11th – 16th August, 2019
Life can be busy! We can easily get overly stretched with work commitments, family duties, and caring for others in every day engagements, often at the expense of ourselves. We may be left tired, wired, with very little energy, yet with a busy mind and an overly stimulated nervous system and feeling unable to relax. This week is an opportunity to cultivate self-care and compassion. A chance to offer oneself the possibility to deeply rest, to fully relax, and to feel renewed. The possibility to unhook from our habitual tendencies of the mind, and instead to inhabit this open heart!
The days will unfold in silence with group practices of Hatha yoga, gentle stretching of the body in the morning, deeply relaxing restorative postures in the afternoon, and grounding mindfulness meditation practice throughout the day.
Using these ancient well tried and tested practices they can help support you to let go from your busy mind, and to ground your attention instead in an embodied, spacious, present moment awareness, whilst cultivating a letting go, a surrendering into relaxation and non-doing.
There will be the opportunity to meet with Gail one to one to inquire into, open up to and become curious about what maybe arising for you in any aspect of your practice.
There will also be plenty of unstructured time in which you can relax in the beautiful calming grounds of Le Moulin, bathe in the fresh river, go for a walk in the forested hills, book a massage, hire canoes or bikes from the neighbouring campsite if you wish, or just enjoy the simplicity of being, whether sitting, walking, or laying down.
This retreat is suitable for both beginners and those with experience in either the yoga or meditation practice.
(Please note the hiring of canoes or bikes or booking a massage is not included in the cost of this retreat).
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Moulin shared tent- €300 + €10 membership
Moulin single tent- €375 + €10 membership
Shared room – €325 + €10 membership
Single rooms – €400 + €10 membership
This event must be paid in full at the time of registration. Payment is by Paypal and credit card through the online registration process.
Once you have completed the process, you will receive a confirmation email with the details of your booking. If you do not receive this email, (check spam folder first) or you experience any difficulties booking, please contact us directly by email or telephone.
If a participant should cancelled this event 2 months before the starting date, it is refundable less a €100 administration fee. If cancelled 1 month before the event, 50% is refundable . If cancelled less than 1 month before the event, there is no refund.
Participants may wish to take out an insurance to cover themselves in case of any eventuality
If the moulin should cancel this event, it would return all monies paid by participants for moulin accommodation.
You are welcome to arrive between 14h and 20h on the opening day of this event. It is not possible to arrive before this date unless you are attending a previous retreat.
Rooms need to be vacated by 10h, on the closing day of this event and we ask that you leave by 15h. Lunch is the last meal which you are welcome to stay for. It is not possible to stay on at Le Moulin, unless you are attending the next retreat.
We have several accommodation options; Single room, shared room or fully equipped Moulin tents in the warmer season. For certain retreats it is also possible to camp in your own tent.
All bedrooms in the main house share two bathrooms and toilets on each floor of the building. We provide bedding and towels for all rooms and all Moulin tents.
If you choose to stay in a moulin tent, available for either one or two people, we will provide everything you need. A bed ( yes a bed!!) quilt, bedding, lighting, torch, towel, and anything else to make you comfortable. The tent will also have space to keep your luggage and belongings.
If the retreat you choose offers the option to camp in your own tent, please bring the following: your own tent, ground sheet, warm sleeping bag, a towel, a torch, and anything else to make you comfortable.
As the weather can be changeable, we highly recommend you bring a warm jumper or fleece, even in the summer time.
During your stay here, you will be offered 3 healthy and nutritionally balanced vegetarian meals. The main meal of the day is lunch with a lighter supper of soup, salad, bread and spreads in the evening time. We endeavour to use organic and fair-trade ingredients as much as possible (around 80% organic), combined with locally sourced produce that is farmed in a sustainable way.
For those who are vegan, wheat, gluten or diary free, or have any other dietary restrictions, we can provide on request a simple diet of steamed vegetables, a simple protein such as lentils, pulses and a simple carbohydrate. We are sorry but we are unable to offer any other more specialised diets.
Hots drinks are available all day.
We provide meditation mats, cushions, chairs and shawls. We have enough yoga mats for up to 50 people, however if you use yoga props, you need to bring your own.
Please bring indoor shoes/slippers for the main building,
An alarm clock
Comfortable loose clothing for sitting and walking meditation, plus exercise practice.
Appropriate clothing for cool and hot weather.
A european power adapter
Your own cup (optional)
Mosquito repellant if you are camping
It can get very hot in the height of the summer, so sun hats, water bottles, and sun cream can be useful. However as we are next to a river, the mornings and evenings can be quite cool, so do bring a warm jumper/jacket.
Moulin de Chaves is a non profit Association. Everyone who comes here on retreat contributes one hour of their time each day towards the running of the Moulin. This may be anything from washing up, veggie chopping, cleaning, or gardening. We thank you in advance for helping us in this way.
The Moulin de Chaves operates as a French registered Non Profit Association (loi 1901). In order to maintain this status, all activities are offered as a service to Association members. The annual subscription of €10 which allows us to offer events at the Moulin for the lowest possible cost. Without membership, we would have to operate as a profit-oriented, tax-paying organisation.
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