Dr Margaretha Montagu

“The most awesome and precious experience I can offer you is a week away from the hustle and bustle, in the sun-drenched southwest of France, in a 200-year-old farmhouse, set in lush meadows on the edge of an ancient forest, so that you can relax, without a care in the world, recharge your batteries and reconnect with your authentic self and with nature by interacting with my Friesian horses and by walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. Especially if you are struggling through a life transition.” Dr Margaretha Montagu

at Esprit Meraki Retreats

Do you want to go from feeling overwhelmed, insecure 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?

Then I would like to welcome you to my website, because this is my mission: to help you thrive during life transitions by developing effective stress management strategies that can be incorporated seamlessly into your busy personal and professional life and empower you 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 your unique talents, values and ideals – either online or by offering you an escape from the daily grind to the sun-kissed southwest of France.

If you feel mentally and physically drained and overwhelmed by the never-ending and ever-increasing demands made of you, then I know exactly how you feel.

I have been feeling overwhelmed by the possibility 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, apprehension and doubt, but to live a rewarding, meaningful and fulfilling life despite it.

Have you noticed how life transitions rarely hit you one at a time? They seem to attack in packs, don’t they? You may be getting divorced, when suddenly, out of the blue, you are made redundant, so you have to start a new job, move to a cheaper house, and end up getting a stomach ulcer…

Dr Margaretha Montagu

If this sounds familiar, then you can find out how to tackle the life transition(s) that is currently making your life a misery by exploring my residential retreats, my online retreats and my books right here. Life transition coaching is available as an optional extra on all my retreats.

Looking forward to hearing from you,


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


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

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Esprit Meraki Retreats in the south of France

Retreats start at 18h on the first day and end at 11h on the last day.

Mindfulness Meditation with Horses – lead by a small herd of Friesian HorsesMindfulness Meditation with Horses Teacher Training
Walk the Camino de Santiago de Compostela Retreats Midlife Renaissance Retreats – Making the Second Part of Your Life the Best Part
Christmas Binge Reading Retreats Jolabokaflod for BookwormsThe New You: Detox Your Body Detox Your Mind with Intermittent Fasting Retreats

Esprit Meraki Online Retreats


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

Slow and Sustainable Tourism in the South of France

At Esprit Meraki, we aim to foster an environment where everyone feels understood, valued, supported and inspired. This includes providing opportunity and access for people of different races, ages, colours, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disabilities, and socioeconomic orientations. We actively invest in our own development to help us create an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, equitable and inclusive setting.

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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The Art of Self-Care: An Online Retreat Collection for Nurturing Personal Well-Being

Become Your Best Self and Live Your Best Life – the reason I now also offer online retreats, in addition to my onsite retreats.

If you are desperate to escape the rat race, but can not get away to an idyllic country cottage in the south of France, or you have booked your Esprit Meraki retreat but need some downtown right away, or even, you have been on an Esprit Meraki retreat and you want to prolong the benefits or go deeper, you have a choice selection of online retreats that you can do at your own pace, in your own time, with as much or as little support as you need.

As you may have read, during the last couple of years, as my sight continues to deteriorate, I have had to limit the number of residential retreats I do each year. I am now working on creating online retreats, still guided, inspired and supported by my horses, making my knowledge and experience available in this new format: the Esprit Meraki Online Retreat Collection.

The length, intensity and price range vary, from a free 7-module mini-retreat to my signature, in-depth, top-of-the-range, life-changing Esprit Meraki Treasure Map maxi-retreat.

The choice is yours.

Five reasons why it makes sense to do an online retreat:

  1. Convenience: One of the biggest advantages of an online retreat is that you can join the retreat from the comfort of your own home, wearing whatever you feel like, without the need to travel or take time off from work.
  2. Easy Access: Online retreats provide access to teachers and training that may be difficult to access in person, especially if is are located far away – in the sun-drenched south of France, in my case! This can be particularly useful for people who live in remote areas or have limited mobility.
  3. Flexibility: Online retreats often offer greater flexibility in terms of scheduling and pacing. You can choose to complete the retreat at your own pace and in your own time, even at 3 o’clock in the morning if you want!
  4. Cost: Online retreats can be more affordable than in-person retreats since there are no travel or accommodation expenses. This can make retreats more accessible to people who might not otherwise be able to afford them.
  5. Privacy: Some people may prefer the privacy and anonymity of an online retreat, as it allows them to focus solely on their own personal practice without any external distractions or pressures.

Online retreats

Hoofbeats to Your Heart’s Calling: Finding Your Life Purpose with HorsesThe on-demand, horse-inspired, online retreat will introduce you to a step-by-step process that will enable you to identify your unique life purpose and give you the clarity and certainty that you need so that you can realise your full potential.

The Write Your Way to Serenity: A Guided Journaling Retreat Inspired by a small herd of Horses in the sun-blessed south of France online retreat shows you how retreating for 5-10 minutes to journal can help you dramatically reduce overwhelm and prevent burnout.

The Burnout to Breakthrough Online Retreat: This two-day online retreat is for you if you desperately want to stop worrying excessively, dramatically lower your stress levels, stop feeling exhausted and overwhelmed, prevent burnout AND  positively impact other people’s lives.

Whichever retreat appeals, your first step is to subscribe to my “Savoir Vivre Vignettes” newsletter, so that when I run last-minute/early-bird/just-because-I-feel-like-it special offers, you will be one of the first to know. When you subscribe, you can download your own copy of my “How to Make Your Next Retreat Your Best Ever” e-book so that you can make your next retreat your best retreat ever!