Rise of the Retreat : Group Evolution announces autumn 2019 retreats

Here at House of Coco, we encourage ‘me time’ and think that traveling should incorporate time to switch off from the outside world whilst creating amazing memories, having down time and reflecting. So what better way to tick all of those boxes that with a retreat.

Group Evolution has announced its autumn programme of fitness, health and wellbeing retreats located at their 19th century chateau in the Pays de la Loire, France.  New for this season are ‘Embrace Change’, a women’s health retreat for women over 35, and ‘Fitness Revolution’, a holistic health, fitness and wellbeing retreat, open to all. In addition, leading running coach Martin Yelling will host a Run Well week in October.

Each retreat is delivered by experts in their respective fields: Olympic medallists, world champions, award winning coaches, and leading therapists and nutritionists. The experience is uniquely tailored to each attendee’s goals, their likes and dislikes, and their level of expertise. Time is spent learning about each guest prior to their arrival so that their personalised experience is impactful, enjoyable and memorable.

All retreats have exclusive use of the founders’ Chateau in the Pays de la Loire, France. Conveniently connected to Paris and the UK, Chateau de la Motte Henry is named after Henry II who stayed in the grounds in the twelfth century. The Chateau itself has been extensively refurbished to provide the perfect combination of luxury accommodation, high quality leisure facilities and relaxing social spaces and is set in over 27 acres of woodland grounds.

Fitness Revolution, 19th– 23rd September – priced from £1,350 per person*. This flagship wellness retreat is tailored to each guest and delivered by Group Evolution’s team of fitness professionals, wellness instructors, nutritionists and therapists. With a holistic focus on mental as well as physical wellbeing, guests benefit from healthy cooking and mindfulness seminars, daily yoga and meditation classes, expert strength and conditioning assessments and 1-1, small group and large group training sessions. There is also plenty of time to relax and use the facilities on the estate. Each individual will leave with a greater understanding of how to make lasting improvements to their health and fitness, with practical advice to take home and incorporate into daily life.

Run Well Week, 2nd– 8th October – priced from £1,250 per person*. Hosted by performance coach, Martin Yelling, this week is for runners of all abilities. Daily, ability-based group runs on the trails, towpaths and tracks of the Mayenne region are complemented by 1-1 assessments and small group activity. Morning and evening stretching classes prepare guests for the day ahead and aid recovery after the running sessions. In the evening, guests can attend informative seminars and meet like-minded individuals whilst learning more about how to improve their performance and prepare their mind and body for their next challenge.

Martin Yelling coaches runners and triathletes of all abilities: from total novices, to experienced campaigners, full time professional athletes and celebrity runners such as Eddie Izzard. He is the founder of the UK’s number 1 running podcast – Marathon Talk.

Martin commented, “I’m really excited about hosting our second running retreat with Group Evolution at the stunning Château le Motte Henry. This retreat is a fabulous way to understand how to improve and enjoy your running, whatever your level. The running is suitable for varying levels of ability and experience and we’ll most definitely be making time to enjoy our surroundings as well as running together. I like to make retreats feel like a holiday, where you spend time doing something you love, meet new friends and finish each day smiling and laughing!”

Embrace Change, 10th– 14th October – priced from £1,400 per person*. Open to women over 35, hosted by women, and focused on women’s health issues, attendees benefit from nutritional consultations, fitness reviews and an endocrine health check prior to arrival. These themes are developed during the retreat, during a series of informative seminars, group activities and personal consultations. All this takes place within a safe and inspirational environment where guests can engage with others experiencing similar challenges and take time to relax, re-energise and re-focus.

For more information and to book a place visit www.groupevolution.com

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