THE HEARTWORK RETREAT
30 JUNE - 4 JULY
10 - 14 SEPTEMBER
Join us in South West France, in an area of unmatched natural beauty and historical mysticism, to retreat into deep rest, embracing our ability to create healthy, intentional patterns in our lives.
With the pace of life often feeling frenetic and non-stop, we can often find ourselves in states of exhaustion, overwork and overwhelm.
A heart-centred programme of therapies, nourishment, ritual and wellbeing activities has been designed as a way to push the reset button for your mind, body, energetic system and lifestyle habits; offering you a way to deeply rest and strengthen connection with what your heart is calling for.
We are a team focussed on your healing, your comfort and your support. Antoinette hosts you, creating nutritious and delicious nourishment and a calm, comfortable home to hold you. Sophie and Pedro will guide you through your day, from river meditations, to guided hikes in the hills, therapeutic sessions to gong meditations.
The Heartwork Retreat has been built on many years of study, an array of cultural teachings and healing styles combined with lived understanding how therapy in an immersive group environment can be incredibly powerful and transformative.
Heart Work isn’t hard work - it is sweet work, slow work, loving and kind work,
it rekindles joy in your soul and deeply nourishes your body.
THERAPIES AND SPACE
FOR DEEP REST AND BURNOUT RECOVERY
Focus on digital detox and healthy sleep patterns, allocated time throughout the day for journalling, napping, resting, meditating, reading and relaxing by the pool.
Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy works to restore a frazzled nervous system and releases held stress patterns. Our Complete Recovery Massage Ritual is designed to align your energetics while soothing and restoring a burnout mind and body.
High energy nutrition and intermittent fasting.
Our goal is to feed the body with optimum nutrition to assist in balancing hormones and the metabolism, rest the digestion and offer a gentle cleanse, to allow the body to detox and reset.
Communal eating, fresh and organic local ingredients.
Gentle Hatha, Yin Yoga and Breathwork sessions (for all abilities), to strengthen vital energy, centre and balance the mind and awaken the body.
Optional daily walks and hikes in nature to assist in gentle detox, lymphatic stimulation and nervous system regulation.
MORNING RIVER + EVENING GONG MEDITATIONS
Moments to set intention, consciously rest and clear mental chatter, spending time in silence and recalibrating nervous system.
We will take a silent walk down to the river every morning to breathe and meditate next to the water. Evening gong meditations will also be offered to quieten the mind, cleanse frenetic energy from the physical body and allow deep relaxation to prepare for sleep.
MOVEMENT IN NATURE + HOT SPRINGS
Guided walks in abundant beauty, wild swimming in hot springs and the river, time to rest with nature.
During the retreat we will take you to explore some of the area's most breathtaking natural areas - we will bathe in the natural hot springs of Rennes les Bains and climb the ancient ruins of Montsegur.
Friday 30 June - Arrival
Tuesday 4 July - Departure
Sunday 10 September - Arrival
Thursday 14 September - Departure
You can either come with a friend and share a luxury room with twin beds or you can opt for your own luxury room with a large double bed.
Each retreat is a 4-night stay.
You can book additional nights if you would like to spend some time seeing Carcassonne and exploring the area.
Shared room occupancy: £1350 pp (luxury twin bedded room)
Single room occupancy: £1550 pp (luxury double room)
These prices include all food, drink, therapies and any activities and equipment arranged as part of the retreat at Les Marguerites.
These prices do not include flights.
Many airlines fly into Toulouse (1.5 hours away)
Ryan Air fly to Carcassonne from the UK (30 mins away)
We offer a complimentary airport transfer service on the morning of the arrival day and the afternoon of the departure day (please contact us to discuss time). If you wish to travel independently, Car hire / taxis are available at all airports and you can get to Limoux by train from Toulouse (change at Carcassonne). Please ensure you make your onward bookings before you arrive.
If you arrive by train at Limoux we will pick you off and drop you off at any time on arrival and departure days.
Please ensure that you arrange your own travel insurance to avoid any unforeseeable problems.
When you make your reservation, we will send you a booking form where you will be able to list any food requirements or allergies. All our food is vegetarian, locally sourced and organically grown.
10 people maximum. We intentionally keep our groups small to ensure that everyone has dedicated one-on-one attention and to create an intimate, secure experience.
Encouraging pre event conversations helping our team understand your personal needs.
A wellness consultation on arrival and before departure
Workshops and group coaching sessions
90 minute Complete Recovery Massage Ritual
Daily yoga, meditation and breath work sessions
In room wellness rituals
Evening sound healing sessions
Guided trips to hot springs, historical sites and hikes in nature
Access to relaxation hubs within Les Marguerites for your sole use
Opportunities to relax, reflect and to take strolls around the beautiful surrounding countryside
Conversations with facilitators post event to help encourage on-going growth
Bespoke resources and healthy living bag to take away with you
Delicious, nutritious meals and snacks throughout your stay
A TYPICAL DAY ON RETREAT
7.00 Warm drinks served in kitchen + morning pages
7.45 Silent walk to the the river or up into the hills, breathing meditation, optional swimming (light snacks available pre-yoga if needed, but fasting until breakfast advised)
9.00 Gentle Hatha and Yin Yoga Class
11.30 Group Meeting - Intention Setting
12.30 - 18.30 Time to rest or explore/pool time/planned excursions/treatments/workshops/lymphatic movement class/nature walk
14.30 Light lunch
20.00 Evening Sound Healing/Meditation/Fire Circle/Cacao Ceremony
21.00-22.00 Suggested Bedtime
LES MARGUERITES, ALET-LES-BAINS
With its exceptional scenery and beautiful weather, Les Marguerites is an exquisite place to retreat.
Set amongst the stunning Pyrenean mountains with a very small population, this area offers tranquillity and beauty in a timeless setting - where you can truly rest and recharge.
The village of Alet-les-Bains lies alongside the Aude river, between ancient green hills. To enter the village you must cross a long bridge, under which the river stretches out wide and invitingly clear. Les Marguerites sits on the edge of this sleepy village, known for its ancient Abbey ruins and fresh and thermal water springs.
The house itself has been lovingly restored by owners Antoinette and Keith. Each luxury room is uniquely decorated with an authentic French feel using the finest of furnishings. All rooms include dressing gowns, towels, soap and hair dryers.
ASK A QUESTION
There is a 50% deposit which secures your booking. If you cancel at anytime then you will either lose your deposit or you will be able to exchange it for a future visit to Les Marguerites. This exchange is only valid up to 3 months prior to your arrival. Payment in full will be required 2 months before your arrival. If at this point you decide to cancel your trip then you will lose the full amount. However, you may, at our discretion, be able to rebook to another time with no additional costs as long as we are able fill your spot on the cancelled retreat.