Moulin de Breteuil, Route Treport (D316), Montmarquet, Nr. Aumale, FRANCE
This retreat will provide an opportunity and environment where you will be able to enhance your practice and deepen your knowledge. We invite you to immerse yourself in the beautiful and peaceful surroundings of the Mill Retreat Centre near Aumale in Normandy to nurture yourself both physically and spiritually. If you would like to see what previous students at a Create Space Retreat have said then please follow this link. Our old friend, Liz Thomas of Tango Serenity www.tangoserenity.co.uk, will deliver some practical workshops to explore the parallels between meditation and Argentine Tango.
The leaders will introduce you to aspects of philosophy and practices that are often overlooked during general classes, and there will be the opportunity for you to have direct contact with the teachers and receive guidance for your personal practice. The program will include 2 Yoga classes per day, early morning & evening meditation & satsang, Argentine Tango workshop, a walking meditation, guided walks and talks/workshops on Yoga philosophy, plus free time to appreciate the secluded and private location.
The Mill Retreat Centre is set in 30 acres of private grounds including a 10 acre lake, woodland and a wetland wildlife reserve. This has a huge variety of fish, birds, mammals and plant life. It provides a secluded and tranquil environment for meditation, walking and being at one with nature. Accommodation is primarily shared twin rooms. There is limited single accommodation. There are plenty of bathrooms and lounging areas.
The retreat will start on the Wednesday at 16.00 and finish on the Sunday at 14:30.
Heather teaches Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga blending different disciplines and incorporating elements of Pilates. She has Diplomas in Anatomy & Physiology and Pre- & Post-Natal Yoga. Heather is also a Life Coach and Reiki practitioner. Heather coaches for exam stress management in schools and runs workshops in meditation & deep relaxation. She also provides services to Spas, health clubs, schools, private & corporate clients and also to local authorities to help tackle inequalities in affordable healthcare for a broad range of age groups and ethnicities.
Tony is an IT management consultant & mindfulness teacher with Diplomas in Advanced Meditation & delivering the 8 week mindfulness course. He has a strong interest is in the benefits of mindfulness in the workplace. He presents some of the workshops on Yoga and Meditation philosophy, organises the walking meditation and guided walks as well as looking after the logistics of the retreat. He has over 40 years experience of hill walking and is a member of the Long Distance Walkers Association.
- Body awareness;
- Connection with others;
- Self expression;
- Sense of fun.
All meals, which are mainly organic, will be vegetarian, carefully catered for by Jean-Claude, our chef and proprietor of JC Yogi, using much local produce. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or sensitivities.
Investment per person include classes, workshops, accommodation and all meals.
|Early bird per person, full payment by 26/01/18||£540||
|Standard per person, full payment by 06/04/18||£565||Booked||£535||£570||£560|
Please print the booking form and post it to the address shown;
email Heather for details for a BACS transfer OR
Use a credit card or PayPal using the buttons below. This will incur a booking fee to cover the charges made by PayPal to use this facility.
Deposits (£100) are non-refundable. For cancellations within four weeks of retreat start a refund of 25% of payment excluding deposit will be given. Consideration will be taken for exceptional circumstances at the discretion of Heather George. Cancellation, for whatever reason, must be notified in writing or email.
The Mill Retreat Centre is about 35 miles from Dieppe for the Newhaven-Dieppe ferry crossing or 96 miles from Calais for either the Dover - Calais ferry or Eurotunnel. Most people use the Dover - Calais ferry as it is the cheapest crossing plus they are more frequent than Newhaven to Dieppe as well as being much quicker. Eurotunnel is even quicker, more frequent but a bit more expensive.
Eurotunnel require more information about passengers when booking than P&O Ferries - Advanced Passenger Information (API) from their passports:
If you have Sat Nav with French maps, when you reach France enter the following. NB: We recommend you experiment with how to enter the location in your sat nav whilst in the UK to confirm how to do it, as sat navs differ, particularly the integrated ones. Many of these don't have quite the same flexibility and ease of use as, say, a stand-alone Tom Tom or Garmin.
City/town: Montmarquet (Lafresguimont-Saint-Martin);
and then choose: anywhere.
Place/Post code: 80430 Lafresguimont-Saint-Martin
Street: Lieu-Dit Breteuil;
and then choose: anywhere.
This will take you directly to the Mill Retreat Centre. NB: If you just enter Montmarquet (without Breteuil as the street) the sat nav will most probably direct you to the main village which is 2.5 miles/4 km away. In which case you will need to take the D178 in a south westerly direction, shortly after passing the village of Blangiel, there is a right turn down a narrow road signposted Breteuil, over one cross-road and at the T junction you will see the sign and driveway to the Mill Retreat Centre straight ahead.
If you don't have a Sat Nav you can get on-line directions from either Google maps or Bing. Type in your departure point eg Calais in Box A and in Box B put: Breteuil 80430. This will show you full car directions to the front door of the Mill Retreat Centre.
And if you are using a map. The Mill Retreat Centre is located about a mile north of Aumale on the D316 (Route Le Treport) on the west side of the road behind what is marked as 'Breteuil Farm'. You will clearly see the sign.
The route from Calais takes you via a toll road which was 8 Euros the last time we used it. Alternatively it is very pleasant to get an early morning ferry and then drive to the pretty town of Le Treport at the mouth of the River Bresle. You can look around the town and maybe have lunch at one of the many excellent fish restaurants beside the harbour before driving down the Bresle valley to the retreat in the afternoon.
If you don't want to drive, email Heather, and we will put you in touch with someone with a spare place in their car and you can share costs.
Other means of travel
There are two alternative means of getting to the centre:
Fly to Paris Charles de Gaulle, metro to Paris Nord and then the train to Aumale changing at Beauvais. We can arrange to pick you up from Aumale which is about 15 minutes from the Mill. There are flights direct to Beauvais from Manchester and Edinburgh;
Important if you are driving !!!!
When driving in France you need to remember a number of things you need to have with you:
A florescent jacket or vest in the car, not the boot, for the driver as an absolute minimum. (If you breakdown and then get out of the car to fetch it out the boot you are breaking the law at that point);
GB sticker on rear (if not on your number plate);
A warning triangle which must be used in the event of breakdown, and placed 50-100m behind your vehicle;
Spare set of bulbs;
Photcopies of your insurance, MOT and registration document;
Headlight beam deflectors, also
known as headlamp adaptors or converters must be fitted for continental
driving, even if you are travelling during the hours of daylight.
Fit them before you leave the
From July 2012 it is also a requirement to carry a breathalyser. Some car parts suppliers have expensive electronic ones but you can get cheap single use ones on the ferry and at terminals. Remember in France the limit is 50mg per 100ml which is much lower than the UK's 80 mg per 100ml.
Radar detectors are banned in France, even carrying one will result in a heavy fine. If you have a Sat Nav make sure you get the latest updates to French maps. Tom Tom, Garmin etc have re-named speed camera sites in France as "danger zones".
Speed limits are:
Motorways - 130 km/hr (110 km/hr in rain);
Dual carriageways - 110 km/hr;
Single carriageways - 90 km/hr;
Built up areas - 50 km/hr (as soon as you are past a name-board for a village or town).