Retreats

Replenish & Restore Retreat, Uzès, South France
16-21 August 2020

After an amazing, amazing retreat last year, I’m super excited to be heading back to this little slice of paradise! The southern French market town of Uzès is like a big, squishy hug for the soul. Think yoga, massage, delicious food, workshops, an abundance of nature, river swims and a whole lot of down time…

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Imagine a perfect summer’s day: sipping a freshly brewed coffee with the morning sun already kissing your skin. A delicious yoga practice under a canopy of trees. The sound of a flowing river easing you into an afternoon nap. The afterglow of a blissful massage treatment. Laughing over dinner with a group of like-minded people, all enjoying the same thing.

Nestled in oak woodland, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves is a little oasis where all of this happens.

We’re always so busy going to work, socialising and rushing around from A to B, that we often forget we’re human beings, not human doings. This is a chance to truly enjoy a holiday to get away from all the doing, and simply get back to being you.

Welcome to summer time in south France.

Where we’ll stay

We’ll be spending five nights amongst lush green gardens filled with flowers, fruit and vegetables (that will be lovingly turned into food), wooden hand-carved outbuildings, hammocks to laze in, an outdoor shala to practice yoga in and a shaded outdoor table to eat at. Over six, soul-refilling days you can expect pool time, peace, quiet and general, all-round loveliness.

The emphasis in this little corner of the world is rest and regeneration with a fun, calm vibe. The accommodation strives for sustainability, using permaculture methods for the garden, recycling and compost loos. Sleeping accommodation will be in spacious shared bell tents or a larger Mongolian yurts, all furnished with comfortable beds, coconut floor-matting (bell tents) or hardwood flooring (yurt). You’ll have access to well-equipped outdoor kitchens, including a small fridge. Each tent has its own compost loo, and there’s even electricity to charge your phone when you need to, or if you want to!

All food on the retreat will be vegetarian (with vegan options) and will be made on site by our lovely host, Ella, using organic ingredients either from the garden or the local area. All teas, juices etc are also included in the price.

Yoga and Workshops

Our days will start with pranayama (breath work) led by Simon, followed by movement to music, and a yoga practice of Hatha Flow led by me. The evenings will be Yin yoga, which is a more meditative style with longer held poses, slow-flow or guided meditations. One of the best things about retreat life, is having time to delve into things you might not normally be able to. We’ll have a an asana clinic workshop, where we break down some postures to help you deepen your practice, as well as a workshop on self-care and self-development. All of this will be practiced on a wooden yoga deck in the forest behind the house (as long as the mediterranean style weather doesn’t throw us any surprises!).

Everything on this retreat is optional. It’s your holiday, so there’s no guilt about taking an option to sleep in or sunbathe if that’s what your body and mind need. All equipment (mats, blocks, straps, workshop materials etc) is provided and all levels are welcome!

Massage Treatments

As part of our mission to help you restore your energy and replenish your body, you’ll be offered a treatment from osteopath, Anna Ziskoven.

Besides relief for pains, aches and discomfort, her treatments offer a space to rest and restore, to find a still-point in our fast paced lives. The physical body is a part of the whole person within a bigger picture. It accompanies us in all phases, transitions and initiations of life, where we face different experiences, challenges and joys. On the way, Anna loves to offer space for healing, support, empowerment and wellbeing.

Anna is a fully qualified Osteopath and registered with the General Osteopathic Council.

Excursions and Free Time

One thing you won’t be short on is time to relax, or ideas on how to do it! We’ll have an optional sunrise walk to a sweet little spot along the river where we’ll greet the day with meditation, swim and picnic, which is included in the price.

There’s plenty to do in and around Uzès such as visiting the thriving market, the local castle with panoramic views of the gorgeous countryside surrounding Uzès or the Pont du Gard (a UNESCO listed Roman aqueduct where you can also swim). There’s also the cute town of St. Quentain-La-Poiterie which famous for artisanal pottery, the crystal clear waters of Fontain de Vacluse, rock-climbing or canoeing down the river Gardon. Napping in the garden, lounging in the pool or curling up with that book you haven’t quite got around to reading yet is also an option!

Retreat Life – example schedule 
7:00 Pranayama (breathing exercises)
8:00 Yoga asana
10:00 Breakfast
Free Time/Massage (including lunch)
16:00 Workshop
18:00 Yoga asana / meditation / mantra
20:00 Dinner

As mentioned, everything is optional! If you’d rather sleep in or chill with a book, you’ll find no judgement here. The schedule shown here is just an example and some things might get shifted around due to the weather or the energy of the group.

Pricing

Prices are based on two people sharing a tent. We also have the option of triple occupancy in a yurt. Don’t worry if you’re coming alone – most people do and it’s a great way to make new friends! If you do want to have a tent to yourself though, just pop me a message and I’ll send you more info. This is going to be six days of sunshine, soul replenishment and fun! So, what’s included?

5 nights accommodation
60 minute osteopathic/massage treatment
All meals, teas, coffee and breakfast juices
All yoga, pranayama and meditation classes
Workshops and related materials
Sunrise meditation excursion
Pick ups to and from Uzès to accommodation on the first and last days
All yoga equipment (mats, blocks, straps etc)

Your investment for this all-inclusive retreat :

Double/Twin bell tent – 710€ per person
Triple Mongolian yurt – 680€ per person
Prices include 19% VAT/Tax

You can secure your place with a non-refundable deposit of 180€, with the last payment to be made by 16th July 2020. Payments can be made by online direct, with Paypal, Transferwise or bank transfer. Payment plans are available to help you spread the cost, so if you need one, just get in touch. If you have to cancel, a refund may be given if someone else takes your place. If your circumstances are out of the ordinary, we can talk about it and find a solution.

Flights are not included, but are generally low-cost from the UK and elsewhere in Europe at under £100. The closest airport is Nîmes which is about 30 minutes away (and also well worth a visit). Other nearby options are Montpellier and Avignon. There’s also the option to take a train to Nîmes, with frequent and easy bus transfers to Uzès.

To help you with planning, a scheduled group pick-up will be arranged to collect you from Uzès Esplanade at approximately 15:00 on arrival day, and will take you back for approximately 12:30 on departure day.

We are so, SO excited to share these amazing few days with you. Please use the contact form to reserve your space or ask any questions at all.

Much love,

xx