test-Le Sentier Tranquille ... a retreat centre in the Pyrenees
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Group retreats at Le Sentier Tranquille draw on the natural ambiance of our surroundings, as well as Simon's background of counsellor-therapist. Without conflicting with any spiritual tradition or any other meditation approach, he seeks to anchor understanding in the essence of our being the human beings we are, needing to relate effectively with every aspect of the world going on around us. This is where true insight must come from, undistorted by the clutter that has built up from our years of struggling to survive.
So meditation is about finding the space where nothing has to happen and where there is no place for expectation. And in this freedom we find our path of exploration and discovery. It starts with developing mindfulness in the very special way that is possible in our natural surroundings here. Then meditation following the channel of the 'clear space path' is coupled with teaching which draws on the work of Carl Rogers, Martin Buber and Eugene Gendlin and allows us a vision of ourselves as a human being connected... with ourselves, with others and with our planet.
Each retreat day follows a typical (but not rigid) pattern, which starts with a silent meditation (not obligatory but encouraged) and is followed by breakfast. There is a morning session which includes teaching and practise and, after a break, discussion and perhaps a sharing of individual experience and insights. There is a walk in the afternoon after lunch, which can bring another opportunity for practise and exchange. Following our evening meal there is a closing short themed meditation.
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We believe in feeding mind and body - we keep you comfortable and well-nourished and, for those times when it is important to have your own time with yourself, we have space for that as well.