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BALANCE RETREATS 

Restore, revive, reboot for healthy ageing.

Transformational results using exercise that is both vigorous yet restorative , plant based organic meals in a beautiful historic location enveloped in nature designed for healthy longevity of body, mind and soul.

Starvation is not a long term solution to weight loss.

 

Set in the beautiful Corbiere hillside this stunning location offers guests the opportunity to shed excess weight, gently boost their strength and fitness with low impact exercise, reduce their biological age, whilst enjoying hiking to historic villages, daily yoga, rebounding,  personal training,  qi gong, tai chi, kundalini massage and  cold water swimming.

Our nutritionist and chef work together to ensure you have a rich balanced diet to kick start your immune system and detoxification while ensuring they provide you with a delicious plant based menu. Nicola has mastered a  menu that is nutritionally balanced and beautifully prepared, whilst Bridget will provide tailor made nutritional support and guidance to support you in your journey to detoxify physically and mentally.  We will bust the myths around intermittent fasting,  protein, liver support and hormone health. We will show and share recipes and provide you with the information to prepared quick easy food to continue your path to wellness.

Nothing is too much trouble and variety is key so everyone is catered for, but it is all about your health and so that is the focus and some things won’t be available, like coffee, alcohol, gluten, sugar and dairy simply because this week we are committed to providing what is best for you. This 7 day program is a no option vacation that leaves you with lasting benefits and is limited to 8 guests to ensure we can adjust your program to meet your needs. 

Stress is a major cause of the decline of our health today and reducing this is a huge part of the program.

Science has shown that unless we actively reduce our stress we do not reduce the surge of hormones produced in stressful situations. Living life in fight or flight mode means stress hormones like Cortisol remain in circulation thus trapping us in our Sympathetic nervous system. Not only is this detrimental to our physical and mental health it’s also the main cause of premature ageing. Yoga is an ancient tool used to quieten the mind and care for the body. By incorporating breath led movement sequences and poses specifically designed to open we prepare the body to meditate. Hiking for 3 hours a day in nature known as forest bathing was originally designed for employees in Japan to take time out to reduce stress in their corporate world. Nature plays a big part of the program.  The beauty and history of the Cathar region has been maintained in the historic villages, castles and countryside making this more than just a weight loss experience. 

We take you on a peaceful journey, sharing our knowledge to support you long after you leave

 You will start your day with rebounding  and yoga, activating your lymphatic system. Foloowing breakfast we will hike. Hikes are a daily practice and are lead by Guilmes our wonderful local guide, who will take you to the most beautiful journey to  old villages, rivers for cold water swimming and castles. Lunch will be a picnic or back at La Bernede.

Free time after lunch is an opportunity for a massage and rest. Our lovely Jerome will be there for afternoon  fitness training that will be designed for all levels. As we will always be a small group the training is modified to suit everyone. 

Evenings will offer either a deeply restorative Yin practice to  reduce tension with fascia release  or practice the Eastern philosophy of Qi gong , Tai chi or Breathwork. 

Breath led movement meditation gives us an opportunity to ground, shifting the mind from the past or future and reduces stress hormones.  Expect to experience better sleeping patterns, efficient digestion, ease in body and mind and reduced signs of ageing from the inside out. 

We bring in specialists to lead us through a guided  sessions.  

 

YOUR WELLNESS PROFESSIONALS

Meet the team

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BRIDGET

Naturopathic Nutritionist, Yoga, Transformational coach &  Breathwork facilitator

I have always been an advocate of health, even brought  my juicer to London when I was in my 20's.  However with a young family and my own  business I had stopped  looking after my own wellbeing and  was diagnosed with stage three kidney disease at the age of 38 

 I was advised there was nothing I could do to reverse the situation but with  my  background in pharmacology and physiology, i knew my  body could heal itself and so this journey took some time, but I managed to restore my kidneys to  normal function and as a result  I was inspired to study Naturopathic Nutrition and Yoga  in order to support and educate others on the impact of diet and stress on health.

I am passionate about health and the ability to reverse illness with diet and love  sharing this knowledge so others can thrive and live an energetic and vibrant life.

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NICOLA

 Chef & Transformational Coach 

I fell in love with La Bernede and moved here in 1997.  Leaving the corporate world of advertising for the stunning countryside and whilst working on the reconstruction of the house and vineyard i took great interest in the delicious food of the regionWe will enjoy delicious healthy food and work together, to boost your health and have fun along the way!

BAXTER

Guided Hikes 

As a dedicated Hiking hound since my best friend Nicola brought me to France, I’ve had the good fortune of transforming my passion for travel and working with people into a successful career. I’m also incredibly privileged to have guided clients from all over the world on tours both locally and abroad. My mission is to show a different side of the world to my clients, and to help them gain a better and deeper understanding of the sites and destinations we visit. If you’d like to tour with me, please get in touch so I can start creating the perfect itinerary for you.

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FRANCE

4th Aug - 11th August 2022
29th Sept- 6th October  2022

6th October- 13th October 2022

This week is designed to lose weight, reboot your immunity to reduce the  ailments associated with ageing and revive your energy.  It is   designed to leave you feeling lighter with improved digestion, improved sleep and overall improvement in mood and outlook.

 

The week includes

  • Wild swimming 

  • Hiking 3-4 hours daily

  • Rebounding 

  • Yoga 

  • Fitness training session

  • Talks, evening sessions.

  • Tai Chi/ Breathwork 

  • Optional morning Meditation

  • 3 Massages 

  • Nutritional consultation

  • Nutritious vegetarian meals

  •  Detoxification without alcohol, meat, dairy ,sugar and caffeine)

  • Accommodation

  • Blood test & Analysis 

  • Pre weekend questionnaire

  • Probiotics.

THE EXPERIENCE

 
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NUTRITION

80% of the feel good transmitter, Serotonin is made in out digestive tract. We can improve our mood by what we eat. Furthermore we can scientifically link our  western diet to illness such as autoimmune issues, cancer, anxiety and depression.  We work with seasonal fresh plant based foods and a wheat, sugar and dairy free menu that is both anti inflammatory, delicious and packed with essential micro and macro nutrients. to help you feel good. Utilising thoughtfully sourced local and mostly organic produce, you can find at home, we aim to nourish you and maximise your vitality, energy levels and wellness. Recipes and nutritional information will be provided for guests to recreate dishes at home in order to continue on their wellness journey. Our ethos is not only to give you a more healthy well balanced experience but to provide you with the tools to incorporate these principles back into everyday life.

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HIKING & GROUNDING 

Stress is one of the major factors of disease and weight. Science has shown that unless we actively reduce our stress we do not reduce the surge of hormones produced in stressful situations and the body holds onto fat. Living life in fight or flight mode means stress hormones like Cortisol remain in circulation thus trapping us in our Sympathetic nervous system. Not only is this detrimental to our physical and mental health it’s also a main cause of premature ageing.

Hiking in nature has shown to reduce these stress hormones and with a balanced diet  will allow your body to feel safe and loose stored fat.  Grounding on the Earth is one of the most effective ways of reducing inflammation. We use this time in the mornings to come into our body before we start the day. This brings the body into a Parasympathetic state to remove the stress or fight or flight and allows us to start the day being Mindful and with purpose.

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REBOUNDING, YOGA & MASSAGE

We start the day with rebounding. It  is a simple way to move and release the lymph and toxins in the lymphatic system.  Yoga, breath work and meditation are ancient tools used to quieten the mind and care for the body. By incorporating breath led movement sequences and poses specifically designed to open we prepare the body to meditate reducing stress hormones. 

Later in the afternoon you will enjoy massage to work on any areas that are of concern but to re enforce your body that it is safe, iumprove digestion and lower the stress hormones. 

xxx will lead us through a guided 60 minute breathwork session, xxx, a magical yoga  teacher will take us on a yoga journey from Yin and xxx 

will share his Eastern philosophy with a 90 minute Tai Chi / Qi Gong practice. 

 

 

CONTACT US

bridget@bridgetlouisenutrition or n

bridget +447976242877 or  Nicola +33623889544

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