We live in a time where life on earth is not easy. We are flooded with news and signals of danger, terror, and disbalance to a point where the continued existence of our planet and humanity sometimes seem called into question.

When confronted with pain and despair, both on an individual and a societal level, we often draw back and contract out of fear and overwhelm. We shrink back and isolate ourselves in a cocoon of apathy and supposed safety. When this becomes our way of life, we block our natural wisdom qualities, like empathy, love, joy of life, wakeful intelligence and more.

To live in a less constricted way, with a more spacious, open sense of possibility, creativity, and connection, we can choose another option: to learn to open our heart and senses with courage, mindfulness and respect to explore the situation we live in. When we do so, we discover – to our surprise – that we have within our body, our emotions and mental capacities the wisdom necessary to find answers to the burning questions of our modern times.

Body-Mind Centering® (BMC®) offers an experiential study of the body systems (bones, organs, fluids, nerves, muscles, etc.) within the context of human development. Every cell has consciousness, is moving, breathing, relating. 

Examining and being present with the living tissues of our bodies through guided perception, movement and touch, opens and deepens direct understanding of how we are in relationship with ourselves and the world around us and how mind-movement and body-movement are inseparable expressions of our unfolding journey.

Body-Mind Centering® was founded by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen in the 1970s and is being explored and deepened by a worldwide community of practitioners and schools. This practice invites us to discover our habitual patterns, to expand into new possibilities and to recognizing the pathways from one to the other.

Maitri Space Awareness Practice (MSAP) was first developed by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and is based on the principles of the five buddha families of Tibetan Buddhism. Each buddha family emphasizes a particular aspect of energy or pattern within and around us, which can manifest in a way that is sane and wakeful or confused and blocked. 

By using colored rooms or glasses and specific body postures, the experience of these different energy patterns is intensified. This allows us to recognize how they manifest within us at the level of body, speech / emotion and mind.

The emphasis of the practice is on discovering, within these raw and colorful energies, unconditional friendliness (or maitri) towards oneself. This discovery becomes a basis for living one’s life more fully, skillfully understanding and relating with others, and establishing a dynamic and healthy relationship with one’s work, home and natural environments.

This programme is open to everybody. An introduction to different meditation techniques as well as BMC® and MSAP will be given within the continuation of the programme. 

Practical details

Please note that the Paris 2024 Olympics end on August 11, which may affect the availability of flights and trains from Paris.

Arrival day: Saturday 10 August. You’re invited to come from 4 pm in order to register and settle in your room. Dinner is served at 6.30 pm. Orientation talk at 8 pm. 

End of programme: Monday 19 August. Closing circle and banquet in the evening

Departure day: Tuesday 20 August. You may leave anytime (no programme). You’re welcome to stay for lunch.

This programme is taught in English and will be translated in French. Request for interpretation in other languages need to be made in advance and confirmed (please indicate your are requesting interpretation on the registration page).

Programme price

Regular700 €
Patron808 €Help support lower income participants
Under 30 years of age350 €

If you require financial assistance to attend this programme please contact [email protected].

Accommodation and food

Full board60 €/ night *

* includes standard accommodation and all meals.

Price information

  • Regular: this is the regular price for participating in the programme. Occasionaly (if specified in the programme description), there may be an additional fee for materials, to be paid upon arrival.
  • Patron: for those who can offer more than the regular price, your generosity in paying the Patron Price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full programme price and provides support to Dechen Chöling.
  • Under 30 years of age: 50% reduction on the regular programme price for persons under 30 years at the start of the programme.

Accommodation: the standard accommodation we provide is in a dormitory for the winter and a furnished two-person tent in the summer. Extra fees for room upgrades can be paid upon arrival. Additionally, room tax will be charged at 0.20 € per person, per night.

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Note: participation in any programme offered by the association of Dechen Chöling requires you to be up-to-date with the association’s annual fee (15 €), which can be settled upon arrival.