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Equine-guided Growth and Personal Empowerment Workshops

Are you stressed?

Our Connect with Horses Mindfulness Workshops, based on Equine-assisted Experiential Learning, in the south of France, can empower you to use stress as a stimulus for personal growth rather than a trigger for burnout.

The people of Gascony, an unspoiled and mostly undiscovered region in the south-west of France, are famous for living long, healthy and happy lives. Many esteemed scholars have studied their lifestyle to determine the secret of their happy and healthy longevity. They have come to the conclusion that the people of Gascony have got stress management down to a fine art.

Now you too can discover their secret, by attending a Connect with Horses Workshop right in the very heart of Gascony.

You may not even be aware of it, but stress might gradually and insidiously be destroying your physical, mental and spiritual well-being.

  • Do you get palpitations, panic attacks or chest pains?
  • Do you have indigestion, heartburn, nausea, diarrhoea or constipation?
  • Do you have eczema or urticaria?
  • Do suffer from insomnia?
  • Do you frequently have blinding headaches?
  • Do you catch every cold and then struggle to get rid of it?

When you attend a Connect with Horses Workshop in the sun-drenched south of France, you will firstly, be able to rest, relax and recharge your batteries. Secondly, you benefit from attending this workshop because

  • You will discover how to get the most from every single moment in the day,
  • You will have a new set of skills to help improve the quality of your life.

4- or 7-day Workshops

Our 7-day workshops start on Sunday evenings (from 18h00) and continue to Saturday mornings (to 10h00, after breakfast. Every morning, from Monday to Friday, participants attend an equine-assisted experiential learning session. Every afternoon, except Wednesdays, participants learn more about mindfulness. All meals, simple but nourishing, are included except for dinner on Wednesday evening. Participants have Wednesday afternoons and evenings free. Simple but comfortable accommodation is included, mostly in single rooms, or in double rooms. Our 4-day workshops start on Sundays (from 18h00) until breakfast on Wednesday morning (until 10h00).

The cost of the 7-day workshops starts at £995 pp. The cost of the 4-day workshop starts at £595 pp.

Dates of the workshops in 2018:

  • 26 Aug – Sept 1
  • 16 Sept – 22 Sept

“Thanks again for sharing your life with us! I had such a wonderful time at your place and in your company. I feel revitalised, relaxed and blessed. All the best and big hugs for the two of you and all the cats, horses and dog.” E.G. Meijling

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Introducing our
Connect with Horses Mindfulness Workshops

My name is Margaretha Montagu. I am a medical doctor with many years’ experience of treating stress-induced disease. I live in the sun-blessed south of France with my husband and 5 horses. We live in a lovingly-restored, 200-year-old farmhouse with a bit of land.

Due to a debilitating eye disease, partly stress induced, I had to retire early from medical practice. Horses had always fascinated me, but due to the pressures of work, I never had the time to explore this interest. I needed a new career so I decided to combine my medical training and experience with my interest in horses. I retrained in equine-assisted psychotherapy and experiential learning.

Why would you want to attend one of MY workshops? 

  • Because I understand what you are going through. I have been there. I remember what it felt like to be tired all the time.
  • Because I am personally and professionally well-qualified to help you.
  • Using equine-assisted experiential learning, I know how to help participants maximise their potential and create the lives they have always dreamed of living.
  • Articles about my work have appeared in Horse and Rider magazine and in Chronicles of the Horse. I am a published author with 5 books under my belt.

This is what makes our workshops UNIQUE.

You will be accompanied by five horses in your search to find more effective ways to manage stress and to use stress to your advantage.

One thing I need to make very clear:
There is
NO
horse riding during our workshops.

Instead, and in addition to mindfulness training, our 4 or 7-day Connect with Horses workshops offer you:

  • an affordable escape from the always escalating demands of everyday life,
  • a safe haven in one of the most beautiful parts of France, secluded but not isolated,
  • fresh air, clean water and scrumptious food to nourish both your body and your mind
  • the opportunity to discover the confidence-boosting benefits of equine-assisted experiential learning.
  • the option to add a day to walk part of the possibly life-changing Way of St James, following in the footsteps of pilgrims who have passed this way for a thousand years on their way to Santiago de Compostella in Spain.
  • the option to add a guided wine tasting trip to the medieval village of Saint Mont

Do you feel stuck in a rut and desperately long to escape?

If you do, then a Connect with Horses Workshop at Les Sources Sacrées here in the sun-blessed south of France might be exactly what you need right now.

Interested? Contact us NOW on welcome2gascony(at)gmail.com or fill in the form at the bottom of this page.

A simple inquiry will put you under no obligation.

 

Your Accommodation

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Les Sources Sacrées is a location with a history – the 6 natural springs feeding our 2 acre/1 hectare lake are reputed to have healing properties. Pilgrims on the St Jacques de Compostelle pilgrim’s route have been making a detour here for centuries, to “take the waters” and pray in the adjacent chapel.

The farm, deep in the heart of Gascony, 90 minutes’ drive south-east of Bordeaux, is located on 20 acres of lush, green meadows and is surrounded by vineyards, woods, orchards and sunflower fields. Secluded but not isolated, this 200-year-old farmhouse is 3km from a typical local village.

 

The Workshop Leaders

Prepare yourself for a big surprise.

Your workshop leader is yours truly and my assistants: five well-trained and well-behaved horses are going to help you put everything you learn into practice.

Equine-assisted Experiential Learning (EEL) will help you:

  • free yourself from immobilising fear and dramatically increase your self-confidence,
  • discover simple techniques to easily and effectively deal with stressful situations
  • communicate more efficiently and with more assertiveness,
  • strengthen and deepen relationships at work and at home,
  • eradicate limiting beliefs and replace them with empowering beliefs that inspire you,
  • develop more successful problem-solving skills and
  • gain a solid understanding of who you are now.

Intrigued? Contact us now on welcome2gascony{at}gmail.com

 

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What is included in this workshop:

  • Simple but comfortable accommodation in an 18th century, half-timbered, authentic Landaise farmhouse in single or twin bedrooms with shared bathroom.
  • Breakfasts under the 200+-year-old oak tree in the front courtyard.
  • Picnic lunches: a picnic basket for you to enjoy anywhere on the farm: there are several seating areas scattered around the house, in the woods, next to the paddocks, by the lake and on thdr_margaretha_montagu_v3e island in the lake.
  • Dinner on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
  • Tea and coffee making facilities available 24/7 in the kitchen of the private wing.
  • Transport from Nogaro to the farm.
  • Free Wifi.
  • A free copy of the e-book Mindfulness and Meditation in the south of France. The book has links to useful articles, websites, TED talks, Facebook groups, guided meditations etc. that can be used during and after the workshops.

What is NOT included:

    • Transport costs to local airports and train stations – there are 4 international airports (Toulouse, Bordeaux, Biarritz and Pau) less than 2 hours drive from Les Sources Sacrées
    • Transport from local airports to local train stations (Auch and Mont de Marsan)
    • Transport from local train stations to Nogaro/ to the farm.
    • Personal Health Insurance and/or Travel Insurance (we highly recommend insurance cover in case you need to cancel)
    • Guided Wine Tasting trip to Saint Mont
    • Extra day walking part of the Way of St James/Santiago de Compostella

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To make 100% sure you benefit from this workshop, there is still MORE.

  • To facilitate transport arrangements, or to explore the region, you are welcome to arrive a day or two early or leave a day or two after the workshop – we offer additional bed-and-breakfast accommodation on a day-to-day basis, but only to our workshop guests,
  • Non-participating partners are very welcome, there is a lot for them to discover and do in the immediate vicinity.

By coming to a workshop here, you will be contributing to the well-being of the local community because we believe in sustainable tourism. We believe that we have a sacred duty to preserve the farm, the land, the lake and the springs for future generations, so we do everything we can to make as small a footprint on our land as we can, including limiting the number of guests we receive per year.

To ensure everyone gets individual, quality attention and the time to ask questions, we limit our groups to a maximum of 6 guests – which means you will need to reserve early to be one of the fortunate guests who come to Les Sources Sacrées this year.

Just to remind you:

Our 7-day workshops start on Sunday evenings (from 18h00) and continue to Saturday mornings (to 10h00, after breakfast. Every morning, from Monday to Friday, participants attend an equine-assisted experiential learning session. Every afternoon, except Wednesdays, participants learn more about mindfulness. All meals, simple but nourishing, are included except for dinner on Wednesday evening. Participants have Wednesday afternoons and evenings free. Simple but comfortable accommodation is included, mostly in single rooms, or in double rooms. Our 4-day workshops start on Sundays (from 18h00) until breakfast on Wednesday morning(until 10h00).

The cost of the 7-day workshops starts at £995 pp. The cost of the 4-day workshop starts at £595 pp.

Dates of the workshops in 2018:

  • 26 Aug – Sept 1
  • 16 Sept – 22 Sept

So seize this exceptional opportunity to spend a few nights with us NOW…to help you make your trip a special one, please let us know you are coming by making a reservation. A warm welcome awaits you amidst the Saint Mont and Madiran vineyards in the sun-blessed south-west of France.

Ready to make a reservation? To pay your deposit and secure your booking, please contact us with the dates of the week that suits you at welcome2gascony(at)gmail.com to inquire about availability.

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