- CHAMBRE D'HOTE
- RESTAURANT-TEA GARDEN
Join us in SW France, in an area of unmatched natural beauty and historical mysticism, to retreat into deep rest, embracing our ability to create healthy, intentional patterns in our lives.
With the pace of life often feeling frenetic and non-stop, we can often find ourselves in states of exhaustion, overwork and overwhelm. A heart-centred programme of therapies, nourishment, ritual and wellbeing activities has been designed as a way to push the reset button for your mind, body, energetic system and lifestyle habits; offering you a way to deeply rest and strengthen connection with what your heart is calling for.
We are a team focused on your healing, your comfort and your support. Antoinette hosts you, creating nutritious and delicious nourishment and a calm, serene home to hold you. Sophie and Pedro will guide you through your day, from river meditations, to guided hikes in the hills, therapeutic sessions to gong meditations.
The Heartwork Retreat has been built on many years of study, an array of cultural teachings and healing styles combined with lived understanding of how therapy in an immersive group environment can be incredibly powerful and transformative.
Focus on digital detox and healthy sleep patterns, allocated time throughout the day for journalling, napping, resting, meditating, reading and relaxing by the pool. Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy works to restore a frazzled nervous system and releases held stress patterns. Our Complete Recovery Massage Ritual is designed to align your energetics while soothing and restoring a burnout mind and body.
NUTRITION - High energy nutrition and intermittent fasting, food to cleanse, reset and heal digestion, communal eating, fresh and organic local ingredients.
YOGA AND GENTLE MOVEMENT SESSIONS - Gentle Hatha, Yin Yoga and Breathwork sessions (for all abilities), to strengthen vital energy, centre and balance the mind and awaken the body.
MORNING RIVER + EVENING GONG MEDITATIONS - moments to set intention, consciously rest and clear mental chatter, spending time in silence and recalibrating nervous system.
MOVEMENT IN NATURE + HOT SPRINGS - Guided walks in abundant beauty, wild swimming in hot springs and the river, time to rest with nature.
Many airlines fly into Toulouse (1.5 hours away)
Ryan Air fly to Carcassonne from the UK (30 mins away)
We offer a complimentary airport transfer service on the morning of the arrival day and the afternoon of the departure day (please contact us to discuss time). If you wish to travel independently, Car hire / taxis are available at all airports and you can get to Limoux by train from Toulouse (change at Carcassonne). Please ensure you make your onward bookings before you arrive.
If you arrive by train at Limoux we will pick you off and drop you off at any time on arrival and departure days.
Please ensure that you arrange your own travel insurance to avoid any unforeseeable problems.
The retreat will feature all our skilled facilitators at different times and will include the following:
7am warm drinks served in kitchen + morning pages
7.40am silent walk to the the river or up into the hills, breathing meditation, optional swimming (light snacks available pre-yoga if needed, but fasting until breakfast advised)
9am Gentle Hatha and Yin Yoga Class
11.30am Group Meeting - Intention Setting
12.30pm - 6.30pm - Time to rest or explore/pool time/planned excursions/treatments/workshops/lymphatic movement class/nature walk
2.30pm - light lunch
6.30pm - Dinner
8pm - Evening Sound Healing/Meditation/Fire Circle/Cacao Ceremony
9pm-9.30pm - suggested bedtime
Antoinette your host and the creator of Les Marguerites, with her husband Keith and their family have worked over the last 13 years to create a space for your pleasure. Antoinette originally trained as an NNEB (nursery nurse), she has had many careers over the years, from being a trained Doula and owning her own nursery school, to being head of HR for a small IT company.
Since moving to France in 2008 Antoinette has been on a spiritual journey of her very own, starting a business in the middle of a recession, in another country, with no command of the language was a huge challenge and certainly pushed her out of her comfort zone. The first glimpse of this new adventure called her to break away from everyday life, and that was the trigger of her spiritual awakening. She believes that being here, at this time and in this space is her calling, she is here is to serve you and to help you to step into your own power.
Brazilian born Pedro was introduced to physiotherapy, massage and osteopathy in his late teens when he suffered an injury which halted his calling into a future involving professional football. This injury led him to understanding the immense impact that intuitive healing can have in an individual’s life and inspired him to help others therapeutically as a career.
Pedro has had the opportunity to live and learn in different countries and cultures during his adult life and the connections and shared experiences he has collected have made him the professional he is today. A desire to stay connected to healing communities took him into teaching, with the aim to assist other therapists to evolve in their careers and to continue himself to grow personally and professionally.
With experience in many different methods of massage from sports and remedial work to transformative Craniosacral therapy, he offers a series of complementary services designed to fit each client's specific needs - supporting them in their own self-healing journey.
Some of Sophie's first memories involve massage and bodywork - her mother was a yoga teacher and taught her to walk up and down her back Thai-style at the age of 3.
In her mid 20's she left her job in media, and started her training as a therapist. Over her career thus far, she has taught massage and healing philosophy in over 25 countries and spent time in Asia, the United States and Europe learning how different cultures heal themselves.
In her work, she combines her passion for natural health and the powerful benefits of complementary therapies with her practised knowledge of various advanced techniques, to provide her clients with effective, unique treatments and advice.
With a strong belief that strong support systems help us to be our very best, Sophie sees treatment as a reminder to trust in your body and mind and takes much pleasure in assisting clients to better look after themselves.
You can either come with a friend and share a luxury room with twin beds or you can opt for your own luxury room with a large double bed.
All bedrooms are en-suite.
Each retreat is a 4-night stay arriving on a Monday and leaving on a Friday. You can book additional nights if you would like to spend some time seeing Carcassonne and exploring the area.
These prices include all food, drink and any activities and equipment arranged as part of the retreat at Les Marguerites.
These prices do not include flights and transfer from the airport (although this can be arranged). Once all arrival times are known then this might result in shared transfers. Antoinette will keep everyone aware of the options that are available.
There is a 50% deposit which secures your booking. If you cancel at anytime then you will either lose your deposit or you will be able to exchange it for a future visit to Les Marguerites. This exchange is only valid up to 3 months prior to your arrival. Payment in full will be required 2 months before your arrival. If at this point you decide to cancel your trip then you will lose the full amount. However, you may, at our discretion, be able to rebook to another time with no additional costs as long as we are able fill your spot on the cancelled retreat.