Autumn Retreat 2019

Discover the Wonder of Who You Really Really Are, and the Empowerment and Life Transformation that realisation can offer.

1 – 6 October 2019, Champagnac-la-Rivière, Near Limoges

Join James in this beautiful region of France for a life-changing 5-day retreat.

Through meditations, live music & intimate dialogues you will:

* Deeply explore your immediate experience to reveal the effortless wonder of what you always already are.
* Discover how that wondrous realisation can lead to lasting transformation.
* Feel empowered to fully shine your unique qualities into life.

Is this retreat for me?

Maybe you experience the underlying sense of something missing from life and the longing for more?

Perhaps you’ve been trying to fix the ‘problem’ but, whatever you acquire or achieve, the satisfaction is only ever fleeting before you find yourself longing again?

Or maybe you’ve already had some recognition of what you truly are but still find yourself caught in limiting patterns, still longing to express fully and freely, to truly come alive?

If any of this sounds familiar, then keep on reading! . . .

What happens on a retreat with James?

  • Through meditations, live music, silent connecting, experience-based exercises & intimate dialogues, James will guide you with gentle precision towards realising the wonder of who you really really are.
  • From that ‘place’ of clarity and openness, you will begin to see the deeply held beliefs, patterns and physical clenches that keep you bound up in life.
  • In discovering how to meet those uncomfortable feelings and beliefs from the loving openness that you truly are, those frozen blockages can begin to naturally thaw enabling your essential qualities—of sensitivity, tenderness, playfulness, courage, compassion, strength and power—to naturally flow.
  • In the atmosphere of absolute acceptance and support that James offers, there is the chance to play with operating spontaneously, in-tuitively—with really living the freedom that we truly are.
  • Ultimately it all adds up to a celebration of life with openhearted sharing, music, singing, dancing, silence, tears and laughter.
  • No previous knowledge is required, just a willingness to openly and honestly explore your immediate, first-hand experience; to courageously question all your beliefs and assumptions; and to feel into your human fragility and whatever fears may arise.

There’s no dogma, no superiority, no guru-ness, no rigid mindset, no rules, just a loving intelligence continually welcoming us back to the home we never left.


James is a born teacher—infinitely patient, compassionate, crystal clear and with great integrity. Thank you James, for your wisdom and love.


I am a different person since working with James: more real, more loving, more open, more joyous, and certainly much more alive! People remark on it.


I am very glad that Life has brought me to you. Your words and presence had a profound impact on me. After years in a kind of impasse/wilderness I am now filled with joy, with peace.


James’s teachings are clear and concise. They took me to a level of understanding that had eluded me for 45 years. A truly life changing experience that opened a new possibility for being alive.


Thank you James. You act as a midwife, guiding and supporting us through the pangs and contractions of giving birth to our true selves!


The first time I connected with James it was a life-changing epiphany; to totally meet and be met on a transpersonal level—it was literally awesome. This is all I have ever wanted, and I am so grateful that the universe introduced me to someone I resonate with and learn so much from.


Working closely with a guide who knows the territory, who can understand where we are on the journey, who meets us and sees us as we really are and reflects that back to us, is a rare and precious opportunity. James is that very guide.


Thank you dear James. I've heard the words so many times and no one has ever led me to a place where I could actually experience those words—like what does it mean? That's what I was asking for, and you managed to do it.



8:30am – Breakfast
9:30am – Gentle body warm up (optional)
10 to 11:30am – Session 1
11:30am to 12noon – Tea & Biscuit break
12noon to 1pm – Session 2
1pm – Lunch then free time
4:30 to 6:30pm – Session 3
6:30pm – Dinner

The first 2 days will be held in silence (not in the sessions).

About James

James Eaton graduated in Maths from Oxford University, then tried a number of vocations, including working as a singer-songwriter, an actor, and a school teacher in inner city London. Despite achieving success, he couldn’t shift a profound sense of lack and longing. What followed was an intense spiritual search that culminated in directly realising the wholeness of being—the home he’d been longing for.

Since 2011 James has been leading workshops and retreats internationally, guiding others to that same realisation, and to the subsequent empowerment and life transformation it can offer. He lives in Totnes, UK, with his wife, Eleonora, and their two sons, Edward and Ludo.

Full retreat details


The retreat is set in the Périgord-Limousin Regional Natural Park in the Haute Vienne region of the Limousin. Map It is an area of outstanding natural beauty famous for its lakes, forests, mushrooms, chestnuts and limousine cattle. It is possible to swim in the lakes at nearby St Mathieu, Bussiere Galant and St Estephe and there are hosts of waymarked circular paths. There is also a pathway from Brie to the highest point in the area—The Grand Puyconnieux.

If you plan to stay longer in the area, there is much to explore. Follow the route of Richard the Lionheart Coeur de Lion (this area was English territory in the Lionheart’s era and that he took the arrow that killed him at the castle at Chalus 10 minutes from Brie. He is said to have died in his mother’s arms at the castle at Montbrun, again maybe 5 minutes from Brie.) More on Richard here. You can even ride the route on horseback with Lionheart Rides.

If you’d like to explore a city, Limoges is worth a visit. It has a cathedral, art gallery and porcelain museum. Limoges is famous for its porcelain.


The retreat will begin with dinner at 6:30pm on Tuesday 1st October. You are welcome to arrive from 2pm that day, although no food will be served until dinner. The retreat ends after breakfast on Sunday 6th October. The first 2 days will be held in silence (not in sessions).


There are single rooms, plus shared rooms with 2 beds or 3 beds. The 2 and 3 bed shared rooms will be allocated by gender, unless you book a 2 bed room as a couple, in which case please book two tickets to secure a room together.

If you’d like to share a room with a friend, add their name(s) in the ‘order notes’ section at checkout and we’ll do our best to put you together.


3 delicious, healthy meals are included each day; using home-grown and where possible organic and always locally-sourced ingredients, to prepare nutritious vegetarian dishes.


Flights: Fly to Limoges airport. Ryanair fly direct to Limoges from East Midlands, Manchester, Leeds, Bristol and London Stansted at very low cost when booked in advance. Flybe fly direct from Southampton.

Transfers: Please inform Matthew ( of your flight arrival time and we will coordinate taxi transfers to the venue. Taxi costs are around €20-€25 euros per person.

By Car: For GPS type ‘Champagnac-la-rivière’, crossing the D42 and the D100.
40 minutes from Limoges, 4h30 from Paris or Toulouse, 2h30 from Bordeaux, 1h30 from Poitiers, 10 km from the Dordogne (Périgord vert) and the Charente.


£100 non-refundable deposit on confirmation of booking.
Balance due by 13th August 2019.
75% of balance refunded if cancelled before 20th August 2019
50% of balance refunded if cancelled before 27th August 2019
25% of balance refunded if cancelled before 3rd Sept 2019
No refund if cancelled after 3rd Sept 2019


Shared room (3-beds) – £545
Shared room (2-beds) – £620
Single room – £745
Non-Resident – £520 (includes all meals, sessions and activities)


The cost also includes two group integration sessions, that will be held on Zoom the following two weeks of the retreat, to support integrating all that we’ve discovered into everyday living. The day/time for each session will be arranged by the group.

Payment Options

(If you have a coupon code, then please add at checkout)

Option 1:   Deposit + Balance


3-Bed Deposit

£ 100


2-Bed Deposit

£ 100


Single Deposit

£ 100


Non-Res Deposit

£ 100


(due by 13 August 2019)

3-Bed Balance

£ 445


2-Bed Balance

£ 520


Single Balance

£ 645


Non-Res Balance

£ 420


Option 2:   Full Pay


£ 545



£ 620



£ 745



£ 520


The number of participants on the retreat is limited, so make sure you book in time. Your place will be reserved after payment of the deposit has been received. Feel free to write to Matthew if you have any questions (