On this week-long Heart of Insight Meditation Retreat*, led by Emily Horn and Vincent Horn, you'll have the rare opportunity to dedicate yourself to uninterrupted practice in a community of peers. Over the course of the retreat we’ll work on incorporating all aspects of our being, including the body, heart, & mind, into the fold of awakened presence. This full-spectrum presence allows us to more fully respond to the needs of the moment, whatever they may be. The bulk of the retreat will be held in silence, punctuated by periods of teaching, social meditation, and small group meetings with the retreat teachers.
*This retreat meets the prerequisite requirement for the Mindfulness Teacher Certification program offered by The Awareness Training Institute and Greater Good Science Center via Sounds True.
Moulin de Chaves
Le Moulin is a beautiful property, situated in the Dordogne region of Southwest France, an old mill set in bamboo groves with a river passing by the main house.
A number of lodging options are available at Le Moulin, ranging from shared tents (the most affordable option) to single rooms with an en suite (the most expensive option). Single tents, shared rooms, and single rooms (without en suites) are also available. All rooms including moulin tents are provided with bed linen, and organic cotton towels. Moulin bell tents, include a bed, bedding, plus solar lighting. Le Moulin also provides mediation mats, cushions, shawls, and yoga mats for anyone who needs them.
Moulin de Chaves provide 3 delicious mostly organic meals, plus a selection of hot drinks available all day served with biscuits and a fruit bowl at tea times.
Every participant will be asked to commit to a 50 minute daily work period (aka “karma yoga”). This work period helps keep the center running smoothly and reduces the cost of the retreat for everyone. It also serves as an important integration point between formal meditation practice and everyday life activities.
Meet the Teachers
Emily Horn is authorized to teach meditation, dharma, and retreats by Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Insight Meditation Society, and InsightLA. She has consulted for various meditation and VR apps, developed meditations for Boston Children's Hospital's Comfort Ability Project, and led mindfulness workshops for large national conferences. Emily is a host for the Buddhist Geeks Podcast and leads retreats at Heart of Insight Trainings. Emily has been called a “power player of the mindfulness movement" by Wired Magazine. For her, a mindful life is simply learning to dance with all of this human experience: from transcendence to dirty dishes, evolutionary edges to ancient roots, solitary practice to deepening relationships. She lives the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with her husband, Vincent, and son, Zander.
Vincent Horn is part of a new generation of teachers & translators exploring dharma in the age of the network. A computer engineering dropout turned full-time contemplative, he spent his 20s co-founding the ground-breaking Buddhist Geeks Podcast, while simultaneously doing a full year, in total, of silent retreat practice. Vincent began teaching in 2010 having been authorized in both the Pragmatic Dharma lineage of Kenneth Folk, and by Trudy Goodman, guiding teacher of InsightLA, in the Insight Meditation tradition. Vincent has been called a “power player of the mindfulness movement” by Wired magazine and was featured in Wired UK’s “Smart List: 50 people who will change the world.” He currently lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains outside of Asheville, North Carolina with his partner Emily Horn and their son Zander.
Moulin de Chaves is just outside the French village of Cubjac, 120km (75mi) from Bordeaux International Airport, and 90 minutes from Limoges, Brive and Bergerac, each of which have a RyanAir airport.
Here are some more detailed travel instructions.
The cost of this 7-day retreat includes a non-refundable $350 USD Deposit, which secures your spot in the retreat and covers our administrative & travel costs. You will then need to pay a separate fee directly to the retreat center, Moulin de Chaves, to cover your room and board. Depending on which accommodations you choose, room & board ranges between $520-$755 USD (€465-675 Euro), so that the total retreat cost ranges between $870-1105 USD (€780-990 Euro).
These fees do not cover your travel costs or the teachers pay, which operates based on the generosity model.
The Generosity Model
At the end of the retreat you'll have an opportunity to participate in the generosity model, which involves making a donation to the teachers. There is no recommended amount to donate, as this is very much about the practice of unscripted generosity. That said, if you’d like to see transparent figures on how much has been donated to past retreats, you can view it here.
This retreat is put on by Buddhist Geeks, an educational 501(c)3 non-profit, so all teacher donations are tax-deductible.
Late cancellations make it difficult to give someone else the opportunity to attend. Should you need to cancel, after you’ve paid for your accommodations, please contact Moulin de Chaves immediately.
The initial deposit of $350 USD is non-refundable, with the following cancellation policy for participants who have already booked their accommodation:
If cancelled 2 months before the event, it is refundable less a €100 (~$112) administration fee
If cancelled 1 month before the event, 50% is refundable
If cancelled less than 1 month before the event, there is no refund.