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:
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
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4 nights accommodation
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
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.
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Balance due 60 days prior to retreat date.
Please email Carole – email@example.com 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 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.
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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. ”