Escape to the Chateau for more than just Rest & Relaxation

Escape to the Chateau for more than just Rest & Relaxation

Posted by May Simpkin | 11 March 2019 | Health & Fitness, Magazine

Busy schedule, hectic lifestyle? REVEALED; the yoga retreat you dream of!

Despite a passion for healthy living, it’s not just food and nutrition that have kept local nutritionist, May Simpkin busy in the last few months! May has owned the nineteenth century Chateau de la Vigne in the Loire Valley in France since 2001, which she runs as self-catering holiday properties and where she also runs her successful yoga health retreats. Her “double life” as a chatelaine and a nutritionist will be featured as she hits the screens this week (beginning 11th March) on the Channel 4 series Escape to the Chateau DIY, Mon-Fri 4pm.

If you’ve been tempted to join a yoga retreat and not sure what to expect, all will be revealed!

May Simpkin, nutritionist, writer, cook and speaker has put together that dream, and all you have to do is book a flight and turn up!

May will host a 4-night Yoga Health Retreat from June 13th – 17th or 11th September –15th September 2019. The Chateau is elegantly furnished and fully equipped to the highest standards, whist retaining its original charm with tiled floors, ornate ceilings and period woodwork.

Chateau de la Vigne in the Loire Valley | Image credit: Juliet Lemon

May explains, “I’ve put together a fantastic schedule, based very closely on last year’s highly successful yoga health retreat with my expert team and I’m absolutely thrilled to be sharing this dream break with you all. We have been running our retreats for 5 years now and they’re getting better and better! The essence is on relaxing and experiencing a new way of eating and living but it is very important that you also leave with a clear idea of how to continue some of the things you have experienced on the retreat – we help you with that!

We’ll practice yoga twice daily, walk or cycle in the peaceful and tranquil French countryside, cook some fabulous recipes together and enjoy delicious healthy meals. With a relaxed programme of discussions, activities, massage treatments and lots of friendly advice, we will explore, over the 4 days, what it really means to “eat well” and how to go about doing so in our busy lives.

Chateau de la Vigne Health Retreat Yoga | Image credit: Juliet Lemon

We’ll also get out and about and you’ll have an opportunity to visit the beautiful nearby town of Saumur, the local vineyards and even enjoy a private wine-tasting session with a top sommelier

You’ll leave at the end of the retreat with plenty of empowering knowledge, tasty recipe ideas, as well as a goodie bag and a clear idea of how to embark on and sustain a healthy lifestyle.”

May is a qualified registered nutritionist (mbant) and a real woman with a busy family life and shares her a simple, no-nonsense approach when it comes to healthy eating – backed up with expert qualified recommendations. Having herself gained weight through pregnancy and lifestyle May says, “My passion for food and its influence on our health and wellbeing grew into a decision to delve deeper into the world of nutrition. I am fascinated with the human body and its ability to heal itself, as well as steer how we feel and behave. Food is a major part of this, and my passion is now in sharing this knowledge to help support you to truly thrive in your everyday life.”

Chateau de la Vigne in the Loire Valley | Image credit: Juliet Lemon

The retreat will include:

· Pre-Retreat Guidance
· Daily Morning & Evening Yoga/Pilates Sessions
· Daily Exercise Activity Sessions
· Therapeutic Massage
· Cookery/Nutrition/Personal Development Workshops
· Delicious Healthy Meals/Snacks/Juices/Smoothies
· 4 Nights Luxury Accommodation with Ensuite
· Local Wine Appreciation Tasting Evening
· Post Retreat Follow Up
· Transfers to and from Nantes Airport

Prices start from £895pp
For further details and to book your retreat, see May’s website:

May Simpkin
About The Author

May Simpkin

Qualified nutritionist May is passionate about the benefits of a healthy diet and lifestyle. Her no-nonsense approach focuses on realistic, practical and achievable advice to improve health and wellbeing.

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