With a newfound respect for naps, good food, female friendship and putting your feet up, Steph founded luul with the unwavering belief that this kind of soul-deep break can genuinely change your whole life.
Because let’s get real for a sec. Whether it’s your job, your kids, your routines or the general demands that women face every single day, something has got you feeling less than your best self. The bottom line is, we’re all absolutely exhausted.
Stumbling across a yoga studio gave Steph that lightbulb moment: she finally found that much-needed community of women and sense of connection that she’d been craving. (Plus let’s be honest, who doesn’t feel better after a good nap in shavasana?)
Fast forward to today: Steph’s now an experienced yogi with 12 years of teaching under her belt and a thriving studio with hundreds of students… plus the absolute chaos of 4 kids.
Guilt for taking time out from their lives, away from their kids, their jobs, their families. And I don’t think this is just a motherhood thing – I think it’s a universally female thing.
Here at luul, we’re giving you permission to offload that guilt and press reset. Explore somewhere beautiful, move your body, eat yummy food and have those kinds of deep chats that get you feeling really excited about life. And that only scratches the surface of what our unique retreats offer.
I love to talk– a fact you’ll soon realise if you become part of our luul community!
I’m addicted to yoga, and my classes are super hands-on with lots of adjustments and massages.
My passions are global travel,
lush interiors and really good food.
I’ve lived in and around Paris for the last 18 years, but ultimately I’d love to live on the beach.
I’m 44 years old and mama to 4 kids (I won’t lie, I’m baby obsessed).
You want to find new life-long friendships
You want to reconnect with your body
You have a slight obsession with beautiful interiors
You want to experience something new and exciting
You’ve never related to people that say ‘food is just fuel’
You want to explore a new location
You want to take a break from your busy routine
Not to get too woo on you, but luul retreats might just be the exact thing that your soul is craving. Our trips are a completely immersive sensory experience: deeply relaxing massages, yummy food, essential oil blends and fascinating dinnertime conversation. We plan each one of our unique retreats to be high vibe, transformational and nourishing. We want you to leave feeling like a whole new woman: a new friendship group, new yogi abilities, and maybe a fresh new perspective on situations in your own life.
There’s always something special thrown into each retreat to spice things up a bit. From island hopping to wild swimming and surfing, there is abundant opportunity to really get stuck into retreat life and throw yourself into new experiences. Or you can totally just stock up on naps, massages and sunbathing time. It’s your retreat, after all.
…and when we say incredible, we truly mean it. Food is a huge part of the luul experience. From private chefs to curated menus and fresh local ingredients, we make sure meal time is always something to look forward to. Stretchy pants optional.
We’re passionate about interior design and architecture, and that shines through in our retreat destinations. We know that a retreat is only ever as good as the place you’re staying, so we pride ourselves on thoughtfully selecting luxe locations to enhance your experience.
The group of women who come along to our retreats are literally the reason we do this. They’re the backbone of luul. Unique, open-minded individuals with different stories come together to have deep chats, belly laughs and create memorable experiences together, leaving with lifelong friendships. (We even have a Whatsapp group chat that runs right through from before we meet until our retreat finishes. It’s a real sisterhood.)
We’re not about repetitive or dull practice here at luul. Think super creative flows, amazing playlists, hands-on adjustments and dreamy massages to help you take your practice to a whole new level. Our yoga sessions are for anyone of any ability, no matter how much (or little) experience you have.
It would be an understatement to say that it’s been an incredible week– it’s been that and so much more! Thank you so much for an amazing week of yoga in this incredible location with the most beautiful, authentic and diverse group of women.”
Do you realise what an amazing week you gave us? I will cherish it for a long time! Thank you so much for making this happen. The yoga was as usual amazing (having such an impact on our lives). This place is magic and the group that you assembled is unique. We had fun, we met amazing people and we now all feel amazingly well.”
They say that you attract the people that you need, and you have managed to attract the most incredible group of women I have every had the privilege of joining. That’s a testament to you.”
I did my first headstand, my first handstand and I made some amazing friends! Will I be back? Without hesitation.”
"Steph - you're like a warm hug for us tired mums."
A huge thank you for a wonderful week full of poses, laughter, sun and meeting new people. I was surprised by what I learned in such a short period of time. This is only the beginning of my yoga journey.”
This is the number one question I get asked. The answer is simple – yes, absolutely!
You won’t be the only one coming alone, so don’t worry. We spend a lot of time together as a group, so it’s ideal if you want to find some new like-minded friends. The groups of women who come along to luul retreats are open, warm and welcoming.
If you would like to share a room with someone, I can pair you up (and I often do this!), or you’re welcome to go luxe solo and take a room for one.
It’s also worth knowing that we create a WhatsApp group chat before the retreat. It’s a lovely way to connect with others if you want to coordinate travel to the retreat or meet up beforehand! We use the chat during (and after) the retreat.
Yes, you absolutely can. That being said, you will probably enjoy the yoga more if you’ve taken a few classes beforehand, either online or in person. But if not, please don’t stress!
Also remember, everything on retreat is optional. If you want to skip any of the yoga classes, no worries– just hit the snooze button!
Yes! When you sign up for the retreat, you’ll fill out a questionnaire where you can add in any dietary requirements and more information. We will look after all of your needs and make sure you feel totally comfortable.
As long as you balance it out with a green juice at breakfast! We’re joking of course, but yes, you can drink a lovely glass of wine after a day of yoga, exploring and moving your body. This is your own time to prioritise yourself– it's here to be enjoyed.
All of your yoga, food and accommodation is included in the retreat price. The main cost not included is your travel, which you’ll need to organise yourself.
99% of the time no – the retreat venues have their own yoga equipment available. If you do need to bring a yoga mat with you, we'll let you know in plenty of time!
We’ll send you an info pack near the time of the retreat with some ideas and inspiration for what to pack.
Please make sure that you are certain that you can come before signing up.
Retreats are planned far ahead of time, as we secure our accommodation and private chefs more than a year in advance. Deposits are non-refundable, as even if you cancel we’re still responsible for paying third parties.
However, we absolutely understand that sometimes emergencies happen. Please let us know ASAP, so that we can have the best possible chance of finding someone to fill your spot. (If we are easily able to fill your spot, we can offer refunds on a case by case basis).
Yes, always. Just in case.
If you’ve got any questions before you book, want to chat things through or just want to feel out if we’ll be a good fit for you, you can book in for a discovery call here.