Banish Burnout and Live Your Best Life midi-Retreat

Your License to Stop Worrying

This two-day midi-retreat is for you if you want to find out how to stop worrying, dramatically lower your stress levels, stop feeling overwhelmed and prevent burnout AND live a purposeful, meaningful and fulfilling Life.

You want to positively impact other people’s lives.

You want to make a difference, you want to make a contribution, but you are exhausted by the ever-escalating demands of your professional and personal life.

You are starting to get worried about burnout.

You are concerned about your physical and psychological health.

If this resonates, know that you are not alone. I know exactly how you feel, I have been exactly where you are now, several times in my life.

By trial and error, I have found out what I need to do to get my life back on track when I get stuck. During this midi-retreat I share with you my simplest and most successful strategies.

I am a retired medical doctor. I had to retire early because stress permanently damaged my physical health.

I do not want this to happen to you.

In fact, helping others prevent the damage stress can do to their health is my life’s work.

When I start to feel overwhelmed, to get back into control of my life, I take two days out.

I used to think that I have to take time off and travel to somewhere peaceful and quiet, to recharge my batteries. Because of the horses, this is not often an option, so I had to find strategies that work when I can only retreat for a couple of hours twice a day, for two days, at home.

“Why don’t you take three months to think it over, and when you are ready come back and we will remove that eye for you.”

I am lying in bed. It’s 3 am. My eyes are squeezed shut, my hands balled into fists, my knees pulled up to my chin. It’s the third night in a row that I have woken up hearing those words ricocheting inside my skull.

It has been two years since “that eye” has been removed, so why have those impactful words come back to haunt me now?

The last two years have been difficult and not just because I had to get used to the various debilitating limitations of my now monocular state. If my remaining eye was fully functional, it would have no doubt been much easier, but due to several previous operations, I have initially undiagnosed glaucoma with a resultant loss of peripheral vision in “the other eye.”

Coping with this new visual setback was challenging, but not the main reason why I struggled. There was also the stress of a volatile divorce to manage, as well as increasing my workload so that I could earn enough to pay my own way. The fear of losing my house and thus my source of income was never far from my thoughts.

By the time I started waking up at 3 am, all this had been going on for more than two years and I was teetering on the edge of burnout.

I love hosting retreats, but the frequency and intensity of the retreats I was hosting to make ends meet, was physically and mentally exhausting. Without the help of my friends, I would never have made it. Even with all their help, I had reached an impasse: working this hard was threatening the limited sight I had left.

Just before I started waking up at 3 am, I had seen my eye doctor, who told me I now have malignant glaucoma, and that I might need further surgery to save the vision I have left.

That night, as on all the previous nights, as I lay awake, thoughts tumbled over each other as I tried to find a solution to my predicament. I cannot work less and still afford to pay the bills, but I cannot continue to work at this tempo either as it threatens my sight. By daybreak, light dawned and by 7 am I was sitting up in bed with my laptop on my knees.

Four hours of soul-searching highlighted the obvious: I needed a break.

I needed, not just time off, but the opportunity to fully recharge my batteries.

This Banish Burnout and Live Your Best Life midi-retreat is the result of that early-morning epiphany. If you look at the number and variety of letters after my name, you might mistakenly come to the conclusion that these certify my aptitude to lead this retreat. Not so. It is because I have been, in person, exactly where you are now: overwhelmed and overworked, worrying myself out of my mind at 3 am in the morning, that I am qualified to lead this retreat.

This retreat is exactly what I did to dig myself out of the mess I found myself in.

I took two days out and used the most powerful and empowering strategies I know to get myself back on track: rested, resourced, refocused, rejuvenated, and restored.

During this two-day midi-retreat, I share with you what works for me, and what works for my guests, during the residential retreats that I have been running here in the south of France for the last decade.

I call it (tongue-in-cheek) my “License to Stop Worrying”y retreat. As opposed to a “License to Kill,” which I have often felt like doing, but avoided because of the even more detrimental effect incarceration would have on my long-term health.

You are unique. You are powerful, gifted, strong, valuable, talented, courageous, special, caring and lovable.

You can use my strategies to reduce overwhelm, stop worrying and prevent burnout.

You can make a difference in other people’s lives.

Your mission, in the next two days, is to implement 3 simple strategies (instantly effective) that will enable you stop worrying and feel calm, confident, creative and in control at the end of the two days: Challenge yourself to be a WARRIOR instead of a worrier!


Retreat Overview

This retreat will benefit Anyone whose worrying is spiralling out of control, and who is tethering on the edge of burnout – a state of persistent, intense stress that leads to physical and mental exhaustion that occurs when you feel overwhelmed, overworked, underappreciated, permanently in overdrive and unable to meet the ever-escalating demands of your personal and/or professional life.

This retreat is not for: Anyone who cannot set aside 4 hours a day, for two days, to invest in their future physical and mental health. It is not for people who want an instant solution without putting in any effort or who suffer from serious psychological problems – these should be addressed by a health professional.


When you have completed this 2-day retreat, you will:

  • Receive your License to Stop Worrying
  • Have been introduced to three highly effective science-based strategies that can help you stop worrying/stressing and avoid burnout
  • Have discovered a tried-and-tested worry-blocking morning and evening routine
  • Have had the opportunity to get two full nights of restorative sleep
  • Feel less nervous, restless and tense, concentrate and be more creative and productive, function more effectively, sleep better and feel less tired, and feel less irritable – which will benefit your relationships
  • Be aware of the damage that worrying can do to your mental and physical health and you can use this new awareness to serve as motivation to control your worrying
  • Feel much more confident, knowing that you can use this 2-day program, again and again, to recharge your batteries whenever you need to

Retreat Content


Module 1 (Day 1) The most powerful (but often under-rated and under-implemented) worry and stress-busting tool: Mindfulness – how it can help slow down to a full stop the thousands of thoughts buzzing around in your head and substantially reduce your stress levels.

Module 2 (Day 1) How focusing on what you already have can be a dynamic antidote to worrying/stress/anxiety. Scientific proof of the effectiveness of this strategy and how you can use this strategy to get a good night’s rest, especially if you feel physically exhausted from carrying a heavy load of responsibilities.

Module 3 (Day 2) How shifting your attention from your own problems to helping others with theirs can give you a new perspective and offer unexpected solutions to hitherto unsolvable problems. generosity toward others, and towards yourself, can help you not only to stop worrying bat also make you happier and healthier and live a more purposeful, meaningful and fulfilling

Module 4 (Day 2) Use what you have learned in these two days to remain in control of your worrying for the rest of your life + Introduction to the Meraki Morning and Evening routine

What is included: 5 video trainings, 4 quizzes, including the How Stressed are You?-quiz and the How Resilient are You?—quiz, 2 audio recordings including the Get a Good Night’s Sleep recording, to help you sleep better, 4 worksheets, 6 Badges – each module you complete, will earn you a badge and qualify you for your License (Certificate of Completion) that you can display somewhere prominent to remind yourself that you know how to stop worrying.

Pause because you want to, not because you have to.

M. Montagu

Cost of the standard virtual retreat: 49 € – This 2-day retreat consists of video and audio recodings, printable worksheets, quizzes, badges awarded for the completing of each step that finally lead to the of allocation a certificate of completion: Your License to Stop Worrying

Cost of the Luxury virtual retreat: 69 € – all the above plus a detox diet sheet based on intermittent fasting and a physical activity program sheet

Cost of the VIP virtual retreat: 199 – all the above plus a live online consultation

If you would like to join the waiting list for the start of this course, please send an e-mail to

If you suspect someone you know might benefit from this 2-day retreat, please share it with this person. You can also share it with your friends and family, we never know who might be silently going through a difficult time and might be in need of help.

This way you can, in turn, make a significant difference in their lives.