Suite des interviews des retraitants de 3 ans

Nous continuons la publication des interviews des drouplas à la sortie de leur retraite de 3 ans qui a eu lieu, comme vous le savez, le 5 juin passé. Nous en avons déjà largement parlé dans les Nouvelles précédentes. Une première série ont été mise sur le site en septembre.
Dans ces entretiens, nous demandions aux drouplas qu’ils nous parlent un peu de leur expérience de retraite. Plusieurs d’entre eux se sont prêtés au jeu, filmés par Sophie Thélotte. Ce sont des propos recueillis dans une ambiance spéciale, à chaud, au sortir d’une expérience de plusieurs années de vie commune et «hors du commun».
Première ouverture aux autres, ces paroles nous éclairent sur la retraite de 3 ans, ses difficultés, ses étonnements, les cheminements individuels, si différents mais tous passionnants. 
Nous diffuserons progressivement ces entretiens où chacun nous livre une parcelle de cette pratique en retraite. Nous continuons aujourd’hui avec les interviews de Agnès et Sigvald, que vous trouverez ici, d’autres suivront.


Continuation of the interviews of the 3-year retreaters

We are continuing the publication of the interviews of the drouplas after their 3-year retreat which, as you know, took place on June 5th. We have already discussed this at length in previous Newsletters. A first series was put on the site in September.
In these interviews, we asked the drouplas to tell us a little about their experience of retreat. Several of them took part, filmed by Sophie Thélotte. These are comments gathered in a special atmosphere, in a warm atmosphere, at the end of an experience of several years of living together and “out of the ordinary”.
A first opening to others, these words enlighten us on the 3-year retreat, its difficulties, its surprises, the individual journeys, so different but all fascinating. 
We will progressively spread these interviews where each one will give us a piece of this practice in retreat. We continue today with the interviews of Agnès and Sigvald, which you will find here, others will follow.
(see above – not englsh subtitles available)

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.