The “Awakening Genius” workshop in France was even better than I had expected. Such an amazing group of people!  I’m fascinated by how deeply a group of relative strangers can bond in five days when they are doing deep work together.  We did a lot of writing, a lot of inquiry – into ourselves, our gifts, our desires, our choices, and what we hold sacred – and managed to have A LOT of fun, too.  

Mornings were for going inward, afternoons were for exploring the magical Dordogne under the expert tutelage of our hostess, Florence Lombard, who was born a few miles from where we were staying.  We visited Josephine Baker’s home, Chateau des Milandes (spectacular) then watched a Birds of Prey show in the chateau garden.  We stopped by the oldest vineyard in France, spent an afternoon seeing the prehistoric cave paintings near Lascaux (mind blowing), visited 500-year old villages, and took a slow boat on the Dordogne River. 

Dinner GindouThe proprietors of the 18th century farmhouse and grounds where the retreat took place (Les Perchoir des Paons), Susie and Mike Home, were wonderful.  Four-course meals every night (one more delicious than the other) and generous hospitality made our time together very nearly perfect.  The students loved it!  David and I are definitely going doing another workshop in Gindou next summer.