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Paula Davidson

Ram Chatlani

Reviews (55)

Anonymous

from United Kingdom, October 2019

"Great experience"

Excellent holistic guidance and practice in a beautiful location. Accommodation and food were great. Thank you Paula and Ram.

Anonymous

from Ireland, October 2019

"Lovely retreat in France"

I had a great time during the 4 day retreat with Ram. I was lucky enough to be the only guest for most of the time, so we had one-to-one sessions. Lovely forest walks also.

K Lakhani

from United Kingdom, September 2019

"Tourne "

Ram was an excellent experienced instructor.

Paula in addition to being an excellent host and cook went the extra mile and helped me carry our bags up and down since I had injured my back before I got to the resort. Thank you. Hope to see you again soon.

Jane Griffin

from France, September 2019

"Unforgettable Tourné"

UNFORGETTABLE TOURNÉ!

We had a truly magical stay in this superb place. On a practical level it is a stunning environment with, comfortable beds and lovely bedlinen and fantastic food cooked by Paula, who was so welcoming.

The days were structured perfectly, with just the right blend of learning and leisure. We received so much from Ram, who is a wonderful teacher, and we left feeling invigorated and refreshed.

We will be back!

Patrick Gallois

from France, August 2019

"Great beginning of qigong!!!"

I did't know what could be my title:

Best initiation at qigong? or Best vegan food?

Paula did a fantastic vegan dinner every night having us surprised each time

Thanks a lot for your creativity and your kindness

Ram was always open to any question and give us a lot of to do but also to think

We can't wait to find time to go again even this is far away from Paris this is a great investment in life

Katharine Birdsall

from United States, August 2019

"Beautiful and peaceful weekend retreat "

We loved getting to know the small group of people on the course with us and the staff was so personable. Also it was terrific to meet with our teacher when we arrived. It was a good way to feel that our intentions for ourselves would be met and it put us at ease. Dinner was great each night starting with fresh soup, salad, followed by a main and choices for dessert. Fresh ingredients were used and each night was unique, we had a wonderful soup on a rainy evening and a delightful light vegetarian meal on one of the hotter days.

Angela Warren

from United Kingdom, July 2019

"just what I was looking for..."

Ram walks his talk and adapts his teaching for each individual with such ease. The balance of sessions and free time was just right, and Paula's evening meal was always a treat. three days passed very quickly!

Claire Hall

from United States, June 2019

"Blissful, happy few days."

We had 4 days of total peace and relaxation in the most stunning setting. Ram and Paula are just perfect ‘hosts’ We fell in love with them and their home. We can’t recommend a few days in this paradise enough. We will be back!! xx

Ruth MacNeill

from Australia, June 2019

"Great insight in a beautiful location"

Everything!

Things started so well. We appreciated Paula kindly having a meal ready for us on our late arrival. We were overwhelmed by the grandeur of the accommodation and the king sized bedroom.

The solitude and superb natural outlook of the site set the scene for a few beautiful days of escape and learning. The babbling crystal clear river at the front of the property is a constant reminder of the natural purity of the location.

Ram is a vastly experienced and knowledgeable teacher who explains the techniques of Tao, Qigong and other yoga forms, with insight and inspiration. We were engaged and entranced by his patient instruction.

We also really enjoyed the 4 courses of beautifully prepared food with a glass of wine each evening as well as convivial conversation with the other guests.

Finally we were able to enjoyed some walks in the surrounding countryside of this unspoiled and beautiful region.

Saar Ram

from Israel, June 2019

"Exceeds all expectations"

True connection to nature and Extraordinary hosts.

Professional and balanced training, Ram offers new glasses to look through the world but does not impose his views. We felt completely free.

The food that Paula cooks has been able to surprise every night . A real pleasure to palate and very eclectic.

The vegetables are self-growing and we could feel the food is seasoned with love.

The rooms matched our expectations and are excellent value for money

We will definitely come back!

Michal Shmuel

from Israel, May 2019

"We have smile in our hart 🙏"

This is the place you want to reach, at all levels.

We stayed at Ram and Paula for 6 days, special and significant.

The retreat is accurate, and without exaggeration, changes life.

Ram will teach you the precise thing for you, he is sensitive, discerning, fascinating. A real teacher.

Paula hosts with generosity and joy of life, a lot of laughter around. And the food she cooks ... without words.

In short everything -

The retreat, the hospitality, the food, the ancient house, the surroundings are amazing.

We arrived without knowing exactly for what we were coming, and we have no doubt, we will return again.

Thanks Paula and Ram. TODA. We have a smile in our hearts.

Azish Filabi

from United States, May 2019

"A gem in the south of france"

This retreat was a great balance between getting away from it all, while feeling that you're exactly where you need to be to relax and reconnect. Paula and Ram were excellent, gracious hosts and the property is exactly what I'd imagined a country house in the Pyrenees would be.

Giorgia Barbera

from Germany, April 2019

"the experience of a lifetime"

Going to Tourné was the best gift we could ever make to ourselves! Pictures don´t do justice to the superb house, the endless garden and the river, which is right on the property. We experienced the deep sense of not needing anything else than just being there. In fact I left my mobile phone there, but Paula immediately took care of sending it to me in Berlin. The perfect place to be, to begin and to go further. Finally a retreat which deserves this name! Before getting to Tourné we didn´t know what to expect, but we were very keen on trying something new and asked Ram to introduce us to QiGong. He embraced our suggestion straight away and we enjoyed some great sessions in which his clear instructions, yet cheerful and full of spirit, encouraged us to keep on practicing some sequences at home until the next time we meet. Yes, because it is impossible not to want to return to this place, to Ram´s teachings, to Paula´s cooking art (every dinner is a highlight full of flavours and homemade ingredients!), and to the way we felt there. We just returned a week ago, but we are already planning a new trip in October because this was far more than simply a retreat. It was a deeply changing experience, something was put into motion and we want to cultivate it.

Susanna Malkakorpi

from United Kingdom, April 2019

"Just what we needed"

The location is absolutely beautiful in a middle of a National Park. The nature is very pure and inviting and walks start right from the doorstep. Rams teachings are very adaptable to individual needs and he has masses of experience and most importantly this experience is from very pure lineages. We have prior meditation experience (zen) so we’re able to take things yet one level deeper with him. If you have a car, nearby small villages, the scenery and the countryside around the retreat centre are worth exploring.

Anonymous

from United Kingdom, April 2019

"Fantastic weekend in Tourne"

The location of the retreat was incredible. Driving from the airport to the retreat was very easy and scenic, I recommend taking a longer route that avoids highways that way you can drive through the beautiful towns of southern France.

Ram is clearly well experienced and can tailor the meditation to your needs. The retreat was a perfect balance of focused meditation and relaxation, and the area around the retreat is perfect for walking and exploring.

The food was spectacular, and Paula is an incredible cook, probably the best cooking I have had in my life, almost all sourced from the retreat’s garden.

Everything at the retreat was perfect, highly recommend.

Bastiaan Beemsterboer

from United States, March 2019

"Great experience beyond expectations "

The authenticity of the teachings. Ram knows exactly where you are and what you need. His guidance is right on the spot every single time, feels like he exactly sees the the obstacles you encounter.

The food; everyday Paula surprises you with excellent soups, salads, and more. Suburb cooking skills, served and prepared with love, kindness and compassion. Thank you!

The atmosphere was optimal. Feeling very welcome, aprriciated, but well balanced with the privacy and Stillness you wish to have. Allways time for a small chat, a perfect place to be completely yourself.

The library, don’t bring any books with you, there are hundreds of them plenty of your interest I know for sure.

Lucy Norris

from United Kingdom, February 2019

"Blissed and Blessed "

The retreat began with a beautiful nature walk with Paula and dogs - and a very warm welcome. Ram listened deeply, and devised a programme to teach, support and nurture meditation practice that is, was (and continues to be) transformative. Spending time in the most sacred of spaces, internally and externally was a great joy. Walking in the abundance of pure air, sky of dancing stars, or dazzling sun and glorious rain, 4 course breakfasts (who knew?!) and suppers, a bed of dreams and comfort.....what more? Amazing wildlife, the stuff to set a creative fire, and the sounds of silence. Wood burning stoves. Tranquility. Wonderful moments of conversation and connection with Paula and Ram who are the perfect hosts, knowing just when to “leave you be”. A piece of Tourne is in my heart as well as a tiny stone in my pocket, both enfolded with love.

Tom Husson

from Belgium, February 2019

"Unlocked a part of myself"

Ram is an incredible teacher. Paula is an incredible host. The whole setting allowed me to get out of my rusty self to unlock a part of me that I didn't know was accessible to me. Beyond refreshing.

Jessica Cheney

from United Kingdom, December 2018

"The perfect break from city life"

The meditation and Qi Gong training is challenging, especially if it's your first experience, but Ram is an excellent (and patient) instructor and the final result is tremendously rewarding.

Ram and Paula's home has to be one of the most tranquil locations on this planet. It will initially be a shock to learn that none of your phones have signal, and the wifi is only turned on upon request (and reluctantly at that), however it's not until you have left at the end of the 4 days that you realise what a tonic to the soul it can be to remove yourself from any obligations to return calls, listen to voicemails, send emails, like photos of your neighbour's dog etc. At Touré, the air is pure and fresh, it is mostly silent apart from the babbling brook in front of the house, there are adorable animals everywhere, the hosts are even more lovely, the food is all homemade and is simply delicious (note: bring stretchy trousers as Paula serves 4 courses every evening).

Kirsten Brown

from Spain, August 2018

"A short retreat with long impact"

I can't speak highly enough about my time with Paula and Ram, and their staff at Tourne! The setting, the food, the teachings, and the animals(!) all far exceeded any expectations I had before attending the retreat. I had been looking for a relaxing holiday after a stressful year and was also wanting to learn more about meditation, of which I was/am a relative beginner. Ram tailored our sessions perfectly and, in combination with the tranquil setting and Paula's hospitality, I left relaxed, rejuvenated and ready to continue learning and practicing. I've been back in the city for a few days now and this feeling of calm has persisted; a testament to the kindness and compassion of all I encountered during my retreat.

Anonymous

from United Kingdom, August 2018

"Retreat for beginners "

Lovely location, friendly hosts and instructor.

Great Food with lots of flavour.

We would definitely return

Matthew Kuipers

from United Kingdom, August 2018

"MK's thoughts"

Simplicity, surroundings, softness, sustenance ... one could virtually go through the alphabet finding nothing but positive, pleasant, peaceful phrases to describe this place. The setting is beautiful, the teaching is beautiful, the food is beautiful ... everything is given the utmost care and attention. Thank you.

Sietske Heun

from Netherlands, July 2018

Andrea Kyratzis

from United Kingdom, May 2018

"Amazing, tranquil, peaceful just fabulous!"

The location was amazing very peaceful just beautiful, our accommodation was great!

Paula’s food was delicious, every night she surprised us with a different soup, salad , main and homemade dessert....

Ram our teacher was fabulous

I couldn’t imagine anyone else better than ram teaching us... there’s no one that can top him.. he taught us sooo much for us to practice when on our own....just amazing....

we could not fault the place at all... ram and Paula made us so welcome in there home, we felt we had known them for years and have made new friends and will definitely go back.... as I type I am already thinking of when to next go.....

Just amazing..... felt so chilled and refreshed and it was extra special because my friend and I had the place to ourselves and had ram to teach us privately... before it got to busy.

Edward Collett

from France, May 2018

"Rewarding, relaxing and surprising. "

The retreat was excellent. A great mix of relaxing time in the magnificent and peaceful French countryside, some very tasty and filling food, a beautiful house and location and of course some time to learn new yoga and meditation techniques. It was a wonderful way to escape the noise and chaos of modern city life and i would be very keen to return in order to take part in a longer retreat. Ram and Paula have created something very special :-)

Eliane Kim Duran

from France, April 2018

"A retreat for change and renewal"

The whole experience was like when you put your tired, hot feet in a mountain stream. It wakes you up, and you can't wait to take a plunge! I am truly grateful for the generosity of the teaching, the graceful hospitality and the beauty of the place.

Cynthia Nakayenga

from United Kingdom, April 2018

"Beautiful magical place"

Please do not go to this retreat or anywhere near this place if you don't want your life changed. Here's the thing. It's all a set up to turn you into a free functioning happy human being...I mean, who wants that??? If you don't get nourishment from Ram's mind boggling wisdom, Paula's meals will do it, if neither of the humans manages to do it, believe me, the river outside will show you the way, if that doesn't happen, the donkeys will make it happen, and if you are still the same after walking through the forest and breathing in the fresh air, and interacting with the birds and wildlife then consider you are a robot and need to go to silicon valley to get an update or upgrade on your computer chip. This place has soul. It has heart! It has spirit! You came alive.

Maria Peart

from Belgium, January 2018

"Openings"

A beautiful place. Calm, openness, space and laughter. Teaching that was geared to me personally and presented in a clear, light but, at the same time, profound way. I very much enjoyed sharing in Ram's knowledge and experience. Not to mention the delicious, creative, abundant food!

Fanny Langlois

from France, November 2019

"RELAX"

Ram et Paula sont fantastiques. Ils sont complémentaires dans leur approche: Ram nourrit l'esprit et Paula nourrit le corps. J'étais aux porte de ce qu'on appelle le burn out, et en 4 jours j'ai transformé l'approche de mes pensées. Le lieu est magique, Paula est une excellente cuisinière, Ram est à l'écoute, les animaux sont présents. N'hésitez pas à leur rendre visite car cela changera en bien votre perception des choses et de la vie en général.

Merci Paula et Ram.

Céline Laplanche

from France, September 2019

"Un endroit magique et ressourçant"

Ram et Paula sont adorables et bienveillants. L'endroit est magique et apaisant. Ram enseigne une technique passionnante, à la fois spirituelle et tangible. Un moment hors du temps de prise de Conscience.

Fred-eric Bergheimer

from France, August 2019

"Un formidable séjour de détente"

La découvert grâce à Ram du Qi Gong et de son formidable apport.

La gentillesse et les incroyables qualités de cuisinière de Paul

Anonymous

from France, August 2019

"Super expérience "

Un stage de qi chong réussi grâce au professionnalisme, à l’ecoute Et aux conseils de Ram. L’accueil chaleureux de Paula et ses délicieux repas viennent agrémenter le tout. La maison, la rivière et la nature environnante rendent ce lieu apaisant et doux : parfait pour une retraite

Valerie Borgeon

from France, August 2019

"stage très agréable "

stage parfait sur tous les plans : bel endroit, hébergement comfortable, hôtes très attentionnés et cours de qi gong très bien menés riches en apport personnel et très conviviaux.

Barbara Coudert

from France, July 2019

"THANK YOU"

I was sceptical with all these positive reviews, but everything was right up to expectations... Ram and Paula are warm and welcoming, the lessons were exactly what I needed, the place is amazing, and Paula's cooking is fantastic.

I am definitely coming back next year for another retreat.

Jane Martin

from Ireland, June 2019

"Highly recommended "

I stayed at this yoga retreat in Ariege France

I had a wonderful time at this amazing villa over the last week.Thank you most sincerely for your welcoming hospitality, your sensitivity and your consideration with regard to arriving at your place and sending Letti to pick me up at the station. You have an amazing sense of decor and good taste. ... your delicious food, your beautiful garden, your sense of humour and thank you for giving me the overall feeling of a well being. Ram certainly has the gift of making one relax while gently instructing his tailor made courses. He has great knowledge. A real sag

Anonymous

from France, June 2019

"A recommander !"

Les relations pleines de bienveillance et d'empathie

Sabine Adriensence

from France, August 2018

"Lieu magique, repas excellents, enseignement de qualité"

Le calme, l'espace, l'accueil, les repas de Paula et l’enseignement de Rami ; tout est au rendez vous pour passer quelques jours de retraite avec soi même.

Florence Azais

from France, August 2018

"Oui mais...."

Accueil, site, nourriture tout est au top avec une Paula toujours souriante, prête à rendre service et dont la cuisine variée est excellente.

Merci Paula pour ta gentillesse et "Avec plaisir"!

J'ai apprécié les séances de méditation et l'approche de Ram.

Rachel Delattre

from Mauritania, July 2018

"A wonderful experience in a beautiful peaceful setting "

To say that this course is interesting is an huge under statement. The one on one teaching was unique and amazing. Ram's wisdom and knowledge is incredible, and I was hanging on his every word. I am delighted to have learnt so much and to have come away with a special qi gong practice that feels tailor made and that I can do by myself at home with the precious aide of Ram's emailed tutorial sheets, videos and audio recordings. Paula's meals are home-made fresh from the garden, bursting with flavour, copious, and always served with a smile. Together Ram and Paula make everyone feel very welcome, as if we are at a home away from home and part of the family even. Thank you for everything.

Katrien Wijsman

from France, May 2018

"Amazing calm place in nature! "

My first real meditation experience, I loved it. I left so calm and with a fresh mind !

Deirdre Souchere

from Ireland, August 2019

"Beautiful oasis of peace and calm"

The place felt like home, the hosts, instructors, food, venue and daily schedule is perfectly laid out for all to enjoy.

Sheila Laplanche

from Haiti, July 2019

"Lovely place, excellent experience looking forward to return"

Perfect stay: Fantastic hosts; delicious meals; excellent QIGONG and meditation sessions; great companions and conversations; beautiful and peaceful environment.

Everything flows effortlessly

A brilliant retreat for anyone who might want to press the pause button, to look for a clear vision, to heal or simply to feel and reconnect to yourself again.

I would recommend it to everyone.

Anonymous

from Austria, May 2019

" Magical"

Such a wonderful trip. Tourne is magical. I learned, healed, rested, and made new friends. Ram and Paula have created such an oasis that really allows you to take your practice as deeply as you would like.

Other details:

The journey by train from Foix was easy. There is a navette (Shuttle) which runs from the Toulouse Airport to the Train station for about 8 euro. Otherwise you can take the metro and tram for about 1.70 euro, but that is easily a 45 -60 min trip.

Christophe Pinel

from France, January 2019

"Guidance into the smile of the heart"

I had so much appreciated the way the team was been bring into the natural heart's smile, with kindness, humor & supported with cocooning accomadation, excellent food and beautifull environment. Merci Ram & Paula !

M Devine

from United Kingdom, November 2018

"Expert bespoke instruction in an idyllic woodland valley"

This retreat exceeded my expectations on every level. I will definitely return.

- INSTRUCTION - was personalised, so whilst it was challenging, sessions were adapted to my abilities (I had no previous experience in Tai Chi), I therefore felt that I made a lot of progress, particularly in my understanding of 'how' to move, rather than just copying choreography. I found the sessions inspiring and quite astounding in terms of clearing my mind.

- ACCOMMODATION AND FACILITIES - were of a much higher standard than I had expected for the price. The house is quirky and full of character, rooms are spacious and I had a wonderful view from my bedroom. There is a well stocked library outside the guest bedrooms and I spent hours relaxing there in the evening.

There are several well equipped rooms for instruction and practice, indoor or partly open to the air, or actually in the open air.

- FOOD- a large healthy breakfast and 4 course evening meal which was freshly prepared every evening, with a glass of wine. Every evening meal was different, made with local ingredients. The variety of flavours was wonderful. I found that I didnt need to eat lunch but theres a lovely bakery and a bistro in the village nearby.

- LOCATION - pictures cannot do justice to the location. I spent hours walking the many woodland paths along the valley and hills, rediscovering how much I enjoyed being out in nature. The weather (November) was sunny and warm. At night, the star gazing was amazing !

Eva Barna

from United Kingdom, August 2018

"Ba Gua retreat at Tourne "

I had a wonderful time in Tourne on the Ba Gua retreat. I have learnt a lot in that week from Ram who is a very authentic teacher. While we had intensive Ba Gua sessions, Paula was making us beautiful, fresh food which I enjoyed immensely. They have created such a special place there where I felt completely at home. Many people have been going on their retreats for over 10 years and it was so nice to meet these lovely, humble people. I will keep an eye on the upcoming events. :) Thank you so much for providing me with such an experience.

Nancy Blanckaert

from Belgium, August 2018

"More coming into balance ..."

The Ba Gua retreat was a great experience, very intensive, but giving a lot of energy. I wanted to find more balance while practicing taiji/kungfu and really true, at the end of the retreat I felt more energy coming from the ground through my feet to dantien. Ram spent much attention to basics of steps and arm postures. A beautiful start for practicing at home. There was also a good balance in the teaching between profound training and let go everything while circling and have fun. Everything was supported by the excellent and healthy meals Paula cooked for us! Ram and Paula, many thanks for giving us such a nice, healthy and interesting week ... giving all kind of changes a chance. Hope to see you again one time. Nancy

Belgin Nixon

from United Kingdom, July 2018

"Enchanted Retreat !"

Don’t know where to begin...A peaceful and beautiful place, in a valley surrounded by forest next to a river...Then the amazing hosts Paula and Ram. Paula is the ultimate cook prepares everything from fresh according to your diet (I am gluten, dairy and red meat intolerant and yet it was no issue and everything I ate was delicious). Ram prepared an individual programme for me, which involved Mindfulness, forest walks, qigong and the unforgettable sunrise meditation on top of the Pyrénées (an incredible experience on its own). He is always available with his uncomplicated wisdom and he is very passionate about his role as a guide so that his guests get the best possible outcome. I definitely recommend them for any length of time and will be back hopefully with a few friends in the future.

Patrick Baker

from United Kingdom, June 2018

"My few days"

I really enjoyed simply being immersed in such a peaceful and beautifully natural setting, with the space to stop the constant flow of thinking and distraction. The accommodation was simple but very comfortable and the quality of the meals provided was excellent. The hosts are incredibly helpful and helped provide a very relaxed an friendly atmosphere, meaning I felt able to come and go during the day as I pleased. I really enjoyed the forest walks and the yoga sessions, and appreciated the access to a bike. Ultimately, it was exactly what I was looking for and I would fully recommend at least a few days here for anyone looking to escape the intensity of city life.

Michelle Adamson

from United Kingdom, June 2018

"A beautiful oasis of calm and peace"

This is an amazing place in a stunning part of the French countryside. I wasn't sure what to expect, and words seem somewhat inadequate, but what I received was warm hospitality, Paula's kindness and superb cooking, and Ram's mind-altering wisdom. As En Vogue so beautifully put it: "Free your mind and the rest will follow".

Lucy Cain

from United Kingdom, May 2018

"Blissful"

The house is set in the most beautiful surroundings.Paula and Ram welcome you into their wonderful home and you instantly felt more relaxed. The meditation walks are an extremely personal experience and I got a huge amount from them. Ram really catered for our needs in the yoga sessions and introduced me to Chinese yoga which was a perfect fit for the retreat. I came away with a whole sequence of fluid movements I will continue to practise. The whole retreat experience was truly enhanced by Paula’s food. The day starts with a continental style breakfast and ends with the most amazing four course meal. Paula is an exceptional chef. You must try the cheesecake you will not be disappointed! Overall fantastic

Eveline Weststeijn

from United Kingdom, April 2019

"One full word: WONDERFULL"

All has already been said in the other comments. Truly Amazing!

I’ll be back ;)

Clémentine Allain

from France, March 2018

"The Power of Softness"

This was our first yoga retreat ever and we were not sure what to expect. We both left transformed.

The first thing that struck us upon arriving in this beautiful place was simply rediscovering the pleasure of breathing. The air quality there is amazing.

Our bedroom was very spacious and comfortable with a view on the lovely peaceful gardens and the river, its soothing sound a constant companion on this transformative journey.

Forest walking meditation is blissful. Three walks guided by Ram in different forests, three beautiful experiences. There is something magical about being in nature, the profound effect it has upon our senses and our overall feeling of well-being. Breathing, bringing the mind back to the present moment and opening our senses in the forest, we felt happiness and calm increasing.

We were introduced to Tao Yoga’s subtle power of softness in the relaxing atmosphere of the Dojo. A gentle yet profound practice that had a very positive effect on restoring balance and enhancing well-being. Ram is a great guide and a truly inspiring teacher.

Last but not least, the quality of the meals. Paula is an amazing cook — and an all around wonderful person. You can taste the love in her cuisine. The fresh delicious meals she prepares are full of flavours, each dish transporting us to different parts of France and the World.

Thank you Ram and Paula for your kindness and openness, for all the special moments, the laughter and all the valuable teachings that you shared.