Gardoussel Retreat, France
St. Andre de Valborgne, France

Gardoussel (which means “guardian of the birds”) is a magical oasis of calm in one of the most beautiful and untouched parts of France. Set in the lush Cévennes mountains of the Languedoc region, this family-run retreat center is a place of stunning simplicity and natural beauty. Hammocks hang from an assortment of trees, and a swimming hole on the property invites guests to cool off during the late summer.

Gardoussel is surrounded by glorious pine, holm oak forests, and chestnut trees and provides shelter to an assortment of animals such as cats, donkeys, chickens, and the occasional wild beaver. The retreat is tucked away in a picturesque hamlet set in 45 acres of private meadow and woodland, and features a stream running below the property. While secluded and private, Gardoussel also has easy access to small French villages, and offers the perfect opportunity to tune into nature and to ourselves.

Gardoussel, St Andre de Valborgne 30940, Occitanie, France

Rooms are shared and accommodate 2-4 people per room.  Shared rooms for participants will be 615 euros/week, and will be same gender.

Single rooms might be available based on the number of participants attending the program or camping. Should they be available, they will be available for 740 euros/week.

The above prices include catering, linens, and use of the property. Please note: you will need to bring your own bath towels.

Participants may also camp for a reduced price of 400 euros/week. Gardoussel has two tents available, but they welcome people to bring their own camping equipment as well.

Book all reservations by emailing Sharon Black at directly.

Please note: this is a vegetarian training. There are restaurants and a market around a 20 minute walk away. Participants may cook meat for themselves in the kitchens available to them, but it will not be provided by the venue.

Meals will be made onsite by a chef. Prices for food are built into the cost of accommodations. Gardoussel uses almost entirely local and organic food. Dietary preferences/allergies must be communicated to Gardoussel as soon as possible, and no later than 2 weeks from the beginning of the training. For questions about food or to share your dietary preferences email Alex  at

You can read about transportation options on Gardoussel’s website, here:

For venue information contact:
Sharon Black at