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January 22 @ 5:30 pm - January 26 @ 9:00 am

What is your resolve for 2019?



Join us on this exploration

– using calligraphy, meditation, and t’ai chi –

to clarify the most important thing for the new year. What do we hold on to when all changes – like the snowball which is gathered, melts and transforms.



The Most Important Thing Ichi Dai Ji

Koans are set as a course of inquiry to tease us into a new way of being.

They are an open ended questioning

to find a new stance, a new way of under-standing.
What we consider the most important thing might well change through the seasons, but that which lies at its very core is revealed with our persistance.


Book your place

Please feel free to arrive after 5.30pm on 22nd January. The course will close after breakfast on 26th.

Retreat cost: €650/£580

This includes all teaching, food, and accommodation. A non-refundable deposit of £100 is needed to secure your place (sent to Lauvitel Lodge by 20th December).

If you wish to discuss anything please contact Jos or Caroline on

[email protected]

To book contact [email protected]

For those coming from England we have designed the dates to coincide with flights to Lyons. You can find out more about travelling to Lauvitel Lodge at www.lelauvitel.com/about/location


About Lauvitel Lodge

Lauvitel Lodge is a mountain getaway in the heart of the French Alps: the Oisans valley famous for cycling and skiing. It is a place for family gatherings, holidays with friends, as well as a base for well-being retreats which are held here on a regular basis.

The Lodge provides a comfortable place to rest and relax in between various mountain adventures. You can enjoy a fresh and delicious meal, coffee, or simply use one of our terraced gardens to read a book or nap in a hammock. There is a wide offer of wellbeing services, too: massage, Reiki, Tai-Chi and wellness coaching.

The beautiful natural surroundings of the Lodge are comprised of magnificent mountain peaks, crystal clear lakes, running rivers and pristine forests. The exceptional landscape makes it a perfect place to reconnect with your true self and simply take a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

How to get there?

Lauvitel Lodge is located in a small hamlet of La Danchere, about one-hour drive from Grenoble, which is also the closest train station. If you are travelling by plane, the closest airports are Lyon, Geneva or Turin. You can contact us directly if you need help with travel arrangements.

About the Facilitators

Jos Hadfield

I have trained for over twenty five years in the soft martial art of t’ai chi, which has been invaluable to

understand how being open and prepared (presence) is key to any, and all, situations. It teaches us to yield in order to overcome difficulties and to listen and connect fully with ourselves and with another(compassion). I have been teaching Zen Brushwork since 2008 following in the lineage of Terayama Tanchu Sensei.

Caroline Purkhardt

PhD Social Psychology, Transition Coach, T’ai Chi Teacher, Reiki Master

I draw on my connection with nature to give me wisdom and energy.  Body wisdom (through t’ai chi) and spiritual connection (through meditation) guide, inform, inspire and direct my actions in a way that keeps me true to myself. They create integrity in our actions that goes beyond our rational minds and personal feelings and become key aspects of living a full life. They help us with the detail of everyday life and guide us in the larger endeavour of finding our place in the world