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Kinglake Weekend Retreat 

22-24th November


France Retreats June

Slow down and rest 
5th-10th or 15th-20th June 

Walking to Pizza from the France Retreat
The Yoga Retreat Community France
The view from a day out on France Retreat
Pool at Monplaisir France Retreat

These incredible retreats are co-hosted with my beautiful friend Marion at her place Monplaisir  in Ambeyrac, which is about two hours north of Toulouse.


There will be two 5 night retreats and the dates are:


5th -10th June 2024 - 3 places remaining.

15th - 20th June 2024 ( SOLD OUT) 


Ambeyrac is a gorgeous little town in the Midi-Pyrenees surrounded by farmland, rivers for swimming, magnificent cliffs and medieval towns!  Can you sense the excitement and love of this place! And Marion's place has to be seen to be believed; a converted straw factory and renovated barn with rolling gardens, places to escape and read a book, lie by the pool, swim or nap! 


We invite you to treat yourself to 5 nights of indulgent relaxation.  


Enjoy gentle embodied flow yoga in the mornings and restorative somatic rest classes in the evenings that are designed to help you slow down and move with breath that nourishes the body and spirit.  Classes are carefully planned and themed, and rather than learning rules or techniques each class is focused on moving in gentle ways that can help soothe stress, anxiety and pain in the body and mind. Each class has moments of stillness,  breath and meditation and is based on a theme or poem to help you connect more deeply with your practice. We believe yoga should be for everyone no matter what injury or illness you might be dealing with or recovering from. Each class allows you to honour your body, your range of movement and individual anatomy as well as your honouring your inner world. 


The other highlight of these retreats is the food!!  Marion will feed your body and soul with delicious, healthy vegetarian delights using fresh local ingredients including organic fruit and veg from her kitchen garden. We can also cater to dietary requirements so please do let us know.


Getting there:


There are regular flights with budget airlines and with British Airways to and from Toulouse from Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted, if you are coming from the UK so please feel free to make your own travel arrangements and reach out if you need any help. 


For both retreats, transfers to and from the airport are included for the following flights. 


Weds 5th June           British Airways London Heathrow to Toulouse at 14.30

Monday 10th             June Ryanair Rodez to London Stansted at 09.30


Saturday 15th June    Ryanair London Stansted to Rodez at 11.05

Thursday 20th June   Ryanair Brive to London Stansted at 15.25

We are striving to minimise the negative environmental impact of travelling to Monplaisir. The course fee therefore includes a realistic contribution towards offsetting your carbon footprint through a tree-planting scheme.

Imagine this day:

Start with a somatic, gentle yoga class that starts at 8am and finishes at 9.30. Then enjoy a light breakfast on the terrace. Next there's time for you to rest.  Time to relax by the pool or swim in the local river (always my favourite) or stroll the peaceful gardens. Marion will prepare a delicious lunch for us and then there's more time to read and swim and soak in the French countryside.


If you are feeling up for a day out then there is the option to go on a day trip to see some of the lovely mediaeval towns and villages in the region. Past visits have included St Cirq Lapopie perched high above the Lot river and Conques, a spectacularly preserved cathedral town and UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are many markets nearby and there’s also the option to visit the awe-inspiring prehistoric painted caves of Pech-Merle. 


When we arrive back from a day of adventuring we will do a restorative and somatic rest practice and then look forward to more inspiring cooking from Marion and good conversation around the dinner table on the terrace in the warm summer air. 


Please read on to the final but important parts.


Cost per participant ( charged in £ with today's exchange rate in $AUS as indication only)


Shared twin room with en-suite bathroom  £825 ($1578)

Single room with shared bathroom £950 ( $1818)

Single room with en-suite bathroom £1010 ($1932)


* This is the per person rate and all rooms can accommodate couples


The retreat includes:

* 5 nights accommodation at Monplaisir

* Transfers to and from Rodez / Toulouse airport

* Gourmet meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner

* 10 x  yoga classes 

* Excursions and visits to local places of interest.


There is a maximum of 9 on each retreat, please get in touch with me at or Marion at to book your place and pay your 20% deposit to confirm your place on this restful and luxurious 5 nights. 


Don't wait too long as they always sell out!  


Please reach out if you have further questions.

"I believe that the yoga instruction was first rate and Ellen created both an open and sensitive atmosphere in the sessions. My daughter and I both loved our stay at Monplaisir. The environment was very welcoming and met our needs perfectly. The food can only be described as scrumptious. I left the retreat with more movement, more confidence and a skip in my step"


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