set in the foothills of the French Pyrenees

Welcome to Ekuthuleni


A rustic eco - retreat place in the south of France, fresh air and hills.

Ekuthuleni means a clear, warm quality of quietness, of peace.

We offer a diversity of meditation retreat options - silent group retreats (with teachings), chanting and walking retreats, and  Daily Life activity retreats which explore bringing meditation into practical life.  We now also offer solitary retreats in supportive community. 


Retreats are offered in English or in French with translation as needed.


Inspired by many paths, Buddhist teachings are our main influence, especially the Forest tradition of Ajahn Chah. We are also influenced by the teachings of Jaya Ashmore and the style of Deep Rest.  Rooted as we are in these threads, we delight in participation from all faiths and spiritual leanings.  All retreats are LGBTQI friendly.

one to one meetings

If you would like support in your practice from Noon or Sumedha (online), please contact us:



We are offering a weekly guided meditation via Zoom

Every Tuesday at 7.30pm French time...

Invitation link below - please join us if you can!  

Meeting ID: 885 573 144


Meditation retreats

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ETHOS & Eco-awareness 

We are a small retreat place and like to keep our ways of living simple, connected with each other and with nature. Participation and a sense of flowing community, care and sustainability are some of what the above can nourish.

Connecting inner meditation and living consciously outwardly is what we aspire to. Not easy in this human world but we keep leaning into this possibility...

At Ekuthuleni we actually rely on dana (donations), a heart of generosity to stay open…there’s a direct link between our openness in what we can offer from Ekuthuleni, the openings people can have here and a flow of generosity which keeps it all rolling.

We are also an alcohol and intoxicants free place, we keep the 5 buddhist precepts and ask friends and retreatants to do the same during your stay.

Wild Forces : "There are beautiful wild forces within us. Let them turn the mills inside and fill sacks, that feed even heaven."

St Francis of Assisi ( trans.D.Landinsky)

The recordings of the meditations, if you miss it live, are here