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Peaceful in Paris


Dreaming of Paris? We are too!

And we have created a lovely retreat just for you!

What do you really want to live a beautiful, meaningful life? You want to invest time to achieve your dreams while also caring for the impact of those dreams on the world around you.

As you become more aware, grateful and awake, living a meaningful existence increasingly becomes about the experiences you have instead of the objects you own.

What if in 2019 you reached for your dream and came with Carla and Melanie to Paris for a week of magical experiences in the City of Lights? 

We invite you to join us in June for a week long retreat that we’ve lovingly named Peaceful in Paris or Trouve le calme dans Paris.

Many Parisians might argue that finding peace in Paris is as elusive as finding peace in any big city, but as Melanie (our own tour guide and native Parisian) and Carla (our favorite life coach) will show you, peace can be had anywhere and anytime as long as we look for it. 

We have curated a treasure trove of experiences that are sure to allow peace to flow throughout your trip and into your memories for years to come if you choose to retreat with us.

Come and experience your wild and precious life in Paris!

picnic in paris

We will be outdoors much of the time, whether we are exploring, eating or simply being.  We’ll walk nearly everywhere logging thousands of steps a day, along with taking advantage of the metro and buses, just like native Parisians.

You’ll see so much but it will feel expansive and relaxing, with plenty of time to reflect and soak in the beauty. And you will savor so many marvelous treats! Macarons, croissants, meringue,  cheese, wine, bread, chocolate, crepes, fresh local fruit - it will be a feast for your senses!


Come experience one of the most iconic European cities from a local’s point of view.  You won’t be touring Paris; you’ll be immersed and enjoying it as a native would. Melanie knows how to approach even the most popular places from a unique angle so that you won’t be bumping up with crowds but instead basking in the beauty from a perfect vantage point.

Here’s a sample itinerary of what’s in store for you:

Day 1:

Opening toast with fine French champagne - you’ll taste the difference! 

Garden walk and intention setting

Welcome dinner at Ile, a gorgeous restaurant in a pastoral park on an island in the Seine


Day 2:

Bicycling in the Queen’s Garden at the Palace of Versailles

Picnic lunch under the trees where Marie Antoinette herself walked

World-class hot chocolate at the Trianon Palace

Notre Dame Cathedral at sunset

Eiffel tower sparkling at night


Day 3: 

Painting under the linden trees at the Island of the Swans with a view of the Eiffel Tower

Admiring Impressionist art

Wandering along the ancient walls of the city and exploring old neighborhoods, catching views of the Eiffel Tower as we go

Time to rest and dream

Practicing French conversation and cooking with Parisians at dinner


Day 4:

Sample and shop for the local fares at the neighborhood farmers’ market

Boating on the Seine and outdoor lunch beside the river

Yoga in the gardens of the Louvre

Dinner outdoors in a Parisian bistro with live music


Day 5:

Refreshing morning walk and meditation in the park

Indulgent Turkish baths 

Gathering herbs for tea and reflecting in the secret garden known only to Parisians

Dinner, wine appreciation and cheese tasting with local Parisian family


Day 6:

Following in the footsteps of Amelie in Montmartre

Drinking in the scenery from an outdoor cafe

Afternoon tea and french dessert making lessons

Picnic dinner and reflection time


Day 7:

Final morning garden meditation walk and closing

Throughout the retreat there will be dreaming and visioning and coaching and magic!

You will be staying in a hip, fun, air-conditioned apartment hotel in the west side of the city, very close to a pastoral park where we will be able to practice meditation and yoga at the beginning or end of the day, or simply take a walk to immerse in nature and discover the fairy forests of France. Beautiful rooftop bar, restaurant and terrace for gathering are all on site. Rooms are shared with one or two other guests making this a group experience that will give you friends for life!

Paris speaks for itself! Life seems to arrange itself around beauty here, naturally and deeply. It was inspiring to me as a “relapsed” artist and 6 months later I am still drawing from that well. Melanie made it super easy to get around and access various experiences while Carla reminded us to make it personally meaningful. There’s no way we could have stuffed so many beautiful moments into such a short span of time without their guidance.”
- A. Locke
If you are looking for the perfect balance of local charm and the must sees in Paris, between plenty of planned activities and time to explore, and between tons of fun and relaxation too, then this is the trip for you. Carla and Melanie took great care to plan a great trip and were laid back when plans had to change. Paris a gorgeous city, and this is a great group to share your discoveries.
- K. Chandler

Total Retreat Cost: $3400

Includes all lodging, continental breakfasts, snacks, three Parisian dining experiences, all activities listed above, transportation to group events during the retreat and many surprises! Airfare, ground transport to hotel and some meals not included.

This will be a cozy, intimate group--  less than 8 women, so plenty of ease in travel and ability to be responsive in the moment to the magic that arises!

Trip dates: June 24-30, 2019.

Contact Carla at to check on space availability for this retreat.

If this sounds like a dream to you, we hope you’ll join us for Peaceful in Paris!

Much love,

Melanie and Carla


About Melanie Strang-Hardy:

Melanie was born and raised in the city of lights and moved to the US in her early twenties after meeting her now husband on a train between Paris and Italy. She studied Art in Paris, diplomacy and international relations on the East coast, herbalism,Permaculture and Yoga in the deep south and is now combining all her skills to take people on unique travel experiences that allow participants to get back to their truth. 

About Carla Robertson: 

Carla Robertson is a master life coach who helps people rediscover their truth and make deep shifts in their lives, improving relationships, reconnecting with lost dreams, and seeing the world with more joy and presence. She offers personal coaching, customized experiences in nature, and retreats and courses that bring her clients back into alignment when they’ve been stuck, disconnected or overwhelmed.  She is a skilled outdoorswoman and learned to be a true badass while hiking the Appalachian Trail, a 6 month, 2000 mile journey. She is happiest with her feet in the grass or wading in a creek. While she travels widely and never met a trail or tree she didn’t like, her home base is in New Orleans with her husband and cats and beautiful tropical garden.

Peaceful in Paris Cancellation policy: If you must cancel, 50% of your payments are refundable up to 60 days before the retreat. Less than 60 days prior we may be able to refund a portion of your trip if we are able to fill your spot. We cannot offer credit if you arrive late or leave early. We cannot be responsible for expenses incurred for travel if you cancel and are unable to attend. We encourage you to purchase travel insurance. Your $500 deposit is non-refundable unless we cancel the retreat, and if that happens all payments will be refunded to you.

Earlier Event: June 7
Indulging in Italy