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 London launched in 2016 with a shorter retreats and a home retreat concept - a distillation of the original week-long idea.  We also run events and workshops for frazzled parents.

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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 also creates beautiful furniture and interiors through her label Clio the Muse. La Jugie is her home and the perfect space for &Breathe.

Caroline Bragg
Butt-kicker

Fully trained in pre- and post-natal exercise, 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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Fliss Hoad & Alex Shakespeare
PR & Partnerships

Fliss & Alex are the dream media team.  As well as helping us shout about ourselves to the world, they offer invaluable experience and build our relationships with fabulous and complementary brand partners.  We are PR friendly! Reach them via: fliss [at] flisshoadpr.co.uk / alexshakespeare [at] gmail.com

 
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Amanda Savage
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. www.supportedmums.com

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Olivia Horne
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 experience from the mothering front line to help you find calm in the chaos.

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Audrey Archambault
Nutritionist

Audrey is a nutritionist, health & wellbeing coach and massage therapist.  She loves helping people reach the healthiest version of themselves through simple & practical solutions. As well as making sure you get the most nutritious & healthy meals during our retreats, Audrey runs OXY Therapy in North London.


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 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