Discover yourself as you meander the rolling hills of Occitanie, stretch yourself with hikes in the Pyrenees or on the Camino de Santiago, find seclusion to write your story, delve into Cathar history or simply switch off in peace and tranquillity.
At the Razès Gîtes, your hosts - Jo and Bob - offer an escape from it all, a chance to reawaken your senses with expert support. We offer:
Walking for wellbeing (7 nights): follow the gentle footpaths running through the unspoilt Razès countryside – picnic in sunflower fields and stroll through sleepy villages. These walks can be alone guided by One Woman Walking author, Joanne Moore, or in small groups of like-minded people. Find out more and booking
Creative writing (4/5 nights): through workshops, critical feedback, space to create and companionship, resident author and philosopher, Bob Norton, will help you drop the mask and bring your story, book or poem to life in your own unique way. Find out more and booking
Women reconnecting with self and nature (4 nights): in this retreat, we balance time for ourselves with time reconnecting and communing with nature. The daily programme includes 30 minutes of gentle hatha flow yoga and mindful walking in a small group of women. Find out more and booking
Walking Cathar history (7 nights): follow in the ancient footsteps of the Cathar people, as recounted by Kate Mosse and Dan Brown. Local history expert, Bob Norton, will guide you through some of the most spectacular castle ruins in Europe, as well as medieval towns, cathedrals and even the Cathar initiation cave where Mary Magdalene reputedly took refuge. Find out more and booking
Self-catering and B&B: As well as retreats, our Gîtes are also available to book as self-catering, bed & breakfast, half- or full-board (with wonderful locally-sourced food and wine). We accommodate singles and couples in three of our Gîtes and four people in the largest Gîte.
DIY retreats: If you don't want to be part of a group, or if you’re looking for a tailor-made package, we can design your own ‘DIY retreat’. You decide what you want to do, when and where or simply relax in the tranquillity of our secluded gardens or sample wine-tasting at our local vignobles celebrated for their Blanquettes, reds and rosés.
Group sizes, prices and discounts
To ensure a deep-rooted sense of wellbeing, we keep retreat numbers small (4 to 6 max.) so that no-one gets lost in a crowd.
Our retreat prices (excluding Self-Catering, B&B and DIY Retreats) include all transportation and airport transfer costs. Should you prefer to hire your own car, simply deduct €200 from all quoted prices.
Discounts for 2 people and early birds
Come with a friend, share a room, and deduct €100 each from your retreat price. Book early - at least 2 months before your scheduled retreat - and enjoy a further €100 discount.