Pilates Holidays and Yoga retreats to Passeroses, France
Friday 19th October to Sunday 21st October 2012
Join Northwest Pilates & Yoga for wonderful Pilates Holidays and Yoga Retreats in Southwest France.
Improve your core strength and flexibility along with re-education of the body's musculature, fascia, and movement patterns; allowing your body to achieve its natural alignment and support. Set amongst the rolling countryside of the Charente participate with daily Yoga/Pilates practice, pranayama, meditation, swimming, gentle strolls or bike rides, truly delicious food and the occasional siesta... Plug in, renew and relax.
"I really enjoyed the experience I had on my weekend away. I am now a convert to Yoga/Pilates and only hope I can find the same high quality teaching in the North East where I live, that I received during the weekend. I loved the centre, the food and the other group members, many of whom were strangers to me." Pilates holidays and yoga retreat client Dee Platter
Les Passeroses is a beautiful old farmhouse which has been lovingly and wonderfully restored. Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Passeroses means Hollyhocks. You will see many of these lovely flowers around the walls during summer.
This region is famed for the quality of its light, a luminosity that draws artists and photographers from far afield. There is a clarity which comes from the nearby ocean, combined with a warm inland glow that produces amber light which softens the contours and gives a magical radiance to any stone that it falls upon.
Set in the very heart of rural Charente, Les Passeroses is ideally located - not only for its position between five airports, good road networks and train communications - but also for its peace and quiet! The beautiful rolling countryside is mainly used for crops rather than pasture. Vines, maize and sunflowers fill almost every field from May through to October.
Set low into the side of a hill the house enjoys great privacy. During your free time you can swim, walk explore or just chill out. There is a large oval swimming pool next to the house with views from the terrace over the rolling hills. Here you can relax in the shade, in the comfort of the hammocks.
Steps down from the pool terrace lead you past the large fig tree and down to mature gardens. A bench is situated by the calming Japanese inspired pond - formed from a very old 'Lavoir' or stone washing pit - but there are also many other places to sit quietly and enjoy the shaded tranquillity or find personal space, including the 1 1/2 acre meadow.
Please note that Les Passeroses is a no smoking centre. If you wish to smoke you can do so outside the grounds.
Pilates and yoga on your pilates holiday and yoga retreat
This will be a fun and energising Pilates Holiday and Yoga Retreat, suitable for practioners of all levels. Through a varied practice we will have the opportunity to explore Yoga/Pilates in its fuller sense. There are times in life when we need to let go, relax and unwind, others when we look to energise and reconnect with the bigger picture. Our moods, the stresses of life, the seasons and many other factors can affect how we feel. Pilates and Yoga enables people to detect and correct imbalances that relate to stress, nutrition, learning problems, minor injuries and other issues they meet in their daily life.
During this Pilates Holiday and Yoga Retreat week we will look at ways in which we can use our Yoga/Pilates to improve our everyday living. You will leave with restored energy levels, a renewed vibrancy and a relaxed mind and body. Reconnect with your inner light and experience body brightness.
Why not take some classes at our centre view our timetable?
You will do your daily Pilates and Yoga practice in an 8 x9 meter barn that has been beautifully transformed in to a Yoga studio with solid oak floors and a dramatic tented ceiling. Sunlight floods the space from three huge windows with panoramic views of the countryside.
Accommodation on your Pilates Holidays and Yoga Retreat
The accommodation at Les Passeroses is beautiful and every attention to detail has been taken. Accommodation in the main house for ten people is spread over five rooms, each with its own character.
Additional accommodation for a further 6 people is available just a few minutes' walk along the country lane in the beautifully converted stables.
Though decorated and furnished in a simple style, the finish and details gives each room a luxury feel. All rooms have views over the rolling countryside and windows covered with blue shutters. Fine, crisp bed linen and super soft towels are standard for every guest.
Food on your Pilates Holidays and Yoga Retreats
Food is very important at Les Passeroses and of course, healthy and delicious. All meals are home cooked and vegetarian. Wine is available for purchase with dinner.
Alex has worked with food for nearly 20 years, firstly training to be a Chef in some of the best restaurants in Manchester and Cheshire including The Lime Tree and The Alderley Edge Hotel. He has also set up several kitchens and his own vegetarian food business.
There is a small kitchen area available for students to use where tea and coffee is provided.
Massage and Treatments on your Pilates Holidays and Yoga Retreat
A local English therapist Jan Randall will arrange appointments for her wonderful treatments. Jan offers blissful Aromatherapy Massages, Reflexology and Therapeutic Massage and hot stones!
"I spent an idyllic weekend with a group of 9 from North West Pilates Centre. Fantastic location in the south of France. We stayed in a stunning house and were fed beautiful home cooked food. Therapist was available to perform massages. My aromatherapy massage was out of this world. Nisha put together an absolutely brilliant set of classes which pushed us mentally and physically at the right time throughout the weekend. I have come home completely restored and feeling like a new woman. Can't wait for the next one." Pilates holiday and yoga retreat client Claire Sumner
Activities and excursions on your pilates holidays and yoga retreat
During your free time on your Pilates holiday and Yoga Retreat you can choose to swim, walk, and bike or explore further afield. Mountain bikes are available to use at no charge.
If you fancy exploring, the nearby town of Montmoreau boasts one the largest and most important churches on the pilgrimage route of Santiago de la Compostelle, along with an impressive and recently restored Chateau. A lively town with a train station (you can catch a train to nearby Angouleme or Bordeaux here), bars and restaurants, it is only a few minutes away from Les Passeroses.
If you wish to venture further afield, you will find the country roads wind over wooded hills and sun-flowered valleys to reach the hearts of rural villages; each with at least an 11/12th century church, a 17th century manor or impressive Chateau. Nonac is a good example - a small sleepy village with a small church and a crypt housing a beautiful fresco.
Travel, Transportation and Transfers
You may wish to hire a car especially if you want to explore further afield. All the airports have car hire facilities, or you could try Europe Car or Alamo.
By Rail / Eurostar
You can connect from St Pancras/ Waterloo to Angouleme (one change in Lille) from £99 return, and we would recommend this as a stress free way to travel. Please see the Les Passeroses website for full travel details.
You can fly to any of the following airports: Bordeaux, Bergerac, Limoges, Poitiers or Angouleme-Cognac (which is the nearest). Please be aware that transfer costs apply.
Rail travel by Eurostar is recommended however if at all possible.
Please arrive after 4pm on the first day. Departure on the last day is by 11am.
£195 per person based on sharing with 1 or 2 others. Limited single occupancy is available for a supplement. Please enquire regarding availability.
The cost includes:
- Full board
- Accommodation (2/3 people sharing)
- Light breakfast
- Buffet brunch/lunch
- Fruit and drinks available throughout the day
- All daily Yoga and Pilates (mats etc provided)
The cost excludes:
- Travel and flights
- Airport transfers
What to bring
- Light, loose clothing for yoga
- Warm clothes and a waterproof jacket
- Swimming costume and towels
- Walking shoes
Please call our new studio in Manchester on 0161 834 6283 to find out more about Pilates Holiday and Yoga Retreats