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NOURISH Retreat 16-21 October 2024, a nutrition retreat to restore your "joie de vivre"

Updated: Mar 18

A unique and joyful, nutrition-based retreat in a beautiful rural French setting, designed by experts to restore your "joie de vivre."

Led by:

  • Kirsten Chick, Nutritional Therapist, nutrition lecturer and author

  • Hayley North, inspirational chef, food educator and movement teacher

  • Jack and Margaret Reckitt, hosts

Our thoughtfully programmed retreat is not about deprivation or fads, but about reigniting a sense of joy in life, and taking proper care of your mind and body in a myriad of ways. You will stay in a beautifully luxurious French home, and return to everyday life well-rested, with a renewed sense of wellness, energy and purpose.

NOURISH is centred on a holistic approach with:

  • accessible nutrition discussions alongside vibrant and seasonal vegetarian wholefoods with plants at their heart

  • workshops in circadian rhythms, sleep management, balancing energy, and the crucial role that microbiomes play in our mental and physical health

  • balanced movement offerings, including Qi Gong, yoga and opportunities for tennis and swimming

  • a chance to experience slow rural French living in a stunning Manoir

Engaging experts with a deep understanding of holistic wellness and self-care

This bespoke rural escape has been designed by experts to demonstrate how to enjoyably and sustainably improve your overall health through food and other accessible ways that can be incorporated into your everyday life. In your free time perhaps you’ll want to..... rest in your comfortable bedroom, play tennis, swim in the pool, walk in the surrounding vineyards enjoying the seasonal colours, wander through our ‘potager’, treat yourself to a massage or journal in a quiet cosy corner. The choice is yours!

Our nutritional therapist

Kirsten has been immersed in the world of nutrition for over twenty years as a nutritional therapist, a researcher (currently completing her Masters), lecturer and author. She brings a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of her subject to the retreat.

"Many years ago, nutrition helped bring me back to life. In return I have spent the intervening years bringing nutrition to life. Firstly, by bringing the science of nutrition to life in ways that are easy to understand and celebrate the wonder of it all. Secondly, by bringing nutrition more fully into people’s lives, in practical and realistic ways. With tips, ideas, recipes and positivity.“

Our chef

Holistic chef and educator Hayley will be your retreat chef and guide to standout delicious wholefood, through her predominantly plant-based cooking. Hayley skillfully weaves her background as a Yoga, Qi Gong and Movement practitioner/teacher together into everything that is created in the kitchen. She approaches cooking as a spiritual and mindfulness practice that elevates the act of cooking.

"I am a passionate student of Food Energetics and I work with the Five Element philosophy to bring subtlety of balance and connection that nourishes mind, body and spirit, aligns seasonal rhythms, and celebrates the land, local environment and its producers."

Expect a wholesome, accessible approach to food, far away from fads, which both satisfies and nourishes. As is traditional in France, Hayley prepares the main meal of the day at lunchtime following an eating pattern which many believe supports our bodies’ natural rhythms. The retreat also includes a visit to a local market to meet producers and source ingredients with which to create a ‘farm to fork’ meal together.

About us, your hosts

“We are so happy to host this joyful and inspiring retreat in this beautiful part of rural France where we have lived and worked for over 10 years. We are privileged to welcome diverse guests to Manoir Mouret to learn together with them during the retreat.” Jack and Margaret

NOURISH Guest feedback

"3 months after the retreat I can honestly say that it has transformed my whole approach to food, cooking and looking after my family's health. It's been a real game changer."

I feel as though every aspect of my wellness and wellbeing was addressed, and our social aspect was so much fun! You are giving an amazing gift with your space, vision, and energy!

The details

Come on your own, as a couple or with friends and share a perfect retreat environment. You are welcome to join as many or as few of our communal sessions as you like. Your private ensuite bedroom gives you the best of all retreat worlds, the privacy of your own comfortable space but also the opportunity to share your experience with a wonderful group. Great friendships are formed on our retreats.

Retreat Value 1750€/person (Early Bird 1600€ until 31 July 2024)


5 nights’ accommodation in single occupancy ensuite bedrooms with generous sized beds and luxury bedding

All meals by holistic chef Hayley

Themed workshops with Kirsten, Jack and Margaret around nutrition, sleep, gut health, and longevity

Qi Gong & yoga sessions

Probiotic fermentation demonstration and tasting

Sourcing trip to a local market for a group cookery session

All the beautiful facilities at Manoir Mouret

Optional massage (60€/hour)

Not included, transport to Manoir Mouret

This is slow French rural living at its best, in a region of France where huge pride is take in

produce. Ideal for anyone looking to live life with more energy, passion and a renewed sense of purpose.

Arrival: Wednesday 16 October 3pm

Departure: Monday 21 October 12 noon

For booking, FAQs, travel information and more see our Practical Information page


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