MonPetitCoeur Yoga Retreats

MonPetitCoeur Yoga Retreats offers yoga retreats and classes in a tranquil rural setting in France and other destinations worldwide.

  • Poitou Charentes, France
Limited availability
from US$723
Price for:

11 days / 10 nights

Josie Bounds

Satsanga Yoga Retreat, Goa, India Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Hatha Yoga)

Josie is a yogini, yoga teacher, and artist. Her yoga journey began in her 20s. After completing a yoga teacher training foundation course, she has taught regular yoga classes at La Menantelliere, France. The yoga studio is a sanctuary where small classes have flourished. Josie's yogic journey has taken her to India to continue her studies with Heather Elton to receive a 200-hour teacher training Yoga Alliance accreditation. This experience has inspired her to be an excellent teacher sharing the true nature and essence of yoga with all her students.


  • Review by Helena

    "I had been looking for a yoga teacher for some time, and Josie was recommended to me by a friend who said ' you'll really get on well with Josie and she's just finished her new yoga studio, ready to start giving lessons'. "


    "​I started sessions with Josie almost a year ago, and can honestly say that I have found the perfect yoga instructor, for me. She is mindful of each of our needs, wants and capabilities; she gently and seamlessly helps/corrects, when that is needed - and, as a result, we have each really 'blossomed' and progressed, achieving our own level of skill, and surprising me, sometimes, at what I have managed to achieve, through Josie's teaching/demonstrating and encouragement. Through this, I have stretched myself (in several meanings of the word!), and am motivated to continue my yoga development - really looking forward each time to my two sessions per week. Wish it were more!!"


    "I must add that we are treated to tea at the end of our sessions (well, Josie calls it tea, but we have sampled many of Neal's Yard herbal and other 'teas') and always leave refreshed, relaxed and energised (at the same time!). Looking forward to many, many more yoga sessions in the future. Thank you, Josie. Helena"

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  • Review by Phil and Sue Lake from Exmouth, UK

    "We had a wonderful holiday, and would certainly recommend la Menantelierre to anyone wanting a tranquil break in the fabulous French countryside."

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  • Review by Keith and Sharon Millington from Rochdale, UK

    "Spent a week here and we really enjoyed the home. It was very comfortable, clean and well equipped and had all the facilities you could want. The owner, Josie was very helpful and made us so welcome. The pictures don't show relay how peaceful and tranquil the home really is and the views are lovely. Sat on the patio with a glass of wine watching the sun go down brings fond memories. The only blot was the weather which could have been better but it did not spoil our week. Thanks Josie. Recommended for pet friendly, sightseeing, families with teenagers, and families with young children."

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  • Review by Butler family from West Haddon, UK

    "Spectacular views and all the comforts of home. We recommend 'Wobbly Rock' and The Parc du Pierre Brune. Thank you for an enjoyable holiday."

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  • Review by O'Neill family from Bickley, Bromley, UK

    "We all thoroughly enjoyed our week and felt much at home. Too many nice touches to mention and the house is a real credit to you Josie. Highly recommended."

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  • Review by Harley family from UK

    "My family and I would like to thank Josie for a wonderful holiday. The house is beautiful and the views unbeatable. A visit to the Ile De Re is recommended. Many thanks once again for the opportunity to stay in this wonderful area of France."

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  • Review by Millar family from Uckfield, UK

    "The gite exceeded our expectations, very homely, well appointed, spacious and comfortable the perfect base from which to explore the locality."

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  • Review by Rachel Le Vely from Chicago, USA

    "I attended the 4 day yoga retreat at Mon Petite Cœur in October of 2016. I was there celebrating my 30th birthday, and I cannot say enough great things about the wonderful weekend that I had there with Josie. With my stressful work schedule, it was the perfect weekend to unwind and relax; and in addition, the food was amazing. We had daily walks in the countryside, and multiple yoga and meditation sessions everyday. It was exactly what I had hoped for and more. I would highly recommend attending a yoga retreat at Mon Petit Cœur if you're looking to relax and improve your yoga practice. Josie is a lovely yoga instructor who studied in India for her teacher training. She has a wonderful hands-on approach that helped me to achieve greater results in my own yoga practice."

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  • Review by Stella and Nick from Rugby, UK

    "We arrived in the dark and awoke the next morning to pull back curtains and wow, what a view ! Fantastic base for exploring local places of interest. Peace and relaxation guaranteed, whilst enjoying a glass of wine on the decking, and having a dip in the pool. Plenty of lovely local restaurants to enjoy. Josie is always there for help and advice. The gite was spotless, everything you need at hand, and English TV. Bikes are also available to enjoy a ride through the lovely countryside. On one such occasion, we came across Caf BonBon in La Chapelle aux Lys, owned by a lovely English couple. Would highly recommend and return. It was beautiful!"

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  • Review by Sanders family from Berkshire, UK

    "We loved staying at la Menantelierre. We arrived late in the evening to a lovely home-made lasagne from Josie which was a great welcome. The Welcome basket was great and meant we did not need to shop on the Sunday at all. The Gite was beautifully designed and comfortably furnished. It was modern but also had character as it was a barn conversion. The gite was also well equipped and we did not miss anything from the kitchen at home. Everything was provided from tea bags to toilet rolls and washing powder. The gite was spacious and cool in the hot weather. Our teenage girls loved their bedroom. The views from the decking were amazing and we all enjoyed the pool which meant many days were spent at the gite just relaxing.We could really switch off here and enjoy the countryside especially as four excellent bikes were provided for us which meant no hiring costs. There was Wi-Fi when needed also. We were able to lie outside in the evenings on the sun beds star gazing as there was no light pollution. Josie keeps lovely gardens with chickens, pigs and plenty of lavender. It was not at all intrusive having the owners on site and next time I shall join in one of Josie's yoga classes!Thank you for a truly relaxing holiday with the right amount of peace and quiet but still only just over an hour to the beach at La Rochelle. The town of Niort was interesting to visit and have lunch. This holiday was also exceptionally good value for money we could not fault it! Thanks Josie."

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  • Review by Boot family from Hampshire, UK

    "Many thanks for a lovely week at La Menantelliere. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and all agreed it is the best holiday cottage weve stayed at, at home or in France. We loved the spacious, airy living area and the walk out onto the large deck with lovely views. The pool was a big hit with our daughter, and seeing the pigs and chickens were the highlight of her holiday! The gite was perfectly equipped and as hosts, you were so welcoming."

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  • Review by Angela Hewitt

    "Home now from our wonderful week at La Menantelierre. The gite is gorgeous, with absolutely everything we needed for a relaxing stay. Josie is a wonderful host, and the welcome basket on arrival (including wine!) was a lovely touch. The gite has the most fantastic views which no photos can do justice to. Miles and miles of tranquil French countryside was our view whilst sipping wine on the terrace - gorgeous. My husband enjoyed numerous local walks, maps provided by Josie! The local restaurants are superb for 'Plat du Jour' at 12 EUR each. A visit to La Rochelle was lovely, and would recommend as less than an hour away. Thank you so much for a lovely, relaxing stay. We'll definitely be back!"

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  • Review by Elizabeth Preston

    "Delightful gite with a fabulous view from the living room and terrace that is hard to beat, but we also recommend a walk up the lane for a 180 degree panoramic view of the wonderful countryside around. Thoughtfully and comfortably furnished and has the best equipped kitchen we have found in a holiday home. Josie provides a lovely welcome basket along with all the basics you need for the kitchen and bathroom. All in all a lovely gite in a tranquil location and we would thoroughly recommend it for a relaxing time away from it all."

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  • Review by Nigel Robinson

    "Now back from our week at La Menantelierre and we are reminiscing at how lovely our stay was. Josie made us very welcome and was extremely accommodating. The gite was beautifully kept and in an idyllic setting. We would recommend this as a perfect holiday location, set in beautiful rural France. Thanks again Josie!"

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  • Review by David Hockridge

    "We had a lovely holiday and would thoroughly recommend staying here. The gite is beautifully presented, spotlessly clean, and is a real home from home. Josie the owner is very friendly and helpful, she even let our two year old boy help feed the chickens and pigs and pick some fresh raspberries and strawberries. The gite has the most amazing view of the Vendee countryside, and is a great place to relax. We would recommend a trip to Parc Bruin if you have young children, the swimming lake about 15 minutes away (which I cant remember the name of but Josie will point you in the right direction), a walk around and lunch out in Vouvant, a visit to the River Mervent where you can hire boats and a lunch out at the Chateau La Citardiere."

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  • Review by Gerritsen family from Netherlands

    "La Menantelierre is a wonderful place to spend your holiday. The gite is perfectly lovely (comfortable and cozy) and it offers beautiful views of the lush green countryside. The owner Josie lives next door in the main house, and she couldn't have been friendlier or more helpful; providing us with fresh produce from her garden, toys for the children, tips for activities any-time we wanted.We loved eating the figs and cherries directly from the trees in the garden, and very gladly helped ourselves to fresh herbs, onions and zucchinis for our supper. Josie, thank you for your very generous hospitality: we had a fantastic holiday!"

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  • Review by Carmen Scott from Canada

    "The view from the balcony terrace is fabulous and much better than the photographs suggest, the gite is perfect and again far more impressive than the photos suggest"

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