Mill Retreat Centre Normandy France

9th - 12th August 2018

The Mill Retreat Centre, Lafresguimont-Saint-Martin, France, Thursday 9th August to Sunday 12th August 2018

The mill has a 10-acre lake which has swans and is surrounded by poplar and willow trees and large overgrown grounds full of wild boar, deer, otters and over 40 species of bird. Perched on a green hilltop nearby is the perfectly preserved medieval village of Gerberoy which was named one of the prettiest villages in France.

The Mill was originally built in 1846 as a Camembert cheese factory it used the river ‘Bresle’ to power the cheese mixing process with an old hydro turbine located underneath the Mill. 

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The food is absolutely stunning, using mostly organic ingredients, and they will cater for most individual dietary requirements, from vegetarian, Dairy free, wheat free, various food allergies.


All beds are made up with Egyptian cotton sheets, feather and down pillows (hyper-allergenic options) and lovely thick 100% wool blankets or thick warm Duvets.

Single room £555
Twin Room £555 
Sharing room £525 per person
(Up to 4 people sharing)
Double room £555
Double room with en-suite shower £585
Double Gypsy Caravan £555, sleeps 2 in a double bed.
*All accommodation prices are per person.

The cost is inclusive of all meals and yoga (not including travel).

The Mill has its own coach which can pick you up from Whitstable £85 return.

Complementary Therapies, massage and beauty treatments are available all weekend at an extra cost.


Nikki Austin (The Yoga Ewok) 

Has been practicing yoga since 1997 and is very experienced in teaching students at all levels . Trained in Iyenger style yoga ,Her passion is helping students to understand their bodies and gain confidence in their abilities, with huge emphasis on anatomy and physiology. She loves teaching vinyasa flow classes and is a Yoga Alliance Senior teacher. She teaches all ages from 5-85 and runs regular workshops across the southeast on various themes ,from stress release right through to handstands.

Emma Epton 

Emma has trained in the Iyengar style of yoga which gives a firm foundation for a much more varied and softer style of teaching. Emma has a passion for traditional yoga and really enjoys studying yogic philosophy. Particularly the more ancient traditional pranayamas. She also loves anatomy and weaves it into her teaching in order to give students a greater understanding of how their body feels and works as it moves through the practice. Emma's teaching has a great emphasis on body awareness and self study. She teaches classes suitable for all ages and levels, as well as holding regular workshops and retreats. 
Emma is also a stand up Paddle Board Instructor with the ASI and a SUP Fit Yoga Instructor. 

The long weekend will have lots of different styles of yoga led by Jo, Emma and Nikki. There is a rowing boat, you may swim in the lake, take lovely walks, or cycle as there are bikes available. Emma will be taking stand up paddle boards so there will be an option to have a SUP lesson/SUP yoga lesson. You will have time to enjoy a blissful treatment from our therapist Monique and just relax in the beautiful grounds. The centre also has wifi, computer access and all mod cons. 

To secure your booking a £100 deposit (non-refundable) is required. You can pay via PayPal, or bank transfer (ask me for details) 0r bring cash to class. No cheques please.
Please let us know any allergies or dietary requirements you have. 

Let us know if you want to reserve a place on the coach from Calais £85 return including le shuttle passage as these places are limited.

Yoga Retreat - 14th - 16th July 2017

About the Retreat to Gayles

The environment and ambience at Gayles encourages an open, safe, relaxed and intimate atmosphere that promotes learning and self-development, situated in outstanding countryside on the South Downs in the South East of England.

With its open fire, high ceiling and refreshing artworks, The Stables, a beautifully converted 1930s stable and adjoining property, provides a warm and practical area for eating, chatting, relaxing and, if you choose, cooking. The ground level has an open-plan, well equipped, kitchen and dining room with under-floor heating. There is a separates stereo system with a CD player, DAB radio and amplifier (with an iPod connection cable) which you may wish to use as teaching aids or to enhance your own ambience. Immediately outside there is a large, decked, seated eating area which is ideal for informal meals and gatherings in more clement weather.

The Retreat 

Practice Area

Set a little away from the other buildings, in the corner of a meadow and edged by a hedgerow, The Old Cowshed is a wonderful, light studio space purposefully restored to make it ideal for lessons and practice. It has a singular ambience; a sense of calm and quiet beauty that encourages study, self-development and contemplation.

Dining and Social

You can expect homely, nourishing and delicious food with varied, seasonal menus and the best ingredients that they can practically provide.

Gayles values simplicity and generosity and, in short, we prepare and serve the food with respect and care using the best ingredients that they can and keeping as much as possible homemade. Alongside the recipes that have proved to be popular with people they often try out (carefully tested) new ones and are always on the look out for fresh ideas and approaches to bring to the table.

They use as many ingredients as possible from the lovingly tended, organic gardens and when they shop we try to do so responsibly; sourcing locally from smaller traders, buying organic goods where we can and avoiding processed or additive heavy products, as well as ones that are ethically or environmentally suspect or have been flown across the world to our shelves.

What's included


All the food is vegetarian and they can always offer alternatives to dairy and wheat products. They are happy to cater for you if you are vegan, dairy or gluten-free.

We provide three meals a day; lunch and the evening meal have two courses and breakfast offers several choices (such as porridge, homemade granola and compote, bread/toast, hard-boiled eggs and so on).

Usually one of the two main meals, (lunch or the evening meal) is more substantial, the other will be lighter with fruit provided for dessert.

A variety of teas (and coffee) are always available, as is fresh fruit. Herbal teas and honey are also on hand in the dormitories.


The accommodation is mainly in dormitories and students eat communally, there is a wonderful natural opportunity for bringing your group together; for people to bond and discover new qualities in each other and so make the whole experience that much deeper and more rewarding.

Relaxing / Activities

There is also plenty of space for quiet contemplation as well as seasonal use of the (outdoor) swimming pool and hard-surface tennis court.

Treat yourself a little with a Beauty Therapy and Massage at an extra cost

Once again we will be bringing the ever popular Monique our in house massage and beauty therapist. Complimentary Therapies are available all weekend at an extra cost.


The cost of the retreat is £290.00 staying in the studio of playroom including accommodation, yoga and meals. If you wish to you can camp in the grounds for£285.00 or we have one double room in the stables £350.00


To secure your booking either pay in full or pay a £100.00 deposit (non-refundable).

Please let us know any allergies or dietary requirements you have in advance.

For enquires and booking please use the contact form.

How to get there

Gayles Retreat

South Downs

East Sussex

Gayles is a small retreat centre ideally situated in outstanding countryside on the South Downs in the South East of England, five miles from Eastbourne and fifteen from Brighton. Here rural doesn’t mean hard to reach; there are excellent train services from the nearby towns that provide direct travel to and from London Victoria, Gatwick, Ashford International, Brighton.

Just one-and-a-half hours drive from London and there is a regular bus service that conveniently stops beside the entrance. For European visitors seeking retreat facilities there is a ferry service to and from mainland Europe from Newhaven, which is only a twenty-minute drive away.

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