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Space to Be, Room to Grow Retreat in France

Space gives room

  • Room to simply be yourself in peace and solitude and comfort
  • Room to resonate with the natural world, the wealth of stimuli around you in this corner of nature's domain
  • Room to reflect in the quiet time, to hear your story and play your part
  • Room to feel your own rhythm pointing the way
  • Room to sing your own tune and start to flow

Meet the instructors

Simon
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Highlights

  • On any day, join Simon in his meditation
  • The Planned Day: Simon's introduction to Musicking Mindfulness
  • Conversations, which may be informal consultations or teaching around the centre
  • Wonderful location on the edge of the forest in the foothills of the mountains
  • Walks in the surrounding mountains & foothills
  • 5 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French
Group size: Maximum of 2 participants
Airport transfer available:
Toulouse–Blagnac Airport (US$39 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Carcassonne Airport (US$39 per person)
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Meditation garden
  • Library

This retreat is for one individual or an individual with a friend or partner.

Accommodation can be in one or two rooms, in a self-contained traditional village house with two bathrooms, kitchen and sitting room for your exclusive use.

The retreat is self-catering, but with assistance in pre-buying food which you can request and providing transport to a local market and supermarket during your stay.

Outside is private grassed open space and a meditation platform under a tall open-sided farm building with fire basket and rocky surround for evenings.

There is also an indoor meditation room.

Program

You are the creator of your experience

There is one planned day during your stay, but it can come whenever you want, so if you simply want your own peace for a few days, then we will leave you until you are ready.

Simon has been providing psychological therapies for almost 40 years and no longer charges for his services, so there is nothing built into the cost of this retreat for conversations you may have with him during your stay, and you will not be asked for any additional payment.

Conversations may be informal, consultations, or teaching around the centre, or may even be on walks in the surrounding mountain foothills.

The planned day

The planned day will be Simon's introduction to Musicking Mindfulness, which he has called a Western Tao. The music in 'musicking' is less about music as you usually think of it as about a Flow through all the channels of your experience - physical, cognitive, emotional, relational - and forms your individual way, personal and complete.

On any day, you will be welcome to join Simon in his meditation.

Instructors

Simon Cole

Location

The retreat centre is 'Le Sentier Tranquille', which means 'The Quiet Path' and is located on the edge of a hamlet in the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains in south-west France. It is surrounded by hills and forests and you will be able to walk from the gate along paths which wind through the natural surroundings. Whatever your fitness or skills, there is something for you, all amid the peace and tranquillity and beauty of this unique corner of France.

Food

Self-catering retreat

The accommodation has full cooking facilities and we will pre-buy food which is requested by you (at your cost), as well as offer transport to a local market and supermarket during your stay.

What's included

  • 5 nights accommodation in one or two rooms in a self-contained modernised traditional village house with exclusive use of the whole house
  • Outdoor grassed space
  • Meditation platform and indoor meditation room
  • Outdoor evening space
  • Optional daily meditation + conversations with Simeon
  • One planned day (held on the day of your choosing)

What's not included

  • Cost of food and prepared meals

How to get there

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Driving directions

If you are driving, you can enter 'Darde' in your satnav as your destination and you will be brought to the door. If your satnav does not find 'Darde', then enter 'Le Taychel' to arrive at the bottom of the lane.

They also collect from Pamiers station, reached with a local rail service from Toulouse-Matabiau station. The journey time is just under one hour.

Airport: Toulouse–Blagnac Airport Airport transfer available: Toulouse–Blagnac Airport (US$39 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Carcassonne Airport Airport transfer available: Carcassonne Airport (US$39 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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If two people are traveling together, Le Sentier Tranquille can provide one or two rooms as requested. You should make a single booking for 2 persons (double room) and we will correspond with you about the accommodation you require.

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