Posted on 26 August 2009 by Dan Johnson
They might look like petanque pitches, but those orangey rectangles of compacted earth and gravel found at siblu holiday parcs across France are a great place for practicing the art of meditation, according to a Buddhist master.
Maître Kaisen, a Buddhist living in the Dordogne, has written a book saying that many of the qualities associated with playing la pétanque, or boules, help in good quality meditation.
His theory is that petanque players move towards a meditative state when they line up a shot, as they ignore distractions, focus on their breathing and forget about their self and others.
La Pétanque originated in southern France but is now popular across the country. Players throw metal balls as close towards a small wooden jack, with the winner getting their boule closest to this ball.
So for a calmer late summer, it’s not too late to book a break and experience your own siblu meditative break… boule and pitches are included at no cost.
For a calmer end to the year, I recommend you try Domaine de Kerlann in Brittany (from £244 starting 12 September), Domaine Dugny in the Loire Valley (from £298 starting 20 September) or Les Charmettes in Charente Maritime (from £242 starting 18 September). All prices are based on a 7-night holiday for a family, with Dover to Calais ferries included.