16 August 2019 by Jessica Boston
Discover relaxing retreats in the heart of Normandy
Holidays are often a time to over indulge and treat yourself to luxurious food, an extra glass of wine (or two!) and socialising late into the night – sometimes you can come home feeling like you need another break just to recover! Why not take a holiday that gives you time to relax body and mind with a retreat focused on your physical, mental and spiritual well being?
A relaxing retreat in the Normandy countryside
La Bichurie in Normandy is a gorgeous 16th century house owned by Mark Lawrence, an expert with 18 years experience working in psychology, behaviour change, Chinese medicine and mindfulness. “I established La Bichurie to offer its visitors time to relax, to re-connect with nature and find some peace and tranquility in this non-stop, fast-moving world.” says Mark, and he has certainly found the perfect place to do it! Set in 4 acres of landscaped gardens, fruit orchards and rolling fields this charming holiday home offers spacious, comfortable accommodation for up to 12 guests. Enjoy the tranquility spending your days exploring the grounds, getting back to nature, walking, cycling, birdwatching, sketching or taking photographs of the peaceful rural vistas, and your evenings stargazing the clear night skies.
Family friendly, relaxed environment
La Bichurie offers you the unique chance to take part in a number of activities designed to nurture and destress you with everything tailored to the experience and ability level of your group. Families and complete beginners will find this is the ideal place to try all sorts of new things in a relaxed, friendly environment. It’s also a great choice for a group holiday with friends who are connected by a spiritual or meditative hobby.
Mark has created a Buddhist Yoga Studio in the grounds of La Bichurie where you can practise yoga or Tai Qi, meditation, mindfulness and both Thai and Swedish massage sessions for full body relaxation. Private classes and workshops are available to book, or simply use this lovely space for your own practise and meditation. Art classes can also be arranged for those seeking to express themselves in another creative direction. “Photography, meditation, and spiritual practice are easy here and you will go home feeling totally refreshed and relaxed” says Mark “If you are looking for a tranquil holiday surrounded by nature then look no further.”
Many local attractions to visit
As well as taking care of your spiritual needs, a holiday at La Bichurie is great for discovering this gorgeous part of France with the D-Day landing beaches, the beautiful west coast of Normandy, historic castles, medieval market towns and natural parks all within easy reach.