A Moveable Feast

A Body, Mind & Spirit Immersion
and the French Countryside
May 21 – 29, 2017
Women’s Cultural Retreat with Karen Ely

If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris, then wherever you go
for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.
~ Ernest Hemingway

Pack your bags and comfortable walking shoes for an eight-day retreat immersion in the magical settings of Paris and the French countryside.  A Moveable Feast is for any woman yearning for inspiration, awakenings and the possibilities than can be found in the captivating French culture, one footfall at a time

Our days will be a delightful mix of sitting in circle with a community of like-minded women and experiencing unique cultural opportunities.  From the moment you arrive at the retreat until you pack to leave, experienced facilitator Karen Ely will lead you on an exploration to uncover and recognize the person you were born to be and offer you a once-in-a-lifetime French adventure (to some of her favorite places).

PARIS:  May 21 – 23

While in Paris, we will gather each day at a delightful apartment central to the hotels, parks, cafes, museums and galleries of the artistic Saint Germain des Pres area located on Paris’ vibrant left bank.  Home to a number of famous cafés, such as Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore, our home away from home will provide a delightful center of camaraderie and support for our week’s activities.

Our excursions will include: bicycling and picnicking along the Seine on our way to Giverney, Monet’s home in the Normandy countryside; dining and enjoying lovely gardens and artwork at the Rodin Museum; experiencing a late-night photo op as the Eiffel tower erupts into twinkling lights; visiting Sacré-Coeur, one of Paris’ most iconic buildings, enjoying both  panoramic views of Paris and its delightful shops and bistros; and having dinner at La Jacobine, located in the enchanting cobblestone courtyard of Coeur du Commerce.

Leaving Paris on the morning of May 24, we will travel by high-speed train to Macon, where we will be met by our Burgundy hosts.  We will be lodged at Les Cerisier, a recently renovated 300-year old farmhouse in the shadow of the picturesque town of Montmelard.  Set amidst the rolling farmland and vineyards of France’s Burgundy region, in many ways unchanged in the last 300 years, we’ll enjoy clear and starry nights, fresh air, the scent of freshly baking bread, organic gardens, time to wander and reflect, and a community of women quietly supporting each other.

While part of everyday will be spent in retreat at Les Cerisier, our excursions will include: hikes to Montmelard, a tiny village perched at the end of the valley above Les Cerisier; an afternoon visit and wine tasting at an area  vineyard, and an excursion to Cluny, a charming Medieval town, famed for its Saturday morning markets.  On the morning of the 29th, we will again board the high speed train, taking us back to Paris.

Karen is a speaker, facilitator, mentor and author who inspires audiences of women of all ages, incomes and backgrounds to live to their full potential.  She is the founder and director of the Sedona Women’s Institute (originally A Woman’s Way), one of the country’s premier women’s programs, which has offered hundreds of programs and touched thousands of women all over the world since its inception in 2003.  Karen is also the author of five well-received books, including:  Daring to Dream: Reflections on the Year I Found Myself, A Retreat of My Own, Breathing Space: Mini-Retreats for the Heart & Soul, 21 Days of Gratitude and 21 Stepping Stones to a More Peaceful, Meaningful Life. A Safe Place to Stand will be published in 2017.

Karen’s commitment to issues affecting women has been a lifelong passion. It has led her through a vibrant 30-year nonprofit career—from domestic violence and sexual assault to drug prevention and welfare-to-work—that has assisted tens of thousands of women through difficult life transitions. Karen is an experienced facilitator with a commitment to assisting women in creating and living authentic lives of passion and joy.

RETREAT FEE:  $2,200
Retreat fee includes:
•    Facilitated retreat from the morning of May 21st through our closing on the evening of May 28th.
•    Roundtrip train transport from Paris to Vernon (for our Giverney bike tour)  and from Paris to Macon (for our visit to Le Cerisie)
•    Bicycle tour and picnic from Vernon to Giverney to visit Monet’s home
•    Entrance fee and luncheon at the Rodin Museum
•    Metro transport to and from Sacré-Coeur
•    Dinner and wine at La Jacobine
•    Charming accommodations (double occupancy) and all meals for 5 nights and four days at Les Cerisie.
•    All Burgundy excursions
•    Please note: Lodging in Paris is not included in the retreat fee.  When you register, you will be given a list of nearby hotels.  If you would like to spend an entire week in our Paris apartment with Karen Ely (double occupancy) from May 17 – May 24 (including the three days for the Paris portion of our retreat),  please call us at 928-254-1897.  The cost for the week is $900.

•    In order to register:
~  $900 is due at time of registration ($400 of this is non-refundable)
~ The remaining $1,300 is due no later than April 1st (after this date, there are no refunds).

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