"We’ve been on leisurely treks through the woods, on well worn paths and by streams and waterfalls.
We’ve learnt to prepare healthy but utterly delicious meals from scratch creating a cornucopia of delights. The gluten free bread rolls are to die for.
But best of all has been the connections and conversations. I’ve made new friends. I’m loving every minute. If only time would slow down so I can savour the moments and relive them once we return to our respective lives".
"The view from the house was absolutely breath-taking. No photos or videos do it justice. To wake up every morning to a different view as not one day was the same".
"The accommodation and the location of this wonderful retreat is so calming and relaxing. It is a really great place to be on retreat to find peace and tranquility. The views of Loch Ness are absolutely stunning".
"A thousand thanks for the beautiful welcome and care and hostessing. I had a wonderful holiday and have returned inspired ready and eager to run and get going. The time, work, effort, thought and care that you put into everything was amazing. To get such a personalised holiday, tailored to all my interests and needs, as well as to everyone else's, is something so special and so precious, I can't imagine it happening anywhere else. Thanks again to you both for being such awesome hosts and giving me such a wonderful and memorable experience every time".
"I loved the location, peaceful and blessed with wonderful views. Susannah and James welcomed us in their beautiful home. It has been a delight to enjoy the informality but also the ‘history’ of this house and surroundings. They are very generous hosts".
Pilates is all about mind and body connection. Incorporating the 6 Pilates Principles; breathing, core, control, concentration, precision and flow, to bring dynamic movements that strengthen the body, increase flexibility and improve mobility. Pilates brings awareness of the body, it allows you to align the spine and skeleton so it is in its optimal position, which means less pain and soreness, it allows you to strengthen all the muscles supporting the skeletal system and stretch any that are causing imbalances. When your body is mobile and able to support you, you can do all the things you want.
The morning sessions will be to wake up the body and get it going, with exercises to stretch the body and energise it with a variety of exercises. The afternoon session will be a bit more challenging and faster paced. The evening session will be more gentle and allow the body to release any tension and relax ready for sleep. Sessions will be mat based with various Pilates equipment. All sessions can be modified for beginners, injuries and any other limitations, and are suitable for all ages.
"Another total enjoyment was the nutrition programme where we all shared in the preparation of the healthy food for lunch, dinner and also the amazing desserts not forgetting the fun of choosing ingredients for our own granola".
Does the thought of healthy cooking conjure images of limp lettuce leaves, or leave you panicking over the time and expense that you think is involved? Fear not! In my classes I’ll show you how to prepare healthy meals in a short amount of time with ingredients you can buy anywhere. Even if you’re on a budget. Even if you’re multi-tasking and have limited time. Even if, like me, you hate green smoothies. And they definitely won’t be boring.
During your holiday you’ll enjoy cooking lessons designed to make healthy eating delicious and simple. You’ll get a chance to eat everything we make, and you’ll have a recipe file to take home with you packed with everything we’ve done, plus some extra ideas and a meal planner to use every week.
The final menu will depend on the dietary needs of the group, but all recipes are free of gluten and refined sugars. They’re designed to make the best use of fresh, straightforward ingredients you can buy anywhere, and to be simple yet fun to prepare, without the need for fancy equipment.
Here’s a sample of what you might expect to learn: • The three in one soup method • Fish without fuss • Great ways with pulses • No bread? No problem. Portable meals with style • Amazing bakes (no sugar needed)
There will be plenty of chances to enjoy healthy, hearty meals without lifting a finger. Every morning you’ll be able to sample something different for breakfast (making your own customized granola is a firm favourite), and your welcome dinner is cooked entirely by Susannah, so you can relax with the friends you've made.
Cookery lessons are informal, fun and fully interactive. There’s a maximum of 6 people in every class to make sure you get plenty of individual attention. Whether you’re new to cooking or you’ve had more experience you’ll learn something new, and leave inspired to bring new tastes and techniques to your kitchen.