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Wellness Retreats

“In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion." - Albert Camus








For those who have already attended the inaugural Hands Heart Head Retreat in June 2017 Melanie has come up with a follow-up programme for you to explore further and try other modes of art. It is also suitable for anyone who hasn’t attended the previous HHH Retreat in 2017. It requires no particular level of ability – the workshops are just completely different!

To secure your place please c
ontact: Melanie Bayoud melaniebayoud@gmail.com or Amanda Graham amanda@praanawellness.com

Link: http://www.melaniebayoud.com/


Day 1
Brush Calligraphy and Textile Stamping
Learn the art of lettering with some simple techniques of brush lettering calligraphy. Incoprorate your new skills into a design for a tea towel or tote bag. Create your own unique stamps for your textile project.
Day 2
Mandala Painted Canvas
A Mandala (sanskrit for ‘circles’) is a circular figure representing the universe in Hindu and Buddhist symbolism and is often created in yoga studios using plants and flower petals. They are colourful and the art of creating them is therapeutic and can be suol searching.
In Jungian psychology a mandala as a symbol in a dream, representing the dreamer’s search for completeness and self-unity.
In our yoga class today we will explore both of these concepts with Amanda in the yoga class. She is both a yoga teacher and Clinical Psychologist.
Melanie will begin with a primed canvas and a background colour created solely with your hands and paint. Using ink pens you will create your own mandala. Our mandala will represent the connection between our inner self and outer reality. Designing your own can be both inspirational and therapeutic.
Day 3
Group Paper Mache Project
Model making. Creating something fragile from daily newspapers into something strong and spectacular. Discover and build together as a team and experience the camaraderie and fun had in a large group project.
Day 4
Get your hands engrossed in this enormously satisfying and tactile experience of creating a sculpture, producing another unique piece for you to take home. Mold, sculpt and opt for a painted or varnished finish for your piece.
Schedule includes a beginners yoga class per day.
Yoga teaches us to love and nurture ourselves and builds confidence and acceptance. Sometimes all that stops us being creative is our own negative chatter in our minds, something we have been taught to think… something that’s not true.. but we believe it to be. Lets change that.

Amanda and Melanie have decades of experience between them in the mental health profession particularly dealing with stress and anxiety disorders. Melanie uses Art therapy and Amanda uses Yoga and Cognitive Behavioural therapy. Put them together and they make a healing therapy for anyone needing to make change.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included and rooms vary in price according to numbers sharing (see below). There is free time in the afternoons for you to relax by the pool or take a massage at our Spa Room (added cost). There is a local distillery tour at our partner Cognac distillers (only 4 miles from the retreat centre) that is optional. We have local market towns to visit if you wish. Its recommended that you hire a car from the airport or train station if you wish to explore.. car hire is very reasonable.

Early bird – 1150 – 1350 euros (dependent on room and based on at least 2 people sharing) paid in full before 31st December 2017.
1350 -1550 euros (dependent on room and based on at least 2 people sharing) after 1st January and paid in full before 15th April 2018.
Accommodation – all our rooms are luxury mattresses and high quality linen. Towels for bathing and pool are supplied as are organic toiletries in all the showers. Fans are available in the rooms.
Due to the nature of this old historic petit distillery some of the rooms have less head height than others and less of a view although all have windows and mosquito netting. This is reflected in the cost of the retreat.

Tent (for 2 pax) 1150 euros
Ensuite 6 (4 pax sharing, limited head room) 1150 euros
Greniere 4 (3 pax sharing) 1150 euros
Greniere 5 (couple, kingsize bed) 1250 euros
Ensuite 1 (2 pax, twin beds) 1250 euros
Ensuite 2 (luxury Kingsize bed 2 pax) 1350 euros
Ensuite 3 (2 pax, twin beds, double shower suite) 1300 euros

20% secures a place now. There are 10 places available.
It is possible to pay in instalments between now and 15th April when payment must be made in full.

Single supplement is available in 3 rooms only (Ensuite 1, 2 and 5) at an extra charge of 350 euros. 

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