Comme vous le savez, le 5 juin passé les drouplas de Montchardon ont achevé leur retraite de 3 ans. Nous n’avons malheureusement pas pu les accueillir en public à leur sortie, à cause du Covid, mais nous avons pu découvrir quelques moments de cette journée filmés par Sophie Thélotte, dans deux vidéos publiées en juin.

Nous avons également souhaité interviewer les drouplas sur le moment, pour qu’ils nous parlent un peu de leur expérience de retraite. Plusieurs d’entre eux se sont prêtés au jeu, filmés par Sophie Thélotte, Jean-Marc Falcombello jouant le rôle d’interviewer, son ancien métier. 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 allons progressivement diffuser ces interviews magnifiques, où chacun nous livre une parcelle de cette pratique en retraite. Nous commençons aujourd’hui avec les premiers interviews de Marie-Dominique et de Guillaume.


Interview of two druplas after their retirement

As you know, on June 5th the druplas of Montchardon completed their 3-year retreat. Unfortunately, because of Covid measures we were not able to welcome them in public, but we discovered some moments of this day filmed by Sophie Thélotte in two videos published in June.

We also wanted to interview the druplas on the spot, so that they could tell us a little about their retreat experience. Several of them accepted and were filmed by Sophie Thélotte, with Jean-Marc Falcombello playing the role of interviewer, his former profession. These comments are gathered in a special atmosphere, on the heat of the moment, at the end of an extra-ordinary experience of several years living together. These first words shared with others enlighten us on the 3-year retreat, its difficulties, its surprises and the individual paths, so different but all fascinating.

We will progressively share these magnificent interviews, each one giving us a piece of this retreat practice. We start today with two interviews of Marie-Dominique and Guillaume.
(see above – englsh subtitles soon 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.