Moulin de Breteuil, Route Treport (D316), 80430, Lafresguimont-Saint-Martin, FRANCE
will take an holistic approach to introducing you to some of the principles of
how to relax, refresh and rejuvenate your physical, energetic, mental and
emotional bodies. This will be supported by the way we conduct ourselves during
the retreat, what we eat & drink as well as the classes and workshops provided.
So we will be experiencing the approach, hopefully seeing some benefit and leave
with the motivation and some advice & guidance to continue to put the learning
into practice .
The program will include 2 Yoga classes per day, early morning & evening meditation & satsang, a walking meditation, guided walks, Vipassana ( periods of silence to reflect and become more present so as to appreciate life). workshops to support a healthy lifestyle, plus free time to appreciate the secluded and private location. Holistic therapies including Sports Massage with Lizzie Bagley and Indian Head Massage & reflexology with Vronnie Flanagan will be available (details to follow).
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 and ensuite accommodation. There are plenty of bathrooms and lounging areas.
The retreat will start with an Introduction on the Tuesday at 18.00 (please arrange to arrive between 16:00 and 17:30) and finish on the Sunday at 14:30.
Heather has over 22 years experience teaching Hatha and Mindful Therapeutic Yoga blending different disciplines and incorporating elements of Pilates. Having a background in nutrition and Reiki healing as well as being a qualified Life Coach, has allowed her to develop an intuitive approach and awareness of both the physical and emotional wellbeing of students. This enables her to tailor their practice and take a holistic view of the lifestyle, diet or other remedial action than may benefit them.
She has Diplomas in Anatomy & Physiology, Yoga Therapy and Pre- & Post-Natal Yoga. Heather is also a Life Coach and Reiki practitioner. She coaches for exam stress management in schools and runs workshops in meditation & deep relaxation. Heather 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.
Jean-Claude teaches Rasa Yoga and is a teacher trainer in the discipline. Rasa Yoga weaves together asana, mantra, mudra, pranayama, meditation and chanting… along with tantra, shadow work, ritual, and a deep reverence for nature. It honours the many traditions and lineages of yoga, while awakening your authentic creativity as an individual in the modern world. He aims to motivate and inspire his students that Yoga is a way of life, a journey to be taken peacefully and healthily in both mind and body.
He has Diplomas in Hatha and Rasa
Yoga, Mindfulness and Gravatonic Swing Yoga.
Jean Claude will also be catering for our meals, which will be vegetarian and mainly organic, using much local produce. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or sensitivities.
Tony is a retired 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 history & 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, is a member of the Long Distance Walkers Association and a qualified walk leader.
Lizzie Bagley is a qualified advanced clinical massage therapist (*Jing Method TM). She is passionate about the power and benefit of soft tissue massage. Her focus is on achieving maximum results using a fusion of techniques to ensure relaxation of the mind and body whilst addressing issues in the soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments) that may be causing pain. discomfort or reducing the range of motion in joints.
Investment per person include classes, workshops, accommodation, all meals, tea & coffee (travel not included). £150 deposit on booking to secure a place.
|Investment per Person|
Full payment by
31st Jan 2024
Full payment by
10th April 2024
Email Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org for bank transfer details
Deposits (£150) are non-refundable unless you get someone to fill your space. 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 the organisers. Cancellation, for whatever reason, must be notified in writing or email.
We will comply with the, then current, UK and France Covid-19 policies on travel between the two countries and conduct whilst in France. As the risks change these policies are updated and published on the UK government website https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france . To keep up to date with these policies, the site contains the facility to enable those interested to "Get email alerts".
Currently, all passengers travelling to France or the UK no longer need to present proof of a Covid vaccination, recovery or negative test certificate. This applies to all passengers, irrespective of nationality or vaccination status.
Last updated: 21/10/2022
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.
35 miles from Dieppe to the Mill Retreat Centre
4 hour crossing
DFDS 3 crossings a day each way (the retreat start time on the Wednesday is aligned to attendees taking the 10:00 ferry)
Dover - Calais ferry:
96 miles from Calais to the Mill Retreat Centre
90 mins crossing
DFDS and P&O both have 12 crossings a day each way
Eurotunnel Folkestone to Calais:
96 miles from Calais to the Mill Retreat Centre
35 mins crossing
Up to 4 trains an hour 24/7
NB: There is currently a contra-flow on one side of the M20 between J8 and J9 for use as a lorry park if needed. Eurotunnel is junction 10. It and Dover-Calais ferries can be delayed. Eurotunnel have a link to the current status of restrictions. DFDS also provide travel updates. as do P&O
When booking, be aware of check-in times and documentation requirements eg passport validity.
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.
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:
Passport with at least 6 months validity on date of arrival;
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 from Halfords or 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 - 80 km/hr;
Built up areas - 50 km/hr (as soon as you are past a name-board for a village or town).