La Roane is set in a 20 acre woodland retreat with wonderful walks to explore, a paradise for nature lovers. Here you will find an abundance of wildlife: deer, hare, buzzards, singing frogs and butterflies – over 40 species of butterflies identified recently – and wild flowers.
‘Roane’, pronounced ‘ro-anne’ means ‘red’ in the local patois and the name is taken from the colour of the soil.
There are many walks in the woods which are especially welcome when the sun shines as it’s cooler under the trees. You will find a tree house at the entrance of the woods (usually where the group leader stays), two labyrinths, a sweat lodge used for Amerindians rituals in Spring and plenty of spots for quiet reflection.
The labyrinths were built during courses here and they are used as a metaphor for life.
Journeying the labyrinth clears the mind and gives insight into our life journeys. It calms those in the midst of transition and helps us to see life in the context of a path. It also stirs creative fires and provides us with clarity to move forward with courage. The journey is different for everyone, as is life, for we each bring different raw material to the labyrinth. We bring our uniqueness and often depart with a greater sense of oneness and unity. It’s a place of meditation and mindfulness.
There is also a spectacular cave twenty minutes walk away that was used as a hideout out during the Resitance and that offers impressive views over the Gorges de l’Aveyron.
“I felt relaxed and completely at ease the moment I arrived. It was truly home away from home” Scarlett Rodd, course participant.