Welcome to the dedicated website of Regain association
REGAIN is located in the hamlet of La Borie Noble in Roqueredonde, in the Hérault, a vast wilderness in the Haut-Languedoc: forests, hills, springs, rivers and meadows abound and make this beautiful place a privileged place to recharge your batteries. There are several stone dwellings, several workshops, a farm and a wash house.
The Association Regain (Law 1901) is a collegiate association without political or religious ties, which aims to promote the concept and practice of non-violence and spirituality, through craft, rural and artistic experimentation, knowledge of oneself and others, in respect of the environment.
The association is linked in its foundations to the values of the Community of the Ark of Lanza del Vasto while developing its own originality. It tries to achieve its objectives by organising meetings, courses, training sessions, stays and sessions that allow for inter-spiritual research, the discovery of nature and cultural events.
Today, at Regain, we are a community of six adults of different nationalities, surrounded by friends and volunteers. This cultural richness reflects our aim to share our diversities through encounter. We lead a simple life of sharing and mutual aid in the various work and activity sectors: field crops, market gardening, farm with sheep, chickens, horses, peacocks and bees, bakery, carpentry, pottery, life in the house around reception, cooking and maintenance. We favour manual work, creative expression and relationships, a spirit of service, a sense of gratuity and respect for life in all its forms. We are vegetarian.
We are happy to welcome people from different backgrounds: Wwoofing, volunteers, friends, groups on work experience and Erasmus Plus exchanges. We offer those who visit us the chance to experience with us the dynamics of living together with all that it involves on a relational and human level, and to share the formative rhythm of daily activities where work, meetings, relaxation and parties are intertwined.
Sharing the daily routine
We begin our day with a time of meeting, silent meditation and singing, followed by a small meeting of the activities. We continue with a convivial moment of peeling vegetables in the kitchen for the preparation of the meals, before each one goes to his or her work site. We meet again at 1pm for a community lunch in a happy and relaxed atmosphere, and finish all together by washing up!
Our daily activities are about 5 hours from Monday to Friday, to which can be added some small services, especially on Saturday morning for the bakery and the kitchen. On Saturday lunchtime we offer a festive meal open to neighbours and friends, and in the evening a folk dance with world music. Each day, we offer meditation and regular short meditation retreats and a weekly Vipassana meditation for former students. We meet two days a week for Iyengar-inspired yoga classes. Once a week, we meet in a small group to practice contact dance.
Here are some examples of daily tasks according to the seasons: sowing, weeding and harvesting in the garden or the greenhouse, canning, haymaking, harvesting, small maintenance, cleaning, cooking, wood cutting, baking, etc. There is also a whole cultural dimension at the heart of our life: songs of all traditions, dance, music, festivals to celebrate the seasonal rhythms and above all their preparation together, theatre, crafts and many other things. All this know-how and "savoir-être" from a long living tradition in constant evolution, which we can pass on to the younger generations challenged by an alternative way of life.
Our project revolves around a main axis which is openness to others in benevolent communication, a spiritual search with the intention to blossom in the service of one another, so that community life is a source of life for all.
What we want to live
We are a group that wishes to live spontaneity and conviviality in daily relationships and hopes to develop an environment in harmony. We move forward with respect for the living and an increased awareness of the need for the moderate use of natural resources, with coherence and unity of life.