Christine D’Ercole retreat in France

Wordswork Retreat- Self Talk: Liberté, Egalité & Fraternité

March 12-17, 2024 |6 days|Versailles, France

About This Event

Join me in exquisite Versailles, France for a week of wordshops in the palace gardens and other stunning locations to explore self-talk and themes of personal liberty, equality and fraternity. These principles are the foundation of French life. Let us take some time to discover how our own inner dialogue may be what stands between us and our sense of freedom, equality and community.

Wordswork is an immersive multi-day retreat that takes a deeper dive into self-talk. From the introductory meeting and welcome dinner through the farewell meal, participants will find the itinerary full of thoughtfully curated activities that dovetail with the theme of the retreat, balanced with free time to explore and digest the work we are practicing. Each day is structured to build on the previous day’s experience with ample opportunity to practice the skills of course-correcting negative narratives. Every session, in wordshop or activities, presents an array of approaches all aimed at the developing the following skills:

● cultivating awareness of our self-talk
● identifying the language of our core beliefs
● exploring alternate possibilities: employing curiosity through use of language
● practicing journaling techniques for editing unproductive narratives
● learning how to exercise discipline in the use of these skills to get from where we are to where we want to be

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About the retreat leader

Christine is a speaker, writer, decorated track cyclist and original Peloton Instructor who inspires thousands daily through her work on and off the bike.

She is also the Founder of Wordshop, a workshop in self-talk. Through insightful storytelling and creative writing exercises, Christine guides participants to identify negative narratives and to explore alternate, more productive self-talk. A practical and profound tool for change, Wordshop is centered on the four prompts that drive our self-talk: I am, I can, I will, and I do. Participants learn to use these prompts as navigation tools for agency in their lives. Her Wordswork Retreats take a deeper dive into self-talk and incorporate mindful activities that dovetail with the wordshops themes. Wordswork retreats are an incredible opportunity to create a distinct shift in one’s life narrative.

When she is not writing or speaking, Christine is cycling- either leading classes at Peloton or racing on a velodrome somewhere. She is a Masters World Champion and has accumulated multiple Masters National titles. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and has been teaching for over 20 years.

You can find Christine on Instagram @iamicaniwillido and at

Versailles, France, exudes timeless grandeur and beauty.

Its châteaux and meticulously landscaped gardens are steeped in history, bearing witness to the footsteps of past monarchs. Each cobblestone and tapestry tells a story of opulence and majestic splendor. Versailles inspires us to dream limitlessly and to pursue beauty and excellence. It serves as a reminder that greatness can be found in both monumental achievements and everyday moments. Versailles challenges us to create our own realms of purpose and fulfillment, encouraging us to leave our mark on the world.

About the hotel

With tranquil gardens and a fascinating history, Waldorf Astoria Versailles – Trianon Palace provides magnificent architecture and a touch of luxury. Featuring 184 guest rooms and 15 suites, guests will have the choice of two sections, Trianon Palace and Pavillon du Trianon. Discover Parc de Versailles views, Michelin-starred dining, the prestigious Guerlain Spa, and the Clémenceau Ballroom. The hotel offers an experience that combines comfort with an exclusive green setting, making it the ideal place to discover the royal city and the surrounding region.

Enjoy a stay in complete freedom where the key word is discovery!

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Indicative schedule

Day 1: March 12th

  • Arrival and check-in at Waldorf Astoria, Versaille, France
  • 6:30pm - 7:00pm: Start of Retreat: Welcome Meet and Greet & Journal exercise 
  • 7:30pm: Welcome Community Dinner 

Day 2: March 13th

  • 8:00am - 10:00am: Breakfast 
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm: Wordshop 1 
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm: Free time for lunch
  • 1:00pm - 4:30pm: Silent Walk in Versailles gardens or inside Versailles palace
  • 5:00pm - 7:30pm: Free time (including 15 min. journaling exercise at your leisure)
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm: Community Dinner

Day 3: March 14th

  • 7:00am - 9:30am: Breakfast Location
  • 10:00am -11:00pm: Wordshop 2.1 
  • 11:30am - 2:00pm: Tour of Versailles with Hybrid Bikes
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm: Prepared picnic lunch on the gardens of Versailles
  • 4:00pm - 5:30 pm: Wordshop 2.2 at Versailles Palace Gardens
  • 5:30pm - 7:00pm: Free time
  • 7:00pm-7:30pm: Meetup before dinner & 15 min. journaling exercise
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm: Community Dinner Location: La Veranda Restaurant

Day 4: March 15th

  • 7:00am - 9:30am: Breakfast
  • 10:00am - 2:00pm: Montmartre Tour
  • 10:00am - 11:00am: Pick up from the hotel and private transfer to Montmartre Meeting point: Hotel’s lobby
  • 11:00am - 12:30pm: Drop off at Montmartre and start of the Guided Tour
  • 12:30pm - 2:00pm: Silent Photo Walk
  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm: Free time for Lunch
  • 3:00pm - 4:30pm: Wordshop 3 at Square Louise Michel
  • 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm: Private transfer from Montmartre to the hotel
  • 5:30pm - 6:30pm: Free time (including 15 min. journaling exercise)
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm: Community Dinner 

Day 5: March 16th

  • 8:00am - 10:00am: Breakfast Location
  • 10:00am - 3:00pm: Free time to pick your adventure and explore France!
  • 3:00pm - 5:30pm: Final Wordshop 4
  • 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm: Free Time to Reflect
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm: Farewell Community Dinner 

Day 6: March 17th

  • 8:00am - 10:00am: Breakfast
  • 11:00am: Check-out / Departure

Disclaimer: This schedule is indicative and is subject to change depending on weather conditions as we move closer to the retreat date. change as we move closer to the retreat day.


Enhance your experience and delve deeper into the charms of France, by extending your stay for an additional two nights, from March 10 to March 12.

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Event Highlights

5-night Accommodation at Waldorf Astoria – Trianon Palace

All Breakfast Meals

All Dinner Meals

All sessions with Christine

Bike Tour with Hybrid Bikes in Versailles

Picnic at Versailles Gardens

Versailles Palace Entrance Ticket Tour

Montmartre Guided Tour

Room types:

Pavillion 4-star rooms, Palace 5-star rooms


Price range: 4.770€ – 5420€

in Double Occ. room

Price range: 5.920€ – 6.320€

in Single Occ. room

Flexible plan

what’s included

  • 5-night Accommodation at Waldorf Astoria – Trianon Palace
  • All Breakfast Meals
  • All Dinner Meals
  • All sessions with Christine
  • Tour in Versailles with Hybrid Bikes
  • Picnic at Versailles Gardens
  • Ticket for Versailles Palace
  • Montmartre Guided Tour


  • Transfer from Waldorf Astoria – Trianon Palace to Montmartre and back

what’s not included

  • Airtickets to/from France – We strongly advise you to book flexible airfare tickets and flights with fewer carbon emissions to contribute to environmental protection, as it is responsibility to safeguard our environment
  • Accommodation Tax of 10.40€ – 5-star rooms or 7.88€ 4-star rooms / night payble by the guests directly to the hotel based on the French Finance Law passed on 29 December 2023.
  • Airport and Land Transfers
  • Soft drinks, water, beverages
  • Lunch meals
  • Whatever is not mentioned clearly in the inclusions

more info

We strongly advise you to book flexible airfare tickets and flights with fewer carbon emissions to contribute to environmental protection, as it is responsibility to safeguard our environment


Payment Plan: Available – contact us at for details

Price List:

Pavillion 4-star room 4.770€ per pers. 5.920€ per pers.
Palace 5-star room 5.420€ per pers. 6.320€ per pers.

Language: English

Land Transfer: Available upon request – contact

Cancellation Policy: Deposit amount is non-refundable | Should you wish to cancel your participation after February 2nd, 100% of cancellation fees will be applied.

Important Info: In case there are Covid-19 restrictions or any other restrictions related to any other pandemic that prevent guests from traveling the total amount paid will be refunded.

Transport: For Christine’s retreat in France, you have the option to fly into either Paris Orly Airport, which is just 24 km from Versailles, or into Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport, which is 45 km from Versailles. From either of these airports, you can book a transfer to the hotel.

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