Discover Mindfulness in Huerquehue National Park, Chile

  • Mindfulness of Nature Mindfulness of Nature
  • Refugio Tinquilco, Huerquehue, Villarica, Pucón, Región de la Araucanía, Chile
  • Nov 4 - 14, 2018 (11 days)
  • GBP 200 - 710 (Prices exclude travel & insurance costs. They vary with options to join between 2 and 10 days)

About us

Would you like to connect more deeply with nature within yourself and around you? Are you interested in mindfulness and in our relationship with the natural world? Would you like to feel more alive and authentic? Are you in need of a restorative, supportive and fun experience surrounded by wilderness?  If so, this retreat at the heart of the magical Huerquehue National Park may be just perfect for you!

Being mindful of life within us and around us is the secret to greater happiness and peace. It’s also vital if we are to develop a sustainable, kinder world. There are few better places on Earth than this land of ancient Araucaria forests, crystal-clear lagoons and snow-capped volcanoes to experience the power of pristine wilderness!

This retreat involves mindfulness exercises, sensory games, group discussions, hikes through stunning mountains and forests, swims in crystalline lakes, time to yourself, and above all - lots of fun! 

The programme will inspire you to enjoy, explore and share what it feels like to be alive, part of the natural world. Each day will introduce different aspects of our relationship with nature and experiences of the wilderness around Refugio Tinquilco and up in the special ancient Araucaria forests of Huerquehue National Park. There will also be plenty of free time for you to explore and enjoy the surroundings at your leisure - or just relax and read a book surrounded by the sounds of nature.

Join us for the full 10 days or participate for a few days only - if you're just passing through!

More details: 

On a personal note from Claire...

"I first visited Huerquehue National Park 10 years ago and my life-changing experiences in the Chilean Lake District inspired my first book Mindfulness and the Natural World - as well as my career in international conservation. During this retreat at Refugio Tinquilco, I aim to inspire participants to fall in love with the sacred beauty of the Araucaria forests of the Chilean Lake District in Huerquehue - which genuinely remains my favourite wild place in the world! It has always been my dream to bring people here to experience the real, tangible magic of these fairytale forests...Claire x"

Look deep into nature and you will understand everything Albert Einstein

Event Highlights

  • Daily mindfulness workshops (meditations, discussions, games) led by Claire Thompson, author of Mindfulness and the Natural World and The Art of Mindful Birdwatching
  • Guided hikes up into one of Chile's most beautiful National Parks - Huerquehue
  • Swims in crystal clear lakes and lagoons
  • Set in the heart of Chile magical ancient Araucaria forests
  • Beautiful, simple comfortable accommodation
  • Delicious home-cooked food
  • Opportunity to experience a huge diversity of fauna and flora including the Pudu Deer, the Güiña cat, the Magellanic Woodpecker, Darwin's frog
  • Remote yet easy access venue
  • Relaxed setting (Structure but flexible timetable)

Venue Highlights

The retreat will be hosted at the beautiful Refugio Tinquilco, 37 kms from Pucón. Surrounded by Huerquehue National Park, this 2-story lodge (with its own forest sauna to relax in after a long hike!) opened in January 1998, a dream made reality by Patricio Lanfranco, host, chef and a film/TV producer/director.

Patricio sees Refugio Tinquilco as a place for people to experience and share some of Chile's remaining wilderness - to inspire its continued protection. It's a gathering place and a sharing place. He also aims to raise awareness of and fuel a passion for Chile's few remaining wildernesses, in order to encourage their protection. Patricio is a fascinating host and storyteller - a wonderful guy to chat to for hours over a bottle of his best wine! His homecooked food is also delicious!


  • Sauna
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant


Example daily schedule (flexible)

Morning walk around the Refugio
Hike /Swim in the Lakes
(Packed) Lunch
Mindfulness of Nature workshop (meditations, games, discussions)
Free time
Free time /Evening meditation

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Includes Meat


Participants can choose between shared "Basic Cabin" or Private Room accommodation (with private or shared bathroom).
For more details about accommodation:


The easiest way to reach Refugio Tinquilco is a flight into Santiago de Chile. You can then either catch an internal flight from Santiago to Temuco (1.5 hours) and bus (3 hours) to Pucon OR a bus (9 hours) from Santiago to Pucon directly.

There is then a short local bus trip from Pucon to Refugio Tinquilco

For a remote location, Refugio Tinquilco is remarkably easy to reach from Pucón - you can find more information about getting there here:

Tags: meditation mindfulness natural world nature rewilding wildlife

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