We are a small and intimate retreat centre located in the heart of the Dordogne countryside, offering yoga, meditation and mindfulness retreats.

Yoga Retreats (2)

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Valerie McDonald

Reviews (22)

Chantal Halford

from Jersey, October 2019

"Wow. So perfect...."

Our host. Valerie was so welcoming and warm.

The yoga. Valerie is an amazing teacher and was very nurturing and understanding.

The food. Glyn and Valerie gave us such yummy home cooked vegetarian organic local food.

The accommodation. Spotless, homely, beautifully decorated.

The cat. Sylvester actually hugs and is a very good listener!

The weather. A bonus 27 degrees in October!


from Great Britain, September 2019

"Perfect first time retreat"

As this was my first solo travel trip I was nervous but soon felt at ease as soon as I arrived. The information received from Valerie beforehand was very thorough. The accommodation and facilities are lovely. Food great. Wonderful hosts. I enjoyed the mix of yoga and relaxation and the opportunity to visit a local market and an optional canoe trip. We also enjoyed some evening walks.

Franceska Francina

from New Zealand, September 2019

"really recommended !"

Varied program and delicious food

Jo Lane

from Great Britain, August 2019

"Perfect on every level..."

I would highly recommend the Zen yoga retreat. It was a brilliant mix of yoga, meditation, wonderful walks and lovely food. The accommodation was tastefully decorated and extremely comfortable, and the outdoor space and pool were fab.

Valerie is an amazingly warm person who makes you feel at home the minute you arrive. She is very knowledgable and skilled in delivering a wonderfully balanced mix of sessions throughout the retreat. Her husband Glynn served up tasty vegetarian dishes and there was always plenty of it. The location is very tranquil and calm, with wonderful views of the countryside. I will be going back for sure.

Lesley Hardwick

from Great Britain, August 2019

"Wonderful experience in a beautiful location"

This was a different type of practice for me, but has opened my eyes to the meditative side of yoga. The location was lovely, the accommodation and studio beautifully converted and the food excellent. The balance between all the activities was good and the yoga instruction first-class. I would have liked to have stayed longer!

Lois Drysdale

from France, July 2019

"Simply Perfect"

Absolutely everything, from the accommodation, the amazing studio space, the pool, and all set in the most idyllic of locations.

Valerie and Glyn are the perfect hosts. I left feeling relaxed, calm, reenergised and truly inspired!

A relative beginner I learnt so much and have fallen in

love with Yoga Nidra. Valerie is a wonderful teacher.

And I cannot forget to mention Glyn’s awesome cooking!

Thank you both so much.

A bientôt


from France, July 2019

"zen experience "

Valerie and Glyn were perfect hosts.The accommodation, venue, yoga studio and location were great. The food very tasty and enjoyable. The course content was excellent.


from Great Britain, July 2019


As a middle aged bloke who had done very little yoga and would never have dreamed of going on a retreat I simply did not know what to expect.

Within a few minutes I was put completely at ease. As well as the beautiful house and great location, for me it was the genuine warmth of welcome from Valerie and Glyn that made the stay so memorable. Thank you

Karina Stephens

from Great Britain, July 2019

"Pure bliss, a place to connect back with yourself and nature"

Every little thing. From the amazing yoga classes Valerie lead each day, to Glynn’s out of this world food. Even Sylvester the cat! Extremely recommended if you want beautiful scenery, hosts and surroundings! The house is spectacular! Thank you again.

Mike DeBeer

from United States, June 2019

"Simply Superb"

Wonderful location, excellent food, good company and yoga that inspired and rejuvenated. Simply superb in every way.

Roxane Noyer

from Switzerland, October 2019

"Une magnifique retraite. Que du bonheur! "

L'endroit est un petit paradis. Tout est parfait. Le logement est super avec tout ce qu'il faut à disposition. Une magnifique piscine et surtout un studio de yoga absolument incroyable. C'est magnifique. Valerie prend grand soin de ses hôtes. Les cours de yoga son très bien donnés pour tous les niveaux. Une vraie coupure de quelques jours, un havre de paix.

Tracey Moore

from France, August 2019

The place was lovely, so peaceful. Everything is perfect for a zen weekend. Yoga, walks in the country, meditation. Valerie and Glyn were warm and welcoming hosts. Valerie full of positive energy and sunshine, Glyn, in th background, prepared us wonderful healthy meals. There was a really good group dynamic, all ages, all positive and "bienveillant'. I recommend it!

Celine Violet

from France, August 2019

"Merveilleux séjour"

Valerie & Glyn (& Sylvester !) sont des hôtes merveilleux.

Généreux, accueillants, chaleureux, bienveillants, leur maison est un véritable havre de paix dans un cadre magnifique.

Les cours de Yoga sont diversifiés, les marches ressourçantes,

et la cuisine est excellente.

Je reviendrai, merci à vous !

Marion Venet

from Great Britain, August 2019

"Un premier sejour tres reussi ! "

Le lieu extremement beau et calme, les chambres cosy et confortables, la nourriture locale, fraiche, saine et tres gourmande, les lecons de yoga en toute bienveillance, les discussions riches en apprentissage et en partage, les balades en pleine conscience dans la campagne environnante, les rencontres, l'ouverture d'esprit et la gentillesse de Valerie, toutes ces choses ont fait de mon sejour en Dordogne un moment magique, hors du temps, propice a la relaxation et a l'apaisement. J'en suis revenue extremement positive et heureuse.

Merci a Valerie et Glyn pour ces quelques jours, et aux autres participants pour ces moments de partage.

I definately recommend !

Carole Bu Ro

from France, August 2019

"Une parenthèse hors du temps"

Valérie est une personne humble et bienveillante qui prend soin de ses stagiaires avec une douceur enveloppante. J'ai trouvé les cours de yoga toniques et challenging, que les méditations étaient amenées avec pédagogie, et que les randonnées furent ressourcantes. La nourriture cuisinée par Glynn est délicieuse, saine et légère. Le massage ayurvedique proposé valait le détour, réalisé par une personne très douce et très libérateur d'émotions. Les rencontres et les échanges qui ont eu lieu pendant ce stage m'ont amené des prises de consciences mais aussi à une prise de distance sur les événements qui vont m'être utiles au quotidien. J'ai quitté cet endroit avec l'envie d'y revenir !

Seif Ben Hadj Hassine

from Belgium, June 2019

"Perfect Zen/Yoga escape in Dordogne"

Everything was great! The place and the hosts will make you feel immediately welcome. The 4-day retreat was truly the escape I needed to reboot mind and body .

We had different types of yoga during the stay. A dynamic flow in the morning, followed by Yoga Nidra and then a restorative Yin yoga class in the evening.The practice is very much open to all levels, from beginners to experts. It was my first time practicing Yoga Nidra and it became very fast my favorite moment of the day.

The bedrooms were nice, clean and confortable. Glyn was a hell of cook! And we had plenty of free time during the afternoon to either chill by the swimming pool, go for a hike, do some canoe/kayak, visit the nearby villages or do some more yoga by ourselves.

I can't not mention Sylvester. The thug cat. The purrfect addition to the team.

Farah Bezahaf

from France, May 2019

"A wonderful stay"

I had the pleasure to spend a few days at Valerie and Glyn's beautiful house in April.

The stay was absolutely wonderful, so much that I felt at home. From Valerie's classes to Glyn's cooking and cuddling Sylvester, the whole experience was unique. It was akin to being in a bubble, living a dream and not wanting to get back to reality.

The experience wouldn't have been the same without my fellow 'classmates' Lorna, Tiffany and Laila. I went there on my own expecting to spend a lot of the down time alone reading when I actually spent most of the down time with the others, reading, chatting, laughing and creating Glyn's new career in cooking.

I learned a lot yoga-wise, especially Yoga Nidra that I had never practiced before.

I even discovered the beautiful region of Dordogne that I had never visited. I clearly want to come back, both to the Dordogne and the retreat. I left there peaceful, rejuvenated and more attuned to my body.

Thank you so much for this Val and Glyn!

I highly recommend booking a retreat with them, you won't be disappointed.

Laila Lechopier

from France, April 2019

"Great retreat an initiation to yoga Nidra "

Valerie is a great teacher she have created a great space where everything is done to make you happy and feel zen . Her coaching is full of kindness and generosity I have learned so much during this retreat. I highly recommend this stage all is great the place,the food,Valerie and her husband .