Dr Margaretha Montagu

Banish Burnout, Manage Stress and dramatically Reduce Overwhelm and Exhaustion with Online and Residential Retreats

Retreat to ReConnect with Yourself, with Others, with Nature…and with Horses

at Esprit Meraki

Do You Feel Overwhelmed, Stressed and Exhausted?

Do you lie awake at night, anxiously trying to stop your mind from dwelling on the worst possible case scenario for the future?
Do you fear that you may lose your job and not be able to provide for yourself and your family?
Do you worry that your relationship may disintegrate under the strain and end in divorce?
Do you fear that, due to the current economic downturn, you may become destitute and end up living on the streets?
Are you anxious about the possibility that your business may fail and that you will be declared bankrupt?
Do you feel mentally and physically exhausted and unable to cope with the never-ending and ever-increasing demands made of you?

Do you wonder if you may be suffering from Burnout?

.If you answered “yes” to any(or all!) of the questions above, I know how you feel. Been there, done that. Especially since 2020. We now live in a pandemic-ravaged world that is inherently unpredictable. Much of what we worry about has to do with losing what we have: our health, our happiness, our friends and our family, our financial security, our freedom, our independence and ultimately, our lives.

I have been worrying that I might lose my sight for the last 30 years.

Coping with this fear, with the seemingly insurmountable challenges I have to face, sometimes on a daily basis, has taught me more than I learned during a decade of medical training and two decades of experience in medical practice.

As my sight continued to deteriorate over the years, I learned not only how to manage my fear, but to live a rewarding, meaningful and fulfilling life despite it.

Do you want to go from feeling overwhelmed, uber-stressed and exhausted to feeling safe in the knowledge that you can handle any stressful situation, so that you can become the very best version of yourself, live your best life, and do whatever it is that you were put on the planet to do?

This is my mission: to help busy professionals increase their social and emotional resilience to develop effective stress management strategies that can be incorporated seamlessly into their personal and professional lives and empower them to make a difference in other people’s lives, as well as live a long, happy, healthy and fulfilling life, full of purpose and meaning – in alignment with their unique talents, values and ideals.

Here on my website, you can find out more about my books, my residential retreats and my online retreats. You can also take a quick quiz to determine if you are resilient enough to avoid burnout and subscribe to a 7-day online retreat to journal yourself stress-free.

Dr Margaretha Montagu – described as a “game changer”, “guiding light” and “life-enriching author” – is a certified transformational retreat leader who guides her clients towards their most rewarding, meaningful and fulfilling lives, particularly when navigating life transitions – online, or at her home in the southwest of France, with the assistance of her Friesian Horses.

Dr M Montagu MBChB MRCGP NLP Master Coach Cert, Transformational Coach Cert, Councelling Cert, Med Hypnotherapy Dip, EAGALA Cert LinkedIn Profile

Dr Margaretha Montagu


Dr. Margaretha Montagu and her soul-mare, Belle de la Babinière, at Esprit Meraki.

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


Are you desperate to escape the endless demands and ever-escalating stress that is threatening to overwhelm you? Are you wondering if you will benefit from going on a retreat?

I was overworked and exhausted about 10 years ago, when in desperation I attended my first retreat. I was hooked from the moment I arrived, and I have since attended a variety of retreats. I so profoundly believe in the beneficial effect of attending – online as well as off-line) retreats that I have made it my life’s work.

Going on a retreat is about embarking on a Journey of Self-Discovery

We go on retreat to withdraw from our busy lives and to go deep within ourselves, to reconnect to who we really are and what we truly want.

Lost your Way? Let Nature be Your Compass

During an Esprit Meraki Retreat you have the opportunity to fully recharge your batteries, reconnect to your authentic self and reconstruct your life to be the purposeful, meaningful and fulfilling life you always wanted to live.

All my retreats are designed to help you manage stress by increasing your emotional resilience and find a way, if you need to, through challenging life transitions and life changes.

Looking forward to welcoming you on one of my retreats!

Dr M Montagu MBChB MRCGP Master NLP Pract, Life Transitions Coach Cert, Counselling Cert, Med Hypnotherapy Dip, EAGALA Cert

The Best is Yet to Come: ReInvent Yourself on a New Year Retreat

Meraki Treasure Map: Your Pre- or Post-Retreat Online Option

To inquire about/book a retreat, please send an email to Welcome2Gascony@gmail.com

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Make Your Next Retreat Your Best Retreat Ever

How to Experience the Perfect Retreat

Spending your hard-earned cash on what you hope will be a life-changing (for the better, of course!) experience, only to walk away feeling unsatisfied is frustrating and disappointing.

Deciding to go on a retreat is a great idea, but it can be nerve-wracking to choose the perfect retreat. You do, after all, want to get the most out of the dream experience of your choice. So, before you set off on your next retreat adventure, subscribe to my retreat mailing list below and download my How to Make Your Next Retreat Your Best Retreat Ever playbook to discover the top tips I use to make sure I get the most from a retreat, as well as the top tips I use when I host a retreat, to make sure my guests benefit from their time with me.

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An online retreat for anyone interested in increasing their emotional, physical and social resilience by starting a stress journal, but does not have much time to invest and is looking for a simple, low-cost, easy-to-implement strategy that gives tangible and lasting results.

If you have just completed the Are You Resilient Enough to Avoid Burnout? quiz, well done! Click ➤ to celebrate.


Do you feel overextended, overworked, overwhelmed and underappreciated and numbed to situations that normally you would have felt passionate about?

I know exactly how you feel. I learnt the hard way that if I do not make time for my own emotional, physical, psychological, spiritual and social needs, I soon run out of steam. Before I know it, I am emotionally exhausted. Another victim of the burnout epidemic.

The Journal Yourself Stressfree mini-Retreat

Consists of 8 life-changing prompts that will show you how you can easily increase your resilience by stress journaling for 5-10 minutes every 4 days so that

  • You can sleep better, feel less exhausted, concentrate better, increase your productivity and improve your performance
  • You can feel less irritated, less frustrated, less stressed, and less anxious which will positively impact all your relationships: friends, family and colleagues
  • You can be more creative, and better at problem-solving, which will increase your self-confidence so that you feel empowered to handle any challenge that comes your way

During my two decades as a medical doctor and the decade since as a transformational retreat host, I have learned, by trial and error, what works for me and for my retreat guests. Journalling, even just 5-10 minutes twice a week, is a simple, low-cost, easy-to-implement stress management strategy that gives noticeable and lasting results.

Recent research shows that journaling is an extremely effective stress-reducing and burnout-banishing exercise.


  • Allows you to examine, clarify and understand your thoughts and emotions
  • Helps you reflect and learn from past experiences by looking back at past journal entries
  • Provides an outlet for expressing difficult emotions, such as anger, irritation and frustration, without hurting someone you care about
  • Can be a way to release your negative thoughts and emotions and keep things in perspective

The idea behind the Journal Yourself Stress-free online mini-retreat is to demonstrate how retreating for 5-10 minutes twice a week to journal in response to a carefully crafted prompt, you can dramatically reduce overwhelm and prevent burnout.

You will receive an e-mail every 4 days with a short prompt that you can respond to in 5-10 minutes, to help you get into the habit of journaling daily.

First prompt: What are you grateful for, right at this moment, despite whatever you are going through, and what do you have to look forward to once this stressful period is over?

5-10 minutes. That is all you will need, twice a week.

Are you ready to take charge, dramatically lower your stress levels and increase your emotional resilience so that you can stop feeling overextended, overworked, overwhelmed and underappreciated?

You will get immediate access to this retreat when you subscribe to my mailing list. You will also receive my 10 Steps to Instant Self-Confidence and Stress Relief Guide and my Coping with Change Checklist and Cheat Sheet.


Your first email will be in your inbox right away, and your second prompt will arrive in 4 days. In the meantime, why not start by responding to Prompt no 1 above?

This 8-prompt 5-10 minute online retreat functions as an introduction to the Esprit Meraki Online Retreat Collection, especially the Burnout Breakthrough online retreat.