French Stillness Retreat
September 2017 – 6 spaces only
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Arrive Sunday afternoon after 4.00 pm. Depart Friday morning after breakfast. (5 nights)
Cocoon yourself in 5 days of delicious slow in the peaceful countryside of South West France (between Bordeaux and Toulouse)
Join me for an intuitive fusion of deeply calming restorative yoga postures (no experience needed), ancient breath rituals, sacred guided meditations, reiki and individual energy healing as you move through resting the breath, resting the mind and resting the body.
To deepen the experience I will individually prescribe essential oils, flower essences, aura sprays or crystals. We’ll also play each day with some of my favourite oracle cards.
You will also be nourished with the most amazing, delicious vegetarian meals. All meals prepared with love. Sourced from fresh local seasonal produce. Organic where possible.
If this retreat 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
This retreat is intentionally small for personalised support. Six spaces only available. Early bookings recommended as this retreat fills quickly.
Suggested daily flow:
Arrive Sunday afternoon, depart Friday morning.
8.30 – 9.30 Slow breakfast
9.30 – 11.30 Sacred Rest with Carole
1.00 – 1.30 Slow lunch
1.30 – 4.30 Personal time intertwined with a delicious afternoon tea
5.00 – 6.30 Sacred Rest with Carole
7.00 – 8.00 Slow dinner
* There is one free half day mid week. Explore the local area or stay at our French home
* Optional afternoon adventure – Woodland walk and silent meditation circle
* Optional evening purification ritual – Fire pit ceremony for releasing
Lovely small retreat. Maximum 6 guests for personal care and support.
Private one on one session with Carole (totally optional)
Twice daily sacred rest sessions with Carole
All yoga equipment – mats, bolsters, blankets, eye pillows provided.
Slow gentle daily schedule. Less is more.
All guests gifted a bottle of hand crafted sacred rest essence. Taken orally to trigger inner calm.
Peaceful quiet location surrounded by amazing nature, woodlands and local canals. Lots of lovely walks.
Free half day to explore local villages and countryside. Venture into the picturesque village of Nerac (12 kilometres away) or simply stay at home.
Delicious vegetarian food, cooked with love. Organic where possible.
About sacred rest sessions:
Most sacred rest postures are enjoyed laying down with the support from props, blankets, sand bags, blocks, yoga bolsters and eye pillows.
The use of props helps trigger the relaxation response in your body. You begin to let go, soften, rest deeply and replenish. Restoring balance to your nervous and immune systems.
Spiritually you reconnect to your true essence. Your divine spark. Your intuitive voice. A sense of feeling calm, grounded and centred flows through you.
All ages welcome. No experience needed.
About our accommodation:
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 retreat week.
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.
2 shared rooms available (shared bathroom)
1 private room only available
595 British pounds for shared room, shared bathroom
795 British pounds for private room and en-suite
Click here for terms and conditions.
5 nights accommodation
All meals (except lunch and dinner on free half day)
Group pick up organised Sunday afternoon Agen train station (20 minutes from venue)
Complimentary pick up and drop off at Porte SainteMairie train station (10 minutes from venue)
Private one on one session with Carole
Yoga mat, bolsters, blankets etc
Splash of love
Lunch and dinner on free half day
Airfare or train fare
Investment and 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 – firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to confirm your place.
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 SainteMairie train station (10 minutes from venue) 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.
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“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. ”
Pictures from September 2015: