Creating Space Where Things Can Happen

Welcome to Ceangal, a tranquil escape nestled in the picturesque Cognac region of France, where connection and personal growth take center stage. Our experiences are thoughtfully curated, focusing on three core themes: Mindfulness, Art, and Cuisine.

At Ceangal, we provide a nurturing environment for our guests to rediscover themselves, forge lasting connections with others, and immerse themselves in the breathtaking nature that surrounds them. With an emphasis on well-being and self-expression, our retreats are designed to help you cultivate a deeper connection with your inner self and the world around you.

Connecting You With Yourself, Others, and the Region

We offer an array of immersive and transformative retreats designed to connect you with yourself, others, and the natural beauty of the Cognac region in France. Our retreats focus on three main themes: Mindfulness, Art, and Cuisine. Each experience is carefully curated to provide you with an unforgettable journey that nurtures your mind, body, and soul.


At Ceangal, our Mindfulness retreats are designed to help you discover inner peace and cultivate a deeper connection with yourself and the present moment. Guided by experienced mindfulness coach, Martin Towey, you will develop the tools to integrate mindfulness into your daily life.


Indulge in the rich culinary traditions of the Cognac region with our Cuisine retreats at Ceangal. Led by our talented in-house chef, Maggy Paul-Martinet, you will explore the art of French cooking through hands-on workshops, learning to create delicious and authentic dishes using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.


Our Art retreats at Ceangal provide a creative sanctuary where you can explore your artistic side, discover new talents, and connect with your inner artist. You will engage in various art forms such as painting, drawing, and sculpture under the guidance of skilled instructors.

Latest News & Updates

We believe in the importance of sharing our journey and the stories that shape us, and this section is a testament to that belief. Dive in to discover more about what's currently stirring in the pot at Ceangal!

Marking this special time of year, here is a message and a meditation from our mindfulness teacher Martin Towey… This time of year can be ch

Genuinely Warm & Welcoming

This weekend exceeded my expectations. Olive & Charlie are wonderful hosts, immediately creating an environment which is genuinely warm & welcoming. Which in turn makes the group dynamic work effortlessly. I really cannot recommend it highly enough and look forward to my next trip to Olive & Charlie.

Jennifer Callan

Like a Gathering of Old Friends

Olive and Charlie were so kind, generous and hospitable and really couldn’t do enough for the group and to make our stay as comfortable as possible. There was a lovely balance between our sessions and local trips. It became like a gathering of old friends after the first night at dinner...I’ll certainly be back!

Miriam Glynn

A Place I Want to Return To

Wonderful hosts, great house and ambiance, kindness amongst friends, beautiful countryside surrounded by amazing grapevines and sunflowers, birdsong and farm life. Living in the moment with mindfulness makes it a place I want to return to.

Susan Barr

Upcoming Experiences

Embark on an unforgettable journey with Ceangal's upcoming retreats. From the serene mindfulness retreats designed to calm your body and mind, to our gourmet cookery and cognac experiences that indulge your senses, there's an immersive experience waiting just for you. As we continue to create retreats that appeal to a variety of interests, each of our offerings aims to provide an authentic taste of the French countryside, its rich culture, and history.

Mná Mindfulness Retreat

29th September - 1st October 2023

Join us at the exclusive Logis du Paradis, nestled within the breathtaking Cognac region of France, for a very special mná retreat aimed at rejuvenating both your mind and body. Led by Martin Towey, a qualified mindfulness teacher, this retreat introduces participants to various practices that help cultivate awareness, kindness, and compassion towards oneself and one's experiences.

Christmas Cuisine Weekend

8th - 11th December 2023

Join us from 8th to 11th December for lots of fun in the kitchen as you learn from the wonderful Maggy some very special French recipes to dazzle your guests over the Christmas season. Enjoy the perfect balance between chilling and cooking as you pick up endless hints and tips to entertain and impress friends and family.

New Year Cuisine Weekend

26th - 28th January 2024

Begin the New Year with lots of fun in the kitchen as you learn from the wonderful Maggy some very special French recipes to dazzle your guests throughout the year. Join us from 26th to 28th January for a weekend of cooking and relaxation as you pick up endless hints and tips to entertain and impress friends and family.

Cookery & Cognac

18th - 24th February 2024

Join us for a delightful Cookery & Cognac Retreat from the 18th to the 24th of February, 2024. This immersive experience, returning by popular demand, combines the art of French cooking with the allure of the Charente region, home to the world-famous Cognac.

Mná Yoga & Meditation Weekend

12th - 14th April 2024

Join us for a very special Yoga and Meditation Retreat which offers a unique blend of physical and mediative practice. There will be daily yoga and meditation sessions with Tina and Martin, designed to connect to our bodies and senses, and develop a mindful approach to our daily lives. There will be time to get to know other mná, savour quintessential French cuisine, enjoy the beautiful surrounding countryside and create some magical memories.

Plein Air Painting with Michelle Boyle

16th - 20th May 2024

Welcome to the great outdoors for a watercolour painting residency immersed in the beautiful landscape of Grand Champagne de Cognac. Join award-winning artist Michelle Boyle for a sensory experience that will allow you explore your unique artistic voice.

A Month of Mindfulness Online

12th, 19th, 26th & 30th June 2024

Move through 2024 more mindfully by pausing and listening to what’s really going on within the body, the heart and the overactive mind. Take time to cultivate your capacity to be more mindful day to day, more present to yourself and to others, and look forward to brighter days.

Spring Revival Weekend

Coming up in Spring 2025

Join us in Spring 2025 at the exclusive Logis du Paradis, nestled within the breathtaking Cognac region of France for a special restful retreat aimed at restoring body and mind. Led by Natalia Ripsher, founder of The Little Room of Harmony, this experience will introduce you to practices, which help relax and still the body, quieten the mind and centre the spirit.