Le Martinet Experience     -  two paths   :   Self-Enquiry  &  Work Experience

The Le Martinet Experience offers people a space to grow through experiencing themselves in a place of nature with less distractions 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 this programme means to be part of a regulated, constant daily structure where you explore many aspects of yoga in a broader sense. 

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 separateness and learn to serve all. 

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. 

WE EAT, LIVE, WORK TOGETHER  creating One Group Heart

Work Exchange


You will work 8h/day. Food and accommodation (camping) are free. The work can be anything from wood work, landscaping, house cleaning, dish washing, gardening, cooking or any other chores around the house and the land. You will be deeply immersed in the day to day running of the centre supporting the team working permanently on the land. In the mornings you are welcome to join morning sadhana.

Cost : No charge for food and accommodation (camping)

Possible dates are:

June 25-30 (BIG TOP FLOOR)
Aug 27 - Sep 2

 

Daily programme  :   This structure is ONLY when there are no courses running.  

8.00 Breakfast

9.30 Tune in collectively, seva

13.00 Lunch

15.30  Seva  

18.00 Light dinner (soup or something equivalent)

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

 

Accommodation
Camping 

Cost of the programme  :  No charge for food and accommodation (camping)


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.

Self-Enquiry


You will support the community for 5h/day with whatever needs doing. The rest of the day you are free to explore, go for a walk, a swim in the river, read, meditate or simply relax in nature. There will be morning sadhana, an orientation session with us upon arrival and one or two additional meetings to help you get the best out of the seva/self-inquiry experience. We might also be offering an evening meditation depending on our availability. The minimum stay is a week, maximum two.

Costs are 100 Euros per week. This includes the orientation meetings, all meals and accommodation (camping). 

Possible dates in 2018 are 

21-27 May

18-27 June

30 Jul - 5 Aug

20-26 Aug

3-9 Sep

10-16 Sep

 
Limited spaces available 

Daily programme  :   This structure is ONLY when there are no courses running.  

8.00 Breakfast

9.30 Tune in collectively, seva.  3hr

13.00 Lunch

after lunch its personal self-enquiry time

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

Accommodation
Camping 

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.

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

  • 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.

 

It was a very special experience for me last summer, to be with you. In particular the feeling of "soul-friendly work", as I would like to call it, has changed a lot in my life.
I can not go back to the old tredmill. It is not that everything has become easier now, but I have felt such a profound new way of working, that my heart just strives for it constantly. Had already thought to do Seva again in Le Martinet next summer.

 

(Participant Seva Program 2017)

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