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France Weight Loss Retreat

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Are you ready for a weight loss retreat that will leave you feeling vibrantly alive, full of joie de vivre, deliciously indulged, and profoundly relaxed from the top of your head to the tips of your toes? This is your opportunity to test-drive intermittent fasting, aka time-restricted eating, to find out if it suits you, while at the same time detoxing your body and your mind while walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostella.

Meet the instructors

Dr M
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Highlights

  • Inspiring Writing Meditation sessions
  • In-depth Intermittent Fasting discussions
  • Scrumptious local food served during an 18/6 or 20/4 window
  • Retreat in the foothills of Pyrenées mountains
  • Free transport from Nogaro to the venue
  • 4 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Dutch, French
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
18:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Parking lot

You have the option to stay in a single or double bedroom with comfortable beds and views of meadows, woods, and the horses' paddocks. Each room has a door that opens directly onto the garden. There is ample, safe, off-road parking. Free access to high-speed internet.

Program

Daily schedule

  • 10:00 Instruction/discussion about Mindful Eating and Intermittent Fasting
  • 11:00 Morning coffee/Tea break
  • 11:30 - 14:30 Walking
  • 14:30 - 16:00 Free time
  • 16:00 Afternoon coffee/Tea
  • 16:30 Optional Hypnotherapy/Massage (not included)
  • 17:30 Writing meditation
  • 19:00 Dinner

Program subject to change depending on weather conditions.

Overview

If you want to lose the weight you have put on due to all the stress of the last two years and want to maximize your resistance against infection, then this is the retreat for you. You want to lose weight, but you don’t want to harm your body while you shed the kilos. You definitely don’t want to reduce your body’s resistance to infection during this never-ending pandemic. You want to eat healthily, building your body’s natural immunity, while you get rid of the excess weight that puts you at risk of a variety of diseases, including COVID.

This is your opportunity to test-drive intermittent fasting, aka time-restricted eating, to find out if it suits you, while at the same time detoxing your body and your mind while walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostella. Enjoy this 5 days retreat, hosted in the foothills of the mighty Pyrenées mountains in the sun-blessed south of France, and have all your questions will be answered by a medical doctor who has been living this lifestyle herself for several years.

Imagine sitting under 200-year old lime trees, comfortably ensconced in a sun-lounger, listening to the birds chatting away happily in the trees, sipping a scrumptious, ice-cold glass of fresh-pressed juice with the perfume of wildflowers and herbs scenting the air…

…and your most pressing problem is this difficult decision: should you get up and go for a leisurely walk through the vineyards, meadows, and sunflower fields surrounding you or should you stay exactly where you are and meditate some more about how intensely grateful you are to be right here, right now?

It is easy to start a diet. Staying on a weight loss program is much more difficult. It is easy to start an exercise program. Exercising regularly for the rest of your life is much more challenging.

The problem is, if you want to lose weight, you have to eat less and exercise more and if you want to keep that weight off permanently you will have to stick to weight management and a regular exercise program.

Intermittent Fasting has many benefits. Evidence-based research has demonstrated that it may

  • Help you lose weight and keep it off forever
  • Extend your lifespan, helping you to live healthily for longer
  • Make you more resistant against infections, including viral infections
  • help you sleep better
  • Reduce insulin resistance, lowering your risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Reduce inflammation that causes or worsens many chronic diseases like arthritis

Margareth wants more than just a (temporary) detox and weight loss for her guests. She wants to empower and educate her guests to be able to keep the weight off permanently and develop a long-term exercise program that will improve their health, lower their stress levels and decrease their risk of developing various acute and chronic diseases.

She knows personal weight loss is a challenge that requires support and guidance and this is why this retreat provides mental, emotional, physical, and nutritional guidance and support.

She designed this retreat in 2019, a year after she started intermittent fasting herself. She is a medical doctor with many years of experience in treating women’s diseases and helping people lose weight and maintain their weight loss. She chose to host these weight loss retreats in a part of the world where inhabitants live the longest, healthiest, and fittest lives in Europe, despite eating substantial amounts of rich food and drinking copious amounts of wine.

As well as being a medical hypnotherapist and a certified master NLP practitioner, she is also a certified equine-assisted experiential learning coach. She is convinced that mindful eating, combined with intermittent fasting, is the secret of losing weight and keeping it off permanently.

Included excursions

  • Hiking to Camino de Santiago de Compostella

Instructors

Dr M Montagu

Location

The house, deep in the heart of Gascony, 90 minutes' drive south-east of Bordeaux is located on several acres of lush, green meadows and is surrounded by vineyards, woods, orchards, and sunflower fields.

Secluded but not isolated, this 200-year-old farmhouse is only 5 minutes by car from Nogaro, a typical local town, with all amenities.​ Here, the small herd of horses lives outside, year-round. They are not stabled, although they do have access to shelter, especially needed in the hot summer months when they can often be found dozing in the woods or in the field shelter.

There is varied terrain for them to explore, mimicking the prairies they would have roamed before horses became domesticated. Free-range horses, and eco-friendly!

In only a few other places you will find all the ingredients of a perfect holiday combined with such abundance as in Gascony: fabulous food, generous people, and the breathtaking beauty of mountains, rivers, lakes, and medieval villages perched on hilltops. This retreat is also available as a 7/10/14-day retreat.

Food

The food is simple but delicious and the team aims to give your digestive tract as much of a rest as the rest of you while feeding your body as well and as generously as your mind. This weight loss retreat is a celebration of the wonderful variety of fresh local produce available from the garden as well as from the local weekly fresh food markets.

Brunch and dinner are included, in a 8/16 or 6/18 window, except dinner on Day 4, when you will eat in a restaurant nearby to support the local economy (cost not included, usually 15-30 EUR)

This region is known for its abundant gourmet cuisine and they would not dream of depriving their guests of the pleasure and benefits that can be had.

If you have any intolerances, allergies, or dislike some ingredient or food, please let SemperEquus know during your booking.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Pescatarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • 30 minutes Swedish/Russian massages (if availability allows) 40 EUR/30 minutes
  • 45 minutes motivating Hypnotherapy sessions 40 EUR/session

What's included

  • 4 nights accommodation in an authentic half-timbered French farmhouse in the heart of the Cotes de Gascogne wine region in the south-west of France
  • Scrumptious local food served during an 18/6 or 20/4 window
  • Free transport from Nogaro to the venue
  • Wifi connection
  • Inspiring Writing Meditation sessions
  • In-depth Intermittent Fasting discussions
  • Welcome dinner of the day of arrival and scrumptious brunch on the day of departure

What's not included

  • Transport costs to local airports and train stations – there are 4 international airports (Toulouse, Bordeaux, Biarritz, and Pau) less than 2 hours drive from here.
  • Transport from local airports to local train stations (Auch and Mont de Marsan)
  • Transport from local train stations to Nogaro/ Aire-sur-Adour.
  • Personal Health Insurance and/or Travel Insurance (they highly recommend insurance cover in case you need to cancel)
  • Dinner of Day 4
  • Hypnotherapy sessions
  • Swedish/Russian massages

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

There are five airports - Toulouse–Blagnac Airport (TLS), Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (BOD), Biarritz Airport (BIQ), Tarbes–Lourdes–Pyrénées Airport (LDE), and Pau-Pyrenees Airport (PUF) less than two hours drive from the retreat location. For more information on how to reach the retreat centre from the airport, don't hesitate to send an inquiry.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.

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