Debbie Heeley - Knitting Instructor

The Joy of Knitting & Yoga Retreat

Saturday 30th Sept – Saturday 7th October 2023

Join us on this extraordinary retreat that combines the relaxation benefits of yoga with the therapeutic joy of knitting! What makes this event extra special is that you’ll be knitting with mohair, which is made from the hair of Angora goats. And, there just happens to be a small herd of these adorable animals at one of our neighbouring farms.

No prior yoga or knitting experience is necessary as experienced instructors will be on hand to provide knitting and yoga support. So it doesn’t matter if you’re a total knitting novice, a seasoned knitter, or coming back to your needles after a long break. Our team is here to help you have fun and totally immerse yourself in this unique retreat experience.

Knit Yourself Happy

Over the course of the week you can develop your knitting skills and hopefully learn some new ones, such as yarn dying. You’ll also knit a beautiful soft mohair garment to take away with you. The yoga classes are tailored around a knitter’s needs, with postures that focus on strengthening your hands, and releasing tension in your forearms and shoulders. They will also help to open up your hips, which may be stiff from sitting whilst knitting! 

Morning yoga classes are dynamic, to prepare and energise you for the rest of the day. Whereas in the afternoon, the classes are more Yin and restorative yoga poses. The yoga sessions are suitable for all levels, including beginners, and everyone will receive a very warm welcome. 

As well as the yoga classes and knitting workshops, you can enjoy daily guided walks and a complimentary massage. But that’s not all…there is a wonderful opportunity to visit the angora goat farm. Plus, on arrival at Maison de Lunel you will also receive a fabulous FREE goody bag worth 100.00 €

Joy of knitting retreat maison de lunel

What’s Included

  • Luxury en-suite accommodation – crisp white linen, Noble Isle amenities
  • Full Board Accommodation with 3 delicious vegetarian meals each day
  • Knitting Goody Bag worth €100 
  • All the wool required for your garment
  • Yoga & Meditation – 90 minutes morning & evening
  • Daily guided walk
  • Candlelit meditation before bed
  • Complimentary Massage Treatment (additional treatments are available at supplementary cost)
  • Knitting workshops*
  • Crafting workshops
  • Visit to La Pouzatel, the local Angora goat farm where you can meet the goats and suppliers of your wool.
  • Juicing & Nutritional Wellbeing Demonstration 
  • Unlimited filtered water & Organic Herbal Tea
  • Exclusive access to 35 acres of private grounds and relaxation areas
  • Large outdoor swimming pool, wood-fired hot tub and& infrared sauna
  • Maximum 10 guests per retreat

Workshops

  • Foraging and dyeing using natural products 
  • Hats Off with Copper Top Millinery
  • Visit to Le Pouzatel to visit the Angora goats
  • Visit to Les Gonies – the permaculture farm in our village where we source most of our produce
  • Knitting workshops to include equipment, various techniques, blocking, the importance of swatching, etc.
  • Juicing & nutrition demonstration
  • Wine tasting and food pairing
Angora goat from Le Pouzatel farm in the local area
Using mohair from Angora Goats on the Joy of knitting and yoga retreat. The farm is in the local area

Your Knitting Project

The project that has been chosen is to create a simple lace wrap using the local angora mohair, which is combined with silk. We have chosen to keep it undyed but you will be learning natural dyeing techniques.

The pattern is an 8 row repeat so a level of concentration is required. However, it’s not enough to distract you from the lovely relaxing rhythm of the knitting needles. Or the sublime softness of the luxury yarn passing through your fingers. Naturally you will still have lots of time to bond with your fellow knitters too. Your instructor, Debbie, will also be on hand to show you new techniques and help with any difficulties. This knitting project really is suitable for all levels.

Your Instructors on the Retreat

Debbie Heeley – Knitting Instructor

Her love of knitting began as a young child when she was taught by her grandfather. It’s a passion that obviously runs in the family because Debbie’s sister is also a very keen knitter, as was her mother.

Debbie started working life as a travel agent in the UK. However, following the birth of her second son in the early 80’s, her adoration for all things creative led to her buying a wool and haberdashery shop. Then, with a desire to lead a more meaningful and rewarding way of life, Debbie and her family moved to south west France. When her children grew up Debbie embarked on an estate agency career, lasting thirteen years. Since retiring two years ago she has continued to develop her passion for knitting, art and crafts. 

Debbie first participated in a yoga and knitting retreat in Italy in 2008. Now, she is keen to share her knowledge, skills and passion with us at Maison de Lunel.

Jerome Gaultier – Yoga Instructor

Joining Debbie on this retreat is Jerome Gaultier, one of our regular yoga retreat team members. Jerome has travelled extensively across Asia to learn, grow and develop as a Yogi. Through yoga he has found many health benefits and now dedicates his life to sharing the benefits he has discovered. Before travelling and committing to his journey as a yoga practitioner Jerome was an energy engineer, so it’s quite a change in direction! As well as his love for nature, music and construction, he’s also a passionate vegan chef. He has an extension culinary repertoire, which has been enriched by each of the countries he has visited.

Our Rooms & 7 Day Retreat Prices

Boutique Room – Single Occupancy : €1585.00 per person

Boutique Room – Double Occupancy : €1155.00 per person

Deluxe Room – Single Occupancy : €1665.00 per person

Deluxe Room – Double or Twin Occupancy : €1195.00 per person

La Biche Apartment – Single Occupancy : €1795.00 per person

La Biche Apartment – Double or Twin Occupancy : €1265.00 per person

Scented lavender bags in all our rooms for a restful sleep