God Getaways Christian Meditation & Healing Retreat

June 5-14, 2020

South of France

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:

 

          • Establish a regular meditation practice
          • Overcome fear and other toxic emotions
          • Restore your peace of mind
          • Release past pain, hurts, and limiting beliefs
          • Learn the importance of spiritual self-care for overall health and well-being.
          • Make new friendships with like-minded believers
          • Personal quiet time for rest, relaxation, and reflection
          • Afternoon personal diving deeper activities to connect with yourself and God.
          • Transform your life!
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Please CLICK HERE to see Italy Retreat 2019 picture blog and reviews.

Pictures of Retreat Center & Surrounding Area

France Christian Retreat

 

What’s Included:

 

        • 8 days, 7-night accommodations (double/triple occupancy)
        • Fresh organic meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
        • Daily meditation and instruction 
        • Daily workshops & retreat workbook
        • Gentle Christ-centered yoga workouts
        • Transportation to and from retreat center. (see details below)
        • Several excursions including transportation for sight-seeing in nearby cities, markets, etc. 
        • Pre and post retreat hotel stay in Toulouse (single/double/triple occupancy)
 

Activities:

 

 

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.

 


Early Bird Pricing: $1595.00

*Ends September 17, 2019*

Register today with $300 deposit. First payment not due until October 2019.

Regular Pricing: $1795.00

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.

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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.

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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.

12:30- Lunch

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

6:00- Dinner

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)

 

  • Breakfast
  • Leave retreat center to hotel at 10:00 a.m.

Departure to airport or personal sight-seeing and tours.

 

Room Accommodations

 

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.

About Your Retreat Host

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. 

 

See Past Retreat and Photo Pages. 

Flight and Transportation Details:

 

(Please  watch video and read thoroughly before booking flights.)

 

 

      • You can fly directly into Toulouse Airport or fly into Paris CDG Airport and take 1.5 hour flight to Toulouse. There are many flights throughout the day. Check prices for both options. I will fly into Paris and take flight to Toulouse as it is less expensive. Flights from Paris (CDG) to Toulouse (TLS) are around $80-125 round-trip. You will have to coordinate these 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.)

 

 

Leaving France

 

Option # 1- 

 From retreat center, bus leaves to Toulouse hotel at 10 a.m. on June 13 arriving around noon. Take shuttle to airport for your Toulouse (TLS) flight to Paris (CDG) and Paris to home on June 13, 2020.
 

 

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.

 
 Option # 3- 

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.

 

 

      • Flights vary greatly by airport and location so check major airports near you and get creative for the best flights and prices. Here are a few flights prices I found on 8/14/2019 to Paris from SFO $391, LAX $505, Miami $439.
      • If you are leaving France for home on same day, please give yourself enough time to get checked in at airport so you don’t miss your flight and connecting flight (if coming via Paris).
      • Please arrive on June 5, 2020.  Flight delays can occur and this will assure you arrive on time.  Pre and Post hotel stay (double-occupancy) near Toulouse airport is included in cost of retreat. Hotel has free airport shuttle to and from airport. If you miss transportation times, you will need to provide your own transportation. The retreat center is 1.5 hours from airport. You can get a taxi ($225 euros) or rent car (much cheaper).
      • Unless you have travel miles, I highly recommend getting flight through skyscanner.com. They have the best rates I have seen thus far.
      • The best time to purchase flight for retreat is 6-months in-advance. According to online travel sites, the best month to purchase international flights is before the end of January. After that, flights will begin to inch up each month.
      • We will have several conference calls to discuss travel plans if you need more information or feel free to call or email me.
      • I’m sure that some of you will be staying in France or visiting the surrounding areas after the retreat ends; therefore, you will want to book your retreat flights to depart at a later date. I plan on spending some time in Paris afterwards. You can also check out available tours. There will be many people to hook up with after the retreat. You can add your interest to our FB and What’s App groups.  The best thing is to decide how long you want to stay and a rough idea of where you plan to go. You will have time to plan specifics.
 

What’s Not Included:

 

        • Airfare to and from France.
        • Post retreat excursions or tours; however, feel free to extend your stay in France. At the retreat, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with others who may be staying longer and/or book additional tours or outings.
        • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
        • Any meals outside of retreat center or during excursions.
        • Massage or spa services.
 

Passport:

 

You will need a passport for this trip. Passports may take up to 8-weeks to arrive. Please submit form as soon as possible.

 

Currency Exchange:

 

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.

 

Cell Phones:

 

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.

 

Refund Policy:

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. 

 

Coming Solo

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.

 

Meditation Coaching:

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.

 

Post Retreat:

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.

FIND OUT IF THIS RETREAT IS FOR YOU?

A GOOD FIT IF:

 

  • You have a genuine interest in Christian meditation and want to deepen your practice and spend time connecting with God in a quiet and serene location.
  • You love meeting and getting to know new people.
  • You desire to grow spiritually and are open to participating in workshops and instructor-lead activities that will move you toward this desire.
  • You enjoy walking, eating healthy foods, and trying new things.
  • You have an open heart and mind and enjoying sharing the love of Christ.
  • You want to incorporate fun activities and some socializing while also addressing your spiritual needs.
 

NOT A GOOD FIT IF:

 

  • The goal of these retreats are to promote transparency, openness, support, healing, and love. If you have a problem with gossip, backbiting, or creating dissension, this may not be the retreat for you. I understand that many people have problems with negative thoughts and can greatly benefit from the instruction and workshops, so don’t let that stop you. However, talking negatively about others or backbiting will not be tolerated and you will be banned from attending future retreats. God is love and we have control over our tongues!
  • You need internet access and technology to stay sane. We want you to leave the world of technology behind for a few days so you can focus on others, yourself, and your relationship with God.
  • You are looking for “mostly” a FUN-FILLED vacation! Although we are planning some optional and group activities during our free time (hiking, biking, excursions) our main priority will be to cultivate a life-long Christian meditation practice.
  • You find walking difficult.  There may be lots of walking.
  • You’re looking for the luxury amenities of a 4-star hotel.
  • Stepping out of your comfort zone just isn’t your thing.
  • You are seeking to connect with God in a quiet setting with few distractions or activities.  I am planning on hosting some retreats for those who really want to JUST deepen their practice and spend time with God that incorporates activities that support this.