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cropped-mmcom.jpgBonjour, I’m Margaretha. On the picture with me is my soul-mare, Belle de la Babinière.

I am the author of 5 (nearly 6) personal empowerment books, all horse-inspired, life-enriching and subtly French flavoured. I am a recycled medical doctor, I live in the south of France with my 5 horses, where I host residential Walking and Wine tasting Workshops for Writers as well as, with the help of my horses, Confidence-boosting Connect with Horses Workshops.

My Mission

To empower you with my workshops and my books 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 Story

Ten years ago my life changed completely. I divorced my husband, I gave up my job as a medical doctor, I sold my house, I moved to another country, I remarried, I retrained in a completely new discipline and started my own business.

In the last 10 years, the debilitating eye disease that threatens my sight got dramatically worse. Several unsuccessful operations have left me completely blind in one eye and with only 40% sight left in the other eye.

Somewhere along the line, during the last 10 years, I wrote several books.

I wrote these books because I felt an entirely irresistible urge to share with as many people as possible how I managed to survive this insufferable decade, in case what I have learned help others cope with equally difficult circumstances. Writing was my salvation. There is a certain satisfaction to be had from putting nearly thirty years of knowledge, training and experience down on paper.

First thing I learned was how to manage the stress of insecurity. Working as a medical doctor already gave me a few good ideas, but it was the fear of going blind that was my most merciless teacher. Stress can do serious damage to people’s mental and physical health. I was no exception. I quickly realised that more effective stress management strategies could enable me to live a long, happy and fulfilling life, full of purpose and meaning.

Today I am the proud co-owner of a thriving business based on equine-assisted personal empowerment. My unlikely co-owners are 5 talented, intelligent and knowledgeable horses. 

I have finally made the dream come true that inspired me to make all those changes 10 years ago. To make it here, I had to develop a whole arsenal full of tried-and-tested strategies to cope with the challenges that came my way, challenges I often have to face with a severely limited number of resources.

In my books, and during our workshops, my horses and I share these strategies with you. Click on the red links to find out more.

My Books

 The Workshops that have inspired my Books

My equine-inspired and life-enriching Blog SemperEquus

My Mindfulness Mentors The Horses

My Favourite Subjects

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

Workshops

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 Workshops, based on Equine-assisted Experiential Learning and Equine-Guided Meditation, in the south of France, will 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. Based on both my professional and personal experience so far, my horses and I are well-equipped 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 Workshop in the sun-drenched south of France. During the workshop, you will first and foremost, be able to rest, relax and recharge your batteries. You will also benefit from attending this workshop because, with the empowering help of our horses, you will develop a new set of skills to help improve the quality of your life.

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 and Charles. 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

Introducing our
Connect with Horses Workshops

I created these workshops 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 workshops UNIQUE. However, there is NO horse riding during our workshops.

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

If you do, then a personal empowerment Connect with Horses Workshop here in the sun-blessed south of France might be exactly what you need right now.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact us NOW on welcome2gascony(at)gmail.com or fill in the form at the bottom of this page.

A simple inquiry will put you under no obligation.

5- or 7-day Workshops

Our 5-day workshops 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.

We also offer 7-day workshops. For more details about these, please send us an e-mail.

The cost of the 5-day workshop starts at £549 pp. The cost of the 7-day workshops starts at £1199 pp. Maximum of 4 participants per workshop.

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The Accommodation

The farm, deep in the heart of Gascony, 90 minutes’ drive south-east of Bordeaux, is located on 20 acres of lush, green meadows and is surrounded by vineyards, woods, orchards and sunflower fields. Secluded but not isolated, this 200-year-old farmhouse is 3km from a typical local village.

What is included in this workshop:

  • Simple but comfortable accommodation in an 18th century, half-timbered, authentic Landaise farmhouse in single or twin bedrooms with shared bathroom.
  • Breakfasts under the 200+-year-old oak tree in the front courtyard, weather permitting.
  • Picnic lunches: a picnic basket for you to enjoy anywhere on the farm: there are several seating areas scattered around the house, in the woods, next to the paddocks and by the lake.
  • Dinner.
  • Tea and coffee making facilities available 24/7 in the kitchen of the private wing.
  • Transport from Nogaro or Aire-sur-Adour 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 Les Sources Sacrées
    • Transport from local airports to local train stations (Auch and Mont de Marsan)
    • Transport from local train stations to Nogaro/ Aire-sur-Adour.
    • Personal Health Insurance and/or Travel Insurance (we highly recommend insurance cover in case you need to cancel)
    • Guided Wine Tasting trip to local vineyards
    • An extra day walking part of the Way of St James/Santiago de Compostella

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To make 100% sure you benefit from this workshop, 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 workshop – we offer bed-and-breakfast accommodation on a day-to-day basis, at £55 per room per night, but only to our workshop 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 guided wine tasting trip to the medieval village of Saint Mont
  • 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).

By coming to a workshop here, you will be contributing to the well-being of the local community because we believe in sustainable tourism. We believe that we have a sacred duty to preserve the farm, the land, the lake and the springs for future generations, so we do everything we can to make as small a footprint on our land as we can, including limiting the number of guests we receive per year.

To ensure everyone gets individual, quality attention and the time to ask questions, we limit our groups to a maximum of 4 guests – which means you will need to reserve early to be one of the fortunate guests who come to Les Sources Sacrées each year.

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 Cotes de Gascogne, 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.

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Tess and Aurore d’Alegria, two of our Friesian mares

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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