Laine Retreat 2



SEPTEMBER 9-14, 2019


What's the deal?

Bienvenue on the southwestern French countryside.

It's time to slow down

The third Laine Retreat sold out in few hours which is why we're organizing the fourth one right after! It will – once again – be all about slow living, knitting and making memories that will last a lifetime. During the days in France, we will have plenty of time to relax, knit and enjoy the beauty and peace of the surrounding landscape.

Are you packing already?

What does this experience entail..?


Once we arrive we’ll enjoy a welcome champagne apero and a long long dinner – because when in France, do as the French do! This stay is all about “Joie de Vivre” or joy of life, meaning a lot of relaxing, enjoying tasty fresh food, sipping to local wines and engaging in interesting discussions – while knitting, of course.

During the retreat you may dip into the natural swimming pool (no chlorite nor other chemicals!) or relax in the sauna in a barrel. Or maybe just steal a moment for yourself and your knitting, curl up in a hammock tucked away under the trees. If you wish to get more active physically, the surroundings are perfect for jogging, hiking, cycling or swimming. “The Hamlet Hike” around the property with Nicolas has been very popular, too – just don’t wear your high heels!

Our program is based on a “go with the flow” mentality, this is your vacation, after all! You may participate in our little visits in the region – but it’s completely fine if you wish to stay “home” in the Hamlet. We’ll visit a charming medieval village on an evening dinner market, we’ll go treasure hunting to a local “brocante” and since in France, we’ll definitely do some wine-tasting at our friends’ vineyard. Departure day morning, if your travel plans allow, we’ll pick up the freshest from the nearby farmers’ market and enjoy a champagne brunch before the “au revoirs”. That is, “until we meet again” – because we think you might want to return..

Ps. Have a look at the lovely reviews of our previous retreat guests!

Inspiring hosts and guests.


Laine is a high-quality Nordic knit & lifestyle magazine for knit folks. We cherish natural fibres, slow living, local craftsmanship and beautiful, simple things in life. Our intention is to inspire you to gather and share, to be part of a community of like-minded knitters, makers and thinkers from near and far. Knitting is more than just knit, knit, purl. It is a feeling.

Laine includes patterns from the leading knitwear designers, insightful, long-format stories from the world of wool, interviews, exciting travel articles, seasonal recipes and strong, visual storytelling.

Read more on Laine Magazine website .

Sweet dreams guaranteed...


You will stay in the Guest House of The Happy Hamlet, which centuries ago was home for several families and now has been turned into a place for feeling good. The charming rooms (double, twin or triple) have each an ensuite bathroom with a window. The house has been renovated by preserving as much of the old as possible, yet keeping the comfort in mind. Many recycled treasures have been given new life allowing them to tell you their stories from the past.

The huge barn will be your lounge, salon and kitchen whenever you wish, and the vast property offers woods and prairies, fields and valleys for you to explore. You are welcome to enjoy the organic produce from the garden whenever you feel like having a healthy snack. With the sessions and discussions, other activities and visits you will surely have plenty to do, to explore and to experience – but you will certainly have your free time, too. Nothing beats the hammock under the trees for good relaxation!

At night, once in bed, you’ll be guaranteed a good night’s sleep because the only background noise will be the owl informing that everything is.. just fine.

See gallery in the bottom of the page or visit directly here for more photos of The Happy Hamlet property, the Guest House & rooms, the barn, the outdoors and more. Lovely feedback and reviews from our previous guests can be found on our testimonials page, on our Facebook (click “most recent”), and also on Google Business and TripAdvisor (search The Happy Hamlet).

In France they say "Bon Appétit". And they mean it, literally.


Meals are prepared with own organic produce combined with the offering from the local farmers. The region’s wine selection is impressive, and you will be able to taste and find your favorites both during the meals as well as the visits to the vineyards. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and all drinks are included. You’re really meant to feel “at home”, which means that you’re welcome to enjoy anything from the garden or kitchen whenever you feel like a healthy snack – or have a glass of wine by the pool if that’s what would make you happy right there and right then.

You can join the “Hamleters” and visit one of the daily markets to hand-pick all the fresh goodies for a pique-nique. One evening will be dedicated for a long dinner at the evening dinner market, where we will be able to taste local specialties under the stars with the fellow-villagers. Bon appétit indeed!

And when we say local, we mean local – check out the foodie map of the surrounding producers. 

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SOLD OUT! Please contact for wait list.

All-inclusive retreat cost: 1850 EUR (VAT included)

Included in the price:

– Accommodation (5 nights) in The Happy Hamlet guest house (twin or double room, ensuite bathroom)
– All meals, snacks, drinks (in the Hamlet and outdoors)
– Property with vast outdoors, pool, sauna, various sports/games equipment
– Visits in the region (wine-tasting, farmers’ market, brocante) and all logistics accordingly
– One bundled airport transfer from and to Toulouse-Blagnac Airport
– Good mood, happy company, recharged body&mind&soul!

Reservations and inquiries:,, and

Please note that airfares are not included in the price. Closest airport: Toulouse-Blagnac.

Local organizer: SARL HAPPY HAMLET, Lieu dit Gary, 82190 Fauroux, Ranska. Please see The Happy Hamlet  conditions for more details.

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For your inspiration while you're packing.

See you next summer, we're excited - and you should be, too!