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4 Days Tao Yoga and Forest Walking Meditation Retreat in Ariège, France

Tourné, 09420 Castelnau-Durban, Couserans Est, Saint-Girons, Ariège, Occitanie, France

Shinrin Yoku Meditation Retreat France

A direct, simple and accessible stress reducing retreat in a natural healing forest and river environment in the foothills of the French Pyrénées. Based on the Japanese method known as Shinrin-yoku 'forest breathing' which is proven to have immediate positive results. This retreat will include gentle unchallenging walks where all the senses are invited to take part. Find new and more natural ways to see, feel, listen, touch and make sound. The experience of the retreat is deep release of accumulated stress in the nervous system rather than to impose exercise on the physical body. The gentle Tao yoga sessions complement the principle of deep relaxation as a means to ensure increased efficiency of natural bodily resources and functions.

Meet the instructors

Paula & Ram
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  • Forest walking meditation
  • In-river walking meditation
  • Daily Tao yoga sessions at your option
  • Natural forest and river environment
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • 3 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French
The maximum participants in the group is 12
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  • Table tennis
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga studio
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Library
  • Meeting room

The manor house at Tourné is set in a secluded river valley in the foothills of the Ariège Pyrénées mountains. Spacious accommodation in the main house or adjoining stone cottage offers an excellent base for your holiday in France. The manor has large bedrooms all with private bathrooms.

Tourné and the Artillac River are in the very center of the Pyrénées Ariégeoises Natural Regional Park. Tourné also has substantial gardens and outside seating areas with 1,000 meters of private river frontage. The altitude of just under 500 meters allows you to enjoy exceptional air quality, warm sunshine with cool shade never far away.


Depending on weather and conditions, you may drive to a higher altitude forests at 1600 meters with magnificent views of the whole chain of the Pyrénées. Each day you will walk at least once in the forest of Bellissens which surrounds the retreat center at Tourné (500 meters altitude).

This is an invitation to completely digitally detox your senses with daily Tao yoga sessions at your option to learn a 20-minute Tao yoga form completely and healthy balanced diet-made with local fresh or garden produce. Feel all your senses come alive as your nervous system deeply and gently relaxes. This is an ancient natural protocol for stress reduction, be in nature and relax.

Ideally, you will come to experience a deep nervous system detox and release, including a digital detox where you have no need to use electronic devices. Rest and regenerate without needing to do anything, we recommend sitting by the river, reading, exploring but above all, allowing the body's natural systems to help your nervous system release accumulated stress associated with high pace lifestyle and electro-magnetic exposure.

Day 1 (arrival)

Introduction to the center, meet Paula Davidson and Ram Chatlani. Discussion on requirements, specific issues and the introduce the program. Evening meal served around 19:30.

Day 2

Breakfast served from 08:30. First, introduction to the forest during a walk with basic simple sensory organ exercises to begin gentle nervous system release. Lunch at your choice - either walk or cycle (bike provided) to the village restaurant, prepare a light meal in the dining room or picnic in the garden or by the river. Afternoon session around 16:00. More walking or a gentle Tao yoga session. Evening meal served at around 19:30.

Day 3

Dependent on weather and season, a short pre breakfast roam in the forest. After breakfast, a forest walk or in-river walk with a picnic for lunch. You may also choose to eat in the village or prepare your own light lunch in the dining room. Afternoon Tao yoga session around 16:00 or continue to open your senses in the forest. Evening meal at 19:30.

Day 4

Departure day. Pre breakfast walk or Tao yoga session. Departure around 10:30.


Paula Davidson

Ram Chatlani


This retreat will take place in Tourné, set in a secluded river valley in the foothills of the Ariège Pyrénées Mountains, France. Enjoy the totally natural forest and river environment on your doorstep and breath the clean mountain forest air. No night time light pollution - excellent for stargazing. The location has an abundant wildlife including deer, boar, ibex, lynx and many breeds of raptor.

Numerous local activities like skiing, walking, lake bathing, cycling, paragliding, horse riding, and white water canoeing are available for you. The area is surrounded by many historic sites, as well. The area is a favorite with serious cyclists many of whom have chosen Tourné as a base within easy reach of challenging Tour de France climbs. The nearest village to Tourné is Castelnau Durban which is on the edge of the Forêt de Bellissens where one can walk for days without meeting a soul.

Tourné is situated 90 minutes drive or train south of Toulouse. Driving, you will find Tourné is 3 kilometers from the D117 which is the main road between Biarritz and Perpignan that runs along the chain of the mountains.

Nearby places

  • Castelnau Durban, 2 kilometers
  • Col de la Crouzette, 6 kilometers
  • Lac de Mondély, 17 kilometers
  • Town of St. Girons - 15 minutes


Tao Meditation is the expert at providing for all types of dietary needs. Tao Meditation will provide you with a three or four-course evening meal dependent on your appetite. Comprehensive breakfast. You may prepare your light lunches in the dining room or walk or cycle (mountian bike provided) the 2.5 kilometers to the village along the river for picnics or to eat in the restaurant, chez Victor. Daily menu is 10 EUR (soup, plat du jour and dessert). An excellent and locally reknowned thrid generation family restaurant.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Yogic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 2 daily guided walking meditation sessions either in forest or river
  • Daily Tao yoga sessions at your option-learn a 20 minute Tao yoga form completely
  • Daily breakfast and dinner

What's not included

  • Lunch
  • Pick-up from Foix train station (25 EUR)
  • Transport

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (TLS). Take the train to Foix (90 minutes) and either take a taxi (about 45 EUR), bus (1 EUR) or Tao Meditation can organize to have you collected from Foix train station for 25 EUR if you let them know.

You can also fly to Carcassone Airport (CCF), but car hire form there is recommended as the train to Foix takes up to 3 hours. Once you book Tao Meditation will help with any specific questions about travel.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 33% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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