Le Martinet Expereince  :   Self-Enquiry  / Seva  Programme


With the Self-Enquiry programme at Le Martinet we offer people a space to grow through expereincing themselves in a place of nature with less distratctions than maybe at home.   The main tool for this process is SEVA, learning through contributing to a collective effort, to serve selflessly and meditating on their self as it unfolds in action. To be in the Self-Enquiry programme means to be part of a regulated, constant daily structure where you explore many aspects of yoga in a broader sense. Early morning yoga is avaible , with physical exercise, prayer and mantra chanting.  Also some evenings we meditate together, and in between we eat, live and work together in a conscious way.

We ‘rub against’ each other. And through this experience, we learn to acknowledge that the things we find difficult in others, often hint at aspects of ourselves we find hard to face. It is through this constant process of chipping away at our limiting beliefs and judgments, that we create a group consciousness together. We use it to go beyond our ordinary seperatedness and learn to serve all.

Is this for you?
Some people come just to serve. Others because they are in a difficult spot in their lives and want to gain some perspective. Often it is a mix of motivations. Whatever the reason, we hope to offer at Le Martinet a place where people can enter a spiritual lifestyle that is sometimes difficult to maintain on ones own, but much easier when one is supported through the community effort.

Limited spaces available 

Goals of the self-enquiry programme
There are three main things that we try to achieve with the self-enquiry programme at Le Martinet:

  • Raise the consciousness of individuals
  • Create a mini-model society, based on compassion, where people live for each other, not at each other. May we be seen as an example to the world around us.
  • Grow the permanent community of Le Martinet. This is a long term perspective and it is not for everyone. This programme also serves as a way for all the people involved to see if living at Le Martinet as a permanent community member is a good idea.

Daily programme  :   This structure is ONLY when there are no courses running.  When courses are running a slightly different timetable will be in effect.  This will vary depending on the course, and will be shared before each course starts

8.00 Breakfast

9.30 Tune in collectively, seva.  3hr

13.00 Lunch

15.30 - 17.30 Seva  2hr

18.00 Light dinner (soup or something equivalent)

20.00 Meditation / light yoga :  whenever is appropriate , about 2 times a week

+  SHARING Cirle :  offered every week


Cost of the programme  :  We want the  programme to be as affordable and accessible as possible.

100 Euro per week - everything included   

  • minimum stay   - 1 week
  • maximum stay  - 2 weeks

Application process
If consider coming, please fill out our application form. In it you can give us the time that you are available and the necessary personal details. 

We will then schedule a skype or phone interview with you to get a better idea of your situation and intentions and so on. We assess your situation together. And see if it is a good fit, both for you and the community that will be hosting your stay. After this first interview, your application is decided upon by the community. If it is approved, we let you know and ask that you pay for your intended stay before you come or upon arrival.

If you are staying longer than a week, we will have an evaluation interview after about a week of being in the programme to make sure that mutual expectations are met. Just before you leave there will be a third interview to see if and how you can integrate your experience, how you can come back to regular life and possibly get a personal practice to do when you get back home.


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Contact & Address


Domaine Le Martinet

38650 Saint Michel-les-Portes, France

Bank info

Bank account name SAS LA BONNE PORTE Bank/Banque Crédit Agricole Sud Rhône Alpes Monestier de Clermont Address 137, Grande Rue 38650 Monestier-de-Clermont, France Account/Compte/Konto 85020436951 (for transfer from a French account) IBAN: FR76 1390 6000 3385 0204 3695 173 (international transfers) BIC AGRIFRPP839