From Chaos to Calm:
A Nature Immersion and Mindfulness Retreat for Women
May 4 – 11, 2022: Castle Marouatte, Grand Brassac, Dordogne, France
Join Caroline Welch, attorney, CEO of the Mindsight Institute, and author of The Gift of Presence: A Mindfulness Guide for Women (Penguin Random House 2020), together with Dr. Adriana Copeland, psychotherapist, UCLA certified mindfulness teacher, and certified forest bathing therapy guide, for a week-long journey of self-discovery and immersion in nature. Located within the privacy of the fortified walls of a medieval French castle, in a small group setting (limited to 20 women), just two hours south of Paris by train, you will experience a safe haven for inspiration, stress reduction, and renewal. Discover the timeless healing wisdom of living in attunement with our natural world and become your most resilient self.
04:00 p.m. — Check-in at Castle Marouatte
07:00 p.m. — Bienvenue! Welcome at Salon de Troubadours — Experiencing your first taste of the Dordogne culinary delights including exceptional local wines. Introductions, history of the castle by owner, and logistics.
08:00 – 08:30 a.m. — Daily intention setting
08:30 – 09:30 a.m. — Breakfast (Petit Déjeuner)
09:30 – 12:30 p.m. — Morning lecture, experiential exercises, and discussion
12:30 – 02:00 p.m. — Lunch (Déjeuner)
02:00 – 05:00 p.m. — Afternoon lecture, experiential exercises, and discussion
05:00 – 07:00 p.m. — Refreshments and free time (for reflection, journaling, etc.)
07:00 – 09:00 p.m. — Dinner (Dîner)
10:00 p.m. — Goodnight (Bon Nuit)! Lights out. Wishing you a deep and peaceful sleep.
NOTE: Weather permitting, four Forest Bathing walks will be incorporated into the schedule.
08:00-10:00 a.m. — Champagne Petit Déjeuner
10:00-12:00 p.m. — Departure
*All times are local. Schedule subject to change due to weather, afternoon excursions, or other conditions beyond our control.
Due to the fact that you will be staying in a twelfth-century castle, it is important to know that rooms vary and each one has its own unique character and decor. There are ten bedrooms with private bathrooms located on the ground, first, and second floors. There are additional rooms with shared bathrooms. Some rooms have king or queen beds suitable for individuals or couples. Others have two beds suitable for double occupancy. Finally, for those wondering, we regret to inform you that the dungeon has not been used since 1273 and it is not available for this retreat.
Smoking is not permitted in any accommodations, meeting rooms, or other indoor spaces.
Prices vary depending on whether you choose single, couple, or double occupancy. Early reservations are recommended since the group size is limited to just 20 persons. We strongly recommend that you act promptly to provide your room preference to us at email@example.com so that we may accommodate your preferred room type to the greatest extent possible.
Please email us your room preferences upon registering.
The retreat will provide roundtrip transportation from Angouleme Station to the Castle. Pickup times at the station will be at 2pm and 4pm. These are the only pickup times offered by the retreat. Transportation will be on your own for arrivals at any other time. For those of you using our transportation, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your number of suitcases.
Our meals will be prepared by a local chef and feature fresh, farm-to-table cuisine and local wines. Gluten free and vegetarian options will be available. Please email us at email@example.com with your dietary restrictions as soon as possible.
Please contact us with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
The cost is $3,800 USD for a single room with private bathroom. We offer a 10% discount for couples sharing a room, double occupancy, and shared bathroom accommodations. Transportation between Paris and Angouleme and airfare are not included.
*If you choose to explore the beautiful surroundings on your own, we highly recommend the rental of your own car from Angouleme Station.
The term shinrin-yoku (“forest bathing”) emerged in Japan in the 1980s as a body and mind practice which connects us with nature as we slow down and take in the atmosphere of the forest with all of our senses. The purpose was to offer an ecofriendly antidote to burnout and to inspire people to reconnect with and protect the country’s forests. While Japan is credited with the term Forest Bathing, many cultures have long recognized the importance of the natural world to human health. In the 1990s, researchers began studying the physiological benefits of Forest Bathing and science now confirms, as you might have suspected, time spent immersed in nature is good for us.
If your plans change and you need to cancel, and we can fill your spot, we will promptly issue a 100% refund. If we cannot fill your spot, we will be happy to apply your payment in full to another retreat, or offer a 50% refund.
Facilitators need to reach a threshold number of registrants by March 1, 2021, or unfortunately they will need to cancel the retreat given the costs of the castle, dining, transportation and programming, if that threshold isn’t reached by then. So please do tell your friends and spread the word about this amazing retreat! Facilitators are not responsible for expenses incurred by trip members in the event the retreat is cancelled (e.g., non-refundable airfare, visa and passport fees, etc.). We also reserve the right to cancel the retreat for other reasons, including logistical problems that may impede the retreat’s going forward. In such case, we will provide a full refund of your payment, which shall release the Facilitators from any further liability. All retreat participants are highly encouraged to buy travel insurance for their protection.
The average high temperature in Dordogne, France, tends to be 72°F/22°C with average lows around 55°F/13°C. As is typical for spring time, rain can occur. We advise that you bring your favorite rain gear as outdoor activities are not likely to be canceled due to rain. A recommended packing list will be provided upon registration.
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