The first weeks of the New Year saw us getting more and more excited about a new venture we’d been working on over the previous months. When we arrived in Aulagnes, we immediately saw what an amazing location it would be for special weekends where people could really ‘get away from it all’. We had lots of different ideas initially and then were fortunate when one of our family – who is a qualified mindfulness teacher – offered to run a programme here – an offer we just could not refuse. And as we put the word out and people began signing up, it became ‘real’. We focused on developing a gentle and well balanced few days – something that was special itself, and that would take place in a very special setting. We were so happy when we reached – and then exceeded – our minimum number of seven participants, and slowly (well perhaps not that slowly!) we moved from planning to execution – with the help of two massive whiteboards which held checklists, reminders and ‘to dos’ in many shapes & forms!