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Chamonix Awareness Meditation Weekend Course, April 2018

Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 9:30 am - Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 4:30 pm

Chamonix is just 45 minutes from Geneva.

The course is limited to 16 places. You can attend the course during the day only or we also offer 2 nights accommodation Friday (20th April 2018) & Saturday (21st April 2018).

The accommodation is at Gare des Glaciers which is booked through Traditional Yoga. Please see below for more information.

Please note that all rooms are shared between 2-3 people.

Learn how to observe the natural breath in order to experience inner peace and change the habit patterns of the mind.

Meditating on the natural breath has the power to bring balance and harmony to the mind.

This technique, referred to by Patanjali as Prana Samyama is central to Yoga and Buddhist systems.

The teaching is supported by audio recordings by Dr Kumar.

A home practice recording is available to all students who complete the course.

Suitable for beginners and as a refresher for those who have already learned 

Regular practice of this technique will cultivate

  • The release of deep stress
  • Mindfulness in the present moment
  • Greater concentration and focus
  • An increasingly balanced, positive and contented mind
  • Increased will power, independence and compassion
  • Transformation of unhelpful tendencies of the mind (e.g. negative rumination, anxiety and anger)
  • Subtler awareness of self and others

 Feedback from previous weekend courses

“My practice has made a big difference in my life and relationships with others.  I’m calmer, have better concentration and my perception is greater”

“I find the weekend courses invaluable. The content of the course and explanations, life changing.”

“Through practicing this meditation on a regular basis I feel that my anxiety is becoming less and less an issue and that I deal with my anxiety in a more positive way.”  

Course Outline

Non-residential – please arrive Saturday 21st April at 9am for a 9.30am start. 

Residential – please feel free the check-in at Gare des Glaciers any time after 4pm on Friday 20th April. 

9.30am to 4.30pm both days with morning and afternoon breaks.

Places limited to 16.

Meditation on the natural breath is central to Yoga and Buddhist systems. Referred to by Patanjali as Prana Samyama, its purpose is to bring balance and harmony to the mind. In the long term it has the power to transform mental habit patterns leading to profound happiness and peace.

Weekend courses offer the opportunity to learn and practice the technique in a focused and sustained way with the support of experienced teachers to guide you and answer any questions that may come up.

During the course you will gain a deep understanding of the technique in both theory and practice.

The course involves a sequential series of meditation sessions that introduce the technique. Between each session there will be an opportunity to ask questions, have a short break and stretch. We will have a morning and afternoon tea break, serving herbal tea and an hour lunch break. There will be a ‘yoga nidra’ relaxation session after lunch. Theory will be covered through introductory talks and group discussions about the meditation practice will take place throughout the weekend.

The course teaches the progressive steps of the technique that can be continued as a daily practice or used as a basis for working with the mind more deeply on a residential course.

Course led by Karolina Raczynska and Carol Butterfield 

Karolina Raczynska     

Karolina has been practicing meditation under the guidance of Dr Kumar since 2009. During this time she has attended numerous intensive meditation retreats in UK and India, which have enabled her to establish a strong meditation practice. She is now very happy to share her knowledge with others. Karolina is a certified Yoga Teacher with Traditional Yoga, and an Ayurvedic medicine practitioner. She has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Ayurvedic medicine from Middlesex University in London. Her clinical experience has been developed in various Ayurvedic hospitals and clinics in India. Karolina is based in North London.

Carol Butterfield

Carol was drawn to meditation through yoga more than 3 years ago and has studied with Traditional Yoga ever since.  The benefits of inner calm and greater focus have been personally profound.  Being able to share such prosperity with others is a privilege and each experience teaching meditation, brings a greater depth of personal fulfilment.

With homeopathic practices in Geneva, Switzerland and UK, Carol also lectures in homeopathy and is an aspiring yoga teacher.  An advocate of joyful existence through healthy mind, healthy body.

What to Bring

  • A meditation cushion if you have one. Otherwise, two ordinary cushions or pillows. Alternatively, specially designed Meditation cushions can be ordered in advance though our website, please click here.
  • Chairs will be available for those who wish to use them.
  • A Yoga mat or rug or blanket to lie down on for the ‘Yoga nidra’ relaxation session.
  • An eye pillow if you have one.
  • A blanket to cover yourself during the Yoga nidra session, as the body temperature tends to cool down.
  • A bottle of water.



The closest airport is Geneva.

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If you need any travel advice or car pooling from Geneva, please email us to arrange.

There are also plenty of private shuttle buses:


There are 12 single beds available in shared rooms of 2-3 and 1 x double bed on it’s own at Gare des Glaciers.

All accommodation is to be booked through Traditional Yoga.

Residential Course price including 2 nights accommodation €180 (£160) for both days.


Pre-booking is essential. You will be asked to make this payment in cash on the first morning of the course.

Residential course food price €40 (£36) this includes 2 x Breakfast (Porridge with dried fruit), 2 x lunch, 2 x snacks of Fruit, dried fruit and Tea, 2 x afternoon cake.

Non-residential food price €30 (£27) this includes 2 x Lunch, 2 x snacks of Fruit, dried fruit and Tea, 2 x Cake

Self catering option is available.

We organise a group dinner on Saturday night at the local indian restaurant which is optional for all to attend (and an additional cost – guest pay for what they eat). A sign up sheet is passed around on Saturday should you wish to join us.

How to Book

Residential Course Price 2 nights accommodation €180 (£160) for both days.

Non-Residential course Price €90 (£80) for both days.


We ask you to please pay by bank transfer. Please email and we will give you the charities bank account details.

Once you have decided residential or non-residential and we have confirmed your accommodation, we ask you to confirm your booking by making a bank transfer payment. Please email for our bank details.

Please use the reference 1804CHAM and email us to tell us you have made the payment. We will then confirm payment has been received and confirm your place. This is a manual, not automated process completed during office hours.

We divide payments into a compulsory Course Fee of €180 (£160) or €90 (£80).

Plus a voluntary Suggested Minimum Donation €56 (£50) at the time of making the course booking.

Please note that confirmation is made manually during office hours. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays 9am-5pm and Wednesdays 1pm-5pm.


The minimum suggested donation will help fund the charitable programmes of Traditional Yoga in India to make high quality teaching of yoga, meditation and dietary advice available to thousands of people for free or at a very low cost, who would otherwise not have access. The donation is an expression of generosity and gratitude. The teachers teaching on the course as ‘seva’, translated as voluntary selfless service. For more information about the charity please click here.

Dana, translated as ‘giving’ is the virtue of unconditional generosity and unattached giving through donation to a good cause. Seva, translated as selfless service is an equally important principle in the yoga tradition, based on the value of working for others without expectation of personal reward. The teaching of yoga has for thousands of years been offered on this basis, to allow students the opportunity to cultivate dana, and teachers the opportunity to cultivate seva.  Traditional Yoga is committed to following these principles. All our weekend course teachers are volunteers which allows us to run the weekends on a donation basis. Donations are used to sustain the charity, offer bursary places for UK students and support our charitable projects in India. For more information about the charity please click here. In addition to the suggested minimum donation we charge a nominal course fee to cover the costs of running the course.


Please contact us at if you have any questions at all regarding booking this course. Always happy to help.



Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 9:30 am
Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 4:30 pm
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Gare des Glaciers
Route des Pélerins, 1207 74400 Chamonix, Mont-Blanc
Chamonix, France
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