A Unique and Indulgent Culinary ExperienceOur experiences combine the art of French cooking with the tranquil beauty of the Cognac region of France. Our retreats offer a unique culinary experience that not only allows you to indulge in delicious French cuisine but also provides hands-on cooking classes and workshops led by our talented in-house chef, Maggy Paul-Martinet.
What to ExpectDuring our cuisine retreats, you can expect a variety of activities and workshops focused on the culinary arts, including:
Hands-On Cooking Classes
Engage in practical cooking classes, where you will learn to prepare authentic French dishes using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients under the guidance of our experienced chef.
Local Market Visits
Explore local markets and learn about the region's seasonal produce and culinary traditions, while gaining insights into selecting the best ingredients for your dishes.
Experience the connection between mindfulness and food, as you enjoy shared meals with fellow participants, learning to appreciate the flavors, textures, and aromas of each dish.
Participate in workshops that explore various aspects of French cuisine, such as food presentation, flavour combinations, and traditional cooking techniques.
Wine and Cheese Tastings
Discover the fine art of pairing French wines and cheeses, and learn about the unique flavors and characteristics of regional wines and artisanal cheeses.
Embark on guided excursions to nearby vineyards, local artisans, and historical sites, immersing yourself in the rich culture and heritage of the Cognac region.
Accommodation and MealsDuring your cuisine retreat, you will stay in comfortable, French country-style accommodations set amidst the scenic beauty of the Cognac region. Our retreats offer a mix of private and shared rooms, each tastefully furnished to ensure a restful stay.
Who Can AttendOur cuisine retreats are suitable for individuals of all skill levels, from beginners looking to develop their culinary abilities to seasoned home chefs seeking to expand their knowledge of French cooking techniques and traditions. We create a welcoming and supportive environment that encourages learning, creativity, and the joy of cooking.
Retreat ScheduleOur cuisine retreats typically span several days, with a daily schedule designed to provide a balance of structured activities and personal time for relaxation and reflection. Each day will include a combination of cooking classes, workshops, tastings, and excursions, along with ample time for rest and exploration.
Upcoming ExperiencesEmbark 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.
Christmas Cuisine Weekend8th - 11th December
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 Weekend26th - 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 & Cognac18th - 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.