Reconnect to your tender awareness

Retreat 27 May to 2 June, Normandie, France

With Marie Androv and Thierry Cardoso

Join us for a Mindful Tender Awareness retreat sprinkled with therapeutic yoga at the eco friendly heaven L’arbre holistic resorts in the heart of Normandie, 1 hr 40 minutes from Paris. Locally produced organic vegetarian food is served.
The retreat is taught in English. Limited places.

About the retreat

This retreat is dedicated to reconnecting to your tender awareness. That tenderness towards yourself and others which frees the spontaneity, creativity, compassion and joy. That is so easily lost in our speedy world, when we are stuck in chronic stress, fear, reactivity, the power of desire, thought, emotions, physical pain. Stuckness that feeds shame, blame and lashing out. That makes us say and do things that go against our intention and core values.

By cultivating inner stillness, practicing to quieting our mind and activating our care system, we more easily can reconnect to ourselves and access our tender awareness.

The teachings are based on insight meditation by our teachers Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach, and integrate mindfulness and compassion practices. We cultivate awareness and tenderness towards ourselves and others, insight and inner guidance through meditation, reflection and inquiry.



17.00-18.00 Arriving and welcome
18.00-19.30 Dinner
19.30-21.00 Practice and teachings

Tuesday through Saturday

07.00-09.00 Meditation and yoga
09.00-10.30 Breakfast and pause
10.30-12.30 Practice and teaching
12.30-16.00 Lunch, siesta, walks
16.00-18.00 Practice and yoga
18.00-19.30 Dinner
19.30-21.00  Practice and Questions and answers


07.00-9.00 Meditation and yoga
09.00-10.30 Breakfast and pause
10.30-12.30 Practice and closure
12.30-14.00  Lunch

Travel information

Dates 27 May to 2 June, 2019
Price 1 050 EURO, excl. plane ticket

Stay as long as you have time for:
6 nights: for 1050 Euro, 27 May to 2 June
4 nights: 700 Euro, 29 May to 2 of June
3 nights: 525 Euro, 30 May to 2 of June

Included in the price

  • Accommodation 6 nights
  • 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners
  • All yoga and mindfulness teachings
  • Transfer to and from L’arbre to train/bus to Paris

Not included in the price

  • Plane ticket to and from Paris
  • Massages and Ayurvedic treatments

Book or inquire about the retreat by sending and e-mail to

About us

Thierry Cardoso is the doctor who founded the Art of living the present moment thanks to a life changing event when he was nine years old. He is a certified MBSR teacher as well as as Marie’s colleague on the Mindfulness Meditation Teachers Certificate program with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. After over 40 years of meditation practice, Thierry has embodied tender awareness in his own life and work in public health, where he has integrated it to help caregivers to take care of themselves trough training in self-compassion.

Marie Androv is Medical Yoga teacher (MediYoga) and former director of the MediYoga Institute Sweden, Mindfulness instructor and Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant trained in Sweden, India and USA with experience from Ayurvedic hospitals in Kerala. She has over 15 years of insight meditation practice and life-long passion for human behavior. Marie is also a communicator and journalist, and has a former career as communications director at the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology.