5 or 7 days Mindfulness Retreat with Yoga, Hiking and Healing in the French Pyrenees mountains
17th -23rd October
Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Pyrénées Mas can père courreu – RD 13, 66110 La Bastide, France
The retreat aims to balance your whole self through mind, body and spirit. A combination of authentic meditation and holistic therapies such as Energy Healing, Emotional Freedom Tapping techniques, morning & evening yoga, afternoon hiking & trail walks in the Pyrenees (depending on fitness levels) allow you to relax, unwind, find your true self and a peaceful inner happiness. These retreats are especially nurturing and really take care of each individual guest. A focus on your mental wellbeing as well as your physical wellbeing will allow you to be your best self.
This retreat is open to all and can be attended by anyone willing to exploring their own spirituality and personal development. Learn to find yourself, without anyone interfering or stopping you. You can be you.
Switch off for few days from the hustle and bustle of daily life and treat yourself to a safe and comfortable environment surrounded by the French Pyrenees Mountains within a traditional Tibetan Buddhist retreat centre. Allow yourself to be supported by nature and fresh air.
Being in the nature can be healing for many, as it often reflects back to our inner emotional states. Nitima & Karuna will walk you through your mind & body. Come to let go, be free and be happy!
Meet the instructors
Karuna has been a Buddhist monk for 15 years in Sri Lanka and Thailand and holds a Masters Degree in Buddhist Studies from SOAS, University of London. He serves as an interfaith chaplain to Imperial College London and Royal College of Arts.
Nitima is an integrative counsellor, life coach and mindfulness teacher. She studied Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy, NLP & Counselling Skills at the Contemporary College of Therapeutic Studies (CCTS ) and is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Attendant skill level
Mindfulness, Creative Meditation, Group discussions, Life-coaching, Hatha Yoga, Nidra Yoga, Mindful movements, Hiking, Ritual, Creative therapy, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), Psych-K, Energy Psychology, Personal time
Check-in Time: Thursday 17th October 12:00
Check-out Time: Wednesday 23rd October 15:00
*Please note the accommodation is within a Buddhist monastery and is very basic with shared rooms and bathrooms. Self-laundry is available with the option of getting it done with extra cost.
|Accommodation type||7 days||5 days|
|Quadruple room/4 sharing||£490||£350|
|Triple room/3 sharing||£546||£390|
|Double room/2 sharing||£602||£430|
Meditations, Yoga and Creative workshops
One-to-one sessions where needed
Traditional chantings (optional)
What’s not included
Transfers from and to the airport
Beautiful shrine room with a mountain view to meditate
Meditation walk path
Hiking in the mountains
Individual or sharing rooms
Spoken language: English
The maximum participants in the group is 16 (to keep the quality)
|Day 1||In-between days||Last day|
|08:00 – 12:00 – Arrival and check in||07:00 – 08:00 – Morning – Hatha Yoga with sunrise||07:00 – 08:00 – Morning – Hatha Yoga with sunrise|
|08:00 – 09:00 – Morning Puja/ Optional||08:00 – 09:00 – Morning Puja/ Optional|
|09:00 – 10:00 – Breakfast||09:00 – 10:00 – Breakfast|
|10:00 – 11:00 – Philosophical talk||10:00 – 11:00 – Philosophical talk|
|11:00 – 12:00 – Morning meditation||11:00 – 12:00 – Morning meditation|
|12:00 – 13:00 – Discussion||12:00 – 13:00 – Bring closer|
|13:00 – 14:00 – Lunch||13:00 – 14:00 – Mindful lunch||13:00 – 14:00 – Mindful lunch and check out|
|14:30 – 16:30 – Retreat starts – Group orientation||14:30 – 16:30 – Creative works (Free time on day 3 & 5)|
|17:00 – 18:00 – Traditional chanting (Optional)||17:00 – 18:00 – Traditional chanting (Optional)|
|18:30 – 19:30 – Dinner||18:30 – 19:30 – Dinner – 1-2-1 after dinner|
|19:30 – 20:30 – Free time or 1-2-1||19:30 – 20:30 – Free time|
|20:30 – 21:00 – 1-2-1|
Gomde Pyrénées is an international Buddhist retreat center under the guidance of Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche. The center is located on 7 hectares (17.5 acres) in the Aspres region of the Pyrénées Orientales, at an altitude of 900 m, not far from the city of Perpignan. The property is covered with fields of grass, oak, beech, fruit and chestnut trees. This is a very secluded and undisturbed natural environment where the only sounds you are likely to hear would be those of sheep, bird songs and the gentle noise of rustling leaves. This blessed land, with its blue sky canopy and pristine air, is bathed nearly 300 days a year in sunshine while enjoying the protection of the Natura 2000 European Law.
How to get there
The nearest airports are Perpignan (France) and Girona (Spain). We suggest for the departure, London to Perpignan on Thursday 17th October and return on Thursday 24th October.
(For extra night, please note charges will be applied).
We advise you to book the flights soonest possible, you can use Ryanair. You can get flights from under £50 return.
For the airport transfer a car will be available to pick and drop: From Perpignan € 20 or Girona €50 to the retreat venue single way per person
You will be served good vegetarian food throughout the retreat.
For allergies, if you are vegan or gluten-free please inform us immediately as there are no shops around and food need to be sourced in advance.
The following meals are included:
Booking & payments
30% non refundable deposit must be paid on the booking
You are to make the remaining payment in full 30 days before your retreat
We can accept cash payments at the end of our meditation sessions in Central London or if preferred you can pay by bank transfer
Once the transfer is made for the full amount please email info@akanista for confirmation
We reserve the right to cancel the retreat up to a month before its date, and if so you will be fully refunded for your deposit or fee
If you wish to stay extra nights a fee of £35 per night accommodation only will be applied or £50 per including meals
I would encourage anybody who is going through stuff in their lives to come to this retreat to find peace of mind and connect with their being and bloom like a flower.
Michael, English former professional footballer.
I have been meditating every day since we met.
Suzy, Editor at Psychologies magazine.
I felt fantastic. So much more grounded and this was a massive lesson in dealing with stressful situations. They have something really special about them.”
Nicola, CEO Maia Luxury.
You provided me with an amazing experience of well-being. The provision of tools enable me to develop a coping strategy. This has been so empowering.
Nikki, Choices 4 All.
Karuna’s teachings were profound and his meditation training was a life changer for me.
Akanista mindfulness classes have shown me a simple yet highly effective way of becoming calmer and focused in my day to day life. The recordings that are provided at the end of each class are helping me practise the techniques on a daily basis. All in all, very useful class and I strongly recommend it to anyone who wishes to bring more calmness in their lives
Bhargav, MEC Global.
Really comfortable, dynamic and life-changing retreat! It really brought the group together, created a family atmosphere, and really brought new ways of looking at old, reacting issues. Most importantly, their kindness was real – and I really think this has made much a difference to my life. Definitely the best retreat I have had in my life!
Elizabeth, Intercultural Services Manager.
The retreat was a wonderful experience, and I am so glad I attended. It was just what I needed to manage my hectic life. It has given me the ability to learn how to be mindful in my daily life, so I don’t become stuck in the chaos that can sometimes overtake me. Thank you so much.
Prity, Integrative Therapist.
I just want to let everybody know that one of the major benefits I had from this retreat is how I look at myself as a whole person. I learn how to be loving to myself, kinder to myself and more gentle on forgiving myself instead of being constantly hard on myself. And I want to thank you for the retreat. I would recommend practically to everyone. If you are suffering from any emotional turmoil, this retreat will help you to settle within yourself and be non-judgmental of others. I would highly recommend to those who work with people in large organisations. Because you are working with a diverse group who all are looking at life from a different perspective. And sometime you don’t as yourself understand or forgive their perspective when it doesn’t agree with yours. So there are many majority of people who would greatly benefit from this retreat.
Cathryn, Estates and Facilities Director.
I enjoyed the retreat a lot, got more than what I expected. You have to open your mind in this retreat. Let it go and have no expectation. Just come along and things will unfold themselves naturally. You will see something completely new and amazing. You will have to live it to understand.