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7 Day I Ching Ba Gua Circle Walking and Meditation Retreat in Castelnau-Durban, French Pyrénées
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I Ching circle walking: the art of Ba gua

Ba gua circle walking is the oldest Taoist health and meditation practices. Ba gua refers to the eight trigrams of the I Ching, the ancient Book of Changes. It is a dynamic meditation practice that brings the practitioner to stillness and clear awareness. It’s a highly enjoyable method that delivers high levels of fitness and energy. It is a yogi’s delight, stretching and twisting the body gently and internally while clearing stagnant energy and habitual mental patterns. Ba gua or eight trigrams circle walking is all about change, how to cope with it, how to anticipate it and how to be one with it. Join us on this annual retreat, now in its twelfth year.

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  • Learn Ba Gua-Eight Trigrams Circle Walking: complete instructions for beginners
  • Practice in nature to enhance your natural alignment
  • Learn the fundamentals of natural Tao meditation while you walk
  • Enjoy walking in 8 carefully chosen yogic postures
  • Expert tuition in English and French
  • Experience sunrise Ba Gua session on the mountain
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily healthy meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
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Accommodation is in the Manor House at Tourné, a large old stone house with three adjoining meditation halls of different sizes and adapted for different uses. Rooms in the house are available for couples, single occupation or shared with en suite bathrooms.


Ba Gua circle walking is considered as a complete way to understand our experience of life. The practice is about individual experience and how it is interpreted. Applying the wisdom of the Book of Changes (I ching) to our individual experience with circle walking may bring abundant benefits of clarity, increased energy levels and calm in the face of change. This retreat includes the monastic and the martial traditions, a rare combination of meditation techniques and practical applications: stillness is revealed through movement. Ba gua may help to cope seamlessly with the reality of the daily challenges, uncertainty and rapid change. Through circle walking in this method, the nervous system may become smoother so that change becomes less worrying. Taoists use the natural world as their guide. Ba gua circle walking practitioners are said to experience natural energies directly.

During the retreat, participants will be shown all the basics of circle walking, the eight static yogic postures for walking and will be introduced to the single palm change. Dependent on time and experience, all eight palm changes will be explored.

A circle of health

Of all the yogic practices of India and China, Ba Gua Eight Trigrams Circle Walking is considered as among the most efficient as a means to ensure and maintain excellent health and fitness. Combining fast and slow movements, static postures, twisting, extending, crouching, lifting, carrying, turning, dropping, every aspect of the body-mind-emotions complex may be balanced.

All can benefit

Now in its twelfth year, the annual summer Ba Gua retreat at Tourné welcomes beginners. As a means to learn or develop any meditation technique, it combines meditations in the body, on the quality of mind, the source of our response to things and the essence of Tao. It is considered as a complete health, exercise, and meditation method.

Sample daily program

  • 06:30 Optional early morning session
  • 07:30 Breakfast available until 09.15
  • 09:30 Morning session
  • 12:00 Lunch and rest
  • 15:30 Afternoon session
  • 18:30 Evening meal
  • 19:30 Evening session-discourse, review, questions

Included excursions

Sunrise ba gua session on the mountain, weather dependent.


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The retreat takes place at Tourné in the Artillac Valley in the Ariège Pyrénées. A beautiful unspoiled valley location, rich in wildlife.



  • Mountain walking
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Volleyball court


  • Hammock
  • Lake
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • River
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga studio


  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Library
  • Meeting room


Home cooked, fresh. Special diets catered for. We have been cooking for yoga, meditation and other groups for over 20 years! This course is vegetarian.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Lactose Free
  • Whole food
  • 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

Things to do (optional)

The main emphasis will be on ba gua, but you will have an ample time to walk, sit, read and explore the local area. The area is rich with local walks, wildlife, including lynx, ibix, deer and wild boar. The centre is set on the edge of the magnificent Forest of Bellissens.

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All teachings
  • Daily meals (breakfast, lunch and supper, also snacks and drinks)

What's not included

  • Transfers from Foix train station or from your arrival airport.

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Carcassonne Airport (CCF) or Toulouse Blagnac Airport (TLS).

Arrival by train

Tourné is 90 minutes from Toulouse and Carcassone airports. You can arrive by train at Foix we can arrange to have you collected from Foix train station. If you are arriving at Foix and require us to meet you, please arrange this in advance with us.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 24.2% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 28 days before arrival.
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