Retraite gourmande de YOGA avec Ellen

Relaxation and fabulous food in a beautiful setting

Come and treat yourself to 5 days of indulgent relaxation!  Enjoy morning gentle yoga and evening restorative classes with Ellen that are designed to help you slow down and move with breath that nourishes the body and spirit. Ellen’s classes are influenced by her training in the Anusara style, an interest in the chakras, the elements and her love of poetry.  Each class has moments of stillness and meditation and is based on a theme or poem to help you connect more deeply with your practice. Ellen believes yoga should be for everyone. Her classes are suitable for all ages, levels of fitness and flexibility and those who prefer moving slowly and with curiosity. 

Feed both your body and soul with delicious, healthy food prepared by trained chef Marion and inspired foodie Ede. The vegetarian menu is prepared using fresh local ingredients including organic fruit and veg from our own kitchen garden.

The menu can be adapted to cater for your needs (eg. gluten-free or vegan) and beer and wine is available to purchase. 

There will be lots of opportunity to explore the beautiful French countryside or just relax by the pool and watch the hawks fly overhead.


If you fly from London Stansted to Brive-la-Gaillarde on Saturday morning you’ll be picked up and driven to Ambeyrac in plenty of time to settle in and have lunch. Other travel options are available via Toulouse with BA, Ryanair or Easyjet.

An invigorating yoga session is on offer every morning of your stay (8 – 9.30am) and an hour of more relaxed restorative practice in the early evenings. In the afternoons simply relax, or enjoy one of the many local walks or bike rides in stunning countryside. Each day will be rounded off with a 4 course dinner on the terrace.

In between these you’re free to enjoy relaxing by the pool and in the extensive gardens, or get out to see some of the lovely medieval towns and villages in the region. Past visits have included St Cirq Lapopie perched high above the Lot river and Conques, a spectacularly preserved cathedral town and UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are many markets nearby and there’s also the option to visit the awe-inspiring pre-historic painted caves of Pech-Merle.

If you’re looking for more physical activities, this is wonderful walking country, with clearly marked paths and the chance to walk sections of the famous Pilgrim’s Way to Santiago de Compostella which runs nearby. Or borrow one of our bikes and go for a ride on the quiet country roads. If wild swimming is your thing there are several spots nearby for bathing in the Lot river.

“Ellen did an amazing job planning and delivering interesting sessions for a wide range of abilities.”
“The food was wonderful, and everyone appreciated the care and attention that had gone into preparing it.”
“As a beginner, I was able to understand all the instructions, which allowed me to participate fully.”
“Excellent value for money.”
“There is nothing I would change, it was perfect!”

What’s included?
The holiday includes 4 nights accommodation at Monplaisir, transfers to and from Brive airport or local train stations, gourmet meals, all yoga and meditation classes and excursions and visits to local places of interest.
Lunch and drinks at local restaurants are not included in the price and you can buy wine and beer on site if you wish.

For more information or to book please contact or Ellen at

To see Ellen’s current offerings available online:  Ellen Blackman Yoga or Ellen on Facebook

Please let Ellen know if you are suffering from any injuries or health conditions. Please let Marion know if you have any special dietary requirements.


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