Brought to you by Caroline Purkhardt (Ph.D.), owner of Lauvitel Lodge, this series of conscious nature experiences have been crafted to offer you the time and space to slow down, be in nature and reconnect with yourself – so that you feel refreshed, revitalised and reawakened.
Caroline is a social psychologist, and author of the book Stillness in Action. She is deeply passionate about helping people connect to their innate power and wisdom, and learn how to access ease and flow on a daily basis so that they are able to bring more energy and aliveness into their life and work.
2 hours of sensory exploration and sharing the pure joy of being in nature’s wilderness. Caroline will guide you along the secret paths that surround Lauvitel Lodge so that you can experience the distinctive energies of the natural elements, and share her wisdom and passion for nature and nature’s relationship with being human. This exceptional site offers a unique opportunity to connect intimately with nature’s beauty, tranquillity, power, softness and wisdom. We highly recommend that you make a day of it and enjoy a related activity in the afternoon to deepen your experience.
You will leave these morning experiences with a sense of inner peace, shared joy, and maybe with an unforgettable moment of bliss.
Everything begins on the « Deck » of Lauvitel Lodge, with movements designed to reawaken your body. Whilst on the deck, the energy present in the group will guide the choice of the natural element to be explored. There are 4 possible experiences, each relating to one of the following natural elements: wood, earth, water and “human presence”.
Individuals, Couples, or
Groups of 4 to 8 people.
Duration & Time
2 Hours 30 Mins
10:00 – 12:30
20 May to 31 August
€200 per group
(Reserve 24 hours in advance)
Growth, creativity and your own unique self-expression
The element of wood is associated with growth, creativity and your own unique self-expression. This is the occasion to really explore what is meant by “forest bathing”: to listen to the trees, feel their resonance and assimilate their sense of longevity and unity. From their roots to their crown, the trees continually connect earth and sky. Together they create the freshness of the forest air, the humidity of the earth, with verdant green moss covering the rocks and interwoven roots. This forest space reawakens in us a vibrant Spring energy that is full of potential. We will meet with 3 special ancient trees to receive their healing, their wisdom and their invitation.
To make a day of it, you can have a delicious lunch in our garden restaurant and then continue the experience with a Green Wood Workshop with Elisabeth Beaupere. You will further deepen your relationship with wood and you will come away having made your own wooden spatula or wooden spoon. In her atelier in Venosc, or in the gardens of Lauvitel Lodge, you will spend 3 magnificent hours and you will wonder where the time went.
Atelier Bois et Sens, Elisabeth Beaupère, https://www.bois-et-sens.com
72 rue de la Montagne, Le Courtil, 38520 VENOSC, 06 82 42 93 51.
Tarif: 50€/person (please reserve in advance)
Your sense of stability and serenity
The element of earth is related to your sense of stability and serenity, even when everything is spinning around you. Clambering over boulders that rise towards the summit of Malhaubert, we overlook the valleys of the Veneon and the Romanche, that extend like a carpet all the way to the Belledonne mountain range. We can sense to what degree we are infinitely small surrounded by this immensity, and, at the same time how we are connected – a part of it all. It is a game between heaven and earth, between form and space, between the tangible and intangible.
This experience is a brilliant preparation, should you so choose, for one of the 4 via ferrata in the Oisans valleys. It will help you feel more grounded and secure, and you will know how to release your fear when you encounter difficult moves or exposed heights way above the valley floor below you.
You can hire equipment from Sport et Montagne in Bourg d’Oisans https://www.lamontagne-sports.fr 04.58.19.00.11 (16€ /person) and Gîte du Plan du Lac in Saint Christophe en Oisans https://giteduplandulac.wordpress.com 04.76.80.19.19 (16€/person).
Should you prefer, you can go with a mountain guide: Bureau des Guides de l’Oisans https://www.guidesoisans.com 04.76.80.42.55. Tarif: 60€ /person
Enter into a state of fluidity
The element of water invites you to enter into a state of fluidity, to recognise your ability to adapt to new and uncertain circumstances. We trace the history of people who claimed this inhospitable territory as their own: small streams traversing the mountain sides, remaining rock walls from clearing the meadows, pathways built for the passage of animals and humans alike. We descend by the ancient pathways to the hamlet of Les Gauchoirs and the Veneon river. The more courageous might stand in the torrent of pure, ice-cold waters, descending from the glaciers of the Ecrins National park. Sitting in meditation on a rock near the water’s edge, it is as if we become part of the elements: water, rock and air.
To take this aquatic experience further, there is a beautiful walk to the turbulent confluence where the valleys of the Lavey and the Veneon meet. Leaving from Champhorent, in the direction of La Bérarde, you descend by an ancient trail, leading to a stone bridge crossing to the meadows beyond. (Relatively easy, independently or with an ‘accompagnatuer’). And for those who like complete immersion, white water rafting with Les Eaux Vives of Saint Christophe-en-Oisans is a great way to enjoy the element of water together. https://www.rafting-veneon.com 04.76.80.23.99 Tarif: 25 € /person.
Alignment of mind and body
The element of Consciousness, as yet unrecognised as one of the 5 natural elements, is identified as such by Caroline Purkhardt, being equally powerful and significant in the evolution of the planet. Consciousness lies at the centre of the this experience, for which we stay on the Lauvitel Deck or in the Still Point Space. With the practices of sitting meditation, as well as moving meditation and partner work (from the martial art of T’ai Chi), we will explore the alignment of mind and body and the power of our own presence. These experiences in the group context are always pertinent and revealing and can be potentially transformatory.
This forth experience is an introduction or a taster for the Stillness in Action Stays, which bring together spiritual practice and holiday activities. These stays are usually run through the Spring and Autumn seasons at Lauvitel Lodge. https://www.lelauvitel.com/events-retreats/ 04.76.80.06.77.