Self-discovery & Creative photography




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Fall in love in yourself

Would you like to have a beautiful journey of self-discovery and photography in the peace and calm of the sunny French countryside? To find your own voice and future perspective? To become visible? To get beautiful portraits of yourself and to fall in love in your own self-expression? Grab your camera and join us in the coaching and creative photography course lead by an experienced an inspiring professional, photographer and futures coach Piritta Fors.

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What our previous guests have said

“I attended a great Photography & Self Expression retreat in June 2019. The Happy Hamlet is a real gem with the beautifully decorated rooms and the wonderfully spacious stall with the kitchen. The service matches the rest of the place, 5* in every way. The food was so delicious at every meal as was the table setting – everything thought to the last detail but made to look so relaxed!! Cannot wait to go back!”  – LEENA (July 2019)

Express yourself and fall in love...


This is a creative workshop where you can discover yourself and experiment photography with a loving professional guidance and training. You do not need to be very technically skilled – it is more about seeing, being curious, understanding the importance of light, the energy between the model and the photographer. Coaching brings you visible to yourself and photography supports your journey to bloom. We all want to look good in a picture but it is a skill we can learn. We create a loving safe space for everyone for self-reflection and self-expression. It is about finding your own way of being happy and creative with photography. Together we will create an enlightened adventure in the world of self-discovery and photography.

“It was a wonderful course; I got so SO much more that I could wish for.”

“Superb content; coaching, creativity, beauty, group discussions, photography – a very warm and loving overall feeling. I loved it!”

You can take your time being idle or dive into yourself and your inner thoughts. Or you may dip into the natural swimming pool (no chlorite nor other chemicals!) or relax in the sauna. Or maybe just steal a moment for yourself and your book, curl up in a hammock tucked away under the trees. If you wish to get active physically, the surroundings are perfect for jogging, hiking, or cycling. And we need to add, that “the Hamlet Hike” around the property with Nicolas has been very popular – just don’t wear your high heels!

Our program is based on a “go with the flow” mentality, this is your vacation, after all! Piritta leads a meditation session at the pool every morning if you want to join. At some days 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 instructor guiding you gently in your self-expression...


Piritta Fors is a professional photographer who has worked as an editorial press photographer, in commercial photography and has held her own Inner Goddesses art exhibitions. She is also a life coach, women’s group coach and futurist. She specializes in portraiture, self-expression and encouraging people to find their own way to see and take pictures. She inspires you to love with your own image, to be playful with self-portraits and how to see the light and beauty in all the people.

“All people are beautiful in their own way. The coaching will bring forward you own self and the photography documents your blooming. The flow in photography is a wonderful joyful state. Photography and visual expression are in growing importance in our life. You bring home a new understanding of yourself, vision of your future, professional tricks in photography, a lot of wonderful pictures of yourself, portraits of the group members, photography from the intriguing Southern France and a happy relaxed creative state of mind.”

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).

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All-inclusive retreat cost: 1450 EUR (VAT included)

Included in the price:

– Daily lectures, coaching and photography training
– All participants will get 3 professional quality portraits taken by Piritta Fors and large number of pictures from the other group members
– Accommodation (5 nights) in The Happy Hamlet guest house (twin or double room, ensuite bathroom)
– All meals, snacks, drinks
– Property with vast outdoors, natural swimming pool, sauna, various sports/games equipment
– Visits to vineyards for wine tasting and the farmers’ market in a medieval village
– One bundled airport transfer from and to Toulouse-Blagnac Airport
– Good mood, happy company, recharged batteries

Please note, airfares and insurance are not included in the price. Nearest airport: Toulouse-Blagnac.

Reservations & contact with any questions: &

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

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