Forest Life | Remote | Rustic | Relaxing | Retreat

About Forest Life

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Remote Rustic Relaxing Retreat

Forest Life in the beautiful Creuse department, Nouvelle Aquitane (ex-Limousin) region of central France offers an opportunity to become immersed in the peaceful tranquility of the forest and to become acquainted with its wildlife inhabitants.

Situated at a renovated old water mill called the Le Moulin de Lascaux Maury or Moulin Bleu (Blue Mill) along a stretch of the River Gourbillon, Forest Life encompasses 6 acres of the Forest de Clairavaux within the Regional Millevaches Nature Reserve with plenty of access to other areas such as the famous Lac de Vassivierre and mountainous, volcanic peaks of the Chaîne des Puys.

With it’s own woodland, meadows and 300m of riverside there is plenty of opportunity get back to nature and learn about nature, wildlife, tracking and wilderness living or just relax and recuperate. 

We offer a relaxing Retreat with massage and yoga therapy sessions with outdoor spa and a more adventurous Outdoor Skills course.

You can even mix and match sessions between the Retreat and Outdoor Skills course depending on your interests or the interests of those in your party.

Our courses and Retreats will be resuming in the summer of 2022

Forest Life’s remoteness has meant that much of the modern world has passed it by; however the area is serviced by three airports; Limoges, Brive la Guillarde or Claremont-Ferrand all approx. 1 hour 40 minutes away.

The nearest town is Felletin (10 mins by car) and the historically important larger town of Aubusson (famous for it’s medieval tapestries) is 20 mins away (links wikipedia.)

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RiverLife Retreats – Relax | Reinvigorate | Reinvent

Your stay at Forest Life and the Moulin Bleu will help you achieve all these. The Retreat includes massage therapy by our qualified (ITEC & BTEC) therapeutic massage therapist, Hannah from RiverLife Therapy

Hannah is also a qualified yoga teacher having studied in India under Yogarishi Vishvketu.

 The retreat includes wonderful yoga and meditation sessions along the stretch of river.

Pablo or Hannah will talk you through an Immersion Therapy that will probably change your outlook forever, or just relax and take in the warmth of the sun and the unpolluted fresh air of the forest.

You can meander around the many forest walks in and around the property or try our Woodland Workout. The choice is yours.

You can also mix and match sessions between the Retreat and Course options or add-on additional options at a small extra cost.


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Your Retreat price includes use of the Spa and a full range of massage therapies.


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Outdoor Skills and Nature Courses

Forest Life Courses are suitable for the adventurous and those who wish to take a foot off the gas.

Re-wild yourself or take the family for a wild camping adventure and show them how to live without the trappings of modern day living.  Learn how to be totally immersed in the forest setting, tracking animals and learning bushcraft, outdoor skills and how to live comfortably in the wilderness with our resident tracker and wildlife expert, Pablo from Woodlife. 

Skills include whittling and carving skills, fire-lighting, tracking, archery, plant and tree ID.

You can also mix and match sessions between the Retreat and Course options or add-on additional options at a small extra cost.


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Forest Life is located in the Limousin (now called Nouvelle Aquitane) region of France.

The nearest town is Felletin.

The area is served by three airports equidistant to the property all with a journey time of around 1:40 hours – Limoges, Brive la Gaillarde and Clermont-Ferrand

You will be given exact directions to and location of the property

when booking is confirmed.

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