Contact & Access

8900 route de Montchardon
38160 IZERON

Front desk :
Mail : front desk.
T : +33 4 76 38 33 13
Fax : +33 4 76 38 41 91
The front desk opens form 9h to 12h and from 14h to16h. The answering machine might be on during the day. For any non-urgent information please get in touch by mail.

Shop :
Mail : shop.
T : +33 4 76 38 07 37
Fax : +33 4 76 38 41 91
To know the opening times please contact the front desk :
Front desk : +33 4 76 38 33 13

To get in touch with a course participant :
During mealtimes only
(8h-8h40 ; 12h-12h40 ; 19h-19h40)

T : +33 4 76 36 79 79

The center does not provide internet access and mobile phones don’t always get through. Please organise your trip consequently (train timetables, contact with your family). A card use phone booth is available in front of the front desk.

Get to Montchardon by road

The closest town, Izeron is 50km away from Grenoble and Valence. It is crossed by the RN532 road. The A49 motorway Grenoble-Valence is not far and you can exit at St. Marcellin or Vinay.

In Izeron follow the Montchardon sign and take the mountain road on the left.

Caution Montchardon is in a mountain area at a height of 800m. If there is snow on the road, French law makes snow chains compulsary. If you plan to come to the center between november 15th and april 15th, make sure you have appropriate snow chains.

If you use a GPS these are the numbers : Latitude 45° 08’ 53,9″ or 45,14805 ° Nord Longitude 5° 24’ 29,9″ or 5,40805 ° East Beware no access by the Cogning road in winter.

The center cannot organise carsharing.

acces Izeron and acces Cognin : see the road map

no access by the Cognin road in winter.

Get to Montchardon by rail

The closest station is St. Marcellin and our transportation service on demand will get you to the center. TGV trains get to Grenoble and Valence TGV station, then you have to get on a local train.

Download SNCF local train timetables by selecting the Grenoble-Valence timesheet.

Transportation Service

The center offers shuttle service from St. Marcellin train station to the center (distance 15 km) and back twice a day except on Sundays. The fare for one way is 7 €. The shuttle to Montchardon waits in front of the train station and the trip takes approximately 30 minutes. Passengers are dropped in front of the train station.

Please indicate your need for shuttle service at the time of registration, as the service is on demand only.

You must confirm your need for shuttle service by mail or phone two days before the trip. Confirmed trips will have to be paid even if you found another way to get to the center.

 The shuttle leaves from St. Marcellin to Montchardon at 8.55 hours am and 17.55 hours pm. It leaves from Montchardon to St. Marcellin at 8.10 hours am and 17.15 hours pm.

On Sundays, at the end of a course the center does not provide shuttle services from Montchardon to St. Marcellin. During your stay, please look for somebody to go with by car.


If your arrival does not correspond to the transportation service times you can get a taxi from St. Marcellin.

Taxi Sympa (Céline) : +33 6 84 01 80 19 Compagnie des Taxis : +33 6 41 00 75 07 / +33 6 81 19 08 81 Taxi des Coteaux : +33 4 76 64 10 76 /+33 6 75 26 48 24 Elis Taxi : +33 6 72 57 65 50 Taxi Saint Justois (Fabrice Gemo) : +33 6 15 93 43 04

Health Urgency: Ambulances of St Marcellin : +33 4 76 64 04 88 / +33 4 76 64 07 64

Tourist office St Marcellin : +33 4 76 38 53 85

This summer the programme will take place under special circumstances, since the Centre can resume activities provided that sanitary measures are strictly observed.

Whether you are vaccinated or not, whether you have a negative PCR test or not, does not change the need to respect sanitary measures.

Your presence in Montchardon implies that you strictly respect sanitary measures in all circumstances.

We are now used to these measures:

  1. Wear a protective mask in the temple during the whole teaching or practice period, in the refectory until you start eating, and in all situations where it is difficult to maintain a 1m distance with others.
  2. Hand wash with hydro-alcoholic gel when entering and leaving the temple and refectory, whenever accessing the self-service area and on all occasions when touching a collective object.
  3. Maintain a distance of 1m around yourself, in the temple, in the refectory and when moving around in the Centre.

Access to the temple will be limited to 70/80 people to respect sanitary distances.

For accommodation, the rooms that accommodate several people will become individual rooms, except for couples or families. The number of places in the dormitory will be reduced to space out the beds. This will allow us to accommodate about 80 people.

The campsite area will be open, and the layout of the tents should follow the same guidelines. Disinfectant will be available in all places where necessary.

These rules must be maintained in Montchardon at all times.


- We have a moral obligation to protect ourselves and others from disease, especially as we live in collective premises.

- It is important to continue to protect Lama Teunsang, whose immunity is greatly diminished, even though he has been vaccinated.

For these reasons, we are asking all those who come this summer to commit to respecting sanitary measures. This commitment will take the official form of a box to be ticked on the registration form, which will allow everyone to come to the Centre with complete peace of mind.

If you cannot or do not wish to follow these guidelines, we ask you not to come to the Centre while these rules are in effect.

The same applies, of course, if you are ill or have symptoms of the virus.

When you leave, if you need to have a PCR test, this can be done in the cities in the area. However, it will be up to you to organise (making an appointment, travelling to and from the test site), because the Centre cannot manage these procedures.