Join me for a 4-night Yoga Retreat in the Loire Valley, France. I will be returning with my fabulous team in 2019 for the 5th year running and will be announcing dates very soon. In the meantime, here’s what you can expect, based on our incredibly successful 2018 September retreat!
This retreat is based at Chateau de la Vigne, a holiday property I have owned and run for the past 18 years.
“I loved every minute of May’s retreat. It was so relaxing, I felt really looked after and we ate the most amazing, nutritious food. I enjoyed the daily yoga sessions and my reflexology session was just what I needed. I can’t wait to go back!”
I’ve put together a fantastic schedule, based very closely on last year’s highly successful retreat with my expert team and I’m absolutely thrilled to be sharing this dream break with you all.
We’ll practice yoga twice daily, walk or cycle in the peaceful and tranquil French countryside, cook some fabulous recipes together and enjoy delicious healthy meals. With a relaxed programme of discussions, activities, massage treatments and lots of friendly advice, we will explore, over the 4 days, what it really means to “eat well” and how to go about doing so in our busy lives.
We’ll also get out and about and you’ll have an opportunity to visit the beautiful nearby town of Saumur, the local vineyards and even enjoy a private wine-tasting session with a top sommelier.
My aim to offer an all round approach to health and I’m delighted to welcome Tricia Woolfrey, an integrative therapist and coach, trainer and author, with practices in Surrey and Harley Street London. She specialises in stress-resilience and personal development and will be giving two talks for us over the weekend:
1. Stress and The Five Pillars: understanding the causes of stress with tips on what you can do about it
2. Understanding and overcoming self-sabotage. Why we get in our own way and how to move forward.
You’ll leave at the end of the retreat with plenty of empowering knowledge, tasty recipe ideas, as well as a goodie bag and a clear idea of how to get started.
With the weather still gorgeous but the summer crowds dispersed, September is a beautiful time to visit this beautiful region.
Please note that this retreat is open to all level of yogis, from beginners to long-time enthusiasts. Our expert instructor, Jamie Bowers runs renowned teacher training courses and has years of experience behind him; you’ll know you’re in good hands within seconds!
We have been running our retreats for 4 years now and they’re getting better and better! The essence is on relaxing and experiencing a new way of eating and living but it is very important that you also leave with a clear idea of how to continue some of the things you have experienced on the retreat – we help you with that!
It’s a beautiful and tranquil setting and a lovely group of like-minded people. I love running them, along wth my team who are all experts in their field.
Thanks May for such a wonderful retreat recently at your special château in the Loire. You thoroughly spoiled us all with delicious, healthy food, useful recipe demonstrations and trips to the local area. I loved the daily walks, yoga sessions and the fabulous treatments. Thank you for all your effort in making sure we all had a great time with such a lovely group of people.
What’s Included in your health retreat
· Pre-Retreat Guidance
· Daily Morning & Evening Yoga/Pilates Sessions
· Daily Exercise Activity Sessions
· Therapeutic Massage
· Cookery/Nutrition/Personal Development Workshops
· Delicious Healthy Meals/Snacks/Juices/Smoothies
· 4 Nights Luxury Accommodation with Ensuite
· Local Wine Appreciation Tasting Evening
· Post Retreat Follow Up
· Transfers from Nantes Airport (T&Cs apply – see below)
What’s Not Included
• Flights & Travel insurance
Remember, this is an intimate retreat in a historic home! The Chateau is large and luxurious and has 5 bedrooms- 3 double, 1 twin and 1 four bedded room – all ensuite. The top floor has a very large king bedroom with ensuite bathroom/separate shower, as well as a separate four bedded room attached, with ensuite shower room. On the middle floor, there is a beautiful suite with ensuite bathroom. There is also another double room, with ensuite shower and a twin room with ensuite. The reception rooms downstairs are very spacious and well furnished; perfect for large groups! All the rooms are beautiful and well furnished and accommodation will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Health Retreat Sample Daily Schedule
|08:00 – 08:30||Morning Smoothie||Chateau|
|08:30 – 09:45||Yoga||Apartment|
|09:45 – 10:15||Revitalising Breakfast||Chateau|
|10:15 – 11:00||Personal Time|
|11:00 – 12:30||Cooking Workshop||Kitchen|
|12:30 – 13:00||Personal Time/Walk|
|13:00 – 13:45||Energising Lunch||Chateau|
|14:00 – 16:00||Vineyard Visit/Visit to local town||Courtyard|
|16:00 – 17:00||Personal Time|
|17:00 – 17:30||Afternoon tea||Salon|
|17:30 – 19:00||Yoga||Poolside|
|19:00 – 20:00||Personal Time|
|20:00 – 21:30||Dinner||Chateau|
|21:30 – 22:00||Meditation/Reflection||Library|
Health Retreat Sample Menu
Bircher Muesli served with Fresh Figs, Cacao nibs & Frozen Berries
Mint Tea – Rooibos Tea – Fresh Ginger Tea
Shakshuka with Homemade Seeded Bread
Prawns with Red Onion and Mango Salsa
Cauliflower, Lentil and Coconut Curry with Brown Rice
Spiced Apricot Compote with Crispy Granola Topping
Selection of Sleep Enhancing Teas
How to Get there?
The easiest way? Fly into Nantes airport and we’ll pick you up.
The following flights qualify for our free transfers:
- Saturday 8th September EasyJet London Gatwick Depart 12:30 Arrive Nantes 14:50
- Wednesday 12th September EasyJet Depart Nantes 12:05 Arrive London Gatwick 12:30
Book early to secure low rates; prices are around £25 each way
[please do get in touch with other flight options and we will do our best to arrange transfers to suit]
The car option? Of course, you can always drive; it takes 5 hours from Calais and it’s an easy run all the way through.
The dates of this retreat are Saturday 8th September – Wednesday 12th September 2018.
The 4 night retreat costs £995pp – all inclusive.
£795pp for sharers or £695pp for group of 4 sharing
This retreat has extremely limited spots and is likely to sell out quickly.
A £250 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot and payment plans are available.
Full payment will be required by 28th July 2018
Don’t forget, you’re welcome to email me at email@example.com with any questions or concerns whether this is the right retreat for you.
I can’t wait to welcome you all to this special place!!
If you’re struggling to motivate yourself or your health regime is a little haphazard, a health retreat is the perfect opportunity to kick start a healthy lifestyle. Here’s 5 reasons why you should invest in yourself and prioritise a health retreat short break? – CLICK HERE