Bonnieux, Provence
3 Sources at Marston House

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September 24-28, 2020

Join us for an Autumn harvest, slow living and foraging retreat where we will gather together to cook with local produce, turning our attention towards immune boosting foods (think nourishing bouillons, plant milks, nutritive tonics and elixirs), forage for wild mushrooms and herbs, and generally experience the slow-paced life of a village where locals gather on cobbled streets to share stories, the rhythm of their days dictated by the church bells that chime on the hour. Here, Rachel Baker will host a 4 night retreat, joined by friends, Jamie Beck of Ann Street Studio and Joanna Maclennan of The Foraged Home, as we gather around the table to share our experiences of life in Provence, whilst savouring delicious and nutritious plant-based food and natural wines. A truly unique, nourishing and inspiring experience that celebrates the abundance of the season and slow living in the Luberon.

3 Sources at Marston House creates an environment for you to cultivate community, nurture relationships and inspire deep connection, through shared stories and experiences, whilst learning plant-based skills to strengthen and support the immune system, as we move towards longer, chillier days. As you begin to understand these fundamental plant-based basics and learn to cook in line with the seasons, part of your journey will be to hone in on your own intuition in the kitchen to make a recipe ultimately your own. 

Come and live the Provencal dream in the charming and ancient hilltop village of Bonnieux, surrounded by the Luberon hills, vineyards, and cedar forest. 

Each morning we will meet at Marston House, set within a 15th century grand house, owned by our dear friends, Sharon and Paul Mrozinski, in the historic centre of Bonnieux, to enjoy nutritive elixirs to energise and prepare us for the day. This will be followed by a cycle of classes, hands-on workshops and special outings, including a foraging walk and picnic lunch (weather permitting) with a local expert, where we will fill our baskets with wild mushrooms and herbs; a visit to the local market of Apt, one of the best in the region, to gather the seasons bounty from the market gardeners, farmers, cheese mongers, bee keepers and bread makers who grow and produce the food we cook; plus the opportunity to forage for one-of-a-kind antiques in L’Isle sur la Sorgue, the capital of antique dealers in Provence, followed by a special plant-based lunch hosted by our talented friend, Benedicte Leuwers, at her wonderful home. We will round off each day with an apéro (the much loved pillar of French culture), and a leisurely plant-based dinner overlooking vineyards, orchards and the cedar forest.

“We never treat diagnoses. We never treat against symptoms. We always treat to make the regulation capacity better.” Thomas Rau MD at Paracelsus Clinic, Switzerland and author of Biological Medicine: The Future of Natural Healing.

Each day will be different, but the core elements and rhythm will remain the same: connect, explore, share; repeat.

During our time together, we’ll take full advantage of our surroundings, embracing a mindful, slower pace of life. The retreat is an immersive experience for all the senses, as well as an opportunity to learn about plant-based nutrition basics, cooking in line with the seasons, and slow living. You will experience a taste of life in Provence, from the cobbled streets, abundant markets, vineyards, ancient forests and bories (ancient encampments), and discover how the surroundings have inspired the people who have chosen to live here.

Our intention is to cultivate community, nurture relationships and inspire deep connection with ourselves and with each other. It’s our hope that you will come away inspired, with a fresh perspective on how to nourish your body with immune boosting foods, connect and cook with the seasons, and the practical knowledge to execute all you have learned, as well as forming lasting relationships with like-minded souls. We invite you to explore and grow with us.

The Details

When: September 24-28, 2020

Where: Bonnieux, Provence/ Marston House

Maximum guests: Retreat spaces are limited to 10 guests
Hosts: Rachel Baker of 3 Sources 

Accommodation: A list of our favourite local places to stay will be provided

Facilities: The cycle of our days will take place at Marston House, set within a 15th century house in the centre of Bonnieux

How Much:
The price is in pounds sterling: £1,999.00

For bookings and further questions, please email

A 50% deposit is required on booking, payable by bank transfer. The second half will be due August 27th, 2020. 

Included in the retreat:
- Welcome dinner at Marston House, using seasonal, local ingredients
- 1 lunch at Marston House
- 1 picnic lunch in the forest (weather permitting)
- A 3 course lunch at Benedicte Leuwers home in L’Isle sur La Sorgue
- 4 apéros, including natural wines at Marston House
- 4 plant-based dinners at Marston House
- Transportation to and from Avignon TGV or Marseille airport to Bonnieux
- A foraging morning with local expert 
- Transportation for all outings
- All classes, discussions and workshops
- Recipes and instructions from all classes

This is a four night retreat. The first day will be our arrival and welcome day where we make introductions at Marston House, starting at 5pm, settle in, and have an apéro and our welcome dinner. The next three days we will have classes, discussions and workshops and explore together. A detailed itinerary will be sent prior to the retreat.

Not included: Airfare or transportation to Avignon TGV or Marseille airport. When you arrive, a pre-arranged driver will pick you up (at an agreed time), and bring you to Bonnieux
Accomodation for the 4 nights of the retreat 

For Who: The retreat is open to singles, couples, and small groups from all walks of life that are interested in plant-based nutrition and slow living, and for those wishing to experience a taste of life in Provence.

This retreat is for you if...

- You’re currently following a plant-based way of eating but unsure if you are nourishing yourself adequately

- You are new to plant-based eating and want to find out more

- You want to align yourself with cooking and eating with the seasons, using local produce

- You are interested in the healing and restorative benefits of plant based food

- You wish to incorporate slow living strategies into your everyday life

- You believe that taking time to experience, slow down, and connect is important 

- You’ve always wanted to experience Provence or already love it!

- You’d love the opportunity to forage for antiques

- You’re ready for an immersive, unique and inspiring experience

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

This retreat is NOT for you if...

- The unexpected nature of travel and the weather (things happen!) and being in an unfamiliar place easily upsets or frustrates you

- You aren’t flexible and don’t enjoy “going with the flow”

- Your current fitness level does not allow you to walk for a couple of hours each day, (on a forest track or around villages).

Please note, the village of Bonnieux is a hill top village with some steep cobbled streets.

Cancellation policy:
Please know before booking that you can definitely make it. Due to the involved logistics and up-front costs, this retreat is 100% non-refundable unless you can find someone to take your place. We strongly recommend you purchase third party travel insurance in the unlikely event of missed flights, natural disasters, strikes, or other unforeseen circumstances in your life.

Dietary information:
All food included during the retreat will be (mostly) plant-based, with the exception of sheep and goat’s milk products. It will also be naturally gluten and cow dairy free. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate personal dietary restrictions that aren’t medical. If you have a serious or life-threatening allergy, please let us know prior to booking so we can see if it’s something we can accommodate.

If you have any further questions please reach out to

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Rachel is a registered nutritional therapist, nutritionist, and certified NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) practitioner. She holds a master of sciences (MSc) in personalised nutrition and fulfilled the criteria for applying functional medicine in clinical practice with the Institute for Functional Medicine. Rachel also has a master of arts (MA) in writing and has previously published various articles on health and wellness. In 2019, she received certification in Biological Medicine at the Swiss Biological Medicine Academy with Swiss physician, Dr. Rau. With a particular interest in gut and immune health, Rachel is passionate about helping others live as optimally as possible using motivational coaching skills, and nutrition and lifestyle medicine, rooted in both functional and biological principles. English born and raised, she now lives between France and Switzerland with her husband, Kevan and cat, Pantoufle. 

Your host and friends of 3 Sources

Rachel Baker

Meet Jamie

Jamie is a photographer, visual artist, and story teller who translates the world through her camera lens and social media imprint. After picking up a film camera at the age of 13, she began her life-long love affair with photography. In 2012, she opened her own photography and visual art studio in downtown Manhattan called Ann Street Studio producing large scale marketing campaigns. In addition to traditional commercial and editorial works, Jamie has been described as an “original influencer,” being one of the first to use her blog and social media channels to create an intimate landscape of storytelling. In 2016, Jamie took a one year sabbatical to create a personal body of work in the South of France, stepping away from commercial work. The experience of living in Provence changed her vision for life and creativity so completely that she decided to stay. It’s now been three years, one baby and no going back.

Your host and friends of 3 Sources

Jamie Beck

Meet Chris

Chris is a self-taught chef and freelance translator from England who discovered a passion and talent for cooking at a young age. In 2014, after graduating from King’s college in London with a BA in Modern Languages, he immediately moved to Paris, where he has spent the last 5 years working in numerous plant-based cafés around the city. Chris currently co-runs the Shakespeare & Company café , sister to the iconic Parisian bookshop, where he brings to life his desire to create home-made (mostly) plant-based and responsibly sourced food accessible to all.

Your host and friends of 3 Sources

Chris Jowitt

Meet Benedicte

Benedicte worked for 25 years in the fashion and interior design industry between Sydney, Los Angeles and Cape Town. A food lover, Benedicte’s passion for cooking started very early in life but she become interested in plant-based and raw food 20 years ago, when slowly but surely, she started to experiment with it. When she turned 50, she realised a long-standing dream to open her own plant-based restaurant in the Luberon region of France. She now mixes both of her passions: interior design and food design. For Benedicte, peace begins in the kitchen and plant-based cooking is an essential part of modern life. It isn’t about whether you are fashionable or not. It’s about consciousness and respect for our Mother Nature, the animals on our planet, and our own bodies.

Your host and friends of 3 Sources

Benedicte Leuwers

Meet Joanna

Joanna has been a professional photographer for the past 15 years. Having grown up in England, she moved to France in her early thirties and never looked back. Seeking a slower pace of life, Joanna is now based in Provence with her artist husband, Mike, her daughter, Poppy, and a goose named Gus. Slow living has brought balance to Joanna’s otherwise busy photographic life. Joanna recently released her first book, The Foraged Home, a celebration of both sustainability and design. The book presents beautiful interiors filled with salvaged, recycled, and repurposed objects from around the world. In an era when sustainability, living off the grid, and reducing our eco-footprint has never been more important or appealing, The Foraged Home provides guidance and inspiration to those looking to go beyond the world of mass-produced products to seeking a slower, more intentional way of living. 

Your host and friends of 3 Sources

Joanna Maclennan

Meet Rachel

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