Eight-day Silent Meditation retreat

Michael Stone, 6 – 13 August 2017

Eight-day Silent Meditation retreat

Michael Stone
6 – 13 August, 2017

Language: English

Join us for a silent meditation retreat integrating the techniques of Vipassana with the schedule and basic forms of Zen.

The daily routine is made up of sitting, walking, working, and using Buddhist practices to be awake. In the evening, as the birds go quiet and the gentle wind picks up in the bamboo grove, Michael meets with participants, one-on-one to explore their practice, life, meditation technique, and whatever else is coming up on retreat.

This retreat, taught in English, is organised to support new students in establishing a meditation practice and experienced meditators in dropping deeper into their practice. Meals are vegetarian and gluten-free, there is daily movement/yoga practice, afternoon dharma talks, and opportunities for one-on-one meetings with Michael.

As we strive to be an open and inclusive community, accepting and supporting diversity in age, race, physical and mental abilities, as well as sexual orientation and gender identity* we welcome requests regarding accommodation

*Our sangha is inclusive of trans and gender nonconforming people. We recognise that gender is not dependent on how someone looks and can be something other than male or female. One’s gender is often inferred by the pronoun used as reference (he/she/they). We encourage mindfulness around pronouns.

Shôken Michael Stone is often described as a cross between a spiritual teacher and public intellectual. His ability to integrate traditional contemplative teachings from his studies in Yoga, Zen and Vipassna, with the insights of Western Psychology, gives him a unique voice for a new generation of students integrating mindfulness with the demands of their busy lives. He is the author of numerous books and his podcasts enjoy an enormous following. He lives in British Columbia with his family. Visit: www.michaelstoneteaching.com


6 August

13.00 – Arrive and settle
15.00 – Registration opens
16.00 – Orientation
18.00 – Dinner
19.00 – Orientation, sitting, walking and bowing instruction
20.30 – Rest or optional sitting/walking

7 – 12 August

06.30 – Wake-up
07.15 – Sitting and chanting
08.00 – Breakfast
09.00 – Work meditation
09.45 – Stop work, clean up
10.00 – Alternating sitting/walking meditation
11.20 – Prepare room for yoga
11.30 – Physical practice(s), self-guided in silence
13.00 – Lunch
14.00 – Rest or work period for afternoon kitchen crew
15.30 – Alternating sitting/walking meditation
16.40 – Dharma talk
17.30 – Sit or outdoor walking
18.00 – Dinner
19.00 – Rest or work period for evening kitchen crew
20.30 – Alternating sitting/walking meditation
21.20 – Chant then rest or optional sitting/walking

13 August

06.30 – Wake-up
07.15 – Sitting and chanting
08.00 – Breakfast
09.00 – Work meditation
09.45 – End of work period, clean up
10.00 – Talk: bringing the practice home
11.00 – Closing council
13.00 – Lunch and ending of silence
14.00 – Clean-up
14.30 – Departure


Teaching fee
Please register and pay Michaels teaching fee first. You will then be redirected back to Le Moulin to book your accommodation. 

CAN$ 600 (approx €400)
payable now at: michaelstoneteaching.com

Accommodation & Food

Camping – €360 + €10 membership
Women’s dorm – €440 + €10 membership
Shared room – €520 + €10 membership
Single rooms are full

How to pay

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 there is a cancellation, the event is refundable, less a €100 administration fee, until one month before the event begins, and 50% refundable until 14 days before the event. If you cancel less than 14 days before the event start date then there is no refund.

More information

ARRIVALS  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.

DEPARTURE  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.


ROOMS  All rooms in the main house share two bathrooms and toilets on each floor of the building. There are no en-suites.

The Garden dormitory (women only) has beds for up to 8 people. There is a short walk to the shower and toilet complex, therefore a torch is recommended.

We provide bedding and towels for all rooms.

CAMPING  If you are camping you need to bring your own tent, warm sleeping bag, ground sheet, and anything else to make you comfortable. You need to bring your own towel and toiletries and a torch can be useful.


During your stay here, you will be offered 3 healthy and nutritionally balanced vegetarian meals. The main meal of the day is Lunch time with a lighter supper of soup, bread and spreads in the evening time. We endeavour to use organic and fair-trade ingredients as much as possible and are on the road to being 100% organic.

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.


See a sample schedule of a previous retreat.   (Please note this is just an example and may differ on this retreat)

Click here for Le Moulin guidelines. Please read before arriving.


Please bring indoor shoes/slippers for the main building,

An alarm clock

Torch if you are camping or staying in the garden dormitory.

Comfortable loose clothing for sitting and walking meditation, plus exercise practice.

Appropriate clothing for cool and hot weather.

A towel if you are camping

A european power adapter

Your own cup (optional)


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. If you are camping be prepared for hot and cool temperatures and a warm sleeping bag is recommended.

KARMA YOGA ~ Giving of service 

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. When you arrive you will be asked to pay an 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 organization.


Please click here to find out more details on how to get to Le Moulin.

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