MATT RYDER – Oil Painting Experience

Matt Ryder is an award-winning British artist committed to documenting the land, sea and sky of the changing landscapes that surround us. A life-long painter inspired by the natural world, and the beauty of nature and wildlife.
With a true love for the outdoors Matt’s paintings often start as small onsite studies, painting ‘Plein-Air’, in order to capture true light and colour. Many of these studies are then transferred to the studio and used as colour reference for larger work.
Matt has lived, painted and taught in the UAE for the last 12 years. He travels extensively during the summer months, capturing the mountains and coasts of Europe in paint and is happy to be teaching in the Gorges du Verdon for the first time.

Immerse yourself in 5 days of oil painting with landscape artist Matt Ryder on a week-long painting adventure unlike anything you’ve experienced before. Spend your days painting the stunning scenery of the Gorges du Verdon in Provence and learn how to capture this incredible landscape in all its beauty. Painting alongside Matt with guided instruction and daily demonstrations in oil, all out in the beautiful fresh mountain air.


JULIE LEWIS – Women’s Wellness Experience

Julie is the Founder & Director of Mountain High & Julie Lewis Consulting established in 2003. Over the last 17 years she has led multi-national teams of women and men on 60 transformational expeditions around the globe to include the Arctic and Antarctica. Julie challenges the way people think, act and dream and is passionate about sharing her diverse and often unusual experiences in business, sports and life. Born on World Health Day , she is an advocate for resilience, peak performance and optimal health. “Along with the LPSV team, I look forward to making your experience in Provence ‘simply the best’!”

Join us for 5 days of exploring, adventuring, setting achievable goals, meeting like-minded women, and preparing to live your healthiest years yet!


GRAY CAWS – Trail Running Experience

Gray is a master ChiRunning and Oxygen Advantage Coach and Teacher Trainer based in the UK. He is also a specialist Personal Trainer and Buteyko Practitioner. He brings his practice and teaching skills learned over the years to coaching on worldwide retreats. He believes that taking time out of our usual everyday routine, exploring different environments, learning new skills, or fine tuning an existing one helps us to gain a clearer focus, and deeper insight into ourselves. And therefore a great way to reset mind and body. Alongside his regular movement practice, Gray enjoys reading, researching and keeping up-to-date with the latest developments in health and fitness. His teaching style is relaxed, encouraging clients to question, experiment and experience.

“I’m delighted to be part of this new retreat for 2020 in France alongside Louise and Pascale. The aim of the retreat is to make running these stunning trails loads of fun so that you’ll want to keep doing it! And to give you the time and space to reset, re-energise, and refocus your mind and body. The central theme throughout all of my teaching is that of mindful movement. This simply means having an intention and paying attention to how and why you move. And what better way to experience this than in like-minded company and amazing surroundings practicing daily ChiRunning, breathwork, conditioning, and meditation.”


JANE LEONARD – Sports Massage Therapist

Jane developed a passion for sports at a young age; keen to test her athletic abilities by participating in any discipline that would challenge and push her to her limits and competitive edge. Taking a particular interest in rugby, Jane went on to achieve her dream of playing internationally for England. As well as captaining the London Wasps, Combined Services and Army Rugby Teams.

When her focus was not on Rugby, the British Army was her chosen career path. She became the first female PTI in the Regular Service and her 10-year career journey took her overseas on several operational tours with The Royal Engineers.

In order to expand her practical experience by working and helping people function to a higher standard Jane qualified as a Sports Massage Therapist and is currently undertaking a number of athletic challenges such as IM Triathlons, Ultra marathons and a future goal of a charity fundraiser, to set a new Guinness World Record.

Jane incorporates her knowledge, experience and zest for living into pushing human capabilities beyond their limitations and highlighting how much of an impact a channelled, positive, focused mind can open endless doors of opportunities.