In this retreat we will explore and cultivate the pathways back to presence, back to life.


We will flow between guided & silent meditations,some soft yoga & more dynamic earlier in the day, one-to-ones with Noon, dharma reflections & contemplative walking. Through deep body meditations & movement, (yoga): we invite you into deepening awareness through anchoring into the body to discover it's innate wisdom. Noon will guide meditations inside the body through: five elements inside us & outside & the weave of thin skin between, how we live our bone structure holding our frame into feeling into our natural softness , our organic biological human experience, dropping through physical & thinking tensions into inborn kindness, stillness, & our huge capacity for love for ourselves, others, & the world.


Noon will also share some talks around the subjects of love & groundedness.....Beyond our habitual ways of knowing.

Sophie will guide us with  yoga:

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Grounding Bodies in Curiosity:

Trusting Life Again

Led by Noon & Sophie Geulin

Thurs 22 - Monday 26 August 2019

Our bodies know how to love and how to care, how to receive and how to give, how to mourn and how to heal, how to dance and how to sing. They know all of this. Basically, all the things we cherish, such as creativity, wisdom and love, are possible in the moment we pause and return with curiosity to our body. To practice awareness in the body affects how we live and can nourish a liberating quality of trust in ourselves and in our lives.

I started practicing yoga in 1990. With all these years behind me, I realise how yoga has been a wonderful  tool to help me to move on with faith and confidence even in the storm. The more I practice, the more joy is settling down in me !

I did a yoga teacher training with the Yoga French Institute – -  following the teaching of Krishnamacharya and Desikachar. I also did another training specialised in yoga for pregnant women. I’m still regularly training in yoga and anatomy as well as studying the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali.
I’ve been teaching yoga since 2005. I offer yoga classes for groups and individuals, pregnant women and children.

I’m happy to participate in one of Ekuthuleni retreats this summer. It’s a place I know quite well because there are geographically, ecologically and spiritually  close neighbour s of mine.

Focus of this retreat:

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Costs : 

Each retreat has a small reservation fee, covering the very basic costs of the retreat such as food, gas, water. We are a non profit organisation and for all other costs (teachers, travel for teachers, managers and ongoing Ekuthuleni costs) we depend on donations.


It is this way of participation and generosity that really keeps the Dharma rolling, as in dharma centers all over the world!


Content & Practicals

Noon Baldwin is an ex circus artist & street performer who retired from the circus in 2004 to dedicate  life to spiritual practice, living in dhamma centers (France & south Africa) & Amaravati monastery, (UK).

Noon co-created Ekuthuleni rustic retreat place with Sumedha  (Hannah Bagshaw).

Ekuthuleni is a back to basics meditation center in the foothills of the french Pyrenees. The emphasis is on meditation & ecological awareness, & bringing these two together.  Noon's main influence is the buddhist tradition of Ajahn Chah , with an interest in all spiritualities, (following retreats & courses with Jaya Ashmore from Open Dharma since 2008).  He enjoys how the traditional & open spirituality practices meet as one in his heart. His varied life experience brings a listening with vibrancy,an alive practice he loves to share.

Connecting with curiosity & energy, with a sense of embodying spiritual practice through in depth body grounding meditations are Noon's fields of exploration. He is transgendered....a two spirit person all in one.

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