I am thrilled to announce my first ever PILATES retreat!  Our destination is Yviers (near Bordeaux), which is set in the heart of the French countryside. 


Come and join me for 'Pilates & Restore', a 5 day retreat running from Friday 2nd to Wednesday 7th September 2022.  You can expect fun and dynamic morning Pilates followed by gentle evening sessions that combine stretch and Yin Yoga.  Picture all of that set against a backdrop of sunflowers, fresh country air, autumn sunshine and great food.  Bliss!


No matter what your level this retreat is an invitation to explore the wonders of Pilates.  From classical styles right through to dynamic, this is your time to play, laugh, work hard, stretch, chill and rejuvenate within the beauty, warmth and light of the South of France.  




'The French Retreat' is a very special holistic centre that started life as a cognac making estate and manor house.  It has now been lovingly converted into a sacred space for a variety of wellbeing workshops and retreats.

Yviers itself, is a small village located in the Charente department of the French region Poitou-Charentes.  It's a region famous for its walking routes, vineyards and valleys not to mention its wealth of chateaux, Bastide towns and churches.  Yviers is also close to one of the most beautiful villages in France, Aubeterre Sur Dronne, which is easily accessible from the retreat centre. You will have the option of taking a day trip to Aubeterre during your stay.

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There are six double bedrooms in the stunning converted barn, all of which are ensuite.  There are also another four bedrooms in the main house, which share two bathrooms between them.  These rooms are available as either twin or single occupancy.



Food comprises of 3 home cooked nutritious and delicious vegetarian meals a day, using fresh local produce.  Vegan options also readily available.  Food is prepared by award-winning restaurateurs.




Mornings:  Start the day with a 2 hour Pilates class (it will be fun I promise!) comprising of strength work, flexibility and mobility.  Over the 5 days we will explore Classical, Dynamic and Barre inspired styles.


Breakfast: Class is followed by breakfast.

Afternoons:  Totally free for you to do as you wish.  Lunch is provided.

Early evening: An hour long restorative class comprising of stretches, Yin and Restorative Yoga.


Dinner: A banquet of delicious food will be waiting for us after our evening session.



  • Accommodation for 5 nights (shared or private room)

  • 3 delicious vegetarian meals a day

  • 4 Morning Pilates sessions (Saturday 3rd September is the first morning session and Tuesday 6th is the last)

  • 5 evening Restorative practices (Thursday 1st September is the first evening practice and the final is Tuesday 6th. We will have one evening off to allow for a day trip for those that wish).

  • Transfer from Bordeaux airport or from Chalais train station (one set time so co-ordination required)

  • Mats, blocks, straps, bolsters


There are a variety of additional extras that can be arranged including wine tasting tours, horse riding, walks, bike hire and a day to trip to neighbouring Aubeterre.  For those who want to stay close to home and treat themselves to some pampering then the venue can arrange for the perfect massage for the ultimate afternoon treat.


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  • Excursions and extra trips

  • Any treatments or massages



Converted Barn (All Rooms ensuite)

  • Shared Twin £950

  • Single Occupancy £1,350

Main House (Four rooms that share two bathrooms between them):

Only available once the Barn has sold out. 

  • Shared Twin £850

  • Single Occupancy £1,250

£500 deposit required and option of 3 instalments for the remainder.


To book your retreat, please contact clairehawkins4@icloud.com 



Covid t&c's

Covid situations and France entry requirements will be closely monitored in the run up to the retreat.  I anticipate proof of full vaccination, a PCL (Passenger Location Form) and a negative test at the airport will be required.  I will keep in regular contact with you on this as we approach our retreat date.  Travel Insurance is advised.


In the event of either your country of residence or the France banning travel due to Covid you will be fully refunded.


If however countries are open for travel but you contract Covid prior to the holiday and are unable to attend then the below 'general terms & conditions' apply.  

General t&c's

In the event of you needing to cancel:

  • On or before 30th April: You will be fully refunded.

  • 1 - 31st May: Your payment will be refunded, less £500 which is your deposit.

  • 1 - 30th June: Your payment will be refunded 50%. 

  • 1 July - 2nd September: Payments are none refundable.

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