for solopenures or small service business owners.

4 day work & Life retreat in france
with
Raina Willick

october 9th - 13th, 2024
Eymet, France

I'm ready to go!

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. 

A retreat in the french countryside

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.

Be one of the rare travelers who go deeper.

There'S
more to france than paris. 

— 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.

$1,950*
per person

+ 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



what's included

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!  

the deets...

⬇️BONUS!⬇️

Want to add some days in France before or after the retreat?
Book before April 30th and get a 1:1 travel planning session!

I'm ready to go!

FRequently Asked Questions

What's the point of this retreat?

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.  

What's the schedule each day?

Arrival day Wednesday October 9th:
Arrive in Bordeaux by 9am or noon at Gare Saint Jean, the main train station in Bordeaux and store luggage in waiting vehicle.
1pm Lunch at a Bordeaux bistro
3pm Walking tour of Bordeaux
4:30pm Train or Drive to through the French countryside to the village of Eymet, arrival by 6pm.
6pm Check into Bed and Breakfast and time on your own to explore or rest.
8pm Dinner at local restaurant in the village.

The three full days (Thurs, Friday, Saturday) on site in Eymet:
9-11 Work session
12-3 Lunch and sight seeing
3-5 Downtime
5-7 Work session
8pm dinner

Departure Sunday October 13th:
9 - 11am Flex time
12 - 2pm Lunch
Afternoon transportation back to Bordeaux Saint Jean station to continue on to airport in Bordeaux or train to Paris

How do I get there?

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.

Airports:

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

Is this tax deductible?

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)


Can my spouse or a companion come?


Yep!
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.

This means:
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.



What parts will I need to book myself?


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.

What if I want to extend my time in France?




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.

Who is this best for?





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'm an introvert. Four days is a long time with people I don't know!





 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.



what's the refund policy?




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.  


I coach business owners to make the most of their time, without feeling like they are rushing through their life.

I call it Unhurried Productivity.

It's not complicated, but it requires intention. Regularly taking time out for reflecting to make sure your life is line with what you value most, and your everyday activities are connected with the long term vision for your life.  

Retreats are a gorgeous way to step out of the everyday demands to do just that. 





Professional coach, long term planner, and american living in france.

I'm Raina - I was born for this.😉

My Qualifications:

  • Hundreds of hours coached
  • Professional, with internationally recognized certifications, training and education credentials
  • Whole person approach to productivity for a well rounded life
  • Critical decision, prioritization, and resource management skills honed in my healthcare career
  • Warmth, humor, and a non-judgmental environment allows you to be yourself
  • Adherence to code of ethics for professional coaches set out by the ICF (International Coaching Federation)

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