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Soleil et Santé: A wellness retreat for the senses

June 28, 2015 @ 8:00 am - July 5, 2015 @ 5:00 pm

Saint Jean De Paracol, France
June 28-July 5

Last summer, I (Dr. Ivy Brannin) escaped the mayhem of New York City and took refuge in the charming French village of Saint Jean De Paracol in the L’Aude department of Languedoc-Roussillon region of France.  It is a magical place surrounded by ancient castles, clear blue lakes, hot springs and tranquil farm meadows. I was truly inspired by my stay and wanted to share this experience with you.  So I designed a wellness retreat that takes full advantage of the French countryside and neighboring forests. I envisioned eating amazing food, sharing conversations and memories perhaps a bit in French, relaxing and rejuvenating without deprivation but through pleasure and peace.

N’aimeriez-vous pas à vous joindre à moi?

Retreat Highlights Include
  • Organic farm tour

  • Trip to the spa including 3 spa treatments

  • A dip in the gorgeous Lac Montbel

  • Hotsprings of Rennes les Bain and Alet les Bains

  • Shopping at an outdoor farmers market

  • Herbal medicine making

  • Ancient Cathar castles

  • A dinner of plantes sauvages (a feast of wild foraging)

  • The Gorges of Galamus

  • A visit and wine tasting at a local vineyard

  • Beaucoup d’opportunité de pratiquer le français!

$1950 per person OR $3700 per couple (a $200 savings)

Fees Include

  • Lodging (each room is shared with one other person)

  • Daily yoga in French and English with Garance Clos

  • Daily guided meditation

  • 3 healthy French inspired meals a day, dinner includes wine.

  • Transportation to and from the outings.

  • Arrival and departure transportation between the Esperaza train station

Note:  Cost does not include international airfare, train fare and personal expenses.

Getting there

The closest major airport is Toulouse, which is about 1.5 hours away. There is also an airport at Carcassonne but there are not that many flights and it can be quite expensive unless you are traveling from the UK.  If you prefer, you can also fly into Paris and take a train to Toulouse.  What ever option you choose, it best to fly in at least by Saturday.

From Toulouse, there are daily trains to Carcassonne (we recommend taking the 11:50 am train).  At Carcassonne, take the 1 euro train to Esperaza.  You should arrive in Esperaza around 2:30, where were we will pick you up to St Jean-De-Paracol.  I am more than happy to walk you through your travel arrangements.

To Register

This retreat is limited to 8 participants. A non-refundable deposit of $500 will reserve each participant spot.  Please register by April 3, 2015.  Balance is due by June 1, 2015, and is non-refundable after June 3.

To register, please click here.


June 28, 2015 @ 8:00 am
July 5, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
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