Beyond Mindfulness – Meditation in the Mountains

with William Bloom and John Arnold


For beginners and experienced meditators.

Champoluc and Monterosa Mountains, Valley D’Ayas, Aosta, Italy.

Sunday 16th to Sunday 23rd September 2018.

Cost £1080.

This inspiring and revitalising week-long retreat takes place in one of the most beautiful mountain valleys in Europe. We will meditate, walk and talk together. The Valley D’Ayas in North West Italy opens up to the extensive Monterosa Mountains, which includes eighteen peaks over 4000 metres. Our venue, Refuge Vieux Crest 1938 metres, is stunningly beautiful and embedded in nature. This will be our home for the week. It is a wonderful location existing on the tree line with forests below and open moorland, peaks and glaciers above. Read more about the Refuge Vieux Crest here


 The Refuge is overlooked by many 4000 metre peaks of the Monterosa mountain range.

Our week will be a balance of group meditation, time alone, walking and meaningful conversation. William will take everyone through the core skills of meditation: centering, breath, compassionate and witnessing. He will explain the physiology and psychology of the health benefits. He will also introduce us to the major schools of meditation and their different approaches, including Vipassana, inner dialogue, self-healing, healing for others, guided journeys and the use of visualisation. John will guide and walk us through the beauty of the landscape. William is one of Britain’s most experienced meditation teachers with a wealth of experience in the field of spirituality and health. His bestselling books include The Endorphin Effect and The Power of Modern Spirituality read more about William on his web site here.


 Dr William Bloom

William introduces himself and a few words about the weeks retreat can be seen here

John is best known as an internationally recognised ski coach, having coached national teams and he also has a masters degree in mindfulness and is an experienced meditator. He has a deep and intimate love of mountains and their ecology. Read John's profile here

 The cost for the week is £1080, which includes:

  • Return airport transfers, Milan, Turin or Geneva.
  • 7 nights full board accommodation in the Refuge Vieux Crest.
  • Transport in the village when required.
  • 6 full days programme of teachings with William and yoga, walking and hiking.
  • Cost does not include flights and insurance.

The week is fully catered for at the Refuge Vieux Crest including a light lunch of sandwich’s and soup. Evening meals are three courses and of local Italian food. Specific dietary requirements are catered for so make sure you tell us about these on booking. It’s possible to purchase snacks, fruit etc from Champoluc, on arrival day and mid-week there will be a village run for personal provisions. Further details of required walking kit, rucksack contents and other recommended items will be provided on booking.

Access to the Refuge is by foot from the village of Champoluc 1600 metres through a steep forested hiking path or four wheeel drive vehicle over a 4 miles mountain track. The accommodation is in small rooms sharing 3/4 people, bedding and towels are provided. Bathrooms are ensuite to each room.

Levels of walking fitness required are best described as mobile, the walking / hiking is not obilgatory and routes will be choosen to include everyone. This is a mountain location so do expect some hilly terrain.


A £200 deposit is required on booking, full payment is due four weeks before the trip. For bookings and enquiries contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.