Program Details

Summer Festival

with Catherine Eveillard & Christophe Schaeffer
August 10 / 6:00 AM - August 18 / 6:00 AM

This Summer festival is a great opportunity to spend your vacation in a splendid natural landscape and a socially interactive and creative environment. The festival will take place in the Shambhala retreat center situated in rural France, which is a place dedicated to creating a culture of mindfulness and compassion in our society.  For a meaningful holiday time, we offer you a space for community, art and celebration, which is opened to all: families, couples, singles, youth and the elderly.  It is a chance to introduce your friends and family into a spirit of discovering the magic of daily life: taking time for yourself and your close ones, make new encounters, discover your creativity and potentials and practice kindness with oneself and one another.

Dechen Chöling offers family-friendly camping opportunities within its wide spread park under beautiful strong ancient trees. Several workshops will be offered in the mornings and afternoons. All workshops are taught by experienced teachers and artists. Meditation classes will be offered. Everyone is invited to contribute with their own talents as they wish.


  • Body & Voice with Anne Chandellier

  • Yoga with Elise Le Goff

  • Meditation with Mathias Pongracz

  • Flower arrangement & nature walk with Arnaud Caron

  • Theme Salons with Christophe Schaeffer

  • Improvisation, dance & music with Herb Elsky and Fatou Traoré

  • Theater & Clown with Marie-Elizabeth Cornet

  • Kyudo - meditative archery


Families and children are welcomed to this festival. Older children are invited to participate in the workshops, while parents with younger children will organize their own adventures like treasure hunts, bonfires, picnics, painting etc.


Language: The festival will take place in French and is an opportunity for all Europeans to dive into French culture. Translation will be offered on an ongoing basis. 


Social organisation: In order to create a feeling of society, participants will be gathered in small groups. Each of these groups will meet several times during the week to exchange their experiences.


Rota:  It is in the tradition of Dechen Chöling to ask participants to contribute some time to the daily household tasks. People will be assigned tasks fitting their condition, up to one hour a day.


The price for the Family Camp shown below is per adult person. Children aged 5-12 pay 50%. Younger children pay 5 euros per day. Nannies and au pairs pay 17.5 euros per day. Please follow the registration form which guides you in registering more than one person. Thank you!

Go to Dechen Chöling's website