Engaging Stillness

Continuing their series of annual collaborations, Caroline and Jos are offering another winter to spring retreat, exploring the role of stillness as it sustains and guides our actions.

The spring retreat “Engaging Stillness” invites you to create space and establish peace within yourself. When this is present, you can move into action with clarity, power and joy. By cultivating your inner wisdom, you’ll learn how to be all of who you are and give yourself the freedom to grow and live life to the full.

We will discover the peace (yin) and power (yang) that is established when stillness becomes the source of our actions. Through the practice of t’ai chi, walking meditation, and calligraphy, we get to play and experience this delicious dynamic between stillness and action.

In the heart of the French Alps, we are re-sourced by the mountains and all the natural elements. As we reconnect with our own point of stillness, it becomes possible to engage openly and powerfully with our deeply held intentions.

This total commitment to the experience of tranquility allows a profound renewal to take place. Those with much experience and novice alike are welcome. The structure of the course is designed to be accessible and interesting for all levels.

On the program

  • Meditation, channeling the energy of the group to help you explore and engage deeply with this practice.
  • Zen calligraphy to both lose and rediscover yourself in this subtle art of putting ink on paper.
  • Simple t’ai chi movements that resource us, reveal our habits in interactions with others, and offer new possibilities for interacting differently.
  • Walks and strolls in the enchanting snowy mountain landscape to enrich your perception and augment your sense of presence.


“Caroline and Jos work together and complement each other perfectly. They bring the training to life, listening to each other and the group, and adapting at all times. I love Zen calligraphy! The pleasure of the meditative black mark on the white sheet, preparing the ink slowly, in silence. Water, ink, brush, paper and ritual: a delight! I also really enjoyed the practices. Both the morning Chi Kung outdoors and the learning of the ancient section of the Tai Chi form, which I practised regularly for several months afterwards. Clearly an enjoyable and fruitful stay! I’m already signing up for the next one.
– Elisabeth Beaupere

Programme - What's Included

Price includes

  • 3 nights at Lauvitel Lodge
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Full board (3 meals/day + breaks, coffee and soft drinks)
  • Guided program activities
  • Transportation to outdoor activities


Price does not include

  • Health/travel insurance
  • Transportation to and from the Lodge
  • Any activities or individual wellness sessions you request during your stay
  • Upgrade to private room (subject to availability):
    • Standard retreat rate is based on shared bedroom/bathroom
    • Supplement for private room with shared bathroom: +75€
    • Supplement for private room with en-suite bathroom: +120€


Mar 13, 2024 @14:00

Mar 16, 2024 @11:00


From 475€
3 nights full board plus teaching



Registration & Contact

Registration closes: Friday 8th March 2024

Host Details

About Caroline Purkhardt (PhD)

Caroline Purkhardt has been the owner of Lauvitel Lodge for over fifteen years. She has organized and coached numerous group and individual workshops focusing on personal development, creative leadership and spiritual growth. She has published a book entitled Stillness in Action: The 7 elements of success for leaders. Caroline’s ultimate mission is to bring the wisdom of the body and connection with nature into our working life.

About Jos Hadfield

Over 25 years of training in the gentle art of Tai Chi has helped Jos understand how openness and presence to oneself is the key to dealing with any situation. We learn to let go to overcome difficulties, to listen and connect fully to ourselves and others through compassion. Jos has been teaching calligraphy since 2008, following in the footsteps of Terayama Tanchu Sensei.


Lauvitel Lodge
La Danchère, 38520 Les Deux Alpes, France

On arriving at Lauvitel Lodge, you will immediately be struck by the tranquil beauty of the gardens and the light openness of the house. Simply being here is already enough to transport you to another state of being. In this small corner of paradise, you can hear the birds sing, rest in the sounds of flowing streams, breathe the fresh, clean air, taste the purity of the water, walk barefoot on the earth, and wonder at the stars in the night sky.

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