Writing and Meditation Retreat

21 October 2017 - 27 October 2017


A writing retreat for all


Truly artful writing arises naturally from a perspective of what can be called no perspective or whole perspective, from a heart and mind that exclude nothing. This all-inclusive openness allows us to experience things as they are, in all their fullness, and then to express that experience by giving it form in words.


In this retreat, we explore through the foundation of meditation and a variety of writing exercises the essential quality of ever-changing moment-to-moment presence and the expression of it on the page. Throughout the week, this practice can be applied to works already in progress or to work that emerges from the exercises proposed during the retreat.


It is not necessary to be a writer, keep a journal, or to have done specific classes to participate. This class is for anyone who has the desire to write, for pleasure or any other reason.  


Please bring all necessary writing materials.



Each day begins with a meditation session, after which the group meets for writing exercises and an optional assignment followed by personal writing time. Afternoons are devoted to personal writing time and optional individual sessions with the teacher. After dinner and a meditation session, the group meets to discuss and share work produced during the day.



This program is taught in French. Translation into English or other languages are available at no extra costs. Please give us notice of your request as early as possible, so that we can provide translation service.

Arrival day (Oct 21):Orientation talk at 8 pm. You're invited to come from 4 pm in order to register and settle in your room. Dinner is served at 6.45 pm.

End of program (Oct 26): Closing circle and Banquet in the evening.

Departure day (Oct 27): You may leave anytime (no program). You're welcome to stay for lunch.



Price of your stay

Standard515 euro
Discounted386 euro
Early Bird464 euro

Standard price: global tarif including the program fee, full board comprising standard accommodation (dormitory) and organic meals. Room tax non included: (0,20 € per night and per person).

Discounted price: 25% reduction on the standard price for people with monthly net income below 1200 €. Room tax non included: (0,20 € per night and per person).

Early Bird: 10% reduction on the standard price for registration paid in full two months prior to the start of the program, i.e. before 21 August 2017. You cannot combine this with the discounted option. Room tax non included: (0,20 € per night and per person).

Other services

  • You may select a single or double room during online registration (if available, we’ll confirm by mail after registration).
  • Shuttle transport or taxi (all year round) and child care options (July/August) are available.
  • The insurance covering you during your stay (third party liability) is included in the yearly required membership fee for the Association Shambhala Europe (15 €).

We would like finances not to be a barrier to your participation. If needed, Dechen Chöling can propose several financial assistance options (monthly payment, scholarship…).
Do not hesitate to contact us: finance@dechencholing.org