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8 Days Weightloss Health Fitness, Pilates, Meditation, and Yoga Retreat in Charente, France

  • Wellness Retreat Chez Gabard, Route de Medillac, Chalais, Charente 16210 France

8 Days Weightloss Health Fitness, Pilates, Meditation, and Yoga Retreat in Charente, France

  • Wellness Retreat Chez Gabard, Route de Medillac, Chalais, Charente 16210 France

Holistic Wellness Detox Yoga Retreat France

Never underestimate the joy ​of relaxation! Come to this elegant manor house in the southwestern France and let yourself unwind and revitalize. Wellness Retreat Chez Gabard offers a personalized retreat just for you with whatever it is that you need in order to improve your life, whether it is to manage stress, connect to yourself, cleanse and detoxify your body, and more. Give yourself this precious opportunity to balance your mind, body, and spirit!


  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily Pilates or meditation sessions
  • Holistic treatment or personal training session
  • Use of the pool, infrared sauna, and outdoor Jacuzzi
  • Caloric meal planner and nutrition workshops
  • Daily delicious and nourishing meals
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • 8 days with instruction
  • English
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You will stay at the Wellness Retreat Chez Gabard during the retreat. It is a beautiful manor with its parkland gardens and terraces where you can sit to read a book, listen to the birds, and gaze up at the blue skies. The guests can enjoy "me-time" and sunbathe around the south facing pool, pop in the Jacuzzi, or step into the infrared light therapy sauna.

The on-site treatment room offers an inclusive holistic treatment in the package. The spinning studio has 10 bikes where each session is very mindful and postures corrective, you do not have to be very fit to participate. There is also a Pilates studio with bi-folding door overlooking the pool, all classes are Pilates principle-based, so everyone may participate.

All of the rooms have en-suite shower or bath and towels, bathrobe, slippers, toiletries, and hair dryers. Pool towels are also provided. Bedding is of a high quality, pure Egyptian cotton sheets.

During this retreat, you will have time for some well-earned rest and relaxation, to read a book, have a holistic treatment in the organic treatment room by the pool, or just absorb the moment.

Wellness Retreat Chez Gabard can arrange a bespoke program for small and intimate groups. Their goal is to inspire and invigorate you with the most effective methods that can change and improve your life. They specialize in delivering awe and inspiring experience in the art of living well and self-connection. Customized holistic health programs are designed to cleanse, detoxify, boost vitality, and integrate the body, mind, and spirit, with lasting results.

Wellness Retreat Chez Gabard endeavors to enable you to focus on yourself. This will all be about “me-time", whilst being supported within a small group of no more than six to eight like-minded people. Their tranquil haven for your well-being journey is designed for people wanting a lifestyle change, a time out. They encourage you to try activities you may never have thought of trying, food prepared in different ways, just enjoying yourself away from your normal busy schedule.

The calm atmosphere, within a unique setting, just makes you want to absorb the fresh air, blue skies, the open countryside, to just stop and slow down. You will leave feeling empowered with positive sustainable lifestyle changes. This retreat will help you address and kick those nasty habits, and create better healthier habits regarding food and exercise, while you relax, rejuvenate, and start believing in yourself again.

This program is designed with you in mind, with your consultation and assessment, Wellness Retreat Chez Gabard will prescribe your weekly activities and caloric needs, to maximize your goals, and encourage and sustain those lifestyle changes you desire. You will have classes that will improve your posture and flexibility and reduce your stress levels, and energize and cleanse your body. You will leave feeling empowered and rejuvenated.

Weekly activities

Your activities in each day of the week will be different considering the needs of the participants in the group. Your week may consist of daily yoga classes, Pilates sessions, meditation sessions, inclusive holistic treatment, one-on-one personal training session, or workshops with meal calorie planner with helpful nutrition tips.

Additionally, you may go relaxing at the pool, infrared sauna, or Jacuzzi, spinning or indoor cycling, exercising with a Swiss ball or a mini trampoline, joining cooking class workshop, going on a kayaking or biking excursion and picnic, visiting a French market, sunbathing, or just taking walks.

Your typical day

Your day may start with a morning glass of juice or smoothie, followed by a yoga class, Pilates, or meditation session. After you enjoy your brunch, you will have some free time for you to spend on excursions or activities of your choice. In the afternoon, you will be served snacks to keep you through the day. You will then have a late afternoon fitness training session. You will enjoy your dinner with the calories adjusted to your needs. You will end your day with some free time.

During this retreat, you may go on bike rides, walks, and kayaking excursions.

  • Debra Taylor

    Debra has been teaching in the health and fitness industry for 30 years. Her background is in leisure management, leisure development, from director of recreation at The Sheraton Heliopolis, Cairo, to director of recreation at the DR Soloman Fakeeh Hospital, Jeddah KSA. Her qualifications and experience range from exercise to music (ETM) teacher, Schwinn spinning instructor, PEAK and STOTT Pilates mat or reformer, re-bounder, various GrpX classes, diplomas in reflexology and aromatherapy, holistic treats facials, and other beauty treatments.

This retreat will take place in Chalais, France. The manor house is situated in the south of France in Charente, a micro-climate, the sunniest department in France. It is only a one-hour drive to Bordeaux, 35 minutes to Angouleme, and Spain can be reached in few hours drive.

Nearby places

  • Angouleme - 35 minutes
  • Bordeaux - 60 minutes
  • Cognac - 60 minutes
  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Kayaking
  • Pilates
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
  • Garden
  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Local market

During this retreat, you will be served daily nutritious brunch and dinner. There will also be morning juice or smoothie and mid afternoon snacks. Karen's Kitchen provides a program for your caloric needs and goals. All food is locally sourced, fresh, and seasonal.

All meal plans are based on the group's aims, be it weight loss, healthy eating, or sugar-free diet, the healthy gourmet food concept. The menu is prepared with an emphasis on an alkalizing and energizing clean non-processed packet diet. It is a gentle, satisfying way to detox and cleanse, and help you break bad habits.

The focus there will be on clean conscious eating. Portion control will allow you to have everything in moderation, teaching you a better way to eat. This way, you can take home some ideas and a mini cookbook with a meal planner and shopping list in order to enable you to sustain your new eating plan. Wellness Retreat Chez Gabard will send out a guest questionnaire form prior to the retreat so you can let them know if you have dietary needs or allergies.

During your free time, you can always relax by the pool, go for a swim, enjoy a treatment at the spa, or do other activities. There will also be an opportunity for you to visit some sites of touristic interest.

During this retreat, you will have access to the manor's outdoor Jacuzzi and infrared sauna. You may book additional spa or massage treatments at an additional price.

  • 2 daily meals
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers from and to Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport (BOD)
  • Bike rides, walks, and kayaking excursions
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Daily Pilates sessions
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Fitness activities
  • Holistic treatments and workshops
  • Morning juice or smoothie, and mid afternoon snacks
  • Use of the pool, infrared sauna, and outdoor Jacuzzi
  • Additional activities or treatments
  • Airfare
  • Meals other than specified

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport (BOD). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Wellness Retreat Chez Gabard will pick you up from the airport.

Arrival by train

You can take the train to Chalais train station. Wellness Retreat Chez Gabard will pick you up from the station.

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.


  • Review by Jon F. from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "From our first contact with Chez Gabard, we were impressed with the friendliness of the owners, Mark and Debra. Although we were late and arrived after 11pm, we were warmly welcomed. Including continental breakfast is excellent, and if you decide to have a dinner at the Chez Gabard, its 4 dishes is fantastic, Mark's standard cook is very high and the portions are generous. The rooms are nicely furnished and the beds are comfortable. All in all a very pleasant stay."

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  • Review by John Kline from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I was on a bicycle tour of France when I found myself in Chalais one night without accommodation booked in advance. I found the Chez Gabard on the internet and I got a very friendly and warm response when I called to inquire about a room for the night. The house, which is within walking distance of the town, is beautifully presented and the hosts, Deborah and Mark, were very helpful and could not have been nicer. The quality of the rooms, beds, linens and bathrooms was exceptional and breakfast, with freshly ground coffee was fantastic. There is a pool and lovely gardens and, as the price (60 euros), I can not imagine you will find anything better in this part of France. A very well managed and highly recommended business."

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  • Review by a traveler from Sweden
    10 out of 10

    "Chez Gabard was much better than we expected. Very affordable, fresh croissants in the morning, nice or kits, very clean and fresh. The owners are lovely. All in all very satisfied with our stay. We were in the wild strawberry suite, had plenty of space and a new bathroom. Beautiful views. Chalais was a very quiet town."

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  • Review by David Douglas from China
    10 out of 10

    "This place is great. A title says the quality is more what you would expect in a hotel a very small hotel. Very comfortable and nice rooms, good beds, linens, etc. Very warm welcome from Andy and Debra decor. He just put me on my bike and nothing was too much trouble. Very cheap for what it is. They also have 2 enjoyable travel holiday homes ideal for families with young children"

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  • Review by Miriam P. from Portugal
    10 out of 10

    "perfect place. Mark and Debbie were warm and welcoming even though it was late and we were just out of season. They opened their doors in any case and what a delight it was to find an impressive Chalet with the warmth and comfort of a home away from home. Perfect room, cozy breakfast, good location just outside the small town for a country break or if you are passing through. Large size room, bathroom, very elegant and very clean with everything you would expect plus two great hosts. Thanks for a wonderful stay."

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  • Review by Robert B. from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "What an amazing place to stay. The only negative was that we were only staying for the weekend. We were made to feel very welcome from the monent we arrived. Shown around the building and gardens etc, all of which are stunning. We stayed in the Sunflower House and it's really nice. Very spacious, comfortable, has French and English TV, stereo, kitchen, lounge area and a comfy bed. For two people we felt like Kings! The pool just outside the house is lovely too. They have two lovely dogs and cats, are set up for spin classes if that's your thing and is only a ten min walk from the centre of Chalais were there is a very lively bar that is a lot of fun. Highly recommend you check this place out if around that way, it's English run and the owners are very chilled and friendly. Stay for a week or more if you can, it's so peaceful. We'll be going back for sure!"

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