Space and Time


Space and Time


"Sorry I'm late Mother Superior"
"Oh what are we going to do about you Maria?"
"I don't know babe, I'm not cut out for this monostatic life."
"No one ever has been cut out for monostatic life."

 Pippa Evans and London HughesOne Night Only 2018



So before we start. Stop.

Just stop.

The internet can be a very busy, noisy and fast place.

But this is not.

So rest.

Rest your head.

For a moment.

Take a breath.

And another one.

Settle, my friend.

Settle down.

Press Play.


And read these wise, wise words...


Space is the twin sister of time. If we have open space then we have open time to breath, to dream, to dare, to play, to pray to move freely, so freely, in a world our minds have forgotten but our bodies remember. Time and space. This partnership is holy. - Terry-Tempest Williams


Oh my love.

Ok. That's better.

Now we can begin.

Come to me today beautiful one, and breathe.

Wherever I stand is my church, every breath is my prayer. - Ando



"ray-foo-ji" from the Catalan
refuge ∞ sanctuary ∞ shelter


"ray-foo-ji" from the Catalan
refuge ∞ sanctuary ∞ shelter

To make living itself an art, that is the goal.  Henry Miller

~ thisisrefugi ~
Mountain retreat, sanctuary and creative residency in the french pyrenees.

A sacred place dedicated to time, space and living a creative life. 

This is Holy Ground.


refugi began in 2010 as The House & The Hill, an experiment into the modern day monastic, the convent and faith for the faithless. It is a quest to find simplicity, truth and beauty. It poses the question how do we live a creative, and connected life, abundant and deeply rooted in a sense of place.

the residency

You can apply to take part in the refugi residency staying in the main house for a minimum of two weeks. Residencies up to a year long are possible. Many former residents and householders are now part of the foundation stones of this sacred project. All are welcome over the threshold.


Visitors and guests are invited to stay next door in The Loft, a converted stone barn retreat made with love. It is a restorative, private and nurturing space for you to come home to yourself. The Loft allows refugi to be experienced and tasted without having to commit to a long stay.


the art of practice

Read about our house practice and way of life that has been established over the cycles. refugi operates to its own rhythm and pace. The heartbeat of the mountain is steady, true and on fire. It is built upon simple, tried and tested things that work.

the codex

The refugi codex is a book of prayer, practice, ritual and prophesy. Honouring the tradition of random access and convenient use, it contains a record of all things holy and vital. It may contain the answers you are looking for.


The refugi reliquary contains our collection of curated objects and artefacts gathered over time. These are the relics, the remains. Original priceless artefacts are kept on site in the Treasury and Ossuary. Replicas are available to purchase in the Shop.



In the spirit of the cathedral builders of the past, refugi draws on the age old traditions of the journeymen - the travelling masters, artisans and apprentices who brought visions into reality. Take a look at what we need and what we are offering through our Journeyman Project for visiting artists, craftspeople and architects of the divine.


From historical movements, styles, artists, activists and vagabonds both dead and alive, refugi is inspired by the Muse, the Land and the Word. This list of heavenly influences also includes a solid, earthly selection of our recommended trainings and seriously good people who can help you, right now. It is well-tended and fruitful.


refugi has ways for everyone to join and support the project. From volunteering and skill exchange to donations and partnership, there is always something you can do to help. All offers of assistance are received with open arms and a touch of grace so if you want to help in anyway, please get in touch. Be part of building something sacred.

“You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then... you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it... And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death. And some never awaken.”

―Anaïs Nin, from The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934


How to get here

How to get here



- 40 minutes drive from Perpignan, France -
- 3 hours drive from Barcelona, Catalunya -

Daily business flights from the UK into Toulouse and Barcelona
Low-cost flights into Perpignan, Carcassonne and Beziers
High-speed TGV train links to Paris, Amsterdam and Barcelona.