France Equinox Slow Rest Retreats 2019

September 19th – 23rd 2019 (2 spots left)

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

September 26th – 30th 2019 (4 spots left)

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

The autumn equinox is a great time for seasonal releasing.  A time to shed your autumn leaves. 

: Highlights :

These retreats are for any woman needing breathing space from the busyness of life, feels drained and fatigued, recovering from health issues or moving through a life transition.   

All ages and solo travellers most welcomed.

: 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 gentle seated body awareness movements, deep rest yoga shapes, therapeutic breath practices, restorative rituals and guided releasing meditations.

: To deepen the experience Carole personalises support with aromatherapy, flower essences, healing touch, reiki, ancient clearing and protection tools.

: Experience a 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 energy alignment session with Carole (on request)

: All produce is locally grown, seasonal and organic where possible.  The memorable meals are vegetarian and prepared from scratch in our French country kitchen. 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.

: Old fashioned afternoon tea and home made cake. Slow living as it should be.

: Enjoy in your free time, quiet walks through woodlands and nearby vineyards. Endless photo opportunities. Abundance of fresh country air.  Stunning views.  Snuggle one of the dogs or cats. Read from the library and rest in quiet stillness. gazing into the nature.

: Complimentary group pick up from local train station.

:  All yoga mats, bolsters, blankets, eye pillows and sandbags provided


: Suggested daily slow flow:

8. 30               Warm nourishing breakfast and 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 to walk, nap, read, journal or hang out with the dogs and cats.

4.00                Afternoon tea

5.00 – 6.00    Early evening slow rest session to prepare for a great nights sleep.

7.00                Dinner followed by quiet, relaxed evening  as you choose.


: About Slow Rest Sessions :

Slow rest is all about learning how to soften, relax and sink into a state of deep restorative rest.

Slow rest is a unique fusion of gentle seated body awareness movements, deep rest yoga shapes, therapeutic breath practices, restorative rituals and guided releasing meditations.

All deep rest shapes are done laying on your mat with the support of bolsters, blankets, eye pillows or weighted sandbags to help the body feel safe so it can let go of tension, fatigue, stress and any internal agitations. 

Weighting the body is an important part of slow rest, as it helps the body to surrender, release tensions, energy blockages and greatly supports nervous system repair.  Weighted sandbags can be placed anywhere on the body.

Carole will personally support you with  aromatherapy, reiki, healing touch, flower essences, ancient clearing and protection tools for your overall well being.


: 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 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 :

695 British pounds per person for shared room, shared bathroom

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: Includes:

4 nights accommodation

All meals

Group pick up at Agen or Port Ste-Marie train stations.

Yoga mat, bolsters, blankets etc


6 slow rest sessions 

1 private 30 minute session with Carole

: Not included :

Airfare, train or bus fares

Travel insurance


: Deposit :

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 another retreat within a 2 year period.

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Balance due 60 days prior to retreat date.

: Book retreat :

Please email Carole – [email protected] with questions, to see if there is space still available or to pay your deposit. 

: Getting there :

Two complimentary group pick ups 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: