About This Center

Created as a residential counselling centre where both community and privacy are valued as key aspects of a therapeutic journey, we have expanded to become a provider of group and individual retreats, offering teaching in the Clear Space Path of mindfulness meditation, an approach grounded in the Western psychotherapeutic tradition and drawing on the insights of key thinkers such as Carl Rogers, Eugene Gendlin and Martin Buber.

"I liked the way Simon spoke and explained the meditation in simple steps, his method of giving headings to each stage of the journey of the form of meditation he proposes. It put mindfulness more user-friendly for me to practise on a daily basis. And now I am feeling the benefits of a daily practice, as uncomplicated easy method to use and look forward to doing it too. Also I am not so reluctant to do an unguided meditation alone." (Mariella from Malta)

Venue Highlights

Le Sentier Tranquille is in the foothills of the French Pyrenees Mountains. It is an idyllic location on the edge of a hamlet with hill and forest walking from the gate and offering guided mountain walking as part of some retreats. The centre has ample spaces for individual contemplation, as well areas for group work and exchange, both inside and out. There is a small library for retreat participants, a meditation platform and a smaller covered area for meditation or individual yoga.


All our rooms are individual and have at least a full-size double bed. Some also have a single bed or can be arranged as twins. There is either a private bathroom for the room or the bathroom is shared with no more than one other room. Toiletries, towels and bath-robes are provided, as well as tea, coffee, infusion facilities.


  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Includes Meat


We provide a continental-style breakfast with cereals, yoghurts, croissants, home-made confitures, fruit. Lunch is usually cold with a main course and dessert. Evening meal is preceded by apéritifs (incl. non-alcoholic) and is usually three courses, typically with a gourmet salad to start, a main course of casserole or tajine (for which a vegetarian option is available on request) and followed by a dessert or cheese.

All ingredients are sourced locally and as far as possible drawn from what is in season.


We offer transfers from Toulouse or Carcassonne airports or from Pamiers station, which is served from Toulouse with TGV connections to Paris and major European cities.

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

Recenter, Rebalance, Renew..... I cannot provide nurture and wisdom to the people I love without the opportunity to fill up my own cup. Diane

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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