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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 relation - to ourselves, to others, to our planet.
Private and comfortable accommodations in the center will be provided for each participant.
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:
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.
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.
College of Ripon & York St John, Leeds University (UK) (Meditation)
Simon Cole is a senior-accredited counselor and for over 30 years has been offering therapy, personal growth training and meditation. Author of several books including “Stillness in Mind” his philosophy and teaching spans mindfulness, meditation and being in relation. 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.
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.
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.
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