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Wednesday 11th - Monday 16th June 2025



‘Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild & precious life?’ - Mary Oliver 

from £1150


Join us on a truly unforgettable 5 night retreat in the stunning French countryside. We are so over the moon to be welcoming you with open hearts on our first abroad retreat, which weaves together a mix of yoga, pilates, meditation, rest, barre, sound, embodied movement, inquiry, swimming and local, fresh, abundant whole foods. 

As we approach the longest day of the year, we will celebrate the abundance of summer, the deep joy of simply being and the innate radiance of wonderful you. Expect twice daily meaningful and intentional practices that guide you back to the felt sense of you. Our deepest intention is that, in our company you feel completely held by us, yet completely free to have your own unique experience. 

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After what has felt like years of searching for the venue that felt like a ‘full body YES’, we came across - in a way that was quite serendipitous - the very special Amassa place. Amassa is an old stone built hamlet, situated down a quiet wooded track in the heart of rural South-West France, with views over the surrounding valleys. With two stunning, light filled spaces for practice, two pools and 6 hectares of garden, woods, fruit trees and green open spaces, it really is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the beauty of retreat life.  The hamlet consists of a collection of cottages, which all have their own kitchenette, lounge area and garden, every room also has an ensuite. The entire space is beautifully designed with a blend of old french rustic charm and contemporary finishes.  You’ll wake up naturally to the song of birds and gentle russell of trees, find plenty of little corners to nap in the hammocks, journal on the grass, read your book by the pool or take a walk amongst the trees. In the balmy summer evenings, we’ll eat alfresco around a big farmhouse table family style, with a classic French wine, watching the sunset.


5 nights accommodation at Amassa Place.

Complete private use of the retreat centre; two swimming pools, yoga shala, all yoga & pilates props, bicycles.

Daily two hour morning practices.

Guest teaching from the amazing Amina Fisher.

Ceremonial cacao.

An additional yoga workshop led by Tayler.

Trip to a local market.

All lovingly homemade, delicious, nutritious meals & snacks.

All herbal teas, coffee, juices.

Daily 90 minute evening practices.

Opening and closing circle.

A sound bath.

A hike in the local area.

Housekeeping of rooms with fresh linen & towels.

We are offering this retreat with the option of a non-refundable deposit of £200 per person, and the remaining balance to be paid in £250 installments before the 1st April 2025.

See Terms & Conditions.


Treatments with holistic massage therapists & bodyworkers.

Wine tasting £15pp.

Transfers to and from Toulouse airport, although we will be organising a shuttle from the airport, when we have confirmation of peoples flights. We can work closely with you for organising the best travel options.


Flights to & from Toulouse.

Travel insurance.

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Tayler’s entire life is inspired by and led from the wisdom of yoga. Her practice is living, breathing and embodied; it allows her to navigate both the beauty and complexity of this life. It is from a place of deep reverence and devotion that she is a facilitator. Her practices are guided from the heart and the knowing that each body in the space is already completely Whole, yet completely unique. Her practices are often inspired by nature's elements and are about guiding people back to the felt sense of their own aliveness and the deep stillness of their natural, unconditioned state. 


For Tayler, movement and stillness are both doorways to freedom and her teaching is supported and inspired by 1000s of hours of training across Yoga (vinyasa, ashtanga vinyasa, hatha, restorative), Pilates (mat & reformer), somatics, myofascial release and the luminous philosophy of non-dual shaiva tantra that supports most of her life.

On retreat, Tayler weaves the teachings of yoga into movement, breath and stillness, so that one can feel them as a moving energy (prana) in the body. When we move with the teachings of yoga, we are able to understand them not just intellectually but directly and experientially. 


On this retreat practices will include vinyasa, pilates, elemental yoga flow, meditation, restorative, barre and mixed movement, journaling, sound. Tayler will also lead an additional workshop. We also have an INCREDIBLE guest teacher Amina leading you some of the practices. The practices will be inspired by Joy, so expect plenty of energising, dynamic and playful practices, as well as ones that are deeply restful and restorative. We will meditate every morning to the sweet sounds of mother nature.

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Based on three people sharing.

£1150 per person


Based on two people sharing.

£1200 per person


Private ensuite room with double bed.

£1550 per person

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Hosting retreats, supper-clubs and events is Melis’ passion-project, alongside a day job working as a Sustainability Consultant. She has always loved cooking and hosting, growing up in a household with a Turkish mother who did both of these on both nights of almost every weekend. It has been a foundational part of her childhood and something that continues to bring her so much joy. Hosting these retreats, however, goes beyond a love of cooking and good food – co-creating the space for guests to have an unforgettable experience is where the partnership between Tayler and Melis really comes alive. They are aligned on what they value, their attention to detail and their hopes for how each retreat will be received is what has allowed them to work so beautifully together.

What you can expect is a sense of being held and of community, but also of introspection and time to unwind. And of course, a lot of laughter! Movement and mealtimes anchor each day on retreat, but there is so much more on offer. The food Melis serves doesn’t follow a specific blueprint, other than it is always seasonal, colourful and with lots of diversity. Everything is made from scratch and inspired by Mediterranean flavours and cooking methods. The freshest fruits and vegetables (many of which will come straight from the garden!) will form the basis of delicious salads, dips and summer-y pastas, not to mention grilled fish, freshly baked goods and of course local French wines.

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