YOGA RETREAT FOR BEGINNERS

Winter is still with us here in the Dordogne but there are signs of spring – the buds on the almond trees in the large field opposite Le Moulin are gearing up to make a spectacular display, the pussy willow in the courtyard of the downstairs apartment is already quite fluffy and soft … and each day the sun rises a few minutes earlier.

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All this means that it will soon be time for me to spend more time outdoors in the potager and my organic herb garden. It also means I’ll have to have completed the winter tasks of catching up on administration and planning the year ahead.

I’ve got a good start in that the calendar of luxury lifestyle events for the year is now finalised. Yolanda Valstar van Die, a yoga instructor from the Netherlands, just called to confirm that she’ll be running an extended weekend of daily yoga sessions, meditation and relaxation at Le Moulin.

Yolanda was trained by three of the most well-known teachers in that country: Johan Noorloos, Marcel de Vis Heil and Anat Geiger. She has opted to hold a yoga retreat for beginners in May and intermediate students in September to help them accelerate their proficiency.

There are numerous benefits associated with practising yoga including improved flexibility, more strength, better concentration, improved posture, better breathing. Yoga can also help combat depression and loss of bone density, help beat stiffness and hormonal fluctuations, and fight off hardening of the arteries.

During the course at Le Moulin, students will be introduced to Vinyasa Yoga or Flow Yoga (a variation on Ashtanga). This is a more lively form of yoga, and can be best compared with meditation in movement.

It will help students towards a stronger and healthier body, and they will become more connected to their inner selves – the source of inner peace, joy, love and harmony. This is a perfect match with our philosophy of Heal your Body, Feed your Soul and Free your Mind, and I am so looking forward to welcoming Yolanda to Le Moulin.

The beginners’ session takes place in spring from May 9 to May 13 while intermediates will participate in the autumn session from September 19 to September 23. If you are interested in joining us on one of the weekends, please let us know. Email me at anita@le-moulin-de-larcy.com or call on +33 (0)5.53.91.23.89.

WELL-BEING MESSAGE : Yoga helps to improve the circulation, which in turn benefits the skin and helps to clean the body out by increasing the elimination of toxins through the lungs.

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WATERMILL IN FRANCE : amazing new website

We are so proud of our new website, which has  been created by Simon Toller of Orange Press, UK.

Simon has been so patient over the passed few months, making changes, taking out sections, creating new ones.  Patiently working towards the end product …… which we think is fabulous!

http://www.le-moulin-de-larcy.com

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Well-being message : at least once a week do something for someone else, some thing for yourself and some thing different that you have never done before.

 

 

 

 

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2013 Calendar : Luxury Life Style Getaways

We have a wonderful calendar of events planned for 2013!

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February 22nd to 25th: we start with our Wine Enthusiast weekend, when we welcome a member of the esteemed institute of Masters of Wine, Cathy van Zyl, to Perigord for an exclusive weekend of wine tasting, gourmet meals and companionship.

May 9 to 13th : Exclusive Yoga Retreat for beginners. An extended weekend of daily yoga sessions, meditation and total relaxation.  Yolanda Valstar-van Die, from Holland, will be the yoga instructor during the retreats.  A second retreat is schedule for intermediates in September from 19th to 23rd.

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May & June are also wonderful months for Walking and/or Cycling in France.

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July the Baroc Musical Festival is a must for those who love Baroc Music!  What treat to enjoy the local French countryside travelling from village to village, following the program of selected churches and cathedrals, with added delight of the acoustics and ambiance of ancient churches filled with music!

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October 4th to 8th : Art Workshop

With Julie Cope, professional artist and tutor. Personal tuition in drawing and painting with watercolours, acrylic, oils and pastels as well as mosaic work.

Finally 1st to 5th November : Hands-On Organic Cooking Course.  Learn the secrets of Moulin de Larcy favourite menus.

Contact : anita@le-moulin-de-larcy.com for more information. 

Well-Being Message : IF YOU WANT TO BE HAPPY, BE!

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WINE STUDENTS : 2013 MW 2nd YEAR CANDIDATE PRE-SEMINAR

Cathy van Zyl, the co-ordinator for the 2013 MW 2nd Year Candidate Seminar in Bordeaux, has decided to run a pre-seminar refresher course  at Moulin de Larcy next month for two days, 14th & 15th February.

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This course will only be available to guests staying at the Moulin. For more information please contact me, Anita, at anita@le-moulin-de-larcy.com

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WINE ENTHUSIASTS : start 2013 as you intend it to continue

We are having our very first wine enthusiast weekend at Moulin de Larcy : arrive Friday 22nd February, depart Monday 25th.

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Le Moulin welcomes a member of the esteemed Institute of Masters of Wine to Perigord for an exclusive weekend of wine tasting, gourmet meals and companionship. Cathy van Zyl MW will lead you the sparkling wines of the world, a tasting of French Classics and another of South African Gems.

As Moulin de Larcy prides itself with the personal touch, the weekend will only be available to guests staying at the Moulin, therefore maximum number of participants will be six but probably only 3 or 4 as generally both partners do not participate in the life style courses.

Please contact me, Anita, at anita@le-moulin-de-larcy.com for more information.

 

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CHRISTMAS MENU

Simon and I are so looking forward to the Christmas festivities at the Moulin, we have already put together the Christmas Menu and in a few days we will order the goose from a local goose farmer, who will prepare it for us the weekend before Christmas.

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This is the goose which we did last Christmas, it was our first Christmas goose – wonderful!! So much juicier and tastier than turkey.

So the menu this year will be:

Glass of champs, just to get the mood right.  Followed by a Mushroom Consommé.  Then a Terrain de Foie Gras served with caramelised onion & fig preserve plus a glass of Monbazillac. THEN the Roast Goose with chestnut stuffing & roasted winter veg plus a glass of red.  Assorted Cheese with fruit preserve & a wee glass of chilled white. Finally Spiced Pears in red wine  served with a dessert wine.

All served in the candle lit apartment, just for two!!

Only available to guests staying at the Moulin.

Well-being message :  Have fun and laugh a lot !!!

 

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INTIMATE CHRISTMAS and/or NEW YEAR at Water Mill in France

This year we are offering a special, intimate Christmas and New Year  dinner, served in the apartment, to our guests who book to spend Christmas and/or New Year at the Moulin.

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Our guests also have the option to join in the festivities at our table should they wish.

We pride ourselves on using locally produced products, homemade condiments, organic vegetables from the potager and local market.

Well-being messageAvoid buying ready made meals, these contain large quantities of salt and sugar – one serving contains more than half of your recommended daily intake of salt, not to mention the sugar plus the preservatives!  In addition the salt used is finely ground, bleached salt and not the unbleached granules of salt, which are loaded with minerals.

 

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