Equinox Slow Rest Retreat France:


 The equinox is a time for seasonal releasing.  

Shedding your autumn leaves through the healing journey of slow rest.

September 21st – 25th 2017  

Arrive Thursday afternoon after 4.00 pm.  

Depart Monday morning after breakfast. (4 nights)

This is one of my favourite retreats of all time.  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). Feel held.

Relax into twice daily slow rest journeys with me. Feel held. Soften into a unique fusion of gentle seated meridian movements, body awareness rituals, deep rest yoga (no experience needed), therapeutic breath practices, immune system rejuvenation, chakra repair and guided releasing meditations, as you move through the healing rhythm of releasing, resting and receiving.

To deepen the experience I prescribe as individually needed essential oils, flower essences, aura sprays, crystals or reiki throughout the slow rest retreat.

To complete the slow rest journey you will be nourished with the most amazing, delicious vegetarian dishes. All meals prepared with Big 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 


Suggested daily flow:


 Morning slow rest session with Carole


 Afternoon free time for walking the French countryside, reading from library, journaling or more resting

 Late afternoon slow rest session with Carole





A small, personalised and thoughtfully crafted retreat experience

Private one on one healing session with Carole

Twice daily slow rest journey’s with Carole

A lovely balance of free time  for you in the afternoon and after the evening meal

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

Peaceful quiet location surrounded by amazing nature, woodlands and local canals. Lots of lovely walks.

Delicious vegetarian food, cooked with love. Organic where possible. Fresh and divinely inspirational.


About slow rest:


Guided breathing rituals + slow rest postures + gentle awareness = Authentic deep relaxation

Slow rest is all about surrendering and receiving. Surrendering fatigue, exhaustion, inner clenching, stress, worry and the over stimulation. Receiving a healthier breath, receiving energy. When you rest deeply you begin to repair and restore your immune system and nervous system.

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.

Your breath is an important part of the slow rest process. Breathing rituals include organ breathing, releasing breath, colour breathing, Slow rest practices may include organ breathing, Using your breath as medicine and the soft guiding voice of Carole you will gradually begin unwind, release inner clenching and tensions, create space for your organs and move more breath and move more energy more freely through your body.

All ages welcome.  No experience needed. 


About our 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.


2 shared rooms available (shared bathroom)

1 private room only available 



665 British pounds for shared room, shared bathroom

825 British pounds for private room and en-suite

Click here for terms and conditions.


4 nights accommodation

All meals

Group pick up organised Sunday 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


Not included:

Airfare or train fare

Travel insurance

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 – 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:

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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. ”  

Sarah, England

Some happy snaps from our last retreat:


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france countryside



{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Marina Costanza March 28, 2015 at 9:22 pm

The room that is available for the retreat in France, is it a single or double? Or does it have one bed or two?



Carole Bourne March 29, 2015 at 7:20 am

Hello Marina, lovely to hear from you. The one room left can be booked as either a private room or shared room. There are two beds in the room.
Please ask away if you have any other questions. xox Carole


Sarah ward June 16, 2015 at 6:00 am

Hi Carole
Do you know If it’s possible for me to stay an extra night at the start of the retreat on Saturday evening 12th September? I will arrive at Agen station at 7.50pm I am not able to get a connection to London in time on Sunday.
If I’m able to book a room in the village or at the retreat that would be great.

Thank you so much.



Vicky July 10, 2015 at 12:45 pm

Interested in retreat for myself and my adult daughter.. Please follow up


David Jackson August 1, 2016 at 10:27 pm

Hi I have just been reading your web aite which I found most interesting. Regretably it s seems you only allow women on your retreats. I have (on and off) practised YOGA for years (I alwyas complete a small session every morning) plus attend one full class weekly. I am currently going thro a period of great stress (marriage, health etc) hence my text – can you recomend an alternative Yogi /course either in the UK, Spain., Portugul or similar. Many thanks David


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