The French Countryside Retreat

28160 Dangeau, France

1 review
Sep 13 - 17, 2022
Group size: 8 - 13
The French Countryside Retreat
28160 Dangeau, France

1 review

Sep 13 - 17, 2022
Group size: 8 - 13

About this trip


Learn how to cook like a French person! You'll make restaurant quality, plant-forward meals in a historic chateau!

Take yourself on a renewing and educational trip to the French countryside. 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 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, exploring the grounds, a wine tasting class, a boat excursion on a local river, a honey tasting at a local farm, and a cultural excursion to the Notre Dame de Chartres Cathedral!
  • Discover the history, beautiful surroundings and heritage of this peaceful place in the countryside.
  • Connect with yourself and others. 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

  • 4 Nights Lodging
    3 nights in a charming French chateau and the final night in a lovely rental cottage near Chartres.
  • 3 Cooking Classes
    Fun classes with Katrina that will teach you practical techniques to elevate your cooking & introduce you to international cuisines.
  • Food
    All meals from lunch on September 13 through breakfast on September 17th are included. Some meals we will cook our own food. The other meals will be catered.
  • 1 Massage
    Enjoy a 60 minute massage. Once you arrive you'll have a chance to book your massage time slot.
  • Boat Excursion
    Enjoy a 1 hour excursion on electric boats in a picturesque, historic French village.
  • Wine Tasting
    A local wine expert will come one evening to have us taste and teach us all about a variety of regional French wines.
  • 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
    Friday afternoon you'll have free time to visit the Chartres Cathedral, walk the labrynth if you desire, and visit the stained glass museum.
  • 1 Restaurant Dinner
    Friday night we will go out to a fine dining restaurant in Chartres. Includes dinner with appetizer, main dish, dessert, and 1 glass of wine from list of approved wines.
  • Taxis to/from Paris
    A taxi will pick you up in Paris from the Montparnasse train station with the whole group and bring you to the retreat. After the retreat the taxis will take you back to Montparnasse train station.
  • Flights
    No transportation to or from France is provided, but I do have a travel agent I can refer Americans to if needed.
  • Lunch on Saturday
    Lunch on September 17th is not included.

Available Packages

French Countryside Retreat
Available until September 4, 20228 left

Regular price of the retreat if you pay after June 30th. You'll pay a deposit and can always choose the payment plan, or pay in full. 

See you soon in France! 

*No refunds given. All payments final.

Deposit: €800


Day 1
Settle Into French Country Life

9:30 am in Paris a few taxis will pick up the whole group at the Montparnasse train station.

Arrive at the château. Find your room and enjoy a beautiful catered lunch. 

You'll have time to relax in the afternoon, explore the grounds, and sign up for your massage slot. (Massages will take place over 3 days.)

Mediterranean Dinner Party Cooking Class! 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 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 Nov 01, 2022