Mineral Year Retreat

(Ground and love your story; open your heart to live it!)

JUNE 16-22 2019

Hosted by Susan Hough and Véronique Porter

Accommodation at the Villa “Le Claoux”

To book this retreat, please click the “Register for Retreat” button below; then you will be redirected to PayPal to pay your deposit ($500):

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Aligning with your purpose

(Through Ritual and Art)

2019 is the year of the Mineral Element for the Dagara tribe of Burkina Faso. Sobonfu Somé came from this tribe and taught their rituals and ways in the West. The mineral year is the time to break free of ancestral and individual patterns that have caused you to stay out of alignment with your gifts. Susan Hough, a long time student of Sobonfu, will guide you to move through and into this mineral year; release fears that get in the way of your alignment. You will feel it in your bones. You will awaken your story through a week of meditation, rituals, journaling, storytelling and art.



The week will be devoted to release past patterns and stories that no longer serve you. Through rituals and self-reflection you will explore and open yourself to new possibilities, new growth. You will create the opportunity for your life to become truly aligned with your journey. You will open up and discover new ways to bring forth your most meaningful gifts to your life while being supported and celebrated in this.  


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Susan Hough has been living her gift for over 30 years. A born healer, she began her journey on the East Coast working with teens and families as a social worker. The rites of passage of losing her mother, being diagnosed with breast cancer, and suffering through a divorce caused Susan's entire life to shift. Experiencing so many rites of passage at once set her off on a journey to heal herself both physically and spiritually in Laguna Beach. Studying the teachings of Sobonfu Somé, Susan felt her life shifting once again. After reading Sobonfu's book "The Spirit of Intimacy" several times she knew they had to meet. When she finally met Sobonfu, they connected on a deep spiritual level, and their lives  became intertwined. For the next 18 years Sobonfu mentored her in the practice of traditional African Rituals. Through these rituals Susan learned the role that spirit plays in her life, and vowed to share this wisdom; creating Living Your Gifts.

Susan has the rare perspective of having a background in traditional therapy, studying indigenous healing methods, and training as a life coach. With her diversity of education and experience, she has combined her teachings to develop a coaching practice that honors spirit while integrating traditional methods. Susan's approach to Spiritual Coaching focuses on finding your gifts and enabling you to share them with the world.

Susan is a CTI certified Life Coach, and has trained with Mietek Wierkus in energy healing, Mary Branch Grove in the healing arts, and Jennifer Halls in intuitive healing.

“Susan Hough is a spirited and resourceful leader, deeply in touch with her indigenous soul. She combines her studies in ancient wisdom with her life experience, to ingeniously create a unique experience for each person or group. Her work is brilliant, inspiring and healing. I recommend her.”


COST: $1900 (Deposit of $500 will be applied towards the total amount of the retreat.)

Susan and Véronique's work compliments each other beautifully. In addition to working with Susan and Véronique your time away in this beautiful place will give you space to:

  • Ignite your passion

  • Find your flow

  • Nourish yourself body and soul

  • Align with your gifts

  • Discover your inner truth

Testimonials of past workshop, August 2018

  • Thank you all for a wonderful retreat experience and opening up your life experiences to Jamie and I. You are all strong, beautiful women with real life stories that show your personal strength and courage! It is a true inspiration. Ashley Bulai


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Vence is a beautiful medieval village perched on the hills overlooking the Cote d'Azur. You can read Richard Madeley's view of Vence in the Telegraph here. Our Villa, Le Claoux, is a 10-minute stroll downhill into this beautiful artistic town which is a renowned artists hubs with history, beauty and culture rolled into one. Vence village captures French old school chic with its cobbled streets, small squares and elegant shops, bistros and galleries. Le Claoux's stunning panoramic views are reason alone to kick back, relax and take in the beauty of the world.


Your home for the week will be the stunning Mas de Claoux. All of the accommodations are shared and spread out throughout the 4 beautiful bedrooms; 2 - 3 people per room with comfortable beds, a private bathroom per room and lovely linens and towels. The house has a stunning view with a beautiful pool and lots of gardens and nature to explore around the villa. You will spend a wonderful week here relaxing and getting back to yourself.  Click through the images below to see more of Le Claoux.



Your Investment includes:

  • 6 nights accommodation (Linens and Towels provided)

  • 1 Guided Meditation Session daily

  • Nature walks

  • Daily Painting Workshops at The Looking Glass Atelier

  • Daily Rituals with Susan to understand and connect

  • All art and ritual material

  • Daily Breakfast

  • Packed lunch

  • Home cooked dinners, I dinner in town

  • Fruit, tea and snacks available through out the day

  • Free use of the pool and space at Le Claoux

  • Pick up & Drop off - (conditions apply)

COST: $2,200 (Deposit of $500 will be applied towards the total amount of the retreat.)

Not included:

  • Flights


Airport pickup and drop off will be from Nice Airport:

The closest airport to the villa is Nice (2 terminals) and the villa is about a 35-minute drive (without traffic) or 1-hour bus ride (without traffic) away. The airport serves most major European cites flying regularly throughout the day to the more major ones such as London and Paris. The biggest airlines flying to Nice are: British Airways, Air France and Easyjet.

Arrival Airport Shuttle is at 3-4 PM on Arrival Day (Departure time from Nice Airport)

Departure shuttle is at 11.30 AM on Departure Day (Departure time from Le Claoux)

Arrival outside these times will require you to organize your own transport to Vence. There are a few options:

Rent a Car:

The South of France is beautiful and easily explored by car. There is parking at the villa and having a car will allow you more freedom to explore the neighboring towns. 

Arrival by bus:

The South of France is well connected by rail to other French cities and to other countries notably Italy. The major stations are Nice and Antibes. There are two buses that travel to Vence from the airport passing via the Cagnes sur Mer train station, the number 400 and number 94. They pass approximately every 15 - 30 minutes, take 1 - 1.25 hours and cost 2 EUR. The ride up to Vence is very scenic and if you take the 400 you will pass by the historic village of St Paul de Vence. Once you arrive in Vence, it is a 5-minute car journey to the villa. Transfer from Vence up to the house can be organized and will be free of charge.

Arrival by taxi:

Taxis are expensive in the South of France but very comfortable and an easy method of transport. The cost is about 70 EUR to get to the house and they can be taken directly from outside the airport terminal.