Taste of Wellness




What's the deal?

Bienvenue on the southwestern French countryside.

When was the last time you had a moment to breathe?

Strengthening Pilates, soothing stretching and energizing dancing. Having time to think about the importance of every day life. Getting a good night's sleep, tranquillity of the countryside, beautiful flavors from the garden, flowers in bloom, gentle water of the natural swimming pool and relaxing sauna in a barrel. That's what wellness tastes like!

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What our previous guests have said

“This is one of the most beautiful, happiest, most welcoming places I’ve ever been. Suska and Nico provide cozy rooms, amazing food, hikes, daytrips to vineyards and brocante all in a gorgeous region of France. They are kind, funny and helpful. We had a fantastic week and I’m sad it’s at an end. Do anything you have to to get here! ”  – KATHRYN (September 2019)

What does this experience entail..?


Once everyone has arrived at The Happy Hamlet it´s time to forget about tight schedules and a busy mindset. We will start with some relaxing and soothing stretches to help the body to recover from a day of traveling.

During the week, we begin our mornings with a strengthening Pilates session and the days end with an energetic dance or a relaxing stretching class. It makes no difference if you have strong background in these styles or if you have never even heard about this way of training – Janica has been an instructor for over 20 years and she’ll guide you through all you need. The group size is small, which means that individual attention is guaranteed and you will be in safe hands.

On top of all this wonderful wellness, a complimentary massage will be offered by Janica to all the participants. After the Taste Of Wellness week, you will feel much more at ease, less tense and happier. This is what you needed.

After a class, you may dip into the natural swimming pool (no chlorite nor other chemicals!) or relax in the sauna. Or maybe just steal a moment for yourself and your book, curl up in a hammock tucked away under the trees. If you wish to still get more active physically, the surroundings are perfect for jogging, hiking, cycling, or swimming. In your spare time, you can also engage in a game of badminton or ping-pong, and we need to add, that “the Hamlet Hike” around the property with Nicolas has been very popular – just don’t wear your high heels!

Our program is based on a “go with the flow” mentality, this is your vacation, after all! You may participate in our little visits in the region – but it’s completely fine if you wish to stay “home” in the Hamlet. We’ll visit a charming medieval village on an evening dinner market, and we’ll do some wine-tasting at our friends’ vineyard. Departure day morning, if your travel plans allow, we’ll pick up the freshest from the nearby farmers’ market and enjoy a champagne brunch before the “au revoirs”. That is, “until we meet again” – because we think you might want to return..

Ps. Have a look at the lovely reviews of our previous retreat guests!

An instructor who listens and inspires.


Janica explains that anyone can do Pilates. She gives plenty of options for all the exercises, so no one feels left out. Her extensive career was started off by attending dance lessons and soon she wanted to expand her career and become a dance instructor, Pilates instructor and a sports massage therapist. She takes every client as an individual and helps them feel at ease. Her heart warming and positive out look on life reflexes in her work. She teaches regularly abroad and is based in the United Kingdom where she has weekly classes, workshops and wellness weekends.

“I enjoy every single moment in life. It´s truly amazing how positive thinking can change your outlook on life. Being very ambitious I thrive to help my client to achieve a healthy, happy lifestyle with Pilates training and over all well being. When my clients succeed, I succeed.” -Janica

Feedback from a client: Janica is a wonderful instructor! Her technical knowledge and passion shine through in each of her classes. She cares and takes the time to know each one of her students and their specific needs. Her classes are fun and inclusive. She also provides different versions of the exercises to allow her students to benefit from a bespoke experience. Thank you very much for such a lovely retreat.

More about me on my website and on Facebook .

Sweet dreams guaranteed...


You will stay in the Guest House of The Happy Hamlet, which centuries ago was home for several families and now has been turned into a place for feeling good. The charming rooms (double, twin or triple) have each an ensuite bathroom with a window. The house has been renovated by preserving as much of the old as possible, yet keeping the comfort in mind. Many recycled treasures have been given new life allowing them to tell you their stories from the past.

The huge barn will be your lounge, salon and kitchen whenever you wish, and the vast property offers woods and prairies, fields and valleys for you to explore. You are welcome to enjoy the organic produce from the garden whenever you feel like having a healthy snack. With the sessions and discussions, other activities and visits you will surely have plenty to do, to explore and to experience – but you will certainly have your free time, too. Nothing beats the hammock under the trees for good relaxation!

At night, once in bed, you’ll be guaranteed a good night’s sleep because the only background noise will be the owl informing that everything is.. just fine.

See gallery in the bottom of the page or visit directly here for more photos of The Happy Hamlet property, the Guest House & rooms, the barn, the outdoors and more. Lovely feedback and reviews from our previous guests can be found on our testimonials page, on our Facebook (click “most recent”), and also on Google Business and TripAdvisor (search The Happy Hamlet).

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All-inclusive retreat cost:

Fast&Happy price*: 1350 EUR (VAT included) – Learn about the Fast&Happy pricing – SOULD OUT! 
Regular price: 1500 EUR (VAT included)

Included in the price:

– Morning Pilates classes
– Afternoon dance or stretching sessions
– Complimentary massage (1 hour / person)
– Accommodation (5 nights) in The Happy Hamlet guest house (twin or double room, ensuite bathroom)
– All meals, snacks, drinks (in the Hamlet and outdoors)
– Property with vast outdoors, pool, sauna, various sports/games equipment
– Visits in the region (wine-tasting, evening dinner market in a medieval village, and farmers’ market) and all logistics accordingly
– One bundled airport transfer from and to Toulouse-Blagnac Airport
– Good mood, happy company, recharged body&mind&soul!

Reservations and inquiries:

pilatesjanica@gmail.com and suska@thehappyhamlet.com

Please note that airfares are not included in the price. Closest airport: Toulouse-Blagnac.

Local organizer: SARL HAPPY HAMLET, Lieu dit Gary, 82190 Fauroux, France. Please see The Happy Hamlet  conditions for more details.

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See you next summer, we're excited - and you should be, too!