Yoga & Meditation Retreat
In the Traditions of Tantra
South of France
July 22-26 2021
We welcome you in a charming old farm house from the 18th century converted into an ashram with one hectare of diverse landscape. Full of fascinating history and nature, we are in between Provence and the Cévennes Mountain range, a unesco preserve heritage.
Nestled in natural beauty and elegance, the senses are empowered and liberated. Waves of bird song, earthy colors and fragrances of flowers and foliage in full bloom. This magical place is 8 mins from Barjac, France. Barjac is a Renaissance town. The old city centre retains ancient narrow streets, charming squares and houses of that time. The valley of the river Cèze lies to the south, and the river Ardèche is 20 km to the north.
The space holders for this retreat, teach in the tradition of Tantra.
tantra: means to expand, continue the lineage; stretch; weave..like a tapestry or patchwork.
Bruno & Shelley's collaboration began during a spiritual pilgrimage in South India. As Tantric practitioners for twenty years, Bruno and Shelley draw from their unique experiences to share a space in which to ignite the inner fire. They equally invoke spontaneity in their teachings, where everything is harnessed as potentials for transformation, allowing for love to reside in the heart.
The spectrum of flavours that this Tantra offers is limitless. Steeped in sahaja yoga (- sahaja yoga - indicate disciples' belief that union with the divine is the birthright of each individual. Sahaja can also be translated as 'spontaneous') crazy wisdom, vajrayana buddhism, esoteric hinduism, sufism, kashmir shaivism, Bauls of Bengal, Jungian analysis and the 4th way...to name some of the main threads in their tapestry of offerings.
We offer fresh new perspectives to practicing and how to integrate the teachings into everyday life, holding space for the highest potentials of each individual being to emerge naturally in the process of alchemical transformation. This work is like a labyrinth, where there are pathways of both shadow and light, entries and exits and the 'spaces in-between' form and formlessness, in between your thoughts, emotional experiences... Tantra is about transformation of relationship. A deepening of relationship to the manifestations of the Spirit and pure unequivocal enjoyment, delight in being alive with what is...
Open your heart to ancient mythologies, Hatha-Vinyasa and therapeutic yoga asana practices. Mixed with dance, chanting, meditation, pranayama to engage with the subtle energies. Engagement in ritual, sacred art and dharma discussions around the vast lineages and teachings of Tantra.
During this retreat is the full auspicious 'Guru Purnima' moon (or Poornima). This unique full moon is a time to celebrate the feast of masters, spiritual teachers, artistic or academic masters and lineages. According to mythology, the Supreme guru begins to teach the seven sages during the full moon day, thus giving the possibility for humanity to evolve spiritually and develop its own knowledge.
Pre-retreat guidance & support
4 night accommodation
Farm-to-table delicious 2- holistic & organic meals
Daily Evening Tea & Snacks- Unlimited Herbal Teas & Water
Morning Chanting, Meditation, Yoga & Pranayama
Journal Exercises & Group Work
Yashna Fire Ceremony
Private Yoga | Support Sessions
Expedition to The Path of the Virgins & River swim
Seva | Karma Yoga
French translation will be provided for sessions that are conducted in English.
300 euro per person
*scholarships/seva exchange is available, please write to Shelley
Need To Know Before You Go
In our garden of Eden, we have rustic accommodations: tents; caravan & chalet. You may bring your own tents/camper vans.
There are two private bath houses with outside solar showers.
Luxury B&B in Barjac option/s at your own cost. Please inquire and we are happy to make arrangements.
The transfer to and from the retreat space is not included in the price and should be organized separately. However, should you require a pick-up and drop-off we can make these arrangements.
All meals that we serve are vegetarian (Please inform us of food allergies).
There is a wide variety of additional activities. Please inquire beforehand the list of Additional Activities.
Bring some warm closes with you as in the evenings it might get chilly.
Bring your water bottle (NO PLASTIC usage in the area).
What Is Not Included
Tickets and travel expenses to France
Transfer to and off the retreat venue