French Retreat 2019

A Journey with Sound Healing - Your Path Revealed

There are times in all our lives when we feel stuck, lost and without direction.  There are plenty of reasons why this might happen: the end of a relationship, a bereavement, stagnation in your career, children leaving home, a period of ill health, or just feeling like you made a wrong turn somewhere and can’t find your path.  And it can be really hard to find the time and space to reflect and process what’s going on away from the hustle and bustle of your daily life.

On this Sound Healing retreat you will share in a guided group conversation, get creative with somatic exercises, play the Flow Game, and enjoy the healing effect of Gongs, to set your intentions for your best life going forward, and see Your Path Revealed.

Sound Healing meditations provide the framework for this journey We live in a world where mind and logic have priority, and we lose touch with the wisdom of our bodies.  But when we slow down, listen and tune in, we realise that our bodies literally resonate with the story of our past, and that we can raise our vibrations for our highest future potential. The effect of the Gongs is to deepen our brainwaves state so that our inner experiences, beliefs and emotional blocks can be revealed, and as we are 70% liquid, their powerful frequencies have the capacity to heal deep-seated energy blocks in the body.

On this retreat we'll work with Planet Gongs:

  • Saturn: for looking back and taking stock.
  • Mercury: for communication and finding your voice.
  • Nibiru: for setting intentions for the future.

At the end of the Sound Healing Retreat feel refreshed and empowered, and in alignment with your highest intentions for ‘Your Path Revealed’.


  • Feeling blocked in your life journey
  • Needing space to be supported with time to reflect
  • Curious about Sound Healing and want to know more



Karen is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist with a Masters in Integrative Psychotherapy.  She has trained in the pioneering trauma work of Peter Levine, and became a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner with the European Association of Somatic Experiencing in 2014.   Then Karen discovered Gongs,  subsequently completing the Gong Practitioner Training at the College of Sound Healing, and now integrates Sound Healing into her practice.

While dreaming of France, Karen lives happily in the Cotswolds, England where runs a busy Private Practice from her home in Gloucestershire which she shares with two chocolate Labradors, a collection of Gongs, and lots of books.  She’s backpacked in China, driven Australia’s Bloomfield track, and ridden the Trans Siberian Express, but believes the most important journey one can take is to our own interior landscape. This Summer Karen be will be travelling to France with her gongs to host a journey of Sound Healing at the Little French Retreat.



  • Early morning call to sound
  • Breakfast
  • 2 hrs Group Sharing – time to breath and check in, explore your question and your journey, creative and somatic exercises
  • Lunch
  • Rest/Walk/Journaling/One-to-one energy healing session with Karen
  • Evening Sound Meditation
  • Dinner



Tamsin Chubb will be your host on retreat, creating a natural vegetarian diet using locally sourced, fresh organic produce. Dishes are infused with Asian and European flavours, made from scratch, using non-produced foods and natural sugars found in fruits and grains.  Meal times follow Ayurvedic principles for digestion and improved sleep. Starting the day with morning tea and fruit with a hearty brunch to follow. A light lunch and early evening meal will aid better sleep and digestion.



Your accommodation is a homely and welcoming rustic country house overlooking the Garonne Valley in Gascony, France.

The retreat price is for shared accommodation, in one of three twin/double bedrooms, however if you unsure about this or wish to know single occupancy rates please enquire prior to booking.

Rooms are decorated in a neutral classic style with towels, shower soap and shampoo provided for each guest.

On the ground floor of the house is a comfortable living room with wood burning stove, spacious kitchen and dinning area that leads out onto the veranda, shaded under the vines. The terraced garden offers scenic views and the perfect spot to ponder, read and rest, and sunset gaze every evening.


  • Yoga
  • Cycling (there are two Dutch bikes available for use)
  • Walking
  • Reading (feel free to borrow from the retreat library)
  • Stargazing


Dates: Thursday 27 June – Monday 01 July 2019.
Price: £775.00 per person


  • 4 nights accommodation
  • All nutritious vegetarian meals, snacks and drinks,
  • Daily sound healing sessions
  • Journaling, discussion and group activities
  • 1-2-1 Energy healing session
  • Yoga
  • Visit to local Artisanal market and medieval village

Capacity: 6 places

Book: Two spots remaining £775.00 payable now


Travel Information

Located between Bordeaux and Toulouse, details of how to reach the house are below.

  • Guests can be collected from local train stations Port Saint Marie and Agen and can sometimes be offered airport transfers. Prices vary for this service depending on group size.
  • Travelling alone? If you would prefer company on your journey let Karen know and she can put you in touch with other retreat guests so that you can co-ordinate your trip and travel with others.


  • For conscious travel and reducing carbon footprint it is possible to reach the retreat by train.  Travel time is 3hrs from Paris or 7hrs direct from London St. Pancreas to Agen on the  new improved TGV route.   .


  • By Train
    Outside Bordeaux airport is the ‘The Navette’  shuttle bus (collection point is located at entrance closest to Billi building), leaving on the hour to Bordeaux’s main train station ‘Gare de Saint Jean’. From here you can purchase a ticket to Port Ste Marie, the nearest train station to the house. It is possible to collect from Agen too if you take the TGV train from Bordeaux.
  • By Car ( 1.30hrs)
    Take A62 headed towards Toulouse/Agen and come off at exit 6 sign posted to Auiguillon. Follow directions to Buzet/Nerac. This is the D119 and you continue along road through Buzet, past the little village of Bruch on RHS. Continue 2km until sign for Montesquieu (47130) on right. Take RH turn and drive into village, when you reach the first cross road take the left turn towards the church. When facing the church take the road bearing right that leads you around the back of the  church and up the hill. (Do not take the left hand road that says  no exit as it is too steep to drive up). Continue up hill until you reach No. 17 on LHS with Red door.


  • By Train
    Outside Toulouse airport is the ‘The Navette’  shuttle bus, leaving every 20 minutes to Toulouse’s main train station ‘Gare de Toulouse-Matabiau’. From here you can purchase a ticket to Agen or Port Ste Marie, these are the nearest collection points from the house.
  • By Car (Time 1.20hrs)
    Follow A620 heading towards Bordeaux/Paris. Take exit A62/E72/E9 Bordeaux/ Paris (do not take first exit Agen/Montauban as this is slow road) onto toll road (Peage) Leave A62 at exit 7 sign posted to Agen. Follow directions to Roquefort / Nerac / Brax. onto the D119 which takes you through Serignac-sur-Garonne. Continue 3km from Serignac-sur-Garonne until the sign for Montesquieu (47130), turn left. Take  LH turn and drive into village, when you reach the first cross road take the left turn towards the church. When facing the church take the road bearing right that leads you around the back of the  church and up the hill. (Do not take the left hand road that says  no exit as it is too steep to drive up). Continue up hill until you reach No. 17 on LHS with Red door.


For each guest booking give back partners Mossy Earth will plant one tree as part of a european re-wilding programme.