IS THIS YOU?
Exhausted with stress and anxiety from 21st century living?
In need of better health physically and emotionally
Lost sight of what your real intentions and goals are?
No time to indulge your creative self?
Need to hit the reset button?
Imagine if you had the knowledge and tools to:
Dissolve the stress and anxiety ruling your life.
Empower yourself with a tool set for self-nurture, spiritual growth and innovation.
Find the direction and purpose you are searching for.
Rediscover, rekindle reignite your inventiveness and inspiration for life.
Nurture your imagination and creativity from an inspirational location.
Away from the stress and pressure of everyday life, you will be able to experience living ‘in the moment’.
As your body relaxes and your mind clears, you will be more aware of sights, sounds, smells and how you feel.
In this mindful state you will be more receptive to developing a creative skill.
Bread and Cheese Making are the perfect partners for mindfulness. Making food to nourish the body is a soulful practice with delicious side effects.
INCLUDED IN YOUR RETREAT?
7 nights full board at Garderes le Manoir de la Source, with delicious vegetarian inspired healing foods.
2 glasses daily of local organic wine famed for its antioxidant properties.
Daily guided Mindful walks.
Bread and Cheese Making workshops.
One to One Holisitic Consultation for your tailor-made wellness programme for 2019.
One Holistic Massage.
Optional demonstrations and talks on holistic health and wellbeing practices and principles.
Visit to local market and cafe.
A TYPICAL RETREAT DAY
Breakfast – including the setting of intentions for the day.
Guided Mindful Walk
Cheese or Bread Making Workshop
Lunch: vegetarian inspired, locally produced food.
Meditation and Relaxation Class
Relaxation: time for contemplative solo exploration and to absorb the wisdom of this magical retreat.
Dinner: Nutritious healing foods for cellular repair and restoration.
This itinerary is a guide only and may be subject to change.
TO QUALIFY FOR YOUR EXCLUSIVE PRICE BOOK BY 21.01.19
Double room ensuite (2 people sharing)
Double room ensuite (single occupancy)
Twin room ensuite (2 people sharing)
Double room shared bathroom (single occupancy)
Twin room shared bathroom (2 people sharing)
Air fares. Nearest airports are Toulouse and Lourdes / Tarbes.
Airport transfers (can be arranged with prior notice).
Additional onsite massage or holistic treatments. These can be arranged with prior notice.
Travel insurance. We strongly recommend purchasing insurance in case of illness, injury, personal or family emergencies etc.
Garderes is a fabulous place where you will be truly cared for. The Manoir is beautifully decorated as one would expect from Kathryn, who takes every small detail into consideration. The surrounding area in the Gers is breathtaking, with private forests and rolling hillsides. You will certainly find very little anywhere that will give you what Garderes offers its guests.You will love this place and the wonderful hosts for sure.
Linda Bretherton – author and Ayurvedic Master UK
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What will I learn about bread and cheese making? This mindfully creative course is held over 2 consecutive afternoons and consists of approx. 7-8 hours of training. During that time you will learn the principals of working with raw and pasteurised milk; making fermented milk and starter cultures and yoghurt. You will also learn to make a selection of soft cheese styles from basic cream cheeses and Boursin style to Halloumi cheese. The bread making section of the workshop will cover how to make fabulous pizza dough, a wholemeal loaf and a gluten free bread. All ingredients are provided and you will get to keep and eat all the delicious cheeses, yogurts and breads you have made during your stay on Retreat. You will also go home with recipes cards and the basic equipment necessary to get you started on your cheese making adventures at home.
What sort of clothing do I need to bring? Comfortable clothes for meditation and stretching, some walking shoes, swimming costume, loose fitting clothes for very hot weather and a jumper or cardigan for cooler evenings.
YOUR HOSTS AND TEACHERS
I am one half of Little Black Pig, the organic farm and cookery school situated in the heart of Gascony.
I moved here with my husband Stuart and our 2 children in the autumn of 2007 on a quest to live a more sustainable and rural lifestyle. After much searching we finally found our dream home, a farm situated in the rolling countryside of the Gers, with panoramic views of the Pyrenees to the south.
The farm came with considerably more land than we had originally planned and thus our initial dream as self-sufficient small-holders gave way to our adventure as accidental farmers. By 2011 we were certified as fully organic to raise the rare/rustic breed of Porc Noir de Gascogne pigs, which can trace their origins back the wild boar of Corsica.
At the farm we aim to be as close to 100% self-sufficient as possible. Our vegetable garden is approximately half a hectare in size and is also certified organic. We grow as much produce as we can to feed us as a family. The vegetable garden also provides the seasonal goods for the workshops we hold at the farm and for the ingredients we use when providing our catering or private chef services.
Prior to this life I ran a Complementary medicine and therapies practice in Thame Oxforshire in the UK. Having qualified as a therapist I practised in my Clinic for many years embracing holistic health and wellbeing.
Kathryn Plowright has often been described as a pioneer in complementary medicine and holistic therapies, and the woman responsible for bringing these alternative healing approaches onto the high street and into the public consciousness over a quarter of a century ago.
Coming from a corporate background in PR Kathryn was struck down with a devastating illness from which conventional medicine gave her no chance of recovery. Kathryn decided to ‘find her own path’ out of ill health through nature and its boundless healing properties. The result was her inception over 25 years ago of The Medicine Shop & Clinic, a collaboration of complementary medicine and therapies under one roof. Kathryn fast became a leading authority on the subject, touring the world, giving countless interviews on radio and TV, and writing for newspapers and magazines, promoting the benefits of holistic healthcare.
I have dedicated my life’s work to Complementary Medicine and therapies, having embraced Naturopathy and trained in Homeopathy, Herbal medicine, Kinesiology, Reiki, Aromatherapy, holistic Nutrition, EFT, Reflexology, Bach Flower Therapy, Colour therapy, and Crystal healing. On this journey I discovered the path to health, vitality and happiness, through personal growth both emotionally and spiritually.
As a Master Energy Practitioner I have designed this retreat, in order to share the contents of my ‘tool box’ and help you develop the skills and knowledge you require to heal your body, your mind and your life, in a safe and gentle way with no harmful side effects, but with mindfulness and gratitude.
Kathryn Plowright is the owner of Garderes.