France Equinox Slow Rest Retreats
: 2019 :
September 19th – 23rd
September 26th – 30th
: 2020 :
September 17th – 21st
September 24th – 28th
(Arrive Thursday after 4.00 pm. Depart Monday morning leisurely after breakfast)
The autumn equinox is a great time for seasonal releasing. A time to slow down, turn inwards and shed your autumn leaves.
A small retreat. Limited spaces. Women only.
: Who comes on retreat :
Now in our fifth year in France, these retreats are for any woman needing breathing space from the busyness and demands of life.
Craving a healthy dose of slow living.
Feels exhausted. Recovering from a health issue or perhaps moving through a life transition.
All ages and solo travellers most welcomed.
: Highlights :
: Cocoon yourself in the peaceful rural countryside of Gascony, South West France in our tranquil private French country home.
: A uniquely small (6 woman only) and thoughtfully hand crafted retreat for an authentic deep rest experience.
: Enjoy six Slow Rest sessions with Carole (twice daily). A unique fusion of deep relaxation shapes, calming breath practices and therapeutic touch.
: To deepen the experience Carole intuitively supports you with aromatherapy, flower essences and reiki for your overall well being.
: Experience a magical fire releasing ritual under the evening stars in celebration of the Autumn equinox. A gentle and kind “write and burn” silent ceremony for letting go.
: A personal 30 minute, one on one Slow Rest Therapy session with Carole
: All produce is locally grown, seasonal and organic where possible. The memorable meals are vegetarian and prepared from scratch, with love, in our French country kitchen by Tamsin, our host. Delicious creative dishes infused with European and Eastern flavours that nourish your soul yet are kind to the digestion. Special dietary needs happily catered for.
: Daily old fashioned afternoon tea. Slow living as it should be.
: In your free time enjoy quiet walks through tranquil woodlands and nearby vineyards. Hang out with one of the well behaved dogs or cats. Sleep. Rest or read in one of the many quiet nooks and spaces on the acre of land.
: Complimentary group pick up from local train station.
: All yoga mats, bolsters, blankets, eye pillows and yoga sandbags provided
: Suggested daily slow flow:
8. 30 Warm nourishing breakfast and homemade chai tea
9.30 – 11.30 Morning slow rest session
12.30 – 1.30 Lunch either outside or inside depending on weather
1.30 – 4.00 Free time. Walk, nap, read or hang out with the dogs and cats.
4.00 Slow Afternoon tea
5.00 – 6.00 Early evening slow rest session.
7.00 Dinner followed by quiet, relaxed evening as you choose. Sip slow tea under the stars.
: About Slow Rest Sessions :
Slow rest is all about learning how to relax, soften and surrender into a state of deep restorative rest.
Slow rest is a unique fusion of very gentle seated body awareness movements, deep rest yoga shapes, calming breath and therapeutic relaxation practices.
All deep rest shapes are done laying on your mat with the support of bolsters, blankets, eye pillows and weighted sandbags to help the body feel safe and supported, to deepen your relaxation experience.
Weighting the body is a delicious key element of slow rest, as it helps to profoundly calm the body and release tension, settle restless, agitated energy and greatly supports nervous system and adrenal repair.
In addition Carole intuitively supports you with aromatherapy, reiki, healing touch, flower essences and botanical sprays for your overall health and well being. Both physically and energetically.
Carole will also individually prescribe restorative rituals and vibrational medicines for you to take home and use in your daily life.
: Accommodation :
Our private French country home is nestled between Toulouse and Bordeaux in the south west of France. 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.
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.
There is a terraced garden covering an acre of land which merges seamlessly with the surrounding countryside.
Lots of quiet nooks and spaces to rest.
Lots of lovely vineyard or woodland walks nearby
3 shared rooms available (shared bathroom)
Our private French country home is also home to 2 friendly well behaved dogs and a couple of very private cats.
: Cost :
795 British pounds per person for shared room, shared bathroom
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4 nights accommodation
Group pick up at Agen 2.30 pm or Port Ste-Marie 3.30 pm train stations.
Yoga mat, bolsters, blankets etc
6 slow rest group sessions
1 private 30 minute session with Carole
: Give back project :
For each guest booking our give back partners Mossy Earth will plant one tree as part of a European re-wilding programme and to help us build our own forest! Find out more here.
: Not included :
Airfare, train or bus fares
Airport pick up and drop off not included
Taxi or uber fare, to our venue, if you are unable to meet at the group pick up time.
: Deposit :
A deposit of 200 British pounds is required to confirm your place.
Payments can be made via internet banking paypal.
The deposit is non refundable.
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Balance due 60 days prior to retreat date.
: Book retreat :
Please email Carole – [email protected] with your questions and to book your place.
: Getting there :
Two complimentary group pick ups. One from Agen and one from Port Ste Mairie train stations.
Group pick up at Agen train station 2.30 pm on the Thursday
Group pick at Porte Sainte Mairie train station 3.30 pm on the Thursday
Agen is about a 3 hour train ride from Paris (Gare Montparnsse) there are about 11 trains per day.
Fly to Toulouse and then catch train to Agen train station
Fly to Bordeaux airport and catch the train to Port Ste-Marie (or Agen)
Catch train from Toulouse or Bordeaux train station to Agen station. There are shuttle buses (Navette) which travel from airport to train station. Cost around 8 euro. Travel time around 15 minutes.
Train journey from Toulouse or Bordeaux trains station to Agen 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 3 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. ”
happy snaps from our last retreat: