Communal living, sharing, meditation and time for your individual work.Between the 1st of March to the 29th March, 2021
Between the 1st of March to the 29th of March, 2021.
Language: English & French
In this unusual pandemic climate, you may feel the need for extra space, calm and nature.
Le Moulin is exceptionally opening its doors this winter and invites you to rest, meditate or work remotely on its peaceful grounds.
Please note, the winter stay does not follow regular retreats format. You will be sharing the house with other guests and be fully autonomous.
You will have your own room and cook meals together with other residents. One hour of your time will be required each day to support the good functioning of Le Moulin (washing up/cleaning/cooking…). The rest of the time, you will be free to meditate, rest or work according to your individual needs and rythm.
You will have the opportunity to meditate together mornings and/or evenings to foster a community feel and support each other in your respective practice. Once a week, Martin Aylward will offer dharma teachings to all guests.
The Moulin is a place to rest and rejuvenate and connect with oneself and with others.
Between the 1st of March to the 29th of March, 2021
Individual rooms (or doubles for couples) in the main building (maximum of 15 people at a time).
Who can participate?
Anyone who has sat at least one multi-day, silent meditation retreat (at the moulin or elsewhere).
Teaching fee: Dana
Dana offerings express your appreciation and support for the time, wisdom and care with which the teachers support you. As a guide, please consider teaching fees for equivalent workshops. Dana can be offered at the end of the retreat either in cash or by Credit card.
Accommodation & Food
Single rooms €350 + €10 membership (1 week minimum stay). Between the 1st of March to the 29th of March.
Single rooms €350 + €10 membership (1week minimum stay). Between the 1st of March to the 29th of March.
€350 per week (€50 per day) for the first two weeks.
€300 per complete week thereafter.
Morning and evening group meditation is scheduled. You are expected to participate in at least one group sitting each day.
Kitchen rota for shared meals and common living, plus one hour a day of household tasks.
Silent mornings in the communal areas, though you can still work and be online in your rooms
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 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.
In the event of the Moulin cancelling this retreat because of COVID-related government restrictions, three choices will be offered to participants:
1. Credit for a future retreat.
This is our preferred option, as it supports the associations financial standing. Whatever you have already paid will be held in credit for you for the next retreat you would like to attend at le moulin, whether that is in 1, 2 or 3 years time.
2. Refund minus administration costs and or offering Dana.
We would refund the amount of the retreat minus between €50 to €100 administration costs ( please say how much). However if you would like to offer more, that amount would also go towards supporting le moulin association during these difficult times.
3. Full refund
We understand times are difficult for many of us, so if you request it, we will refund the full amount back, with no administration costs included.
In the event of a participant cancelling because of COVID-related restrictions to travel, a full refund will be made minus a fee of 50€ to cover administration costs. Please note that if you feel that it is likely that you will not be permitted to travel, notifying us as early as possible may enable us to fill your place so will be greatly appreciated.
To come you have to
– confine yourself for 5 days before your arrival
– have a confirmed negative test within 72 hours before your arrival
– be without symptoms of Covid
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.
CAMPING IN YOUR OWN TENTS
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.
MEDITATION AND YOGA
We provide meditation mats, meditation 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.
Click here for Le Moulin guidelines. Please read before arriving.
WHAT TO BRING
Please bring indoor shoes/slippers for the main building,
An alarm clock, if possible not your mobile phone.
Torch if you are camping.
Comfortable loose clothing for sitting and walking meditation, plus exercise practice.
Appropriate clothing for cool and hot weather.
A towel if you are camping in your own tent (selective retreats only)
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. 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. The annual subscription of €10 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.