France Equinox Slow Rest Retreats 2019

September 19th – 23rd 2019 (bookings now open)

(Arrive Thursday after 2.30 pm. Depart Monday morning after breakfast)

September 26th – 30th 2019 (bookings now open)

(Arrive Thursday after 2.30 pm. Depart Monday morning after breakfast)


The autumn equinox is a time for seasonal releasing.

A time to shed your autumn leaves through the healing journey of slow rest, restorative ritual and remembering breath.

Cocoon yourself in the peaceful rural countryside of Gascony, South West France in our tranquil private French country home.

A uniquely small and thoughtfully hand crafted retreat for an authentic deep rest experience.  

Feel held and supported in this semi-private retreat for 6 woman only.

Enjoy twice daily slow rest journeys with Carole. Experience a unique fusion of gentle seated meridian movements, deep rest postures (restorative yoga), therapeutic breath rituals, immune system repair, healing touch and guided releasing meditations, as you move through the restorative rhythm of resting, releasing and receiving all that you need.

To deepen the experience Carole personally works alongside you, tuning into your energies, and offering hands on reiki, essential oils, flower essences, energy clearing sprays, sound medicine or crystal therapy as needed.

The slow rest retreat is for any woman needing some time out from the busyness of life, feels exhausted, fatigued  or recovering from health issues. Absolutely no yoga, mindfulness or meditation experience needed. All ages are most welcomed.

The Autumn Equinox signals a time for seasonal releasing. A shedding of your own autumn leaves. To celebrate the Autumn equinox Carole will be crafting a fire cleansing ritual under the evening stars.  A gentle and kind ceremony for letting go and releasing. An opportunity to burn your disappointments and shed your own autumn leaves.

Your afternoons are free.  Enjoy a walk through local woodlands or nearby vineyards, read, journal or simply contemplate the magnificent rolling hills, autumn colours and French countryside.

Also included is a personal one on one energy alignment session with Carole (totally optional) but there if you need it.

Expect to be nourished with the most amazing, delicious vegetarian dishes. All meals prepared with Big love by Tamsin. Inspired with Ayurvedic principles to support your digestive system so it may rest as well. Sourced from fresh local seasonal produce. Organic where possible.

If this retreat is stirring something in your belly, please email Carole.  

e: [email protected]

This retreat always books out


Suggested daily flow:

8. 30 Breakfast

9.30 – 11.30 Morning slow rest journey with Carole

12.30 – 1.30 Lunch

Afternoon free time for a walk, read, knit, nap, journal or colouring.

4.00 pm Afternoon tea

4.30 – 6.00 pm Late afternoon slow rest journey with Carole

7.00 pm Dinner and lovely evening conversations with new friends.




A semi private personalised and thoughtfully crafted retreat experience. Maximum 6 guests.

Women only.

Private one on one energy healing session with Carole (optional)

Twice daily slow rest journey’s with Carole

Very special evening fire 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, over thinking and then receiving all that you need.

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. 





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 


695 British pounds per person for shared room, shared bathroom

1,300 British pounds per person for private room and en-suite (one only available)

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4 nights accommodation

All meals

Group pick up organised Agen train station at 2.30 pm. Perfect for travellers coming from Toulouse or Paris.


Group pick up at 3.30 pm Port Ste-Marie train station – perfect for travellers coming from Bordeaux.

Yoga mat, bolsters, blankets etc

Splash of love


Not included:

Airfare or train fare

Travel insurance


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

Payments can be made via internet banking.

The deposit is non refundable but is transferable to anoother retreat.

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Balance due 60 days prior to retreat date.

Please email Carole – [email protected] with questions or to confirm your place.

Getting there:

Two complimentary group picks from Agen and Port Ste Mairie train stations.

Group pick up at Agen train station 2.30 pm

Group pick at Porte Sainte Mairie train station 3.30 pm

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.

Useful rail links:

Rail Europe


“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

happy snaps from our last retreat:










france countryside