MEDITATION & ECO RETREATS
set in the foothills of the French Pyrenees
Welcome to Ekuthuleni
A rustic retreat place in the south of France, fresh air and hills.
Ekuthuleni means a cleared, warm quality of quietness, of peace.
Special note: in this moving coronavirus situation we are offering multiple possibilities of connection - all subject to change!
As we have so much open space and a large meditation hall with no walls, this summer we were delighted to be able to offer several retreats with places here at Ekuthuleni as well as the opportunity to join online. Thankyou to all who came, and especially to Ajahn Sundara and Ajahn Candasiri who taught via Zoom! Our next retreat will be 30 Dec 2020 - 3 Jan 2021 (via Zoom) and then in the springtime we intend to offer more retreats with places here at Ekuthuleni.
We are updating the site regularly to offer what and how we can.....please keep checking!
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Inspired by many paths, buddhist teachings are our main influence, especially the Forest tradition of Ajahn Chah. Rooted as we are in this, we delight in participation from all faiths and spiritual leanings. All retreats are LGBTQI friendly.
Generally we offer group, solitary, chanting and walking retreats. We also explore bringing meditation into practical life. Retreats are offered in English or in French with translation as needed.
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!
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)
A new year's meditation retreat to refresh and discover our hidden possibilities and resiliencies.
Online and yet very connected - guided & silent meditations, 1:1 meetings, Q & A, teachings and sharings...
Our path of opening means ploughing the fields of our hearts...travelling into familiar and unfamiliar lands that need softness & safety to move through with resilience.
Sumedha and Noon provide a safe space to find inner safety, listening and response. Opening new horizons.
Nourished by nature, Noon and Sumedha emphasise body and nature connected practices
Please note, during the time of the corona virus and beyond we are offering a
weekly guided meditation via Zoom
Every Tuesday at 12 noon French time...
Invitation link below - please join us if you can!
Meeting ID: 885 573 144
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The recordings of the meditations, if you miss it live, are here
The programme of retreats after new year will of course respond to the changes in the coronavirus situation - they may be offered fully or partially on line, with places here at Ekuthuleni as the health situation permits. Being an outdoor place with lots of space and nature may bring even more blessings than it usually does! Please keep checking for updates and contact us on for news or to register.
one to one meetings
If you would like support in your practice from Noon or Sumedha (online), please contact us: