Le Sentier Tranquille is a small retreat centre in the foothills of the Pyrenees, which offers counselling, retreats, workshops, mindfulness, and meditation.
Best-selling author Simon Cole ('Stillness in Mind', 'Along the Way', 'Pathways') is a senior-accredited counsellor and for over 30 years has been offering therapy and training in different settings in UK, France and online. Accepting of all faiths and all approaches, his philosophy and teaching spans mindfulness, meditation, being in relation and counselling in the humanistic tradition. He draws on the work of leading western thinkers and the insights of Martin Buber into presence in relationships.
Janet was a teacher since the advent of comprehensive education, and it is still something she believes passionately in. One important thing she learned early on is that everyone learns by teaching. Her philosophy has always been to say "yes" and accept any challenge or opportunity offered. She started teaching physics and ended up as head of ICT and responsible for the school's Learning Resources Center. At Le Sentier Tranquille, she enjoys working in the garden and cooking for people.
Jocelyne began in music under the direction of Michel Piquemal in Paris and later trained in the voice technique of the American Arlène Thiel at the Centre Polyphonique in Paris. Over the years she has broadened her approach to find a synthesis of expression through speaking voice, singing voice, gesture and listening. Today she is involved in theatre, story-telling and voice training for all ages and all backgrounds. And when she has a moment she writes as well!
from United Kingdom, August 2018
"Beyond any expectations"
The whole six days brought experiences that I never thought would be so powerful and truly life changing. Simon is a true mentor and has the ability to make one think in a way that can seriously adjust one’s life in the most positive way. Since my time at Le Sentier Tranquille, my whole life has taken on a more optimistic meaning. It truly is to be experienced first hand, to be believed.
from United Kingdom, July 2018
"Retreat exceeded my expectations in many ways. "
Location, accommodation and out door space, little touches eg toiletries supplied, hosts, meditations, one to one sessions, food and the whole experience was exceptional and would highly recommend a stay at this retreat.
from United Kingdom, April 2018
"Very relaxing break"
The accommodation and ambience was really relaxing. The other attendees were good company and this helped to make the week. The food was great and we had some great discussions about things that don’t generally crop up in normal conversation. This is not a ha d core meditation retreat but that wasn’t what I was after. Altogether a very good week in a fabulous location. Even though the castle walk nearly killed me.
from Malta, September 2017
"Spring clean the mind and heart"
I liked the way Simon spoke and explained the meditation in simple steps. His method of giving headings to each stage or journey of the formal meditation he proposes. It put mindfulness meditation more user friendly for me to practice on a daily basis. And now I am feeling the benefits of a daily practice, as uncomplicated easy method to use and look forward to doing it too. Also I am not so reluctant to do an unguided meditation alone.
from United Kingdom, September 2017
"Meditation and mindfulness"
Love the surroundings and learnt a few new things
Hongnan Sun China
Le Sentier Tranquille website
The retreat at Le Sentier Tranquille was absolutely enjoyable. The experience I gained from Simon's teaching was very refreshing. Most especially, I learnt to recapture things around me without placing labels on them. For example, when I closed my eyes and heard the birds sing, I started to explore the beauty of the singing, instead of labeling it as bird sound and ignoring it right away. In that way, I could appreciate a lot of things which I used to take for granted. The delicious meals cooked by Janet was definitely another highlight: always fresh and fulfilling. And also, the retreat center itself was such a lovely and peaceful place, it helped me forget the stress of my routines - although the routines were still there, I did not feel stressed.