Crystal Sanctuary

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About Us

We are a small intimate family run centre set in the stunning Langhe hills of Piedmont.

Come to us to regain your inner peace and serenity, to help you understand the present and prepare you to embark on your future.

We invite you to join us for weekly retreats (6 night stay) as well as shorter retreats (3 night stays) in a very comfortable setting with a magical garden and salt water swimming pool.

Every Healing and Yoga session is tailored to your individual needs.

We are a group of individuals offering a variety of skills and talent, each specialising in their particular area of interests. We are certified and experienced in everything that we do.

We work as a team with the common goal to make your stay as enjoyable and relaxing as possible.

Included in the price of your stay is:

Daily classes of gentle beginner’s Yoga.

A variety of healing sessions to choose from.

Use of a creative workshop where you can discover your hidden talents.

We provide you with delicious Mediteranean food (organic where possible) with a big emphasis on fresh vegetarian cooking. The evening meal is served with local wine from our own vineyards!

We also include afternoon tea time in the day with a sweet treat and a nice cup of tea!

We have 6 bedrooms which can accomodate 2 per room and offer a range of prices depending on your needs aswell as short and long stays.

Please click on the ‘How to Book’ section which is at the top right corner of each page for full list of prices.


Let us introduce ourselves: We are Marie-Claude, Lola and Paul and James.


Marie-Claude is a natural healer, a medium and a clairvoyante. She has 25 years of experience in healing using a multitude of therapies. She has worked at Winchester Hospital with The Red Cross as a therapeutic healer as well as working at a wellness centre in Hampshire and also privately.

She is qualified in Advanced Crystal Healing, Advanced Acupressure, Kinesiology, Anti-Ageing, Trans-Medium Healing and she is a certified Tarot Reader.(Tarot readings are an extra charge).

Marie-Claude has a particular gift of removing physical pain and has also healed different kinds of skin problems as well as other illnesses.

She is also an artist and has a degree in Ceramics and one in Textile Design and will help you to develop your artistic ability which is another aspect of the healing process.

Everything Marie-Claude does, she does with love, care and compassion.

She is fluent in French and English.


Lola has been mentored by her mother over the past 10 years which has enabled her to develop her innate healing and intuitive abilities. She has forged her own path and become a healer/teacher in her own right.  She is also clair sentient (empath).

She is a certified Yoga teacher with qualifications from both the “Sivananda Yoga Centre” in Austria and also from Simon Low (“Yin &Yang Yoga” with “The Yoga Academy”).

She has experience working at the ‘Sivananda Yoga Centre’ (in Austria) as well as ‘The Mount Madonna Center’ (in California). She has spent time experiencing the Findhorn Community (in Scotland) as well as Damanhur (in Northern Italy) which have been invaluable for her own learning and journey.

She is a qualified Bars practitioner (Access Consciousness), Spiritual Coach, Advanced Reflexologist as well as attuned to Reiki.

Over the last few years Lola has developped her spirituality and has a profound understanding of people which is why she has chosen to heal others, particularly on an emotional level.

Traveling has enabled Lola to observe and experience spirituality within many cultures deepening her understanding of humanity. She has lived in England, France, Italy, Japan and America.

Lola also has a degree in Art (Fashion/Textiles) and some experience in jewellery making (GNVQ).

She speaks fluent English and French and has an intermediate level of Italian.


Paul is a recently retired business man who is now devoting his time to help his wife and daughter run the retreat smoothly.

He will be there to do everything possible to make your stay a memorable one.

Paul is also involved in the wine making, working with local wine producers.

He is fluent in English, French and Italian.


James (son) who first discovered the lovely property in Gorzegno is currently pursuing a career in Psychology and helps out in his spare time. He has named the house “Il tigli” because of the beautiful lime trees in the garden.

James is fluent in English and French and is a great cook.