Some retreats come with ‘gurus’ and ‘life coaches’ but I feel it pretentious to put myself forward as such. No formal training qualifies me for ´the job’ but 21 years’ experience hosting some 1500 guests at my home; facilitating and teaching groups of fascinating and sometimes disparate personalities from all over the world: Ambassadors, belly dancers, private detectives, white-shark feeders (yes, Paul, that can only be you!).
People from as far afield as Tasmania, Madagascar, Iceland and Hawaii have all ventured the 10 hair-pin bends to my home here in the Basque Pyrenees, humbled by its godly views and united by an equal layer of mountain mud on their walking boots. The formula is not rocket science. (A warm welcome, a great cook and a touch of madness enter the plot too!).
I started up my business over 20 years ago on the back of my first two books, Freedom to Choose, (Denmark 1997) and Breaking the Language Barrier (England 2001) and headed south to realise my dreams with Fred, my old Ford Escort, and a few bullet points on a piece of paper. I have – unequivocally – achieved these dreams and run Pyrenean Experience virtually single-handedly ever since.
I say ‘virtually’ as the Basque farming community have always rallied round me, helping me, as a single mother, to raise my daughter, digging us out of snow drifts, showing us how to stack the wood and teaching us both the laws of the land. (About Us) (See press reports)