8 spaces for (ladies only)

A Wellbeing and Mindfulness retreat - A whole of week of relaxation, meditation and mindfulness in a calm and tranquil setting among the vineyards and sunflowers of the Nouvelle Aquitaine.

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Our Wellbeing and Meditation Retreat is aimed at anyone looking to relax, unwind, destress and become more in tune with their mind, body and health naturally.  This is a fantastic opportunity, especially at this challenging time, to step away from normal life and work on your own healing,  in a tranquil and beautiful setting.


                             " Tres Calme"

I am delighted to welcome Donna Miller (EAA CCHH) to Chez Dauve Next May for what promises to be a totally relaxing week. I know Donna personally and she exudes inner calm and has the gift of being able to make her students/clients  feel more relaxed and focused. I speak from experience having taken part in her group meditation sessions which I can thoroughly recommend.  Donna has planned the perfect retreat week for anyone feeling stressed or anxious or for those of us who feel the need to unwind and perhaps take our minds off the stresses of day to day life and escape into a world of calm and peace. Chez Dauve offers the perfect setting in 2 acres of meadow grass, a shady orchard, a pool and sun terrace.

A meditation space where group sessions will take place. You can dip in and out of sessions as you please and we want you to feel totally free to take yourself off to a quiet spot if you prefer.

Enjoy a swim or a sunbathe (May is usually very pleasant) there is a large lounge area with a log burner if the evenings are at all chilly where you can read that book you have been meaning to start/finish. Or enjoy an evening walk among the vineyards or borrow one of our bikes (with zero traffic its perfect.




“I love to help others find a little calm and relaxation and inner peace in this busy and often stressful world. I am an Emotional Aromatherapy practitioner and at my centre for natural health I also run regular meditation/relaxation sessions and offer angelic reiki, Aromatouch massage and other holistic therapies. Everything is aimed towards giving mind, body and spirit what it needs to achieve a balanced natural state of health and wellbeing.”

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Proposed activities and timings

  • On arrival -  Welcome refreshments and brief tour of the gite and main house.

  • Meet Donna at pre dinner drinks and introduction session on the terrace in the main house

  • Donna has put together the following timetable but this is your holiday and you choose how many sessions you attend.

  • Donna is happy to adapt the timetable according to the group's wishes

  • DAILY -early morning/mid morning and afternoon meditation and relaxation sessions 

  • There will be a "Make and take" workshop which will last 2 hours where you can blend from Natures Medicine Cabinet to produce your own custom blended rollerball applicators x 3 for different aspects of wellbeing (a choice of 10 in all). The cost of this is £18 for 3  payable to Donna.

  • Donna will demonstrate on one of the guests the relaxing Aromatouch technique and if anyone wishes to book a 1:1 session the cost is £35

  • SPECIAL - included in your holiday is a free 1: 1 Angelic Reiki treatment  (usual price £25) though you can always book another paid session

  • and finally - While Donna is taking one of the many sessions or treatments offered I am happy to spend time with any guest/s who wishes to learn a little sewing and make a small project together - that's my sort of therapy. Minimal cost and Maximum fun /relaxation.  Its how I like to unwind and take my mind off the strains and stresses of everyday life.  I can introduce you to the world of sewing - my particular passion.

Food and Accommodation

  • Breakfast- Buffet style 8am to 9.45am

  • Lunch - Buffet style from 12.30 - 1.30pm

  • Evening meal - Served at 7pm

  • Wine with dinner and lunch

  • Teas, Coffee and soft drinks available throughout the day

  • Accommodation either in the gite or the main house

  • All linen including pool towels

  • Full access to all the grounds including use of the heated pool and terraces

  • Pizza Night - we have a bread oven in the garden and fire this up once during your stay. You will be invited to 'build your own" custom pizza at the preparation station. This  is hugely popular with all our guests


* Special diets catered for on request

Outings & Visits

  • You can't go home without a trip to the beautiful local towns of Cognac and/or Angouleme

  • Test out some local wine and cognac 

  • Trips to local shops as required


  • Transfers from and to Bordeaux Airport* or

  • Bordeaux/Angouleme stations as required

Vintage Afternoon Tea - SPECIAL

Join our 2021 retreat for a very special treat. We offer mid week Vintage afternoon tea including tiny sandwiches and cute cakes, made by Kate.

Farewell Dinner - SPECIAL

For those taking advantage of our 2021 retreat they will take part in our farewell dinner party including cocktails and bubbly on the last night.


If you like the sound of our wellbeing retreat please take a closer look at the remaining information and contact us or take a look at the Pricing & Booking section to find out more.


  • Please inform us of any dietary requirements, allergies or preferences before arriving.

  • All the rooms in Maison D'Hibou are twin with ensuite or access to a private bathroom.

  • All bookings are made on a 2 room occupancy. (Unless organised before hand, where a supplement will apply).

  • Only other guests will be staying in the gite during the retreat.

  • Any trips or visits are optional  so if you prefer you are welcome to stay home and relax to your heart's content.

Not included

  • Your flight or journey cost to Bordeaux or Angouleme

  • The cost of admission to any tours or attractions visited

  • Lunches or meals taken whilst out

"I have been running Sew Many Pretty Things for a few years now from my home in the UK but  have moved it to our house in France. 


After starting our sewing retreats we realised that the format would really suit relaxing interests and so began our Wellbeing Retreat introducing in 2021 Therapist Donna Stammers Miller. The emphasis here is to enjoy a week relaxing, de-stressing and finding yourself.  This is  your holiday/retreat and I want to make it as enjoyable as I possibly can."

Kate Hughes




I can't thank you enough Kate for giving me the ‘gift of sewing’. I get so much enjoyment from it and would never have taken it up without your lovely classes. Sending hugs and enjoy the sewing bee! 


What can I say - a wonderful holiday as usual. Thank you for look after us all, we really enjoyed it. We now need to go on a diet!!


Thank you for another thoroughly enjoyable & relaxing time. We all look forward to our yearly visit, and upon arriving back home will no doubt look towards next year's visit!