Having a baby is wonderful, but it’s also eye-searingly exhausting. With this in mind, we’re offering a seriously lucky family the chance refresh and recharge at a blissful new postnatal at Manoir La Croix de la Jugie – a beautiful 18th century manor house in the Limousin region of France.

Launched by London mum, Francophile, and canal boat-dweller Clio Wood, together with Caroline Bragg, personal trainer extraordinaire and studio instructor at Frame Shoreditch, &Breathe Postnatal retreat is designed to cater for the whole family (that’s one or two parents, along with baby up to 18 months old, plus a toddler up to the age of five). Described as “the perfect getaway to give mum some time for herself – and get back in touch with her postnatal body – while dad and baby sneak in some precious bonding moments”, Caroline – who is fully-trained in pre- and post-natal exercise – is on-hand to provide everything from cardio and toning to pilates and massages for mum (and dad). Plus, there’ll also be plenty of time to explore the beautiful grounds and idyllic setting…

Package includes:

  • two fitness classes per day for mums
  • dedicated dads fitness day midweek (rest day for mums)
  • one personal training session per adult (more available)
  • one massage per adult (more available)
  • four hours or one evening’s babysitting per family
  • all food and drink
  • accommodation and use of all estate facilities
  • transfers from Limoges (car hire recommended)
  • mid-week maid clean
  • exclusive &Breathe retreaters’ style content, tips and resources
  • exercise consultation & personalised fitness plan
  • wellbeing & identity reading list
  • recipe cards and shopping list inspiration
  • welcome goody bag with treats and exclusive discounts from &Breathe and our friends

To enter, send us 2000 words on the theme of ‘parenthood’ by 10 April 2016. It could be a short story, an essay, a memory… any written form so long as it is in English. The address to send it to is creates@motherland.net with a short cover letter.

For more details of the prizes, judges, and what we’re looking for visit Motherland.net/motherlandwrites

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