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.
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?
- Périgord-Limousin Regional Nature Park (External link)
- Notre-Dame de Bonne-Espérance (External link)
- The hanging gardens of Marqueyssac (External link)
- Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère (External link)
- Dhagpo Kagyu Ling (External link)
- Plan your trip (External link)
- Book a campsite in the Dordogne Valley (External link)
Getting to the Dordogne