Paula Davidson has been running retreat centers in the UK and in France since 1997. She has vast experience in discreetly attending to the needs of retreat participants as well as teachers. She has hosted over 100 residential retreats, since 2003 at the Tourné Retreat Center in the French Pyrénées. She has been forest walking every day for over 20 years, never missing a day! Her natural ease and connection with nature makes her a perfect guide to forest "breathing" as a means to reduce stress and support profound healing.
Ram is an expert teacher of Tao yoga, Tai Chi, Bagua (eight trigrams circle walking), Qigong, and meditation with over 30 years experience. He has been certified by Master B.K. Frantzis as a teacher of various Qigong forms, breathing and Bagua circle walking for health and meditation. His other teachers include Dadi Janki, Sepa Dorjé Rinpoche, Lama Lena Yeshe Katyub, and Victor Sanchez. He has students worldwide and is an inspiring teacher with vast practical knowledge and a unique approach to the universal methods of Tao. He has trained extensively in Buddhist, Yogic, and Taoist tradition.
from Netherlands, July 2018
from Great Britain, May 2018
"Amazing, tranquil, peaceful just fabulous!"
The location was amazing very peaceful just beautiful, our accommodation was great!
Paula’s food was delicious, every night she surprised us with a different soup, salad , main and homemade dessert....
Ram our teacher was fabulous
I couldn’t imagine anyone else better than ram teaching us... there’s no one that can top him.. he taught us sooo much for us to practice when on our own....just amazing....
we could not fault the place at all... ram and Paula made us so welcome in there home, we felt we had known them for years and have made new friends and will definitely go back.... as I type I am already thinking of when to next go.....
Just amazing..... felt so chilled and refreshed and it was extra special because my friend and I had the place to ourselves and had ram to teach us privately... before it got to busy.
from France, May 2018
"Rewarding, relaxing and surprising. "
The retreat was excellent. A great mix of relaxing time in the magnificent and peaceful French countryside, some very tasty and filling food, a beautiful house and location and of course some time to learn new yoga and meditation techniques. It was a wonderful way to escape the noise and chaos of modern city life and i would be very keen to return in order to take part in a longer retreat. Ram and Paula have created something very special :-)
Eliane Kim Duran
from France, April 2018
"A retreat for change and renewal"
The whole experience was like when you put your tired, hot feet in a mountain stream. It wakes you up, and you can't wait to take a plunge! I am truly grateful for the generosity of the teaching, the graceful hospitality and the beauty of the place.
from Great Britain, April 2018
"Beautiful magical place"
Please do not go to this retreat or anywhere near this place if you don't want your life changed. Here's the thing. It's all a set up to turn you into a free functioning happy human being...I mean, who wants that??? If you don't get nourishment from Ram's mind boggling wisdom, Paula's meals will do it, if neither of the humans manages to do it, believe me, the river outside will show you the way, if that doesn't happen, the donkeys will make it happen, and if you are still the same after walking through the forest and breathing in the fresh air, and interacting with the birds and wildlife then consider you are a robot and need to go to silicon valley to get an update or upgrade on your computer chip. This place has soul. It has heart! It has spirit! You came alive.
from Belgium, January 2018
A beautiful place. Calm, openness, space and laughter. Teaching that was geared to me personally and presented in a clear, light but, at the same time, profound way. I very much enjoyed sharing in Ram's knowledge and experience. Not to mention the delicious, creative, abundant food!
from France, May 2018
"Amazing calm place in nature! "
My first real meditation experience, I loved it. I left so calm and with a fresh mind !
from Great Britain, July 2018
"Enchanted Retreat !"
Don’t know where to begin...A peaceful and beautiful place, in a valley surrounded by forest next to a river...Then the amazing hosts Paula and Ram. Paula is the ultimate cook prepares everything from fresh according to your diet (I am gluten, dairy and red meat intolerant and yet it was no issue and everything I ate was delicious). Ram prepared an individual programme for me, which involved Mindfulness, forest walks, qigong and the unforgettable sunrise meditation on top of the Pyrénées (an incredible experience on its own). He is always available with his uncomplicated wisdom and he is very passionate about his role as a guide so that his guests get the best possible outcome. I definitely recommend them for any length of time and will be back hopefully with a few friends in the future.
from Great Britain, June 2018
"My few days"
I really enjoyed simply being immersed in such a peaceful and beautifully natural setting, with the space to stop the constant flow of thinking and distraction. The accommodation was simple but very comfortable and the quality of the meals provided was excellent. The hosts are incredibly helpful and helped provide a very relaxed an friendly atmosphere, meaning I felt able to come and go during the day as I pleased. I really enjoyed the forest walks and the yoga sessions, and appreciated the access to a bike. Ultimately, it was exactly what I was looking for and I would fully recommend at least a few days here for anyone looking to escape the intensity of city life.
from Great Britain, June 2018
"A beautiful oasis of calm and peace"
This is an amazing place in a stunning part of the French countryside. I wasn't sure what to expect, and words seem somewhat inadequate, but what I received was warm hospitality, Paula's kindness and superb cooking, and Ram's mind-altering wisdom. As En Vogue so beautifully put it: "Free your mind and the rest will follow".
from Great Britain, May 2018
The house is set in the most beautiful surroundings.Paula and Ram welcome you into their wonderful home and you instantly felt more relaxed. The meditation walks are an extremely personal experience and I got a huge amount from them. Ram really catered for our needs in the yoga sessions and introduced me to Chinese yoga which was a perfect fit for the retreat. I came away with a whole sequence of fluid movements I will continue to practise. The whole retreat experience was truly enhanced by Paula’s food. The day starts with a continental style breakfast and ends with the most amazing four course meal. Paula is an exceptional chef. You must try the cheesecake you will not be disappointed! Overall fantastic
from France, March 2018
"The Power of Softness"
This was our first yoga retreat ever and we were not sure what to expect. We both left transformed.
The first thing that struck us upon arriving in this beautiful place was simply rediscovering the pleasure of breathing. The air quality there is amazing.
Our bedroom was very spacious and comfortable with a view on the lovely peaceful gardens and the river, its soothing sound a constant companion on this transformative journey.
Forest walking meditation is blissful. Three walks guided by Ram in different forests, three beautiful experiences. There is something magical about being in nature, the profound effect it has upon our senses and our overall feeling of well-being. Breathing, bringing the mind back to the present moment and opening our senses in the forest, we felt happiness and calm increasing.
We were introduced to Tao Yoga’s subtle power of softness in the relaxing atmosphere of the Dojo. A gentle yet profound practice that had a very positive effect on restoring balance and enhancing well-being. Ram is a great guide and a truly inspiring teacher.
Last but not least, the quality of the meals. Paula is an amazing cook — and an all around wonderful person. You can taste the love in her cuisine. The fresh delicious meals she prepares are full of flavours, each dish transporting us to different parts of France and the World.
Thank you Ram and Paula for your kindness and openness, for all the special moments, the laughter and all the valuable teachings that you shared.
Tao Meditation website
Thank you again for a wonderful retreat. I really felt the benefits so strongly this time and have already done my practice this morning. Hopefully I will be able to maintain and nourish the dantien presence and enjoy all the gifts that it brings.