The Death By Lycra Collective Retreats.

The Not-so-Gentle Life Business Retreat.

Saturday 5th – Wednesday 9th October 2019

Dordogne, France.

Join us for a gently transformational business wellness retreat.

We won’t show you how to scale-up. We’re not going to help you reach for some arbitrary revenue goal (like that magical six-figure income). We’re here to support you to set the goals YOU love and want, plan the way YOU want to work to meet them, and to design the life that best suits YOU.

In this unique retreat, your hosts Emily and Francesca bring you their combined 30 years of experience in supporting people’s minds, bodies, work and businesses.

We’ve teamed up with French Loaf holidays to bring you our not so gentle life business retreat.

For 4 days you’ll be immersed in the private and idyllic setting of La Verger, in the Dordogne Region, France with just nine other guests plus your two hosts (Emily and Francesca) and the group’s own private chef.

Getting away from your usual way of working and living will allow you to reflect, pause, review and plan how you’re going to show up in your life, business, and career in a way that truly nourishes you, your business and career to bring you more of what you truly deserve. With Emily and Francesca on hand to guide you in coaching sessions, workshops and mindful activities, this will be an entirely transformational business wellness retreat.

If you…

Are craving time to make genuine shifts for you to re-emerge back IN to your life, business or career with more vigour, alignment and flow…

Would love to spend some time away working ON your mindset, habits and beliefs whether that’s in business or your career in a way that doesn’t leave you continually feeling like you’re just treading water or simply doing enough to get by…

Are wondering when you’ll get to start enjoying being self-employed or this career you’ve worked so hard to achieve and create…


We get it, we’ve been there too, and that’s why we’ve created this retreat. So together we can enjoy the freedom and space to plan a business and career future that is gentle, joyful and fun.

 This retreat is ideal for you if you are:

  •  You're the business owner who's been going but is not always sure how to keep yourself going.

  • You’re middle management and an aspirational CEO, CMO, and leader of tomorrow.

  • You’re a part of the team. You go all in. You dream big and commit yourself to your goals.

  • When you started, you were passionate, determined and full of fire to share your message and make your mark on the world.

  • But a few years in, even with success (on someone’s scale), you find yourself exhausted and maybe even slightly embarrassed that you haven’t gotten everything clear yet.

  • Your strategy, your mindset, your confidence, your desire to grow even bigger but the fear it’ll mean just more hours and more of your soul.

  • You tell yourself if only you could dig a little deeper and get over the line, have more self-discipline and tick one more thing off your list. If you could achieve more and have more hours of the day. You question if you should attend that other self-development or leadership workshop. Do you need another qualification? Is that what’s missing? Is that why you feel stagnant?

  • Life feels like it’s on hold, in the way or ‘I’ll just be a minute’ and it doesn’t feel like there’s a lot of the success you want right now.

  • Perhaps you’re not always clear on how things work, and maybe you’re still trying too many things.

  • You feel stuck and maybe even a little overwhelmed.

  • The negative self-talk of should’s, could and would weigh you down.

  • You begin to question if you’re cracked up for this life and the dreams you hold so tightly to your chest.

  • But deep down, you know something is out of alignment. You don’t feel in alignment with your purpose and what you’re here to do on this earth. 

  • Questioning whether you’re experiencing signs of burnout, wishing to not carry on building your business or climbing the ladder in this way.

  • Feeling ready to grow and learn and step boldly into a new way of living you’d like to see business and life together in more integration.

  • Feeling that you want focused change out of the everyday trappings of “normal” life.

  • Ready and willing to step into the vision of your future self, business and career.

Core coaching activities

We’ll use the time to work differently so you can make great decisions, release doubts, get confidence in your business choices and direction and feel supported by an amazing community of others in the same space.

Additional activities:

There will be plenty of opportunity during the retreat for time out and additional activities including:

  • Yin + Restorative Yoga

  • Movement Classes

  • Mindfulness & Meditation

  • Relaxation

  • Excursions

  • Walking

  • Local Village Tour

  • Wine Tour

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Dates: Saturday 5th – Wednesday 9th October 2019

Location: Dordogne, France

Dietary Requirements: All dietary requirements catered for with our private chef to ensure you are nurtured and nourished.

Join us for this unique experience of freedom within your business, career and sense of self, to become

the business leader and owner you truly deserve to be.


Apply now for an information pack

Your hosts

About Emily

Emily runs the gentle life programme supporting private individuals and business owners to gain momentum and change in their lives and work, to work better for them all round.

In the last 3 years she’s worked in her own coaching business with hundreds of people through their own stressful life moments through to success – defined by them.

However, over the last 20 years in total, through the NHS and privately she’s helped people prevent and manage health and life issues, dealing with burnout, anxiety, serious illness and unwanted change, supporting them to live in greater alignment and move forwards even when they felt it may not be possible.

She wanted, and continues to want, a more gentle (but still empowered) life and a more mindful (but still bold) business. She brings this passion to all the work she does with you too.

Achievements in her business include having over 2000 hours of one to one coaching with clients, setting up the world’s first medical coaching collective, numerous television, radio and podcast appearances spreading the gentle life message, and hundreds of successful client stories many of whom continue within her community to this day.

Formal qualifications:

  • Over 15 years experience in the NHS and charity sector

  • Additional 5 years supporting people to move forward from health and life challenges in both private and contracted practice

  • MSc and BA Hons in Health Psychology, specialising in the impact of understanding risk and trauma on our behaviours

  • Diploma in coaching and NLP, specialist interest in coaching after cancer

  • MBPsS status membership of the British Psychological Society


About Francesca Elizabeth

Francesca Elizabeth is an internationally certified transformation coach. Her work is about igniting the mind, body and soul through holistic wellness programmes, workshops and retreats.

She guides, mentors, coaches and personally cheerleads well warriors as they begin the best and most rewarding conversation of their life; the conversation they have with themselves. Her message in its true essence is about living in alignment.

She believes that coaches are no longer being called to deliver a neatly packaged solution for a one size fits all market, but to work more deeply, soulfully, collaboratively, and to create space and connection to better enable clients to come home to themselves.

Formal qualifications:

  • Practitioner in Brain and Behaviour Change

  • NLP Practitioner

  • Internationally Certified Life Coach

  • Eating Psychology Coach

  • The Neurobiology of Trauma & Trauma Informed Yoga Practices

  • Trauma Sensitive Yoga

  • Yin Yoga Teacher

  • Professional Certificate in Food and Nutrition Coaching

  • Level 3 + 4 Personal Trainer

  • Pre + Post Natal Personal Trainer

We believe in … Clarity

We believe in … Connection

We believe in … Community

We believe in … Collaboration


Contact us for prices and room allocation

Our quoted prices won’t include your: Flights, Transfers, Personal insurance, Additional day trips, Additional therapy treatments, Additional personal coaching sessions.


For 4 people we’ve made available 2 private coaching sessions - 1 4 weeks prior to the retreat and the second during the retreat itself

Apply now for an information pack

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