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A Taste of Authenticity: Live and Learn's Unforgettable Burgundy Retreat

Updated: Oct 2, 2023

Dear Live and Learn community,

We hope this newsletter finds you well and brimming with wanderlust! We're excited to share our incredible journey to Burgundy, France, during our September 2023 retreat. It was an unforgettable experience filled with genuine encounters, breathtaking landscapes, and a taste of Burgundian culture that left our hearts brimming with joy.

Burgundy: A Whirlwind of Authentic Delights

Our September 2023 Burgundy retreat was a sensory journey that delighted the soul. From the moment we set foot in this picturesque region, we were immersed in a world of authenticity.

The manor, an ancient wine castle built on the remains of a feudal mound, and refurbished tastefully in 2015 was the perfect location to discover all the gems Burgundy has to offer. A stay at the "Manoir", with its characteristic blue shutters offered more than enough privacy and truly felt like a homecoming.​

Highlights of Our Journey:

  1. Wine Tasting: Burgundy is renowned for its exquisite wines, and we were treated to private tastings at renowned vineyards. Our participants got to savor some of the world's finest Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays while learning about the intricate art of winemaking. We even got our own private tasting within our cellar at the Manoir.

  2. Culinary Adventures: The heart of French cuisine beats in Burgundy, and we savored every moment. From hands-on cooking classes with local chefs to dining at charming bistros, we experienced the region's culinary traditions firsthand.

  3. Historical Treasures: Burgundy's history is woven into its charming towns and medieval architecture. We explored small towns and quaint villages, museums, gaining insight into the region's rich heritage.

  4. Local Encounters: The warmth and hospitality of the Burgundian people left an indelible mark on us. We engaged with locals, shared stories, and experienced life as they do. We learned to sing the famous Burgundy song also called "ban bourguignon" and celebrated one of our client's birthday alonside other French locals.

  5. Natural Beauty: Burgundy's landscapes are nothing short of breathtaking. Through country road, and vineyards, we witnessed the hard work of the "vendangeurs" in the peak of harvest season and the start of changing colors on the rolling hills.

Looking Ahead to September 2024

We're thrilled to announce that due to the overwhelming success of our September 2023 retreat, we're already planning our return to Burgundy in September 2024! The memories we made this year were nothing short of magical, and we can't wait to create new ones with you.

Our September 2024 retreat promises to be just as authentic and enriching as the one we experienced this year. From vineyard tours to cultural explorations, gastronomic delights, and the chance to forge new friendships, it's an opportunity you won't want to miss.

Click here to explore our upcoming Burgundy Retreat for September 2024. Don't wait too long to secure your spot, as space is limited, and our retreats tend to fill up quickly! Our trips are opened to all: individuals traveling alone, friends and families who want to create their own adventure with us, work colleagues who are seeking a team building experience.

Thank you for being a part of the Live and Learn community. We look forward to creating more unforgettable memories with you in the heart of Burgundy in September 2024.

If you have any questions or would like to reserve your spot early, feel free to contact us at

Until then, scroll down to read some of our testimonials and may your wanderlust lead you on more adventures and discoveries!

Hortense and Marie-Anne

This fully immersive cultural experience will leave you feeling like you lived your best French life for a week. If you wish to experience France in a more authentic and intimate way, Live and Learn is what you’re looking for!

Authentically, comme à la maison.

Hortense and Marie-Anne

Here is what some of our September 2023 clients have to say about their experience:

Marie-Anne and Hortense became family. Their attention to detail and emphasis on an authentic French experience was remarkable. The excursions were short & sweet with plenty of relaxation built into our days. All of the food was well planned and delicious; from a private chef, learning to make French cuisine myself, or eating a wonderful meal out. This is a trip I will never forget and am truly grateful they were by my side.
Stéphanie W., ID
A wonderful week in Burgundy! The villa, food and wine were outstanding as were the excursions. However what was even more special was Hortense and Marie-Anne…their knowledge and attention to detail made all the difference. They were dedicated to ensuring everyone got the most out of the week-plus they’re really fun!
Jim K., CA
What a remarkable trip we had to France! It was rejuvenating, inspiring and relaxing all at once. Mary-Anne and Hortense truly made our experience delightful. They expertly curated the accommodations, food and itinerary to create a complete French experience. I cannot wait to join them on another adventure!
Jana F, ID

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