Women’s Creative Art & Yoga Retreats, Normandy (France) 19 -22 May / 4 -7 August /15 – 18 September

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”What an amazing experience! Getting out the paint and creating something on a blank sheet of paper, something that comes from your heart and not your head, is transformative. And the images that appear, out of nowhere, are so enlightening. Ali is amazing, guiding you through the process, and then helping you to interpret what has come out and why….. I highly recommend a workshop and some one on one sessions afterwards to help you get the most from the experience – Lynne Krog”.

Escape to the peaceful countryside in Normandy France for a mind, body, soul experience! This retreat is from creative women to women. Connect with yourself and other women through art expression.

These Women’s Creativity Retreats are not about learning to paint or draw, they are about:

• Being inspired and expressing yourself through art.
• Taking time out for yourself and letting new things emerge.
• Discovering your unique self and enjoying the creative connection with other beautiful women.

This retreat helps women to rediscover themselves through art after feeling disconnected for too long. Remember no art experience needed, it’s about self expression. You will not be judged or critiqued here. Just be in the moment, let go and have fun!

Imagine expressing yourself on a new freeway and leaving behind your inhibitions? Getting out the paint and creating something on a blank sheet of paper, something that comes from your heart and not your head, is transformative.

We will be painting, drawing, sculpting, No art experience needed – eating delicious vegetarian meals, meditating with art and movement, journaling, connecting with other women, enjoying morning yoga classes and country walks, and feeling so relaxed after a Hawaiian massage!

Retreat Highlights

• Rejuvenating morning Vinyasa flow and Ashtanga yoga classes with Zhivka
• Art, guided and Kundalini meditations
• Relaxing Kahuna Hawaiian massage from Emily
• Specialised activities for letting go, emotions, and connection with drawing, painting, clay
• Fun group activities with your berets on!! E.g figure drawing
• 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners lovingly prepared by Malou from locally sourced vegetarian ingredients
• Deepening bonds sharing around the fire or circle with other beautiful women
• Country walks


You will be staying at “La Maison de L’Artiste” beautiful shared accommodation in the heart of the French countryside, Normandy. Alisons home and studio and Gites.

The area is peaceful and unspoiled, with open farm fields, forests, and fruit trees – fig, cherry, chestnut, pear, apple, and plum trees, great for time out to create and relax.

If guests decide to stay longer, there are many picturesque towns in the area, and numerous châteaux, cathedrals, and churches worth visiting. There are also beautiful walks and bike rides in the area. Mont St Michel can be a wonderful bicycle day trip!

Staying at this place is a unique experience, being in the middle of nowhere and in the middle of everywhere!

Retreat schedule

We start our days, surrounded by the fields of Normandy with morning yoga and meditation to connect and recharge with Zhivka, who is our fully qualified Vinyasa Flow & Ashtanga yoga teacher.

After being lovingly guided by Zhivka, you’ll relax into a beautiful meditation with Emily then you’ll have a nourishing breakfast to dive into creativity for three hours.

After all that food for the soul, you’ll be served delicious lunch to give food for the body. Then, a pampering massage is waiting for you!

In the evening, you’ll dive into more art , movement and creativity (3 hours), ending the night with dinner together and sharing meditation.

Teachers and Retreat Host

Alison Coulthurst (International exhibiting artist and Art Therapist)
Alison is passionate about reminding you of loving yourself and connecting with what’s really important in life! Her wish is for the women who take part in these retreats to return home with a deeper sense of connection and love for themselves.

Her role as an art therapist and artist can help you explore and express yourself authentically. “Creating art can heal us, inspire us and leave us filled with happiness and love.”

Emily (Massage Therapist and Tantric Facilitator)
I grew up in Australia however I am currently based in Berlin. I am trained in Hawaiian massage and have my own practice in Berlin. I also offer a couple of massage workshops and reiki energy healing.

I am very passionate about energy work and bodywork which led me to become a Tantra facilitator this year. Tantra is a way of living from the heart and listening to your body. It is also about finding a balance between your masculine and feminine energies and bringing the unconscious mind consciously. Through Tantric embodiment exercises, a person will be able to shift energy bringing their body into harmony.

I believe everyone can heal themselves – it must start by tuning into your body. At the retreat I will hold space for a few different embodiment practices that will help everyone to move any stuck energy, allowing more room for self-love and feeling more alive in their beautiful body temple!

Zhivka Savrova (Yoga)
She is a fully qualified Vinyasa Flow & Ashtanga yoga teacher, Barre instructor, and Mentor, Pre&post-natal, and Rehab coach with more than 10 years of practice and self-development. She is also currently training to become an NLP Practitioner and NLP coach.

Zhivka spent the last decade teaching group and private classes at London’s top high-end studios and gyms, running Barre instructor training courses, and leading fitness and yoga retreats all around the world.

She’s also been working closely with athletes and coaching clients from all ages through their injury recovery.

Over the years Zhivka has built a loyal community of wonderful people from all ages and areas of life who understand and appreciate the importance of regular exercise


Our food is vegetarian, homely and delicious. This is not a detox retreat, depending on the time of the year we have a wonderful variety of fresh local produce available from our garden and french food markets. We eat breakfast and dinner together and offer delicious snacks and drinks between activities.

Our eggs are fresh (you’ll see our hens roaming around), and we have organic honey from our bees. We take into account any allergies or dislikes.

Retreat Price

€399 early bird a month before
€99 deposit


  • Accommodation
  • Massage
  • All meals and drinks
  • Art classes
  • Yoga classes
  • Meditations

Does not include

  • Flights to destination
  • Insurance
  • Transfers

Optional activities

  • Reiki session
  • One on one art therapy session
  • Lomi lomi massage

Location and how to get there

Address for Google mapis is 2 La Pruneraie 50240 Normandy, France. The nearest train station is Rennes and airport Paris.


To make a booking or enquire about this Women’s Creative Art & Yoga Retreat in Normandy, visit Alison’s website www.lovelifewithart.com or email lovelifewithart@gmail.com.

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