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Saffron and Martine

For the first time at Talalla Retreat, a Mother and Daughter yoga teacher team!

Saffron and Martine’s Retreat dates 2014

6th to 13th January 2014
3rd to 9th February 2014
3rd to 9th March 2014

Yoga With Saffron

I grew up around yoga, my mother is a yoga teacher and she has influenced me throughout my life, always emphasising the importance of being true to who you are physically, emotionally and spiritually.

I have always loved being physical, and from a young age I started ballet and danced for most of my teen years. During this time I started doing yoga for core strength, breath work and peace of mind.

Yoga has changed the way I see and conduct my life. For me it is a reflection of what life is, be it joyful, challenging, honest and deep.I cover a range of styles, from dynamic vinyasa flow to gentle restorative classes, as well as pre and post natal, kids and teens yoga!

My classes are suitable for all yoga lovers with variations given for different levels of experience.My commitment is to guide each student to understand their body and how to explore and discover the full capacity of their practice, while staying true to who they are and how they feel on that day.

It is my priority to teach in an environment that is supportive, challenging, safe and fun.I am excited to be coming back to Talalla as a resident teacher for my second year!


I am happy to be returning to Talalla for a third season of teaching in this beautiful oasis.I have been a passionate yoga practitioner for over 30 years and consistently teaching for the past 14 years.

Originally from France then moving to England in the 70's I began practicing and mastering Hatha yoga and later Vinyasa and Iyengar style.I then moved to Australia and became a student of Rose Baudin who inspired me to take on a more complete and spiritual practice including pranayama and the philosophy of yoga.Rose started teaching overseas and invited me to take over her classes in her absence.

In the year 2000, I decided to deepen my practice and I enrolled at Yoga Arts in Byron Bay, Australia.I completed a 9 month full time yoga teacher training course under the direction of Louisa Sear.

Soon after finishing my teacher training I established my own classes and started teaching in the Mullumbimby area (NSW, Australia).I also teach private classes in a couple of retreats in the Hinterland of Byron Bay.

My classes are fluid and I cater for all ages and levels.I use a combination of asanas, pranayama, meditation and relaxation.In the past I have run prenatal classes, as well as teaching high school students yoga and meditation. I also conduct yearly yoga workshops and intensives in the South of France.

Yoga has become a very strong part of my life. It has taught me the strength and openness of the mind and has changed my way of being!

Testimonials from Talalla guests 2013

Dear Martine,
We really wanted to extend a big thank you for the great yoga sessions that you held at Talalla.Corinne, Marion, Thomas and myself had a great time working out and winding down with you after our long surfing sessions. I would recommend it highly to all surfers! We all liked your mellow and quiet voice and thought it really helped to get into the exercises. Also, we enjoyed the variety of moves and positions that we practiced during this surf and yoga week.
Thank you very much,
Alex, Marion, Thomas and Corinne.

Dear Martine,

My mother and I had hoped for a relaxing and rejuvenating week and we achieved that and so much more with your expertise. We are both amateur yoga enthusiasts and have really been inspired by your professionalism, calm demeanor, knowledge and passion for yoga. The classes were well timed, paced and acceptable standards, non repetitive and engaging. Your techniques and patience are very much appreciated. Although Talalla is an amazing location and beautiful, it would have not been the same without you. You are a true asset to Talalla Retreat. We look forward to seeing you again and attending your classes.

Lots of love Irene and Anushaxox

Every day for a week, I have enjoyed Martines yoga classes here at Talalla.
For me, It has been a deep, soothing, slow and meditative hatha yoga, that has added to both my emotional and physical well-being. Martine is very pleasant and professional and a great teacher with an extreme presence in her work.
I feel grateful and happy for this experience.
Love Rene

Dear Martine,
Thank you so much for the wonderful classes and your beautiful company during my week at Talalla. I was looking for a week full of yoga, meditation and pranayama to unwind after three months in Sri Lanka and before going back to buzzing New York City. I have found all of that and more during your classes, our swims in the sea and our meals. You have a wonderful style of teaching, it never gets boring and you make your students feel safe while practicing with you.Thank you for sharing your wisdom with me.
I really hope to practice with you again.
Merci beaucoup pour tout!!!
Love Nadine.


I took private lessons and very much appreciated how adjusted to my needs and customized your teaching was. All exercises were both challenging and adapted to my level. You are also, and this is for sure fundamental, excellent at motivating your students, by stressing what is done well without forgetting what can be improved. As a whole, these four lessons made me want to practice yoga on a regular basis when I am back home, which speaks for itself!
A big thank you,

I enjoyed every single class of yoga with Martine. Every class was different, Martine is an amazing teacher with great knowledge and a lovely personas well. I am very happy that I had the opportunity to learn with Martine and I hope I will be able to attend some of her classes in the future again.
Thank you,

I have so many images of my two weeks here I could fill a book, loads of them But the images I feel physically and mentally are the strongest from you and what you have taught me. You opened up my shoulders, legs, neck and mind! Thank you, thank you, merci. Yoga, and my thoughts will mean something else from now on, I will take this all away with me and also share it with others. Thank you lots of love,

I came across Martines yoga classes during our lovely stay at Talalla Retreat. The classes contributed to my sense of calm and relaxation during my stay. Each class was different. Some more strenuous then others. An added bonus was listening to her gorgeous voice in the acoustically great yoga room.
Thanks heaps Martine. My mind and body feels ready to take on our next travel adventures.

Every class with Martine nourished the body and soul. As students enter the yoga shala, we all feel welcome, whether we are 1 or 10. Martine has a wonderful ability to read the energy of the room and adjust the class to meet the needs of her students. I have come to greatly appreciate her attention to protecting the body form injury. With every pose, we understand how to get in and out, and what to do to avoid straining ourselves.
Many many thanks Martine, for taking a worn out, stressed out soul, and renewing my mind, body, and spirit!

Talalla Retreat is a little paradise on earth. But what made my stay even more special was my time with Martine. She is an exceptional yoga teacher and spiritual leader. Her group classes are always diverse, sometimes dynamic, sometimes more gentle; Martine always manages to capture the mood and the energy of the group. She delivers a tailored class to individual needs in a group setting. I find this unique and special. I always come out of her classes with a feeling of freshness, calmness and my body that little bit more open.
I also took one-on-one classes with Martine on Pranayama breathing techniques and meditation. They were wonderful and incredibly rewarding. Martine is so passionate to pass on her vast knowledge to her students. She goes the extra time and effort to see her students grow and improve. This is a true testament of her caring personality.
Thank you, Martine, for being my teacher and spiritual guide this last week. I am a better yoga practitioner and a better person for it.

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