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The French Muse Experience

one week retreat

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Costs

The full price for a one week French Muse experience is 3,500 euro.
The cost of our one week retreat is inclusive of everything, except your travel to and from France and any shopping you may choose to do.

Payment plan

When you sign up for your French Muse experience week, a non-refundable €500 euro deposit will hold your booking for this particular date.
The remaining 3000 Euro payment can be made in one or two installments.
If you wish to pay in two installments, we request that the first installment is paid six months prior to retreat and remaining installment paid 3 months prior to retreat.
Payment is accepted either by International bank transfer. If you wish to pay via credit card i.e. PayPal then there is a 3.5% Convenience Fee applied.

P.s. If you plan on travelling with a room-mate, then please simply let us know when you book your retreat.

After registration

On registration for The French Muse experience you will receive an initial email confirmation note. Two months prior to the retreat we will send you further details and a questionnaire that will help us further create a week that will fit with your interests and passions.

How many people can we accommodate at our retreats?

Our retreats are limited currently to a maximum of 5 guests and may include a visiting artist or speaker depending on the specific retreat and/or workshop.

Your home away from home will be in a beautiful bastide which was once a magnanerie (a silkworm nursery), in the hilltop village of Lacoste in the Luberon, one of the small villages which inspired Peter Mayle in his book, A Year in Provence. The Mas is a beautiful ‘Veille France’ home, within walking distance of the castle of the Marquis de Sade, the rooms and terraces offer breathtaking views of the mountains of the Vaucluse and the valley that sweeps down towards nearby famous villages Bonnieux and Goult. Your accomodation is a double room, single occupancy with shared bathroom.

Optional extras

 

  • Private Pilates lessons, one to one coaching, cost 50 euro for one hour. All materials provided.
  • Electric bike rental costs tbc
  • We also have the possibility of booking a French hair stylist if you are looking for the ‘Ultimate French Makeover’

Any optional extras will need to be booked and paid for four weeks prior to retreat. There is a 48 hour cancellation policy on all optional extras

Our cancellation Policy

If for some reason you must cancel your trip to France for The French Muse Experience, please remember that a full refund (deposit is non-refundable) can only be provided if notice of cancellation is provided six months before retreat date. After this date, if you cancel your place, you will forfeit your payment.

Please don’t hesistate to ask us anything if you are unclear about our booking and cancellation policies.

Travel arrangements

We must request that you approve your travel plans with us in advance of booking any tickets (flight or train). We are very open to helping you find the easiest route to our retreat but it is essential that we know your planned arrival and departure times before booking. This is simply so that we can ensure all of our guests arrive in time for us to make a general airport transfer from Marseille airport on the afternoon of the Saturday arrivals day.

Return airport transfers are made the following Saturday morning, to Marseille airport.

What to pack?

Provence is very relaxed, combined with often hot weather mean that comfort is an absolute.

Here are top recommendations to pack in your suitcase:

  • A swimsuit, your accommodation has a pool and it can be so lovely to take a dip after a day in the sun!
  • We would recommend bringing a scarf and/or cardigan for when the sun sets and we are eating outside.
  • A rain jacket.
  • An oversized tote bag or backpack for storing your brocante and market finds.
  • Think cotton. Dress for comfort and to stay cool.
  • Walking shoes for days spent treasure truffling at brocantes and exploring the perched villages of Provence.
  • Sunglasses and a hat
  • People do smart casual for dinner in restaurants but in general the atmosphere is very relaxed

Don’t hesistate to ask if you are concerned about what to bring!

P.S. If you’ve forgotten to bring any of these essentials in your suitcase, don’t worry, we will be bringing you to local markets where we can source affordable French versions!

P.P.S. Don’t forget to leave plenty of room for all the French gems you are going to want to bring home!