Galathée Retreats
A magical week of relaxation with creative and culinary experiences on the island of Île de Ré

Staying in a gorgeous 18th century house in the harbour of St Martin, this will be a week of fun and creative experiences.

You will be in the company of superstar florist Kate Langdale, and leading canine painter Sara Abbott.

With Kate, you will discover how to make flower cocktails, wreaths, and the perfect table arrangement. With Sara, you will unlock your creativity and experiment with oil painting techniques. And with yoga therapist Cinthia Decelle, you’ll unwind through group yoga practice. Wine bar-owner and talented chef Victoria Ryan will be cooking delicious lunches and dinners using fresh local produce, while Karon Foxwell makes sure everyone gets the most out of the week. 

You do not need to be proficient in any classes just have the enthusiasm to learn! 

Each day, there’ll be a group workshop as well as time for a one on one chat over wine and supper in the evenings. There will be downtime for you to explore Île de Ré. Bicycles are the best option of transport which we can organise for you.

We hope that you will return home rejuvenated and inspired, with a fresh perspective on life and new friendships with likeminded people.

Who it's for

This retreat is open to singles, couples, and small groups of all levels & walks of life.

Your hosts

Sara Abbott


Sara Abbott has carved out a very special place in the world of animal portraiture. More than just an uncanny likeness, her brushes deftly get under the fur of her subjects and connect us to their soul. Artist in residence at Harrods for two years in the Pet Dept and a regular creator of work for the Kennel Club, she is rightly recognised as one of the country’s leading canine painters. However, all living things come to life on her easel and horses, cats, cows, and native British wildlife have all been recent subjects.

cinthia decelle

Cinthia Decelle


Cinthia is both a yoga instructor and yoga therapist. She trained in Bali and lived there with her family for 11 years before coming to Saint Martin de Ré. Cinthia teaches a complete and comprehensive style of yoga, giving individual attention to each person. This allows her to teach breathing, relaxation, and stretch, rejuvenating the body with kindness and care, strength and commitment, awareness and understanding. Cinthia is unequivocally convinced that yoga is in complete alignment with improved day-to-day wellbeing.

Portrait of Kate Langdale

Kate Langdale


Kate has worked as a florist for 35 years. She started her career in London as a wedding and event florist before opening her own shop in Brighton in 2006. Her unique flower emporium is filled with delightful vintage curiosities, floral wreaths, and beautiful seasonal flowers. When Kate isn’t in the shop, she’s styling events and photoshoots or teaching flower workshops. Kate’s worked with prestigious clients over the years, including Elton John, Nick Cave, and Sophie Robinson.

Here's what to expect

You will like this retreat if

You want to learn from two of the UK’s leading experts on how to master the art of floristry and painting with oil on paper

You’re looking for inspiration and relaxation on one of Europe’s most beautiful islands

You’re ready for an adventure and once-in-a-lifetime experience

You’re inspired by travel, different cultures, and cuisines


You want to learn new skills regardless of your experience

You’re looking to connect with like-minded, creative individuals

You like structured time with a group but also a couple of hours each day to do your own thing

You love yoga and relaxation with good company, good food and lots of laughter


Postponed to September 2022

What’s included

7 nights accommodation and 6 days of classes, 7 breakfasts, lunches and dinners in the house, a couple of glasses of wine each evening, and airport transfers.


What’s not included

Your flights to La Rochelle, any trips, taxis or guides you might want to book during your individual downtime each day.


The number of rooms is limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

We have 4 large twin-bedded rooms and one king size double bedroom available.

The price for the retreat is £1895 per person based on double occupancy.

Terms & Conditions

We strongly advise that you have adequate travel insurance in place in order to cover the cost of the retreat in case of unforeseen events in your life such as illness. Alternatively, we might be forced to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control such as acts of war, acts of God, threats or acts of terrorism, civil unrest or unforeseen personal circumstances.

Either way, please do ensure that you have travel insurance to cover the cost in the event of cancellation.


50% non-refundable deposit payment + 50% non-refundable balance payment 60 days in advance.