8 zen moments to recharge your batteries in the Dordogne


Dordogne ValleyNature and Outdoor Activities

Le village de La Roque-Gageac en Dordogne
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Reading time: 0 minPublished on 27 March 2024, updated on 15 April 2024

Think you know it all about the Dordogne valley? From an inner journey to a journey through time, a trip like this might really make you think.

Inhale. Exhale. And again.

The first step in your spiritual journey: a rendezvous in Périgord-Limousin Regional Nature Park. More than 700 squares miles of fresh air, dense vegetation, and wildlife. Your stress will have a hard time standing it.

Just you and the great beyond

Mongolian yurts, eco-friendly cabins amongst the treetops, chalets floating on lakes... At the Moulin de la Jarousse, every night is a chance to stargaze and listen to nature.

A bit of quiet, please

Don’t even think about getting your phone out. On your retreat at Notre-Dame de Bonne-Espérance Abbey, meals are enjoyed in silent contemplation. Peace and tranquillity guaranteed.

Marqueyssac: where time stands still

Some miracles are man-made. In the hanging gardens of Marqueyssac, nature’s beauty and intelligent landscaping combine to delight eyes and soul alike.

Your path to enlightenment

Kanshoji monastery welcomes visitors throughout the year, whether they are attending a workshop or country retreat in the heart of a regional nature park. Through zazen and samu, you too may learn to be mindful of every moment and action.

To Tibet and back

“Nourish your soul". “Enrich your life". “Live in the present". Choose your retreat and head to the Dhagpo Kagyu Ling Buddhist meditation and study centre. Exotic experience guaranteed in this little corner of Tibet in the Dordogne.

You wanted time travel?

One of France’s most beautiful medieval villages awaits, nestled into a bend in the Vézère river: Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère. Stroll through its narrow lanes and along the riverbank, run your fingers along its white stone walls, watch the sun set over its rooftops, and fall well and truly under its spell.

Destination: Zen

At the Pic lumineux temple, the lessons of past zen masters are passed on through a major text: Master Dogen’s Shobogenzo (literally: “Treasure of the True Dharma Eye”). Sando Kaisen, a monk, leads the monthly retreats and two annual camps. Where do I sign up?

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