July 16 – 25, 2019

If you are a dance teacher who’s ready to plunge into leading edge information on performance coaching and injury prevention then join Deborah Vogel for a rejuvenating retreat adventure

July 16 – 25, 2019

We’ll start and end in Toulouse which is also known as La Ville Rose (the pink city).  Toulouse is the capital of Occitanie region.  The Occitanie region is famous for it’s colorful food, wines, medieval castles, culture, history, villages and market towns, farm or stone houses full of character.  You’ll view olive groves on rolling green hills, fields of sunflowers and perhaps a lavender farm or two as we travel an hour to the medieval chateau that you will call home for the next week.

Ahh…. the beauty of France…

The South of France is the PERFECT place to spend 10 extraordinary days!

  • Stretching out your stress and deepening into the natural rhythms of your body.
  • Uncovering how to prioritize your students’ success without sacrificing yourself.
  • Recharging your energy while exploring leading edge training techniques.
  • Exploring fascial conditioning and stretching to keep your fascia (and body) flexible and responsive!
  • Discovering the latest techniques & strategies for integrative learning practices so your students can up their games while taking care of their bodies.
  • You can’t come to France and not have adventures! While we will have daily classes there will be enough time to unwind and relax at the pool, or to take a leisurely walk through the rolling hills.  Outings will be planned to nearby villages on market days so you can wander through the vendors and visit the shops to take back that perfect reminder of your time in France.

What Past Attendees Are Saying

“The Tuscany Dance Teacher’s Retreat was an experience that both nurtured the soul and the need to learn more about the dancer’s body. Deborah Vogel shared a wealth of information that will enable each teacher to become more aware of their students’ needs. Not only did we learn specific techniques for student improvement but also for our own personal health and wellness.  Tuscany was the perfect place to meet new like-minded teachers, explore and meet the warm hearted people of the villages. And… the food was absolutely fabulous and plentiful served in the outside dining room overlooking the beautiful countryside. Thank you so much for such a memorable, wonderful, fabulous Dance Teacher retreat. You did it right!”  Tonie, 2018 Retreat

“Exactly what I needed. This retreat was a beautiful collaboration, initiated by Deborah on the focus of the body/mind. The intention was clear – to explore movement from a mindful perspective, taking into account the whole being.  At times I was overwhelmed, in a good sense, with the positive energy of the group. I feel renewed and curious again!”  April,  2018 Retreat

“Deb has a true gift of making the impossible become possible. She is educated in multiple disciplines of dance, body awareness, teacher training, meditation, healing and more. With a calming disposition, she is able to guide her students through hands-on training in somatic awareness.  The week of classes at the retreat introduced me to a new way to identify problems within my body as well as issues my students may have.  I would love to learn more from Deb! This was an incredible opportunity and I am blessed to have been a part of it! ” Pam,  2018 Retreat

Why should YOU join us?

After nonstop planning, teaching, choreographing, mentoring, and nurturing of your students – all while wearing multiple hats of parent, partner, teacher, business owner, teacher – it’s time for some much deserved “you” time.

Feeling frustrated that you’re so busy taking care of everyone else that you don’t have any time left over for YOU?

Time to switch gears! Through inspirational guidance and energizing practices, you’ll discover just how easy it can be to make yourself a priority no matter how hectic your life is back home.  Let the pampering begin!

Want to better understand how to train students who don’t have the perfect body?

Get ready for insights galore! We’ll talk extensively about how to work with the common challenges teachers face in training the wide variety of bodies that come into class. After all, everyone should be able to experience the joy of dancing.

Longing to have your dancer’s body back but feeling clueless about how to make your own well-being a top priority?

Mystery solved!  Once you discover my body conditioning secrets, you’ll have a simple daily practice you can take home and integrate into your daily schedule.  The time to fall in love with your body again starts now!

Does your heart break when you see your students sabotage themselves with negative self-talk and lack of confidence?

A mindset shift is in order! After you steep yourself in tried and tested inner dialogue techniques, you’ll feel empowered to help your students change up not only their relationships with themselves, but their results.

Wanting to talk all things technique so you can improve your approach to training your students?

Let’s do it!  After you immerse yourself in the latest research and strategies for training your dancers, you’ll bring the best of yourself to the studio (and bring out the best in your students). That’s a huge win-win!

“It was an amazing experience for me to meet new friends in a new place with breathtaking sceneries and a stunning environment. Learning and discovering new information together, sharing ideas and guiding each other to know more about ourselves. I witnessed different positive energy and changes on our bodies everyday! (not to mention about the wonderful food and wine, and lovely hospitality from the retreat staff.) I would highly recommend this remarkable experience to everyone from around the world.”  Georgia  Tuscany Retreat 2018


Set in the midi-Pyrenees area of France is the Chateau de Puissentut, a medieval chateau dating back to the 12th century.  Originally it was the manor house of the local village and became a chateau when it was fortified, possibly to keep the English out during the 100-Years war, or perhaps, because the de Sariacs (occupants and owners in the 16th century) were Huguenots, to fend off the Catholics during the war of Religion.  When the Protestant faith was banned in the late 17th Century the then senior de Sariac converted to Catholicism in order to retain his land and title while his sisters fled to England.

The chateau has been recently restored and renovated to a very high standard. While the robust stone walls have stood for centuries and tell of various incarnations, the interior is fresh and modern.  There are 10 en-suite bedrooms available in the main house. The bathrooms all have rain showers, sinks and toilets and are separated from the main room by a tall wall.  There are 2 community bathrooms in the hallway.  Also in the chateau are two lounges to gather and socialize or check your email, and a large kitchen and dining room for when the weather doesn’t allow for outside dining.

The Chateau is set in pretty gardens with views across fields and woodlands. You can soak up some sun by the pool or alternatively there is plenty of space to find a quiet spot to read, rest and contemplate. If you fancy a walk, take one of the woodland paths surrounding the venue.

Peace and tranquility are assured, while all the amenities such as supermarkets, restaurants, petrol stations, chemists and doctors are reachable within a 15 minute drive.  The local village is only a 5-minute drive or a 30-minute walk away, where there is a bar/restaurant, grocers, bakery and post office.



The food in France has been described as heavenly…amazing and layered with flavor.  Fresh sun-kissed produce, pesto, incredible cheese… and we can’t forget the wine!

Gluten intolerant? Vegetarian? No problem!  Indulge in healthy, inspiring, vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes, incorporating a wide selection of locally sourced fresh organic ingredients, providing a culinary experience that will nourish and satisfy.

What’s Included:

  • Daily classes and loads of engaging teacher talk throughout the week
  • A room with two beds and en-suite bath to share with a roommate (unless you pay for a single)
  • Transportation to and from Toulouse to the venue
  • Seven nights of chateau accommodation at Chateau de Puissentut with free wifi in the lounge. (not in individual rooms)
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners during the retreat days. (served with local organic wines)
  • Fresh fruit juices, teas, and coffee at the Chateau
  • All group excursions to local villages and towns
  • Award-winning organic winery tour and tasting
  • Staff gratuity

What’s Not Included:

  • Your round-trip airfare from home
  • Individual transfer from the Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (TLS) to our hotel in Toulouse, France
  • Alcoholic beverages outside of mealtimes at the Chateau de Puissentut
  • Any souvenirs, wine, cheese, or other French goodies you want to purchase to take home
  • Personal phone calls
  • Spa services
  • Personal, medical or trip cancellation insurance

Flights & Transportation:

You must arrive in Toulouse on July 19th to meet up with the group at our hotel.  Transportation from the Airport (TLS) to the hotel is on your own. Transportation back from the Chateau to Toulouse will be provided on Wednesday, July 24th. If you are returning home immediately after the conclusion of the retreat, your return flight should leave no earlier than 3:00 p.m. local time from Toulouse.  Hotel accommodations in Toulouse are included for Tuesday, July 19th and Wednesday, July 24th.

About Deborah:

 Deborah loves everything there is about dance!  She loves watching dancers perform, giving all of their hearts and soul to the choreography, and she wants you to become the very best coach and trainer you can be by sharing the information she has learned throughout the past 40 years! 

It all started when she was a young child.  From the instant her parents enrolled her in classes at a local studio, she was hooked.  The studio quickly became her second home and the students and teachers there were her extended family.

When she was 21, she moved to New York City to fulfill her dream of becoming a professional dancer.  While she was there, she had the good fortune to meet Irene Dowd, a neuromuscular specialist who rocked her world!  She quickly began to see the link between what she felt in her body and what was happening anatomically and in technique class.  This was a total game changer!  She ended up joining the practice of one the area’s well-known dance docs – Richard Bachrach, DO – and co-founded the Center for Dance Medicine with him. It was a dream come true to work with both recreational and professional dancers as well as Broadway gypsies and Wall Street businessmen! 

These days, Deborah draws on her background as a neuromuscular educator, dance teacher, and “somatic explorer.”  She has a unique ability to study a dancer’s body alignment and movement patterns to identify muscular imbalances.  As a specialist in devising ways dancers can bring their bodies, minds, and spirits back into alignment after stress, strain or injury, Deborah teaches dancers and teachers how to “see and analyze” the body in motion and how to improve its performance.