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Individual Retreats at Gomde Pyrenees

Gomde Pyrenees offers individual rooms, cabins or tipis for practitioners of all lineages and backgrounds to come for personal retreat. Our talented volunteer cooks will spoil you with three delicious vegetarian meals per day, and the trails and fields in and around la bastide provide ample places to be outside in nature. We hope this beautiful and remote place of natural beauty, with its stunning sunrises and deep blue skies, can inspire the contemplative arts and practices of all kinds. We are inviting you in this amazing place for individual retreats! If you are interested in coming here for retreat, please fill out the form ‘Personal Retreat Inquiry’ under ‘Contact us’ and we will get back to you about availability and rates.

Retreat with Part Time Volunteering

For those who are interested in doing a retreat while also offering a few hours per day of service as a volunteer to the center, we offer partial price reductions based on the number of service hours per day. Gomde is entirely run by volunteers, and we often need an extra set of hands for housework, assisting in the kitchen, and especially in the areas of construction and maintenance. If you are interested in coming to Gomde for a retreat with part time volunteering, please fill out the form ‘Personal Retreat Inquiry’ under ‘Contact us’, and we will get back to you about availability and what skills are currently needed.

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Annual Group retreats

Three-month spring retreat & six-week fall retreat

Every year gomde offers two organized group retreats under the guidance of Lama Tenzin Sangpo, on the text Sphere of Refined Gold, a terma revealed by Chokgyur Lingpa with commentary by Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, combined with a daily group practice of Vajrasattva. The three month retreat begins in early March and ends in late May or early June each year. The six-week retreat begins approximately in late September and finishes in early November. What are the prerequisites for the retreat?

To participate in the retreat one would ideally have received:

  • the Vajrasattva empowerment in the Chokling Tersar Lineage

  • teachings on Sphere of Refined Gold from Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche or another highly qualified master.

The minimum prerequisites are to have a strong foundation in Buddhist practice through both study and time spent in retreat, and to have received teachings on the great perfection from a highly qualified master. If in doubt, one should ask Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche if it would be beneficial to participate in the retreat. If you have additional questions about your eligibility, please email us at retreatinpyrenees@gomde.fr and we will discuss them with Lama Tenzin.

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Online Retreats

Due to the current world pandemic situation, we are offering online versions of the 6 week and 3 month retreats. The dates for these retreats are the same as for the onsite retreats, with possibility to join the group daily practice sessions and bi-weekly Q&A sessions with Lama Tenzin live via zoom. For more information, and to register, please email onlineretreats@gomde.fr If you are currently registered for an ongoing online retreat with us please login here via the dharmasun seminars page.

Seminars with Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche

Every year we are honored to welcome our founder and spiritual guide, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, for profound meditation teachings from the Dzogchen tradition. In 2020 and 2021 Rinpoche was not able to travel due to the worldwide pandemic, but we hope to offer seminars with Rinpoche again as soon as travel from Nepal is possible and public gatherings are safe to offer in our center again. To listen to samples of Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s public teachings given in Nepal in past years please visit dharmasun.org.

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