Yoga, Qigong & Meditation Retreat
at the Mill Retreat Centre, Normandy, France
with Mimi Kuo-Deemer & Jodi Smith
October 19 - 23 (Wed - Sun), 2016
Our retreat is full, but please let us know if you'd like to add your name to our waiting list.
Join Mimi Kuo-Deemer and Jodi Smith for their annual Yoga, Qigong and Meditation retreat. This five-day, four night retreat is designed to offer time and space away from ordinary routines to relax and unwind in nature. Each day there will be two yoga and qigong classes, meditation, and lots of downtime to nap, stroll, and relax in the quiet environment of the Mill Retreat Centre. Mimi and Jodi bring together the benefits of yoga, qigong and meditation as distinct as well as complimentary forms of healing practices to inspire and rejuvenate. It will be perfect time of year to enjoy the stunning autumn foliage of Normandy's countryside and sit by each evening's bonfire.
The Mill Retreat Centre is a located in the farmlands of Normandy, France, just three hour from London by train and shuttle bus.
This retreat was reviewed on spafinder.com, and listed as one of the 5 Life-Changing Yoga Retreats for 2014.
Yoga & Qigong
This retreat is open to all levels of practitioners. It is not required that participants have previous knowledge of qigong, but some background and experience of yoga is advised. Classes will include active and meditative qigong practices, dynamic (vinyasa flow-based) and restorative yoga, and a fusion of yoga & qigong. Mimi and Jodi will co-teach, which means more hands and more love.
Location & Accommodations
The Mill Retreat centre is three hours from London by train and shuttle, and set in the farmlands of Normandy. Originally built in 1846 as a camembert factory, it has been renovated to beautiful standards, with spacious, light bedrooms and a stunning yoga room. The property has a 10 acre lake with stunning wetlands and over a mile of riverbanks, perfect for relaxing walks and wildlife spotting.
The retreat centre is very spacious with 18 guest rooms.
The warm and friendly cook David offers wonderfully delicious, organic food. Mill can prepare vegan, vegetarian, dairy free and wheat free options, and accommodate allergies or other preferences as well. Their food is universally praised! Three scrumptious meals will be offered each day, as well as tea/coffee and homemade biscuits and cakes.
"What a beautiful weekend. Guided by Mimi and Jodi's intelligent, renewing embrace, I was quickly wrapped in the clearing, easy space and breath of the countryside, in the unrushed movements of the days, in fun explorations of yoga and qigong. And all of it splashed with good company!" –Mayling Birney
The Mill Retreat Centre is reachable by car or by Eurostar to Calais and a shuttle service.
Moulin de Breteuil
Route Treport (D316)
Nr. Aumale, FRANCE
Tel. 0235945008 (from the UK 0033 235945008)
Directions by Eurostar and shuttle service:
We recommend booking the Eurostar train on Wednesday, Oct 19, departing London at 12:58pm, arriving Calais 14:59. The shuttle will then meet the group at Calais to take you to the retreat centre. The total journey time is approximately three hours.
Departures: The shuttle will depart the Mill Retreat centre after brunch on Sunday. We recommend getting the 16:01 Eurostar train from Calais returning on Sunday.
The shuttle costs £55 return.
Directions by car:
It is fast and very good value only approximately 4 hours from London.
Channel tunnel: www.eurotunnel.com. The cost is approx £30 to £50 each way for a car including up to 5 people.
Ferry: Newhaven to Dieppe 4 hour crossing, The Mill Retreat centre is located only 35 miles east of Dieppe for ferry details and prices.
Satellite navigation: GPS SAT NAV: Enter Country: France: City/town: Montmarquet (Lafresguimont-Saint-Martin), and then street: Breteuil, and then choose: anywhere, this will take you directly to the Mill Retreat Centre.or post code first: 80430 then Town: Montmarquet (Lafresguimont-Saint-Martin) then Street: BreteuilAlso see the Mill Retreat Centre for details.
Schedule & Activities
Arrivals and check-in begins from 3pm onwards from the first day of the retreat. If taking the Eurostar to Calais, you will arrive by about 5:00 pm. Before dinner, we will make introductions and have an evening class designed to help you arrive and unwind.
On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, we will offer a light breakfast, morning qigong session and meditation, followed by a more complete breakfast. We will then go into qigong and yoga class time (each with time for lecture and discussion) followed by lunch. In the afternoon will offer guests some free time, a late afternoon restorative yoga and meditative qigong class, followed by a feast for dinner.
Sunday morning we will again start with a light breakfast, qigong, and meditation. Then we will have class time. After a late brunch, we will close our weekend. The shuttle will depart for Calais after lunch.
"Mimi and Jodi's weekend retreat was very inspiring. They both offer so much in their teachings, and gave so much warmth and kindness to myself and everyone else on the course. The weekend was everything I needed it to be: the people, the views, the food, and the space. It was defiantly fate that I came on the retreat." – Claire Lloyd-Evans
Cost (per person) & Payment
Large double/twin room: £540 per person – fully booked, waitlist only
Small single room: £560 per person – fully booked, waitlist only
Large single room: £590 per person – fully booked, waitlist only
This includes four nights accommodation, all meals, yoga, qigong, and meditation. It does not include transportation costs there or back.
Deposit and payment: A non-refundable deposit of £100 is required to reserve your space. Payment in full is required by 30 days before the retreat begins.
Bank transfer, cheque and Paypal are accepted (if paying by Paypal there will be an additional £20 processing fee to your total balance).
Paypal payments can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bank details or information on sending a cheque for paying your deposit and balance will be provided to you upon registration.
Cancellation Policy: Please let us know as soon as possible if something comes up and you cannot attend our retreat. We always endeavour to treat cancellations fairly and sympathetically, but as spaces are limited the following applies: We'll refund you the full amount you've paid minus the deposit (£100) if you cancel 30 days BEFORE the start of the retreat. If you cancel WITHIN 30 days of the retreat, no refund will be issued unless we find a replacement for the vacancy created by your cancellation. If we do find a replacement, we will refund everything you've paid minus the deposit to you within 15 days.
We strongly recommend that you take out comprehensive travel insurance, including cancellation insurance, when you book the retreat.
"I want to thank Jodi and Mimi for bringing our group together and weaving some yogi qigong magic. The weekend allowed me profoundly to return to the Source, and other things fall away and return to its source as well. The weekend inspired me to think of this verse from the Dao de Qing: 'Profound caring is eternal as a deep valley’s spirit. Everything can offer a gateway to profound caring which uses an everlasting skein of energy and a very light touch.'" – Lissa Rodd
About Mimi & Jodi
Mimi and Jodi both have a deep passion for sharing the healing practices of yoga and qigong. Their practices and teachings are a fusion of yoga and qigong.
Mimi teaches classes in London as well as workshops, retreats and teacher trainings in the UK and abroad. She teaches regular workshops on qigong and yoga at triyoga, where she is also faculty member on their two year yoga teacher training course. She is the author of the DVD Vinyasa Yoga: A Steady, Mindful Practice, and co-founder of Beijing’s leading yoga studio, Yoga Yard, where she taught for seven years before moving to London.
Jodi trained with Matthew Cohen and completed his 200 hour SEA (Sacred Energy Arts) program, a unique system of yoga, healing and martial arts. Jodi is the creator of the web series 30 Minute Yoga for Hotel Rooms and the blog 30 Minute Qigong for Hotel Rooms. A film-maker and world traveler, Jodi lives between the UK and Fiji and teaches qigong workshops regularly at London’s Source Clinic and at Ranadi Plantation on Fiji's Coral Coast.
Mimi: email@example.com, www.mkdeemer.com
Jodi: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.agentsmithfilm
Frequently asked questions about retreats
“My thanks go to Mimi and Jodi for an amazing retreat. I know them both as skilled, generous and gifted teachers, but they also created such a safe and comfortable space for everyone, which is testament to their amazing skills and spirit. I felt a deep sense of peace, stillness and clarity from my time there. It was so interesting to be able to explore both Yoga and Qigong as distinct practices but also understand how they can intersect and develop a deeper intuition into what our bodies need, whether it be stillness or motion.” – Rakhee Jasani
"What we took home: A deeper understanding of qi gong, an intriguing practice that forms the basis of all Chinese martial arts. Qi gong encourages the practitioner to heighten their self-awareness through listening to the body and mind, and learn how to conserve energy (rather than expel too much and burn out quickly) in both the practice and daily life.
Would we go back: Yes. The lake, river and gardens were heavenly. Mimi and Jodi’s yoga and qi gong classes were superb. The food was delicious and wholesome.
People watch: Senior yoga and qi gong teachers Mimi Kuo-Deemer and Jodi Smith run an annual joint retreat here. They have an incredible combined knowledge and are warm compassionate people. Sophie Tunnicliffe, a massage therapist from Paris, offered deeply relaxing 60 minute treatments: a choice of deep tissue, aromatherapy or acupressure (£60) – highly recommended." – QueenofRetreats.com review of the Mill Retreat and 2015's retreat