EQUINOX RETREAT

« at Château Ad Francos, 22-25 September 2022 »

Enjoy a unique experience of wellness in Château Ad Francos
From £1,200pp up to £3,750pp all inclusive* depending on the choice of room

*Flights and alcoolic beverage are not included

As night and day become perfectly balanced for the autumn equinox, this is the ideal time to recuperate, regenerate, and replenish your energy. Allow yourself to switch from thinking and doing, to feeling and being as we guide you on an expansive, nourishing and healing experience. You are invited to the breathtakingly beautiful chateau ad francos in bordeaux, for a one-of-a-kind experience. This retreat has been carefully created with the intention to help you feel empowered and in tune with yourself with room to rest, grow and play. Let go of daily responsibilities and allow a team of experienced staff, chefs and expert practitioners to look after your every need. Every detail is covered to make sure you feel divine.

THE VENUE

Ad Francos is a beautiful Chateau and is truly a magical place to be at one with the earth, enjoying the best Bordeaux has to offer. The entire west wing of the castle is dedicated to the reception and well-being of guests. This architectural ensemble covers several periods, from its origins around the 10th century, to the end of the16th century. Staying at Château Ad Francos is like stepping back in time by immersing yourself in a haven of peace, nature and beauty. A unique blend of authenticity, calm, nature, ancient stones, makes the successful harmony between the old and the contemporary, the refined comfort, a timeless elegance and simplicity. We come here to recharge our batteries, taste its great wines, discover or celebrate the art of living in a region with countless exceptional products. It is a timeless invitation, an extraordinary experience.

THE TEAM

Rachel is yoga teacher and Ayurvedic nutritionist. She’s passionate about helping her students feel their best through the healing power of movement, stillness and seasonal diets. She takes inspiration, from nature andoffers mindful but gently challenging yoga classes and healing yoga nidra meditations to help you unfold to your true potential and being. Her classes are inclusive classes for every body type and level of experience. Rachel discovered meditation and yoga in 2016 and has since gained over 600 hours of training in ashtanga vinyasa flow, yoga therapy and yoga nidra at the schools -Yoga London, Vedansha School of Vedic Medicine, The Minded Institute and Amrit Yoga Institute. She teaches at various studios and health clubs in West London and Hertfordshire.

Maggie first encountered sound healing in 2014 and explored Himalayan singing bowls, drums, and gong before settling on crystal bowls. Seeing first hand how sound healing paired with intention setting and chakra work can help give clarity, reduce stress and anxiety as well as improve creativity and enhance focus, When our physical and/or emotional bodies are out of balance, disease can build up as a result of blockages which stop the cells, tissues and organs from vibrating at healthy frequencies. The crystal bowls send sound waves throughout the body, restoring harmony and balance, thus helping it heal. Sound healing is sometimes described as “effortless meditation” – as the practitioner relaxes in savasana whilst the frequencies will make them reach a blissful state. Maggie offers group classes and 1-to-1 sessions in West London. She has collaborated with various brands and held events at locations such as Core Collective and Molecule.

Charlie believes that having a strong mind and body connection is a potent tool for healing and transformation. She has a practice in London, working as a Chiropractor and Breath work facilitator and is the founder of Source. Her passion for helping people reach their optimum through body work came from her own life changing experiences of this work. Charlie’s teaching is immersive and creates an energised learning environment with plenty of down time and profound relaxation. Breath work coaching is integrative and can be used as a powerful resource both in and out of the work environment. This style of breath work creates a unique experience and builds connection and strong bonds. Charlie has been featured in BBC radio, the Sunday times and Stylist magazine British Red Cross and currently coaches for Google, Amazon, Perrigo and Vodafone. She has also helped many top performers with breath work mastery

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Daily Sunrise Yoga classes
Breathwork and meditation workshops
Sound Healing sessions
Autumn Equinox Celebration / Thanksgiving Ceremony
Creative workshop – including painting and design of a vision board
3-4 days hosted in the magical luxury retreat venue that is the Chateau Ad Francos in Francs, France
Up to 3 daily healthy and nutritious meals prepared by our exceptional chefs in collaboration with the Ayurvedic nutritionist
Aromatherapy workshop
Visit of the charming medieval village of St Emilion, including an optional winery visit
and wine tasting with our in-house winemaker
Reconnect with nature with long walks and/or cycles in the French countryside
Luxurious welcome gift bag
Relaxation time to indulge in some self care, go for a swim or simply rest!
Mats, yoga equipment, towels, toiletries, sustenance & snacks will be provided
Housekeeping and transfers included

Not included:
Flights, travel insurance, alcohol
One-on-One sessions with our incredible teachers / practitioners which can be booked during the allocated Relaxation time
Any spa / massage treatments (additional cost and will require advanced booking)

SCHEDULE

Thursday 22nd of September 2022

Arrival
Welcome Lunch: seasonal nutrition introduction
Opening Circle – set intentions & gifts
Relaxation time, treatments / massage, swim or walks
Dinner
Stretching / Yin Yoga / Sound Healing / Meditation

 

 

Friday 23rd of September 2022 – Autumn Equinox

Sunrise Yoga class
Breakfast
St Emilion visit
Alternatively: Walk & Foraging for ceremony
Lunch
Relaxation time, Treatments / Massage, Swim
Equinox Ceremony – Thanksgiving / Release
Light Dinner / Snacks

 

 

Saturday 24th of September 2022

Sunrise Yoga class
Breakfast
Ad Vitam / Aromatherapy intro
Sound Healing + Breathwork session
Creative Workshop: painting & vision board
Relaxation time, Treatments / Massage, Swim
Lunch
Relaxation time, Treatments / Massage, Swim
Wine tasting / tour
Alternatively: Tea / Cacao Ceremony
Dinner
Stretching / Yin Yoga / Sound Healing / Meditation

 

 

Sunday 25th of September 2022

Sunrise Yoga class
Breakfast
Closing circle / Fire (Gifting / Letter Ceremony) / Relaxation time, Treatments / Massage, Swim
Lunch
Departure
(Schedule subject to change)

ROOMS

GRANDE SUITE WITH EN-SUITE BATHROOM & LIVING ROOM

 

With a total area of 120m2, the Grande Suite consists of three large separate rooms in the Rolland wing. A comfortable and superbly furnished living room, followed by a large contemporary bathroom, with an Italian shower and toilet. Finally the room housed in the big tower and the flamboyant Gothic style of the vault in broken arches above the large King Size bed.

Single occupancy: £3,750 (all inclusive)
Two people: £2,500 pp (all inclusive)

JUNIOR SUITE N°1 WITH EN-SUITE BATHROOM

 

The Junior Suite n°1 is located on the 1st floor of the middleage wing within the chateau, it has a bathroom with Italian shower and toilet. With a surface area of approximately 70m2, this room is planned for three people each. (one king size bed and one double bed)

Single occupancy: £3,000 pp (all inclusive)
Group of two persons: £2,000 pp (all inclusive)
Group of three persons: £1,500 pp (all inclusive)

JUNIOR SUITE N°2 WITH EN-SUITE BATHROOM

 

The Junior Suite n°2 is located on the 2nd floor of the middleage wing within the chateau, it has a bathroom with Italian shower and toilet. With a surface area of approximately 70m2, this room is planned for three people each. (one king size bed and one double bed)

Single occupancy: £3,000 pp
Group of two persons: £2,000 pp (all inclusive)
Group of three persons: £1,350 pp (all inclusive)

DORMITORY WITH SHARED BATHROOM

 

Located on the second and last floor, this large and friendly space of 120m2, is designed to accommodate up to six people. It has a beautiful separate bedroom with a large double bed. Located in the large tower, it is a room in the Gothic style. In the large adjoining room, there is both a dormitory area with four single beds, the common bathroom, with Italian shower and toilet; and a lounge area.

Separate Bedroon (1 couple or single): £1,200 pp (all inclusive)
Dormitory shared space: £1000 pp (all inclusive)

THE BARN, LIVING SPACE & SHARED BATHROOM

These two bedrooms flaunt a queen bed (or up to three single beds) in a separate house which was part of the chateau’s estate.
The house includes a separate kitchen & dining area, a large living room and bathroom with shower and bathtub
occupancy: mx 4 persons £1000 pp

*****

To make a booking, a deposit of £500 is required. The remaining balance will be due by 1st September 2022.
Payment plans are also available.

If Should the retreat be canceled due to unforeseen circumstances, you will receive a full refund. Do not hesitate to contact justine.brochard@chateau-adfrancos.com should you require any further information.

WHO IS THIS RETREAT FOR ?

This retreat is designed for anyone looking to hit the reset button and experience healing practices, mindful movement and nutritious food in beautiful, natural surroundings. Whether you want to reset your circadian rhythm, embark on a self-discovery journey, recover and heal, meet like-minded people or all of the above – this is more than just time off of the day-to-day. Dedicate time to the wonderful you so you can leave feeling inspired, refreshed and awakened to your true potential. No prior yoga/meditation experience necessary.

FEEL NOURISHED

Food is always a focal point of a retreat – the simple ritual of sharing a delicious meal in a beautiful setting is a wonderful thing – and Ad Francos does not disappoint! Experienced chefs, Didier and Petra, will prepare delicious vegan and vegetarian food from a bespoke menu designed by an Ayurvedic nutritionist. Guests will receive the finest seasonal produce which is mainly home grown or sourced locally, to truly nourish mind, body and soul

TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF

Practice rejuvenating morning yoga as the sun rises against the beautiful Bordeaux countryside and vineyards. Experience a sound bath and yin yoga before a delicious feast is prepared for you in the gorgeous Chateau.. Immerse yourself in ancient healing practices with a breathwork ceremony and Autumn Equinox celebration.

EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC

Taking the time to simply be is a transformational and magic part of the retreat. Enjoy wandering around the beautiful gardens, sipping a cacao smoothie by the pool, reflecting and journaling, experiencing a one-to-one healing session, and waking up in the most beautiful 12th century, luxurious Chateau.