LittleRed Retreats

LittleRed offers unique, meaningful experiences that allow you to unwind from everyday life and slow down long enough to reconnect with the environment and people around you. Our mission is to help you feel in control and for you to leave our experiences feeling refreshed and rebalanced.

Chateau de la Salle, Burgundy, France
Lady Days: Women's Empowerment (Late April, 1 week)

Podere san Giorgio, Tuscany, Italy
MiPodere: Unwind, reflect and reconnect (October, 1 week)
Mini MiPodere: (October, long weekend)

Meet the team

Claudia & Vicky

These two community gals met in London whilst supporting the flourishing tech startup scene. They both left the big smoke behind to "digital nomad" it and as part of the adventure discovered a shared passion for creating meaningful experiences in incredible locations. In 2018 they ran their first retreat, MiPodere, an Italian getaway for London burnouts, and subsequently LittleRed was born.

Vicky loves to cook (and eat!), up-cycle (no bikes involved) and sing. You can often find her geeking out over some obscure experience she’s found… like circus training in the jungle or silent sculpting.

Making friends everywhere she goes, Claudia loves dressing up fabulously but is equally happy wrapped in blankets, with a glass of wine and a good book. Oh and her philosophy in life is, “when in doubt, use a Dumbledore gif.”

Lady Days

A one week, women-only experience that aims to empower women through creativity & self-reflection.

29th April - 5th May 2019, Burgundy, France

Stay on a gorgeous Chateau estate in the French countryside with a small group of ladies. Together we will leave behind the busy real world, for a week of play, pampering and pause for thought.

"Above and beyond my expectations! I have gained focus, determination and inner peace from just 7 days"
Ellie, LittleRed guest 2018

What's Involved

At Lady Days we'll start outside, both figuratively and literally, getting to know each other and our surroundings. Through workshops, discussion, games, food and friendship we'll work our way deeper, illuminating and reflecting the beautiful, powerful, vulnerable, complicated women we all are.

Our days will be themed so we can focus on different aspects of identity and provide tools that will help to empower us in every role of life.

Themes
Environment & Community
Aesthetics
Touch and feel
Radient Positivity*
Reflection

*with professional Positive Psychologist, Denise Mortimer

Lady Days is open to anyone aged 18+ that identifies as female. We embrace the full spectrum of womanhood - if you feel you belong at an experience that is "ladies only", then you are welcome.

Meet your hosts

Denise Mortimer

Denise is one of the first Master Positive Psychologists in the UK. She is also a Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming. Originally from New York she has lived in the UK since 1985.

Denise has an innate ability to make everyone around her feel full of life and ready to celebrate.

She is currently carrying out speaking engagements across the UK spreading the word about Positive Psychology. She is also a business coach for women who are ready to step up and create the online business of their dreams. Denise helps take their coaching dream and make it into a profitable business.

Denise was recently featured in Forbes and am Emerging Female Entrepreneur to Watch in 2018.

What's Included

6 nights accommodation* in a traditional French gite
All meals, prepared with locally sourced ingredients
Access to Chateau library, pool, club house and grounds
Morning yoga session with qualified instructor (additional sessions available on request)
Daily empowerment workshops
Workshops with Denise, our Positive Psychologist
Beautiful journal for notes
All the materials you need for creativity and pampering


What's Not Included

Transport to Chateau

Early Bird Prices

Private Double (limited availability) £1700 £1500 each
Shared Double (must be booked in pairs) £1300 £1100 each
Shared Single (maximum 4/room) £1180 £980 each

The early bird prices give you £200 off!
There are limited early bird tickets available after which prices will rise. Register your interest above to be the first to hear when tickets go live.

We will be staying in the gîte - pictured above - where there are a mix of double rooms with shared bathrooms, and two dorm rooms that have four single beds and an ensuite bathroom. All rooms are gorgeous, comfortable and have been designed to a high standard.

*there is the option to stay for a few more days if you want - just let us know)


Want more retreat options?
Settle into the comforts of a Tuscan autumn at MiPodere.

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lady days itinerary

Arrive on Monday, 29th April, at your leisure. Settle in and enjoy a special welcome dinner at the Chateau.

Radiant Positivity
Today Denise Mortimer takes the lead teaching us about Positive Psychology and Neuro Linguistic Programming. We'll workshop together in the morning and for those that want to book additional one-on-one sessions there will be some time in the afternoon and following day, to focus on your specific needs.

Reflection
Time for a bit of reflection on our experience. Whilst trying our hand at self-portrait, we'll discuss what we've learnt, what we've felt, and we'll take a moment to consider the women we aspire to be moving forward.

In the evening we will enjoy a delicious banquet to finish off our week.

Farewell
On Sunday morning enjoy a lazy breakfast and one last walk & before it's time to go home* feeling refreshed and empowered.

Environment & Community
On Tuesday we will explore the beautiful 19th century Chateau & surrounding estate in a long lazy morning walk. In the afternoon we'll take time to get to know each other, with a few gorgeous surprises.

Aesthetics
Today we will look at the role of first impressions & appearance and consider what judgements we make about others. Through dressing up (oh yes), a fun photoshoot and a girly pamper session, we'll revisit our younger selves and reflect on the women we've become.

Touch and feel
What better way to understand how we're feeling than to literally invoke the senses? Thursday starts with yoga to get you in tune, then listen, feel, smell & taste your way through the day.

"I spent a great week with the loveliest people, had fun, learned stuff, then just stood still and managed to not feel guilty about it. Am curious to see what they come up with next."
Cansu, LittleRed guest 2018

Adult Camp

Our Adult Camp is a long weekend of art and outdoor activities happening in the grounds of Chateau de la Salle.

9th May - 12th May 2019, Burgundy, France

Try your hand at archery or crafting with nature; team up for kids sports day style races and toast marshmallows on the bonfire. Oh and lunch is included too... but sometimes you might just have to find it first!

“In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.” Friedrich Nietzsche

What's Involved

Thursday
Settle in to the gîte and get acquainted with other guests before an evening of banqueting and revelry up at the Chateau.

Friday
Rise with the sun (well ok, not that early!) and partake in an early morning Yoga session on the lawn. Over breakfast you'll be divided into teams for an estate wide scavenger hunt and lunch will be waiting at the end of it! In the afternoon you can try your hand at archery, play boules, swim or help build a bonfire for the evening.

Saturday
The morning will be spent getting creative. Get crafty with crepe paper, create your own bonkers woodland creatures or help build a den in the woods. In the afternoon it's back to school with sports day races and prize giving. After dinner we'll snuggle down in the old library with popcorn and a movie.

Sunday
Lazy like a Sunday morning is our vibe with pancakes and play, then before you know it, it's time to pack up and go home.

What's Included

3 nights accommodation* in a traditional French gite
All meals, prepared with locally sourced ingredients
Access to Chateau library, pool, club house and grounds
Morning yoga session with qualified instructor
All the materials you need for creativity and fun plus marshmallows for toasting on the bonfire!


What's Not Included

Transport to Chateau
Optional horse & trap ride around the idyllic countryside

Early Bird Prices

Private double (limited availability) £820 £720 each
Shared double (must be booked in pairs) £730 £630 each
Shared single (maximum 4/room) £640 £540 each

There are limited early bird tickets available after which prices will rise.

The early bird prices give you £100 off!
There are limited early bird tickets available after which prices will rise. Register interest above to be the first to hear when tickets go live.

We will be staying in the gîte - pictured above - where there are a mix of double rooms with shared bathrooms, and two dorm rooms that have four single beds and an ensuite bathroom. All rooms are gorgeous, comfortable and have been designed to a high standard.

*there is the option to arrive a few days early to enjoy the space and tranquillity that Chateau de la Salle has to offer - let us know if you're interested.


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Want more retreat options?

Mi Podere

Mi Podere is a week long Italian retreat to remind you of the finer things in life.

October 2019, Burgundy, France

Autumn is a wonderful time of year in Italy; the summer heat has burnt out leaving behind sunny days and pleasant evenings. All around you families are getting the olive harvest in and there is nothing more delightful than enjoying a glass of local wine whilst watching the sunset.

Unwind, reflect and reconnect with us this October.

"Mi Podere really gave me a new perspective on my life: time to relax and focus on me. I met some incredible people but also had enough time to focus alone. "
Jen, MiPodere guest 2018

What's Involved

MiPodere gives you the perfect environment to relax and unwind in the Italian countryside. Throughout the week there will be group activities such as cooking with a local, a vineyard tour with wine tasting, and a painting class with a Florentine artist.

There will also be plenty of time for you to sleep, read, visit the local village for a fresh Italian coffee and get to know your fellow Poderini (the nickname we give all our guests!)

We encourage you to share your talents. If you want to lead a yoga class, there is plenty of lawn and we have mats. If you're a writer why not offer to do a reading by the fire after dinner?

This relaxed, autumn, Italian retreat is open to anyone aged 18+ and suitable for solo travellers, couples or small groups of friends.

What's Included

6 nights accommodation* in a traditional Italian Podere
Transfer from airport to Podere San Giorgio
All meals, prepared with locally sourced ingredients
Painting lesson with Florentine artist
Pizza out at local restaurant (including a glass of wine or soft drink)
Cooking lesson with Nonna
Local Vinyard tour & tasting


What's Not Included

Flights to/from Pisa
Taxi from Pisa centre to airport for return journey

Mini MiPodere

Mini Mi Podere is for those that can't quite justify a full week's holiday but want the chance to unwind in Tuscany. Bring a good book, help pick olives, learn to cook with Nonna, take in the amazing views with paint brush and canvas. Eat well, sleep well and enjoy the good company of others. Thursday - Sunday

Early Bird Prices

MiPodere
Private Double (limited availability) - £1100 £1000 each
Shared Double (must be booked in pairs) - £950 £850 each
Shared Single (maximum 2/room) - £850 £750 each



There are limited early bird tickets available after which prices will rise.

Mini MiPodere
Private Double (limited availability) - £800 £700 each
Shared Double (must be booked in pairs) - £700 £600 each
Shared Single (maximum 2/room) - £650 £550 each

The early bird prices will give you £100 off!
There are limited early bird tickets available after which prices will rise. Register interest above to be the first to hear when tickets go live.

*there is the option to arrive a few days early to enjoy the space and tranquillity that Chateau de la Salle has to offer - let us know if you're interested.

Can't wait until October? Check out Lady Days happening in France this spring.

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MiPodere Itinerary

Arrive Monday, settle in and enjoy a special welcome dinner.

Friday
For a change of scene we'll head off in search of a local vineyard to learn about the wine making process and enjoy a lunch and tasting.

Saturday
Enjoy your last day at Podere San Giorgio. We have found that by this point you'll be happiest left to your own devices. In the past people have self-led yoga and mediation sessions, walked into the village or spent some time for self-reflection.

In celebration of Da Vinci we will exhibit your art work, raise a glass and share our "last supper" together.

Sunday
After check out we'll drive you to Pisa where you can enjoy the day at your leisure before catching your flight home.

Tuesday
After breakfast we'll head to the olive groves for a tour and if the season times itself well, we can help with the harvest. Learn the tricks of the trade, & possibly some Italian along the way. At lunch you'll be treated to oil fresh from the press & a glass (or two) of local wine. In the afternoon learn the traditional Italian card game, Scopa, or take some time for yourself.

Wednesday
Mid-morning a Florentine artist will run a painting class where you'll capture the rolling Tuscan hills in your own unique style. The afternoon is yours to enjoy & in the evening we'll head out to a local restaurant for probably the best pizza you've ever had.

Thursday
Enjoy a lazy morning; read, write or walk into the local village to grab a real Italian coffee. After lunch you'll learn to cook with a local Nonna and enjoy your creations for dinner before movie night.

Contact

For any enquiries get in touch with [email protected]

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