Ideally, I like to program a short stroll the day of the arrival for the interested people. We will go for a light walk around the village of Montezillon. This will allow you to accommodate to the environment of the place. You will also see that within a short walking distance we there is a real natural pharmacy. Walking time: 2 hours. Difficulty: none
The Cirque du Creux du Van is a major geological formation in the Jura Massif. It is a nature reserve and the spearhead of nature tourism in Val de Travers. We will tour the cirque from the bottom up. The ibex and chamois are familiar species in this grandiose setting. The highlight of the show is the arrival to the cirque overlooking the Jura Massif. We will trace together the geological history of the site. Along the way, we will inspect the scree and lawns of altitude in search of plants in front of these fantastic landscapes.
Distance: 7 km. Walking time: 5 hours. Altitude difference: 500 meters. Altitude max: 1424 m. Level: Beginner to intermediate.
We will enjoy a beautiful ecological hike where we will meet a diversity of remarkable natural environments: valleys, meadows, dry lawns, rocks and escarpments and wetlands. We will approach the notion of indicator species. We will compare the forests according to their thermal gradient. Viewpoints will offer us contemplative time in our insatiable study of plants and natural habitats. Distance: 9 km. Walking time: 5 hours 30′. Altitude difference: 500 m. Maximum altitude: 1300 m. Level: Beginner to intermediate.
This will be a vertiginous day full of sensations and alpine observations. We will be in the Bernese Jura at the Combe-Grède Nature Reserve. We will go up this huge crevasse which separate the mountain in two. At the bottom of this ravine, we will be in another time, in the middle of the rain forest and lush, mosses and ferns abound. This sporty climb takes us to the summit to go from the shade to the light and rediscover one of the most beautiful panoramas in Europe, the Alps chain. This is the territory of the chamois and marmot, peregrine falcon, wetland plants and rocky escarpments, sycamore maple field, spruce forest, ash and hazel beech forests, and the list is even longer!
Distance: 9 km. Walking time: 7 hours. Altitude difference: 800 meters. Altitude max: 1548 m.
At the bottom of the gorges, the water stops in a deafening noise and at the exit, the water becomes tender and soft again. By watching the Areuse river flow and the size of the gorges it has built, one can better understand how terrain relief is formed over geological times. We will witness first-hand the spectacle of water raving rocks particles by particles. We will also discover the riverside plants. Deer, beaver or the discreet otter can let us dream of their presence by the traces they leave in some passages.
Distance: 15 km. Walking time: 6 hours. Altitude difference: 450 meters. Max altitude: 860 meters. Level: Beginner to intermediate.
In L'Aubier eco-hotel, a pioneer in the field of green tourism, ecology, biodynamic agriculture and the associative economy.
The hotel in Montezillon is located 10 minutes from Neuchâtel, with a beautiful view of the lake and in good weather you can also see the Alps, from the Eiger to Mont Blanc. There are 25 bright and individually decorated rooms, a certified organic restaurant, 6 seminar rooms of different sizes, a small shop and a biodynamic farm with its own cheese factory.
Passionate about botany and ornithology, trained in ecology, I have long worked in environmental protection, rural development and adaptation to climate change in the Sahel.
Coming from a family of (small) farmers in the West of France, my initial training focused on the management and protection of nature. My associative activities have also allowed me to develop a solid naturalistic culture.
My professional career began with a regional development project in the Alpes de Haute-Provence. Afterwards, I was an ornithological animator in the Eastern Pyrenees. At 25, I went to Niger and worked there for 7 years, first as an international volunteer (France volunteers) then as a technical advisor for the German cooperation services (DED/GIZ). After a brief return to France and a visit to Canada to perfect my English, I went back to West Africa - this time to Senegal where I coordinated a climate change adaptation project for a French NGO.
Tired of the contradictions of the associative and institutional milieu, I finally chose to fly on my own while keeping a privileged link with nature. While my stays in so-called "developing" countries have led me to grasp the fragility of life, it is quite naturally that I wanted to take a closer interest in health.
I then trained in naturopathy with the Herbothèque (Quebec) and the Mandorle School (Switzerland), and specialized in scientific aromatherapy with Dominique Baudoux. I also returned to my first loves: botany and the study of plants. Settled in Switzerland since September 2015, I also trained as a mountain leader at the Saint Jean d'Anniviers school in Valais. I opened my naturopathic practice in Neuchâtel in the summer of 2016 and am a member of the Syndicat des professionnels de la naturopathie (SPN) and the central committee of the Association suisse des accompagnateurs en montagne (ASAM).
Two caps - naturopath and herbalist and hiking guide - for the same passion: nature. My vocation today is to share and transmit it in many ways.
I propose "nature and health" or "nature and culture" stays, cooking-nutrition courses, herbal walks, botanical walks. It's about walking, discovering a region, its nature, learning about wild plants, who they are, what they do. A complete naturopathic check-up can be integrated into the program. This allows individuals to have a complete view of their health status and to obtain an individualized health optimization program.
The proposed destinations are regions to which I am strongly attached and/or that I know well for having lived there: the Mediterranean basin, West Africa, South-West and West France, Switzerland :
France: the Languedoc Roussillon Mediterranean and its causses, the eastern Pyrenees, the Grenoble region with the Chartreuse and Vercors, the Charente Maritime, Brittany, the Southern Alps.
Southern Italy, Naples region.
Greece: Cyclades and Parnitha Natural Park
Sahelian Africa: Northern Senegal, Niger, Burkina Faso.
Morocco: from Essaouira to the South of the Atlas Mountains
Switzerland: Vaud, Neuchâtel and Bernese Jura, pre-Alpes, Valais.
The stays take place either from a fixed point in a gîte, or while roaming. In both cases, healthy local cuisine will be at the party.
Any reservation of my stays abroad for my Swiss clientele is made through the travel agency "Le goût du voyage". This partnership is based on mutual trust and a shared travel ethic. The organization of the pre-trip is thus delegated to competent and experienced professionals, which allows me to concentrate on my work as a guide and to secure this activity on the legal level.
Other tailor-made offers can also be proposed. Feel free to contact me.
The past and present programming of my health hiking activity can be found on the "Events" page.
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