Pilates and Chi Kung / 5 days

When: 10 May 2016 - 15 May 2016 (Tue - Sun, 5 nights)
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Olives and Vines at Mas des Avelines

The beautiful Mas des Avelines is a luxury villa set in the Provencal vineyards.  It is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind. It is also a haven for sun lovers, stargazers, and people who are just in need of some peace and quiet.

The Mas des Avelines is a newly renovated house set in the peaceful undulating hills north of Bandol, and is just a short distance from the coast. It is set in 4 acres of private grounds littered with olive and fruit trees. Guests will definitely enjoy taking a dip in Mas des Avelines’ 14 x 5m saltwater heated swimming pool or lounging around the pool house with its comfortable sofas and outdoor fireplace. An outdoor pool kitchen and dining area with charcoal barbecue and Sonos system is also available for parties and gatherings. Guests can also enjoy a game of table tennis, badminton and volleyball in the Mas des Avelines sports areas.

The house itself is light and airy with 5 en suite double bedrooms that can comfortably fit 10 people. The beds are lined with Egyptian cotton sheets for maximum comfort and the spacious open plan living area has doors opening straight onto the terrace, which has far reaching views across the beautiful Provencal vineyards and landscape. Guests don’t need to be worried about getting too detached with technology since the Mas des Avelines has wifi, flat screen 3d surround sound TV, English Freesat plus DVD and Sonos system.

With all these things in store for you in one wonderful location, it is no wonder that Mas des Avelines was given a much coveted 5 star rating from the French Tourist Board shortly after its opening in July 2014.


The Mas des Avelines is just a short distance from the coast, within the hills north of Bandol. On the outskirts, you have a choice of going to one of the towns, such as La Cadière d'Azur and Le Castellet, that are filled with both stylish boutiques and remains of the old ramparts.

The nearest village, Le Castellet, is extremely pretty and has wonderful views from the church square. The little winding streets of the village is great to wander through and it has plenty of stylish boutiques, cafes and restaurants just waiting to be discovered. Just 4 kilometers away is the another village, La Cadière d'Azur, which is equally lovely with its old narrow streets and the remains of the old ramparts.

The coast is a 10 minute drive away and includes the beaches at Bandol, St Cyr sur Mer and Sanary sur Mer. Bandol is a great location to visit with its busy harbour lined with acres of yachts and great cafes just waiting to be explored. Towards the west is La Ciotat, which also has beautiful beaches and one of our recommended places - the port of Cassis. Visitors may also enjoy walking trails across the Calanques, which is a national park filled with dramatic limestone sea cliffs, gorges and turquoise creeks.


Mas des Avelines is a luxury villa set in the Provencal vineyards. In July 2014 it was awarded 5 stars by the French Tourist Board. The house has five double bedrooms and sleeps ten people. Four of these bedrooms can be made up as SuperKing doubles or Twin bedrooms. The house has a 14x5m heated saltwater swimming pool, pool house, boules court, olives grove and a large lawned area.

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Sarah Sissons

Sarah Sissons initially trained as an Occupational Therapist and worked in psychiatry. In 1989 Sarah moved to France and set up her company “Equilibre”. She has trained as a sports therapist, reflexologist and Pilates teacher and uses the varied skills she has learnt over the years to help provide her clients with treatments to fit their individual needs.

Sarah qualified as a Pilate’s teacher 12 years ago, completing her initial training with “Body Control Pilates”. She subsequently trained with the “Pilates Institute” in Switzerland to enable her to teach fluently in French.

In 2011 Sarah did her machine training with “APPI” (Australian physiotherapy and Pilates Institute). She continues her professional development and regularly attends courses in Europe, particularly in London. This year she participated in a four day training course, working with international teachers trainers, from the Balanced Body teaching facility. See more photos and other events by this presenter

Sue Reed

Sue Reed qualified in the UK in 1985 as a Chartered Physiotherapist. She moved to France in 1990 and in 1995 set up Bonne Sante a private physiotherapy and alternative therapy centre in Val d’Isere. She is a craniosacral therapist , chi kung teacher and mindfulness trainer.

In 2006 she moved to Italy to set up a “ Il respiro della vita” The breath of Life center set in the beautiful Appenines where she runs chi kung courses and uses her unique approach and mix of talents to help clients get back to full health and fitness.

She qualified as a Chi Kung teacher with the College of Elemental chi kung in 2004 and completed their advanced training in 2007. She has also studied with Dr. Zhu in Italy completing a three year programme with her. She continues to teach retreats and seminars with the College of Elemental chi kung internationally.

The last two years she has qualified as a Mindfulness Trainer in MBSR mindfulness based stress reduction in Italy . She has recently completed their advanced training with AIM (associazione Italiana di Mindfulness) and Bangor university. She is teaching regular MBSR, 8 week courses in Italy.

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