Heart Magic

Trusting the Power of Loving Awareness with Emily West Horn & Vince Fakhoury Horn, June 27 - July 3, 2022
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Heart Magic – Trusting the Power of Loving Awareness

with Emily West Horn & Vince Fakhoury Horn

27th June – July 3rd, 2022

Language: English

In the Buddhist wisdom tradition, it’s taught that one can cultivate extraordinary power by focusing directly on the development of concentration.  It’s also taught that the four Buddhist forms of love–aka the brahamaviharas–can be used to cultivate concentration power. On this Meditation Retreat we will be learning how to tap into & trust the greatest power of all–that of an open heart.



5:30pm Retreat Center Orientation
6:00pm Dinner
6:30pm Dinner Clean-up
7:30pm Retreat Opening


6:30am Wake Up
7:00am Group Practice
7:30am Breakfast
8:30am Yogi Job
9:30am Morning Teaching Session w/ Emily & Vince
10:30am Self-Guided Practice
11:15am Silent Group Sitting
12:00pm Self-Guided Practice
12:30pm Group Practice
1:00pm Lunch
1:30pm Lunch Clean Up
2:30pm Social Meditation Session w/ Emily & Vince
3:30pm Self-Guided Practice
4:00pm Silent Group Sitting
4:45pm Self-Guided Practice
5:15pm Social Meditation Sitting
6:00pm Dinner
6:30pm Dinner Clean Up
7:30pm Group Practice
8:00pm Guided Qigong
8:30pm Evening Teaching Session w/ Emily & Vince
9:30pm Chanting
9:45pm Rest or Further Practice


6:30am Wake Up
7:00am Group Practice
7:30am Breakfast
8:00am Breakfast Clean-up, Room Cleaning and Preparing to Leave
9:30am Group Practice and Retreat Closing
11:00am Snack
11:30am Snack Clean-up
12:00pm Retreat Ends


Registration Fee

In order to reserve your spot on this retreat, you’ll need to pay an up-front registration fee to Buddhist Geeks of €265 / $300.  This fee helps to cover the organizing, traveling, & accommodation costs for the Buddhist Geeks Team.  This fee is non-refundable.

Accommodation & Food

Due to the continually changing health situation, shared rooms will only be available to those coming with a friend or partner.  If you would like to share, but are not coming with a friend or partner, please state this choice on the booking form, and we will contact you should the current health situation permit.

Moulin shared tents €420 + €10 membership fee
Moulin single tents €510 + €10 membership fee
Small Shared Room €450 + €10 membership fee
Shared Room €480 + €10 membership fee
Single Room €540 + € 10 membership fee
Single ensuite Room €630 + 10 membership fee
Anjali Loft (Shared 2 person room with ensuite – 1 only) €600 + €10 membership fee

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.

Cancellation Policy

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.

More information


You may arrive anytime from 2pm onwards on the first day and the retreat will finish around 6pm on the last day.


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.


During your stay here, you will be offered 3 healthy and nutritionally balanced vegetarian meals per day. 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, 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.


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.


Alarm Clock (if you wish to receive a certificate of Attendance, you will be asked to give your phone to the teacher for the duration of your retreat)

Please bring indoor shoes/slippers for the main building,

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.