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Autumn retreat: Touching the Mountain, Becoming the Stillness / 28th Octobre – 1st November

October 28 @ 6:00 pm - November 1 @ 4:30 pm

Dates: Friday 28th October – Tuesday 1st November

About the retreat: 

In all cultures the mountain is the union of opposites: the meeting of heaven and earth, masculine and feminine, summit and valley. The mountain is stillness and spaciousness.

Les Gavatxes is nestled under the Comonegra mountain (the dark mountain). She holds and embraces all who come into the stillness and silence of this remarkable place in the Alta Garrotxa. She is the Great mother, constantly still and yet continually changing with the play of light and darkness.

In this retreat we shall use the practice of meditation to enter the space of the heart and touch the mountain that dwells in each of us. Using the insights of Jungian psychology and the practices of meditation (in the vipassana tradition), along with qi gong and time to be in the forest, this retreat

will enable us to become more grounded in nature and in the earth of our own being. By having some days in silence we will find that we can naturally open again to listening with the heart and discover ourselves dwelling in the sacred silence of the mountain and return to the essential unity and simplicity of being.

The insights of Jungian psychology can help us work with the material that arises in the meditation experience. Stephen will reflect on how we learn to skilfully use this material as aiding our insight into the nature of being. We will explore particularly how material from the shadow and from internal complexes seek to make themselves known in order to be integrated which is essential for healing and wholeness.

We will keep silence from the evening meditation on Friday to the sharing session on Tuesday morning. The silence is a gift to all of us as by reducing the outer chatter the inner world will come to a calmness which very naturally enables us to find our own paths to deeper sources of energy and creativity. Retreatants will be encouraged to switch off mobile phones to have a break from email and messaging.

This will be a beautiful time to be in the Alta Garrotxa to enjoy the colours and scents of autumn. Each afternoon we will make a group meditative walk into the forest, to bathe in nature and be immersed in the mountain landscapes.

Retreat Leader: Stephen Bushell

Stephen has practiced meditation for 40 years and has been a psychotherapist in the Jungian tradition for the past 20 years. He is currently working on integrating the deep understanding of the Psyche derived from Jung with the insights that arise in the sustained practice of meditation. He sees how they each work towards a natural awakening to living and dwelling within an essential unity and simplicity of being which expands beyond the limitation of the constructed world of the ego. When we touch this, we find new levels of trust in life and a flowing that we can simply allow to emerge.

The retreat will be conducted in English and Spanish



Please aim to arrive by 6.00 pm
Registration & settle in
7.30 pm light evening meal
8.30 pm Welcome circle & Introduction to the retreat
9.00 pm Evening meditation

Saturday, Sunday, Monday
6.30 am rise
7.00 am qi gong
7.30 am meditation practice
8.45 am Breakfast
10.15 am – 12.45 pm meditation practice
12.45 – personal creative space
1.30 pm Lunch
4.00 pm Immersion in nature : Group meditative walk in the land of Les Gavatxes 5.00 pm Meditation practice
6.00 pm Reflection on working with the inner material
6.30 pm Meditation practice
7.30 pm personal creative space
8.00 pm Dinner
9.15 pm Evening meditation
10.15 pm Sleeping & dreaming.

6.30 am rise
7.00 am qi gong
7.30 am meditation practice
8.45 am Breakfast
10.15 am Meditation practice
11.15 am Sharing circle & final meditation
12.45 pm Clear & clean rooms

1.30 pm lunch & retreat ends.


Shared rooms of max. two people per room
Individual bedroom (limited availability): supplement of 10 euros per day


Three vegetarian meals per day


250 euros

Booking via info@lesgavatxes.es or contact Sara at +34 621208264 (via Whatsapp)
Your place will be reserved on payment of a no refundable 50 euro deposit, with the balance payable

on arrival for the retreat.
Further information about what to bring will be given on registering your place. We very much look forward to welcoming you.


October 28 @ 6:00 pm
November 1 @ 4:30 pm
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