Seven starry nights

Eight summer days

July 8th to July 15th   

August 12th to August 19th

Both sessions are now fully booked out

This eight day retreat has something for everyone. During our time together, we will explore the local culture and cuisine, work with our hands to channel our inner creativity, and nurture our minds, bodies, and souls with yoga, guided workshops, relaxation, and delicious food!


Saturday | Arrive and Welcome!

  • Let's meet in Toulouse at the Capitole Square at 11am

  • Walk to Victor Hugo market

  • Lunch at a local bistro in Toulouse

  • Drive to Château together

  • Magic carpet cocktails on arrival 

  • Conversation - sharing our own journey to the Château, together

  • Candlelit dinner in the champagne room


Sunday | Get to know the Château and its Surroundings

  • Breakfast at leisure

  • Stroll to the nearby Sunday morning village market

  • Backpack with Jack - guided hike and picnic to mountain lakes ( 1/2 day)

  • Alternatively, enjoy a simple lunch and relax by the pool 

  • Château de Gudanes tour and talk

  • 18th Century banquet in the Salon de Musique 


Monday | Game of Thrones Day at Mirepoix and Château de la Tour

  • Early morning breakfast

  • Drive together to the medieval village of Mirepoix 

  • Tour and picnic lunch at Château de la Tour, a  13th century Château in a ruined fortified village

  • Simple rustic french onion soup and crusty bread dinner


Tuesday | Oh Là Là Day

  • Breakfast

  • Yoga

  • Style away Tuesday -  food, furniture, and photos!

  • Lunch at Daniel's - our local french cuisine bistro 

  • Guided walk through the local villages, relax by the pool, or play some tennis

  • Join in the restoration

  • Aperitif and chitchat

  • Outdoor armchair dinner and movies


Wednesday | Journey into the world of the Cathars

  • Breakfast

  • Excursion to Château de Montségur 

  • Lunch in the woods

  • Historical presentation about the Cathar people

  • Château banquet in the medieval Château kitchen

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Thursday | Cooking & Restoration Day

  • Breakfast

  • Visit to the prehistoric cave of Niaux, known for its Palaeolithic rock art

  • Create your own french sandwich for lunch

  • 'Tune up your mind' with Vivienne Edgecombe

  • Restoration with our onsite artisans or afternoon tea with friands

  • Cooking lesson in the Château with two french ladies from the local village - Marie André and Monique. Monique and her grandmother worked as the cooks for the family who lived in the Château during the 1940s

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Friday | Working Bee Day

  • Breakfast at leisure

  • Yoga or walk into the woods for flower picking

  • Join the restoration - spend the day contributing to the cause

  • Lunch

  • Wine tasting and aperitifs

  • Petanque and pizza in the local village square


Saturday | Au Revoir Mes Amis

  • Pack-up and goodbyes 

  • Travel back to Toulouse. Possible stop at a brocante market in Foix if it's on!



July workshop: 8th to July 15th

August workshop: August 12th to August 19th


Cost - €3,950 per person

This includes:

daily breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared by international and local chefs

unlimited beverages - house wine, house spirits (the drinking kind), house beer and non-alcoholic

shared accommodation and bathroom facilities

organised and activities

complimentary laundry facilities for own use

transfers to and from Toulouse (excludes flights to Toulouse, personal spending money and personal insurance)

To book, a 25% non-refundable deposit is required. The balance, which is required prior to the 8th of May 2017, can be paid in one payment or by instalments.