Restore and Revitalise Retreats – for Cancer Thrivors and Survivors

Relaxing and rejuvenating retreats for people with or recovering from cancer in South West France

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  • Location: Occitanie, France, Europe
  • Phone: +33 (0)5 62 60 08 63
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Restore and Revitalise Retreats are specifically for people dealing with cancer in their lives, and their friends, family and carers.

Our team of highly experienced therapists and teachers offer daily yoga and meditation classes, complementary therapies, talks on helpful topics such as nutrition, delicious meals balanced to your needs, and plenty of time to rest and relax. All this in the beautiful and tranquil setting of a medieval chateau in SW France.

Our aim is to support you to strengthen physically,mentally and emotionally to be able to continue with treatment and step back with confidence into daily life.

What is Puyssentut?

If you have cancer, or are recovering from it, Puyssentut is a caring and supportive haven where you can recuperate, replenish and strengthen. Here you can leave behind worries and taxing treatment schedules, and take time for yourself.
Puyssentut is also a source of nurture and inspiration if you want to reduce the chance of cancer recurring; if you are seeking a new direction or want to set new priorities in your life; if you are trying to come to terms with what having (or having had) cancer means; or if you want to get more out of life.

What we offer

We support you by providing:
• a peaceful, comfortable and nurturing environment
• delicious and nutritious food that helps to strengthen your immune system, detox your body and prevent cancer’s recurrence
• a relaxing, revitalising and inspiring programme of classes, complementary treatments and talks

We hope that after a week at Puyssentut you will leave feeling relaxed, in better health, and strengthened so that you can continue the treatment process with renewed energy and vitality, step back into your normal life with a feeling of wholeness and direction, and have a clear sense of your priorities.

What our guests say

“As the week progressed, you could see how people changed as the tensions and anxieties they had arrived with began to melt away.” Jane
“I would thoroughly recommend this unique, amazing place. The support and ‘tool kit’ that it provides and the over-whelming feeling of positivity and caring is remarkable.” Sarah
"Marvellous, wholesome, varied, stimulating, inspirational. The food was not only a pleasure to eat, it was a pleasure to behold." Fay
“I can’t believe I could feel this way after a week. My body, soul and heart feel revitalised. So fabulous to feel so happy again!” Charlotte

Setting

Puyssentut is a medieval château with all modern comforts and luxuries. Its thick stone walls keep the temperature pleasantly cool during hot Summer days, and during Winter protect from the elements. The spacious bedrooms, with en-suite bathrooms, offer a refuge, while the comfortable lounges and dining room are perfect spaces to relax with others.
The Château is set in pretty gardens with views across fields and woodlands. You can soak up some sun and socialise around the pool or the juice bar, or alternatively there is plenty of space to find a quiet spot to read, rest and contemplate.

Food

We believe that eating well can play a major role in your healing process which is why we provide delicious, nutritionally balanced meals in a convivial atmosphere.
Meals are prepared without meat, dairy products or sugar and are high in vegetables and wholefoods to help your body detox and strengthen your immune system.
Carefully choosing and preparing what you eat can also be a simple way to take back some personal control, which cancer often seems to rip away. You can learn more about nutrition through our informal talks and gain hands-on experience of recipes you can make at home.

Treatments and Activities

The treatments and activities we offer are intended to treat you not to treat cancer. We hope they will help you relax and replenish your body, explore and express your emotions in a supportive, understanding environment, and soothe and focus your mind.
Working with specially trained and experienced therapists and teachers we offer a variety of complementary therapies, classes and talks including yoga, meditation, various types of massage and manipulative treatments, energy healing and visualisation.
Each day is punctuated by long rest periods during which you can retire to your comfortable room, relax in the garden or enjoy a walk.

Puyssentut Foundation

Puyssentut is a non-profit organisation, which means we aim to keep prices low. In addition we have established the Puyssentut Foundation (a registered charity in the Netherlands) which offers financial help to those who would like to stay at Puyssentut but cannot afford to.
The Puyssentut Foundation is financed from contributions from private individuals and businesses. If you would like to donate to Puyssentut or do some fundraising for us please visit the website
If you would like to apply to the Foundation for a grant go to please visit the website

Eco Practices

At Puyssentut we actively try to minimize our impact on the environment by:
• Purchasing locally grown, organic produce
• Growing our own organic produce
• Reducing our waste and recycling as much as possible
• Composting our organic waste
• Minimising our use of chemicals in and around the house

Disabled Facilities

The entire ground floor of the house is wheelchair accessible, including two en-suite bedrooms, a toilet, sitting room, lounge, treatment rooms and the yoga studio. Alarms are also fitted for people with impaired hearing.

Opening Times and Prices

Restore and Revitalise Retreats 2019:
27 April - 4th May
8-15 June
2-9 October

Price €1,450 (includes full programme, all meals and refreshments, own double, en-suite bedroom and airport transfer). Bring a companion for only an additional €700 (in a shared room).

Travel Information

Puyssentut is in South West France. It is easy to reach with daily flights into Toulouse (Blagnac) airport and TGV trains running between Paris and Agen and Toulouse (Matabiau) station. We will collect you from Toulouse from where it is only a 50 minute drive to Puyssentut.
Alternatively you can arrive at Carcassonne or Bordeaux airports and take a train to Toulouse.

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