About the Retreat Location:
Located in the heart of the magnificent region of Gascony, surrounded by fields and hills, The Château is an historical French estate whose foundations date back to the Middle Age.
With its towers, windmills, ancient wine cellar, the Château is an authentic leftover of the French history and a reflection of the unique rural tradition of the region.
For the most part, the current batiment of the castle dates back to the 18th century built by the Comtesse de Beaumont, a former courtesan at the King of France court. The Comtess, who owned the Château until the early 19th century, built a splendid estate including a huge park decorated with statues as well as a small chapel.
With 12 bedrooms decorated in a warm, rural and antique style, two living rooms equipped with TV and WIFI, dining rooms, French pool room with board games, historical library, a large studio room of 160 sqm, a 6-acre park featuring ancient oaks and a splendid bathing lake located a few minutes away, the Château is the ideal setting to welcome large groups and host retreats in a tranquil and serene environment.
In addition to the practice of yoga and training activities, guests can enjoy their free time at the Château by taking walks through the exquisite countryside, going for refreshing baths in the nearby swimming lake, visiting local markets and historical villages nearby, participating in local festivals and tasting local wines as well as delicious regional products.
Retreat Highlight & Features
I’m excited to announce my 6th God Getaways Christian Meditation Retreat that will be held in the South of France in Summer of 2020. My Christian Meditation Retreats have attracted Christians from all over the globe who are interested in learning how to meditate, deepen their practice, draw closer to God, and find inner healing. During this retreat you’ll be provided with tools and instruction to:
Pictures of Retreat Center & Surrounding Area
Gentle Christ-Centered Yoga: Most mornings we will begin our day with a gentle Christ-centered yoga practice to strengthen our bodies and quiet our minds. Yoga is known for its mental, emotional, and physical benefits. Yoga classes are dedicated to God and are infused with scripture and prayer throughout.
Hiking & Bike Riding: During your afternoon free time, bikes are available to explore the country-side or you can venture out with a hike or stroll.
Bathing Lake: We are in walking distance to a beautiful bathing lake that you can take a drip or wade in the pool right on the property.
Reflective & Personal Time: Each day during the retreat, you will have time to dive deeper by connecting with yourself and God as well as deepening your meditation practice.
Tentative Retreat Workshops:
I want you to leave each retreat equipped with instruction, tools, and knowledge that will transform your life. Some of the retreat workshop topics include:
Christian Meditation Techniques & Instruction: You will learn a variety of Christ-Centered Meditation techniques to help you establish your own practice.
Overcoming Fear: Fear is at the root of many of our problems. Learn how to identify fear and then root it out of your life.
Self-Care is Health Care: Learn why it’s so important to have a spirit self-care routine and how to create one that you’ll love.
Living in the Mystery: Many people fear uncertainty and avoid it like the plague, but trusting God means learning to be at peace even in times of uncertainty and turmoil.
Rewriting Your Story: We all have a story; however, if your story is holding you back, it’s time to rewrite it.
Healing Tools: You’ll learn some healing tools that you can put into immediate practice to release toxic thoughts and emotions that may be stealing your joy and peace of mind.
Sharing Circle: The Bible says we are healed by our testimonies as well as through confession of our pain. Sharing circles allow us to connect with each other on a deeper level and to realize we are more alike than we think.
Pricing is for double-occupancy. One room is triple, however rooms are large. Click on Register Now to see more pricing and accommodation options. If you are coming as a couple (sharing a bed), please choose double-occupancy as well.
See Sample Retreat Schedule:
Friday (Arrive in France): We will be staying overnight in hotel near Toulouse.
Saturday (Arrival to Retreat)
2:00 P.M.- Via transfer busses, leave hotel for retreat center, about 1.5 hours drive.
3:30 p.m.- Get rooms, settled in, and relax.
5:30 p.m.- Dinner
6:30- Evening gathering, overview, and get acquainted.
Daily Retreat Schedule: (At least one excursion will be included as well)
8:00 – Christ-Centered Yoga
9:00- Guided Christian Meditation
9:30 – Breakfast
10:30- Workshops & Meditation: All workshops focus on Christian meditation and its techniques and instruction, establishing or deepening an authentic practice, tools for healing inner hurts and wounds, maintaining peace of mind, and eliminating stress along with guided practice.
1:30 – 5:00- Personal, Activity, and Reconnect Time
(Afternoon activities include personal alone time, self-healing assignments, walking, exploring, and/or self-care and relaxation activities.
3:30-4:30- Group activity (optional)
5:30 – Guided Christian Meditation
7:00- Sharing & Healing Circles: We need connection. Sharing and healing circles allow us to share in our victories as well our as pain. During these times we’ll reflect on various topics presented during our workshops and how to impact our own lives.
8:30- Evening Activity: Gentle Candle-light Yoga, Soaking in God’s Spirit, Praise Flags Worship, Prayer Circle, etc.
Saturday (Last Day of Retreat)
Departure to airport or personal sight-seeing and tours.
Rooms are mostly double-occupancy, one room triple, and there are several single occupancy (1-bed) rooms. Rooms also are large and roomy. Room assignments are based upon occupancy and not specific rooms available. If you are coming as a couple who will be staying in one-bed, please choose double occupancy rates per person.
Rhonda Jones has been facilitating retreats for the last 8-years bringing people from all over the globe. Her mission is one of healing after suffering from 4-years of a deep depression that modern medicine couldn’t relieve. “I believe that with the right knowledge and tools we can heal ourselves from within,” says Rhonda.
“Circumstances, crisis, and our inner pains and wounds can challenge us, but they don’t have to take us out at least not for long,” she declares.
Rhonda has hosted meditation retreats in Mexico, Italy, Costa Rica, Mount Shasta, and Northern California. Upcoming 2020 retreats also include France and Mexico. She is planning a retreat in Canada as well for 2021.
Flight and Transportation Details:
(Please watch video and read thoroughly before booking flights.)
Transportation Itinerary for Retreat Dates June 5-14.
Arriving in France
Option # 1-
Arrive in Paris (CDG) on Friday, June 5, 2020. Catch a connecting flight from Paris to Toulouse (TLS) on June 5, 2020. (They leave throughout the day). Spend night in assigned hotel (included in price of retreat). Catch group bus to retreat at 2:00 p.m. on June 6, 2020.
Option # 2-
Fly into Toulouse (TLS) on June 5. Spend night in assigned hotel. Catch bus to retreat at 2:00 p.m. on June 6, 2020.
(Please do not fly into France on June 6; you may have flight delays and this gives you a buffer.)
Option # 1-
Option # 2-
From retreat center, bus leaves to Toulouse hotel at 10 a.m. on June 13 arriving around noon. Spend the night in Toulouse (TLS) (included in retreat price). Next day, take shuttle to airport for your Toulouse flight to Paris (CDG) and Paris (CDG) to home.
From retreat center, bus leaves to Toulouse hotel at 10 a.m. on June 13 arriving around noon. Spend the night in Toulouse (including in price). Extend your stay (on your own; airbnb, hotels, hostels) for exploration and tours in France or surrounding area. Eurotrain can take you almost anywhere in Europe.
What’s Not Included:
You will need a passport for this trip. Passports may take up to 8-weeks to arrive. Please submit form as soon as possible.
Please exchange currency (dollars for euros) at your local bank to save on exchange fees. Chain banks like Bank of America and Wells Fargo provide this service. Please allow at least a week to receive. You if don’t have an account at these banks, you can ask a friend to order for you. Many places do take credit cards but it’s a good idea to bring some cash. Also, let your bank know you will be traveling so they don’t put a hold on your account.
It is recommended that you contact your cell phone provider prior to the trip. Some providers will provide international calling at increased cost or you may be able to purchase a European sim card that will allow for international calling and possibly text messages. You can purchase on Amazon. In addition, inside the airport, there will probably be stores like Vodaphone, Tims, or Wings where you can purchase a sim card as well.
Deposits are not refundable. All payments are due by April 5, 2020. There are no refunds within 5-months of retreat date unless we can fill you spot. We also encourage you to get travel insurance in case you must cancel trip prematurely.
Easy Payment Plan
Easy payment plans are also available. After paying deposit, you can make monthly payments until trip is paid in full. Each month, you’ll receive a notice that payment is due. Payments will not be automatically taken from your account. You will need to make manual payments for each pay period. Please try to stay current with payments.
The majority of retreaters come alone. We will match you with a roommate unless you purchase single occupancy at a higher rate. This is a great opportunity to meet and connect with new friends. If you are coming with a friend, just let us know and we will room you together. Later, you will have opportunity to list important details about your trip (roommates, flight information, food choices, etc.)
Have a Specific Talent or Skill?
If you are a yoga teacher, singer, worship leader, exercise or tai chi instructor and would like to lead one of our classes, please let me know. It’s been wonderful having different participants share their talents with others.
More Information to Come:
After registering for the retreat, you will receive link to our private retreat page, What’s app, and Facebook groups. These will provide you with additional information about the retreat as well as connect you with others. Also, feel free to contact me via email or phone.
Rhonda is available for meditation coaching for a fee of $30 for 30 minutes. Please click on link to sign up for coaching prior to the retreat. A sign-up appointment sheet will be made available at the retreat. Click Here to Sign Up for Coaching. You can sign up at the retreat as well.
Many retreaters extend their trip to explore additional cities and sites. You may be interested in exploring Paris, Barcelona, or even Switzerland. If so, please book your return flight to accommodate for any post-retreat travel. In What’s App and during the retreat you may connect with others to travel with. There are also many tours that you can purchase. For post retreat travel, you will also need to book additional accommodations. The retreat includes one-night post retreat hotel stay to give you a little leverage when booking your return flight. Busses will return to hotel around 12:00 p.m. on Saturday.
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