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  • LIFE DETOX & CHILLOUT RETREAT ~ SW France 19th-26th Aug 2018

    Posted Jul 1st, 2018 By in Retreats With | No Comments France - Front of Farmhouse

    LIFE DETOX & CHILLOUT
    A One-Week Life Cleansing Retreat
    with
    JULIE BRYANT

    SUN 19TH AUG – SUN 26TH AUG 2018
    Foix – Near Toulouse, France

    Detox Your Life with Juls!

    This is the retreat I’ve always wanted to create for myself!

    Hammock and SwingWhen I began creating this retreat, I sat down and asked myself what it was that I have always wanted to experience during one of the many retreats I have attended in the past where I’d hoped to rest, recharge and reset, but left feeling more stressed and tired than when I’d first arrived!

    As I felt more into my previous experiences, I realised that what I’d needed more than anything from a retreat was the priceless gift of time to reconnect with myself and to focus on detoxing my life by letting go of whatever no longer served me.

    I wanted to feel free to choose whether I wanted to be on my own to sit and read, to laze by the pool in the sunshine, to mediate by a flowing river, or to simply be. I also wanted to enjoy the company of new friends, share ideas and food preparation with others and to enjoy exploring the local area with like-minded people.

    If this sounds like the type of retreat you would enjoy, do come and join me in a glorious part of the French countryside near Foix in SW France in August for this transformational detox and chillout experience.

    Our venue is a lovingly restored 19th century farmhouse with a fabulous swimming pool set amidst stunning surroundings where you will experience a week of precious me time whilst enjoying healthy and delicious food, plus lots of rest and relaxation whilst having fun and detoxing all areas of your life.

    I hope to welcome you to France next month!

    With love,
    Juls xxx

    About the Retreat

    What the Retreat Includes:

    •        All meals & non-alcoholic refreshments
    •        Shared accommodation in twin or triple rooms
    •        Use of swimming pool
    •        Lots of time to rest, relax and recharge
    •        Beautiful gardens and glorious surroundings
    •        Peace and tranquillity

    Detox Your Life

    This will be a completely different kind of detox and chillout retreat where we co-create our experience by gathering together each morning to discuss a different area of our lives that we will focus on detoxing that day and how we can be mindful of how each of these affects us on a daily basis.

    The areas that we will focus on detoxing include…

    •        Food & Eating Habits
    •        Health & Wellbeing
    •        Digital Detox
    •        Our Internal & External Clutter
    •        Relationships

    Chillout!

    As the week evolves, we may find that on some days we will feel drawn to spending time with each other and on others we may choose to be alone to simply be, or to lie by the pool enjoying the quiet and stunningly beautiful surroundings.

    Our gorgeous venue is totally secluded, so if you feel drawn to dance naked around the pool at midnight, the dance floor is yours! Or perhaps you would prefer to walk down to the river and sit the healing energy of the gushing waters. There is a hammock strung between two majestic trees that await your presence. And the house itself is ready and waiting to welcome you into its nurturing embrace.

    This retreat is all about having time for you in a beautiful calm space where you can let go of what no longer serves you, reconnect with your dreams and set new intentions for the future.

    This is your opportunity to step out of Clock Time into ME TIME!

    Time to Unplug, Tune In, Chillout…and Simply Be

    This is a fabulous opportunity to take some time out and to totally relax into your space and simply enjoy being you

    This is a retreat experience that will rejuvenate and it is my intention is that you leave feeling nourished, inspired, focused, rested, recharged and refreshed and totally at peace within your world.

    Time to Focus on YOU

    When was the last time you focused completely on yourself for more than a few moments? With so many demands and distractions in today’s world it is easy to forget that we need to love and nurture ourselves first and foremost. If you aren’t already the most important person in your world, now is the time to get reconnected with beautiful YOU!

    Time to Detox Mind and Body

    During our shared detox experience, we will reclaim ourselves as we start shredding our many skins and letting go of what no longer serves us in all areas of our lives including; our food choices, our dependency upon social media, our relationships, how we choose to spend our time, our addiction to filling our lives with ‘stuff’, our friendships and our lifestyle choices.

    Time to Detox and Clear out the Internal and Digital Clutter

    This week is all about pressing the reset button and detoxing your life on levels. This will begin with a digital detox, which can often be quite a challenge as we realise just how dependant we have become on our modern technology.

    Time to Create a Plan for Detoxing External Clutter at Home

    Most of us fall into the trap of accumulating more and more ‘stuff’ in all areas of our lives, particularly in our homes. Our clutter creeps up on us gradually and before we know it, we are drowning in a sea of possessions, much of which no longer serves us or brings us pleasure.

    Letting go our ‘stuff’ though is sometimes easier said than done and during our week together, there will be the opportunity to take a look at those areas of our lives in which we feel stuck and to create a plan for releasing and letting go of our clutter when we return home.

    Time to Prepare and Enjoy Nourishing and Delicious Meals

    Our day will begin with a healthy and detoxing breakfast, which the group will be encouraged to participate in preparing. We will then eat together whilst we discuss our plans for the day.

    We will gather again at lunchtime in the traditional farmhouse kitchen where again everyone may help to prepare healthy meals using locally sourced ingredients, set the table and learn about the different types of nurturing and detoxing foods.

    Early evening we will prepare a light dinner together and enjoy each other’s company. Or you prefer, you can choose to simply do your own thing.

    Time to Connect with New Friends

    Our days will days will unfold and evolve dependant upon each of our needs and as there will be no set pattern or formal structure to each day there will be space for new friendships to naturally evolve into a loving and supportive community.

    Time to Relax and Go With the Flow

    During the day there will be plenty of time to swim, explore the locality or to simply chill out with a good book next to the pool or in a shady spot.

    As we slowly relax into our being we will begin to let go of the everyday demands on our time that we have become so used to that we have forgotten how good it feels to be in the flow with life.

    Your Retreat Host

    Julie BryantJulie Bryant is the founder of Naked Dragon. Over the past 15 years, Julie has promoted and hosted more than 130 inspirational talks, workshops, retreats and special events throughout the U.K. and Europe.

    Working closely with well known publishers such as Hay House, she has also helped many authors to build their personal brand and  their confidence in public speaking, both on and off stage by creating speaking platforms for authors to support them in getting their messages out into the world.

    She has had the honour of working with some of the world’s top inspirational authors and speakers in the field of health and wellbeing including Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Panache Desai, Robert Holden, Lorna Byrne, Dr David Hamilton, Sandy C. Newbigging and many, many others.

    Julie says, “I have learnt so much from each of these amazing teachers and I am looking forward to sharing many of these teachings with you during the retreat. I will also be sharing my personal experiences of how detoxing changed my own life beyond recognition, as well as the lives of my clients as they learnt to let go of what no longer serves them in order to clear the space for new and exciting opportunities to enter their lives”.

    What the Retreat Includes and Booking Information

    The Retreat Includes:

    •   Shared accommodations in twin & triple rooms
    •   Three meals a day lovingly prepared by the group using locally sourced fresh ingredients
    •   Non-alcoholic refreshments
    •   Use of swimming pool
    •   Daily sessions detoxing the different areas of our lives
    •   Stunningly beautiful gardens and glorious surroundings
    •   Peace and tranquility
    •   Time to rest, relax and recharge

    As this is an exclusive retreat experience, we only have space for 6 lucky participants. To enjoy an early bird discounted price, please express your interest and make your £100 (plus booking fee) deposit asap.

    Balance is due by 15th July.

    The Retreat DOES NOT Include:

    Accident and travel insurance.
    Air/rail transportation and airport taxes.
    Transfer to/from the airport or train station to Le Freyche.

    Cost of Retreat and How to Book

    Early Bird Price £595.00

    This is a Fully Inclusive Life Detox Retreat Package and the Early Bird Price is available until 8th July 2018.

    £100 deposit is required IMMEDIATELY.  

    Please make your deposit payment by CLICKING HERE!

    Your deposit will be taken as an expression of your interest in joining this exclusive retreat. Upon receipt of your deposit payment, we will send you a booking form and further information.

    PLEASE NOTE: We need a minimum amount of guests for the retreat to take place, so please do not book your flights, or make any further travel arrangements until we confirm that the retreat will go ahead. Thank you for your understanding.

    If we the retreat goes ahead and you change your mind about attending, your deposit monies are non-refundable. However, if for some reason the retreat does not take place, we will refund your deposit monies in full.

    We will confirm that the retreat will be going ahead by 15th July 2018 – AT THE LATEST!

    Full Price £795.00
    The Full Price will be effective from 8th July 2018.

    Venue

    Rose & PoolLe Freyche is a 19th century farmhouse that has recently been lovingly restored. Offering shared accommodation in comfortable rooms, there are three bathrooms, outdoor and indoor eating spaces, plus lots of places to just sit, relax and create.

    The house is surrounded by a large garden, complete with apple and peach trees, wild strawberries, and a forest to explore. Set in 1.5 hectares of land, Le Freyche has it’s own heated 10 x 5m pool which is open all summer.

    The house sits on a small hill, over looking two rivers that meet. No neighbours or busy roads on the doorstep, only the sound of the river and the birds. The venue is just 5 minutes drive from a small village with basic amenities such as a bank, bar, some small shops, and once a week there is a local food market. 20 minutes and you are in Foix, the major town of the area, with a direct train line to Toulouse.

    Foix is famous for it’s majestic castle and medieval winding streets. St Girons is just 30 minutes away, Tarascon with the world famous Niaux caves are 40 minutes, and Ax-les-Thermes ski area is 1 hour. Mountain biking, hiking and horse riding are just on the doorstep for those who want to explore the area. Alternatively you can just relax by the pool with a good book from the library- the choice is yours.

    Getting There…

    Getting There

    Plane

    There are regular flights from Bristol and London with Easyjet, or with Vueling from Barcelona. You can then either get the airport bus to Toulouse main train station (20 mins) and get the train to Foix, or hire a car at the airport and drive (1 hour 20 minutes).

    Car

    The retreat centre is situated between Foix and St Girons, close to Bastide de Serou, in a hamlet called Nescus. Toulouse is 1 hour 20 minutes away, and Barcelona is just under 4 hours by car.

    Train

    You can get a train from Barcelona to Foix, via Latour de Carol.

    You can also get a train from Toulouse to Foix and a taxi from Foix to the venue.

     

  • SIKA ~ The Pure Sound Journey ~ S.Wales ~ Wed 15th Aug

    Posted Jun 11th, 2018 By in Events, Music With | No Comments Sika on Rock 600
    THE PURE SOUND JOURNEY
    with
    SIKA

    Wed 15th Aug 2018
    7.30pm – 10pm
    (Doors Open 7pm)

    A Powerful Sound Experience

    Sika on StageSika’s Pure Sound Journey’s are extremely popular worldwide due to their effectiveness in bringing people into a deep, deep state of relaxation.

    Using a selection of Didjeridoo, Drum, Flute, Taonga Puoro (Singing Treasures) and other instruments from around the world, Sika takes us on a timeless journey.

    In this beautiful dream state, the sounds he plays are primal and remind us of our ancient story.

    The Pure Sound Journey

    The Pure Sound Journey is for those who want to experience a deep and profound inner process.

    Lying down or sitting up, close your eyes and relax on your yoga matt with a blanket, or on a chair.

    Using his voice and a wide range of instruments,  you will experience the vibrations and effects of sound passing over and close to your body.

    Sika at Miskin Manor Wales

    Sika

    Sika, is an international artist, who has been facilitating similar groups for over twenty-years.

    Sika with Drum smallSika Says…

    I feel like an ancient time traveller, a pilgrim moving with the rhythms of the land. I feel honoured to walk this way, to carry the Taonga of this beautiful land and whisper of the secrets to those who will listen.

    The instruments I play are my treasures. They give voice to stone, wood and skin. Their music expresses our close relationship with nature.

    Such music plays an important part in the rituals of everyday life. It breathes the spirit of our ancestors into todays world.”

    Sika’s Music

    Check out Sika’s latest CD. Copies will be available for purchase at Sika’s event.

    Tickets

    TWO TICKETS • ONE GREAT PRICE!

    Limited Offer Until 31st July
    £50.00
    (2 x tickets)

    STANDARD tickets for this event are priced at  just £30.00

    Please CLICK HERE TO BOOK your tickets

    VENUE

    miskin-manor-logo

    Miskin-Manor-Hotel

    PENDOYLAN ROAD • GROESFAEN • PONTYCLUN • MID GLAMORGAN • CF72 8ND 

    DIRECTIONS The Miskin Manor Country House Hotel is located just North of M4 approximately 1 mile from junction 34 of the motorway and just 20 mins from central Cardiff.

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  • JUMPSTART YOUR BOOK ~ Writing Retreat SW France 10th-17th Aug 2018

    Posted Jun 8th, 2018 By in Retreats With | No Comments France - Front of Farmhouse

    JUMPSTART YOUR BOOK
    A One-Week Focused Writing Retreat
    with
    Award Winning Author & Essayist
    KELLY HAYES-RAITT

    FRI 10TH AUG – FRI 17TH AUG 2018
    Foix – Near Toulouse, France

    Stalled and Stuck!

    Typewriter 200

    • Do you have a great book inside you that is (still) dying to come out?

    • Are you midway through writing your book, but stuck on how to finish it?

    • Do you promise yourself every day that you will start writing tomorrow?

    • Have you found it impossible to find the time and quiet space to sit down and write?

    • Does your inner critic keep you from expressing your message?

    If any of the above sounds familiar…then this kick-ass, focused writing retreat is for YOU! Kelly helps you identify and remove your writing blocks, put pen to paper and remain accountable during a week spent in a traditional farmhouse situated in the heart of rural France.

    Recharge Your Writing Passion

    Kelly on Typewriter

    This unique, personal and exclusive writing retreat is for you if…

    •  You have a book idea but are having trouble getting started.  Kelly works with you one-on-one to outline your book, develop your unique voice and chapter structure, and keep you accountable to reach your writing goals.  After 7 days, you’ll leave with a completed outline and beginning chapters!

    •  You’ve dived into your book, but are stuck.  Kelly works with you one-on-one to edit and rework the outline to get you home!  You’ll leave with an invigorated manuscript and desire to finish your book.

    •  You want to get the message of your book out into the world, but are unsure of or intimidated by how to do it.  Julie’s personal branding and marketing session will show you how to shine your light!

      You long for individual help in an intimate setting:  This retreat is limited to only 6 people!

    Your Retreat Hosts

    Kelly Headshot

    Kelly Hayes-Raitt is an award-winning journalist and essayist who has helped dozens of authors start – and finish – their books and articles.  She offers one-on-one structural editing, support, accountability and the occasional butt-kick to help authors get their books out into the world.


    She regularly writes about refugees and those whose voices need amplifying.  Her essays appear in 7 anthologies – three published by Random House in Rita Golden Gelman’s follow-up to Tales of a Female Nomad – and in nearly every daily newspaper in California, including the Los Angeles Times.  Her regular column in The Argonaut was named “second-best” by the Southern California Journalists’ Association.

    She recently self-published How to Become a Housesitter:  Insider Tips from the HouseSit Diva, featured in USA Today, CNBC.com and the Globe and Mail.

    To read more about Kelly, please click HERE

    Julie Bryant -Headshot


    Julie Bryant
     is the founder of Naked Dragon and has worked with well-known publishers such as Hay House Books since 2003. She creates speaking platforms for authors to support them in getting their messages out into the world.

    She has promoted and hosted more than 130 inspirational talks, workshops, retreats and special events throughout the U.K. and Europe.

    Julie has helped many authors to build their personal brand and to build their confidence in public speaking, both on and off stage.

    To read more about Julie and Naked Dragon, please click HERE

    About the Retreat

    Book Writing

    This is not a cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all retreat with generic presentations of information that you might never implement. This is not a huge conference where you’ll collect dozens of business cards that will get dusty in your desk drawer. This is not a workshop focused on writing prompts that have nothing to do with your book project.

    This is a unique writing retreat during which your personal needs, blocks and goals will be addressed, discussed, released and supported for 7 full days.  You will leave with a book you’ve made major progress on and are eager to finish and share with the world!

    Once you’ve decided to give yourself this precious gift of time and quiet space to finally begin crafting or completing your book, you can relax and enjoy the experience of focusing exclusively on your writing.

    Most days will begin with a brief session to create specific, personal goals and meditations that release any blocks to achieving those goals.  You will then be cut loose for 5 or 6 hours to write anywhere amidst the pastoral French countryside surrounding our farmhouse retreat:  In the fragrant gardens, by the refreshing swimming pool, or along any of the quiet footpaths.  We will reconvene in the early evening to evaluate how each person’s goals were met (or not).

    Our emphasis is on accountability and support. Daily, you will have the opportunity meet with Kelly to address your individual writing conundrums – structure, voice, continuity, direction, whatever is keeping you stuck.

    In the evenings, you and your fellow writers will have a chance to talk about your book so the group can brainstorm ideas and support your completing, publishing and marketing your new book!

    This is a fantastic opportunity to finally make your book a reality!

    How to Build Your Brand & Get Your Message Out into the World…

    WITH JULIE BRYANT – FOUNDER OF NAKED DRAGON EVENTS

    Build Your Brand with JulsTo ensure your unique story or inspirational message reaches your audience, Julie offers an interactive session on How to Reach Your Audience, Build Your Brand and Get Your Book Noticed – an exclusive part of the retreat! 

    Based upon her 15 years of experience in supporting authors to reach their audience and build their platforms, Julie shares the secrets of how to connect with those who are ready and waiting to hear your unique message.

    Julie also shows how you can create your own successful talks and events that ensure those empty seats are filled by people inspired to hear your story.

    Before the Retreat

    Windowsill

    Your writing journey with Kelly begins before the start of the retreat.  Once your deposit and participation have been confirmed, you will be sent a short questionnaire so Kelly can learn about your individual project. 

    She’ll then schedule a 30-minute personal Skype call to discuss what’s keeping you stuck and what you hope to accomplish during the retreat.  She may also assign homework for you to complete before your arrival.

    After the Retreat

    You will also enjoy a Skype call with Kelly following the retreat to support your progress and reinforce your new writing habits, beliefs and goals.  Your success is our ultimate goal!

    What the Retreat Includes and Booking Information

    French Farmhouse Montage

    The Retreat Includes:

    • Shared accommodations in triple rooms   

    •  Three meals a day lovingly prepared using locally sourced fresh ingredients and refreshments

    •  Julie’s personal branding and marketing session

    •  Daily one-on-one consultations with Kelly

     Plus 2 laser-focused 30-minute one-on-one Skype coaching calls with Kelly – one before and one after the retreat

    As this is an intimate and focused writing experience, we only have space for 6 lucky participants. To be included in the selection process and to enjoy an early bird discounted price, please express your interest and make your £100 (plus booking fee) deposit asap.  Balance is due by 15th July.

    Once you have made your booking reservation, we will email you a few questions regarding your writing goals and inform you by 15th July (at the latest) whether you are among the first 6 writers to apply for this special retreat.

    IMPORTANT:  Please wait to book your flights or make your travel arrangements until you receive confirmation that you have been selected to attend the retreat.

    The early bird price will be held either until the 8th July, or as soon as we have the right mix of participants based upon everyone’s writing goals and aspirations.

    The Retreat DOES NOT Include:

    Accident and travel insurance.
    Air/rail transportation and airport taxes.
    Transfer to/from the airport or train station to Le Freyche.

    Cost of Retreat and How to Book

    Early Bird

    Early Bird Price £695.00

    This is a Fully Inclusive Writing Retreat Package and the Early Bird Price is available until 8th July 2018.

    £100 deposit is required IMMEDIATELY.  

    Please make your deposit payment by CLICKING HERE!

    This deposit will be taken as an expression of your interest in joining this exclusive retreat. Upon receipt of your deposit payment, we will send you a list of questions regarding your writing aspirations and this will form the basis of our selection procedure.

    If we offer you a place and you subsequently decline your place, your deposit monies are non-refundable. However, if for some reason you are not selected to attend the retreat, we will refund your deposit monies in full.

    We will confirm your place by 15th July 2018 – AT THE LATEST!

    Full Price £895.00
    The Full Price will be effective from 8th July 2018.

    Venue

    France Chillout Zone

    Le Freyche is a 19th century farmhouse that has recently been lovingly restored. Offering shared accommodation in comfortable rooms, there are three bathrooms, outdoor and indoor eating spaces, plus lots of places to just sit, relax and create.

    The house is surrounded by a large garden, complete with apple and peach trees, wild strawberries, and a forest to explore. Set in 1.5 hectares of land, Le Freyche has it’s own heated 10 x 5m pool which is open all summer.

    The house sits on a small hill, over looking two rivers that meet. No neighbours or busy roads on the doorstep, only the sound of the river and the birds. The venue is just 5 minutes drive from a small village with basic amenities such as a bank, bar, some small shops, and once a week there is a local food market. 20 minutes and you are in Foix, the major town of the area, with a direct train line to Toulouse.

    Foix is famous for it’s majestic castle and medieval winding streets. St Girons is just 30 minutes away, Tarascon with the world famous Niaux caves are 40 minutes, and Ax-les-Thermes ski area is 1 hour. Mountain biking, hiking and horse riding are just on the doorstep for those who want to explore the area. Alternatively you can just relax by the pool with a good book from the library- the choice is yours.

      Getting There…

    Montage of Transport

    Plane

    There are regular flights from Bristol and London with Easyjet, or with Vueling from Barcelona. You can then either get the airport bus to Toulouse main train station (20 mins) and get the train to Foix, or hire a car at the airport and drive (1 hour 20 minutes).

    Car

    The retreat centre is situated between Foix and St Girons, close to Bastide de Serou, in a hamlet called Nescus. Toulouse is 1 hour 20 minutes away, and Barcelona is just under 4 hours by car.

    Train

    You can get a train from Barcelona to Foix, via Latour de Carol. Times vary- see: https://www.trainline.eu

    You can also get a train from Toulouse to Foix and a taxi from Foix to the venue.

     

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