Join licensed psychotherapist and coach, Althia McLaughlin, on this transformative & grounding retreat at a breathtaking Georgia Chateau. Treat yourself to the ultimate healing experience amongst spectacular grape vineyards, connecting with yourself through therapeutic sessions for the mind, body, & spirit, as well as soul-enriching activities
Although this retreat is not in Tuscany, it was inspired by the movie, Under the Tuscan Sun. Of course, this is not Tuscany. But, it is a European-inspired venue where, as with the film’s protagonist, Frances, you will be captivated by the beauty and warmth of this location. Frances used her experiences away from home to heal from her devastating life changes. You will have a similar opportunity, through a custom-made healing retreat that includes therapeutic activities for the mind, body, and soul in an idyllic location. You will have no choice but to embrace the local color and charm, as you find yourself immersed in a life-changing 4-day, 3-night adventure!
Thirty minutes north of Atlanta, in a quiet country town, lies a breathtaking Chateau and winery that will allow you to convince yourself that you are thousands of miles away in Europe.
From the vineyard’s lush grape vines has grown a 3,500-acre conference and leisure destination where French provincial and Southern hospitality combine to produce exceptional wines and warm memories.
The guest rooms are exquisitely decorated to emulate elements of a French country estate. These bedrooms are larger than most hotels and offer lavish bathrooms with separate shower and tub, free standing focal beds with embroidered white linens on top of a cushy pillow top mattress, Mediterranean-inspired color scheme, robes, and more.
You will have access to the fitness center, swimming pool and hot tub, and extensive nature trails.
From Southern and All-American, to Mediterranean, Classic French, Irish, and healthful Spa Cuisine, Chateau Elan offers a cultural array of dishes and ingredients to suit any taste. This world-class cuisine is provided by a team of exceptional culinary professionals among seven restaurants.
Activities were carefully chosen to create a whole-wellness experience. From the therapy-inspired sessions to the creative and "beauty-full" activities, to the physical health activities, Under the Georgian Sun will allow you to tune into all aspects of who you are. The retreat will help to kick start your journey toward physical, emotional, and spiritual health and/or help provide a welcome shift in your current diet, exercise, and self-care routines.
You will be given a number of opportunities to enjoy downtime alone and turn your attention inward. Use this time to take a winery tour, visit the horse stables, enjoy the massive grounds, find a quiet spot to journal or paint, do a wine tasting, or JUST BE!
Not only will you participate in special therapeutic activities, but you will have access to a
veteran therapist for 4 days. Your reservation includes a 20-30 minute individual session and a customized, personal take home treatment plan.
The goal is to bring out the best in you and get you in touch with the peace, joy, and strength you may have long forgotten--but very much deserve to feel.
SCHEDULEYou will receive a day by day schedule prior to the retreat, which will include the days and times of specific activities (chef cooking class, downtime, perfume making class, exercise classes, group therapeutic sessions, etc.). Individual coaching sessions will be decided on day one of the retreat.
ACCOMMODATIONYou will have access to the fitness center, swimming pool and hot tub, and extensive nature trails. Wine tasting and winery tours are available for you to reserve. Enjoy award-winning cuisine in seven restaurants. Bathrooms are private and you have a choice between single or double rooms.
Chateau Elan is located 30-minutes north of Atlanta. It is 3-hours south of Charlotte, NC.
Please arrive at the Chateau on July 20th by 9:00pm. This will give you a chance to check-in and settle in in time for our 10:00am meeting time that morning. Departure on July 23rd should be after we have our final farewell activity which ends at approximately 1:00 that afternoon.
If you want to come early or stay late for some added relaxation or to explore nearby Atlanta, please feel free!
After receiving her bachelor’s degree from The College of New Jersey and working in the fields of Journalism and Book Publishing, Althia returned to graduate school to “help clients symbolically rewrite the stories of their lives through the process of therapy”. She eventually received her Master of Arts Degree from Marymount University in Arlington, VA and became a North Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor.
Since 2005, Althia has worked as mental health therapist in non-profit agencies, private agencies, group practice, and private practice in North Carolina and Japan. She specializes in the areas of trauma, relationship recovery, mood disorders, couples therapy, life transitions, and self-esteem. She began to recognize that many of her clients yearned for a more dynamic approach to accessing and expressing their emotions.
As a result, Althia opened her experiential coaching business, Phoenix Nest Exposure Coaching, where the goal is to expose her clients to holistic, dynamic experiences for deep, transformative healing. Programs include The Punch Path, which is a non-combat therapeutic boxing program that focuses on movement as a means of understanding and expressing emotion; and Phoenix Nest Transformational Retreats, which combines therapeutic activities with culture, travel and self-care.
Besides her native language of English, Althia speaks fluent Spanish and conversational Portuguese. One of her great loves is travel. She has lived abroad in a number of countries and has a true passion for exploring cultures, languages, and peoples. She is also a former fitness instructor, who continues to incorporate her hobbies of travel, exercise, and general movement into her own personal self-care routine.
The lessons I have learned during our sessions will remain with me for the rest of my life. -Client
Althia has a calming spirit. I immediately felt safe and comfortable with her. She has a creative approach to helping others. And I can tell she genuinely cares. -Client
$900 - $1500
Included in price of the retreat:
Three 2-hour-long therapy-based group activities and lots of hearty healing conversations each day!
Daily guided exercise and one custom nutritional juicing class!
5-star Mediterranean estate-styled accommodations for 3 nights (single or double bed).
Two delicious lunches (one at Fleur de Lis and one at the chef’s private dining room).
$25 resort credit per room per night to be used toward food/beverages or spa treatments.
Chosen spa treatment.
All fees for cooking class.
All fees for perfume/cologne making experience.
Personalized fragrance to take home
Personalized coaching session
Individual specialized at-home treatment plan to take home based on coaching session results
Planned exercise and nutrition activities
Taxes and fees