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2-night Heartfulness and Wellbeing Retreat
29/10/21 till 31/10/21
In person


La Maison du Chemin des Roches
Centre pluraliste de méditation
Chemin des Roches 9
1370 Dongelberg


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Autumn wellbeing retreat: Connecting to the warmth of kindness and compassion in your life

From Friday 29 until Sunday 31 October, start on Friday at 15.00. At the beautiful "Maison du Chemin des Roches" in Dongelberg.

With mindfulness teacher Steve Savels.

A silent retreat for everyone who wishes to increase their wellbeing and have more kindness and compassion in their life. It is ideal for people who have done a mindfulness or follow-up course and want to refresh or deepen their practise – and for everyone who would like to take a rest and connect to their own warm heart and inner peace. This retreat qualifies as a prerequisite for the mindfulness teacher training.

Since you were a child, you may have learned that in order to be successful in life, you need to be strict on yourself. We are taught that being self-critical is the best way to improve ourselves. And though this attitude may have indeed brought you some success, we at the same time often develop an inner harshness towards ourselves.

Over time, our inner critic becomes so strong that our achievements never seem to be good enough and something always pushes us forward to the next goal. This can be exhausting and blocks us from fully enjoying our life. The inner critic may even turn into an inner bully, repeating the message over and over again that you are not good enough, that something is wrong with you. This can have a paralysing effect, keeping you from actually doing the things you would like to do the most.

The practice of heartfulness – in addition to mindfulness – helps to develop an inner kindness to counterbalance the inner harshness.

One of the biggest misunderstandings is that this would make you soft or passive. The contrary proves to be true: kindness and compassion often provide a much more fertile ground that allows you to be more active and do the things that truly matter to you

In this retreat we will explore specific heartfulness meditations, together with other mindfulness practices. We will tap into our own sources of inner healing so that we can feel resourced afterwards.

What to expect

  • Mindfulness and heartfulness meditations
  • Mindful yoga
  • Teachings on how to cultivate kindness and compassion in your life
  • Practical exercises and sharing in small groups
  • A beautiful location in the countryside to unwind
  • Tasty organic vegetarian food
  • The power of a group of like-minded people willing to learn and practice together
  • A resourcing guided walk in the beautiful countryside
What to expect
Scientifically proven benefits of self-compassion

Scientifically proven benefits of self-compassion

  • Reduced feeling of anxiety, stress and rumination
  • Increased sense of self-worth and confidence
  • Greater sense of wellbeing and calm
  • Increased happiness
  • Increased feeling of social connection
  • Improved emotional resilience and decreased risk of burnout
  • An improved ability for positive aging

What you walk away with

  • A set of mindfulness and heartfulness meditations for more kindness and compassion in your life
  • A renewed ability to connect to your own sources of deep joy, love and calm
  • An ability to grow resources within yourself helping you to become more resilient
  • New ideas and inspiration on how to deepen your mindfulness and compassion practice
  • Some new friends who are interested in personal growth and compassion

For whom?

This retreat is ideal for anyone who has followed a mindfulness course or has some experience with meditation or yoga and is looking for ways to deepen their practice. It is not recommended if you are currently suffering from depression or any other mental illness. Should you be in doubt, please contact the teacher before registering.

Would this be your first retreat? Have a look at our article about what happens on a mindfulness meditation retreat.

The location

The retreat will take place in the beautiful "Maison du Chemin des Roches" in Dongelberg, about 30 minutes from Brussels.

The location is a haven of peace and calm, surrounded by many beautiful walks through the fields and woods. The cook will provide us with delicious vegetarian meals and refreshments will be available throughout the retreat.

The accommodation is in simple, but comfortable double rooms with shared bathrooms. There are single rooms available upon additional charge.

Carpooling will be facilitated before the retreat. Please note that we can only accept car pooling requests until one week before the start of the retreat and we simply try to put participants in touch with one another.

The location

Covid-19 Precautions

In order to ensure everyone’s health and safety, and until further notice, we ask that you provide a valid Covid Safe Ticket for our residential activities. You will need to show this to the teacher upon arrival, otherwise you will not be allowed to participate. When every participant is Covid safe, we don’t have to wear masks and don’t need to respect social distancing anymore, which contributes to a relaxed and safe atmosphere.

There are 3 different types of certificates that prove you are Covid-safe:

  • A vaccination certificate proves that you have been fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus.
  • A test certificate proves that you have taken a negative Covid-19 test at the latest 48 hours before the start of the activity.
  • A recovery certificate shows that you have recovered from Covid-19 after a previous positive Covid-19 test.

You can find more information on how to get the Covid Safe Ticket here:

The programme

Friday 29 October

14.00 - 15.00    Arrivals & registration
15.00 - 17.30   Introduction, opening meditation & relaxation
18.00 - 19.00   Dinner
19.30 - 21.00   Teaching, sharing & relaxation

Saturday 30 October

08.00 - 09.00   Mindful yoga & meditation
09.00 - 10.00   Breakfast
10.00 - 11.30   Teaching, walking & sitting meditation
11.30 - 12.30   Individual time or walking
12.30 - 13.30   Lunch
13.30 - 14.15   Sitting Meditation
14.15 - 16.00   Guided mindful walk
16.00 - 16.30   Tea break
16.30 - 17.30   Walking & sitting meditation
18.00 - 19.00   Dinner
19.30 - 21.00   Meditation, group discussion & relaxation

The programme

Sunday 31 October

08.00 - 09.00    Mindful yoga & meditation
09.00 - 10.00    Breakfast
10.00 - 11.30   Teaching, walking & sitting meditation
11.30 - 12.30   Individual time or walking
12.30 - 13.30   Lunch
13.30 - 14.30   Walking or resting time
14.30 - 16.00   Sitting meditation & closing discussion
16.00 - 16.30   Tea-time & departures

This is an indicative agenda and is subject to change. All teaching parts involve meditative and other exercises, in small or bigger groups.

The teacher

Steve Savels is an experienced mindfulness teacher who has led many courses, retreats and days of mindfulness. People appreciate his gentle and calm style with lots of humour. He is a also certified teacher of the Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living (MBCL) programme.

Extra: massages available

Katrien Maes, experienced ayurvedic therapist, will offer full-body massages during one day of the retreat at the rate of €70 for a session of one hour. Katrien has been offering these massage for the past years on our retreats and people are always enthusiastic about them. The massages offer a wonderful opportunity to deepen your relaxation and get more in touch with your body. You will receive more information about how to book a session in the practical mail sent shortly before the retreat.


Rate for the retreat of 2.5 days with meals and accommodation in a shared twin room:

  • Early bird rate - Until 30 September 2021: € 425 (incl. VAT)
  • As from 1 October 2021: € 475 (incl. VAT)

Included in the fee:

  • Teaching and administration fee
  • Accommodation in a double room with private bathrooms
  • All meals, coffee and tea breaks

Not included in the fee:

  • The rent of towels and sheets (preferably bring your own): € 15
  • Supplement charge for single room: € 25 per night. Please send us an email upon registration via to request a single room. We will send you an additional invoice shortly before the start.
  • The massages (€70 for one hour)


This retreat will offer vegetarian meals. Please note that we cannot cater for any other diets or allergies except of lactose and gluten free meals. Should you follow another diet or have any other allergy or intolerance, please bring your own food. In such cases, no partial refund can be granted.

Registrations will close on Wednesday 27 October or whenever the retreat is fully booked.

"The retreat was truly excellent. A wonderful location, a fantastic teacher, delicious food and a great group."

"The retreat flowed. It was definitively creating inner peace. Thank you!"

"Beate is really a great instructor. She has a sense for when to intervene, is clear in her guidance and has a warm voice."

"The retreat is very good in grounding oneself in this fast-paced environment. I unreservedly recommend it!"

"The location, schedule and teacher created an optimal environment for me to get my mind set to meditation. A wonderful and intense experience which may have lasted longer - but two days is a good start!"

"The retreat allowed me to settle my mind, to feel safe and supported. The place was ideal to relax and practice." 

Read more testimonials here.

Please fill out the form below in order to register for the retreat. Your answers are important for the trainer to understand your motivation to participate.

All information you provide will be treated confidentially and will never be shared with third parties. We will get in touch with you if we have any questions, so please provide the phone number on which we can most easily reach you. Please check our privacy policy here.

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Do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions. For administrative and practical questions, please contact For questions about our courses and events, have a look at our FAQ.

If you want to discuss something directly with the teacher, you can contact Steve Savels via

Many thanks for your registration. We look forward to meeting you in the event.

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