A personal journey
I am Tamsin Chubb, owner and founder of Little French Retreat.
Little French Retreat evolved from a personal journey of coming to terms with loss and finding meaning and purpose again. The house where the retreats take place had belonged to my mum. She had bought the property in 2005 to live out her retirement dreams but, two years after purchasing it, she was diagnosed with cancer and passed away nine months later. This is when my life changed.
I was living in London at the time, working in management for luxury retail and interiors companies. Losing my mum made me realise I had to redefine my life, so I focused on what brought me joy: yoga, cooking and photography. Eventually these, and the desire to feel close to my mum, led me to relocate to her house in France and begin Little French Retreat – a place where I could help others to find peace and wellbeing.
I firmly believe that mind, body, nutrition and environment all play equal parts in our wellbeing. At Little French Retreat I’ve drawn on my experience as a yoga instructor, Ayurvedic cook, coach and interior designer, to create a haven where all these factors combine to support guests’ all round health.
I aim to make yoga and Ayurveda accessible and approachable. I share practices that can be integrated into daily life, not only during the retreat but also after, so that guests leave equipped with the tools and knowledge to be able make a long term shift towards better physical and mental wellbeing.
WHAT GUESTS SAY
"I loved every part of the experience. Some of the elements were new to me which would normally make me feel uncomfortable. Instead I felt my confidence grew throughout the 5 days. Overall though, I feel the magic of this retreat is the holistic approach Tamsin takes, where every aspect has been carefully considered to make it personal, thought provoking and inspirational" - Rachel
You can read my full story in the Mail Online
Approach to Practice
I have practiced Sivananda Yoga for over 20 years. I first visited their London centre after my doctor suggested that learning to breathe would alleviate my anxiety. And it did. I felt completely different from the moment I started and have followed the practice ever since.
Sivananda Yoga has a five point approach: Proper Breathing, Proper Excerise, Proper Diet, Proper Rest, Positive Thinking. The physical practice of asanas is a complete sequence comprising 12 main postures and variations, designed by Swami Vishnudevanda.
My classes are for all levels and are tailored to suit an individual or group’s specific needs. The practice follows a rhythm that works on all physical and psychic centres of the body, provides complete flexion of the spine and balances the endocrine, nervous and parasympathetic systems, to leave you restored, energised and with a deeper sense of yourself.
I hold a 500hr teacher training certificate from Sivananda Yoga Vidya Peetham in Kerala, under the guidance of Swami Govindananda Saraswati. His school promotes the teachings of his Guru, Swami Vishnudevananda Saraswati and his five principles of Yoga practice. Swami Vishnudevananda was a disciple of well-known Guru Swami Sivananda Saraswati, from a lineage of guru’s that can be traced back 1000 years.
I spend winter months with my teachers, to deepen my knowledge and lead groups to Kerala and the Himalayas, where we experience the magic of the country and birth place of Yoga.
I am training under the guidance of David Frawley at the American Institute of Vedic Studies to become an Ayurvedic Life-Style Consultant. A 300hr course of this ancient healing system that originates from India. Ayurveda treats the physical body and its’ ailments and includes psychology and yogic spirituality as a holistic system of healing that considers our entire nature as body, mind and spirit for best health.
A self-trained cook with a passion for vegetarian food and natural ingredients, inspired by Ayurvedic principles; that food is energy and medicine for healing. I have cooked in ashrams, on retreats and for supper clubs. For further information on my approach to food and online recipe book please visit HERE
I am one of a growing community of international Flow Game hosts. An innovative game and complimentary practice to yoga that support guests on retreat and online (The Flow Workshop) to facilitate change in their life. The process provides you with practical solutions and steps to move forward.