YOGA MIND AND BODY
3-day and 6-day Retreats
Le Mazeau Villa, The Vendee, France
What We Do
Yoga Mind and Body is a yoga-teaching academy based in Surrey and Hampshire. Our raison d'etre, as a social enterprise, is to increase participation in yoga. To achieve aim that we promote an inclusive form of yoga practice for a wide orbit of ability and experience. This incorporates yogic exercise, breathing, relaxation and meditation. Our teaching is in keeping with the heritage and values of traditional yoga. Our approach is factual and fresh, tapered for the nurture of a healthy body and mind.
ABOUT OUR RETREATS
Our yoga retreats continue this theme. We do some serious yoga, but it’s always fun and not taken too seriously. You’re here to enjoy yoga whilst having a great time doing just what you want to do.
The great thing about a retreat is that we have time to work with people on a more individual basis. In fact, in many ways it’s an ideal place for beginners to develop their practice.
Conversely: we don’t want you to feel too tied to yoga. We do want you to have a truly happy and memorable holiday; as well as great yoga. There’s lots to do nearby: beaches, walks, village markets, cycling, golf. We’re located in a beautiful French National Park – so plenty of space, peace and quiet too.
The quality of food is a highlight with catering to suit all diets. Plus, (although clearly anything to excess is not good yoga) you can drink as much wine as you may wish – or go for a healthy drink. It’s always your choice.
There will be a total of 3 yoga sessions a day, one before breakfast, one before dinner, and one before bed. The latter is to be a short relaxation and meditation session.
Holistic Beauty and Massage Treatments
Chandrika Shah, one of our students, will be providing Reiki and other complementary massage treatments on-site. All you do is book with her before or during your stay when you would like these therapies. £39 for a 60-minute treatment, with a 20% discount for more than one booking.
Johnston Lowry (the Founder of Yoga Mind and Body) will be doing most of the teaching, supported for some sessions by Clare, an excellent local teacher (from England) who has lived in France for some years. You will, therefore, get a variety of approaches: always a good thing, particularly during a retreat.
Johnston will be covering all the pre-bedtime relaxation and meditation sessions.
One-to-One or One-to-Two Yoga Sessions
Johnston will be able to provide a small number of one-to-one or one-to-two coaching. All you do is book with him before or during you stay. The cost will be £39 per person, with a 20% discount for more than one booking.
SPECIAL OFFER FOR THIS YEAR ONLY
We do hope you will join us. The good news is that this year, the proprietors, Matt and Emily are allowing us to offer 6 nights for the cost
EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT
PLUS, an extra 20% discount if you place a deposit before April.
STAY FOR 3 OR 6 NIGHTS
And finally: you can attend for 3 nights instead of 6 but you must please inform us at the time of booking which you are opting for. The same £200 deposit is required for either.
SAMPLE DAILY ITINERARY
A typical day would begin with an hour-long morning yoga session by the pool from 8.30 – 10.00am followed by a healthy continental breakfast.
After breakfast, you can go on different excursions pre-organised, for example walks by the rivers and canals of the Venise Verte, the beach, La Rochelle, vineyards tour, explore local towns and markets where there are many fabulous restaurants and cafes for lunch or relax by the pool.
There will then be another yoga session from 5.30 – 7.00pm before a nutritious gourmet meal prepared by our hosts Emily and Matt.
After supper, you can choose to read, chat with friends or round off your day from 9.30 – 10.00pm with a guided meditation or deep relaxation before bed.
None of the activities are compulsory so you can choose how you would like to spend each day.
Overall the holiday is very relaxed, fun and a chance to unwind whilst exploring different aspects of your yoga and meditation practice, with an experienced teacher in a beautiful, nurturing environment.
DESCRIPTION AND CONDITIONS OF THE RETREAT
The 6-day and 3-Day Retreat will run over a weekend (June 22nd to 28th June) with yourself arriving on late afternoon of Wednesday 22nd June or Sunday 25th and leaving on the morning of Sunday 25th or Wednesday 28th June.
We try to use local, seasonal, fresh produce as much as possible and subject to availability. We can also offer vegetarian and vegan menu options if you would prefer. A glass of wine or two is included!
Fresh fruit, berries etc, fresh pastries, fruit tea’s, detox juice, various juices, chia porridge.
A TYPICAL LUNCH MENU
Asparagus with capers and egg
Seaweed, ginger and carrot salad.
Stuffed Romano peppers with ricotta and mascarpone
Cauliflower steaks with zahter
Butternut Squash With Ginger Tomatoes And Lime Yoghurt
Homemade fruit sorbet
A typical dinner
Roast Butternut Squash And Red Onion With Tahini And Za'atar
Marinated Mushrooms With Walnut And Tahini Yogurt
Celeriac purée with spiced cauliflower and quail’s eggs
Roast Chicken With Dates, Olives And Capers
Sweet And Smoky Mexican Chicken
Griddled fish or chicken with Farro And Roasted Red Pepper Salad.
Grilled Peaches, Apricots And Figs With Scented Yoghurt
Roasted figs with pomegranate molasses and orange zest
Roasted rhubarb with sweet labneh
A variety of Cheese’s
DATES AND PRICES
22nd to 28th June 2017
Price per person from: £799.00 based on two sharing, £1050 for single accommodation in a double- room. For non-participant partners the fee is £599.
22nd to 25th and 25th to 28th June 2017 respectively.
Price per person from £449 based on two sharing, £549 for single accommodation in a double-room (if available). For non-participant partners the fee is £349.
A non-refundable deposit of £200 is required for both 3 and 6 day stays.
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
- Food and drink at the villa, as well as excursions, are included in this price
- Flights are your responsibility. Transfers to and from the airport (not ferry-ports) to Le Mazeau are covered by us within the above price
- Airport transfers for 3-day breaks will be on a Sunday
- Price excludes any meals out, where there will be a £20 supplement
IMPORTANT STUFF FOR GOOD KARMA
Please make sure we are informed of any health conditions or special needs you may have prior to booking. Our contact details are below or visit www.yogamindandbody.uk
The costs and booking of flights or ferry are totally your responsibility.
Guests electing to stay for 6 nights will be provided with the available en-suite accommodation first.
Bedlinen will be changed on Sunday.
Travel/medical/personal insurance is totally your responsibility. Please ensure you have all the necessary documentation with you.
You can travel light but make sure you do have sun-protection, and some warm clothing, just in case! It’s a good idea to bring your own mat. However, we will have plenty of mats at Le Mazeau. It’s not an issue whether you do or don’t bring your own equipment. A limited number of bolsters, blocks, straps and light blankets, for use during the yoga sessions, will be available.
ANY QUESTIONS. DON’T HESITATE TO GET IN TOUCH. WE’RE HERE TO HELP
Call us FREE on 0800 246 1543 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Namaste, Johnston Lowry (Founder of Yoga Mind and Body)