Paul Brocklehurst

I first became interested in meditation after reading the book “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” I was 20 years old at the time. I then progressed on to Alan Watt’s “The Way of Zen” and Philip Kapleau’s “The 3 Pillars of Zen” - which inspired me to visit the Rochester Zen Center and to begin a robust daily practice of meditation, which I have continued to follow for most of the past 40 years. 

On a worldly level, I have degrees in speech therapy and psycholinguistics (the psychology of language), and a PhD in experimental psychology from the University of Edinburgh. 

Although I’m now retired from research, I continue to work in a voluntary capacity with people who stammer and have recently completed writing a book on the topic.

I am still a keen practitioner of mindfulness/ meditation. And although I was originally trained in Japanese Zen, over the years my interest has broadened and I have helped set up and run a number of (non-aligned) meditation groups.

In my spare time, more than anything, I love to walk in wild and remote environments.


La Maison d’en Bas, 7 Rue d’en Bas, 64490 Etsaut, France


French Mobile +33 6 32 91 55 23

English Mobile +44 7986 153425

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Stéphanie Hersant


I’m a qualified herbalist and naturopath. As a child, my passion for exploring nature led me to develop a sensitivity and practical knowledge which culminated in my decision to study Ecology and Herbalism.

As a practitioner of meditation, I trained for 10 years in “Active Cellular Listening” (Ecole du CœurTherapeute) focussing on working with bodily movement and the development of awareness of the body. More recently I have also completed studies in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.

My work involves accompanying clients on their path towards the resolution of emotional and psychological issues.

Amongst other things, I use conscious (mindful) walking as a tool for centring, and developing the connection between the self, body and the natural environment.

Mobile +33 649 89 01 09

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Silent Meditation

3½ day Intensive Programme

In the village of Etsaut,

In the heart of the French Pyrenees

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