Program Details

Rainbow Retreat - Gay & Lesbian Celebration

with Orhun Cercel
June 15 / 5:00 AM - June 22 / 6:00 AM

Join us for a week designed to tap into the well of natural joy we carry within us.


Reaffirm and celebrate your gay spirit!
Learn how to meditate (or deepen your practice)

The aim of this retreat is twofold:

The first part will involve meditation sessions and talks, in a relaxed atmosphere, to discover how meditaton can help and benefit us all. We will explore our feelings by connecting to the innate goodness and intelligence that exists in all of us and see how these qualities can affect our relationships and our lives. It is an opportunity to examine how we feel about ourselves, how we feel in society and what we can do to strengthen and support our identity in an open and joyful friendly way. Through meditation and discussion, we can gain confidence in our being while nurturing compassion for others.

The second part will involve exercises, yoga, Tibetan body disciplines, Qi gong as well as many fun activities. These will include exploring the local Limousin countryside, visiting local sites and towns, activities on the Vienne River, dining at the wine festival when it takes place, and participating at events in Dechen Chöling. Please note that an additional fee for kayaking may apply (≈15 euros).

This retreat is open to practitioners of all levels - no previous meditation experience is necessary.



Mornings will be dedicated to relaxing mind-body disciplines: Meditation, Lujong (Tibetan Yoga), Qi Gong, Discussion groups...

Afternoons will be organised around fun-filled activities: canoeing in the Vienne River, hiking throughout the French countryside, sunbathing in the fields, visiting local sites …  

Evenings will be devoted to social interactions: barbecues, movie nights, fire camps, local night market…The last evening of this retreat will take place on the Summer Solstice, that will offer an additional opportunity to celebrate together the beginning of summer.

This programme starts on Sunday June 15 at 20:00 and ends on Saturday evening. You can choose to leave anytime next day, on Sunday June 22.

No prior experience of meditation is necessary, full instruction will be given to all. Aimed at LGBT primarily, this programme is open to all orientations and open minded people.


This retreat is taught in English. Translation into other languages are available at no extra costs. Please give us notice of your request as early as possible - about 2 months in advance -, so that we can provide translation services. In case you register short-term please get in touch with us in case you need translation into your language.


Go to Dechen Chöling's website