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"The only time I’ve been away and enjoyed the food" (Robert Dunn)

"Enjoyed a wonderful week. Obviously a lot of time, effort and energy has gone into making it such a beautiful and comfortable environment" (Janet Stevenson)

"One of the most peaceful and beautiful places I have had the privilege to visit" (Andrea Watters-Whitelee)

"A simply wonderful area to explore. The walks up the mountains and down the valley were superb adventures full of rewards; views, chestnuts, rushing water – a true paradise" (Joe Fernandez)

"Gardoussel is such a nourishing place to be - fields, streams, woods, walks, real food and wine. I have a wonderful memory of reading our poems one evening outside by the fire under the stars, the kind I've not seen since childhood" (Mavis Howard)

'Highly Recommended': The Good Retreat Guide (5th edition) by Stafford Whiteaker. 'A beautiful setting... very peaceful... comments from guests are full of praise for this place'

"Please do not alter the simplicity of a very special place. A big, big thankyou" (Lucy Falkner)

"I have learned so much that I can use for my everyday life in the city. They'll keep me calm and peaceful and spirited. The most important is that I'm more focussed and relaxed now, able to see things more clearly. My body and soul are ready for a new way of living" (Erin Walker)

"Definitely reccommended!" (France Magazine)

"Despite manoeuvring words all week, I have inadequate superlatives to describe the course, Gardoussel and the warmth of the welcome" (Glen Lee)

"A fantastically interesting blend of people with a fine teacher, beautiful surroundings, lovely food" (Donald MacEwan)

"Wonderful surroundings, wonderful tuition, wonderful company, wonderful writing" (Barbara Jennings)

"My writing and I needed a kick start and Gardoussel provided me with no escape route. It was just the perfect place, providing shelter, focus and warmth of every kind. And superb food. I'm so very glad I went" (Kate McGuinness)



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Gardoussel Retreat, 30940 St Andre de Valborgne, France
09 64 28 32 71 (from UK/world dial 0033 964 283 271)