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Your Best NEXT Life is for midlife women in transition:
“empty nesters”, full time
and future moms, loving wives and free spirits, professional “super women” craving a powerful change.

Is this you?

Are you longing for a balanced, empowered life?

Are you yearning to re-connect with your original life mission, to live your true legacy?

Are you aching to re-ignite your hearts’ vision?

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Hello! I'm Marie,

After 32 years of full time parenting while juggling a career and busy home life I found myself living “single” again. What a shock!  I was totally unprepared and absolutely unwilling to live on the sidelines of life with only a “job” or “title” as my calling card.  I deeply desired something more.

It soon became evident I’m not alone. Midlife women in every walk of life are longing for change, community and support to live their heartfelt dreams – whatever they may be. Now more than ever, the world needs our innate woman’s wisdom. Let’s reclaim the true calling we are each meant to live, and flourish in our lives at every age.

I hope you will join us.      With love, Marie

Please reach out with questions to

Join us this fall on a pilgrimage to a place only your soul knows.

Connect with a dynamic circle of 14 formidable women
in the magnificent Loire Valley

Laugh out loud!  Get creative!

Rediscover fabulous parts of yourself while swimming in a perfect salt water pool, relaxing with massages, drinking vibrant Loire Valley wines, discovering delicious local delicacies, and sharing intimate laughter with your new best friends!

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Let me tell you about our magical location...


This enchanting retreat center, located between Chinon and Saumur, is a renovated farm with buildings dating back to the 12th Century. Our hosts, Ann and Fabrice, have created a welcoming sanctuary on 20 private acres complete with fruit orchards, salt water pool and spa services along with all the privacy and space needed to discover and create YOUR best next life.

What’s Included

  • 6 nights accommodations at a fairytale renaissance farm house
  • All meals throughout your stay:
    – 5 traditional French breakfasts including incredible
    croissants and baguettes from the local boulangerie,
    handmade jams and farm fresh eggs.
    – 5 tempting lunches (served outdoors) made daily at the
    farm by Fabrice
    – 6 memorable multi-course dinners served by candlelight
    – A fabulous French brunch on our last morning together
  • All snacks and beverages (YES, this includes stunning local wine with dinner)
  • Chauffeured transfers to & from the Tours train station or Chinon
  • A surprise outing with a yummy 3 course lunch at a “locals” cafe
  • 3 dynamic programs designed to help you thrive from the inside out
  • All materials needed for our workshops and break-outs
  • Inspirational gifts
  • Wine tasting led by a local vintner
  • Daily morning yoga to enliven your spirit
  • One relaxing massage
  • Plenty of well deserved down time to relax and recharge
  • Bicycles for wandering (and taking you back to days of freedom)
  • One follow-up (30-min.) coaching call
  • Did I mention the salt water pool?

The on-site Wellness Center offers several types of massage. You’ll have plenty of time to indulge yourself.


Growing older is certainly not for sissies.

Changing how we do that requires courage, support and a certain willingness to abandon what we think we know so we can flourish at every age.

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Your Fabulous Facilitators:


Marie Z Johnston

Every morning after breakfast, Marie will set our intention for the day with a short guided meditation designed to set the tone and shine light on our deeper selves. Playful creativity (and laughter) will appear in a variety of activities with Marie: Vision Boarding (involving colored pencils, scissors, magazines and glue), Petitions to the Sacred and surprisingly lighthearted Soul Archaeology. Everyday a new unfolding; building up to the creation of your personal Daily Ritual – the ultimate pathway to your heart’s vision.

For more about Marie visit her website at

Laurence Gobet

Laurence is a licensed Therapist and Astrologer (interesting combination, right?) When Laurence does your chart, she also does your mother ‘s and father’s chart. The overlay shows the influence of their planetary aspects on your life and destiny. Laurence’s therapist training helps guide you through the murky waters which are bound to appear – this experience is incredibly powerful and profoundly insightful. It’s deep work. Laurence will make one group presentation covering the overview and purpose of her work, then meet with you one-on-one for readings and consultation.
Laurence Gobet
Barbara Ball Trask

Barbara Trask

Barbara is a wellness coach and licensed physicians’ assistant specializing in women’s health. Barbara will be talking about what happens to our bodies, minds and emotions as we travel through our “hormonal” lives and what you can do to remain youthful and fit well beyond menopause. Barbara will meet with you privately to discuss your health objectives and needs. Her goal is to assist you in developing a long term fitness and health plan you can easily maintain.

For more about Barbara you can find her on LinkedIn.

And the cost of this incredible week of discovery and relaxation?

Bring a Friend: What could be better than sharing the experience
your bestie? (and you’ll each save $200!)

Shared Occupancy (3 rooms/6 beds available): $3,470.00 pp

Single Occupancy with Shared Bath (5 rooms available): $3,670.00 pp

Single Occupancy with Private Bath (3 rooms available): $3,870.00 pp

payment plan available upon request

Interested in extending your stay? Need a little help getting to the retreat? Call Eva!

Eva Grodberg is an independent travel consultant specializing in custom, experiential travel for individuals and groups. Eva loves France! She has been visiting there for over 40 years and really knows her way around! You can contact Eva for assistance arranging your flights, train tickets or other ground transportation. And, should you want to arrive early to Chinon or plan a Paris extension before or after the retreat (and who wouldn’t want to hangout a few days in Paris?) she can provide you with the best travel options for your style and budget.

Eva lives in New York and can be reached at
212-645-6139 or


What's NOT Included:

  • Round trip air and train fare from your home to Tours or Chinon, France
  • Other non-included items would include souvenir shopping, personal phone calls, additional spa services, laundry.
  • Personal, medical or trip cancellation insurance

Terms: A deposit of $500.00 is required to secure your spot. Payments may be made by check or Paypal.  Payment in full is due by July 15, 2015. No refunds if you cancel later than 30 days prior to tour start date. In the unfortunate event we need to cancel, refunds will be made according to the Cancellation & Refund policy found under Terms & Conditions in the Application packet. Trip cancellation insurance is always recommended when making travel plans. Please contact Eva for more travel related information: 212-645-6139 or
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Can't make these dates? No worries...

Join us  January 2 to 8, 2016  as we
Set Bold Intentions for Your Best NEXT Life

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