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Taste of Wellness Retreat
29/06/2020 04/07/2020

Taste of Wellness Retreat

Europe - 5 days


Daily Pilates & Dance Classes Wild nature & fresh local food Complimentary massage


When was the last time you had a moment to breathe?

Strengthening Pilates, soothing stretching and energizing dancing. Having time to think about the importance of every day life. Getting a good night's sleep, tranquillity of the countryside, beautiful flavors from the garden, flowers in bloom, gentle water of the natural swimming pool and relaxing sauna in a barrel. That's what wellness tastes like!



Our location

The Happy Hamlet is an old farm-hamlet that dates back centuries, built with the beautiful white Quercy stones. The Napoleonic land register shows our settlement was habited by five families – a lot had taken place already before them, and a lot in between them and us. The last duty of the property, before turning into the Happy Hamlet, was serving as a goat cheese farm. The products were, and are still as production continues nearby, a popular local treat.

Now it’s our pleasure to give this old beauty a new breath of life and you are welcome to join us.

We’re located in the beautiful and rather untouched region on the Southwest French countryside. An hour north of Toulouse, 2 hours from Bordeaux, and 2.5 hours from the Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees. Plenty of medieval villages around to explore and to experience the more authentic France as it is today.


Sweet dreams guaranteed...


You will stay in the Guest House of The Happy Hamlet, which centuries ago was home for several families and now has been turned into a place for feeling good. The charming rooms (double, twin or triple) have each an ensuite bathroom with a window. The house has been renovated by preserving as much of the old as possible, yet keeping the comfort in mind. Many recycled treasures have been given new life allowing them to tell you their stories from the past.

The huge barn will be your lounge, salon and kitchen whenever you wish, and the vast property offers woods and prairies, fields and valleys for you to explore. You are welcome to enjoy the organic produce from the garden whenever you feel like having a healthy snack. With the sessions and discussions, other activities and visits you will surely have plenty to do, to explore and to experience – but you will certainly have your free time, too. Nothing beats the hammock under the trees for good relaxation!

At night, once in bed, you’ll be guaranteed a good night’s sleep because the only background noise will be the owl informing that everything is.. just fine.

Guest Room - Fast&Happy Price
€1350 Per person per stay
Guest Room
€1500 Per person per stay


Breathe the fresh air. Free the spirit. Revive your body.


Once everyone has arrived at The Happy Hamlet it´s time to forget about tight schedules and a busy mindset. We will start with some relaxing and soothing stretches to help the body to recover from a day of traveling.

During the week, we begin our mornings with a strengthening Pilates session and the days end with an energetic dance or a relaxing stretching class. It makes no difference if you have strong background in these styles or if you have never even heard about this way of training – Janica has been an instructor for over 20 years and she’ll guide you through all you need. The group size is small, which means that individual attention is guaranteed and you will be in safe hands.

On top of all this wonderful wellness, a complimentary massage will be offered by Janica to all the participants. After the Taste Of Wellness week, you will feel much more at ease, less tense and happier. This is what you needed.

After a class, you may dip into the natural swimming pool (no chlorite nor other chemicals!) or relax in the sauna. Or maybe just steal a moment for yourself and your book, curl up in a hammock tucked away under the trees. If you wish to still get more active physically, the surroundings are perfect for jogging, hiking, cycling, or swimming. In your spare time, you can also engage in a game of badminton or ping-pong, and we need to add, that “the Hamlet Hike” around the property with Nicolas has been very popular – just don’t wear your high heels!

Our program is based on a “go with the flow” mentality, this is your vacation, after all! You may participate in our little visits in the region – but it’s completely fine if you wish to stay “home” in the Hamlet. We’ll visit a charming medieval village on an evening dinner market, and we’ll do some wine-tasting at our friends’ vineyard. Departure day morning, if your travel plans allow, we’ll pick up the freshest from the nearby farmers’ market and enjoy a champagne brunch before the “au revoirs”. That is, “until we meet again” – because we think you might want to return..


In France they say "Bon Appétit" - and they mean it, literally!


Meals are prepared with love and attention from own organic produce combined with the offering from the local farmers. The region’s wine selection is impressive, and you will be able to taste and find your favorites both during the meals as well as the visits to the vineyards.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and all drinks are included. You’re really meant to feel “at home”, which means that you’re welcome to enjoy anything from the garden or kitchen whenever you feel like a healthy snack – or have a glass of wine by the pool if that’s what would make you happy right there and right then.

You can join the “Hamleters” and visit one of the daily markets to hand-pick all the fresh goodies from the nearby producers.


Janica Rekola

An instructor who listens and inspires.

Janica explains that anyone can do Pilates. She gives plenty of options for all the exercises, so no one feels left out. Her extensive career was started off by attending dance lessons and soon she wanted to expand her career and become a dance instructor, Pilates instructor and a sports massage therapist. She takes every client as an individual and helps them feel at ease. Her heart warming and positive out look on life reflexes in her work. She teaches regularly abroad and is based in the United Kingdom where she has weekly classes, workshops and wellness weekends.

“I enjoy every single moment in life. It´s truly amazing how positive thinking can change your outlook on life. Being very ambitious I thrive to help my client to achieve a healthy, happy lifestyle with Pilates training and over all well being. When my clients succeed, I succeed.” -Janica

Feedback from a client: Janica is a wonderful instructor! Her technical knowledge and passion shine through in each of her classes. She cares and takes the time to know each one of her students and their specific needs. Her classes are fun and inclusive. She also provides different versions of the exercises to allow her students to benefit from a bespoke experience. Thank you very much for such a lovely retreat!


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Natural Swimming Pool Sauna (in a barrel!) 13 ha of own land with forests, prairies, bamboos.... Huge barn as common area Hammocks Bicycles Wifi in common areas Boutique / Local products Petanque Several Terrases Outdoors Garden & fruit trees


EVERYTHING: food, drinks & snacks HUGE property with peace&calm ALL visits: wine-tasting&farmers' market ALL classes (twice a day) ALL props for yoga GUIDED Hamlet Hike w/Nicolas GROUP transfer from/to Toulouse Airport COMPLIMENTARY massage

Not included

Airfares Travel insurance


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