HIKING MOUNTAIN RETREAT in the PYRENEES
Down to earth spirituality and
meditation, fasting and backpacking from lake to lake.
Retreat into solitude and
stillness, rediscover and enjoy natural innate meditation and
Only for you if spirituality is
not an hobby but your way of life.
July,18-August,1 / August,1-15
4 weeks intensive :
July,18 - August,16
(other dates are possible as a private trekking,
2 or 4 weeks natural hiking
wilderness meditation retreat in Western Europe's last wilderness:
the Pyrenees Mountains.
natural mindfulness and innate meditation process the natural way.
Hiking mountain retreat,
and wilderness meditation in the Pyrenees.
Deep personal growth, down to earth spirituality,
conscience and healing.
Retreat in the
effortless mindfulness :
innate stillness meditation
retreat hiking the Spanish Pyrenees mountains :
back to wilderness
natural innate healing of retreat into solitude and farniente
piritual fasting = just the food you really need,
allowing it to occur
natural effortless mindfulness,
natural effortless awareness
meditation, life review, integration and healing processes.
backpacking = the movement and physical effort you
really need for good health and condition,
rucksack only what you really need,
becoming lean muscles and stamina.
That's all you
need for personal growth towards more health, transformation and
That's all you need to rediscover or explore and
deepen natural inborn awareness, meditation, spirituality, self
healing and more significant way of life.
The benefits of
living 2 (or 4) weeks as an hermit,
the luxury of being really
out for 2 or 4 weeks, unjoinable by phone or mail.
experiencing the beauty and the wild of Spanish
high Pyrenees Mountains. These are holidays for body and soul.
2 or 4
fasting and meditation
retreat in the Spanish Pyrenees
essence of spirituality beyond religions, schools, masters or sects.
your natural inborn
down to earth spirituality and
allowing it is "enlightment".
Pyrenees Hiking Mountain Retreat
Meditation trekking for personal growth,
mindfulness and spirituality
are possible too.
MOUNTAIN MEDITATION TREKKING
only for you if spirituality is not your hobby but your way of
Reviewing all those offers
about meditation technique
offered by a multitude of religions, spiritual schools,
masters and sects one could almost forget that
meditation is an innate equilibration process.
Meditation sets on naturally.
The only thing to do is to retreat into
solitude and farniente.
You cannot make meditation happen.
There is nothing to do, no effort at all.
You simply relax and allow it to occur.
Hiking meditation retreat =
natural wellness holidays for
body and soul,
the luxury of being out and not
no cell phone, no laptop or notebook, no mp3,
no reading, writing or other distractions,
just simply being.
Hiking the Pyrenees mountains
retreat into solitude
in the wilderness accepting
weather the way it comes.
Natural innate meditation sets on, natural
(re) Discovering spirituality,
contemplation, fasting, meditation
personal and spiritual growth
in beautiful and wild silent
Just being, no thing to do,
allowing meditation to occur
no technique, no special
attitude, no guru.
Rediscover retreat and meditation the
the natural meditation techniques and
you knew as a child
while fasting for personal growth and a
retreat hiking the Pyrenees mountains,
the natural border between France and
far off the beaten paths.
Meditation retreat and hiking mountain
retreat is real holidays:
personal growth towards more
responsibility in love an friendship leads in a most natural way to
spirituality and meditation.
Hiking mountain retreat with rucksack
and tent to the most lovely hidden lakes of the Spanish Pyrenees also
offers an adventurous experience of Western Europe's last wilderness.
Holidays for body and Soul :
the value of silence and a most simple way of living
health retreat for spiritual healing and transformation.
and enjoying nature
walking, contemplation, awareness, natural effortless mindfulness
and your own
critical reflection of how you live, your justice and your love.
No guru no
but down to
earth spirituality a natural meditation
high up in the mountains.
retreat : is a simple natural path to deeper
personal growth, better health and awareness in the midst of Western
Europe's last wilderness.
Rediscovering innate natural
mountain retreat hiking
the Pyrenees mountains :
* back to wilderness, silence &
your inner innate almost unknown ressources: innate meditation, spirituality and healing
the Spanish Pyrenees,
* retreat & spiritual
personal growth, health, transformation and uprightness,
and being fascinated by your
natural innate meditation, the way it implements natural spirituality, self healing,
and live evaluation,
*effortless mindful awareness : experiencing the benefits of
retreating 2 or 4 weeks as an hermit,
guru no mysticism retreat and meditation trekking. It's all innate and natural.
Health and meditation
hiking mountain retreats into solitude
and wilderness are for those in search of a simple natural way to more
integrity, body-mind integration, justice and love as a way of life.
hiking, fasting and natural meditation : the most simple way to deep
personal and spiritual awareness and growth.
Mountain retreat offers a natural way of implementing physical
fitness (hiking and fasting) and the experience of your inner ressources
reawakening naturally as you retreat into silence ,
solitude and farniente in the midst of beautiful wild mountains. Hiking and
camping high up in the Pyrenees mountains invites you to rediscover
and allow your
innate down to earth
spirituality and life review.
It's mountain holidays as well :
You discover western Europe's last wilderness, the Pyrenees
mountains, on the border between France and Spain.
The trekking improves your natural
inborn process of balance
between contact and withdrawal, contemplation and activity. This allows
more awareness, empathy and conscience
Hiking and spiritual fasting
and the high mountains environment implement awake
wandering of the mind, more vivid dreams, remembring, body
awareness, and much more, integrating them into a bodily felt
ethic reflection on the sense of your live, of your way of live, becoming aware your basic
attitude (spirit) and how it affects your happiness and the
happiness and welbeing of those you live with.
No ideology is needed: hiking mountain retreat and spiritual fasting
and meditation retreat implements a deeper personal growth :
personal evaluation of yourself and what you're
your live, it's rediscovering the integration of conscience and awareness.
Hiking mountain retreat:
meditation trekking, contemplation, spirituality, live
offers a natural way to combine both physical exercise in search for
more fitness and health with turning into and rediscovering these natural
healing processes. You rediscover inborn natural effortless awareness
and mindfulness. There is nothing to do. You just to allow it to occur.
Meditation high up in he Pyrenees mountains, retreat
into wilderness and its natural beauty restores
ongoing contact with your own bodily felt moral awareness (conscience).
Natural meditation retreat while hiking the
Pyrenees integrates personal growth, health retreat, spiritual fasting,
meditation and healing.
During retreat days (2/3 to 3/4 of the time) there's
all the time you need to relax, decellerate, rediscover,
experience and deepen non technical natural innate ways of
spantunuous integration of body, mind and identity. You
just rebegin feeling and experiencing the process of their
unity. It has always been one. Hiking mountain retreat is as well a physical
as a spiritual adventure = personal growth on its deepest human level :
spirituality is becoming more human. Physical, mental and spiritual health are grounded in
an innate organismic search for integrity accepting the social
context you live in.
The whole problem is how to integrate your
own bodily felt
experience and how others are experiencing you,
into a responsible
This is not an intellectual problem solved by
There's an innate process of ongoing sensomotor
coordination of your organism in your social environment.
The straighter way to happiness is trusting
Because the places we retreat to are
of nature, number of participants for this meditation retreat are
limited to 12 .
A normally good physical
condition is necessary.
natural effortless awareness and mindfulness
meditation trekking and simple ascetics:
This 2 (or 4 more intensive) weeks hiking mountain retreat walks up to the most beautiful nature and secluded corners of the
Spanish Pyrenees mountains
around the Pica d'Estats, discovering the benefits of farniente,
deceleration, fasting for deeper awareness, mindfulness and healing.
The 'method' is more than simple : You organize to be unjoinable (no phone, no
e-mail), no mp3
player, radio etc. In your rucksack only what you really need.
This combination offers a most natural
fitness training. You
eat less than you burn, the physical exercise strengthens your body and
brings it back into better shape.
There is plenty of time to sleep, rest and
dream, feel and
contemplate what comes up.
Hiking mountain retreat is the most natural
way of turning
into meditation and deepen your spirituality.
Deep personal growth,
healing and spirituality, meditation retreat in the Pyrenees mountains
After 2 days of meditation trekking we spread out for
mountain retreat each on his or her own. Each us camps
into solitude maximum 1km
Time for just naturally effortless turning into,
contemplating what comes up, just being. There is no effort at all needed to rediscover natural innate mindfulness. You simply allow it to occur. Stillness is the essence
of meditation. Natural meditation only needs
lazyness, stillness and
solitude : stopping to hold, stopping to do, relax, just be.
You don't need any ideology either. To really work through unfinished
business you only need to allow your organism to evaluate your own behavior :
live is experience and experience is bodily felt.
Becoming aware of what you may think is the disturbing other, in
fact invites you to transcend your limitations. Your habitual ways of
limiting your reliability, empathy, care, responsibility,
organizational skills, ... .
enuine care for
others, friendship, love and social commitment lay beyond
egocentric hedonism, utilitarism and most certainly religious institutions,
submission to a master, school or sect.
During this meditation retreat, while camping and
enjoying wild nature, you'll spend
two-thirds of the time being on your own living as an hermit.
Set up your tent in
some scenic spot near a beautiful lake or river overlooking to the
horizon and retreat.
Time for just being there, eat just the
necessary minimum, relax and contemplate what comes up , what you
remember, what comes into your awareness.
Permit your inborn healing process to reflect
in the perspective of your own conscience.
Time too to rediscover your
body, its needs and desires, its ability to sense live energy and turn
in to it.
how your life
style helps, improves or hampers your personal,
relational and spiritual growth.
2 to 3 days later our meditation trekking
hikes further to
the following scenic
spot and our next mountain retreat. Hiking mountain retreat and fasting
meditation retreat to the
most isolated lovely wild spots of the
Pyrenees mountains is a pleasurable way to go into and find back to those
deeper parts of your self. You rediscover your own conscience and
effortless ways of meditation, awareness and mindfulness you knew as a
child. To redescover this essence of spirituality, healing
awareness all you need is to allow it.
An ascetic 2 or 4 ( = more radical) weeks hiking mountain retreat :
Meditation trekking retreat high up in the mountains is
both relaxing holidays and
fitness training for your body, mind and
Natural health retreat
into the mountains, living as an hermit is known since
the beginning of mankind by those who live close to nature.
A yearly mountain retreat is grounded in real life,
your life. It's an opportunity to review your way of living from your own
here is real, down to earth through your senses in touch as well with
reality as with the unknowable:
hiking mountain retreat in the wilderness,
needs fitness, some outdoors skills and real autonomy.
If you don't have them yet, you should be
willing to learn.
prepared for this and for what might confront you in fasting, meditation and
experiencing nature and weather as they are and change,
as when you are alone into bare reality things come up that
normally avoid or don't find time for in
life's daily grind.
Meditation retreat is simple : it just needs your commitment to
go into solitude, nature's wildness and weather and to open up to what comes up.
Allowing your own evaluation of your live and way of living according to your
best moral standards.
natural effortless inborn mindfulness,
fasting, health retreat personal growth, spirituality and healing:
During meditation trekking and hiking
you rediscover the benefits of
fasting, hiking and mere wondering and contemplation of the stream of awareness
that flows once you stop holding, controling and doing and start to
relax and contemplate.
natural healing process is called thinking with the heart. Through
rediscovering, feeling live energy
and exploring this bodily process you become aware of how your body, spirit (=
your basic attitude towards live) and what happens in your life are one.
may discover and become more aware of how your thinking implements or
disturbs your bodily felt experience of what you're doing, perceive or
are involved in.
It's a meditation retreat. A natural
catharsis is set in motion.
(especially if you chose to retreat 4 weeks) allows
processing of as yet unprocessed experiences and finding solutions to
yet unsolved problems.
You use your own critical moral reflection
comes up. Your conscience is the more
profound part of your
inner self. It longs for more integer and loving adjustment to the realities of your
Mountain retreat fasting is no zero calories fasting but
a natural Ayurveda based fasting technique:
During meditation retreat and trekking days you eat a cup
of muesli in the morning, eat rice, quinoa or soup at noon and night, drink
You may prefer to ad 75% EPA-fishoil, vitamins and amino
This fasting method restores optimal base/acid equilibrium in
your body. This improves body strength, fitness and awareness as well
as gliding into natural effortless mindfulness.
Calories intake is far below the calories you burn.
Minimum 5kg of weight loss but with lean muscle building and more stamina are
More important is increase in body awareness and mindfulness
thanks to this combination of health fasting and hiking.
Body centeredness and awareness are crucial to sane personal growth,
meditation and spirituality :
they enable you
to bodily feel the worth of what you're doing or thinking.
Meditation trekking improves your sensitivity and
Life is experience and experience is bodily felt. This bodily
felt experience is awareness of the 'spirit' of what you're doing.
important, though not sufficient, aspect of interpersonal, social
and moral awareness, a necessary condition for spiritual awareness.
hiking mountain meditation retreat more spiritual awareness comes with
dreaming. Dreams evaluate your life, show which of your behavior leads
to more humanity and what to more conflict. Paying attention to your
dreams, discerning the 'spirits' (=tendencies) at work is the royal
path to spirituality.
It integrates your nights and days to one life.
You become more aware, aware of what your participating in.
more consciously and integrating dreaming and reflection is healing.
Last but not least, during hiking mountain retreat meditation
healthy food combined with a natural physical exercise restores and
improves your physical condition in a lasting way.
It's grounding for as well body as soul.
2 weeks or even more radical 4 weeks of mountain retreat are a natural way to
more grounded spirituality and natural effortless mindfulness.
particular psychological, religious or spiritual ideology is needed for
a hiking mountain retreat fruitful to the personal spiritual
growth and healing you really need.
Religions or spiritual teachings may
certainly be helpful.
But only as long as they don't submit you, cut
natural bodily needs and healing processes or social reality, make
yourself think that you "know", that you
are on the "right" path. Or, keep you from accepting that
although live is eternal, yours once comes to an end.
Life is an invitation to
participate actively - according to your own possibilities, character,
talents and skills - in working towards a more humane world.
During hiking meditation retreat you rediscover the natural
way to your inborn spirituality. Fasting and hiking, the
experience of silence and necessary practical autonomy deepen these experience of
body awareness, natural contemplation, effortless awareness and
mindfulness, meditation and spirituality. It' deepens your spiritual
growth into a socially usefull way.
Growing in body-awareness, commitment, justice and love is as well bodily, personal, relational
Mountain meditation trekking, personal growth, natural
effortless mindfulness and transformation:
This meditation and hiking mountain retreat
in the Spanish Pyrenees mountains is intended for those really able
to stand on their own feet.
meditation retreats are meant for 'adults' in the sense of minimal
experience of social competence and existential autonomy:
lasting love relationship, family life, the education of good children
and responsible adolescents and, last but not least, combining these.
That's why being at least 30 is
For deep personal growth a fruitful
meditation retreat and healing acceptance of your own
self-critical judgment, openness and the ability to follow through to
the end in any circumstances suffice.
Mountain retreat means the luxury of being
alone in the wilderness without phone, unjoinable far from your social
Be aware that this is adventure, no play :
you're on your own far from the other participants 3/4 of time.
Mountains can be hazardous, weather bad,
nights cold, solitude difficult. That's real mountain wilderness
meditation retreat: demanding autonomy.
Respect of the others retreat in meditation, silence and
solitude is of course a must.
This kind of health mountain retreat, a
of spirituality, personal growth, fasting and exercise is an exciting and
uncommon experience of awareness :
you allow your own conscience to call your own behavior into question.
You also get a grasp of the "soul" of the
mountains and why
they help you to contact your deeper self.
Free meditation trekking and healing process counseling
to deepen your experience of personal growth, mountain
meditation retreat and natural spirituality:
Counseling (one session every retreat days period) may deepen your
understanding of the ongoing moral and spiritual development process
and awareness of life energy.
If you're a novice in meditation, meditation trekking,
spiritual and moral
development, meditation process counseling may help you to accept your
inner deeper self critique. Help you to let go with the flow of what's coming up,
Our organism is a social organism. It valuates yourself according to your way of dealing with
multiple responsibilities : your different live goals, your
reliability, uprightness, openness to others and other ways of living,
how you deal with and how you succeed combining your bodily needs and
pleasures, justice, friendship, love, career, family, education and social
commitments ... .
Hiking mountain retreat affords to remember and rediscover
your calling or live dream, remember or evaluate the way you live up yourself to your
values while being tolerant to others.
That's real spiritual growth: it opens you to what you can do
for a better world, this awakening heals from egocentrism.
only thing, indeed, we can decide, is what kind of a sense full live we
are going to live. This is a very personal question and the very reason
of our human existential solitude.
counseling is no ersatz for psychotherapy. What Richard offers is
moral and existential counseling towards more personal spirituality
grounded in your body and its (=your) real social live.
process counseling is not included in the program or in costs. It's no
must at all and it is available for free.
journey is expressly not for those who stand on their own feet
their thoughts but become anxious as soon as they abandon there mobile
phone and laptop, are left
for whole days and nights camping in the wilderness living as an
(in total for
two-thirds to three-quarters of the time) . You commit yourself to be unjoinable
(of course you can leave Richards phone
case of an emergency),
respect the others silence and retreat and for security reasons not to
leave your tents surroundings when in retreat.
Mountain meditation trekking leader :
Richard is a lecturer on phenomenology
of moral and spiritual development and what is called 'Enlightment' at
School for Continuing Studies of
Lille II University (France), he's been trained in Gestalt by Laura
PERLS, has been working with Karlfried Count
Durkheim and Christian Zen
masters (Wiliam Johnston) on the integration in western monachism of eastern approaches
He has worked as a training analyst in
existential analysis throughout Europe and as private spiritual
counselor and phenomenology teacher.
Richard is also a qualified Mountain
Leader. His hobbies are Aikido and hiking.
Conditions : This needs a good
health and a better physical condition. You also need to be handsome without fear and respectful
for each others retreat.
You need to be able to retreat from MP3, cell phone, note-book, Ipads
and other reading, writing or other stuff that could interfere
with the necessary retreat into solitude an doing nothing,
just simply being. You need the necessary condition to carry your max. 15kg rucksack uphill
at a pace of 300m of height difference an hour, 5 to 6 hours a day. Dizziness, fear of heights, overweight
(over BMI 25) or any injury,
knee, feet or back problem, that make walking or backpacking more difficult as
normal are of course contra indications. Need of regular intake of any kind of medicine is a
contra indication too, unless written approval of your MD.
Vaccination against Tetanus is a life saving must.
aware that hiking mountain retreat can be hazardous and that you're on
your own 2/3 to 3/4 of the time: you need prudence and a travel
insurance including mountain research and rescue.
minimum age is 30. You
commit yourself to respecting each others retreat on meditation retreat
days (2/3 -3/4 of the hiking mountain retreats time).
a sense of humor - even if bad weather lasts for several days - and
team spirit are a must.
Itinerary: Starting and end point is Friends of the
Pyrenees house (Le
Castel, F-09400 Miglos, France).
Participants : 1 to maximum 12 (our non profit hikes
and treks are never cancelled).
Cost: 450€. (= individual membership for a full year
of our Friends of the Pyrenees non profit small is beautiful group.) +
300€ if you want to participate in the more radical and deep 4 weeks awakening experience).
Membership also includes free acces to
the house for up to 10 weeks a year. Fees only serve to realize our
Pratical information : How to
get to the Pyrenees etc
You need a light weight 2 persons hiking
tent (= 1 in comfort).
ome tents and coocking gear are available and can
be rented (2€ per overnight per item).
Feel free to if you have more questions need more
information or want to participate.
contact hiking mountain retreat
If you want Richard to organize a similar but private hiking
mountain retreat for yourself, your couple or group in september. Cost:
125€ a day (1 participant) + 75€ a
day (2 participants) + 50€ a day (3 participants) + 20€ a day
per each participant more.
maximum 9 participants.
very bad weather makes staying in huts necessary, the guide's
costs (board and lodging) are yours, this is usual.
For private meditation trekking make sure to contact Richard in time (now!) to
hear if he's still free for trekking or hiking in the Pyrenees the
period you want.
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: Down to earth spirituality and
meditation, fasting and backpacking from lake to lake.
Retreat into solitude and
stillness, rediscover and enjoy natural innate meditation and
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This website is the international Pyrenees
mountains information website of Vriendenkring Amitié Européenne asbl a
Belgian small is beatifull non profit association.
other websites are:
www.pyrenees.be for more information in French. This website also contains a
2 weeks trail description, an alternative high route through the French
and Andorran Pyrenees.
information in Dutch about our Pyrenees house, family holidays, guided
treks and extended information on our mountain retreat is on
As you may
guess we cannot earn the necessary money to run our organization, the
house, our trekkings and hikes only through membership fees.
since 2003 we joined in DialoguE, according to The Wall Street Journal
one of the best European language schools, to provide high level crash
courses Dutch for executive managers and the higher educated.
former senior benevolent is working full time as our employee now.
Richard has a
background in Organizational Development, expertise in learning and
personal development strategies (he teaches that topic at Continuing
Studies of Lille II University).
He's fluent in
English, German and French.
teaching his mother tongue in an efficient one to one setting and is a
real expert in client- and dialogue centered learning.
commits himself fully in teaching you Dutch even starting from scratch
in an amazing minimum time.
click here on this site.
special website in German dedicated to this Dutch courses for the
higher educated is
information to our French full immersion private Dutch courses can be
found on www.apprendre-le-neerlandais.com
responsible editor :
office & contact : Lutiau 53, B-6500
Friends of the Pyrenees House : Le Castel,
+32 60 456 497