Author * adventurer * rosé enthusiast * expat in the south of France

Bienvenue! Im not saying that to be fancy, Im saying it because while Im from the West Coast, Im now an expat living in the south of France. Im here partially for the sea and the light, and mostly because life is too short not to go for your dreams and a good glass of rosé. So cheers! And welcome to Karbohemia, land of books, retreats, writing classes, and more than a few blogs featuring baguettes. Im an award-winning author, friendly skeptic, Great Pyrenees lover and have a new book coming out with a lot of cursing in it. I do what I like, and I like what feels good.

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Author * adventurer * rosé enthusiast * expat in the south of France

Bienvenu! Im not saying that to be fancy, Im saying it because while Im from the West Coast, Im now an expat living in the south of France. Im here partially for the sea and the light, and mostly because life is too short not to go for your dreams and a good glass of rosé. So cheers! And welcome to Karbohemia, land of books, retreats, writing classes, and more than a few blogs featuring baguettes. Im an award-winning author, friendly skeptic, Great Pyrenees lover and have a new book coming out with a lot of cursing in it. I do what I like, and I like what feels good.

"Reading Karen Karbo is like listening to a dear friend talk."

Los Angeles Times

"…the self-help book to end all self-help books."

Booklist

"I love this book so much… it is spit-your-coffee-out funny, spot-on in its truthfulness and witty observations, and as empowering as anything I’ve ever read."

Jennifer Pastiloffauthor of On Being Human: A Memoir of Waking Up, Living Real, and Listening Hard

“What if radicalizing self-worth means we already know who we are and that we’re ready to do something about it… Karbo is the only beauty or bath bomb we need right now. I’m in.”

Lidia Yuknavitchauthor of The Misfit’s Manifesto and Verge

“Free yourselves! This book is a hilarious and refreshing look at the absurd things we do in the name of self-improvement…”

Caroline Doonerauthor of The F*ck It Diet

Skinny tea? Radical productivity? Crying over laugh lines? Yeah, No. Not Happening.

Theres no one more dangerous than a woman who doesnt care what anyone thinks of her. In this wickedly smart and entertaining book, award-winning author Karen Karbo explores how self-improveryevolved from the provenance of men to women. Yeah, No. Not Happening is a manifesto that will help women restore their sanity and reclaim their self-worth. If youre ready to reject “self-improvement” and learn to appreciate and flaunt your complex, and flawed, human self, this is the book for you. And probably every other woman you know.

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Chase delight. Come to your senses – in France.

Have you ever wished you could lose yourself in a place so beautiful that you ended up finding yourself – and your writing – again? That’s what Come to Your Senses is all about. This retreat, hosted by Karen Karbo, guest writers, and a magical chef, is a chance for you to unplug from daily life and bathe in the beauties of Collioure, the small, coastal village in southern France that inspired the work of Matisse. From the colors to the cuisine, the light to the sea, inspiration is everywhere – along with guidance, writing time, daily swims and plenty of rosé. If you’re looking to reconnect with yourself, deepen your work, and surrender in the South of France, we’d love to have you. (No yoga pants required.)

Come to Collioure

Chase delight. Come to your senses – in France.

Have you ever wished you could lose yourself in a place so beautiful that you ended up finding yourself – and your writing – again? That’s what Come to Your Senses is all about. This retreat, hosted by Karen Karbo, guest writers, and a magical chef, is a chance for you to unplug from daily life and bathe in the beauties of Collioure, the small, coastal village in southern France that inspired the work of Matisse. From the colors to the cuisine, the light to the sea, inspiration is everywhere – along with guidance, writing time, daily swims and plenty of rosé. If you’re looking to reconnect with yourself, deepen your work, and surrender in the South of France, we’d love to have you. (No yoga pants required.)

Come to Collioure

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Let’s adventure! A Broad Abroad.

Collioure Return to the Tactile and Writing Retreat

Guess Who’s Coming to Karbohemia in 2022?

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We just put the last retreat participants in a taxi, headed to the train station in Perpignan. Our 2021 Come to Your Senses writers could not have been a more…

No French Person Would Ever Say That

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Before I moved to France in May 2019, everyone said, “In a year you’ll be fluent!” It is now August 2021, and I’m not talking pretty yet. I have good…
Collioure beach in August

August, je l’déteste

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No one knows how to vacation better than the French. Unlike the Spanish and the Italians, who are sort of always half-vacationing, the French work hard during non-holiday/non-vacation times. They…