Retreats and life review in the Pyrenees mountains Stillness House

If you need to retreat, review your life, reflect on the sense of your life, its meaning, ... . Stillness House in the French Pyrenees mountains may be what you're looking for.

General information basic costs, minimum stay, community living, environment, ... .
Self guided retreat stays ... .
2 weeks made to measure retreat and life review in the Pyrenees mountains.
2 weeks walking retreat, stillness meditation and life review.
Sabbatical leave, read, reflect or writing stays.

Private walking holidays in the Pyrenees mountains.General Information on staying in the 1794 Pyrenees house.

Community living: costs for food and drink are shared. We eat vegetarian (not necessarily organic) + dairy and fish but no meat. Only the evening meal is taken together. We prepare those meals together or in turn. Other meals are free to allow you to sleep longer or go for day walks. Everyone participates in washing dishes, simple house and garden keeping, favoring a quiet close to nature life. Costs for food and beverages are shared.
If you're coming without a car Richard can pick you up or drive you: 0,5€/driven km.

There's simple quiet room awaiting you: a bed, a cupboard, a desk, a chair, an armchair and a mountain view. Pyrenees House has 3 rooms for 3 people or couples.  Comfort is simple but there is all you need for living and staying in harmony with nature: A cozy living room with lounge and wood fire, 2 bathrooms one with showers the other with a tub, a wild garden and a rustic natural mountain village / back country environment.

A quiet place suited for slowing down and life review
. A place for walking, a time-out to relax, enjoying simple living, nature and the mountains. Plenty of time to retreat, read, reflect, study or write, for a sabbatical or relaxed just being. Minimum stay is for a full week (6 overnights), fortnights are usual. If you would like to stay longer, for a sabbatical leave, cohousing here etc. contact Richard or resident.

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Quiet hillwalking and sightseeing in the French Pyrenees mountains

Self guided retreat stays in the 'Parc Naturel Regional des Pyrenees Ariegeoises'.

Hillwalking in the Pyrenees is both slowing down and recharging your batteries. But it's also a natural way to get back in shape and fit.
Hillwalking, hiking unhurried at your own rhythm and pace, enjoying nature and the mountains. Such natural contemplation clears your mind, relaxes and trains your body.
Your thinking gets musing and turns into experiencing. Silence, the chirping of crickets and birds, discovering unknown wildflowers, mushrooms, lizards and butterflies, sweeping views across the valley to the mountains, ... ..

Vicdessos valley and the valleys here around are a calm quiet paradise for walkers : more than 90 marked footpaths + their combinations to walk, century old trails and mule paths from one village to the other. Winding up to passes, finding the easiest way, trying to follow contours, avoiding steep rise or fall. 
Or walking up to summer pastures or even higher and further walking over the passes to Andorra or Catalonia. Rambling through shady forests, grazed slopes to higher ground and over the pass discovering the other villages behind and the changing outlook over other mountains. Walking unhurriedly at your own pace, resting, pick-nicking wherever you feel. Visiting old villages and medieval cities, castle ruins and holes.
Walks lasting from about two hours to a couple of hours and day walks starting in our village or the adjacent villages over the low passes in the side valleys of main Vicdessos valley..
All you need for a more or less intensive hillwalking holidays, contemplating and enjoying nature, mountain views, the sound and smells of woods and meadows, the back country and it's seasons, ... and feeling good.

More information about self guided stays in the Pyrenees mountains?  Call or mail Richard +33 626 99 33 11 or

guided hillwalking holidays in Midi-Pyrenees2-weeks made to measure guided retreat holidays at Le Castel farmhouse.

When you're new here and during your self guided retreat you'd like to go for a longer walk.   Prefer not to walk alone or, although staying at the house exploring the mountains, maybe taking a tent walking up for  a short 1 or 2 overnights stillness retreat and coming back home?
Longer hiking retreats or retreat treks are only possible in late spring and summer. Somewhere between half of June and end of September.
But when weather forecast is good more intensive day walks higher up are feasible as long as there is no snow. Mountain views invite to discover the higher grounds. If you like so, even more adventurous 1, 2 or 3 days hiking retreats are possible. Combine retreating at the house with hiking up to some beautiful lake, camping there for a night or two hiking around and coming back to the Pyrenees house.
Spiritual direction or counseling on demand.

More information
about a guided retreat holidays in the Pyrenees mountains? Call Richard +33 626 99 33 11 or mail


Walking holidays and mountain retreats in the Pyrenees2-weeks retreat holidays : discovering and deepening natural stillness meditation.

Includes overnights, guided walks, driving, learning to relax,  improve your body and overall awareness, learn or deepen your focusing skills, rediscovering natural meditation, inborn healing processes and allowing them, ... .
Costs for food and drink are shared. Community living.

Learning to bring more calm into your busy live may not only be helpful but necessary to avoid stress and going for an happier family life.
It's possible combining increased body-awareness through walking, learning to relax and rediscovering innate stillness meditation.

Walking (and eating less and mainly vegetables, legumes and whole grains) helps maintaining your weight, preventing heart diseases, high blood pressure an type 2 diabetes. Especially hillwalking strengthens your bones, muscles and endurance. Hillwalking, experiencing and enjoying nature improves your stamina and lifts your mood. The irregularities of the terrain enhance your balance and coordination. Increased body-awareness is a natural result of hillwalking.

Learning to relax starts by deepening this body-awareness through giving in more consciously to your bodily felt experience and sensations. Enhanced body-awareness allows to realize where you're unconsciously holding and tensing. Letting this go, relaxing, leads to an experience of bodily felt wellbeing and becoming aware.  Hillwalking in the Pyrenees is both slowing down and recharging your batteries. But it's also a natural way to get back in shape and fit.
This bodily relaxation when it deepens naturally develops to an experience of stillness, mere awareness. Richard can teach you how to relax while in movement too.

Bodily relaxation is deepened by natural stillness meditation.  Natural meditation, as are sleeping and dreaming, is another inborn healing and stress processing skill. Although it's most probably the natural ground on which religions built there ideologies, natural stillness meditation needs no religious or spiritual ideology. It's an innate natural way to relax as well your body as your mind.
Giving in to your innate stillness by relaxing your body and mind restores your innate awareness. = Your bodily experienced unity of bodily wellbeing and your way of thinking and living. Natural stillness meditation needs neither a specific body posture nor concentration whatsoever. It's just allowing this innate process to occur.
Rediscovering your natural innate stillness and deepen it's experience not only increases your awareness and makes you feel better. Allowing this stillness meditation daily triggers an innate life review. The outcomes of this natural stillness meditation deepening are manifold: more inner calm, less anxiety, more sleep, better health. More clearness about your life and what's important to you. More sensitivity, emotional stability, creativity in problem solving, reliability, empathy and charm. In short it helps you developing happiness. 

More information? On combining guided walking holidays, learning to relax and meditate in the Pyrenees mountains? Call or mail Richard +33 626 99 33 11 or


autumn walking holidays pyrenees mountain retreat person centered counseling and focusingRetreat holidays time-out to think over and evaluate your life?

Includes overnights, guided walks, driving, learning to relax, slow down, improve your awareness, learn or deepen your focusing skills to become aware of your bodily felt experience of your life, ... .
Costs for food and drink are shared. Community living.

If you're looking for a place to reflect about the sense of your life, recover from or solve some problems, ... . Becoming aware of your bodily felt experience and its ties to what's happening in your life and how you react to, may help you.
An open self-empathic attention to your bodily feeling, allows you to develop your awareness and conscience. Focusing on your bodily felt experience of problems and situations and how you deal with others may clear your way of understanding and dealing with life. Helping you to more insight, clearness about your values and character.
A time-out retreat allows to restore necessary balance between contact and withdrawal, busyness and idleness.
In a natural way time-outs allow becoming aware of how you relate to others, to work and to society as a whole. For what you may need to change in your life (= the only thing you really have, because that's what you are) to become more body-aware, trustworthy, empathetic, solidary, just and loving. The path to hapiness.

sabbatical leave Pyrenees mountainsSabbatical leave or several months retreat.

The Pyrenees quiet house is the place to be for your 3 months up to 1 year sabbatical leave. A quiet natural environment, stillness and simple living = all you need for relaxing, turning inward, becoming aware, decanting, letting go and finding your profound sensefull next 7 years.

More information? Just call +33 626 99 33 11 or mail Richard

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