Personal Retreats and Meditation Breaks -
Learn or deepen your practice of meditation in an environment that inspires rest, reflection, healing and renewal.
Located at the edge of the beautiful Grands Causses natural reserve, Lerab Ling offers everyone the opportunity to take a break from their busy daily lives, in a peaceful and sacred environment that inspires rest, reflection, healing and renewal.
Everyday we hold two sessions of guided meditation, led by a team of qualified instructors. You also have access to a library of books and both audio and video teachings, located in a room dedicated to personal retreatants.
IMPORTANT - Everyone joining retreats in Lerab Ling is required to present a recent negative COVID test (PCR or antigen) on arrival, even if already vaccinated. Please read carefully this document to know more about our COVID measures.
You can see here how a day in personal retreat is organised.
Please note – Thursday is a free day - you can enjoy the site of Lerab Ling and its beautiful natural environment at your own pace. All day long you have access to the meditation room and the library. You can also join the community for their daily practice if you wish.
Lerab Ling and its surroundings are also perfect for meditating outdoors and going for beautiful walks on the many hiking paths.
Please read this carefully before coming to Lerab Ling, as it refers to our safe hygiene measures.
The Instructor Team
The morning meditation sessions are held by a team of experienced instructors who regularly teach during events and courses held at Lerab Ling.
Meditation and Study Room
The Manjushri room located in the main temple is dedicated to personal retreatants and to their study and practice of meditation. It is equipped with a library of books and audio and/or video teachings on themes such as meditation, the fundamentals of Buddhism, healing, finding peace, overcoming depression, relationships and much more, to support you in your personal study.
Meals are served in the dining hall where you can eat with the community, this is a great opportunity to meet them!
Meals are mainly vegetarian and suitable for those following a vegan diet as well as for those with food allergies (gluten, dairy etc.)
The Lerab Ling community
Lerab Ling is home to a thriving community of monastic and lay practitioners, who study and practice Buddhism on a daily basis, each at their own level. They also participate in the centre’s activities like welcoming visitors, preparing and holding events, responding to prayer requests and providing spiritual guidance. You can join them during their daily schedule of practices held in the temple.
Around Lerab Ling
The temple is located in the Lodévois-Larzac region at the edge of the Grands Causses natural reserve - 15mn by car from Le Caylar village and 20mn from Lodève town.
For Rigpa Students
This is a special opportunity to deepen your personal practice in the unique environment of Lerab Ling. You will be supported by the guidance of experienced practitioners and have access to a wealth of study materials.
Rigpa students can also go to Dzogchen Beara, Rigpa’s long-term retreat centre in Ireland, where special retreats on the practice of Ngöndro and Tsa-sum are offered.
A Day in Personal Retreat
- You wake up when you want!
- 7.30am – 9am: Breakfast
- 8am: Meditation room opens
- 9.30am – 11am: Guided Meditation Session with a qualified instructor, followed by group ‘question and answer’ sessions
- Free Time
- 11.30am – 1pm: Lunch
- Free time
- 3pm – 4pm: Meditation session with a member of the community
- Free time
- 6.30pm – 8pm: Dinner
- 7pm: Meditation room closes
- Free time
Welcoming you During the Pandemic -
We are looking forward to welcoming you to Lerab Ling. Our highest priority is to ensure that you enjoy your retreat while ensuring the health and well-being of you and those you come into contact with at Lerab Ling.
Due to the COVID-19 situation, and in order to ensure that hygiene measures are up to current health standards throughout Lerab Ling, we have limited the number of participants per event.
We will ask each of you to support us by respecting hygiene measures during your retreat so that everyone can enjoy each other's company in a safe and friendly manner.
- We ask you to please cancel your stay if you experience symptoms such as cough, fever or respiratory symptoms, or have been in contact with someone sick within the last ten days.
- We recommend that anyone in an "at risk" group who is not vaccinated, such as elderly people or those with pre-existing health conditions follow the retreat ONLINE (whenever possible) rather than in person at Lerab Ling. Your health is our highest priority.
TRAVELLING TO LERAB LING
Please keep in mind to respect health safety measures (such as physical distancing, strict handwashing and so on) and to wear a mask while travelling to Lerab Ling - especially if you travel by public transport and have to mingle with others during your trip.
DURING YOUR STAY AT LERAB LING*
- You can protect yourself and others by adopting simple health safety measures such as
- physical distancing,
- strict hand-washing (with soap or alcohol-based gel) especially after using the toilet, and before and after eating,
- wearing a mask is mandatory in the temple, dining hall, toilets and other shared enclosed areas - please bring a mask (or several) for each person (except children under the age of 11).
Masks are not available for purchase in Lerab Ling.
- Please bring your own supply of hand sanitiser that you can carry with you all the time.
- Bring your own cup and/or bottle that can be closed (to use in the dining hall and the temple).
WHAT WE HAVE PUT IN PLACE TO WELCOME YOU*
- The toilets and dining hall are cleaned regularly.
- There is a daily cleaning plan in place for all contact objects.
- Hand sanitiser is available in all key places, but it is important that you bring your own supply to carry with you.
- A protective plexiglass screen is installed at the registration counters.
- There is a system to manage the flow of people in the reception, dining hall and temple.
- There is regular aeration of all communal areas.
- Wearing a mask is mandatory in the temple, dining hall, toilets, and other shared enclosed areas.
- The staff are equipped with masks.
*These measures will be re-evaluated and adapted to the health situation at the time of the retreat