Cookery & Cognac among the vines – 26th March – 1st April 2023

26th March – 1st April 2023 What better way to begin 2023… Join us this spring for a truly special experience: a week of cooking and cognac with Maggy Paul-Martinet in the beautiful French region of Charente – home to the world-famous Cognac, and home to Maggy herself. About the Retreat The week has been […]

A very special…Spring Revival Weekend 11th – 14th May 2023


11th – 14th MAY 2023 Hosted at a beautiful French retreat in the Périgord National Park A unique opportunity to retreat and restore both the body and mind, this Weekend will introduce you to practices, which help relax and still the body, quieten the mind and centre the spirit. The programme takes place in a […]

The Perfect Art Retreat at The Painted House

We were just thrilled to host Artist Olivia Hayes and friends for a wonderful week of painting, pineau, food and fun at The Painted House in Chateauneuf. A special venue… of course, the venue provided endless inspiration. Built ca 1890 by famous local artist Paul Rousseau, the house has four surviving painted rooms each as incredibly […]

January Mindfulness


It’s hard to believe we’re coming to the end of another year – and still living through these strange pandemic times.  It’s been a long year but during these cold, dark days, it’s great to know there are – quite literally – brighter days ahead…   And after a ‘little lull’, we’re delighted that we’ll be […]

Bealtaine Blessings


Bealtaine, the old Irish pagan festival, marks the beginning of summer.  It falls halfway between the spring equinox and summer solstice, and was the time when the cows were driven out to the summer pastures, when rituals were performed to protect cattle, crops and people, and to encourage growth. Legend has it that the festival […]

Ease into the New Year


It’s been a difficult year and many of us are looking forward to bidding farewell to 2020 and welcoming in a new year.  We thought January would be a great month in which to offer some online mindfulness sessions and were delighted our teacher Martin agreed! Happier still that we’ll be offering our ‘Month of […]

The Sunflowers are Out!

Yippee – it’s officially summer! The sunflowers have arrived here in the Charente and mother nature is glowing in all her glory.  Everything is growing at a great rate – the vines, the wheat, the corn – what a balm at this time of uncertainty…  We’ve been taking lots of photos recently so check us […]

Saturday Mindfulness


As the pandemic continues and we try to adjust to a host of ‘new normals’, the stresses and strains can often feel overwhelming.  We know instinctively that we need to take care of ourselves, but it’s often so hard to find the time or make the time.  But maybe – for the month of July […]

Ceangal Online Meditation & Yoga Practices

Many of us are feeling extremely worried and stressed these days as the covid19 pandemic continues.  At this time – perhaps more than ever – it is really important that we take care of ourselves, so that we can see clearly, respond calmly and be there for each other.  Just as important as washing your […]