Being a parent these days is hard enough without the fatigue, sleepless nights, caffeine, junk food, little exercise and poor English weather all taking their toll on your worn out body. It’s a catastrophe just waiting to happen. You know that feeling when your body yearns for vitamin C, fresh juices, yoga, sunny weather, long walks on a beach, or even just a few seconds of peace and quiet … but no matter how hard you try the fruit still sits there and your gym clothes still sit folded neatly at the end of the bed. Things just never seem to go to plan, and more often than not, it’s an effort to get out of bed, let alone squeeze your boobs into a sports bra.
You can imagine how we felt when we returned to work after a heavenly 12 months off – it certainly wasn’t going to be an easy transition. In fact, it was worse than expected – mounds of emails, paperwork, admin, events to catch up on. It wasn’t the best start to my next chapter in life as a working mum.
Life in the fast lane was getting the better of me and it didn’t show signs of easing up anytime soon. It wasn’t until I read about Clio’s &Breathe Postnatal Retreats that I actually thought about taking some time out to relax and … breathe!
Run by husband and wife team, Bryn and Clio, the venue is the classic idyllic French escape of your dreams – shutters, wood floors, a big barn and acres of gardens nestled into the Limousin region of France. Manoir La Croix de La Jugie is a haven of calm where you can take the time to focus on your fitness & diet, and relax in beautiful surroundings with wonderful therapists and trainers. There’s even a heated pool in the grounds – what more could you want from an escape?
Us lot here at Oh Me Oh Mama are firm believers that everything happens for a reason, so coming across Clio and her sprawling French ‘Manoir’ was a much-welcomed gift. We felt the planets align and balance restored back into the mama household. We just hope the balance lasts until we get to experience this breathtaking retreat for ourselves – cue the holiday countdown.
&Breathe offers new families the chance to relax in the beautiful Manoir La Croix de La Jugie. It’s the perfect getaway to get you back on that (imaginary) horse and give mummy and daddy some quality time with the new arrival! If anything, it’s a great excuse for a holiday and will have the entire family feeling rested and recharged.
The next seven day, full-board, all inclusive &Breathe post-natal retreat at La Jugie takes place 25 June to 2 July 2016 and costs £1500 per family.