Our new international retreat center, Gomde France, is located in a very remote and quiet area of the southern French Pyrenees, near the Spanish border. With a snow mountain at its back, Gomde France has wide open space in front, views extending all the way down to the Mediterranean Sea, beautiful blue skies, excellent fresh air, and very good weather–an environment that is extremely conducive for retreat. There are plans for long retreats to be held at the center in the future. Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche recently held the inaugural seminar at Gomde France with around sixty joyful participants from France, Spain, and many other countries. During the seminar Rinpoche performed pujas for the purification of the area and its inhabitants along with a Sang offering, and gave teachings to the assembled students.