Good morning and welcome to your first full day at Les Sources Sacrées!
- Brunch: 10h30 onwards
- Class: Late afternoon – Walking Meditation and Mindfulness Training while walking with the Horses
- Dinner: 19h30
- Tomorrow’s Activities and Preparation: Lundi (Monday)
We are going to start this workshop with a leisurely brunch from 10h30 onwards. This will give you the opportunity to sleep late and recover from the travelling you did yesterday. So take your time this morning and sleep as late as you want to. After brunch, you may want to do some leisurely exploring of the farm and the immediate region surrounding it before you head for a deckchair on the decking by the lake. Don’t forget to put on suntan lotion!
Preparation for today:
- Read the chapters about mindfulness and about walking meditation in your e-book Mindfulness and Meditation in the south of France.
- Read What is Walking Meditation?
- Carefully read Safety Precautions around Horses. If you have any questions, please ask them before we start the class.
- Optional extras: There are four very good books that you can read and download free from our Resources page: Meditation for Beginners, The Little Book Of Mindfulness, Mindfulness in Plain English and Mindfulness Meditation for Everyday Life. The password is the same as the password for the wifi.
What to bring with you:
Suntan lotion, your walking boots, your hat, sunglasses and a full water bottle.
Whenever we walk or work with the horses, you need to wear shoes that will protect your toes if a horse should accidentally tread on your foot.
The session consists of two parts: during the first part, we walk mindfully, accompanied by one or more of the horses, though the neighbouring countryside.
During the second part, we invite you to practice walking meditation on your own, at the farm. Full instructions on how to do a walking meditation are accessible on the Scripts page -the password is the same as the password for the wifi. You may want to download the instructions onto your phone and take it with you for reference.
Walking is magic. Can’t recommend it highly enough. I read that Plato and Aristotle did much of their brilliant thinking together while ambulating. The movement, the meditation, the health of the blood pumping, and the rhythm of footsteps… this is a primal way to connect with one’s deeper self. – Paula Cole
More Walking Meditation
If you would like to do more walking meditation during your stay, you may want to stroll up to the church (Eglise de Laleugue) facing the farm. It dates from the 16th century. Laleugue comes from the Latin word ‘lucus’ meaning ‘sacred wood’ and indeed, the huge, medieval Foret(forest) de Laleugue, is located just north-east of the church. Due to the unusual weather this year, we have not been able to create a walking labyrinth. A Roman bridge, dating from the 3rd century, can be admired at the entrance to the forest. Because of the proximity of the forest, deer often come to our lake for a drink, as well as the odd family of boar, at night. Might be interesting to go for a walk meditation in the forest late one afternoon?