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Escape to Chateau de la Vigne for a Yoga Retreat

Busy schedule, hectic lifestyle and the dream yoga retreat that you never seem to get around to? May Simpkin, nutritionist, writer, cook and speaker has put together that dream, and all you have to do is book a flight and turn up!

Featured in Escape to the Chateau: DIY which will air next week on Channel 4, the nineteenth century Chateau de la Vigne in the Loire Valley in France will host a 4-night Yoga Health Retreat in from June 13th – 17th or 11th September –15th September 2019. The Chateau is elegantly furnished and fully equipped to the highest standards, whist retaining its original charm with tiled floors, ornate ceilings and period woodwork.

May explains, “I’ve put together a fantastic schedule, based very closely on last year’s highly successful yoga health retreat with my expert team and I’m absolutely thrilled to be sharing this dream break with you all. We have been running our retreats for 5 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!”

“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. 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 embark on and sustain a healthy lifestyle.”

May is a qualified UK-registered Nutritional Therapist and a real woman with a busy family life and shares her a simple, no-nonsense approach when it comes to healthy eating – backed up with expert qualified recommendations. Having herself gained weight through pregnancy and lifestyle May says, “My passion for food and its influence on our health and wellbeing grew into a decision to delve deeper into the world of nutrition. I am fascinated with the human body and its ability to heal itself, as well as steer how we feel and behave. Food is a major part of this, and my passion is now in sharing this knowledge to help support you to truly thrive in your everyday life.”

The retreat will include:
· 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 En suite
· Local Wine Appreciation Tasting Evening
· Post Retreat Follow Up
· Transfers from Nantes Airport

For further details and to book your retreat see May’s website:


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