FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the typical group size?
We keep group sizes small to create an intimate, nurturing atmosphere for spiritual growth, internal reflection and cultural immersion. We typically cater for 8-12 travellers.
How do I apply?
We are now accepting applications for our 2021 small group trip to Southern France. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. All applications involve a phone call discussion and are subject to approval.
Who is a King Murphy's Retreat for?
We pride ourselves on inclusivity and welcome travelers of all ages, from all backgrounds. Our trips are active and do require a moderate level of fitness.
King Murphy was founded by John Murphy and Dennis King, who have been partners-in-life for the past 21 years. After meeting in Nashville in 1999, John and Dennis moved to Los Angeles where they lived until 2005, where they ended up back in Nashville, after a short stay in Philadelphia.
John has been a highly sought-after wardrobe stylist for the past 23 years, dressing musicians and actors for music videos, photoshoots and red carpet events; he has always been in the business of making people feel good about themselves.
Dennis has over 12 years experience in the hospitality industry, working as general manager and F&B director for renowned restaurants in LA. Since moving to Nashville he has built a successful career as a real estate manager.
Their spiritual journey began when John was battling some personal demons with addiction and codependency, which drove him to seek personal development and healing with reiki masters and energy practitioners. This journey led him to experienced shamanic healers Colleen McCann and Stephen Feely of Pampamasayok Shaman School, where both he and Dennis began studying the Medicine wheel of the Q’ero line of Peruvian Shamanism. In addition to their Shamanic studies, John has always had an affinity for The Magdalene and the legends of the White Ladies and Celtic Goddess in the South of France. Their repeated visits and expansive knowledge of the region inspired them to share these special people and sacred sites with like-minded spiritually engaged travelers…and King Murphy was born.
What about sustainability?
Responsible travel is at the core of what we do. We stay in locally owned and run accommodation, hiring local guides, historians and experts, supporting local chefs and artisans and mystics.
How do I get there?
We work with Shannon Radel and her team at Rising Star Travel out of Nashville to find the best flights to Toulouse, from wherever your journey originates and then returning, flying out of Marseille. The price of the trip includes airfare, up to $1,500. If you choose to upgrade seats or take a Premium or Business class you will be responsible for any overages. If you choose to book your own ticket with miles, we ask that you arrive within a certain window of time for one of the pick ups from the airport, or you will be responsible for your own transportation to the chateau.
What about on-the-ground transport?
We have secured the same excellent driver and French-speaking guide, Martin, from our four previous trips. His knowledge of the area is expansive and you might even find yourself in an interesting conversation about the rumors of UFOs, aliens and ancient pyramids in the area! Previous travellers agree that spending time with Martin is one of the highlights of the trip.
Will I get time to myself?
While this is a group trip and we pride ourselves on fun, warm-hearted, nurturing, social adventures, we make every effort to ensure sufficient solitude. Itineraries have been curated with periods of downtime, and we invoke the principle of ‘noble silence’ during mindful hikes, and offer mornings of quiet contemplation and reflection. There is optional morning meditation incorporating a Kundalini Breath of Fire practice, and travellers have the option of booking energy work and healing treatments with certified shamanic energy practitioners, massage therapists and other experienced healers.
What about pricing?
King Murphy's fourteen-day Secrets Of Southern France trip costs $6500, all-inclusive. Please note this includes $1,500 flight allowance. Anything beyond that, such as First Class, will be responsibility of attendee.
-14 days in 5 Star Vacation Rentals, both with heated pools.
-Continental Breakfasts and lunches. Beverages, coffee, wine, juice, milk, soda and water (sparkling and still)...and more wine.
-14 Catered/Chef-prepared dinners including local organic wine with meals. Specialist dietary requirements and allergies can be accommodated with sufficient notice.
-Transportation to and from the airport in France (Toulouse and Marseille), with a French speaking driver, Martin, who will be with us the entire stay.
-Guided tours of some of France’s most under-the-radar yet magical sites, including Rennes-le- Chateau, St. Baume, San Salvyre and Limoux.
-Stops at our favorite crystal/metaphysical shops in each region.