Menopause retreats guided by women who are looking for positive ways to walk this time together encouraging sustainable changes in your life. Antoinette and her specialist team run small personal group retreats that offer a calming, tender, collaborative space to grow, self-reflect and move forward with the development of practical skills for your present and future holistic wellbeing.
We offer an opportunity to explore these personal shifts in a peaceful and beautiful setting, in a magical region of France. Here you will be nurtured with gentle guidance, self-reflection & conversation as well as being served nutritional meals that reflect the growing awareness around food that supports our menopausal symptoms.
All our retreats are for four nights fully inclusive of all meals, drinks and arranged activities. Numbers are limited from six to eight people to ensure everyone receives our closest attention.
Monday 17th May – Friday 21st May
Monday 14th June – Friday 18th June
Monday 27th September – Friday 1st October
Monday 1st November – Friday 5th November
Many airlines fly into Toulouse (1.5 hours away)
Ryan Air fly to Carcassonne from the UK (30 mins away)
There are other local airports such as Perpignan and Bezier (1.5 hours away) serviced by Ryan Air.
Car hire / taxis are available at all these airports and you can get to Limoux by train from Toulouse (change at Carcassonne). Please ensure you make your bookings before you arrive.
If you arrive by train at Limoux we will pick you off and drop you off at no cost. We would be happy to arrange other pick-up’s / drop-off’s – please liaise with Antoinette for prices.
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:
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.
Hazel who has been working in Women’s Health and Wellbeing for most of her career, has a background in nursing and psychotherapy. She works with women across the UK developing and supporting them to connect with their ability to lead and influence.
She is committed to supporting women to share and support each other in a flexible, open and accessible way. Her motto which she endeavours to live by is “Nothing about Us without Us”. Hazel's facilitation style is encouraging, perceptive with a good blend of joy and humour.
Jane is the founder of HotWomenAtMenopause, offering a platform of positivity, information and inspiration, empowering women at menopause, midlife and beyond. She is an Associate Trainer and member of the team at Henpicked: Menopause in the Workplace, providing training for colleagues, line managers and HR, through webinars, talks and e-learning packages.
Driving Jane to help other women and normalise the conversation around menopause is her own experience of this transition, when she found nothing but a lack of understanding, no support and very few policies and guidelines for working women and their employers.
Following extensive research and re-training, Jane redirected from a successful career in primary education and leadership. She now identifies this time of life as a woman’s “second spring”; a time to welcome the change towards greater wisdom and explore new opportunities. She believes that once we are able to manage our menopause symptoms, we can then fully flourish and live our best lives.
Jane also writes articles on menopause for women and their employers, is a member of the British Menopause Society and a Leadership Coach for Women Leading in Education.
Laurie is passionate about nature, a botanist with a strong belief in the power of nature and plants to provide natural nutrients for our diet and to aid the prevention and treatment of ailments. Nature can touch our souls and it creates environments of beauty and peace where we can connect with our deepest selves.
As Laurie says “She is very fortunate to live in one of Europe’s most bio-diverse regions. In the Aude there are over half of the French flora to be found – 3000 species in all”. Laurie has guided many people to share in the magic of this region from foraging to cooking edible wild plants to embracing the serenity and peace that can be found in so many places. Laurie has created an association “Herba venti” to share this knowledge and she enjoys delivering workshops that help people to recognize plants for cooking or to create balms for healing.
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.
If for reasons of Covid you are unable to make the trip, then we can either book you onto a future retreat or we will arrange a full refund.