Europe’s first ever gay life skills and mindfulness retreat!

Europe’s top gay hotel, and the UK’s first gay happiness initiative, combine forces to create Europe’s most unique wellness retreat for gay men. 

A new retreat will launch next Summer to provide gay men with a stunning and stress-free environment, to learn mindfulness techniques, self-awareness and life skills in the company of other like-minded gay men.

Taking place in the South of France in May 2019, the retreat builds on the huge success of London based The Gay Happiness Project, a unique 8-week mindfulness-based group training programme, designed for gay men who want to increase happiness and life satisfaction.

The Project was started just over a year ago by positive psychologist, Christopher Samsa, and transformational coach, Robert Hutchinson, in response to their own experience of poor mental wellbeing in the gay community.

The Gay Happiness Project has achieved impressive levels of success, evidence-based results show an increased sense of happiness, decreased feelings of depression and general improvements in satisfaction with their lives1.

Europe’s first ever gay life skills and mindfulness retreat. 

Gay Happiness Founders Chris and Robert have created a unique 7-day retreat to offer an alternative way for gay men to access the benefits and overall experience of the 8-week programme.

The couple chose the Cinq & Sept gay guesthouse, in the beautiful Languedoc region, because it offers the perfect mix of quiet and comfort, set against a backdrop of stunning countryside, allowing the participants to truly relax, and thus come together as a group more easily.

“They’ll leave their work and their complex lives behind for a week – and hopefully be in a more open, relaxed frame of mind. We think being somewhere like Cinq & Sept will accelerate the process of coming together and opening up that is core to the programme experience” – Christopher Samsa, co-founder.

As well as two workshops a day, the group will be cooking and eating meals together at the guesthouse, and going on outings such as wine tasting, kayaking and sightseeing.

“Our hotel has long been an escape for gay men to relax in a supportive environment. Now this new partnership will allow us to take that to the next level by creating a fun, warm cocoon in which members of The Gay Happiness Project can learn, work and play together” – Greg Taylor, co-owner Cinq & Sept. 

The 7-day Gay Happiness Project Retreat runs from May 15 – 21, and places are still open for those who would like to join. 

Details of the retreat and Cinq & Sept Can be found here, by writing to, or calling Greg Taylor on 0033 646347092.

  • 1 Authentic Happiness Inventory +15%
  • CES-D (Depression) -12%
  • Satisfaction with Life +20%
  • Authentic Happiness measures from the University of Pennsylvania

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