Medit’Entr’Amis (en)

Medit’Entr’Amis is a project shaped by Yannick and Pascal in order to concretize their commitment in a secular and non-sectarian vision and practice originating from Buddhist philosophy.

The Medit’Entr’Amis project proposes moments of community life in a spirit of benevolence and tolerance including the practice of mindfulness meditation. These moments can be simple meditation sessions but can also be stays of one or more days (see below the types of events offered). We also propose individual stays of more or less long duration at La Muditā.

What are the characteristics of a MeditEntrAmis event?

A MeditEntrAmis event has the following characteristics:

– group meditations : there is always group meditations.(read at the bottom of this page the sections why meditate, what type of meditation is used, the benefits of group meditation),

– community life: in particular with everyone participating in different tasks such as preparing meals, doing the dishes, and for residential stays participating in household tasks,

– open to all interested people: of all ages, ethnicities, cultural and religious heritage, all socio-economic groups, sexual orientations and gender identities,

– a non-profit basis: The only costs which intervene are according to the stays the cost of the meals, distributed between the whole of the participants, possibly a modest participation in the expenses of lodging. This is specified on the page of the event.

What types of events are offered?
We offer three types of events: meditation evenings, residential stays and themed community stays. The dates of the events can be viewed on the schedule.

  • Online meditation sessions
    The principle of these sessions is to meditate together by videoconference. Unless otherwise specified, these are unguided meditations).
  • “Meditation and conviviality” sessions
    These are meditation sessions that can be coupled with the preparation of a meal done before the meditation and taken after the meditation.
  • Days and stays of life in full presence
    These are days of life in full presence scheduled around a specific theme, on dates set in advance and where participants agree to be present from beginning to end. These stays are residential if they last several days. They include activities on the given theme for all of the days. The theme can be for example meditation (more intensive meditation), yoga, vegetarian cooking, ceramics, massage etc …

About meditation
Why meditate?

According to Buddhist tradition, the intensive practice of meditation leads to “awakening”. Without going so far, the concrete benefits of regular practice are numerous: being better grounded in reality, reducing stress, learning to manage your emotions and detaching from the ruminations they sometimes generate, becoming aware of your “behavioral ruts” And thus give yourself the freedom to get out of it, develop acceptance of what is and the effectiveness to act on what can be changed, live in the present moment and appreciate life as it is. Ultimately the practice of meditation allows you to live better with yourself and with others.

What type of meditation are we talking about here?

There are different meditation practices according to the traditions to which they are attached (Yoga, Zen, different currents of Buddhism). The type of meditation involved here is mindfulness meditation which aims at “inner seeing” (Vipassana). It is a practice independent of any belief or religion which consists in focusing on the present moment, on our internal sensations and perceptions. The focus on the present moment can be obtained by paying attention to one’s own breath, other anchoring points are also possible. Mindfulness meditation is practiced in a sitting and silent position on a cushion or on a chair, sometimes lying down when it uses a sweep of bodily sensations as an anchor.

Learning and perfecting the practice is done through guided meditations.

Why meditate in a group?

Meditation is an eminently personal practice. If it is simple in principle (sit down and do nothing), the availability it implies often comes up against the necessities of everyday life (there is always something else to do!). The support of the group is therefore very precious.

Community practice creates a dynamic: when we meditate together, a spirit of benevolence emerges, a field of immediate application is offered to the contributions of meditation, exchanges of experience and mutual enrichment arise. It is also possible to share the advice of experienced practitioners.