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A Heart-Opening Mandala Magic Retreat in the French Countryside.

Join us in the magical French countryside for creative practice and community connections to nourish your soul, activate your expansive imagination and spark your creative fire.

Together, we will create practical magic in an environment dedicated to supporting your needs through transformative practice and radical non-doing.

BURNING LOVE is a retreat designed to meet your bone-deep, cellular-level requirement for pleasure.

“Pleasure is not one of the spoils of capitalism. It is what our bodies, our human systems, are structured for; it is the aliveness and awakening, the gratitude and humility, the joy and celebration of being miraculous.”
—adrienne maree brown, Pleasure Activisim; The Politics of Feeling Good.

Oh, and we’ll make mandalas, too!

MAKE AMAZING MEMORIES

Mandala Magic Circle

We’ll gather in the converted barn to create a communal altar and set intentions before our opening ceremony, guided by optional Ceremonial Cacao* for deep inner journeying.

Throughout your stay, there will be guided Mandala Magic sessions and plenty of free creative time and space to simply enjoy.

You’re invited to contribute songs, stories and poems to our Soul Song Evening and on our final day, we’ll gather in a communal mandala experience, guided by optional Ceremonial Cacao*.

Our final evening will hold space for group sharing, reflection and revelations.

Location, Location, Location

Burning Love is hosted at an authentically restored former cognac estate in south-west France. Reachable by train from Paris in 3hrs, guests can also arrive via Bordeaux (75mins) or Bergerac (85mins) airports. The closest TGV stop is Angouleme, where you will connect to the local train station, Chalais. 

Feed Your Belly, Feed Your Soul!

Original menus using delicious, local ingredients are prepared and served each day by the owners, who are award-winning restaurateurs. They care deeply about your well-being and cater for all dietary requirements.* Quality refreshments are also available throughout the day.

Wee Things That Matter...

Egyptian cotton sheets, luxury toiletries, a towel bundle and a welcome aperitif are just some of the extras you can expect at Burning Love. Outside of scheduled activities, you will have plenty of time to enjoy the scenic surroundings and salt-water pool, or enjoy an optional massage to help you deeply relax.

Cultural Heritage

Breaking out from our retreat home, we’ll spend a morning and lunchtime in the charming historical village of Aubeterre sur Dronne, officially listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Featuring a stunning subterranean church and winding streets with specialist artisanal shops, Aubeterre welcomes many pilgrims on the Santiago de Compostella route.

FINER DETAILS

What’s Included in Your Retreat Price?

✔️ 5 nights accommodation + 5 day retreat:
Sunday 5th July: Arrival from 12PM
Friday 11th July: Departure by 12PM

✔️ All Mandala Magic activities

✔️ Soul Song evening

✔️ Opening and closing ceremonies, with optional Sacred Cacao elixir*

✔️ Use of salt water pool and grounds

✔️ Nutritious meals* Specific dietary requirements may incur a small daily cost to cover special ingredients

✔️ Welcome aperitif upon arrival

✔️ Quality refreshments available daily

✔️ Free transfers from Chalais train station*

✔️ Egyptian cotton bed linen

✔️ Towel bundle includes flannel, hand towel, bath towel and pool towel

✔️ Luxury cruelty-free, vegan or organic shampoo, conditioner and shower gel in bathrooms

✔️ Hairdryer, washing machine & dryer available if required

✔️ Concierge service for errands & enquiries

✔️ Free wifi

✔️ Morning/lunch excursion to Aubeterre sur Dornne*

What’s Not Included & *Additional Costs

Please make sure you have valid travel + medical insurance.

Flights and travel costs to the venue, aside from free transfers from Chalais Train Station, remain your responsibility.

We encourage travel by train where possible but can offer a group transfer from Bordeaux and Bergerac airports. We will arrange transfers with an English-speaking driver and provide help with other travel arrangements where possible.

We are able to cater for all dietary requirements but special diets may incur an extra fee of £12 per day to cover special ingredients.

Lunch in Aubeterre sur Dornne is not included and don’t forget to allocate some extra money if you’re likely to buy gifts from the shops there.

We’ll issue a full materials list for all participants and the essentials include a journal and water-based paints, pencils or markers (we will provide water jars, paper towels etc.)

Holistic massage is available to book at a separate cost, to help you relax and replenish during your stay.

Your Retreat Bedroom Options (prices per person)

Choose to secure a single-occupancy room or double up with a fellow Mandala Magician (we’ll match you with the best roommate)  and benefit from a discounted DOUBLE OCCUPANCY RATE. All costs in £GBP, per person.

Book before 31st July 2024 and receive an early bird discount of £75GBP!

ISABELLA

  • La Grange building
  • Ground floor
  • Double-bed
  • En-suite
  • Access to patio

SOLE OCCUPANCY

RESERVED

JOHN

  • La Grange building
  • Ground floor
  • Twin Beds
  • En-suite
  • Access to patio

SOLE OCCUPANCY

RESERVED

MOYRA

  • La Grange building
  • Ground floor
  • Double Bed + Single
  • En-suite
  • Access to patio

SOLE OCCUPANCY

RESERVED

SELWA

  • La Grange building
  • First floor
  • Twin Beds
  • En-suite
  • View over gardens

SOLE OCCUPANCY

RESERVED

MEYRICK

  • La Grange building
  • First floor
  • Twin Beds
  • En-suite
  • View over gardens

SOLE OCCUPANCY

RESERVED

AZIZ

  • La Grange building
  • First floor
  • Twin Beds
  • En-suite
  • View over gardens

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

£950 PP

MARJORIE

  • Manor House
  • First floor
  • Double Bed + Single
  • Shared Bathroom

SOLE OCCUPANCY

£995 PP

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

£895 PP

CAROLINE

  • Manor House
  • First floor
  • Twin Double Beds
  • Shared Bathroom

SOLE OCCUPANCY

£995 PP

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

£895 PP

CEREMONIAL CACAO

We will include a ceremony to begin and end our Mandala Magic practice during our BURNING LOVE retreat and you’re invited to guide the way with optional Ceremonial Cacao.

Cacao is often called a superfood but before the era of internet biohacks and nootropics, cacao was considered sacred by our Mesoamerican ancestors and was a powerful ally for rituals and ceremonies.

I first ‘met the cacao spirit’ in 2013, which was also my first year of sharing Mandala Magic and the two will be forever intertwined. Although my practice with cacao had become intermittent a few years after my initiation and practitioner training, I heard the call to reconnect and offer Sacred Cacao during our retreat.

We have since been working together in preparation for BURNING LOVE and it is clear that Mandala Magic and Ceremonial Cacao are perfect partners, longing to reunite!

Sacred Cacao invites us to meet our wild-soul feminine essence—what better ally for our pleasure-laden Magic Circle?

Theobroma cacao can be traced back millions of years to the Andes in South America and for the ancient peoples of Mesoamerica, cacao was considered a divine gift from the gods, a sacred medicine and a source of economic exchange as well as holding healing powers.

What we know today is that raw cacao (unlike the highly processed chocolate bars in your supermarket) is indeed a superfood, containing many naturally occurring components that prove beneficial to most folk, including Anandamide, Serotonin, Dopamine, Phenylethylamine, Arginine, Theobromine, Magnesium, Manganese, Sulfur, Iron, Zinc, Potassium, Copper and Chromium.

As an earth medicine, cacao facilitates a heart opening and deep grounding that enables rich and full embodiment that reaches the soul. In my experience, cacao is a beautiful partner for inner journeying and mandala creation.

Although known as gentle plant medicine, there are some contraindications which may prohibit you from working with cacao:

    • prescribed antidepressants
    • serious heart condition
    • low blood pressure

Cacao is non-psychedelic, so participants who choose to drink the elixir will not be altered in terms of their outward behaviours and the integrity of the Magic Circle will be maintained in a safe and supported environment.

Finally, there is no obligation to work with the cacao to participate in our opening and closing ceremonies. Your presence in our Magic Circle will be honoured with or without the company of the cacao.

Book before 31st July 2024 and receive an early bird discount of £75GBP!

SECURE YOUR PLACE – REGISTRATION FORM

JOIN THIS AMAZING OPPORTUNITY FOR MANDALA MAGIC IN THE FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE!

Secure your place with a £250 non-refundable deposit.

Further Payments are required as follows:

50% of the remaining balance by 15th December 2024
100% of the remaining balance by 15th April 2025

Terms & Conditions

Travel & medical & trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.

Cancellation terms:

If cancelled 90 days or more before the retreat date, your payments will be refunded, less £250 which is your non-refundable deposit. After that date, any cancellations will not be refunded (unless we can resell your place.)

In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.
[The Minotaur]  

– Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays