Our Story

Clio Wood founded &Breathe Postnatal in January 2015 after having a baby in the summer of 2014.  

She knows all too well the ups and downs of new motherhood, the tears, the smiles, leaky nappy roulette...and very often getting back in shape is the first thing to go from your schedule. Searching unsuccessfully for a way to kickstart her exercise routine again, she decided to hold her own retreat, full of accessible and effective fitness classes, good but healthy food (that you can definitely manage to cook yourself) and some great treatments and massages, and all without having to worry about what to do with the baby.  &Breathe was born! 

The first retreats were held in the Manoir that Clio owns with her husband, Bryn, in south west France.  Manoir La Croix de La Jugie is a haven of calm where you can take time to focus on your fitness & diet, and relax in beautiful surroundings with wonderful therapists and trainers.  

&Breathe launched UK retreats in 2016 with a short breaks and a home retreat concept, and is holding its first retreat in Morocco in 2018.  We also run events and workshops for frazzled parents.  Look out for our regional ambassadors too!

For brand/travel press contact: Fliss Hoad and Alex Shakespeare fliss [at] flisshoadpr.co.uk
For press profiling Clio contact: Isabel O'Connor isabel [at] oconnorpublicity.com
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Clio Wood
Founder

Clio started &Breathe in 2015 after her daughter was born.  Clio is from London, has lived in Paris and Singapore, has a degree from Cambridge University and used to own a canalboat with her husband Bryn. She used to be a headhunter and then interior designer/upcycler.  La Jugie is her home and the perfect space for &Breathe.

Caroline Bragg
Chief Butt-kicker

Fully trained in pre- and post-natal exercise, our Head PT, Caroline, brings a whoop and a smile to every session.  She cycles all over London as a personal trainer and studio instructor, leaving nothing but toned bums in her wake.  Caroline trained as an actress and is also a qualified nursery teacher - great with kids and adults alike!

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Olivia Horne
Resident Happiness Coach

Olivia helps parents navigate  changing identities, balance competing roles and confidently embrace the new normal. She focuses on nurturing parents' happiness & wellbeing, for the benefit of the whole family.  She uses NLP, mindfulness, Reiki, and her own experience, to help you find calm in the chaos.

Olivia's website

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Amanda Savage
Resident Expert Physiotherapist

Amanda Savage is an experienced Physiotherapist and Pilates instructor who specialises in helping women find and train their pelvic floor muscles. She offers discreet 1:1 consultations from her clinic in Cambridge and is working to bring expert knowledge, skills and advice to &Breathe clients.

Amanda's website

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Liz Sergeant
Resident Registered Nutritionist

Liz specialises in working with women and families from preconception and pregnancy through to postpartum nutrition, weaning and kids nutrition. As a mum to two little people herself, she has plenty of simple tricks and tips to keep you being your OptiMUM despite those sleepless nights.

Liz's website

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Nicki Brown
Personal Trainer

Nicki is a level 3 qualified personal trainer and works with clients of all abilities and strengths across East London.  Nicki also loves training pregnant and new mum clients and teaches pre- and post-natal classes at Frame. She is currently studying to become a sports massage therapist and is known for bringing fun and enthusiasm to all her sessions, after all she did used to be a bartender on a cruise ship!

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Anna Shepherd
Retreat Host

During her second maternity leave Anna decided 15 years in financial services was enough. Prompted by her time on an &Breathe retreat, and with a desire to be the master of her own destiny, she decided to embark on a Life Coaching course and look for something more fulfilling to do with her life. Anna is also reigniting her love of all things creative by retraining in furniture and interior design. 

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Karina Monegro
Retreat Host

After having her son and realising she needed a way to re-balance herself, Karina found a perfect place to do so at &Breathe Postnatal. Immediately, she contacted founder Clio Wood and made it her mission to help bring &Breathe to thousands of new parents in the US needing the very thing she was looking for. Karina is passionate about helping others and will go to great lengths to help you come up for air.

 
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George Pagan
Personal Trainer

With a background in results-driven training techniques, George specialises in developing systems for busy lives, especially new families who need time efficient training around their hectic schedules. He brings scientific knowledge from his degree & work in rehabilitation clinics and small group personal training to help &Breathers get their groove back.

 

Press

We're very friendly, honest.  Here are just some of the people who think we rock.  We love making new friends and building partnerships, so if you think we could work together or you'd like to feature us, just holler!

The Midult, November 2017

The Midult, November 2017

#2 in The Telegraph's Top 50 family holidays 2017

#2 in The Telegraph's Top 50 family holidays 2017

Irish Times, February 2017

Irish Times, February 2017

The Grace Tales, November 2016

The Grace Tales, November 2016

Telegraph, November 2016

Telegraph, November 2016

Absolutely Mama, December 2016

Absolutely Mama, December 2016

The Times, July 2015

The Times, July 2015

Bumps Birth and Beyond magazine

Bumps Birth and Beyond magazine

NetdoctorUK, December 2015

NetdoctorUK, December 2015

Slick Mummy

Slick Mummy


Testimonials

We are so proud of the feedback we've received.  Here are just some of the kind words you've had to say.

I really believe your retreats help families so much and am so grateful I had the opportunity to experience one.
— Lily, UK
We also wanted to say again that we had a really wonderful time and both feel refreshed and reinvigorated! I have to say you guys have created a wonderful retreat for parents, with almost a touch of magic about it - I’m sure it’s a combination of the gorgeous manoir, the grounds and the surroundings but I think it’s also down to the thoughtful care and consideration of your guests (including the little ones) - we felt truly pampered! I only wish I had done it months ago!
— Maeve, Ireland
We had such a wonderful time, thank you so much to you and Caroline for a fab week. It was so lovely to meet you and everyone else.
— Sarah, London
The week we had at La Jugie with &Breathe was exactly what was needed - the opportunity to spend time as a family in a beautiful location, with healthy food (and good wine!) and the chance to kickstart a new post-baby exercise regime. Clio & Caroline were so friendly and welcoming it felt very sad to be leaving the blissful tranquility of La Jugie at the end of the week.
— Lauren, London