Take the time to slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures in life. Nurture your creativity and well-being with our summer retreat in the heart of rural Limousin in central France.
Our days will be filled with activities to soothe and uplift the heart, body and soul. From joyous daily singing, meditation and voice work sessions to exploring the beauty of the Limousin landscapes and countryside, sharing delicious home cooked meals and the all important relaxing in the garden or by the lake.
Relax, go gently and breathe
“Meditation practice isn't about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It's about befriending who we are already.”
"If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath."
We will explore different meditation and relaxation methods during the retreat to give you both practical experience and knowledge to inform your own meditation practice.
Nurture your creativity, well being and sing from the heart
There will be daily group singing workshops and an individual vocal coaching session too. We will sing a range of uplifting songs from pop, rock, folk and world music repertoires. There is no need to read music, as all songs will be taught by ear. The only requirement is a love of music.
We will also explore the body and mind connection by opening up our voices and singing from the heart. We will be using a variety of methods and techniques, including sound bath/toning, mantra singing, chanting and breath work.
When you sing, musical vibrations move through you, altering your physical and emotional landscape. Group singing, for those who have done it, is the most exhilarating and transformative of all. It takes something incredibly intimate, a sound that begins inside you, shares it with a roomful of people and it comes back as something even more thrilling: harmony. So it’s not surprising that group singing is on the rise.
credit: singing changes your brain
Spend time in the heart of nature
We are located in the Millevaches Natural Park, with walks and forest trails straight from the front door. The shores of Lac de Vassiviere are also only a short walk away.
“Research shows positive health effects from viewing natural landscapes on stress levels and speed of recovery from stress or mental fatigue, and long-term overall improvement on people's health and well being.”
Psychologist Dr Saima Latif
Delicious meals prepared every day using our own home grown, seasonal and local produce
We love to cook and share food with our guests here at De Tout Coeur Limousin. From fresh summer salads to indulgent home made desserts, with flavours and influences from around the world. Our food is made with love and enjoyed at shared group meal times everyday. For more information about our food and cooking click here:
our summer retreat is suitable for:
all singing levels and abilities – our focus is on the inclusivity and joy of singing that should be accessible to all. The only requirement is a love of music and a willingness to give it a go
those new to meditation or wanting to develop their practice
lovers of nature and rural life
solo travellers, couples and friends
included in your summer retreat:
singing and voice workshops
individual vocal coaching session
4 nights full board accommodation in our comfortable rustic French farmhouse
delicious home-cooked meals using local and home-grown produce
time to explore the beautiful Limousin landscapes with walking and cycling routes straight from the front door
plenty of time to rest, sleep or relax in the garden with a book and a glass of something cold
For more information about staying with us and travel information click here.
what previous guests have said:
"thanks for such a wonderful singing retreat week. It was the perfect combination of restful, nourishing, and confidence boosting. I felt as if I had been away for ages and you sent me back home renewed and relaxed."
"a good place to open your heart and lungs."
Day/non-residential places are also available. Please contact us for further details.
optional extras (to be reserved at time of booking)
bike hire (with Bonkersfrog Bike Hire)
extra nights full board accommodation available before or after your summer retreat