- Arrive Bardou: 4.30pm, Wednesday 9th October
On arrival, you’ll be allocated accommodation that best suits your needs. After you have settled in, we’ll meet for introductions and discuss the programme’s structure, as well as guidelines to follow while staying in Bardou. This is followed by dinner in the village taverna, and then free time.
- Depart Bardou: 12pm on Sunday 13th October
After breakfast on the last day we will meet for closing reflections before making the journey home.
Location and travel details
Bardou, 34390 Mons, France.
The nearest village with amenities is Mons, which is 20 minutes from Bardou by car, or approx. 70 minutes on foot. The nearest A&E hospital is approx. 45 minutes by car.
- Toulouse (multiple carriers and flights). 161km from Bardou, approx. 150 minutes by car.
- Montpellier (limited carriers and flights). 118km to Bardou, approx. 105 minutes by car.
- Beziers (limited carriers and flights). 67km to Bardou, approx. 80 minutes by car.
Nearest train stations:
- Beziers (timings by car, as above)
- Montpellier (there is a link to Mons by tram
and then bus)
Accomodation and facilities
Accommodation in the village consists of separate bedrooms in larger houses for two people, or single occupancy houses. All houses have their own kitchen, electricity and running water, and a living room with an open fire or wood burning stove. Most have their own terraces with views across the village and/or mountains.
Each house is unique and the layout varies considerably. Some have internal ladders, for example, or low ceilings, and so allocation of accommodation is based on individual needs.
No houses have loos, and only double occupancy houses have showers (these are prioritised for female participants). Communal showers and flushing loos are located in the centre of the village. Earth closet toilets are on the edge of the village.
Aside from accommodation, we will have our own dedicated meeting spaces: a hall for the large group meetings, and a large house for smaller group meetings. This house will also serve as our communal indoor space during free time.
We’re excited to offer our first programme in Bardou to pioneers who want to help us hone this unique offering by taking part and giving us honest feedback at the end. In recognition of your contribution, the fee for the October 2019 programme is reduced to £450 per person. This could be self-funded, or, if you work for an organisation, your Personal Development Budget may fund your participation. Programmes in 2020 start at £2,650.
Included in cost of October 2019 programme:
- Participation in the programme
- All outdoor activities
- 4 nights of accommodation in Bardou village
- 3 catered meals for each of the three programme days, morning and afternoon refreshments, plus dinner on the arrival day and breakfast on the departure day. Dinner includes wine
- Participation in the Mind Environment alumnae network
- Flights or train
- Transfers to Bardou4
4: We will arrange a pickup transport from Toulouse Airport on 08/10/19 at approximately 2pm, for the additional cost of £50. The most suitable flight for this is operated by British Airways, leaving London Heathrow at 10.25am, arriving at Toulouse at 1.25pm. A return transfer is also available on 13/10/19, for the additional cost of £50. The most suitable flight for this is operated by British Airways, leaving Toulouse at 5.35pm, arriving at London Heathrow at 6.25pm.
On the application form you’ll be asked to describe your general fitness and any prior experience of psychological work, (e.g, leadership development, executive coaching, or psychotherapy), although we should emphasise previous experience is not required. We’ll also ask if there’s anything we should know about, such as food allergies and medical conditions.
Please send your completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll then contact you to arrange a time to discuss participation. If there is availability remaining, you’ll be asked to complete a booking form and pay a deposit to secure your place5.
4: We will arrange a pickup transport from Toulouse Airport on 09/10/19 at approximately 2pm, for the additional cost of £50. The most suitable flight for this is operated by British Airways, leaving London Heathrow at 10.25am, arriving at Toulouse at 1.25pm. A return transfer is also available on 13/10/19, for the additional cost of £50. The most suitable flight for this is operated by British Airways, leaving Toulouse at 5.35pm, arriving at London Heathrow at 6.25pm.
5: Payment terms and conditions can be found on the website.