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tranquilista lifestyle
Tranquilista Lifestyle: Joie de Vivre

July 11 – August 22, 2012
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the tranquility project
The Tranquility Project
October 10 – November 3, 2012
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creative + conscious business
Creative + Conscious Business
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New chapters release the 1st of each month
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Spring podcast available now!
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Summer podcast releases July 12th

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online book club
June bookclub: Tout Sweet

West Virginia
July 19-22, 2012
October 12-14, 2012
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Urban Women's Yoga Retreat
September 23, 2012
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india retreat

November 16-25, 2012
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scenes from france

Bonjour from Provence. I'm here with an amazing group of women creating art, practicing yoga, and basking in being. The past three weeks in France has been filled with new connections, heaps of hosting, seeking new experiences, and settling in to a different pace of life. Surprisingly exhausting, yet incredibly rewarding. Leaving the comfort of home with beau, pug, and luggage in tow makes for an adventure. From getting proficient with "parlez-vous anglais?" to freezing when someone says "bonjour mademoiselle" to accidentally ordering a "coffee of water" instead of a "carafe of water" - it's been one giggle after another. I mean, after all, you have to be able to laugh at yourself, right?

There are a few beautiful things that have emerged from my journey and i'm hopeful that they will become part of my repertoire and inspire you, too.

  1. Take time to sip tea. Sitting at a cafe to truly savor a pot of tea is beautiful. It's a true gift to curl up with a pot of tea, good book, and pug on your lap. Why rush the process with a to-go cup? There seems to be a true appreciation for smelling the roses, savoring simple pleasures, and knowing that we have all the time we need.
  2. Simple, small pleasures. Cars, shops, apartments are smaller, not super-sized. I love the simplicity of living within a tiny chez moi in DC and enjoy the appreciation for small touches such as hanging laundry out to dry, cultivating a tiny garden (even if is a window box on a fire escape), and shopping in colorful outdoor markets for fresh produce.
  3. Exude style. A scarf and a striped shirt seem to be a part of everyone's wardrobe. Lots of colorful pants on men and a true sense of presenting oneself beautifully to the world. J'adore!
  4. Beauty is everywhere. Lordie, even some ads in the metro are set within a gorgeous ornate gold frame! Also, fleur shops are everywhere and I picked up some beautiful peonies for our hotel room last week. Appreciation for simple touches (doilies with tea, artistic monet garden tickets, ornate train stations) seems to be an art form here.
  5. Always say hello. Before asking questions or when entering a store, there is the standard "bonjour" before launching into one's request. I like that sense of formality and kindness among strangers. Feels like more of a connection - even if on a superficial level to start.

We have 2.5 weeks left on this journey and I'm grateful for each moment. My hope is to embrace slowing down, serving fully, and filling with fresh ideas. I'm brewing up lots of new offerings for Tranquility du Jour and have pulled together a brief survey to get your (my fabulous readers') feedback. Please see below for all the skinny.

Merci beaucoup for your support and for connecting with a passion for tranquility sprinkled with spirituality and creativity. I hope you'll consider joining moi for one of my two France adventures next yearBisous. x

2013 France retreats

Provence Art + Yoga Retreat
Gréolières, France
May 25 - June 1, 2013
Join moi for my second annual jaunt for a week of creating art and practicing yoga at a remote villa in Gréolières, Provence near Nice, Gourdon, Grasse (world's perfume capital), Tourettes – think Cote d'Azur and French Riviera.
Imagine a space where you can decompress, breathe, dream and renew. surrounded by intense beauty of Mount Charion and ancient medieval cities, Kimberly's retreat in Provence truly offers something for everyone: lots of yoga, art and quiet spaces for meditation, reflection, and listening to your inner muse. I especially appreciated the sense of community during the evening three-course dinners at the end of each day. Merci, Kimberly, for a tranquil retreat!
      - Carol, artist, blogger, yogini
Each day in Provence will begin with a leisurely breakfast, followed by an all-level yoga practice and led art journaling. the afternoons are yours for swimming, hiking, biking, napping, reading, or making more art – truly slowing down and processing your experience. Evenings include a slow flow yoga and meditation practice followed by a 3-course gourmet vegetarian meal. At your new home for the week you’ll find modern French style with the classic Provencal features of a charismatic chateau. With a spacious lounge, outdoor swimming pool, dining room with panoramic mountain views, light-filled conservatory for afternoon reading, large river-fronted garden, and outside deck for yoga and art, you will be enveloped in relaxation. Each double room has mattresses dressed in Egyptian cotton, lovely views, big windows, and the serenity of falling asleep to the gentle babble of the river harmonizing with the crickets.
$1995 double occupancy, $2495 single occupancy
$500 deposit to secure, balance due March 1, 2013
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Yoga, Art + Shopping in Paris
Paris, France
June 5-9, 2013
Join moi for a 5-day/4-night extravaganza to Paris, France indulging your creative spirit. This journey includes five decadent days spent exploring the city of light through led art workshops, yoga, and vintage shopping with ample free time for tiptoeing through the Tuileries, indulging at a hamam (turkish bath), window shopping along the Champs Elysées, visiting Mona Lisa at the Louvre (or a favorite monet at Musée d'Orsay), and sipping a cup of café au lait at one of the countless sidewalk cafés.
Each day will include a leisurely breakfast followed by various outings as a small group including sketching and yoga in Luxembourg Gardens, afternoon tea at Ladurée, art journal classes in sidewalk cafes and picturesque gardens, an artist date day trip to Monet’s garden, led vintage shopping to my fave finds, and flea market gallivanting. There will be a few hours of open space each day for exploring the city on your own (in case you have a must-see) or for taking a much-needed nap.
$1995 double occupancy
$500 deposit to secure, balance due March 1, 2013
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Tranquility du Jour Survey

As Tranquility du Jour continues to grow and evolve from its humble beginnings as "TranquiliT thoughts" in October 2004, I'm continually working to challenge myself, serve my readers, and share inspiration. I've crafted a simple survey to get your input on how I can enhance your experience. 

S'il vous plaît take a moment to share your thoughts by clicking here and responding by June 20. Ten lucky responders will be randomly chosen to receive a fashion postcard painted with love in Provence. Merci beaucoup for reading, listening, and connecting.
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