The Sound of Silence Retreat

5 or 7 days Mountains Meditation Retreat in Tibetan Buddhist Centre, Pyrenees, France

Thursday 20th June – Wednesday 26th June 2019

Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Pyrénées Mas can père courreu – RD 13, 66110 La Bastide, France

This retreat is open to all and can be attended by anyone willing to exploring their own spirituality and personal development.

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. Listen to the powerful sound of silence under the open sky.

Get up to 10% off 

Special discount for double or triple sharing

This offers expires on 7th May

Accommodation type 7 days 5 days
Triple £490    £441 £350     £315
Double £560    £504 £400     £360


Retreat for as little as £315.


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





Practice style



Group discussions



Creative activities

Some silence to go deep



Check-in Time: Thursday 20th June 12:00

Check-out Time: Monday 24th or Wednesday 26th June 15:00



Accommodation type 7 days fees 5 days fees
Triple room (3 people sharing) £ 490 £ 350
Double room (2 people sharing) £ 560 £ 400
Single room (individual room) £ 770 £ 550



Dining area

Beautiful shrine room with a mountain view to meditate

Yoga terrace

Meditation walk path

Hiking in the mountains

Individual or sharing rooms

Shared bathrooms


More information

Spoken language: English

The maximum participants in the group is 16


Overall schedule

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 Thursday 20th June and return on Wednesday 26th June evening from Girona (Spain).We advise you to book the flights soonest possible, you can use skyscanner.

For the airport transfer a car will be available to pick and drop: From Perpignan or Girona to the retreat venue single way € 30 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:





What’s included



Meditations, Yoga and Creative workshops


One-to-one sessions where needed

Traditional chantings (optional)



What’s not included


Personal expenses

Transfers from and to the airport


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.

Natalie, Sothebys. 

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.

Bruno, Entrepreneur.