Summer Foodie Beach Retreat

22380 Saint-Cast-le-Guildo, France

1 review
Jun 26 - 30, 2023
Group size: 6 - 10
Summer Foodie Beach Retreat
22380 Saint-Cast-le-Guildo, France

1 review

Jun 26 - 30, 2023
Group size: 6 - 10

About this trip


Learn how to cook like a French person! In this culinary & well-being retreat you'll change the way you think about cooking & food, & make meaningful connections with local food producers & makers.

You'll learn simple cooking techniques you can use everyday to make restaurant quality, plant-forward meals at home. 

All of this in a beautiful French seaside village where you have time to relax on the beach!

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 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. 
  • 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

Confirm your choice of room with Katrina during booking process.  To confirm room availability, email so she can reserve a room for you and then you can book.

- Room A has space for 3 people. It contains 1 queen and 1 twin bed. 

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

- Room C has space for 3 people with a bunk bed and a twin bed. 

Rooms A-C all share a bathroom.  

- Room D 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 drive from Paris it's about 4 hours and 45 minutes by car.

The train will take between 3.5 - 4 hours and you'll take the train to Plancoet and then you rent a car or taxi to take you to the retreat. Katrina will give you recommendations for trains and a car to get to the retreat. 

It's a 15-20 minute drive from the Plancoet gare (train station) to the house where the retreat takes place.

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, so bring your swim attire if you'd like.

Be prepared to walk.

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.
  • 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 retreat location are not included.
  • Lunch on Friday
    Lunch on June 30th is not included, but you'll have a very hearty brunch.

Available Packages

Early Bird: Summer Foodie Beach Retreat
Available until February 27, 202310 left

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 Tuesday morning through Friday lunch. 

Get this great price if you pay in full by February 28th.

Summer Foodie Beach Retreat
Available until June 5, 202310 left

Regular price of the retreat if you pay after February 28th. You'll pay a deposit and can always choose the payment plan, or pay in full. 

See you soon in Brittany! 

*No refunds given. All payments final.

Deposit: €800


Welcome to Brittany! Relaxing Spa Day!

 11 pm Arrive at the retreat. Settle in, find your room and enjoy a drink. 

12:30-2 pm Lunch. Katrina will cook a gourmet lunch for your arrival and you'll have time to get to know your fellow retreat goers.

2:30-5:30 pm Beach Walk & Massages. After we take our time to settle in, we'll walk to the beach so you can get a feel for your surroundings. Enjoy a 1 hour massage at a beautiful local spa. 

 7 pm Dinner at a restaurant.  Enjoy a regional French dinner; Includes appetizer, main course, dessert, and a glass of wine from the list of approved wines. This will be a nice dinner at a local bistro.

Your Organizer

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.


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