retreat, stillness, simplicity
holidays, hikes, stays and sabbaticals in France in the Pyrenees mountains

Joining in?

We do not rent rooms, sell services or ask payment for helping you to rediscover the benefits of mountain nature, innate natural processes and simple living . We are an open small is beautiful non profit organization. Our aim is to stay self supportive through the membership fees we pay and our commitment. If our values and activities are also yours, join in for a year or longer, participate and experience. You're welcome!

An open group of mountain stillness lovers.
A quiet mountain retreat in the Pyrenees.
An experienced Mountain Leader.
How to join?


Friends of the Pyrenees quiet house resting by lake.An open group of mountain stillness lovers.

With a clear preference for the Pyrenees: a walkable wild mountain linking the south of France to the Spanish north with a marvelous mountain range.
Enjoying to retreat for a couple of weeks into quietness and simplicity in the group's quiet house or more high up into the wild. Enjoying stillness and nature and experiencing natural life evaluation emerging in solitude and farniente. Inviting us to adjust ourselves to what seem to be key social competences for a happy and meaningful life:
simplifying our life style and developing our character, more bodily felt awareness and conscience, honesty, reliability, stewardship, kindness, generosity, courage, freedom, justice, equality and respect.


Pyrenees mountain retreatA quiet mountain retreat in the Pyrenees.

Le Castel, Arquizat, 09400 Miglos, France.
The simple and quiet house, the relic of what once was the strong house of the baronets of Miglos. It has been build and rebuild and probably it existed prior to 1400.
It's simple but functional now and its structure is in good shape. In 2014 we insulated door and windows, in spring 2017 all rooms.

There's simple quiet room awaiting you: a bed, a cupboard, a desk, a chair, an armchair and a mountain view. Pyrenees quiet house has 3 rooms for 3 people or couples.  Comfort is simple but there is all you need for living and staying in harmony with nature: A cozy living room with lounge and wood fire, 2 bathrooms one with showers the other with a tub, a wild garden. A washing machine and dishwasher, no radio or TV. And a rustic natural mountain village / back country environment.

A quiet place suited for slowing down. A place for walking, a time-out to relax, enjoying simple living, nature and the mountains. Plenty of time to retreat, read, reflect, study or write, for a sabbatical or relaxed just being.
Surrounded by nature about 200m from Arquizat village. Situated in a side valley of the Vicdessos valley reaching up to the Pica d'Estats massif and the border to Spain.
A calm quiet paradise for walkers : more than 90 marked footpaths + their combinations to walk, century old trails and mule paths from one village to the other. Winding up to passes, finding the easiest ways, trying to follow contours, avoiding steep rise or fall. 
Higher up above our valley: the summer pastures and centuries old mule paths over the passes to Andorra or Catalonia.


Pyrenees mountain leader

Our quiet house resident is an experienced Mountain Leader:

Richard studied behavioral sciences and post master Organizational Development through action research at Louvain University (one the oldest universities in Europe). Before withdrawing into his beloved Pyrenees he's been an O.D. consultant, training existential therapist and a visiting phenomenology professor at school for continuing studies (SCFP) of Lille2 University (France).

Richard is an experienced licensed Mountain Leader knowing this part of the Pyrenees off the beaten paths as the back of his hands. He's been a member of the board of the Belgian Mountain Leaders Guild (UPMM). He can guide you of the beaten paths from mountain lake through old forgotten passes to the most lovely and hidden places of quiet beauty. Nearby or higher up between 2000 and the Pica d'Estats 3100m

Joining in?

If you like:
stillness, mountains, walking
or more adventurous hiking retreats,
need enjoying nature quiet times-out to retreat into more simple living,
to turn inward and deepen your bodily felt experiencing, awareness and conscience,
or looking for a place to stay for a longer retreat or sabbatical leave,
experiencing the calm and natural beauty of the Pyrenees,
meeting others like you.
You're welcome.

According to our income, fortune and how important sharing a mountain retreat in the Pyrenees is to us,
we pay a 450€, 500€, 650€, 700€, 750€ or more membership fee into the group kitty.
Legally our group is a registered small association.
A membership fee? Because we want each of us to take actively part in our holidays simple community living :
we prepare meals together or alternately (costs are shared),
all of us participate in keeping house and garden clean, peaceful and quiet,
sometimes we organizing a 'working camp' for painting, gardening and other needed maintenance,
of course combined with walks and hikes.

Membership is for a full year starting the first day of our stays.
According to our preferences and free times we participate in one or more of the activities described.

For more information, longer stays, time-outs, sabbatical leaves or cohousing here
mail or call Richard tel. +33 5 81 49 93 65

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