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4-weeks mountain meditation and life review, stillness retreat.

A 28 days 4 weeks stillness meditation retreat and life review. Hiking high up into the wild between 2.000 & 3000m. Camping, wandering and living as an hermit. Developing our stamina, restoring our physical condition. Rediscovering idleness, retreating into stillness, silence and solitude. Experiencing the simple life, ascetics and mystique. Turning inward and giving in to free floating deepening awareness, effortless experiencing meditation and its life review. Life review and stillness retreat in the Pyrenees mountains.

Saturday July,6 to Saturday August,3, 2019

4 weeks stillness meditation retreat: hiking fasting, living as an hermit high up in the mountains.

What is mindfulness meditation?

How to deepen awareness and mindfulness through meditation, hillwalking and fasting?

What is natural spirituality?

How do hiking, simple living and idleness innate natural spirituality and what is called 'Awakening'?

4 weeks intensive meditation hiking and life coaching retreat, practical information and contact.


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4 weeks stillness retreat : hiking & fasting as an hermit high up in the mountains.

A down to earth no guru no mysticism retreat. To rediscover natural spirituality and innate effortless meditation the way hermits did. Minimalist living : Fasting and wandering high up from lake to lake between 2000 & 3000m. Experiencing natural beauty and awe in the Pyrenees mountains, rediscovering natural 'no mysticism' mystique.
In your rucksack only what you really need for a 28 days life review retreat into the wild. What you really need to hike and camp staying dry and warm: a storm resistant nature colors tent, simple whole food, warm sleeping bag and comfortable mat, some spare clothes, simple food and cooking gear, washing stuff.

The luxury of being out and not joinable for a full 4 weeks. Freeing yourself from digibesitas. No phone, no MP3, no reading, no writing, no stress, no drugs, no tasks nor anything else to do.
Just experiencing, rediscovering the virtues of hiking, fasting, camping and meditation in the midst of wild nature, the weather as it comes, awe, idleness and self-reliance. Real retreat, living as an hermit into the wild.

A 4 weeks retreat living and wandering as an hermit: Hiking 'pilgrimage' days alternate with 2 days retreating into solitude, silence and stillness.
A full 4 weeks meditation retreat : free surrounded by mountains, lakes and mountains. Frugal living, meditative walking, pilgrimage, freeing yourself from what possesses you. Rediscovering how idleness and stillness - without any effort - guides you to becoming aware of an innate effortless natural meditation and  life review process = natural 'no mysticism' mystique. Inviting you to wake up.
Giving in to it deepens your bodily felt experiencing and awareness. Frees repressed restorative processes of the organism you are. Awakens evolving body aware conscience, decanting your live, deeper and deeper.
This mystique experience is only for you if body aware conscience, reliability, fairness, justice, solidarity and lasting love are your commitment and your way of life.

Where? High up into the Pyrenees mountains. Hiking and camping, wandering from lake to lake. Pilgrimage off the beaten paths, between 2000 and 3000m, in the Pica d'Estats and adjacent massifs. = The most beautiful and wild parts of the Pyrenees mountains.


hiking mountain stillness retreat adventurous hike, fasting and stillness meditationWhat is Meditation?

Reviewing all those proposals and literature about meditation techniques and marketing about awakening and mindfulness offered by a multitude of spiritual schools, masters, gurus and sects, for money ... . One would almost forget meditation is, as are sleeping and dreaming, a natural innate restorative healing process.  

Meditation sets on naturally. You don't need to concentrate or focus. This hiking mountain pilgrimage and stillness retreat into silence and solitude allows you to re-experience how. The only thing needed is to retreat into solitude, silence and idleness. As a result and gift from yourself to yourself you rediscover your inner stillness.

As sleeping and dreaming you cannot make natural meditation happen nor make it deepen. There is nothing to do, no effort at all. You simply allow your body, your energy and your mind to relax, give up holding your breathing, allow bodily felt experiencing to occur and give in.

4-Weeks intensive hiking mountain meditation retreat into the wild Pyrenees mountains is an adventurous retreat. Simple living as an hermit: closest to nature. Natural innate spirituality: accepting your natural inborn need of balance between contact and withdrawal, idleness and activity, movement and stillness. Giving in to it allows your innate spirituality, body-awareness, empathy and conscience to evolve, develop and integrate.
Hiking, fasting (= eating no more than really needed), the high mountains air and the awe of beautiful wilderness environment facilitate this processes. Stillness, meditation, awake wandering of the mind, more vivid dreams, remembering, awareness, life review and much more evolve. Integrating into a bodily felt critical review of the sense of your life, of your way of life.
Effortless mindfulness. = bodily felt awareness of your attitude (spirit) and how it affects your happiness and the happiness and wellbeing of those you live with. The outcomes of this pilgrimage to the core of yourself is more self-acceptance, body-aware reliability, sensitive and empathy, solidarity, commitment, responsibility, sense of justice and love and a growing understanding of what the challenge of 'awakening' really means.

A religious or spiritual belief isn't necessary. This is a  retreat back to the common ground and source of any religion or spirituality. Hiking and retreating into stillness surrounded by wild mountains, seeking solitude, experience simple living. These allow you to re-experience your life as a whole. As your only time between your birth and your death = you.
This confronting deepening awareness invites you to conscience, to wake up, to awakening.
You rediscover spirituality is an inborn natural way of being human and growing in humanity.
This 4-weeks intensive 28 days grand retreat is the opportunity to rediscover and deepen yours in a lasting way.


4 weeks intensive life coaching retreatDeepening natural  awareness and mindfulness through meditation, hill walking and simplicity:

The hermit's 'method' is a one of disconcerting simplicity : Retreat into solitude, into the wild. Only what you really need. Living and pilgrimage closest to nature. Seeking stillness, mere experiencing. Living as an hermit for a full moon month = 28 days. Being unjoinable: no smartphone, no mp3, no radio, no etc. In your rucksack only what you really need.

Hiking the mountains is a most natural fitness training too. You eat less than you burn.
The physical exercise of wandering through the mountains, strengthens your body. Brings you back into better shape, physical condition and stamina.
4-weeks intensive mountain retreat into the still wild Pyrenees mountains, Western Europe's last wilderness. Being at the mercy of the vagaries of the weather and wild nature invites, even compels, you to develop your awareness, care, strength, self-reliance and reliability.

Retreat is plenty of time to sleep, rest and dream, discover, feel and contemplate what comes up in idleness. 4 weeks are the necessary time. The natural, only, way to rediscover, without any effort at all your, innate bodily experienced life review. Giving in you allow this awakening life awareness to evolve and deepen your innate spirituality.

Retreat periods of 2 days alternate with a meditative hiking day. After first 2 days of hiking up to about 2.000m we spread out for retreat into silence and solitude, meditating on our own. Camping a few hundred meters away from each other.
Time for naturally effortless turning into, contemplating what comes up, mere being.
Then we walk one day further to another high valley of wild natural beauty, retreating there for another 2 days of stillness. Etc.

No effort is needed to rediscover your natural innate meditation and healing life review processes. As for sleeping and dreaming you cannot make them come. There's nothing to do, no concentration, no focusing, no praying. Just trusting what some may call 'God', others 'nature' or 'life'. Allowing your awareness to flow freely and giving in. It's not possible to seek stillness, inborn meditation, equilibrating and healing processes, nor make them happen. You simply allow them to occur. 
Experiencing stillness deepens and refines your awareness, empathy and conscience.
Being alone, wandering and fasting as an hermit strengthens your body, your stamina, reliability and care.


4 weeks meditation high up in the mountains surrounded by natureSpirituality

To really work through life's problems, you need those times of retreat. To allow your organism to really experience and evaluate our life. Life 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, to grow spiritually:
Discovering and letting go your habitual ways of refraining from idleness, limiting your breathing, body-awareness, pleasure, reliability, empathy, care, responsibility, organizational skills,  ... . 
Genuine strength, care for others, friendship, sense of justice, love, social commitment and the resulting wisdom and character ...  lay beyond egocentric hedonism, utilitarism and most certainly naive submission to religious institutions, ideologies, a master, guru, school or sect.
Instead giving in to experiencing stillness and your inborn equilibration processes, training your body in a pleasant way and critical reflection, make you more human in a natural way.
Experiencing idleness and stillness, letting go, just being. It opens and deepens your bodily felt awareness of the unity of yourself, your attitudes, your perceptions and 'understandings' of what happens, your life, others and the world you create and live in. This Awakening restores your conscience.


4 weeks spiritual mountain holidays in the Pyrenees mountainsPractical information 4-weeks intensive hiking mountain stillness retreat

Mountain meditation trekking leader : Richard van Egdom is a lecturer on phenomenology of moral and spiritual development and what is called 'Awakening' at School for Continuing Studies of Lille II University (France). Richard is a licensed Mountain Leader and an experienced body worker, gestalt trainer and person centered focusing counselor. Besides hiking his hobbies include Aikido. Richard is fluent in Dutch (his mother tongue), English, French and German.

Participation conditions: 
You need to have participated in the Introduction to natural innate meditation trekking.
This hiking mountain retreat and stillness meditation holidays need good physical and psychological health, reliability and the better physical condition necessary to carry your +/- 15kg rucksack uphill. Your BMI should be between 21 and 25 neither less nor more. Participation is at your own risks: mountain and camping into the wild experience are necessary.
You should be able to commit to live up to the unpredictability of a deep and lasting 4 weeks retreat and it's life review. This may be a confronting wake up call.
Your need to have talked through this unjoinable absence for 4 weeks with your loved ones and have reached an agreement about what you can offer them in return to make them feel as exited too.

Cost: 750€ for this 4 weeks hiking mountain retreat

Starting point is the Pyrenees quiet house Le Castel, Arquizat, 09400 Miglos, France.

1 to maximum 7. Richard's Hiking mountain meditation retreats have, since 25 years, never been canceled.
Participants get a list of the necessary minimum gear and food needed and other suggestions.
New link: An experienced mountain leader's thoughts on the ultra light gear trend.

More information? Want to talk about it? Contact Richard call him +33 626 99 33 11.

Shorter  - but you really cannot expect similar results - made to measure private hiking mountain retreats are possible second half of June, first part of July, end of August or September.
Rest of the year, from October to May when high mountain is not walkable, similar stillness and walking meditation holidays or sabbatical leaves are possible in the quiet house in the Pyrenees mountains.
See made to measure hiking retreats and stillness retreats at the Pyrenees quiet house.

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