St Jean is a luxury retreat centre set in a lush valley which overlooks the historic, and picturesque hilltop village of Cordes-sur-Ciel. It is in the heart of the beautiful Tarn region in the Midi-Pyrenees. St Jean is stunning, large stone house nestled within landscaped gardens and meadows surrounded by over
150 acres of private hillside woodland. For hundreds of years St Jean was a
tiny hamlet at the foot of Cordes-sur-Ceil which has been described as “one
of the most beautiful villages in France”. It is a magical and beautiful well preserved 13th century medieval town. The small friendly team at St Jean provides everything needed in the comfort of this stunning, rural idyll, while you focus on rejuvenation and relaxation. There is an outdoor swimming pool surrounded by mature shrubs and plants, furnished with Moroccan sun loungers. The grounds also include a tennis court, a 10th century chapel, a dedicated yoga studio and outdoor wellness platform.
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A member of the British Wheel of Yoga and Senior Teacher with Yoga Alliance UK. Gillian has practiced yoga since 1999. She undertook her teacher training at The Life Centre in London from 2005 to 2007.
Over the past twenty years, Gillian has studied with a wide variety of international teachers, including Mukunda Stiles, Aadil Palkhivala, Richard Freeman, Max Strom, Donna Fahri, Adyashanti and Lama Tsultrim Allione. Her current teachers are Sarah and Ty Powers, and on who’s programmes she gained their Yin Yoga Level 5 Diploma Teacher Training Certification.
During 2013 to 2014 she completed Sarah Powers 200 hour Yin Insight Teacher Training and has since completed a 500-hour Insight Training Programme.
In May 2018 Gillian completed a six-month Level III Insight Yoga Training studying the Buddha Dharma. Gillian has also trained with Bernie Clark in Vancouver in 2014.
Gillian teaches classes in her studio in Belton, a village near Doncaster in South Yorkshire. Her teaching style incorporates Hatha Yoga with flows and yin. She encourages her students to feel their poses rather than the focusing on the aesthetics of the pose. Gillian emphasizes how each individual student can respect and tune in to their own unique body. She explains how poses are performed and likes her students to be comfortably challenged. Turning your mind inwards during yoga can help you identify any areas of the body that feel tight. Gillian emphasizes the fact that all bodies are unique and students should respect their own limitations, breathing into these areas to help release tension.
She encourages her students to take yoga off their mats and into their daily lives, focusing on Buddhist principles.
Additionally, Gillian is a qualified masseuse having trained in Swedish, injury prevention and sports massage.
In 2013 she trained with her acupuncturist and completed training in Holistic Therapies covering, energy healing, Shiatsu acupressure, aromatherapy, reflexology, therapeutic massage, crystal healing and healing herbs.
Gillian is fascinated by the complex, diversity of the human body and has studied Human Anatomy at Edinburgh University. She is currently studying a BSc (Honours) Open Degree at the Open University.
Gillian has run 13 successful yoga retreats in various European centres.
Currently she is learning about her authentic nature through self-practice and the teachings of the Buddha and the Five Dakinis. She is committed to living with a whole-hearted curiosity to learning and awareness of the nature of suffering.
The Life Centre (now Yogacampus – 200 Hours)
Paul Grilley – 500 hours
Sarah Powers – Insight Yoga Institute – 500 Hours
Yoga Alliance UK – Master Teacher
Bernie Clark – 50 Hours
British Wheel of Yoga
Yoga Alliance Senior Teacher
Yoga Alliance Yin Yoga Trainer