This week long Yoga retreat is an opportunity for breathing space. Taking place at Chateau Puyssentut, a recently renovated Chateau nestled amongst the rolling hills of the Gers in sunny, south-west France.
The tranquillity of the French countryside will help soothe the soul, while you rejuvenate your body and mind with mindful flowing Yoga, meditation and relaxation.
Chateau Puyssentut is surrounded by pretty gardens, with terraces for communal eating and sunning, a swimming pool and a juice bar. The beautiful Chateau provides a spacious yet cosy environment to relax in, while the nearest village is just a walk away, where you can take in local life and delicacies.
The Gers is not on the tourist map, offering an authentically French experience, yet it is very easy to get to, with Toulouse airport just a 50 minute drive away.
Mindful flowing Yoga will start each day, taught by Nathalie Joel-Smith.
Nathalie sweeps you up on a journey that is nourishing & uplifting, unravelling tension & restriction, in turn discovering space & strength.
Informed by movement anatomy, classes are tailored to meet the needs of demanding lifestyles, and shared with an enthusiasm that is infectious!
Late afternoons will consist of a ‘pick and mix’ practice, drawing from a variety of Yoga & movement styles, as well as breath-work and sound.
The stone barn has been converted into a fully equipped, light and airy Yoga space, providing the perfect setting to dive deeper into your Yoga practice.
Sutable for a range of levels. If you are brand new to Yoga, please get in touch with Nathalie to discuss the suitability of this retreat.
You'll enjoy delicious and nourishing food to help you balance from the inside out, with 3 vegetarian meals per day, with the juice bar available in between. Seasonal, local, organic and homemade food is served as far as possible.
Recently renovated twin rooms with ensuite bathrooms, provide a calm & comfortable haven for your retreat.
(Double, single and triple rooms may be available upon request, please enquire)
We'll be organising a half day trip to a nearby market town, for wondering and lunch!
“I’m currently enjoying the wonderful afterglow of the retreat! Thank you for such a magical weekend. I'm sure you're aware of just how special you made it from the email chain of some very blissed out people! I'm definitely feeling there's been quite a big shift in me - thank you for your expert (wise owl!) guidance and listening skills over the weekend :) I'm already missing the yoga! “ Alyssia
“Nathalie’s retreats are a true pleasure to indulge in; nourishment inside and out. I came in with a stiff body and a tired mind and left with calmness and warmth in my body and soul. Yoga was taught with compassion and clarity. Meals were healthy and totally delicious. The weekend was sparked with friendship and infectious joy. I eagerly anticipate the next retreat!” Heenal
Get swept up on a journey that is nourishing & uplifting, unravelling tension through mindful flowing Yoga, in the tranqulity of the French countryside.
Nathalie Joel-Smith, Eye Heart Yoga
Classes are created with an understanding of movement anatomy & tailored to meet the needs of physically, mentally & emotionally demanding lifestyles. Nathalie shares knowledge & wisdom in an accessible & relevant way with enthusiasm & passion that is infectious.
Originally coming to Yoga as a teenager with a bad back & anxious mind, over the past 17 years Nathalie has directly experienced the healing effects of Yoga, the awareness it cultivates & the resulting empowerment. This is reflected in her teaching style, as she guides others in the process of finding a harmonious & empowered home within themselves.
Nathalie loves creating meaningful Yoga experiences, getting to know the people she teaches & building community. Yoga is not about how flexible you are, whether you can stand on your head, or make the right shapes on a rectangular shaped object. It's about your relationship with yourself, others & the world at large. It is a way of moving through life from the inside out. Nathalie practices this on her Yoga mat, in her day to day life & in the way she teaches.
Teaching predominantly in London since January 2012, Nathalie set up 'Eye Heart Yoga' and has enjoyed a diverse range of experience, including teaching at Yoga studios, 'pop-up' classes at offices, Yoga for Actors & 1:1 sessions. She has set up a number of thriving classes in her local area & has pioneered 'Golden Yoga', a programme that brings daily yoga into the lives of people living & working in residential care homes. In 2014 Nathalie taught her first Yoga Retreat. It was a magical experience for all & she looks forward to guiding further retreats in the UK & abroad.
Nathalie has completed over 500 hours of teacher training. She qualified as a Yoga teacher under the expert guidance of international teacher Julie Martin of Brahmani Yoga, Goa, before completing a mentoring programme with London based Yoga Teacher Mollie McClelland Morris. In 2014 she was asked to join Mollie as an assistant on her teacher training programme, helping to train & mentor new Yoga teachers. Nathalie will soon embark on another 500 hours of training, this time in the Space & Flow Method with Raphan Kebe.
Journeying her way through the highs & lows of life, Nathalie remains wide eyed & humble to the process of learning & evolving. This humility & open heartedness is palpable in her classes. She skips down the street with happiness that so many students come back time & time again, ready & willing to cultivate more awareness & presence, to learn about themselves & the practice of Yoga. See more photos and other events by this presenter