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Escape to the southwest French countryside for a 7-day wellness adventure! Stay in a magical chateau, hike to the local lake, take a dip in the brand new pool, and explore local markets, museums, cathedrals, shops and cuisine. We will host daily yoga classes and wellness-based workshops in the large, open-air studio space. Although we want you to experience all that Gascony has to offer in cuisine, natural beauty, and history, our intention is that this is a retreat for your heart, soul, mind and body.
Our home for the week is the Chateau de Goas. Located in the heart of the magnificent region of Gascony, surrounded by fields and hills, Château de Goas is an historical French estate whose foundations date back to the Middle Age. With its towers, windmills, and ancient wine cellar, the Château is an authentic leftover of the French history and a reflection of the unique rural tradition of the region. With 12 bedrooms decorated in a warm, rural and antique style, two living rooms, dining rooms, French pool room with board games, historical library, a large studio room of 160sqm, a 6-acre park featuring ancient oaks and a splendid bathing lake located a few minutes away, the Château is the ideal setting to rejuvenate and replenish.
Soothe your nervous system with yoga and meditation, explore new wellness ideas and practices, delight your senses with delicious food and scenery, laugh with good company, and allow this retreat to fill your heart with joy.
// 15 SPOTS AVAILABLE //
Tuesday, September 26 - Tuesday, October 3, 2023
Chateau de Goas, Gascony, France. Gascony is often referred to as the "Tuscany of France".
$1,650 includes 7 night-stay at the chateau, pool with terrace, continental breakfast each day, 3 course chef-prepared lunch and dinner each day, transportation to and from airport (more on this below), daily yoga, meditation, and wellness workshops in open air yoga studio, and two half-day excursions. Please read refund policy below.
PAYMENT PLAN OPTIONS:
1) Sign up by April 1 and pay $500 deposit now, and 3 payments of $383.33 every 30 days. You will be paid in full by July 1.
2) Sign up by May 1 and pay $500 deposit now, and 2 payments of $575 every 30 days. You will be paid in full by July 1.
3) Sign up after May 1 and pay $1,650 in full.
Continental breakfast; chef prepared 3-course lunch and 3-course dinner every day. Because the chef prepares each meal with local delicacies, vegan diets are unable to be accommodated. However, if you have a severe allergy please let us know in advance.
The closest airport to the chateau is the Toulouse (TLS) airport. Airfare is not included in the price of the retreat. From what we have seen, price for roundtrip airfare is approximately $1,000. Flights may have to depart the night before to arrive on time.
One shuttle will be provided to and from the Toulouse airport, so we will recommend flights accordingly. If your flights do not align with the shuttle, separate transportation can be arranged for you at your own cost.
Accommodation is a lovely selection of single and double occupancy rooms throughout the Chateau.
Most guests will be sharing a bedroom and bathroom. There will not be more than 2 participants to a room unless requested as some rooms can fit 3. Please tell us if you are happy to share a room.
Sleep, peace, and rest are very important on this retreat so we will do our very best to match you with an appropriate roommate. We will be sending out a survey with each sign-up so that we can get to you know you more. If you are signing up with someone and would like to be in the same room, please let us know.
Please let us know if you prefer a private room. (For example if you snore it can be nice for you and the other guests if you have some peace and quiet at night in your own room)
We understand everyone needs and likes their own space so we plan to do our very best to provide that for everyone.
According to the owner of the chateau, September in southern France is similar to September in New England. Over the years, the temperatures have been staying warmer longer and September has become one of the best months of the year to enjoy the outdoors. The high summer temps begin to cool off, but it isn't quite fall yet. We hope to enjoy lots of outdoor time and usage of the pool, but there is plenty to do in the event we have a cool day. Expect temperatures to be between 65 - 75 degrees and pack accordingly.
A variety of yoga styles, meditation, and wellness workshops will be offered throughout the retreat. We will start each day off with a meditation practice. You will have an option for a more high intensity yoga class, or a slower and gentler practice.. or both! They will be offered at separate times of day. After meditation, breakfast, and the morning practice we will host a daily wellness workshop. Through discussions, exercises, and exploration, our plan is that you self-reflect, deep dive into your heart and soul, and emerge from the retreat more joyful and connected with yourself and your surroundings.
Airfare is not included. If you are not able to arrive in time for the arranged shuttle, transportation to (or from) the Chateau will be at your own cost. The owner of the Chateau can help arrange this. We are working on an optional excursion with possible spa treatments. This would be at your own cost. Also, when we are out on excursions you may want to bring euros for spending. We will visit local villages and markets, and explore the rural, historic culture of Gascony.
Your place is confirmed once full payment has been received. Any and all fees paid for the retreat are non-transferable and non-refundable. In paying for the retreat, you agree to these terms.
You will need a valid passport. We also highly recommend purchasing traveler's insurance. Through searching around it seems Allianz offers reasonable prices. If you have other recommendations, let us know so we can share with others!