Live Inspired Getaway France 2023 Wellness Retreat & Art Tour

Tracing the footsteps of Van Gogh and Cezanne

in the heart of Provence... 

Think of a peak moment in your life, 

one where you felt truly alive... 

If you are ready to make a change in your life that will have long lasting effects this inspirational getaway is just the ticket.  

Your health and safety is important to us. Due to travel restrictions imposed by the pandemic, the Live Inspired Getaway that we planned for 2022 was postponed. This provided us with a perfect opportunity to slow down, be creative and resourceful and make our next retreat even better!

Join me in France in 2023 as we create moments that you will savor for the rest of your life!  And if you need any more reasons than those I share in this short video, I will be glad to talk them through with you.

Reserve your spot for Summer 2023!


Arles, France

Space is limited!

For all travel related questions, please contact: Carla Van Wees

CTM Travel, 416-420-2650 [email protected]
Direct Line 905-243-6598  

TICO Registration Number 50024500

This is the ultimate gift of self-care for the busy woman!

If you're a purpose-driven woman on a personal quest for excellence who is ready to reinvent yourself, to create something new, then join Maura Joy Lustig, transformational coach, artist and retreat host to escape, unwind, recharge your life and indulge your senses in Arles and Aix en Provence, in southern France.  Our experience is grounded in the history, the art, the culture, the cuisine!  

Your health and safety is important to us...

Our retreat in France in 2019 was amazing and the Live Inspired Getaway France 2023 will be epic!

Join the Waiting List NOW! 

Don't ask what the world needs...Ask what makes you come alive and then go do it.  

Because what the world needs is more women who have come alive!  

Are you ready to make a healthy change, to put on your own (oxygen) mask first? 

Many women are at turning points, searching for meaning, feeling like time is slipping through their fingers. Many yearn to travel, they want to do something special...

If this is you, if you're feeling burnt out or overwhelmed, then the Live Inspired Getaway in France is exactly what you need:)

Our Wellness Retreat and Art Tour has a two-fold purpose that we believe is a perfect combination.

With Transformational Coach Maura Joy Lustig at your side, take an inner journey that will leave you inspired and full of energy for the road ahead. In addition to her work as a coach, Maura is an experienced and accomplished artist, who's work has been exhibited and sold internationally.  Her ability to weave art, retreat and life together will create a transformational experience for you, as you indulge in the sights, sounds, culture and the power of personal empowerment of this unique tour with her.

Life is not measured by the breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away.   Come join us! (maximum 8 participants)

What makes this wellness retreat so special?

It's the perfect blend of activities and relaxation.  Music, laughter, strolls, exploration together and more...  

Our week will be leisurely and magical - a chance to slow down, settle in, relax and enjoy the pace of French living. Carefully planned to allow you plenty of time to absorb and process your own journey and transformation, we will alternate with fabulous visits to iconic sites for two major artists of the nineteenth century - Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890) and Paul Cézanne (1839 - 1906). Both were in love with the landscapes, views and of course most particularly - the light, that is so unique to the south of France.

We believe this focus on art, including the beauty of the landscapes and nature (the lavender will be in bloom) will add inspiration, insight, pleasure and relaxation to your retreat time.

Our Travel Specialist, Carla Van Wees of CTM Travel will handle your deposits and payments.  

For all travel related questions, please contact: Carla Van Wees

CTM Travel, 104-50 Carroll Street, Toronto, Ontario M4M 3G3

416-420-2650 Direct Line 905-243-6598  

[email protected]
TICO Registration Number 50024500

Testimonials from Attendees:

Arcot Riemer

Collingwood, ON

"I enjoyed the retreat and spending time with like minded people. I learned more about myself . I travelled on my own and found I could manage independently quite well. It is a very nice area and peaceful. 

Maura is a good coach and helps you find things about yourself that you may not have considered."

Lise Gravel

New Liskeard, ON

“Exploring the possibilities of deep personal growth in a medieval village was incredible. Signs of renewal at many levels was evident while walking along the streets of the old village, while exploring a mystical chateau and cathedral, a few caves and cluseaux, chatting with local proud artisans. 

I would recommend a retreat lead my Maura for anyone searching to explore and to deepen their possibilities and personal growth .”




Our Destination

Why Arles?

Arles is the town that Vincent van Gogh briefly called home and where he produced the greatest number of his masterpieces, always seeking to capture in paint the light that so many artists have admired as the greatest feature of the landscape of southern France.

Arles is a town in Provence which was a very important Roman settlement in ancient times. Today its importance is having the greatest number of Roman monuments anywhere outside of Rome, listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in their ensemble.

Accommodation & French Hospitality

We will be staying in a beautiful hotel in the heart of historic and beautiful Arles.

A charming venue (stay tuned) will be our home away from home for the duration of the Retreat. This means no packing and changing hotels, as we view this as an integral part of the retreat experience - allowing you to become at home in your surroundings during your stay.

Double occupancy.  Single occupancy is available for an extra fee. Details on the registration page.

We’ll eat breakfast at the hotel every morning, followed by either a session with Maura or an outing, depending on the planned itinerary for each day. You will receive the full schedule upon arrival.

Please note - most hotels have stairs and no elevator. If you have mobility restrictions - please get in touch with Maura to discuss whether you can be accommodated on the tour.

Our Travel Specialist, Carla Van Wees of CTM Travel handles all deposits and payments.  


Art and the south of France

There are so many artists to choose from when it comes to the south of France! Among them Gauguin, Matisse, Chagall, Monet, Renoir and Picasso, to name just a few.  We’ve selected Vincent van Gogh and his time in the town of Arles as they are intimately woven together.

Arles & Vincent van Gogh

We will follow the “Van Gogh Circuit” which includes the museum bearing his name and dedicated to his work and legacy.

Arles lives and breathes Van Gogh to this day. Marvel as you stand and view exactly what he saw in several places on the Circuit - where you can not just see but maybe even feel his vision. What was it he wanted to convey?

We’ll also visit the nearby village of St.-Rémy-de-Provence and the Abbey and hospital where he spent a year as a patient - one of his most prolific years as an artist.

Learn more about the artist’s world view, and timeless perceptions for a more enlightened world.

Aix-en-Provence and Paul Cézanne  

Cézanne's life is inextricably tied to the town of Aix-en-Provence and its landscapes, most notably the Mont St. Victoire, views of which will be on our tour.

Cézanne was born, lived out his life and is laid to rest in Aix-en-Provence. His devotion to the locality, its light and landscapes, was lifelong and this is reflected in his work. 

We’ll follow “In The Footsteps Of Cézanne”, as we discover the beautiful town of Aix.

Included is a visit to Cézanne’s studio, which has remained unchanged since his own time there.

The Nature and Wildlife of the Camargue

The Camargue is a vast wetland that is famous for its unique breed of semi-wild white horses as well as for the flamingos and many other bird species that make it home.  We’ll take a sightseeing cruise through this protected biosphere.

Situated in the delta of the Rhône River on the Mediterranean coast, the Camargue Biosphere Reserve is made up of a mosaic of lagoons and represents one of the most important wetlands in Europe. Located between river and sea but also between Europe and Africa, the exceptional biological richness of the reserve is illustrated by the 272 species of birds found here.

Village of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

We’ll also visit the nearby village of St.-Rémy-de-Provence and the Abbey and hospital where he spent a year as a patient - one of his most prolific years as an artist.

We will learn more about the artist’s world view, and timeless perceptions for a more enlightened world.

Our Travel Specialist, Carla Van Wees of CTM Travel is our Registration Admin. She will accept and process your deposits and payments.  


Mediterannean meals made with love!

Deliciously fresh and local - simple meals are the order of the day, where the ingredients themselves are the standout feature.

A glass of local rosé wine, typically served with ice cubes, is the “chill” drink of the day.

Can’t eat this or that? Vegan, vegetarian, gluten or dairy free? Let us know – we’ll do our best to accommodate your food preferences. 

Our Travel Specialist, Carla Van Wees of CTM Travel will handle your deposit and payments.

What's Included 

Wellness Program

  • This retreat and tour is a combination of coaching, fun, adventure & camaraderie and it is the perfect recipe for self-discovery, connection and personal empowerment.
  • Come home revitalized, with a clear sense of who you are being and what matters most to create joy for YOU, and the knowledge and certainty that you can.
  • We start each day with quiet time for journaling and mindfulness, visualization and reading.
  • We will review a book together, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. Our conversations are meaningful and rewarding.

Accommodation, Excursions, Art Tour, French Experience and More... 

  • Hotel stay in Arles for 8 nights/9 days
  • Breakfast at the hotel every morning
  • Access to the Hotel Spa
  • Most lunches and dinners: details will vary based on daily plans and itinerary. (Beverages not included.)
  • All planned day trips, including transportation and entrance fees
  • Gratuities for wait staff, chauffeurs, guides.

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from the destination
  • Airport transfer for arrival and departure (this can be coordinated with the tour planner, Carla Van Wees.
  • Personal, medical or trip cancellation insurance. Proof of medical insurance is required and we strongly recommend comprehensive insurance (cancellation and trip interruption)*
  • Gratuities for hotel staff
  • Additional Spa services - massage treatment, etc.
  • Other items such as souvenir shopping, personal phone calls, taxis.

It is your absolute responsibility to be fully and properly insured for the trip. Maura Joy Lustig and the tour providers are not responsible.


Because we care, you'll also receive:

  • Discovery Call - 45 minutes of 1:1 time with Maura so she can get to know you personally and support you on your journey
  • Access to a Private Retreat Facebook Group - so we can connect pre-trip (you can ask questions and receive updates to trip info) and then we'll stay connected post-trip, and of course swap photos!
  • Pre-Trip Group Calls, including discussion of The Alchemist by Paul Coehlo.  You'll have a chance to meet everyone in the group, share your intentions and learn how to best prepare yourself!
  • Post-Trip Group Call - We'll gather to help integrate your learnings once back aat home!
  • Full Access to Convert Chaos to Clarity  my online course, a blueprint for self mastery, a 3-Step survival guide to clarify and solidify your best life! And, what better way than to give yourself a boost through training and new learning. Value $500 USD

I'm so ready to go!

Our Travel Specialist, Carla Van Wees of CTM Travel will handle your deposit and payments.

For all your travel related questions please contact:

Carla Van Wees, CTM Travel

104-50 Carroll Street, Toronto, Ontario M4M 3G3

[email protected]

416.420-2650 Direct Line 905.243.6598

TICO Registration Number 50024500

Trip Leaders

Maura Joy Lustig

Organizer, Transformational Coach, Artist, Mentor

Maura helps purpose driven women convert chaos to clarity and build health and confidence with solutions that change their lives. She guides them to look and feel their best, overcome overwhelm, focus and take action to improve their health, their relationships or their career. 

Maura uses decades of experience, insights and wisdom to help you gain the clarity and confidence to create the body you desire and the future you deserve.

Michelle Loftus

owner/founder of The Loftus Guides, certified Tour Guide and Retreat Planner

Michelle  was born in London, England and grew up in Europe, spending significant amounts of time in France, Italy and England, as well as Canada. She speaks French and Italian fluently and is very familiar with the culture and way of life of all of these countries.  

Michelle spends her days immersed in French culture. She brings her passion and experience to creating retreats and tours in southern France for group leaders.  Michelle loves nothing more than sharing her love for this part of the world, and will go out of her way to ensure your visit is the trip of a lifetime!

Carla Van Wees,

Travel Specialist

Carla’s love of travel began at the age of 2 when her parents would take her to travel to their beloved Netherlands.  By 12, Carla’s passion for travel was clear when she returned home from each vacation and tried to make her bedroom look like the hotel room in order to prolong the experience. Her passion for travel continued and Carla has visited over 48 countries on 6 continents.   

Carla understands the process of planning.  She includes your unique interests and personal preferences to create travel experiences with memories to last a lifetime.  Carla is continually learning and her achievements include certification from Disney Institute’s Approach to Business Excellence and Approach to Quality Service and has achieved certification in The Ritz-Carlton Centre’s Memorable Customer Service.  Carla uses her education, experience, and foresight to proactively address details before they become a concern.  For all travel related questions please contact Carla Van Wees.

Enjoy Highlights in video clips from our trip in 2019!

Are you heeding the call to come to France?

For all travel related questions please contact:

Carla Van Wees

CTM Travel

104-50 Carroll Street, Toronto, Ontario M4M 3G3

[email protected]

416.420-2650 Direct Line 905.243.6598

TICO Registration Number 50024500

©2021 Maura Joy Lustig. 

All rights reserved

Life is Art. YOU are the Canvas!