6 Days Stillness in Mind Meditation Retreat in France

Mindfulness and Meditation Retreat France

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This retreat-workshop brings together work on mindful awareness, personal growth through meditation, and therapeutic development. If you are a therapist, you may want to explore how meditation can enrich your work with clients. But if you are coming as someone who understands how important it is to know oneself in order to achieve balance in the modern world, then this retreat-workshop is also for you. The context for all our sessions will be in relation - to ourselves, to others, to our planet.


  • Daily meditation practice
  • Training on the mindful way of life
  • Group or individual sessions with the facilitator
  • Understanding relationship and the insights of Martin Buber
  • Walks in surrounding forests, hills, and mountains
  • Good food and ample free time
  • 5 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, English
The maximum participants in the group is 6

Airport transfer included: Toulouse-Blagnac Airport

Airport transfer included: Carcassonne Airport

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

The center has a library and ample public spaces indoors and outdoors to allow for community or privacy as participants choose. All participants have individual rooms or a double room if coming as a couple. All rooms have bathrobes, hanging space, drawers, hair-dryer, sitting space, tea and coffee facilities, and a private bathroom (or shared with no more than one other person). All bathrooms have a shower, wash basin, toiletries, tissues. All bed linen and towels are provided.


Living today is about being ourselves and connecting with others. Therapists will link this with immediacy and mindfulness and recall the "here and now" and empathic awareness of Carl Rogers, as well as the relationship insights of Martin Buber. But for everyone, the training in mindfulness and meditation as discovery, which will be the core themes of your stay, will be an inspiration for renewal.

Nothing is set in stone at Le Sentier Tranquille, and Simon as the facilitator will adjust times and content according to the background and disposition of the group. As a guide, the days will be allocated along these lines:

  • Day 1 - Developing a mindful way of life: training and practice
  • Day 2 - Understanding relationship: the insights of Martin Buber
  • Day 3 - Listening to ourselves and developing a sensing of our needs
  • Day 4 - Meditation as discovery: passage and direction

During the retreat, you will learn or develop your mindfulness and be introduced to the meditation approach of the Clear Space Path. You will exchange with other participants in a group (and individually with Simon if you wish) in the summer house, the group room, and the gardens, as well as in talks, in your free time, over meals together, and on walks in the surrounding forests, hills, and mountains.

Included excursions

Towards the end of the retreat there will be a half-day group walk in the mountains or foothills of the Pyrenees. Simon has many routes and will select what is suitable for each group in order to offer appropriate space for reflection and the deepening of the retreat experience within each member's capabilities.


Simon Cole
College of Ripon & York St John, Leeds University (UK) (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.


This retreat will take place at Le Sentier Tranquille in Dun, France. It is a small retreat center in the foothills of the Pyrenees alongside the ancient forests of the Ariège.


You will be served good food throughout the retreat. All ingredients are sourced locally, and as far as is possible, only what is in season is used. Dishes prepared are representative of this part of France. Anyone who has traveled in France will know that it is quite a lot more difficult eating as a vegetarian there than in most other parts of Europe. We will provide vegetarian options when requested, but individual diets are unavailable unless there is a medical need. We are not able to cater for vegan, nut allergies or coeliac condition.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Retreats follow a program which leaves space for individual reflection and informal discussion. Some group walks will be undertaken, but there is also time to take walks in the hills or forests at different times. In the center, there is a library, and there are also some musical instruments, and art and drawing equipment.

What's included

  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • All meals
  • Daily meditations
  • Group and individual sessions with Simon Cole
  • Teachings and walks

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (TLS) or Carcassonne Airport (CCF). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Le Sentier Tranquille will pick you up from the airport.

Arrival by train

Coming by train, you can take the Eurostar Paris connection. TGV trains from Paris to Toulouse come via Bordeux. If you come via Paris, you must change trains and stations in Paris, for which you should allow 90 minutes. If you change trains at Lille (on the way to Paris), it is only a platform change, which is a lot easier, but the fare is a bit more expensive.

In Toulouse, you change onto the train which comes to Pamiers and goes on to Foix, Ax-les-Thermes and then to the border with Andorra. From many parts of England and Wales, it is possible to do the complete journey in a day if you are prepared to start early. For options, visit European Rail or seat 61.

Airport: Toulouse-Blagnac Airport Airport transfer included: Toulouse-Blagnac Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Carcassonne Airport Airport transfer included: Carcassonne Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 69 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.
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Arrival: Monday August 27, 2018
Departure: Saturday September 1, 2018

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