directionsThe Arc House Experience

The Arc House is a women only weight loss retreat located in the village of Monclar de Quercy in the south of France about one hour from Toulouse. Our Retreat is housed in an ivy-covered former priory dating from the 18th century. Its intimate size allows for one-on-one attention, and our programs are particularly suited to those wanting to manage/lose weight, and/or become physically fit.

The Arc House was founded by its Program Director, Uzoma Fenner, a former Head of Dietetics and Nutrition at the Whittington Hospital in London. Uzoma's goal was to create a weightloss spa retreat that emphasised healthy eating and living in a comfortable and relaxing environment.

We know that being overweight affects you both physically and psychologically. We also know that developing the motivation to do something about it can be overwhelming. Effective weight management requires a change in lifestyle and a change in your relationship with food.

rosesIt is easy to start a diet, but sticking to it is often difficult and frustrating. It is easy to become demoralized by the effort required to lose weight. At the Arc House, you will learn what, aside from hunger, triggers eating. We encourage a shift from negative associations of yourself and food, and fears of deprivation, to a belief in yourself and the possibility of change.

Our weight loss program is for women who have grown tired of failed diets and under-used gym memberships. Our main purpose is to help you to value and take care of yourself. We want you to lose weight, learn to love yourself and devote quality time to your personal satisfaction. By the end of your stay, you will be amazed at your ability to lose weight even in the midst of visiting a variety of fresh food markets stocked full of French cheeses, olives, country breads and full bodied wines. We are certain that you will leave the Arc House feeling special, unwound and healthier. If French ladies can maintain their weight in this environment, you will have no problem when you return home!

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To help us to understand your requirements, your program will begin with a nutrition assessment and a body composition calculation . Thereafter, you will participate in a personalized plan that will integrate effective exercise, diet and behavioral modification. Once you add a relaxing weekly massage, our escorted day trips and our fun 'Self-Discovery' session with our counselor, our weight loss program is a recipe for relaxation and fun.

An important part of our weight loss program are the 'Food & Feelings' sessions. Led by our experienced counselor, each session explores a different topic allowing you to make links between your eating behavior and related past and present life experiences.

For many of us, effective exercise can be a problem because we simply don't know what to do and how hard to exercise. At the Arc House, we help you to develop an effective exercise regime which will keep you motivated and keep you exercising!

eatEating well is important for optimal fitness.

Diets can fail because they often require you to eat in a way which is incompatible with your daily routines; or they simply offer too few calories. Either way, you are left with a constant feeling of hunger and a gradual erosion of your resolve. We approach food in a different way.

Although most people generally know what constitutes a healthy diet, fewer are aware of the impact of different types of diets on feelings of fullness and metabolism. Since we measure metabolic rate as part of your initial assessment, we can plan your meals more precisely and therefore maximize your likelihood of keeping to the program.

At the Arc House, you will be spoiled by our personal chef who will take the time to prepare foods that will stimulate your appetite and convince you that you are not on a 'diet'. Locally grown fruits and vegetables, organic meats, and farm fresh milk and cheese form the basis of our spa menu. We serve a variety of Salades Composées, as well as more traditional dishes such as Confit de Canard with Flageolet Beans and Cassoulet with Toulousian Sausage. For our vegetarian guests, you will love our Poêlée d'Aubergines au Fromage de Chèvre , Mushroom Risotto, or our hearty Carrot and Orange Soup. You will even receive a glass of wine each evening!

A typical day at the Arc House may include the following:

9:15 a.m. - Breakfast

Enjoy a traditional European breakfast which includes a choice of French breads with fruit preserves, yogurt, seasonal fresh fruit and cereals.

10:00 a.m. - Morning Fitness

Nature walks or body conditioning

11:30 a.m. - Food and Feelings Work Time

Topics may include, 'Personal Relationships and my Weight', 'Why do I Need to Eat to Lose Weight?', 'Learning to Say No!', 'Assertion Skills and my Weight', 'Weight and Metabolism', and 'Exploring my Body Image Issues'.

1:00 p.m. - Lunch

Selections of lean meats, steamed fish, omelets, pizza, and organically grown salads and vegetables.

3:00 p.m. - Individual Sessions/Afternoon Fitness

Pre-arranged individual sessions with your counselor or a supervised session in the gym to include exercise on the treadmill and CYBEX weight circuit

5:00 p.m. - Relax in our 'Salle de Detente'

Take a steam and a sauna before your Stress Detangling massage.

7:00 p.m. - Dinner

A three course nutritious, gourmet meal with wine and laughter!

8:00pm - Evening Activities

Watch a movie in your room, take a walk in the village or simply relax and enjoy an extended chat with other guests. Don't stay up too late though; you may need to get up early to go sightseeing in the beautiful Midi- Pyrenees region.

guestsWhat Our Guests Say

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Testimonials:

''Our stay at the Arc House was, indeed, the most relaxing, yet energizing trip I've ever had...'

Dee, Florida

Thank you so much for being great people and helping me to figure out that there is actually life after bad decisions, and hope for workaholics. It's funny that I went to France to fulfill a dream and to lose weight. I didn't bargain on finding happiness and hope. My trip to The Arc House has been priceless.'
Gueter, Florida

'Again, thank you both for making me feel right at home and for going out of your way to accommodate me at the holiday. I really can't explain how so much better I have been feeling both physically and emotionally in the past two weeks, and hope I find the power to keep it up.'
Sharona, Israel

'I would like to thank you for your help and support and for creating such an agreeable atmosphere in which to face my weight issues. I have been able to lose 3 more kilos since my departure and exercise 3 to 4 times a week. When I think about giving-up I can hear the angelic voice of Uzoma convincing me I can do it. I'm actually starting to believe it.'
Angela, France

'I've just bought my steamer and electric scales and am very excited! Am popping out now to buy some salmon and ingredients for ratatouille (so I can feel like I've never left the Arc House!) ... It was the nicest I've ever tasted and I'm determined to recreate it!
Thanks again'
Louise, London

'Thanks for everything. It was truly a wonderful experience.'
Marian, Florida.