A Yoga & Meditation Weekend to remember…

What a special Mná retreat at L’ancienne Distillerie here in Cognac, France…an experience of ‘togetherness’ that we will all remember for a long time to come…

The stars were aligned from the word ‘go’ with the sun appearing just as our guests arrived, and both shone brightly  for the full duration of the retreat!  Our beautiful venue oozed old-world peace and tranquillity, and against that backdrop, our dream team instructors Tina West and Martin Towey delivered a programme of yoga and meditation which left us all relaxed, refreshed and uplifted.  

From yoga postures and mindful movements with creative journaling and singing, to sharing a delicious variety of local, homemade meals together around the table, there was a wonderful sense of flow and ease throughout the weekend. Our tutors were praised for the way they led by example to help us all lower our guards, to reconnect with ourselves and everyone present in the most benevolent of ways. The carefully designed programme also meant there was lots of free time too…to cycle through the surrounding vineyards, to visit the charming villages and a local cognac distillery nearby, or to simply hang back and chill, to chat and to connect.

To our delight and surprise, on our last evening together, our neighbour fired up one of his hot air balloons right at the bottom of our garden…perfectly timed to marvel in this colourful wonder and coincide with our Apéro…what a treat!

Once home, Tina and Martin delivered a series of helpful videos to help keep the yoga and mindful practices going, and we are delighted to see this group of truly inspirational Mná continue to share resources, tools and positive mindful messages with each other since.

Another heartwarming and infusing Mná Spring retreat, we are already looking forward to the next Mindful Yoga retreats in autumn 2024 and spring next year!

A fantastic weekend to get away from it all, learn new techniques for living and meet amazing people along the way. Oh and amazing food too. This has got it all…

Niamh McGovern

Extraordinary experience in a beautiful setting. Excellent yoga and mindfulness practice, delicious food and lovely people. Highly recommend!

Sinéad Walsh