NEW DATES JUST ANNOUNCED:
19-28 May 2020
please note: at the suggestion of past participants, this retreat has been extended from 7 to 10 days.
*ONLY ONE SPACE AVAILABLE!*
Mindful Memoir at Château Marcoux
This ten-day memoir writing retreat is housed in the magnificent Château Marcoux, an ancient hilltop fortress tastefully transformed into a modern manor house with a breathtaking 360-degree view of the French countryside.
Daily memoir writing workshops fill the mornings, while afternoons are kept free for writing and reflection. Optional yoga and meditation sessions provide a beautiful balance to a day of sitting and concentrating, and occasional outings to nearby villages and markets are offered as well. Evenings are enjoyed on the terrace with discussions over wine and candlelight, casual readings, and a meal in the picturesque neighbouring village of Lauzerte.
A variety of accommodation options, from luxury private suites to shared twin rooms, makes it possible for these extraordinary retreats to be enjoyed by people on a range of budgets. A work-exchange discount is now also available.
Delicious and nourishing meals are prepared on site using fresh produce from local markets. Vegetarian options are available, and limited special diet modifications can be arranged.
This intimate workshop is limited to 7 participants and each individual’s work will receive extensive personal attention.
Couples are welcome, and spouses may opt out of the writing workshops.
THIS RETREAT IS PRESENTED BY CREATIVE LIVING RETREATS.
Château Marcoux offers a variety of beautiful accommodation options accessible to people on a range of budgets. Participants are free to choose from shared bedrooms/facilities, private rooms, and luxurious private suites.
Main House - Deluxe Master Bedroom Suite (king-sized bed, private bathroom)
The large master bedroom, complete with its own writing desk and comfy sofa, is a haven for any writer or artist. The room has glorious white-washed eves in the ceiling, a beautiful open fireplace and the best views in the house. With a king-sized bed and an ensuite bathroom with shower and jacuzzi, it is a heavenly space in which to relax and create in solitude.
Main House - Elegant Private Bedroom (QueeN Bed, private bathroom)
This bedroom is spacious and gorgeous. The regional brickwork of the meter-thick walls contrasts with delicate eaves in the ceiling and an antique armoire. This room has an ensuite bathroom with both shower and bath. It overlooks the 'hot garden' and the patio, the surrounding valley, and often offers a direct line of sight to the moon.
THE PIGEONNIER - LUXURY OUTBUILDING (QUEEN-sized bed, private bathroom)
This is a stunning, almost sacred, space. A two-storey house with a private terrace complete with writing tables, it is the perfect option for a person or couple desiring extra privacy. There is a full bathroom (with tub/shower) and a sitting area downstairs, and a breathtaking bedroom upstairs with lofted ceilings and views of the valley and over the pool.
Annexe - Private House (DOUBLE bed with private bathroom)
This small suite has a double bed and an ensuite bathroom with shower. Set slightly away from the house, this tucked-away space is ideal for one person, though probably not large enough for a couple. Views over the valley and the garden.
Main House - Private Room (two twin beds TOGETHER, PRIVATE VANITY, shared bathroom)
A lovely budget option with privacy. This cosy bedroom has a spacious bed, a private sink and shared bathroom facilities. The toilet room is directly beside the room and the shower is downstairs. *
Main House - Twin Room (double-occupancy with sink/vanity, shared bathroom)
A gorgeous budget option. This shared bedroom has 2 twin beds, a private sink and shared bathroom facilities. The toilet room is just down the hall and the shared bathroom with shower is downstairs. *
* A work-exchange discount is now available for someone willing to provide light help in the kitchen over breakfast and dinner.
Pricing is in EUROS (€).
Includes accommodation, meals, daily workshops, outings, use of all château facilities and associated fees.
Does NOT include flight or transportation to Marcoux from Paris/Toulouse (see travel details below).
1800€ Twin Room (double-occupancy bedroom w/sink and shared bathroom); price is per person * work-exchange discount: 1200€
2000€ Private Single Room (private bedroom with sink, shared bathroom facilities) * work-exchange discount: 1400€
2850€ Annexe (private outbuilding with ensuite bathroom w/shower)
3250€ Elegant Private Bedroom (queen-sized bed, private ensuite bathroom w/shower and bathtub)
3400€ Deluxe Master Bedroom (king-sized bed, private ensuite bathroom w/shower and jacuzzi, view over valley, writing desk, sofa)
3500€ The Pigeonnier (deluxe outbuilding, queen-sized bed, private ensuite bathroom w/shower and bathtub, private terrace)
*please note: this retreat has been extended from 7 to 10 days. prices have not increased since 2019, but have simply been adjusted pro rata.
Couples are welcome. A modest additional fee of 450€ needs to be added to the cost of the room for an accompanying partner/spouse NOT participating in the workshop. If BOTH parties are interested in taking the workshop, the additional cost becomes 850€.
*UPDATE: THERE IS NOW ONLY ONE SPACE LEFT.*
The nearest international airport is in the city of TOULOUSE, but flying FROM USA/CANADA to PARIS and travelling from there by train to AGEN is just as simple. From Agen, you may either request a pickup, rent a car at the train station (recommended if you plan to explore a bit while at Marcoux), or take a taxi. Marcoux is an easy and lovely 25-minute drive from Agen.