French Foodie Luxury Retreat

28000 Chartres, France

1 review
Jan 22 - 25, 2023
Group size: 8 - 13
French Foodie Luxury Retreat
28000 Chartres, France

1 review

Jan 22 - 25, 2023
Group size: 8 - 13

About this trip


Learn how to cook like a French person! In this culinary & well-being retreat you'll make restaurant quality, plant-forward meals in a beautiful French town & get pampered this winter!

Take yourself on a renewing, luxurious, and educational trip to a small town near the French countryside. Chartres is just one hour from Paris! You'll get to discover the gastronomy of the region and take your tastebuds on a mini tour of the world with Katrina's approachable, engaging, and inspiring cooking classes.

  • 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 meditation, a full body massage in a gorgeous spa, enjoy a wine tasting with lots of delicous food in an underground cellar, a honey tasting and tour of a local farm, and a cultural excursion to the Notre Dame de Chartres Cathedral! Plus much more! 
  • Discover the history, beautiful surroundings and heritage of this lovely town surrounded by the quintessentiel French countryside.
  • Men and women are welcome!

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. 

What’s included

  • 3 Nights Lodging
    3 nights in a charming French city apartment called La Pension du Marechal
  • 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 January 22 through breakfast on January 25th are included. Some meals we will cook our own food. The other meals will be provided.
  • 1 Massage
    Enjoy a 60 minute massage in a beautiful spa!
  • Wine Tasting & Dinner
    Visit Le Grand Monarque wine cellar and enjoy a private tasting of a variety of regional French wines. Followed by a high end dinner provided by thier restaurant, La Cours Brasserie Chartres.
  • Honey Farm Visit
    Tour a farm where they extract and bottle local honey! Katrina will guide a honey pairing and tasting and give a short tour.
  • Cathedral Visit & Museum
    You'll get a guided tour of the Chartres Cathedral, and tickets to the international stained glass museum.
  • Gourmet Restaurant
    Monday night we will go out to a fine dining restaurant in Chartres. Includes dinner at Le Moulin de Ponceau. Includes appetizer, main dish, dessert, and 1 glass of wine from list of approved wines.
  • 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 Retreat
    Transportation to and from the apartment in Chartres are not included.
  • Lunch on Wednesday
    Lunch on January 25th is not included, but you'll have a very hearty breakfast.

Available Packages

Early Bird: French Foodie Luxury Retreat
Available until December 1, 20228 left

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

You'll be taken care of in Chartres from start to finish Sunday afternoon through Wednesday at noon.

Get this great price if you pay in full by December 1st!

The French Foodie Luxury Retreat
Available until January 6, 202310 left

Regular price of the retreat if you pay after December 1st. You'll pay a deposit and can always choose the payment plan, or pay in full. 

See you soon in Chartres! 

*No refunds given. All payments final.

Deposit: €800


Welcome & Spa Day!

1 pm Arrive at the retreat. Settle in, find your room and enjoy a snack prepared by the chef. 

2:30-5:30 pm Spa & Massages. After we take our time to settle in, we'll go to the spa to enjoy a relaxing afternoon to get the retreat started off right!

6:00 pm Mediterranean Dinner Party Cooking Class & Dinner! We're going to put on a fabulous dinner party with food we make ourselves. You'll learn simple techniques to be able to wow your friends back home. 

Your Organizer

The Empowered Kitchen
1 review
Katrina Brink 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.


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