Brittany Coast Retreat & Culinary Tour

22380 Saint-Cast-le-Guildo, France

TE
1 review
Jun 26 - 30, 2023
Group size: 6 - 8
Brittany Coast Retreat & Culinary Tour
22380 Saint-Cast-le-Guildo, France

1 review

€NaN
Jun 26 - 30, 2023
Group size: 6 - 8

About this trip

 

Learn how to cook like a French person! In this culinary & well-being retreat you'll have fun in the kitchen, & make meaningful connections with local food producers & makers.

You'll learn simple cooking techniques so you can re-create restaurant quality, plant-forward meals at home. 

Enjoy all of this in a BEAUTIFUL FRENCH SEASIDE village where you have time to relax on the beach and exlpore at your leisure!


Take yourself on a renewing, luxurious, and educational trip to a quaint seaside village in Brittany this summer! You'll discover the beautiful variety of seafood in this coastal village  and take your tastebuds on a mini tour of the world with Katrina's approachable, engaging, and inspiring cooking classes.

  • Spend 4 relaxing nights in a beautiful home by the French seaside! It even has a brand new pool and a beautiful patio where we can sit outside to eat when the weather is nice.
  • Take your cooking to the next level in 3 cooking classes with Chef Katrina of The Empowered Kitchen. You'll learn to cook fabulous, wholesome meals with seasonal ingredients and everyday farmer's market-style food. Dishes will be plant-forward with some light meat or vegetarian and vegan options. (Most, not all, dishes can be made gluten free.)
  • Restore yourself! You'll have time for walks to the beach, a full body massage, visit a local farmer's market, & exciting suprise foodie visits to local food attractions. 
  • FREE TIME.  There is scheduled free time so you can explore on your own away from the group if you wish. Or you can go on an adventure with your new-found friends for a few hours.
  • Katrina will update the foodie excursion details soon. You'll get to meet local producers and taste their delicious products! Brittany has a rich food tradition. Plus you'll support the local economy! 
  • Discover the history, beautiful surroundings and heritage of this stunning part of France. Brittany really is a special place, and I can't wait to share it with you!
  • Men and women are welcome!

Room Options

The price of the retreat depends on the room you choose, because some rooms are larger than others. If you're attending the retreat with one or more people, make sure to book at the same time so you can share a room if desired. 


Contact katrina@empoweredkitchen.com with any questions.


- The Pink Room has space for 2 people. It contains 1 bed that's slightly smaller than a Queen sized bed.


- The Yellow Room has space for 2 people with 1 queen bed.


- The Bunk-Bed Room has space for 2 people with a bunk bed.


The above rooms all share a bathroom on the upper floor. It has a beautiful tub and shower, and there is a separate toilet (wc) on the same floor to share.


- The Jungle Room has space for 2 people with a queen bed and a shower in the bedroom.  


First come, first served. Couples or friends welcome to attend. Wifi and pool available onsite.
 

Travel to/from the Retreat

If you rent a car to drive to St. Malo from Paris it's about 4 hours and 15 minutes by car.


You can also take a train, which will take about 3 hours from Paris Montparnasse to St. Malo. 

Take the 6:54 am train from Paris Montparnasse to arrive in St. Malo at 9:30 am. 


Katrina will meet everyone at the St. Malo train station at 9:30 am and we will wait until we have the entire group together. We will store our luggage while we explore St. Malo for the day and then go to the retreat site in the late afternoon. 

Terms, Conditions & Cancellation Policy

Click here to read terms and conditions, as well as the cancellation and refund policies. No cancellations accepted. No refunds are given. 

Bring Swimsuit & Walking Shoes

There will be ample opportunity to relax on the beach and by the pool. Plus you'll need a swim suit for the spa day so bring your swim attire to enjoy the full experience.


Be prepared to walk. France is a beautiful country to get to know on foot, so we'll have plenty of opportunities to stroll through quaint towns and markets, as well as walk to the beach from the retreat house. It's about a 15-30 minute walk from the house to get to a gorgeous, white sandy beach.


Please bring comfortable walking shoes. We will be walking a fair amount to get to different locations to eat and explore the region, so please be ready to walk and aware that in France sometimes the steps are uneven and can be challenging to navigate. 


In short, BE READY TO WALK. 

What’s included

  • 4 Nights Lodging
    4 nights in a newly renovated house 15 minutes by foot from the beach. It has a beautiful kitchen and a pool!
  • 3 Cooking Classes
    Fun classes with Katrina that will inspire you to explore world cuisines with a plant-based focus. She'll teach you practical techniques to elevate your cooking & introduce you to new ingredients.
  • All meals!
    All meals from lunch on June 26 through brunch on June 30th are included. Some meals we will cook our own food. The other meals will be provided.
  • 1 Hour Massage at Spa!
    Enjoy a 60 minute full-body massage.
  • Surprise Food Excursions
    We'll go on some special visits in the region that will give you a taste of the local food culture.
  • Farmer's Market Visit
    We'll go to nearby Matignon to visit a quaint, outdoor French Farmer's Market.
  • 4 Gourmet Restaurants
    Two nights we'll go out to a fine dining restaurant in town. Includes appetizer, main dish, dessert, and 1 glass of wine from list of approved wines. Plus one other dinner and a lunch at a restaurant.
  • Aquatonic
    A dynamic heated pool with jets in a high end spa in St. Malo.
  • Flights
    No transportation to or from France is provided, but I do have a travel agent I can refer Americans to if needed.
  • Transport to St. Malo
    Transportation to St. Malo for the first day is not included.
  • Lunch on Friday
    Lunch on June 30th is not included, but you'll have a very hearty brunch.
  • Transport from Retreat
    At 11 am on June 30th Katrina will take a group to the Rennes train station. Should arrive by noon. This will be the only transport option provided. Otherwise you can plan your own travel.

Available Packages

Early Bird: Bunk Bed Room
Available until March 31, 2023only 2 left

 

This price is per person for the Bunk Bed Room. Either sign up with a second person, or you'll be paired with another retreat participant to each take a bed on the bunk bed in this room.


Includes everything described in the trip description and itinerary! It's a great deal! 


You'll be taken care of in St. Cast-le-Guildo from start to finish Monday morning through Friday morning.


Get this great price if you pay your deposit by March 31st and pay in full by May 15th. After March 31st the price increases by 200 euros. 

€1,697
Deposit: €500
Early Bird: The Pink Room
Available until March 31, 2023only 2 left

This price is per person for the Pink Room. Either sign up with a second person, or you'll be paired with another retreat participant to share the bed in this room.


Includes everything described in the trip description and itinerary! It's a great deal! 


You'll be taken care of in St. Cast-le-Guildo from start to finish Monday morning through Friday morning.


Get this great price if you pay your deposit by March 31st and pay in full by May 15th. After March 31st the price increases by 200 euros. 

€1,797
Deposit: €500
Early Bird: The Yellow Room
Available until March 31, 2023only 2 left

 

This price is per person for the Yellow Room. Either sign up with a second person, or you'll be paired with another retreat participant to share the bed in this room.


Includes everything described in the trip description and itinerary! It's a great deal! 

You'll be taken care of in St. Cast-le-Guildo from start to finish Monday morning through Friday morning.


Get this great price if you pay your deposit by March 31st and pay in full by May 15th. After March 31st the price increases by 200 euros. 

€1,897
Deposit: €500
Early Bird: The Jungle Room w/ Bathroom
Available until March 31, 2023only 2 left

 

This price is per person for the lovely private Jungle Room. Either sign up with a second person, or you'll be paired with another retreat participant to share the bed in this room. This is the only room with a private bathroom that includes a shower and right outside the bedroom door there is a toilet (wc). 


Includes everything described in the trip description and itinerary! It's a great deal! 

You'll be taken care of in St. Cast-le-Guildo from start to finish Monday morning through Friday morning.


Get this great price if you pay your deposit by March 31st and pay in full by May 15th. After March 31st the price increases by 200 euros. 

€1,997
Deposit: €500


Itinerary

Monday
Welcome to Brittany! Relaxing Spa Day!

 9:30 - 10 am Arrive at St. Malo train station. Katrina will take your bags and we will explore St. Malo together. It's a BEAUTIFUL Medieval fortified city. 


12:00-1:30 pm Lunch.   Enjoy a regional French lunch; Includes appetizer, main course, dessert, and a glass of wine pr cider from the list of approved wines. This will be a nice lunch at a local bistro or creperie. 


2:00-5:00 pm Spa & Massages. Enjoy a 1 hour massage at a beautiful local spa. While some people enjoy a massage, the others will enjoy an aquatonic, which is a dynamic pool with jets in a fancy spa. Then the group will switch activities. 


5:30 Drive to St. Cast-le-Guildo - Katrina will drive the van with luggage and passengers to the retreat site. If you rent a car, you can follow Katrina to the retreat. Then we'll all get settled in. 


 7 pm Dinner at the Retreat House. Katrina will prepare a lovely "apero" or happy hour time and will cook a gourmet dinner for your arrival and you'll have time to get to know your fellow retreat goers.


Your Organizer


TE
The Empowered Kitchen
1 review
Katrina Billard is an American sustainable culinary instructor with a passion for sharing her love of world cuisines and cultures with you! She offers culinary retreats, as well as boutique Online Team Building Cooking Experiences for teams and individuals. Katrina is based in France and speaks fluent French. She has over 8 years of cooking instruction experience, and loves introducing you to international cuisines and how to cook sustainably with plant-forward recipes and produce from her huge garden whenever possible.

Reviews

What a great experience and time well spent. Katrinia is a happy, relaxed teacher and her recipes were easy to follow and delicious. I so enjoyed how she arranged our cooking time with enjoying the wine tasting, boat ride, travel to the Rucher Billard bee business and a wonderful time enjoying Chartres with a dinner finale of good food and fun. A truly good learning and cooking experience.
By Linda M for The French Countryside Retreat on 01 Nov, 2022