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Bonjour, my name is Margaretha. Dr. Margaretha Montagu actually, I used to be a medical doctor, but that was in another life. I now am a facilitator. I facilitate magical futures. This means I help people cope with change and thrive during transitions, with the help of a small herd of Friesian horses. That is where the magic comes in. On the picture with me is my soul-mare, Belle de la Babinière. She has inspired me to write 5  books and she helps me to run 5 residential retreats here in the south of France.

My Story

I have spent the last fifty years of my life learning how to cope with change: expected or unexpected, planned or imposed, sudden, intermittent or gradual. Name a life transition, I bet I have experienced it personally. It was painful to retire from medicine, to embark on a new career, to start a business from scratch, to get divorced, to lose people I love. It was terrifying to move lock stock and barrel to another country, several times, but the most frightening of all was to lose one of my eyes and to live with the constant threat of losing the little vision I have left in the other.

I have gotten much better at managing change. I am, by now, an expert at handling life transitions, but I am still learning and there is still some room for improvement.

In my books, during my retreats, my coaching sessions and my masterclasses, I help clients cope with change, whether planned or unplanned, enabling them to feel in control at all times and deal confidently with whatever challenges they have to face

You get one life. Make it meaningful, purposeful and fulfilling by investing in yourself.

Facing a (major or minor) Life Transition? Contact me today – what have you got to loose?

My Books

 My Retreats

My equine-inspired, French-flavoured and life-enriching Blog SemperEquus and my Mindfulness Mentors The Horses

My Live a Meaningful Life Masterclasses

My Mission

To empower you to

  • compassionately accept yourself and appreciate your unique talents and abilities,
  • free yourself from immobilising fear and substantially increase your self-confidence,
  • communicate more efficiently and with more assertiveness,
  • eradicate limiting beliefs and replace them with inspiring beliefs,
  • develop more successful problem-solving skills,
  • believe in yourself so that you can make the changes you want to make in your life,
  • build strong, long-lasting relationships,
  • create a solid and reliable support network so that you can ask for help before you feel totally overwhelmed,
  • set firm boundaries and say NO without feeling guilty or needing to explain,
  • discover simple techniques to easily and effectively deal with stressful situations and
  • celebrate your success without needing to apologise for being brilliant.

My Social Media Channels

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and The Mpowering Women Community, Pinterest, Instagram, Youtube

Escape to the south of France…

It is the middle of the working day and you find yourself in a difficult situation. All you want to do is to escape to somewhere peaceful, somewhere far from the ever-increasing stress and never-diminishing demands threatening to suffocate you…

Would you like to escape on a virtual visit to the sun-blessed south of France for 10 magical minutes where you can quickly recharge your batteries and come back bursting with supreme self-confidence?

Of course you do!

I will take you on a virtual visit to one of the most unspoilt parts of south-west France, where you can lose yourself for ten minutes in the gorgeous pictures of the meadows, mountains, lakes, orchards, vineyards, lost-in-time villages, decadently delicious food and outstanding wines of this region while you listen to some of the most beautiful French chansons ever written.

You will quickly feel much more relaxed and once you are in this state of mind, you can read your complementary copy of my 10 Simple Steps to Instant Self-Confidence guide and as well as my Coping with Change Cheatsheet and Checklist. This means you will be back at your desk 10 minutes later, much more relaxed, much more confident and able to handle whatever crisis demands your attention.

All you have to do is to fill in your e-mail address below and subscribe to my mailing list so that I can let you know when I publish new blog posts, book releases, book giveaways and send you details of last-minute discounts/early bird special workshop offers, available only to my mailing list subscribers.

Reading my blog can enable you to

  • free yourself from your immobilising fear,
  • deal with stress more effectively,
  • accept and appreciate yourself,
  • communicate more assertively,
  • get rid of the limiting beliefs that hold you back,
  • develop more successful problem-solving skills.

Having thus substantially increased your self-confidence, you could 

  • leave your dead-end job and find a much better one,
  • ask for that raise you know you deserve,
  • start the business you have always dreamed of owning,
  • go back to school and get the qualifications you want,
  • build solid relationships with your significant other, your parents, your children, your friends and family

So fill in your e-mail address below and you’ll be off to the south of France! Your e-mail address is 100% safe and you can unsubscribe at any time.




“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and deep loving concern. 
– Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Books

Savoir Vivre Stress Management and Confidence Coaching…

…laced with a sensible amount of French “savoir faire.”

We used to be stressed, overworked and teetering on the edge of burnout. Now, back in lockdown, we have nothing to do, nowhere to go, nothing to look forward to while we contemplate, days on end, the threat of becoming seriously ill, losing our loved ones, our jobs, our businesses and the complete political and social disintegration of life as we know it.

The Coronavirus crisis has given the term ‘stressed beyond endurance” a whole new meaning. Now we fear for our very survival, we are worried that we might lose our homes, be unable to buy groceries or pay for medical care.

Everything has changed. We now work from home, are furloughed, were made redundant, lost our jobs because of slashed budgets, had to close our small businesses, and if we were self-employed, many of us are out of work completely. Those of us who are retired fear that our income will no longer be enough to cover our needs.

We have to assimilate the ‘New Normal.’

As your lockdown stress management coach, not only will I help you dramatically reduce your currently overpowering stress levels, I will also help you create an optimal ‘New Normal.’ Savoir Vivre Stress Management coaching can help you

  • Discover simple techniques to easily and effectively deal with this stressful situation so that you can feel in control of your life again,
  • Free yourself from the immobilising doubt, fear and uncertainty that lockdown induces,
  • Sleep better, longer, deeper and wake up completely restored and refreshed,
  • Successfully deal with any irritation, frustration or desperation you may be feeling
  • Communicate more efficiently during and after lockdown so that you can get along better with others and build strong, nourishing and lasting relationships
  • Start to create a solid and reliable support network so that you can ask for help when you need it and so avoid burnout during and after lockdown,
  • Use your time in lockdown to become more resilient by adopting and mastering efficient coping strategies

Standing at the COVID crossroads, despite the ever-escalating anxiety that threatens to overwhelm you, you have a choice. You can change the way you live your life. This crisis has seen most of us adjust our priorities, what was crucially important to us beforehand might be less so now; what was of little importance has now become of utmost importance.

As your lockdown stress relief coach, I will help you change so that you can live a less stressed and more balanced life than you did before lockdown (1 or 2.) I have an enormous amount of experience helping people cope with stress, initially as a medical doctor and for the last 12 years as a residential stress management retreat host here in the south of France. I am also a fully qualified NLP practitioner, medical hypnotherapist and stress management counsellor.

What can you do now?

  • Sign up to my mailing list to receive my 10 Steps to Instant Self-Confidence Guide and Coping with Change CheckList and CheatSheet
  • Book a free 30-min “Discover Savoir Vivre Coaching” chat with me via Skype/Whatsapp/FB Messanger- email me on margarethamontagu@gmail.com to schedule your call
  • Work through my book Coping with Change – in 10 Minutes a Daywith a support call after each chapter – 30 € per 30 min session
  • Work through my book Self-confidence Made Simple with a support call after each chapter – 30 € per 30 min session
  • Book a single 40 min (possibly life-changing) stress management consultation with me – 45 € on Skype/Whatsapp/Facebook/Zoom
  • Book a series of 40 min (definitely life-changing) stress management consultations with me: 3 sessions -135 € or 5 sessions – 225 €, also on Skype/Whatsapp/Facebook/Zoom. The 3/5 sessions series include a free copy of my book ‘Coping with Change – in 10 Minutes a Day
  • Attend a residential mindfulness and meditation retreat here in the south of France – the lockdown is not going to go on forever – when it ends, I’ll be hosting retreats again!

I feel so incredibly lucky to have had this chance that worked out so amazingly in divine timing. I know that you are, yourself, going through a stressful time and so that is why I am even more grateful that despite that, you were there to help me through this transition. I am also inspired by you and how you have faced your challenges, and I appreciate so much that you are also so human, with vulnerabilities just like we all have. Thanks also for sharing these moments with me. Anisah A.

E-mail me at margarethamontagu@gmail.com to schedule a chat/session. Coaching is available in English and French. 

Connect with Horses Mindfulness Meditation Retreats

Is your self-doubt ruining your attempts to live a long, happy, healthy and fulfilling life, full of purpose and meaning?

My Connect with Horses Mindfulness Meditation Retreats, based on Equine-facilitated Mindfulness and Equine-Guided Meditation, in the south of France, can dramatically increase your self-confidence, improve your communication skills and enable you to significantly lower your stress levels by connecting with our horses in an enriching, compelling and transformational way. 

Working as a medical doctor for more than 20 years has taught me a lot, but not as much as dealing for nearly thirty years with a debilitating eye disease that threatens my sight. In my books, during my masterclasses and during my Connect with Horses residential retreats, my aim is to empower you to

  • compassionately accept yourself and appreciate your unique talents and abilities,
  • free yourself from immobilising fear and substantially increase your self-confidence,
  • communicate more efficiently and with more assertiveness,
  • eradicate limiting beliefs and replace them with inspiring beliefs,
  • develop more successful problem-solving skills,
  • believe in yourself so that you can make the changes you want to make in your life,
  • build strong, long-lasting relationships,
  • create a solid and reliable support network so that you can ask for help before you feel totally overwhelmed,
  • set firm boundaries and say NO without feeling guilty or needing to explain,
  • discover simple techniques to easily and effectively deal with stressful situations and
  • celebrate your success without needing to apologise for being brilliant.

Now you too can discover the secret of exceptionally self-confident women, by attending a Connect with Horses Meditation Retreat in the sun-drenched south of France. During the retreat, you will first and foremost, be able to rest, relax and recharge your batteries. You will also benefit from attending this retreat because, with the empowering help of our horses, you will develop a new set of skills to help improve the quality of your life.

Workshops available in English, French or Dutch.


Testimonials

EM

“Thanks again for sharing your life with us! I had such a wonderful time at your place and in your company. I feel revitalised, relaxed and blessed. All the best and big hugs for the two of you and all the cats, horses and dog.” E.G. Meijling

SMurphy

“A powerful and wonderful life experience, with caring guidance of Margaretha. One can truly experience a mindful meditation with the horses who are definitely spiritual. Also, your senses become reinvigorated with the beautiful food and wine, whilst sitting and listening to the unique sound of natures calmness.” S. Murphy

Thank you so much for a wonderful week. The way you welcomed me was heart-warming. I find myself often dreaming about your piece of paradise and all my new friends there. Margaretha- I learned so much for which I thank you! CM Munroe

I feel so incredibly lucky to have had this chance that worked out so amazingly in divine timing. I know that you are, yourself, going through a stressful time and so that is why I am even more grateful that despite that, you were there to help me through this transition. I am also inspired by you and how you have faced your challenges, and I appreciate so much that you are also so human, with vulnerabilities just like we all have. Thanks also for sharing these moments with me.  A Alyahya

Thank you so much for the beautiful day on Saturday. It was a truly special and treasurable experience that I feel very lucky to have had. Your horses are such lovely characters and it was fun getting to know them a little. They have stayed in my mind. I would love to come back again…B. Gracias


Connect with Horses Mindfulness Meditation Retreats 

I created these retreats with my horses to help you internalise how unique, powerful, gifted, beautiful, strong, generous, appreciated, valuable, talented, brilliant, admired, respected, courageous, special, caring and lovable you are, but also so that you can benefit from the presence and support of like-minded women, from the lasting friendships that form and from the readiness of women (who may in their normal lives never have the opportunity to honestly express themselves) to say what they really feel, in this safe environment.

The horses and equine-assisted personal empowerment is what makes our retreats UNIQUE. There is NO horse riding during our workshops.

More Information

What is included in this retreat:

  • Simple but comfortable accommodation in an 18th-century farmhouse in single or twin bedrooms with shared bathroom.
  • Brunch al fresco with a view of the horses’ paddocks, weather permitting.
  • Dinner.
  • Transport from Nogaro to the farm.
  • Free Wifi.
  • A free copy of the e-book Mindfulness and Meditation Options. The book has links to useful articles, websites, TED talks, Facebook groups, guided meditations etc. that can be used during and after the workshops.

What is NOT included:

  • Transport costs to local airports and train stations – there are 4 international airports (Toulouse, Bordeaux, Biarritz and Pau) less than 2 hours drive from here.
  • Transport from local airports to local train stations (Auch and Mont de Marsan)
  • Transport from local train stations to Nogaro/ Aire-sur-Adour.
  • We offer transport directly from Pau airport to the retreat centre at a small additional fee.
  • Personal Health Insurance and/or Travel Insurance (we highly recommend insurance cover in case you need to cancel)
  • A Wine Tasting trip to local vineyards
  • An extra day walking part of the Way of St James/Santiago de Compostella

To make 100% sure you benefit from this retreat, there is still MORE.

  • To facilitate transport arrangements, or to explore the region, you are welcome to arrive a day or two early or leave a day or two after the retreat – we offer bed-and-breakfast accommodation on a day-to-day basis, at 69 EU per room per night, but only to our retreat guests,
  • Non-participating partners are very welcome, there is a lot for them to discover and do in the immediate vicinity.
  • the option to add a day to walk part of the possibly life-changing Way of St James, following in the footsteps of pilgrims who have passed this way for a thousand years on their way to Santiago de Compostella in Spain.
  • the option to add a wine tasting trip to the medieval village of Saint Mont
  • the option of adding one or more profoundly relaxing and rejuvenating Swedish/Russian massages to your retreat
  • To ensure everyone gets individual, quality attention and the time to ask questions, we limit our groups to a maximum of 4 guests.

Program
9:30 Walking Meditation with the Horses
10:30 Brunch
11:30 Equine-facilitated Mindfulness Training
12:30-16:00 Free time to spend with the horses
16h00 Tea
16:30 Equine-guided meditation
17:30 Journalling
19h30 Dinner

Do you feel stuck in a rut and desperately long to escape?

If you do, then a 5/7-day Connect with Horses Residential Retreat here in the sun-blessed south of France might be exactly what you need right now.

Our retreats start at 18h00 on the day of arrival to 11h00 on the day of departure. We combine equine-assisted experiential learning and equine-guided mindfulness meditation to help you shape your future. All meals (simple but nourishing) as well as comfortable accommodation, mostly in single rooms, or in double rooms, is included.

The cost of the 5-day retreat starts at 699 EU  pp. The cost of the 7-day retreats starts at 899 EU  pp. Maximum of 4 participants per workshop.


So seize this exceptional opportunity to spend a few nights with us NOW…to help you make your trip a special one, please let us know you are coming by making a reservation. A warm welcome awaits you amidst the Armagnac, Saint Mont and Madiran vineyards in the sun-blessed south-west of France.

Ready to make a reservation? To pay your deposit and secure your booking, please contact us with the dates of the week that suits you at welcome2gascony(at)gmail.com to inquire about availability.

Privacy notice: We take your privacy seriously. Your email address is not passed on or sold to any third parties whatsoever, you are not subscribing to any mailing lists and we promise to only use your details to contact you directly ourselves.

Deposit: To confirm your booking, a 25% deposit is required. Balance of payment is due at least 30 days prior to the start of your holiday. Please note: As our deposits are not refundable and our cancellation policy is firm, we strongly recommend the purchase of adequate travel insurance.  Any cancellation received in writing up to 30 days before the holiday starts will result in a loss of 50% of the holiday price. Any cancellation made in writing less than 30 days before the holiday starts, or once the holiday has started, will result in a total loss of funds. Depending on availability, you can choose to transfer your booking to another date without incurring any additional fees. We reserve the right to cancel the holiday (if we do so your deposit is refunded in full).

Please read our terms and conditions

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Contact

Enquiries of all kinds are welcome. We respond to all e-mails asap, so if you don’t hear back from us within a reasonable time, please contact us again (sometimes e-mails disappear into black holes in cyberspace!). Please leave your e-mail address (and phone number if you would like us to phone you) when contacting us. Your personal details are confidential and will not be sold, shared or distributed to a third party company.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you require any further information. We speak English, French and passable Dutch – please feel free to write to us in any of these languages.  please send us some feedback. We are always interested to hear the views of our visitors (positive or negative).

To contact us, please send an e-mail to margarethamontaguATgmailDOTcom, fill in the form below or contact us via social media:

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