Join a group of six entrepreneurs for four and a half days to reflect, brainstorm, strategize, inspire, plan, and recharge.
Enjoy the incredible landscape, food, wine, and sights of Southwest France.
All facilitated by professional coach and local resident, Raina Willick.
you're invited to
If you love food and wine, beautiful landscapes, castles, rich history, quaint villages and spending time with other inspiring business owners, this retreat is for you.
Paris is my favorite city in the world, but it's not why I fell in love with France and decided to stay.
It's the magical scenes of nature, the French people's way of celebrating life in the little moments, and the colorful markets that provide my family beautiful, tasty food every week.
I can't wait to be your facilitator, guide and host in this amazing place.
— Barbara Bernhard
"Raina's planning makes travel so enjoyable...
you can go for the ride without stress!"
*$150 discount for shared twin room. 2 available.
$500 non-refundable deposit due upon booking, balance due 60 days before retreat date.
+ Five coach-lead sessions with individual and shared activities for reflection, planning, collaboration, and creative thinking
+ Transportation to and from the Bordeaux Train station and for all sightseeing
+ 4 nights private or shared accommodation in a luxury Bed and Breakfast at the center of the medieval village Eymet
+ 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners - (2 -3 courses with wine)
+ Walking tour of Bordeaux
+ Visit to a traditional French market
+ Visit a restored castle
+ Vineyard tour and tasting
+ Historic tour of a medieval bastide town
+ 7 course French Country gastronomic experience
+ Local guide accompaniment on all outings.
+ Journaling and stationary supplies for all exercises
Meet at the train station in Bordeaux (Gare Sainte Jean) on the first day at 9am or noon based on your travel plans.
Everything is taken care of from there!
Corporations often send CEO's on retreats to think about the business strategic objectives, big picture, and if they are on track for where they want to go. It's hard to do this kind of reflective thinking and planning while you're in the weeds of the day-to-day.
This retreat gives business owners time to pause, assess, and plan for a successful coming year, all with the guidance of an experienced coach and facilitator. Doing this alongside other business owners is an invaluable resource for brainstorming and ideas.
We will meet at the main Bordeaux Train station on Wednesday, Oct 9th at either 9am or noon, your choice depending on your preference and travel schedule.
We will have a place to store your luggage available when you arrive at either time.
Paris Charles de Gaulle CDG -
Take the 2 hour train from Paris to Bordeaux Gare Saint Jean train station
Bordeaux BOD -
Take the 30 minute tram from airport to Bordeaux Gare Saint Jean train station
Bergerac EGC -
Best for destinations from the UK. If you'll be using this airport, please speak to me about arrangements for pick up
Yes it is, but please check with your tax professional. If your trip out of the country is entirely for business purposes, you can deduct all of the retreat, transportation and lodging costs, plus 50% of the cost of meals.
If you add additional days for recreation, you will still be able to deduct all of the retreat costs and some of your travel, food and lodging costs depending on how many vacation days you add to the business trip. Publication 463 (2022), Travel, Gift, and Car Expenses | Internal Revenue Service (irs.gov)
The add-on price for a companion or spouse to stay in your private room is $1200 and includes walking tour in Bordeaux the first day, all meals, and mid-day outings to markets, vineyard and the castle! I’m also happy to make you separate dinner reservations one evening to enjoy time on your own. :)
If you’d like to arrange this, please discuss with Raina during your planning call.
IMPORTANT NOTES: Transportation and coaching sessions are NOT included.
You will need to rent a car independently from the Bordeaux (Gare Saint Jean) train station for transportation to and from Eymet and sightseeing. Raina can assist you in doing this if you have questions.
I ask that your companion respect the time set aside for those attending work sessions and not disturb the group process in the common areas of the Bed and Breakfast for 2 hours in the mornings and 2 hours in the late afternoon. They may want to enjoy the Bed and Breakfast’s garden, your room, cafes or parks in the village during this time. The village of Eymet has numerous shops to explore, chateau ruins, two historic churches, a river to walk along (or canoe!) , 3 cafes, 2 bars and numerous restaurants.
There is one room available with two twin beds for those traveling together but who prefer separate beds.
Transportation to and from Bordeaux, France, the main train station Gare Saint Jean.
NOTE: If a spouse or companion is coming with you, a car from the Bordeaux train station for transportation to and from Eymet and for sightseeing / lunch outings each day.
BONUS!! If you’d like to add days of travel before and after the retreat, Raina will advise you, using her local knowledge and your interests as a guide for recommendations!
After your deposit for the retreat is received, Raina will send a link to book your travel planning session and follow up with customized travel reference pdf to assist you with creating an incredible experience in France.
This is NOT a service Raina offers publicly, but valued at $400.
Solopreneurs with established businesses who value sharing the comradery, expertise, and experience of other business owners but don't often get the chance. Those who enjoy travel a little off the beaten path and experiencing regional food and wine.
I get it. Here are a few things to ease your mind:
You can feel free to opt out of any scheduled activity for time on your own. We'll also have two hours of downtime scheduled in every afternoon.
Eymet is a small, safe village. It's a lovely place to take a walk by the river or stop in a cafe on the square (alone!) for a coffee.
Unless you choose a shared room, rooms are private with their own bathroom, so you'll have a quiet place to retreat to. You can also choose to have a simple lunch on your own in the courtyard or dining room of the B & B instead of with the group.
The $500 deposit is non-refundable.
The balance of $1450 is due 60 days before the retreat.
Cancelation 30 days or more before the event, you will receive a full refund minus the deposit.
No refunds will be given for cancellations within 30 days of the event.