4 - 8 July 2013, Summer Meditation Retreat

summer 2013 meditation retreat

germany spain

Open to everyone


This retreat offers a complete and authentic grounding in the practice and purpose of meditation. It is ideal for people new to meditation, those who have been following the ‘What Meditation Really Is’ course, and for anyone who wishes to refresh their practice in a beautiful spiritual and natural environment.

Why meditation?

We all want to be happy.

But often the relentless pace and challenges of life make it impossible to know where to look for happiness.

Through the wisdom of meditation, however, we can find peace and contentment. To our amazement, we discover a profound stillness and clarity that is always with us, beneath the turbulence of all our thoughts and emotions.

By allowing our mind to settle more and more in this natural clarity in a very spacious and relaxed way, then what happens is quite extraordinary: we begin to discover the sky-like nature of our mind.

This in turn brings a certain stability with which we can face life and the complexity of the world, with carefree dignity, with composure, ease and humour.

The retreat program, designed by Sogyal Rinpoche, will be led by some of his most experienced instructors: Kimberly Poppe and Olivier Raurich. It will allow plenty of time for meditation, but also time for contemplation and discussion.


Practical details
Languages of teachings: English/French
Translation: French/Spanish/German

Children and Teenagers' Programme
Rigpe Yeshe organises a programme for children and teenagers during this retreat.

For more information and to register

Dates and fees
Start time: July 4, 10am
End time: July 8, 5pm
Please note:
This year, retreats will begin in the morning, not in the evening. For this reason, you are strongly encouraged to arrive and register the day before the first date of the retreat. The first teaching session will begin promptly on the first morning of the retreat.
Check-in and pick-up badges:  3 July from 3pm to 6pm and on the 4 July from 8am to 9.45am.


standard | 175 €
concession** | 150 €
sponsor | 200 € (to help those who cannot pay the concession price)

* This fee does not include meals or accommodation
**concession fee: who is eligible?

Special Offers

Early bird discount
Lerab Ling Yearly Pass

Under 30s rate - Very interesting rate! the whole retreat for only €175 all included (retreat fees, accommodation and meals)




More information about registration (paper forms, fees, refund policy)

Accommodation and meals
You can book your meals and/or onsite accommodation when registering for the retreat online.


Check fees for Food and accommodation here
La Source Fees* 2013
*For this event, rate A applies


More information about accommodation in Lerab Ling and in the surrounding villages

Travelling to Lerab Ling

Shuttle bus from Montpellier


Arrival day: July 3
Departure from Montpellier airport at 5.30pm
Departure from Montpellier train station at 6pm
Departure day: July 8
Departure from Lerab Ling (to train station and Airport) at 6pm

More information about traveling to Lerab Ling.

For more information, please contact Registration: registration@rigpa.org or tel: +33 4 67 88 46 09. The best time reach us is between 10am and 12:30pm, monday to friday.

Kimberly PoppeKimberly Poppe was born in the United States and studied English and Theatre at Wesleyan University. She met Sogyal Rinpoche in New York City in 1997 and has been studying and practicing Tibetan Buddhism under his and other great teachers' guidance ever since. She moved to Europe in 2000 and attended the Three Year Retreat at Lerab Ling in France from 2006-2009. As Sogyal Rinpoche's teaching assistant, Kimberly currently travels and supports his teachings around the world. In particular, she specializes in presenting meditation. She also enjoys the practice of contemplative photography.

2014 OlivierRaurich iconeOlivier Raurich
After studying science in Paris, Olivier Raurich encountered Buddhism at the age of 24. For the last 30 years, he has been both student and interpreter for the Tibetan Buddhist master Sogyal Rinpoche, author of the acclaimed Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. Olivier Raurich regularly facilitates Buddhist seminars and retreats. He is often an invited speaker on the France 2 programme Sagesses Bouddhistes, where he discusses social themes.

2014 OliveBookOlivier is also the author of "La voie du bouddhisme au fil des jours : Être, aimer, comprendre" published by Albin Michel, in which he recounts 30 years of study and practice of the Buddhist path.