The following represents an example of a typical day at our residential retreats, although your days may vary slightly from venue to venue. But one thing is for sure … you will love it. We really look forward to sharing experiences with you. Please note that if you are Non-Residential, your day starts at around 10am and ends at about 5.30pm.
8:30 WAKE-UP WALK OR SWIM
(Residential Only) Wake-Up Walk. At most of our venues you will find amazing walks across beautiful countryside. Some venues will also have facilities such as a pool. Whether in the UK, France or Spain, what better way to start your day than a walk or swim with friends.
(Residential Only) Healthy breakfast, porridge, fruits, smoothies or shakes. A healthy breakfast and chat with your friends about the previous day sets you up for a great day ahead. Breakfasts will vary. Please note that cooked breakfasts will only be available at certain venues.
10:00 YOGA SESSION
(Residential & Non-Res) Your Yoga teacher understands the complexity of our mature bodies and those coming up to and going through menopause. Do not worry if you are a ‘first timer’ as you will be well looked after. Bring a Yoga mat if you have one, but don’t worry if you don’t, as we will supply it for you.
11:30 BREAK TIME
Herbal teas & spécialité coffee. You have a choice of some lovely coffee or herbal teas, but no biscuits as we want you to enjoy your lunch! Break time is always another opportunity for doing what we love best… natter!
12:00 MEET YOUR NUTRITIONIST
Your Nutritionist, trained and supplied by Maryon Stewart herself, will give you an insightful look at diet and nutrition, and show you how you can make small changes that offer huge results. There will be a Q&A afterwards.
13:30 WONDERFUL LUNCH BREAK
Ready for lunch. We aim to show you some great ways to improve your diet, demonstrating just how easy it is to reduce meat. We don’t preach or judge, just deliver amazing ideas and serve up tasty, exciting cuisine using fresh ingredients.
14:30 SPECIALIST NURSE
Meet the Nurse, who will talk you through what is happening to our bodies physically during menopause. Why it happens, and what medical options might help. She will encourage you to learn more about the pros and cons of HRT and other treatments.
15:00 Q&A'S WITH THE NURSE
This gives you time to chat through any concerns you have about your own menopause, and medical issues, or just ask whatever you like – if the nurse can help, she will. This is a time to discuss medical issues relating to the day or the nurse’s session. Remember, unless you are on the 1-Day retreat, you will see her again tomorrow.
16:00 WINE AND CHOCOLATE TASTING
Some would argue that this will be their favourite time of the day, but we assure you the best is left for last. This is however a very welcome opportunity to sample some delicious Alcohol-Free Bubbly (we love it!!) and some of the nicest, yet healthiest chocolate you will have ever eaten!
You are treated to a session with our very own Psychotherapists, who have invaluable insight into the mind, our brain fog, anxieties and more. Symptom management techniques will be offered, to help you discover and maintain your new psychological strengths long after you leave.
18:00 FREE TIME
Non-Residential guests leave around this time. Residential guest break for free time. Call home, perhaps take a bath, relax and get ready for supper with your friends. Facilities at your retreat will vary, so you may be able to have a swim or a sauna. Relax and unwind.
(Residential Only) Dinner with your friends. Time to relax, unwind and reflect upon your day. A glass of wine will be served with your meal, or mineral water if you prefer. You will get to know your surroundings and hosts. Tonight you will sleep like a baby!