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Why Should you Consider Women’s Holiday Retreats in Provence

Have you had those moments in life when the jigsaw puzzle starts to fall in place? At 50 plus they  can come thick and fast, that’s if you let them and more importantly, that you believe you deserve them. The beginning of the summer season of 2016 I had one of those  when I realised that sunny Provence, the place I’d chosen for my dream home and lifestyle was a perfect  location for a personal growth program, that I’d been involved with and taught to deliver. I’ve been working with holiday makers for over 30 years, therefore with my expertise in this field and my coaching career, as well as living in one of the top most visited regions in Europe, came the birth of Holiday Retreats in Provence.

Le Domaine Saint Jean courtyard views

I know a lot about reinvention, as after fifty  I came to that place totally unexpectedly. I had been prepared to carry on my life as I always had, no fear of ageism or health problems, as I’d never had any, then  suddenly slap bang I seemed to be on a roller-coaster of unpleasant surprises. It’s  at those times, that you can feel helpless and vulnerable and hopelessly angry. If I’d been told at the time that I was going through a liberation rather than incarceration, I would not have had the right mindset tools to recognise it. Since then i am equipped and excited to be on a fabulous journey into my fifties, sixties and beyond, in fact I’ m having the time of my life and I want to share this with  women who have any doubts that this is, as an  important part of your life, as any other and perhaps even more exciting.

This  holiday ideally is for women who are fifty plus, who find themselves in a position of change in their lives and need support and motivation to take the big leap towards their reinvention. The personal growth subjects for  this year are Values (Understanding Yourself), Goal Setting & Planning, Boosting Self Confidence and Pushing through Fear which are all designed to create attainable action plans and give you the tools to move forward. We work in a group of no more than eight women ,which is not only wonderfully collaborative but fun . The ideas and the creativity that emerges when working with like-minded women, are as inspiring as the Provencal skies and the surrounding countryside, we stay in!

Le Domaine Saint Jean

Le Domaine Saint Jean placed nearby to the charming village of Saint Saturnin d’Apt was a typical farmhouse called a Mas in the Provencal language, before its conversion into a Maison d’hote, a Bed & Breakfast, with the options of a possible evening meal. My friends Thea & Eric have run successfully now, for several years this beautifully situated guesthouse, which is also their home. Defined by its inner courtyard, my thoughts on entering, were this is an ideal environment to share with women who want to empower their lives going into their fifties and beyond.

Le Domaine Saint Jean courtyard view

Breakfast and evening meals are included with the addition of two lunches, a heated pool with loungers to relax in, are at one’s disposal. Walking and exploring the local villages is nearby and I propose to take our group to discover some of the highlights of the nearby countryside.

Breakfast in Provence

This year we have four retreats, one in  April, May, June and September,

April 23 – April 28

May 14 – May 19

June 11 – June 16

September 17 – September 22

Each month as perfect as the other for not only discovering ways to go forward after fifty , but discovering a region that you will probably want to live in!

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Rebecca Ronane

Rebecca Ronane

Rebecca Ronane has made Provence her home. Born in the United Kingdom, she describes herself as a happy wanderer and an adventurer. Rebecca has explored many career paths over the years and continues to lead guided trips in France, Spain, Italy and other destinations.

“Personal development and alternative health medicine have always intrigued me and starting in my early twenties I began studying Tai Chi. I followed that with a certificate in herbal medicine, but my adventuress spirit took over, and I followed a career of a life in travel instead."

"However, my interest focused in a different direction a few years ago, when I discovered Life Coaching, which for me became Life-changing. Studying and consequently certified, I now have my own Life Coaching business, consisting of Forward after Fifty (dedicated to women who want to reinvent themselves) and
Holiday Retreats in Provence.

The retreat program is a result of 18 small group workshops dedicated to exploring life topics such as values; people pleasing, boundaries and time management. After sharing many of these with small groups, it seemed a logical step to combine my coaching and travel experience into Retreats in Provence.

Rebecca launched Networking in Provence in February 2015. The group now includes over 150 international women who meet regularly in several locations in Provence. Here is the link to the website. Please contact Rebecca if you would like to join the Networking Provence Facebook group.

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