The Lifestyle Programme
THE RETREAT is held in the most tranquil surroundings in France. The property comprises a fabulous pool with a view that we only dream of and the daily walks taken in the region are truly breath-taking. The pool is open for use at all times and is a very tranquil place to relax in the lazy afternoons.
THE RETREAT takes a holistic yet energetic approach which is designed to totally relax, heal, teach, and most of all leave one realising that life is really not all about rushing here there and everywhere! The time spent at THE RETREAT encourages everyone to just stop and yet grow in mind and spirit with lots of self-nurturing and renewal of ones thought processes.
Each day starts with a body conditioning/cardio/Pilates/Yoga class and ends with a beautiful countryside walk before the last nutritional intake of the day. The fitness output increases each day as energy levels rise and nutritional intake increases.
Here's A Little of What To Expect
Full body aromatherapy massage, sports massage and beauty treatments are available throughout the week. The cost of one hour treatments are £40 and this is payable to the therapist in UK pounds or Euros. Freshly made vegetable and fruit juices (daily), locally grown and seasonal organic food and wonderful healthy recipes to take away with you, meditation, liver cleansing, long sleeps, weight loss, lots of laughter, meeting interesting inspirational people, toned bodies, energising workouts, Yoga, meditation, long and short guided walks (the fitness level of each person varies and this is taken into consideration), lots of silent time during the day giving you moments of contemplation, and a calmness that only comes with time away from our busy lives. In the evening we get together for healthy discussions, films, relaxing herb teas in the hub where all the retreaters relax after dinner. and a calmness that only comes with time away from our busy lives.
Horse riding is available locally at a very reasonable price and retreaters have an opportunity to visit a local medieval town (included in the fee), or take a river trip and picnic lunch (included in the fee).
The wonderfully natural surroundings that nurture us, and remind us that we can take better care of ourselves are ever present and our team of therapists are always very positive, highly qualified, nurturing, supportive, and their role is to make sure that the guest are supported at all times.
Retreaters arrive on the Sunday in the morning/mid-afternoon having been picked up by our trusty bus 'Elsie'. After arriving in the house and settling in, there is a debriefing session on how the week will proceed with a discussion on liver cleansing, exercise classes, massages, therapies, and everything you need to know about living together in the beautiful 13th Century property. Guests will complete a health profile before arriving and that will be discussed on a one-to-one basis during the week if there are any obvious health challenges. Guests can be weighed in and out on arrival and leaving if they would like. Blood pressure is taken.
The lifestyle programme on THE RETREAT is set and guests receive a copy of this on the first day, but it can be customised for each person depending on special needs as it relates to health conditions. Some retreaters come to France to just ‘get away and stop’, and some see this type of retreat as a place to learn about healthy eating, sleep loads, exercise loads, go on long walks, get back in touch with nature and themselves and be in a much fitter state when they leave. We can accommodate all needs. THE RETREAT is all about the individual and what their needs are. Mindfulness is part of our daily ethos.
Due to the remoteness of where THE RETREAT is held Wi-Fi is limited, although this is discouraged to ensure complete peace, please do so in private. Mobile phone usage is discouraged and we would be grateful if you could reserve this for emergencies only and in your rooms.
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Best airport: BERGERAC (guests are met at the airport and returned there at the end of the stay). There is no other option for airport pickup, so please be aware that we only pick up and drop off at Bergerac. There is a train station in Agen, and we pick up from there too.
Address: Le Relais de Roquefereau, 47140 Penne D’Agenais, France.
Website: Le Relais De Roquefereau
Chef Virginia Chaves
After 3 amazing weeks, it’s time to go home. Feeling grateful for all the people I've met, for the special team I was working with and for being at this magical place every day. We had loads of fun, laughs, sweats, yoga, walks, delicious food and lots of love. Thank you all for everything, hope to see you soon!
The health retreat organised by Yvonne was the most marvelous thing I have ever been a part of. Something changed inside of me after spending a week there. My body, my mind and my soul feel different. The food was amazing, the house and the view were heavenly and the whole team was extremely supportive. The people I have met there are truly inspiring and I now consider all of them my friends. The whole experience was amazing, inspiring and life changing. P.S. The lovely ladies even taught me how to swim and I did my first dive!!! That is how safe they all made me feel. Thank you, Yvonne, for creating such a blessed place for souls to heal.
I have said it before, but I shall say it again; the benefits of attending the Retreat are numerous, in that it gives you that special place, with very special people who make it possible to unwind & recharge. But more importantly, the benefits of the Retreat are the people who I am lucky to meet there and spend time with. Their strengths inspire me, ground me, & help me to go forward to accept new challenges.
Just to say thank you so much for an amazing week. I feel so happy to be home but so grateful to you for creating such a magical space for rejuvenation. You are the best! I hope you've had some rest? Doubt it, but please do try to get some sleep and a massage or two this week. You deserve it! Well done. Liv 💕
It's been a fabulous week, met some lovely new people and spent some time with some old friends laughing and having fun... a wonderful week with my daughter, and although the sugar comedown was a challenge we have enjoyed the fitness the boxing the facials and the amazing daily massage with the superb Dan Bentley. I can see why the bath Rugby team love him so much he has been my therapist of choice for the last 7 years. I am also honoured that Yvonne Wake has been my friend for more than 20 years and when I was seriously ill she helped me turnaround my health and become medication free. This is my second time at the retreat and it is amazing. There is love and kindness here in abundance. you will arrive feeling tired irritated and perhaps stressed but you will dig deep and find the best possible YOU. You then leave feeling revived and ready to face the world! Served the most delicious food every day, reminds you how to care for yourself with honest nutrition, sound advice, and top tips to living well... if you need space and to feel energised in a nurturing environment this is the place for you - set in a beautiful Relais it really is very special ♥️♥️
Miss A (16 years old)
Hello Yvonne! I just wanted to drop you a message to thank you ever so much for my amazing experience at the retreat which I thoroughly enjoyed and honestly did not think I would miss as much as I do!! Having my eyes opened to the healthy food choices, incredible massages, personal training sessions, smaller portion sizes and amazing scenery has been absolutely incredible and I can't wait to move forward with these lifestyle choices in the future. I must also take the time to thank you for having faith in me and taking your time to provide me with your support on the journey I am beginning to set foot on and I really hope I can do you proud. With all my love, hugs and kisses. – A X