The Happiness Retreat

A break that nurtures mind, body and spirit


  • A tranquil location where you can relax and renew
  • Delicious, healthy food that nourishes you from the inside out.
  • The perfect setting for a course in happiness

A wellness retreat is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in positive psychology, take the time out to discover what really makes you happy and gives your life meaning and plan for a positive future. Our retreats are an opportunity to try out the practices that science has shown to raise well-being. You will come away feeling uplifted, with a toolbox of happiness boosters and a new sense of purpose.

“I took a week-long ‘how to be happy’ course with Miriam. The course was inspiring with plenty of thought-provoking yet fun interaction. I found myself really able to connect with my strengths, something I’ve been unable to do previously. Miriam is a fantastic facilitator and I ended the week with a solid yet surprising resolve. Since returning I’ve found new vigour and purpose, somehow things that might have stressed me, no longer do.  I’d recommend this course for anyone and everyone….just bring an open mind, a desire to be happy and a playfulness.” Ingrid


Typical sessions we offer on a retreat include: 

  • The Feel-good Factor of Positive Emotions
  • Flow: Being ‘in the zone
  • Find Meaning & Purpose
  • Strengths: Discover Your Positive Self
  • Positive Relationships: Other People Matter
  • Resilience: How to Bounce Back
  • Optimism: Look forward with Confidence
  • Positive Directions: Discover your Life Purpose

The Happiness Retreat:

We are running a retreat in SW France from 18-23 September 2018 amid the vineyards of Sauternes. £895. More details coming soon.

Please email Miriam to find out more.


Scenes from previous retreats


Happy New You, Hawkwood College

Hawkwood College is a stunning holistic venue, in the Cotswolds. We have run several wellness breaks here across the seasons.

“Hi Miriam,  thank you for a great course. A nice group and I found much to ponder and think about in a positive way of course!  We were so blessed to have been able to have it in such a wonderful place with the added bonus of beautiful weather.”

“Marvellous and inspirational. Tremendous.”… “Excellent. Very good course, well presented.”… “Plenty to inwardly digest. Well thought out and presented.”  “Lovely grounds, lovely food, friendly and approachable tutor, friendly and welcoming staff.”

“Found a woodblock wall plaque with the following  inscription: “BE AWAKE to the songs of singing birds, the warmth of the sun and the small joys that have no words”. Sounds like gratitude & savouring to me! It’s now on my wall as a reminder. Thanks again for a great weekend. See you for the How of Happiness 3.”

How to be Happy and Laugh Your Socks Off, La Roane, France. Summer retreat.

An uplifting, fun and practical exploration of the how of happiness that delivers the feel-good factor together and puts the smile on your face. La Roane in the Dordogne, France was the venue. Miriam guided participants through the habits of happiness ranging from savouring to gratitude, playing to strengths and learning optimism. Meantime Nigel Shamash, the genial host of La Roane hosted excursions, led walks and ran sessions of laughter yoga, hatha yoga, chi kung and singing.

“I attended the ‘How to be happy and laugh your socks off’ retreat at La Roane during Summer 2016 and I can honestly say it was the best week of my life! The nature of the course meant that it was very easy to form close relationships with other members of the group and engage in deep and meaningful conversation. The work on strengths enabled us to really get in touch with what we are good at and how best to channel these abilities; it was also interesting to get to know the strengths of others and to see those in action. I was most nervous about the ‘meaning and purpose’ aspect of the course but it really forced us to tap into who we are, our values and what we want from life and has had a long-lasting impact. Overall, the course delivered on its aim – I feel like I went away with a range of strategies to use in my day-to-day life in order to maintain my happiness, well-being and foster resilience for when times are hard. Thank you Miriam!”

Do you run a spa or hotel? If you have a serene and special space then we have the wellness break for you.