MAY 14th to MAY 19th, 2020


Join us for a wonderful retreat in the Aude Valley close to Rennes le Chateau, with its many mysteries, beautiful scenery and the source of inspiration for Dan Brown’s book, The Da Vinci Code.

We will be staying in simple accommodation in an old French Farmhouse, once the haunt of the Knights Templars. The farm house is surrounded by 51 hectares of land with organic gardens and orchards, horses, pastures full of wild flowers and butterflies and deciduous woodland. There are also wonderful views of Mt. Bugarach, the upside down mountain, with all its mythical and real life stories.

Stories and mysteries abound in this area, from Mary Magdalene and Jesus being here after the crucifixion, to the persecution of the religious Cathar community; from a mad priest, Visigoth treasure and sacred geometry, to the true story of people who thronged to Mt Bugarach in 2012 believing it would save them in the last days. So much to see and do, we had to be selective.


  • The Magical Ancient tree at Lavaldieu

  • Walk to the Trembling rock, also known as the Devils Armchair.

  • Bathe in the natural Magdalene pool and the thermal waters of Rennes –le-Bain.

  • The enigmatic village of Rennes le Chateau, full of unsolved mysteries, with its famous links to the Da Vinci code.

  • Visit the Sunday market at Esperaza with time to shop and browse the stalls. This is the closest thing to an Indian Goan market with its music and colours.

  • Walk the natural green labyrinth at Nebias hidden in a preserved oak forest. Some say it’s the double of the Fangorn forest in Lord of the Rings with natural wonders like the ‘fairys den’, ‘the witches rock’ and ‘the squid oak’.

  • Drive along the Gorges of Galamus, a spectacular natural site with its sheer cliffs and visit the hermitage of St Anthony as it clings to the limestone rock face.

  • Walk to the well hidden cave of Mary Magdalene, with our special guide and sit within it to experience its mystic atmosphere.



There will be time to relax, bathe in the thermal waters, sit and have a drink in the local villages watching the world go by, as well as see these sights.

Then we can enjoy our evenings at the farmhouse with home cooked vegetarian food. (3 courses)

 PRICE is £600 per person excluding flights.

This includes:

  • 5 nights bed, breakfast and 3-course evening meal. (Only shared accommodation available.)

  • Visits to all sites.

  • Transport costs (excluding flights).

  • Storytelling and guide.


Additional Information:

  • Flights can be obtained from UK for around £60 and Jan will advise you when these flights become available.

  • Accommodation is located 1.5 hours from Toulouse airport.

  • Lunches are available for purchase en route.

Payment Schedule:

  • October 31, 2019: Deadline to reserve a place with a deposit of £50. Contact Jan for payment methods. Deposits are non-refundable.

  • March 31, 2020: Balance of payment is due.

Numbers are limited to 10 people.