Bearfoot Breaks is a beautiful retreat centre, based in the centre of France in the Limousin countryside. Our aim is to offer tailored fitness and wellness retreats for individuals or small groups. By keeping things small, we can keep things personal and make sure that each guest receives individual attention from our on-site personal trainer, movement enthusiast and nutrition coach, Jake Duval.
Why Bearfoot Breaks?
Bearfoot Breaks was created to enable us to share our passion for all things health related. Kirsty has the hosting and cooking skills, and Jake lives and breaths all matters related to health. Originally coming from a personal trainer background, Jake only got to spend time with people in the gym, knowing that this small window of time, simply wasn’t enough. Coming to the lodge, and spending 3-5 days engulfed in a holistic health approach will give your body the experience that it continuously needs.
So whether you are simply looking to get it away from it all and give yourself some true “me time” or whether you’re looking for an alternative type of break, for a small group, pre-wedding, birthday celebration or preparing for a big event, then this is the place for you!
So what can you expect?
Before you arrive, you’ll have a call with Jake so he can get to know more about you, understand what you’re trying to achieve and what you like or dislike. That way he can put together a programme that is tailored just to you or to your group. On the first day of the retreat, he’ll do a full body movement assessment and GAIT analysis and each day will start with a body check in, to see what differences you can feel. Each day will consist of a range of different fitness activities, with most, if not all being done in the great outdoors. So imagine the equivalent of three personal training sessions a day, it could be TRX, HIIT, obstacle course, circuits, or lake running – all with the fresh air on your face, allowing you to reconnect with nature.
We’re surrounded by stunning scenery, with lakes, hills and forest walks a plenty. We’ll build these guided walks into your days and you can experience the French lakeside beaches, and even have a go at kayaking or paddle-boarding in the summer months.
And when you’ve had enough exercise? Well you’ll have the grounds to explore and chill out in, with secret nooks and hammocks, where you can disappear with a good book. Or you can explore the medieval towns and villages, or take a visit to one of our local goat farms, where you can see how the cheese is made, the goats are cared for and even sample the local honey!
And finally, you’ll dine like a king or queen, with super tasty organic meals, fresh juices or smoothies and some fantastic ideas to take back home with you, like making your own almond milk. Our aim is for you to leave the retreat feeling energised, healthier and with a renewed passion for life.
• 3 or 5 day bootcamp option – personal or small groups
• Fitness and lifestyle assessment before arrival
• Individual posture and GAIT analysis
• Daily movement assessment and drill
• Two to three fitness classes daily (circuits, HIIT, TRX, OCR, running)
• Homemade smoothies and juices daily
• Three delicious organic and healthy meals daily
• Live in personal trainer, nutrition coach & movement enthusiast
• Daily walking and hiking options
• Pick up / drop off at airport
07:00 – 07:30: Daily body check-in
07:30 – 08:00: Clear your mind walk in the grounds
08:00 – 09:00: Breakfast
09:30 – 10:15: 3D movement workshop
11:00 – 11:30: HIIT class
11:45 – 12:15: Meditation
13:00 – 14:00: Lunch
14:00 – 16:00: Free time / or visit to local lake
16:00 – 17:00: Lake run / 5k run
17:00 – 17:45: Mini TRX circuit
19:00 – 20:00: Dinner
20:00 – 21:30: Free time (petanque, volleyball, chill time)
21:30 – 22:00: Star gazing/meditation/floor mobility