About Us

The Field offers both online and in-person Pilates and Yoga classes, Retreats, Dance, and Yoga Teacher Training.

Some of which is led by our own experienced teachers and others by special guests.

You can sign up for a single class, a class bundle, or subscribe monthly - our professionals can help you decide which classes are best suited to you. 

Our teachers have many years of experience in different types of bodywork, which gives them a full overview of different styles and methods. Classes are adapted to suit every individual present, using, modifications where necessary, to give each participant the best suited and fullest lesson.

The Retreat itself is a wonderful place to come to train, relax, find new inspiration, re-boot, or just for some peace and quiet.

It is situated in an Eco, back-to-basics farmhouse in rural France, where you can just unwind and feel closer to nature.

Everything here has been built or renovated responsibly, using reclaimed and repurposed items and materials.

The entire site and grounds have a friendly, cosy and restorative atmosphere that lends itself perfectly to the activities planned.

The Field Retreat is beautiful - A haven of tranquillity, surrounded by rolling hills.

The gardens are full of wildflowers, bumblebees, Gekko and beautiful birds.

The pond is full of frogs and also the odd duck or goose.

We try to leave as much of it untouched to keep natural habitats for the local wildlife.

Go to our gallery to see more.



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Eric Butler

Eric was trained as a Pilates instructor in New York by Fran Lehen, herself a student of Carola Strauss (one of Joseph Pilates' original students). He has been an instructor for over 20 years, first at Fran's studio in New York, followed by his own studio in Copenhagen, then together with Helen at Cardiff Pilates Studio, and now at The Field. 
He has also practiced Yoga for most of his life and is a registered Yoga Alliance International teacher. He is currently working on his own yoga syllabus that will combine many different aspects of his knowledge.

As an ex-modern dancer, dance teacher, masseur on top of this he has a great understanding of different body types and individual needs. He has been particularly successful helping clients with spinal problems

Helen Saunders

Helen is an ex-dancer from The Royal Ballet. She qualified as a Body Control Pilates Instructor in 2008, after a long career in the theatre as a dancer, teacher, director, and choreographer.


Helen and Eric opened Cardiff Pilates Studio in 2009, but after six years were lured away to the beautiful French countryside to build The Field Retreat.


Helen's class is flowing and incorporates aspects from all of her experience as a Pilates and dance teacher. She adapts the class to suit any level of client from total beginners to super advanced.

She also offers dance classes during the Spring and Summer months.


Contact Us

The Field Retreat

 Le Petit Chaumeix 23600 Malleret Boussac

Tel: +33 6 80 54 81 49

Email: admin@thefieldretreat.eu

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