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Ekuthuleni News

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, we are offering 10 places to come on our first retreat in june with Ajahn Sundara, a senior nun from Amaravati,( she will attend by zoom). This retreat will also be offered online, please read below for more info. We may be able to give more retreats in the summer outdoors dependent on travel restrictions. 
We are updating the site regularly to offer what and how we can.....please keep checking!


Poems, links, news from Ekuthuleni and options for online meditations, one to one's and retreats. Ways to support each other in this time of Coronavirus: Ekuthuleni Spring update 2020

Themes of regeneration, honouring nature, honouring our diversity and belonging in the great flow of life. Bringing this into practice and the practical...read more in our Ekuthuleni Autumn news 2019 for some heartwarming explorations.

Many beauties growing at Ekuthuleni, new-recycled simple sustainable facilities which are a joy to develop and help us to welcome deeply all who come...growing diversity and richness in wonderful retreatants...And also reflections on vulnerability and responding to each moment as a cradle for a growing appreciation of the riches of now. See our new year 2019 newsletter for more.

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Meditation Retreats 

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.


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)

Retreat 25 - 29 June (In French) with Ajahn Sundara
Given the new guidelines after 11 May we are delighted to be able to offer up to 10 places at Ekuthuleni for this retreat. We can benefit from meditation in the beautiful nature here, with outdoor covered spaces for meditation and for eating - safe and yet protected should it rain. Ajahn Sundara will join us to offer teachings via Zoom.
It is also possible to join this retreat via Zoom from your own home (online).
We will also be offering an online retreat: 
'Deepening Roots' 1 - 8 June with Sumedha and Noon via Zoom   

As many other centres, to support the health of ourselves and others we are keeping physical isolation until the end of May. 


Please stay in touch via email, online meditations, one to one's and our online retreat! 

Please stay well and connected.


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

To get weekly reminders about the meditations, fill in the form below :


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

Retreats in June 2020

The programme of retreats after (and including) June will of course respond to the changes in the coronavirus situation - they may be offered fully or partially on line, with a few places here at Ekuthuleni if 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 ekuthuleni.retreat@gmail.com 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:


All year round : ekuthuleni.retreat@gmail.com 
April - November : +33 (0) 60223 0532    +33 (0) 604485012
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