The autumn equinox is a time for seasonal releasing.  

Shed your autumn leaves through the healing journey of slow rest, ritual and remembering breath.

September 21st – 25th 2017  

Arrive Thursday afternoon after 4.00 pm – depart Monday morning after breakfast. (4 nights)

A very small, personalised and thoughtfully hand crafted retreat for an authentic deep rest experience. Cocoon yourself in the peaceful countryside of South West France (between Bordeaux and Toulouse). The earth medicine here is slow and quiet.

Relax into twice daily slow rest journeys with me. Ground and settle restless energies. Deeply support the nervous system. Soften into a unique fusion of gentle seated meridian movements, deep rest yoga (no experience needed), healing breath rituals, energy alignment and releasing rituals. Feel held and supported.

To deepen the experience I personally tune into your energy and prescribe essential oils, flower essences, aura sprays, crystals or reiki as needed. All vibrational medicines are of the highest possible quality.  I’m really fussy.

Included is a personal one on one energy alignment session with me (totally optional).

I’ll also be crafting a very special evening equinox releasing circle.  A sacred ceremony for shedding your own autumn leaves.  A gentle ceremony for letting go and releasing.

Your days might also be infused with gentle walks through local woodlands, reading a book from the cosy library, eating cake and drinking tea or practising the art of doing nothing. It’s up to you.

Expect to be nourished with the most amazing, delicious vegetarian dishes. All meals prepared with Big love. Sourced from fresh local seasonal produce. Organic where possible.

My intention is for you to leave this retreat with a new sense of self. Rested, rejuvenated and armed with some really awesome slow rest rituals.

If my retreat in France is stirring something in your belly, please email me.  I’d love to have a chat, answer your questions or take your booking.

Flow gently my friend. xox Carole 

 

Suggested daily flow:

 Breakfast

 Morning slow rest session with Carole

Lunch

Afternoon free time for walking the French countryside or whatever you choose.

Afternoon tea in the library

Late afternoon slow rest session with Carole

Dinner and lovely evening conversation with new friends.

 

Highlights:

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A small, personalised and thoughtfully crafted retreat experience. Maximum 5 guests.

Women only.

Private one on one energy healing session with Carole

Twice daily slow rest journey’s with Carole

Very special Equinox releasing ceremony

A lovely balance of group time and personal time.

All yoga equipment – mats, bolsters, blankets, eye pillows provided.

Peaceful quiet location surrounded by amazing nature, woodlands and local canals. Lots of lovely quiet walks. Endless photo opportunities. Abundance of fresh country air.

Delicious vegetarian food, cooked with love. Organic where possible. Fresh and divinely inspirational. Homemade breads and cakes and desserts.

Tea, coffee, fruit and biscuits available all day. 

Wifi available

Pick up from local train station.

About slow rest:

Slow rest is a beautiful circular flow between releasing and then receiving. Surrendering fatigue, exhaustion, inner clenching, stress, worry and over thinking. Receiving all which your body needs.

When you rest deeply you begin to repair and restore integrity to the quality of your thinking, your immune and nervous systems.

Most slow rest postures are enjoyed laying down, either on your back, front or side with the support from props, blankets, sand bags, blocks, yoga bolsters and eye pillows so you can let go and rest as deeply as possible.   The use of props is hugely important in triggering the relaxation response in your body.

Remembering breath is an important part of the slow rest journey.  Your breath is a potent healing medicine. Experience ancient breath practices to nourish your body and calm the mind.

All ages welcome.  No experience needed. 

 

Accommodation:

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Our venue in south west of France is nestled between Toulouse and Bordeaux.  It’s a gorgeous traditional stone country home built in 1808, sitting high above the small village of Montesquieu. It has a big heart and very special energy, surrounded by gentle rolling “Tuscan style” landscape. It’s Tamsin’s home and she’ll be looking after us during our 4 day retreat.

Wonderful spacious lounge room, open fire place and extensive library.

There are three double bedrooms decorated in natural earthy tones. High quality mattresses and high quality 200 thread Egyptian cotton bed linen.  Towels and hair dryer provided.

Tea trolley available all day to make yourself a cuppa  and snack on home made cookies or fresh fruit.

There is a terraced garden covering an acre of land which merges seamlessly with the surrounding countryside.

Wifi

2 shared rooms available (shared bathroom)

1 private room only available 

Cost:

665 British pounds for shared room, shared bathroom

825 British pounds for private room and en-suite

Click here for terms and conditions.

Includes:

4 nights accommodation

All meals

Group pick up organised Thursday afternoon Agen train station (20 minutes from venue)

Complimentary pick up and drop off at Porte Sainte Mairie train station (10 minutes from our country home)

Private one on one session with Carole

Yoga mat, bolsters, blankets etc

Splash of love

Wifi

Not included:

Airfare or train fare

Travel insurance

Deposit:

A deposit of 150 British pounds is required to confirm your place.

Payments can be made via paypal or internet banking.

The deposit is non refundable.

Click here for terms and conditions.

Balance due 60 days prior to retreat date.

Please email Carole – healthylivinglounge@gmail.com with questions or to confirm your place.

Getting there:

Group pick up Sunday afternoon Agen train station (time to be confirmed).  Agen is around 20 minutes by car from our venue.

Complimentary pick up and drop off at Porte Sainte Mairie train station (10 minutes from our country home) from 4.00 pm onwards.

Fly to Toulouse or Bordeaux airport.

Catch train from Toulouse or Bordeaux train station to Agen station. There are shuttle buses which travel from airport to train station. Cost around 8 euro. Travel time around 15 minutes.

Train journey is about 1 hour if you book a direct train, a little longer with stops.  The cost of train is approximately 25 euro.

From Paris Gard du Nord take the metro to Montparnasse and from there you need the TGV train to Agen which takes around 4.5 hours.  Enjoy a lovely dose of slow travel.

Useful rail links:

Rail Europe
SNCF

Testimonials:

“What an amazing experience …from the beautiful surroundings, peace and quiet, lovingly created and thoughtfully produced delicious meals!   Carole and Tamsin were brilliantly intuitive hosts. This was a week of letting go, recharging the batteries and grounding ourselves in stillness.   I left feeling lighter both mentally and physically than I have in years and have been inspired to continue aspects of the retreat several months on!   A week of bliss and peace. ”  

Sarah, England

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