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Toulouse 2023

april 19-23


How can overcome the imposter syndrome?

What is my value and impact? 

How can I be confident and ask for my worth?

Maybe it’s time to change the script. 

What is your story

How to change your story

How to communicate your story

The most important influence on your life is the story you tell yourself about who you are. 


Explore your inner narrative.
Your life is a story ready to be told. 


That’s why storytelling and exploration are the themes for this retreat and “la ville en rose” - the city known for its innovation and discovery - provides the inspirational surroundings. 


During masterclasses and self-development workshops we will hone in on your narrative, celebrating how it influences you and where it could lead, and together, we’ll start a new and exciting chapter.

Love us, but not available on the date?


your location

Château d´Issus is our home for this retreat.


A beautiful 17th-century château framed by the French countryside, this inviting and impressive abode has a variety of communal spaces for our group to gather in, ideal for our masterclasses and meal times. 

Bedrooms - which can be shared or individual occupancy - are rustic meets traditional French offering lavish beds for a peaceful slumber and sumptuous bathrooms, with some featuring roll top baths.

Surrounded by 4 hectares of gorgeous gardens, it also features a picture-perfect pool and an orchard, so we're hoping for pleasant weather.

You can even visit the chicken coop to collect the eggs, fresh every day.

Loved the location and people. Perfect opportunity to reflect and consider the next steps, both professionally and in my private life.

- Tankred Hase, Lead Application Engineer @ Lightning Labs -


Loved the location and people. Perfect opportunity to reflect and consider the next steps, both professionally and in my private life.

- Tankred Hase, Lead Application Engineer @ Lightning Labs -


Amazing retreat conducted in a holistic way, combining business with personal. 

- Laura Keicher,
Moderator & host -

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For me, this is an essential retreat: making time to take stock - including personal as well as business topics in a condensed but nonetheless holistic way. You will gain so many valuable insights and meet super interesting people. Very impactful!

- Anette Maier, Head of Tax Structuring @ Allianz Capital Partners -


5-Day Reset


Daily workshops

Invitation only

        car transportation

Cultural Activities



Our core team will take time to uncover your story, write your script and unlock opportunities to share and own that story.

Business Morning


Our communications lead guides you on how to effectively share your story and design your narrative to attract PR and media. 



We will tap into our own personal mission and vision and convert this story into actionable next steps to make your story a reality.


masterclasses & workshops

Founders Raj Hayer and Simone Smith, and maven Victoria Gibson will lead you through in-depth self-reflection and strategy masterclasses, workshops, and group activities

Simone Smith
Simone Smith
Coaching & Communications

Who are you really?

“Sometimes it’s not about learning something new, it’s about discovering who you are.” – Anonymous.

Simone Smith’s masterclass will help you uncover the story of your life through what you love. Starting with the story of your name, she will guide you to uncover what it means to you before diving into the story you tell yourself about who you are. By understanding our script, we can then begin to rewrite it and own our own story. After all, we are the authors of our own life.

Navigating your blind spots

In this masterclass, Simone Smith will lead us through a reflection on the concept of the Drowning Man syndrome and each person’s level of tolerance to survive. What limits you? What drives you to do the things you do? Why do you behave the way you behave?

Increasing our self-awareness and understanding of what drives us can help us identify the ”driver behaviour”, i.e. what is weighing us down, what limiting belief we hold on to, and how can we overcome it to navigate to success? This will be the foundation of creating possibilities so you can live in your passion with a true understanding of your life purpose.

Victoria Gibson
Brand & PR

Brand storytelling

Weaving storytelling throughout your brand marketing can be like gold dust for your company.

During this masterclass,  Victoria Gibson will provide a detailed overview of marketing and PR in today’s world, and how a well-told story is at the heart of any communications that represent you or your company.

We’ll delve into your brand story and take a look at the techniques that journalists use to seek out the surprising and unexpected elements of a story, followed by how to piece the puzzle together.

Whether you’re in marketing or not, this workshop can help you to evaluate your current story and learn how to communicate your story to attract business and create a communications plan.

Raj Hayer
Raj Hayer
Mastermind & Meditation

Mastermind masterclass

The Mastermind masterclass is the last workshop on our retreats, and there’s a reason that it’s the big finale.

This powerful workshop embodies all of the self-reflection and self-development work we have been doing during our time together. We conclude with meaningful decisions, as well as next-step deliverables to achieve the success that is personal to you.

Moderated by Raj Hayer, the Mastermind motivates the group of peers to dramatically leverage each other’s successes, bring thoughts and desires together and share feedback and progress on how they can own their story and share it with the world.

It creates a higher collective intelligence that guides the group and individuals forward.

Throughout, Raj creates a synergy of energy, commitment, and excitement with the participants, encouraging the group to raise the bar for themselves, challenge each other to create and implement goals, brainstorm ideas and support each other within a respectful and compassionate environment.


Guided meditation

Every morning, Raj will lead a guided meditation session.

Meditation is a critical tool to enable energy and efficiency to progress into a happier future, making it a really positive way to start the day.

“Inner bliss = Outer calm” which enables less anger, less anxiety, healthier relationships with others, and more importantly, with ourselves.

We can use different forms of meditation at different times, for different needs, throughout our lives. Once we know the techniques, we can shift into them as needed to create: Calm, focus, energy and bliss.

This is an optional part of the day, although we highly recommend it.



A stunning location to maximize a feeling of escape

Mental stimulation through expert-led workshops

Mastermind sessions to establish next steps

Resources and supplies you need

Transport to and from the property

Professional invoice for business expenses
*Flights are not included

Mastermind to propel your career/business forward

Emotional reflection led by our therapist Simone 

✓ Communications & media led by journalist Victoria

Physical reset with nutritionist planned meals

Guided meditation sessions with Raj

✓ Physical wellbeing sessions

Many amenities to enhance your healing and reset



18:00 - Check in

19:00 - Group Dinner

20:30 - Review week agenda

21:00 - Set intentions for the coming days


08:00 - Guided Meditation
08:30 - Breakfast
09:00 - Workshop Mission & Vision
13:00 - Lunch
14:00 - Free afternoon
18:00 - Guided M
19:00 - Dinner

20:00 - Group connection activity: Working with oils


08:00 - Guided meditation

08:30 - Breakfast
09:00 - Workshop: Communications
12:00 - Workshop: Integration
13:00 - Lunch
14:00 - Free Afternoon
0 - Workshop: Nutrition

18:00 - Guided Meditation

19:00 - Dinner

20:00 - Evening check-in & discussions


08:00 - Guided meditation
08:30 - Breakfast
09:00 - Workshop: Mastermind Sessions
13:00 - Lunch
14:00 - Workshop: Mastermind Sessions

18:00 - Guided Meditation

19:00 - Dinner

20:00 - Evening check-in & discussions


07:00 - Guided meditation
07:30 - Vinyasa yoga practice
08:30 - Breakfast
09:00 - Workshop: Integration & Goal Setting
13:00 - Lunch
14:00 - Departure any time


your week


Submit an application without obligation to the retreat team. This information is essential in helping us support your safety and well-being.

Schedule a complimentary call with us to explore whether the retreat setting is right for you and your current challenge or desire for change.

We will send you the deposit link and payment details so you can book your flights and prepare for your journey.

4. Prepare

You will receive material and suggested videos, books and exercises that will support your preparation for the retreat and to maximize your experience.

5. Attend

Let go of your usual duties and obligations and be held and supported within our community and retreat as you define yourself and your next steps.

6. Integrate

We provide access to ongoing support in monthly community calls, sharing toolkits and exercises to weave the insights from the retreat back into your everyday life.

*6 months included 


  1. Four nights accommodation in a 17th-century château. Vintage chic, our French bolthole offers space for productive workshops, areas for reflection and secluded spots to relax. Tucked away within the French countryside, we are just 20 minutes from Toulouse city centre.

  2. Four masterclasses. Each one with a different focus and objective to inspire positive change within your life. You will gain valuable insights into your own behaviours with a psychotherapeutic counsellor, Simone Smith. Raj Hayer, a business and life coach, will help you re-invest in your ideas and goals with achievable outcomes. Victoria Gibson, marketing and PR consultant will delve into communications techniques.

  3. Four mornings of meditation sessions. Every day, we’ll start with a reinvigorating and awakening meditation session to boost our positivity and energy for the day ahead.

  4. Four evening spiritual and stretching sessions. We’ll close the day with a calming and reflection session that will expand our thoughts and bring us into the present to celebrate what we’re experiencing. 

  5. Three experts in their field and 6-8 participants. Our retreats are an opportunity to network. They’re a chance to meet new people from all walks of life with different backgrounds that can offer a variety of perspectives to enrich our lives. Plus, it’s good for our well-being to make new friends.

  6. Eleven meals. During your stay, you will benefit from a physical reset, which includes a scrumptious array of dishes developed by qualified nutritionist Daniela Exley. Any dietary requirements will be met.

  7. 'Me’ time. After all, this is a retreat. While every day we will be doing a little work, there will be an opportunity to relax too. Whether you would like to reflect on the day so far, read a book, enjoy a walk or go for a swim. The time is yours.

  8. Inspiring experiences. On a Mayfly Maven Retreat, we like to celebrate the cultural surroundings. As we’re in the city of exploration, we’ll surprise you with a visit to a meaningful and inspirational location. 

  9. Memories. Throughout the retreat, we’ll take pictures and document our time together. Once we’ve left Toulouse, we will share these with the group so that you can have access to a variety of memorable moments from our time together.

  10. However, our support doesn’t end there. The outcome of the Mastermind is shared after the retreat, and we want to stay connected with you throughout your journey and hear about your exciting developments. We’ll do this with community catch-ups and messages.

  11. Discount for official Mayfly Maven membership and access to bespoke toolkits.

  12. As this is an opportunity for self-development and business growth, we can provide you with a professional invoice for expenses and tax purposes.

  13. Airport pick-up, drop-off, and other transportation. From the moment you arrive in Toulouse, France, and step off the plane, we’ve got you covered.  We’ll arrange for pick-ups and drop-offs to the airport as well as other transportation when we go on our adventures.


Invitation only | 14 participants

Full price €2,497

Workshop Participation only €997

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*Flights not included and booked independently

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Our retreats are for people in good mental and physical health. We do not offer therapeutic or medical treatment. 

Even though the majority of our participants have very meaningful experiences with long-lasting results, there is no guaranteed outcome from participating in a retreat.

Due to the intimate nature of discussions and for the privacy of participants, a non-disclosure agreement ("NDA") will be required prior to arrival, along with a Retreat Disclaimer. Please note that medical insurance and cancellation insurance for the period of the retreat is the responsibility of our participants.

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