Maria is a veritable fountain of knowledge about all things yoga. She gave me personalized attention, imparting a much deeper understanding of positions and breathing techniques. I found that my limited practice of yoga didn’t matter in the least. This type of retreat will suit beginners (comme moi) and experienced yogis alike. The farmhouse and surrounding lands are serene and picturesque, the bed was heavenly. The claw foot bathtub was lovely to nestle into after a well-organized day of varied activities. Maria’s love of cooking illuminated each bountiful meal. I loved the afternoon excursions to unbelievably quaint medieval villages and the vibrant market in Niort. All of which reminded me of why I love France.

Karen – Canada

‘Pure Heart Yoga Retreat is a little slice of heaven in a busy and hectic world. On arrival at Le Rochelle airport we were greeted by the lovely Maria who drove us about an hour to the retreat in Le Beugnon, the journey passes in no time as you go through the beautiful French countryside.  (more…)

Emma, United Kingdom

I have just returned from a weekend stay at Pure Heart Yoga Retreat – what a relaxing couple of days!! The house and the grounds are beautiful and so peaceful, the perfect setting for a retreat. Maria opened up her home and made me feel very welcome, there was nothing that was too much trouble. I loved all of the little extra touches like the fresh flowers in the room and all of the beauty products available. The food was also amazing and definitely a highlight!

I’m still fairly new to yoga, but Maria made sure that everything was tailored to suit me. I felt completely comfortable in every class and the studio space was fantastic.It was great to explore the local surroundings as well, the local church is beautiful and a good choice of walks right on the doorstep. There was also lots to see and do within a short drive. The perfect place to do as much or as little as you like!

Kim, United Kingdom

“As soon as we arrived, it was great to be greeted by a smiling Maria at the airport. It was so easy as Maria had organised everything and made lots of suggestions of what to do and see and what walks to take nearby the retreat to make our weekend very special.


Sarah, United Kingdom

What an amazingly beautiful part of France to relax and reconnect.  With only the church bells and bird song to break the silence, I would highly recommend Pure Heart Yoga Retreat.  The renovated farm house accommodates a truly beautiful yoga studio and the hub of the house, the kitchen, draws you to sit and chat around the big table with many great meals of local market produce enjoyed throughout our stay.  With a great balance of activity and rest, Maria has created a wonderful space.

Robyn, Brisbane, Australia

Maria’s boutique retreat space Pure Heart Yoga Retreat is a true reflection of her own philosophy and approach to yoga both on and off the mat.   A space that is welcoming and inviting, a place where you will be able to leave the world behind. In the words of Pantajali the great sage of ancient India “Yoga is the practice of quieting the mind” At Pure Heart Yoga this is what you will find the space to do just that.


Lyn, Sydney Australia