Last May I had the good fortune to visit Praana Wellness, run by Brit, Amanda Graham, about an hour inland from Bordeaux. Running a retreat had been her dream for many years while she, much like me, travelled the world as an expatriate accompanying partner. Like me, she has created and grown a portable career along the way. Five years ago she turned her dream into reality and set down roots in the Charente region of France. Amanda is an Ayurvedic practitioner, yoga teacher and psychotherapist and all she has expertly brought all these together to become Praana Wellness in an exquisite petit chateau, called Chez Vallée.
For me, a few days at Amanda’s provided the perfect antidote to our recent move back to Holland from Malaysia and the setting was so idyllic that I was not too interested in driving out to explore the surrounding area. Instead, I took advantage of twice-daily yoga, the fabulous food and just sitting and looking.
I never fail to be inspired by nature and it was not long before my fingers twitched to write poetry. Last May I shared one I called Nirvana with you over on my JoParfitt blog, but here is another that is an example of how beneficial attending a retreat can be for the writer’s soul:
Chez Vallée, Chez Moi
If you fancy a slice of heaven at Amanda’s Praana Wellness then join me on a Writing Me-Treat May 11-15 and feast on a slice of wonderland.
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Jo Parfitt has published 31 books, helped more than 100 authors get into print and more than 1,000 to begin writing. She's an inspiring, compassionate and encouraging teacher.
Jo has run Summertime Publishing since 1997. She has lived abroad for almost 30 years – in France, Dubai, Oman, Norway, the Netherlands, Brunei and Malaysia. She specialises in inspiring others who write about expatriate issues.
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