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8 Days Detox and Yoga Retreat in Puglia, Italy

  • Masseria Della Zingara, Polignano A Mare, Puglia

8 Days Detox and Yoga Retreat in Puglia, Italy

  • Masseria Della Zingara, Polignano A Mare, Puglia

Italy Detox and Yoga Retreat

Chillout Retreats offer yoga, holistic and life therapies, meditation, beautiful traditional buildings, an outdoor pool and other unique and wonderful features which help to detoxify the body and unwind any tired mind. It's the perfect place to restore, revitalize and renew yourself. Everyone is welcome to join this wonderful retreat. You can expect the very best that Chillout Retreats can offer. Their expert team are highly experienced having organized retreats to a worldwide audience, as featured in Vogue, Tatler and more.

Highlights

  • Vinyasa-infused Hatha yoga classes
  • Meditation and guided relaxation sessions
  • Daily yoga and core strengthening Pilates classes
  • Fresh detox juices and smoothies
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Healthy meals
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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The Masseria is a stunning and impressive example of a traditional Pugliese farmhouse, constructed in local limestone by wealthy landowners at the beginning of the 18th century. Lovingly and respectfully restored by its British owners, wonderful original features abound, such as the fabulous vaulted communal rooms on the ground floor, whilst all rooms have been decorated, furnished and equipped to offer guests every modern comfort in simple and elegant style.

The main kitchen, dining room and two vast sitting rooms are located on the ground floor, the kitchen leading out onto a large, shaded terrace with a lovely view over the gardens to the pool and trulli. A perfect place for those delicious barbecues and, for cooler times of the year, guests can enjoy a huge open log fire in one of the sitting rooms.

Upstairs accommodation comprises an elegant 4-bedroom apartment and a stylish 2-bedroom apartment, linked at the rear by a terrace with sweeping views of the surrounding countryside (part of the masseria estate). The stylish and traditional accommodation and grounds are vast, allowing you space between activities and room to wander and reflect. It has a singular ambience; a sense of calm and quiet beauty that encourages study, self-development and contemplation.

On these retreats, Chillout Retreats international experts will be teaching traditional Hatha yoga fused with Vinyasa flow which is strong, powerful and rejuvenating and covers many of the well-known and popular asanas. Yoga teaches us how to relax and restore the own power within your bodies whilst stilling the mind at the same time. You can expect to work strongly, smoothly and develop a deep sense of awareness in these classes.

Aside from the yoga classes, there will also be a few Pilates classes available to help strengthen your core, improve posture and protect your spine. The lessons are suitable for any ability and will raise your heartbeat and strengthen you from your very core, they are also designed to aid the elimination process. A prefect way to renew yourself.

Meditation

By quieting the chattering mind and developing loving kindness, you can really be open to experience what is going on in the present. How much time do you spend thinking about the past or the future without actually living and breathing each precious moment now? After all we cannot change the past nor predict the future but we can shape our present.

Meditation is now well regarded as a life skill. As you use yoga or Pilates to strengthen and exercise your body, you can use meditation to strengthen and gain control of your brain and mind. After all, it is a muscle too. It is a tool that can help aid concentration, sharpen the senses and inspire minds. The beauty in even the smallest thing can be appreciated after only a few meditation sessions.

During this retreat, you will learn different meditation techniques and practices that can be used everyday, such as the mindfulness of breathing, the Metta Bhavana, chakra balancing and walking meditations. Once you have learnt how to calm the mind you can meditate anywhere, in the bath, on the tube or whilst out walking. Even the most active minds needs a rest and without too much effort, so much can be achieved.

Schedule

  • 07:45 Energizing detox juices
  • 08:00 Meditation in yoga studio / gardens or sun terrace
  • 08:30 Yoga (Pilates twice during the week
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Free time to enjoy walking, cycling, holistic and life therapies, or relaxing.
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Leisure time - swimming, walks, beach visits, art, reading, relaxing
  • 18:00 Fusion of yoga, core strengthening work and relaxation.
  • 20:00 Dinner
  • You can do as little or as much as you like, it's your retreat. All activities are optional and may be subject to slight variation.

This retreat is located in the heart of Puglia in 'the house of the gypsy'. The venue was built in 1710 and has been beautifully restored in a stylish and tasteful manner with every attention paid to detail. It is set in an amazing and vast 20 acres of gardens with grape vines, fig, cherry, and olive groves.

Nearby places

  • Beaches, 7 kilometers or 10 minutes drive
  • Castellana Grotte - 15 minutes
  • Triggianello village - 5 minutes
Activities
  • Massage
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Pilates
  • Reiki
  • Shopping nearby
  • Spa
  • Swimming nearby
General
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Beach nearby
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Meditation garden
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
Services
  • Car rental
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Local market
  • Shop nearby

The cuisine on retreat is detox-orientated, nutritionally balanced and well thought out to provide you with enough vital vitamins, minerals and energy to keep you tip-top throughout your stay. Toxins in the body result from poor diet, stress, pollution, drug use, the water you drink and environmental exposure. The body tends to accumulate impurities from many different sources including food additives, pesticides, vehicle exhaust fumes, medical drug residues and internal body processes. If you are distressed, under par or overweight, the natural elimination of these waste products may be too slow for the body in the long term. This is why Chillout Retreats help to kick start a healthier lifestyle whilst on retreat and their detox cuisine helps to cleanse to help your system enabling it to cope with the daily demands placed on it.

Most importantly Chillout Retreats can cater for all intolerances and allergies. They always have wheat-free, gluten and dairy free options. All of their dishes are vegetarian. They have an onsite food enthusiast, Lucie who will freshly prepare all breakfasts, lunches and dinners on the majority of their retreats. She is passionate about food and creates the heartiest dishes that are considerate to body and mind. Wherever possible, Chillout Retreats buy fresh and local, supporting the local economy is also high on our agenda. Below is an example of foods that are provided for you.

Detox juices

  • Every day on a Chillout retreat begins with a wheatgrass shot plus a detox, vitamin and nutrient packed fresh juice or smoothie.

Breakfast

  • Selection of Dorset muesli, cereals, yogurts, fruit, toasts, tea's, O.J.

Freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices

  • Calming carrot, apple, cucumber or detoxing beetroot, apple and ginger.

Lunch

Soups, cheeses, pates, sushi, olives, humus, dips, breads, two salads per day (varieties of bean, carrot, waldorf, green, pasta, lentil, rice salads rotated daily). Some lunches are packed on international retreats to allow for day trips. Detox superfoods, soups and juices are provided on all detox retreats.

Dinner

  • Example dishes include:
  • Mixed bean vegetable chili with sweet potatoes in jackets, guacamole and dairy free yogurt dips.
  • Thai green curry of vegetables and tofu with Jasmine rice
  • Quinoa stuffed peppers and tomatoes drizzled with butternut sauce and Greek salad.
  • Wheat and gluten-free vegetable lasagna with a herb salad.
  • Asparagus and mushroom risotto with herbs and fresh salad
  • Unlimited fresh fruit and a fine selection of de-caffeinated teas and coffee are available 24 hours a day.

For those who like to explore, you can borrow a bicycle and experience the local region and neighboring Alberobello and Polignano a Mare (also known as the ice cream capital of Italy) and Monopoli, offering the very best in Italian food. Vast unspoilt beaches lay on 7 kilometers away. Whatever your desires, allow our Chillout Retreat to be the center of your Italian dreams.

These therapies are available on this retreat. It costs 65 GBP (60 minutes) and 90 GBP (90 minutes):

Aroma massage

Healing programs

Holistic Facials

Indian head massage

Reflexology

Reiki

Rejuvenating anti-aging facials

Thai herbal compress massage

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily yoga and Pilates classes
  • Meditation and guided relaxation sessions
  • Healthy detox meals
  • Unlimited fresh fruits, tea and coffee
  • Airport transfers at the scheduled time
  • Fresh detox juices and smoothies
  • Towel and linen
  • Wheatgrass shots
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Therapies

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport is Bari. Scheduled transfers are arranged for you. The arrival transfers on Saturday are at 1 p.m. The departure transfers on Saturday start at 7 a.m. and at 10 a.m. The cost of scheduled transfers are included in the retreat price. Other times are available and can be arranged for you at your own cost.

Distances

  • Bari Airport - 40 minutes
  • Medieval towns - 30 minutes

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    Review by Sallie Anne Lent from Great Britain

    Perfect weekend and intro to Yoga

    CONS Cons: the head waitress in the Champneys restaurant was abrupt and rude -

    PROS Pros: The location was stunning....The classes were equally good for my novice husband and also myself - even though we have different yoga experience. The instructors were knowledgeable and welcoming. I feel serene and happy and about 5 years younger ! Highly recommended - we aim to come again!

    2017-Aug-21 07:39:54

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    Review by Anonymous

    CONS Cons: the food could have been more varied and luxurious

    PROS Pros: it was relaxing and good yoga

    Organizer response: Many thanks for your glowing review of your Chillout retreats experience. We enjoyed meeting you and hope to see you again in the future xx

    2017-Jul-25 13:08:06

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    Review by Anonymous

    2017-Jul-24 06:09:00

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    Review by Stefanie Caravatti from Switzerland

    CONS Cons: Die Lage, weil man konnte das Meer nicht so gut erreichen... es wäre gut, wenn das in der Beschreibung stehen würde, dann könnte man ein Auto mieten.

    PROS Pros: Die kompetente Yogalehrerin, das fantastische Essen, die wunderschöne Finca

    2017-Jul-23 18:55:55

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    Review by Sheila Villegas from Sweden

    2017-Jul-23 12:38:17

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    Review by Sandra O'brien from Netherlands

    Organizer response: Many thanks for your wonderful review Sandra, it was a real pleasure meeting you and your family and we hope to see you again soon. Much love from the chillout sisters and friends xx

    2017-Jun-15 09:57:57

  • Review by Jacquie Kirk from Champneys
    10 out of 10

    "Chill out Retreats exceeded my expectation. The group was very inclusive irrespective of yoga level. The venue at Champneys was great but by far the most outstanding aspect of the weekend was Natalie. Her style and balance between yoga, personal lifestyle and way of being was very encouraging and uplifting. Great weekend , when I arrived on Friday night I was very stressed out and by Saturday morning the tension had just gone."

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  • Review by Emily
    10 out of 10

    "Fabulous retreat- have come away feeling so relaxed and rejuvenated and ready to book my next one. Many thanks."

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  • Review by Johanne Holman from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "This was our first yoga and meditation retreat, prior to arrival there was a little anxiety of the unknown, but within minutes of arriving we started to enjoy a weekend of heaven. we thoroughly enjoyed every single element - the food, the Company, the seamless organisation, the amazing venue, the list just goes on and on. Nat and the team are absolutely amazing, totally incredible. will we do this again? 100%. we sincerely hope to spend many more weekends with you. I'm really not ready to go home. Thank you!"

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  • Review by Michelle from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I enjoyed the weekend - it was my first ever yoga retreat! The location was beautiful, the venue was great and both the welcome from Lucie, Helen and Seema and the food were superb."

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  • Review by Sophie Middleton

    "I did enjoy the retreat thank you. I found it very relaxing, and the people I met were lovely. However, I have a few comments that I’d like to make that I hope will help to improve things for future retreats:"

    "1) I was a bit disgruntled to find out (after I had eaten it!) that there was barley in the Saturday night meal. I am gluten intolerant and had filled out a form saying so two weeks before the retreat. I would have expected there to be a gluten free alternative at every meal or at least made clear that it contained gluten before I ate it. As it turned out, I was totally fine afterwards so it was no big deal for me, but might have been for others."

    "2) the yoga was quite slow and repetitive. We did a very similar and slow paced class for all four yoga sessions and I guess I just expected it to be a bit more varied and there to be a few more options to work a bit harder for fitter people in the group. I totally understand that you have to cater for all levels in each class but more than half the class were very fit and active and I felt like we could have done with a bit more heat. Especially for the Saturday morning class which I left feeling quite under-worked and like I needed to go for a run to work off some energy!"

    "3) the massage was lovely but we were charged more than double the masseurs normal going rate. I don’t know if this is normal commission rates (?) but it seems a bit steep to me. We found a flier from the masseuse showing her normal rate shown to be 30 GBP. I was charged 65 GBP."

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  • Review by Admin response from Chillout Retreats to Sophie Middleton

    "Thank you for your constructive feedback, our aim is to improve and positively develop our retreats in any way that we can. As a rule we do offer different levels, variety and options to suit our guests wide range of abilities in classes. On this particular retreat we did have a couple of guests requiring extra care, recovering from invasive cancer treatment, so the teacher felt it more appropriate to keep the retreat 'chilled out' as that is the vibe what we hoped to create for everyone. The treatment rates are fixed across all venues and are inline with current prices and, quite rightly as you pointed out here, do reflect commissions and treatment room rentals that we have to pay. Once again thank you for your feedback and we are pleased that you did enjoy the retreat, found it very relaxing and enjoyed meeting the lovely people. Chillout Retreats"

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  • Review by Tim, Jessica and Megan Steel from United Kingdom

    "I would like to confirm that our total experience at the Devon Chillout retreat was wonderful. We relaxed – I mean ‘chilled out’, learnt loads, stretched, meditated, laughed, walked, ate super food and came away feeling so much better, maybe it should be available on the NHS! We will be back for more I’m sure. Keep it up, the ingredients are definitely right."

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Testimonials

  • Review by Jane Moloney from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "What a wonderful week we shared, out of all the 8 different Yoga retreats I have been on, around the world, this one has been the best one by far. The reason for this is that the company was superb, each and every one of you contributed to making this my favorite retreat ever and I am delighted and proud to have met you all. We all agree how wonderful the food was, the venue, the weather and how lovely to share the yoga with people of varying degrees of experience. Well done Nat on making the classes so inclusive for all at whatever level."

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  • Review by Maria Ash from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I arrived on my chillout retreat unable to focus on anything, extremely stressed and wanting to become more relaxed but stronger in body and mind. Life's stresses and prolonged competing priorities had drained me so that I could no longer make decisions that included my own wellbeing because I did not exist on my list of priorities. Chillout retreats showered us all with so many wonderful experiences - invigorating yoga, peaceful meditation, amazing food - friendship and love in the wonderful setting of Puglia - all that the mind and body craves for. I am now mended."

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  • Review by Lorraine Kernin from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Chillout Retreats is an experience for everybody. It is a holiday from everyday stresses and strains, a real treat for the body and soul. Everything about the week was wonderful and the Chillout team think of everything to make this a wonderful and memorable experience. I was thoroughly spoilt and looked after, nothing was too much trouble. For anyone considering their retreats - go, go, go - you will not regret it!"

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  • Review by Frances Bradshaw from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Thanks so much for a truly wonderful week. Leadership and organisation are always key factors in making the retreat work but it was your amazing warmth, serenity and brilliance that made the week so very special. A huge thank you. Back home now, I'm constantly reminded of our special group. I find myself smiling with fond memories. Thanks to you all!"

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  • Review by Nicky Dye from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I was lucky enough to WIN a CHILLOUT RETREAT at the OM Yoga Show in London last October. My first ever retreat! I was so impressed with the beautiful Barn venue and vast views over Arundel. What made it so special was that Chillout Retreats is family run by sisters Nat and Lucy - Nat teaches yoga and mindfulness, while Lucy dishes up delicious, nourishing veggie food. Their daughters helped with mealtimes, cooking pancakes and making desserts and even clearing away the dishes. Together, they created a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. There were 3 yoga classes and 1 yogalates class over the weekend, each with a different theme - from restorative to dynamic, with easy-to-follow guidance and lots of fun with balancing and partner poses. I enjoyed doing core and stability moves, balancing a ball on your back, and imagining you're a king prawn in a sushi roll, while lying back over your partner in childs pose. We also had two long evening mindfulness sessions, on the breath and on compassion. It's so rare in modern life to treat yourself to a longer meditation. I was a little nervous about who was going to be on the retreat, and how we would mix, but Nat & Lucy created an optimal environment for us to relax and have a laugh together. We ate together, went on a walk exploring the beautiful cathedral, castle and surrounding countryside in monsoon rains, (we saw the funny side!) and had fun creating and sharing visions in a life coaching workshop. The retreat lived up to its title for everyone, and the following Monday morning, when my daughter shared the fact that she hadn't brought her homework book home over the weekend, and had lost all her uniform shirts in the last couple of weeks, there were no raised voices, just two people calmly discussing the best way forward. That's the power of Chillout Retreats."

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  • Review by Natasha from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I Just wanted to say how much me and my sister enjoyed this weekend. I feel like a new person today! Really helped me put things into perspective and I realized I need to make more time for myself. Off to yoga tonight you'll be pleased to hear! Definitely going to stop being too busy to look after myself. So thank you! It was such a pleasure to meet you and the rest of the gang."

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  • Review by Susan from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Chillout Retreats does exactly what it says on the tin...I feel so much calmer, connected and focused on the good stuff in my life. I'm eternally grateful and I will definitely be back for more."

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  • Review by Pauline from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "The accommodation was of a really high standard and although mixed ability, the yoga classes really challenged me at times. I felt muscles that I didn't even know that I had. It has given me the confidence to find a more advanced class when I get home. The food was delicious, please let me know when you publish a retreat cook book."

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  • Review by Claire from United States
    10 out of 10

    "I have experienced what true happiness feels like again. This retreat is just the most beautiful venue and the energy is very rejuvinating and special. I will be back"

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  • Review by Alison from the UK
    10 out of 10

    "The most relaxing time. Thank you so much for setting me on the road to finding me."

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  • Review by Rosh and Bhav from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for a lovely weekend. We have learnt so much and will take this with us and hopefully be back on another retreat with you soon."

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  • Review by Sue from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "A truly cathartic experience. My first retreat but it won't be my last. A wonderful healing, uplifting and stimulating weekend with amazing guides."

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  • Review by Adam from the UK
    10 out of 10

    "I can honestly say it was a very refreshing and revealing weekend, and I came back feeling very calm and rested and, in the main, have managed to keep that calmness with me ever since. My mind seems much less cluttered, and more able to focus and stay focused, and I know Jo has benefitted from being able to get a decent deep sleep most nights which is a big plus for both of us. We laugh most days but mostly when we are happy and chilled - you can benchmark how good a weekend is by our laughter, so I think that demonstrates an A+ for this one."

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  • Review by Veronika from the UK
    10 out of 10

    "It has been some time since I saw you for our one-to-one pilates class at Brooklands Barn with Chillout Retreats in September. I just wanted to say thank you for the time you took with me during the class and the information sheets you sent me. I have had fantastic success following your advice and now very rarely suffer any aches or pains associated with my office work.The roller in particular has been brilliant - and made a huge difference to my day-to-day life! Many thanks again, Katharine. If heaven is going to be as wonderful as this weekend then I am ready to go. I have experienced what true happiness feels like. Thank you."

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  • Review by Claire from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "The weekend was a treat for the soul, mind and body - a big thank you to the Chillout team - you did a wonderful job for us all."

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  • Review by Johanne from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "This was our first yoga and meditation retreat, prior to arrival there was a little anxiety of the unknown, but within minutes of arriving we started to enjoy a weekend of heaven. We thoroughly enjoyed every single element - the food, the company, the seamless organisation, the amazing venue, the list just goes on and on. Nat and the team are absolutely amazing, totally incredible. Will we do this again? 100% We sincerely hope to spend many more weekends with you. I'm really not ready to go home. Thank you."

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  • Review by Jo from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "These sessions made me feel like I had been on holiday for a month as I reconnected with my mind and body. I liked that the chillout team joined in on the classes - as it felt like we were all having the same experiences together. I left the weekend feeling very nurtured by everyone and best of all feeling nurtured by myself. I have come back to busy London with a firm knowledge of how to combat the stresses that are mostly bought on by myself and most importantly with the knowledge that I need to be nice to myself feed myself with healthy food and healthy thoughts. I feel wonderful and very grounded."

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  • Review by Karina from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Amazing weekend, it's so much more than I had expected."

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  • Review by Suzy from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "It was such a good little break, loved all the yoga, food, beautiful walk, and a really nice bunch of people. You set a really good tone - it was very relaxed and people were able to experience the weekend in whichever way they wanted to, without any feeling that we 'should' be doing one thing or another... which I think played a big role in making it so refreshing and enjoyable. I will be back -you will see more of me, and I suspect you may meet some of my friends in future too... I've been recommending it to everyone!"

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  • Review by Mark from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "It was a pleasure to meet all of you and the weekend was just what I need to get back on track, youll definitely be seeing me again"

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  • Review by Alison and Steve from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Finding this retreat with you was for me like finding a diamond on a sandy beach. The other friends who have come along to make this retreat have been a breath of fresh air. I havent laughed, relaxed, stretched, or been with so much ab pain for so long. The food was a welcome experience and I enjoyed everything about eating vegetarian for the week."

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  • Review by Sue from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you so much for stretching me, stroking me and feeding. And thanks to the whole group for warmth, friendship, and laughter. What a fabulous relaxing and happy week. Sunny memories to last all winter long. I cant wait to do it again."

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