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This retreat program is designed to help you explore or deepen the subject of your choice; choose from Tao yoga, a variety of qigong forms and practices or from a variety of meditation methods from Taoist and Buddhist lineages. Ideally, you will be looking to stop all your habitual daily activities-including mobile devices and internet although they are available-and simply relax while enjoying two hours a day of gentle guided instructions in your chosen subject. We are happy to extend your stay. If you prefer a longer retreat, please let us know and we will adjust the package accordingly.
You will have a large room in the House with ensuite bathroom and views over the valley and countryside.
This Tao meditation retreat is aimed at increasing calm awareness, stress release and heightened energy levels. Daily meditation sessions to release stress and develop a calm mind are followed by a series of taoist yoga postures. The principles of sitting practice are brought into movement. Tao meditation is a natural practice which awakens the mind's inherent capacity to heal and to reorganise. You will leave the retreat with confidence that you can practice what you have learned and make progress in daily life.
On your arrival day you will have the opportunity to discuss your requirements with Ram Chatlani. Together you will decide on the details of your daily program. You will have 5 one hour sessions, two on each of the first days and one before you leave on your last day. Sessions are usually at 9.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m., but times are flexible according to your needs.
Your daily sessions will be tailored to your specific needs and level of experience. Depending on the weather and the season, sessions may be outdoors or in one of our three dojos or practice areas. You will be able to use these spaces at your pleasure during your stay.
You will have use of a good quality mountain bike for a daily visit to the village, 3 kilometres away, if you choose. Only breakfast and evening meal is provided so that you can enjoy the gentle cycle ride to the village along the river Artillac, in the forest. The village is small and quiet with an excellent restaurant, Chez Victor, a third generation family restaurant. The village bakery has a good choice of breads and food for a picnic.
Dependent on weather conditions you will be offered the opportunity to witness sunrise on the Pyrenees mountains. We will drive to an altitude of 1500 metres and walk through a beech forest to arrive at the col de Portel for a morning practice or simply to breathe in the spectacle of sunrise on the mountain.
Tourné is a fine maison de maitre in the Artillac valley, built by the Vicomte de Bellissens in 1858, reputedly for his maitre d’affaires. Hence, it is a genuine maison de maitre-built by a noble for his right hand man.
With extensive gardens, woodland and river access, the house has three floors with a large adjoining activity studios. The valley is an area of protected environment in the heart of the Parc naturel régional des Pyrénées ariégeoises.
In the park, there is virtually no industry (1%); the population is sparse - 1 person for every 2 kilometers and consequently minimal traffic, with very few cars passing the House.
There are many walks, for all levels of fitness, of astounding beauty that can be made directly from the house. Beautiful wild flowers in spring, stunning walks in summer cooled by the forest. The voie verte is a recently opened 42-kilometer route reserved for cyclists and walkers running from St Girons and Foix accessed at Castelnau Durban and is wonderful at all times of year.
In the house, you will find guides and maps with local attractions and walks. With no pollution, the river runs clear and the nights sky bright for star gazers. Many local activities and historic sites are under 30 minutes' drive. There are lots to see and do in the area, and the House provides a very calm and tranquil base for a gentle calm retreat.
Breakfast will be served as will an evening meal. Meals are prepared from freshest of ingredients made with subtle flavors using herbs, spices, and homemade condiments.
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