learn how to use hiking poles correctly and effectively. As the day before: steep passages and practice advice on the management of effort, breathing, feet rooting on the ground, dynamic exercises, warm-up, briefing and debriefing ...
Snacks taken in the nature. Return around 5pm. Shower, introduction to Korean relaxation and convivial meal.
In the evening, slideshows on the great trips that I propose.

D3: purpose of the morning: after breakfast, half-day walk from the refuge to review the practices: up, flat, descent.
Back to the hut for lunch. Shower and hot meal. Departure of trainees in the early afternoon.
End of the internship around 2 / 3pm.

The price includes

  • Accomodation
  • Full board (from Friday lunch to Sunday lunch). Possibility of arriving the day before with a supplement of 35 € (night only) or 50 € (including dinner).
  • Supervision by the hiking guide

The price does not include

  • Transports
  • Thursday evening meal + night + Friday morning breakfast for those who have chosen to arrive the day before (these additional services are to be paid directly to  Archiane's hut)
  • Personal insurance
  • Drinks


Archiane's hut in Diois (Drôme)

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