Pyrenees Mountains stillness holidays, retreats and sabbatical leaves.

A quiet place for stillness retreat, rediscovering your real best self, walking, hiking, reflection, life review and sabbatical leave.
Experiencing the calm and natural beauty of the Pyrenees Mountains.

Walking holidays, break, sabbatical or time-out staying in a simple old Pyrenees farm house,
Contemplative and enjoying nature made to measure trekking and hiking French and Spanish Pyrenees: Mountain Retreats Guide service.
4-weeks intensive hiking mountain retreat, 4 weeks of slowing down, retreat as an hermit, experiencing wild natural beauty and stillness, rediscovering the healing power of innate natural meditation and what disembarrassed from any ideology 'awakening' really is.
Sabbatical leave and longer stays in the Pyrenees mountains
Experiencing the Pyrenees mountains the sustainable way at affordable prices.
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sabbatical leave in the Pyrenees mountainsWalking holidays and stays in our 1794 former Pyrenees farm house.

A simple shared guest house about 200m from the village of Arquizat. Open all year long. Room for a few (3) guests. Minimum stay 6 overnights. Shared self catering. Calm and stillness in the midst of in the Ariege Pyrenees' Regional Nature Park, South of Toulouse on the border with Andorra and Spain.
The Ariege county is a wildest and most beautiful part of the Pyrenees : plenty of mountain lakes and walkable peaks. Nature all around, footpaths, hundreds of marked trails from easy to more difficult, 1, 2, 3 our more hours to a days walks in our valley and the valleys and mountains around. All you need for a resourcing mountain walking holidays, contemplating and enjoying nature, stillness and mountain views.
A nice, simple, rustic place for your life review retreat, yearly retreats, a break, a longer time-out or your sabbatical leave.
Pyrenees house a place to stay, reflect, read or write.  You get a simple room with mountain view, a bed, a table, a chair, a cupboard, an armchair, nature all around and stillness.
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guide mountain leader service for private hikes in the Pyrenees mountainsMade to measure hikes and treks, personalized private guide service

Private hikes and treks (minimum 6 overnights) high up in the wild mountains, off the beaten paths are possible between half of June to end of September. = After and before snow. Simple living into the high grounds, camping into the wild, wandering high up from lake to lake, discovering and exploring  the Pyrenees mountains at your rhythm and pace.
Resourcing real
trekking, simple living, experiencing nature from within: in your rucksack a tent and the minimum you really need.
Pica d'Estats and Mount Roig massifs are the wildest part of the Pyrenees mountains: plenty of blue mountain lakes and walkable peaks.
Although you probably won't meet Pyrenean brown bears, wolves or lynx, there still are some but they're very shy. More probably you may observe chamois, ibex, vultures and eagles, encounter half wild horses, meeting goats or sheep, ... .
Experiencing adventure, awe, outstanding natural beauty and stillness along unpublished or unknown high level route paths (HRP) and trails.  Paths once used for escapes to freedom, by smugglers, shepherds and mountaineers that know and find them because they live here. 
Rambling up into the high mountains along high hidden and forgotten paths, enjoying wildlife, landscape, flowers and encounter.
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spirituality, awakening, hiking mountain retreats and meditation in the PyreneesIntensive hiking mountain retreat rediscovering stillness and it's innate healing processes.

4 weeks intensive. A self guided retreat into solitude to rediscover your innate natural meditation and life review processes. Only for you if spirituality, developing and integrating your body-awareness, reliability, empathy, commitment, sense of justice and love are central to your way of life.
'No guru, no mysticism' hiking, fasting and meditation retreat.
Experiencing the healing power of slowing down and simple living the closest possible to nature. Rediscovering stillness, contemplation, hiking, camping in the wild and the Pyrenees mountains, just being.
Resourcing holidays for body and soul. Stillness, contemplation, awareness and your own critical reflection of how you live. Hiking and exploring the Pica d'Estats massif, rediscovering your deeper self.
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Sabbatical leave Pyrenees mountain retreatSabbatical leaves and longer stays for reflection, study, writing, ...

If you're looking for a place for your sabbatical leave, if you appreciate stillness, simple living and the quietness of nature near a small mountain village, why not consider Le Castel?  Here's a simple room waiting for you: just a bed, a table, a chair, an armchair and a wardrobe. We're living in stillness, there's no radio or television, wifi is available but why wouldn't you include some internet-fasting?

Costs for nourishment and beverages are shared. We are veggie lovers, eat dairy and fish however no meat. Only supper is taken together. You can have breakfast and lunch as is convenient to you for a longer sleep, going for day strolls or an hike. Each of us helps in washing dishes, basic house and garden keeping.

You may find more information on our walking holidays page or just contact Richard to stay here for a week or two to hum the atmosphere.


affordable stay in the Pyrenees mountainsJoining in our stillness, tranquility and adventurous hikes is intentionally affordable :

What we pay is a membership fee:
450, 500, 550, 600, 650, 700, 750 or more € according to our revenues, fortune and how important having a shared mountain retreat in the Pyrenees is to us.
A membership fee because we want you to take part in community living : we prepare meals together or alternately (costs are shared), all of us participate in keeping house and garden clean, peaceful and quiet.

Pyrenees House is an affordable place offering the Pyrenees, stillness and tranquility.
Time for your yearly life review, walking, hiking, discovering and exploring the Pyrenees mountains respecting nature and wildlife, retreat, turning inward, reflect, read, write, relaxing and taking it easy.
If you wish, there is opportunity for guided walks, hikes or counseling or spiritual direction.
Richard, our resident, used to combine training existential therapists, doing some summer work as a licensed Mountain Leader and teaching phenomenology. He's an experienced counselor (soft Gestalt, client centered and focusing oriented).

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