RETREATS IN ITALY
Magical moments in the heart of Puglia
Step into a space out of time...
A rare opportunity to step back from your everyday life in an enchanting setting, giving yourself the time to explore, experiment, learn and grow. You will be invited to question, experiment, challenge and redefine your relationship with food and your body in ways that you had never imagined were possible.
Healthy Eating Redefined
20 - 24 April 2022
Many of the sessions on this unique retreat take place in the beautiful Terossa kitchen where Sophie and Audrey will guide you to identify your personal and unique food and eating values. You will leave feel confident about your choices and the balance that is available to you.
We work from the belief that each of us has our own food values and defines healthy eating differently.
What unites us is the desire to eat more tasty, satisfying, nourishing food – whatever that looks like for each of us. This retreat isn’t about having to cook everything from scratch (although we will be doing lots of that), it is about expanding your repertoire which as well as cooking using fresh ingredients, can obviously include meals and prepped foods from the supermarket
22 - 26 June 2022
This retreat is an opportunity to take back ownership of the female body. Blending therapeutic enquiry with Open Floor Movement, we explore the stories that keep us shy, disempowered and stuck, practicing new ways to move through life with body confidence.
We will explore our feelings and thoughts about weight loss and weight gain, how we define beauty and what it means to embody the Beyond Chocolate Own Your Body principle. We will look at how we take up space or keep ourselves small in the world and what it really means to take care of ourselves and our bodies.
Every aspect of the retreat is geared to supporting you to make changes in the way you feel about your body so that you can approach what it means to feel confident with a completely different mindset. You'll leave with the understanding, tools and support to experience a real change in your life.
Uniquely experiential retreats ...
You will be experimenting, practicing, exploring and moving as well as talking and listening. You will look at every aspect of your relationship with food and your body. The awareness and know-how you will come away with can be completely transformative. There are many ah-ha moments, sometimes tears and much laughter. At Beyond Chocolate we do things with kindness and gentleness. We won't push you. We will gently invite you and challenge you, so that you make changes at a pace and in a way that is right for you.
We accept a maximum of 8 participants on our retreats which means there is plenty of time for all the guidance, support and learning you need.
WHAT PARTICIPANTS SAY
Before the Embodying Confidence Retreat I felt I would never feel at home in myself. Thanks to Audrey and Sophie's energy, wisdom, guidance and wonderful teaching I can now see a way forward to living more fully. I am leaving inspired, validated, strengthened and nurtured. I feel more complete and at peace with my body
It’s hard to explain the huge impact this workshop has had for me in only a few days. I am leaving with some priceless new insights and a huge shift in my relationship with my body. Thank you Audrey and Sophie.
Sophie and Audrey have encouraged and supported me in talking and moving on these retreats. Insights have grown and developed into a new relationship with myself. I have had my own, quiet, revolution.
CHOOSE YOUR ACCOMMOCATION
Single Rooms in the Trullo
A trullo is a beautiful, traditional stone building with a conical shaped roof. The two single occupancy rooms are lovingly decorated. They both have air conditioning and a shared bathroom. One is a smaller room with a single bed, the other is somewhat larger with a comfy double.
A fabulous bell tent all to yourself with a proper bed, bedside table, pillows, electric fan and all the home comforts you’d expect in a house. There is a bathroom a few steps away, a private (hot) outdoor shower with beautiful views! Not really like camping at all.
You’ll be sharing a 5m bell tent, spacious enough that you'll not be on top of each other. There are proper beds, pillows, bedside tables, electric fan and all the comforts you’d expect in a house. There is a bathroom a few steps away with a private (hot) outdoor shower with beautiful views!
MEALTIMES & FOOD
We use high quality, local produce (often freshly picked from our neighbour’s lush vegetable garden just over the wall), never cutting corners, catering for everyone’s preferences, allergies and intolerances with grace and generosity.
Each menu is created to suit our guests’ specific dietary requirements whilst offering opportunities to explore new ingredients and cooking techniques.
Every meal is freshly prepared, with attention to detail, care and passion.
Meet the Retreat Leaders
The retreats offer an opportunity to work more closely with Beyond Chocolate founders & authors: Humanistic Psychotherapist Sophie and Food, Open Floor and Mindful Movement Coach Audrey. Sophie, Audrey and the retreat team create a confidential and nurturing space for you to explore your relationship with food and your body. Sophie and Audrey have been working in this field for over 20 years, supporting and guiding women to stop obsessing about food, their weight, transform the way they eat and how feel about their bodies. They are professional, kind and approachable and will encourage and gently nudge you, step by-step to find the freedom from weight obsession that you deserve, with kindness, compassion and with an approach which is straightforward, sustainable and doable.
The cost of the retreat includes
Morning and afternoon workshop and movement sessions
Use of the swimming pool, indoor spaces and grounds for rest and relaxation
Three freshly prepared meals, refreshments and afternoon tea every day
Airport transfers to and from the venue, for suggested flights
Discovery, laughter, movement, support, connection, inspiration and fabulous food…
The accommodation, both in the trullo and glamping includes all bedding and towels, pool towel and luxury bathroom toiletries; shampoo, shower gels, toothpaste, hairdryer and bathroom essentials such as cotton wool pads, cotton buds etc.
Healthy Eating Redefined: 4 Day Retreat £800
Embodying Confidence: 4 Day Retreat £800
Large Single Trullo: £150 per night
Smaller Single Trullo: £132 per night
Single Clamping: £95 per night
Triple Glamping: £65 per night
Below are the recommended flights. These are operated by Ryanair and are usually available to book 9-12 months in advance:
London Stanstead to BRINDISI FR4976 Dep 6.20am
BRINDISI to London Stanstead FR4977 Dep 10.45am
If you arrive and depart on these flights the transfers from and to Brindisi airport are included in the cost of the workshop.The cost of the workshops does not include flights or travel to and from departure airports.
Terossa extends over 3 acres of land dotted with olive, walnut, fig, almond, apricot, peach and pomegranate trees, a gorgeous saltwater pool and plenty of terraces, hammocks and secluded nooks to retreat to.
Audrey and Sophie bring together a unique mix of personal experience with a range of complimentary skills and professional expertise. They locate their approach in both the deeply personal, lived experience of each woman and in the wider societal and political forces that shape the way we see ourselves. They create a warm, empathetic and gently challenging environment where it is safe to look at fears and deep emotions whilst offering practical tools for every day life. With much fun and laughter along the way.
This retreat delivered in so many ways. It helped me find ways to connect my head to my body. I am taking some great tools away with me. I am ready to live the life I deserve. The accommodation was stunning and the food was delicious. I recommend a workshop with Sophie and Audrey 100%!
I thought the structure of each day was perfect. The retreat mirrors the whole Beyond Chocolate approach with honesty and pragmatism. I am leaving with so much more of value than just dealing with the symptoms of overeating
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"It was a fantastic retreat in the most fabulous venue. Sophie is insightful and incredibly sensitive with all of us an Audrey was amazing in her generosity, her can do attitude and amazing ability to ‘magic’ all our requests! It was great to be on a ‘retreat’ and not have to think much about anything and just have space. It was great to have so much on offer and just to be able to choose. It was great to have time to integrate. I loved the pool and the walks. The sessions were eye opening and life changing and yet were presented with simplicity and humour. I love the way the group felt like old friends in no time and there was much laughing and camaraderie from joint experiences. It was great. Just do it!
Stella Michael, London
"You both provide an exceptional retreat that does not have it’s equal in Europe as far as I know and I’ve been on many. Thank you for being so nurturing, loving and skilled to make a huge difference in my life and by giving me the tools to change. It’s refreshing to see how down to earth you are, it gives me hope and trust that I too can be in control of my chocolates! Being for once in my life so well taken care of and being in every way able to actually be myself was the most valuable part of the retreat. This was an incredible week. The care you provide on a personal level is excellent and well beyond my expectations and I often stay at 5 star places. Your personal commitment and caring shines through everything to provide and creates a basis of nurturing and relaxation."
Dr Maxi Coburn, Berlin
"My second Beyond Chocolate retreat has been another wonderful opportunity to look at my relationship with food and with myself. A chance to step away from my role and just be ‘me’. I have loved it. Thank you again Sophie and Audrey!"
Sarah Layton, London
"The Beyond Chocolate Retreat offered me the opportunity, for the first time ever, to examine my relationship with food, my body and myself as a whole in a totally non-judgemental, sympathetic environment. Finding myself in the Italian countryside with strangers talking about such personal issues could have been incredibly daunting and difficult but with the help, encouragement and support of Sophie, Audrey and the other participants I found myself opening up in a way I really hadn’t expected. Years of inappropriate ideas, behaviours and feelings were gently exposed, unravelled and understood and I now feel I have the tools and, most importantly, the courage to help me on the way to really enjoying food without guilt or fear of losing control. A big thank you to the team who have opened my eyes to a world of possibilities."
Clare Hawtin, London
The balance of space for myself and group time was perfect. Thank you for giving me a comfortable and supportive place to begin my journey of self acceptance an relaxed and peaceful relationship with food
“I think it would be impossible to do the retreat and gain nothing. Sophie and Audrey are the perfect team, they are truly, truly inspirational"