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2-night Spring Renewal Weekend Retreat
29/04/22 till 1/05/22
In person

Location

Het Verblijf
Rosweg 54
1750 Sint-Martens-Lennik

Teacher

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2-Night Spring Renewal Retreat "Finding your thread"

Friday 29 April to Sunday 1 May, start on Friday at 17.00. At the beautiful farm "Het Verblijf" in the Flemish Pajottenland close to Brussels.

with mindfulness teacher Berenice Boxler

A weekend retreat to offer yourself to experience life as it is in the present moment – with all your senses, your thoughts and wishes, your emotions, your bodily sensations, your breath, your whole being you.

The Way It Is

There’s a thread you follow. It goes among
things that change. But it doesn’t change.
People wonder about what you are pursuing.
You have to explain about the thread.
But it is hard for others to see.
While you hold it you can’t get lost.
Tragedies happen; people get hurt
or die; and you suffer and get old.
Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding.
You don’t ever let go of the thread.

– William Stafford

Pause, take a breath, come into presence – these are instructions meditators and mindfulness practitioners hear very often. It sounds simple and basic, but there is so much more to it. It can easily become mechanical and automatic, this “coming into presence” and “finding your anchor”. In this retreat, we will reconnect to the present moment with different practices so you can find your inner thread to hold on to. We all have an innate capability for inner peace and calm – sometimes we only lose the way to get there.

There are many doors to this inner space, and in this retreat you will be invited to find your unique entrance that is truly guiding you to this inner realm of calm, grounding and connection. Together we will take time to slow down, unplug, relax and become quiet. We will practice residing in our body with yoga, stretching and other ways of movement and strengthening our ability to listen inwardly. There will also be space for reflection on the past and intention setting for the future, while regularly coming into the present moment.

We will be focussing on:

  • Finding an inner space of timeless calm and grounding
  • Practicing mindfulness of breath, body, sounds, thoughts, emotions
  • Re-embodying with all senses
  • Listening inwardly to what needs to be heard and felt
  • Allowing the doing to calm down and resting in the simple power of being
  • Reflecting on the past and on patterns of living and thinking
  • Setting intentions for the future
  • Finding your own thread to hold on to in your life

What does a retreat look like?

Being away from day-to-day demands and all the external chatter means time to reflect, to reconnect with your true self and with nature. When the part of you that wants to be in control and that is afraid of change is dominant, you are cut off from your deeper wisdom and intuition. But if you rest and create space to tap into your creative energy, you can get in touch with what truly matters and what kind of life you would really like to lead.

During the retreat, there will be free time to enjoy walks through the surrounding fields, or simply relax in or around the charming farm. You will be enjoying the company of like-minded international people.

What does a retreat look like?

People have reported that long after the retreat they could still feel the benefits of it, and that this nourishing feeling goes on for quite a while. The retreat will be held in English. This will be a partly silent retreat.

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.

Ideally, you already have some experience with mindfulness and/or yoga. If you are completely new to mindfulness or yoga, please get in touch with us at info@brusselsmindfulness.be to discuss your participation.

You will be enjoying

  • Different forms of meditation and yoga
  • Talks and reflections from an experienced meditation teacher
  • Exercises for deep relaxation
  • Delicious, organic vegetarian food prepared with love by the farm hosts Inge and Hugo
  • A relaxing atmosphere in the beautiful garden and rooms of the farm
  • Free time to enjoy walks or simply relax in the beautiful surroundings
  • A group of like-minded people
  • Exclusive use of the entire location
  • Beautiful rooms with private bathrooms
  • Outer silence to encourage reflection and relaxation
You will be enjoying

Some benefits of a mindfulness retreat

  • Tapping into your inner resources contributes to feeling more rested, relaxed and calm
  • Learning how to gain greater physical and psychological wellbeing
  • Powerful new insights to bring back into your daily life
  • Practical tools to establish a daily mindfulness practice when you go back home
  • A new sense of inner freedom and the ability to see more clearly what really matters to you
  • Gaining insight into how to stop some unhelpful habits in your life and how to replace them by more useful ones
  • The ability to respond more skilfully to life's challenges when they arise
  • Finding a way to peace and wholeness in this busy stressful world we live in

The venue

The retreat will take place in "Het Verblijf", a former farm in the peaceful Flemish Pajottenland surrounded by sheep and cows. There are many beautiful walks through the fields in the area.

The location is a haven of peace and calm. Its cosy living room, library, the courtyard and the meditation hall are for exclusive use for the participants of the retreat. The rooms are spacious, eco-friendly, and very comfortable with private bathrooms.

The hosts, Inge and Hugo, are yogis and prepare the food with lots of love and care. The food is very tasty, organic and homemade. Tea, coffee, fruit and snacks are available throughout the retreat.

The venue

Covid-19 Precautions

To ensure your comfort and safety during our activities, we follow all recommended sanitary guidelines set by the government. 

Please note that we monitor any change in corona measures and apply them as soon as required by the authorities. This may require us to make changes to our planned events and courses. Should we be required to cancel the retreat, we will do our best to postpone the activity to a new date or provide you with a relevant alternative activity should you prefer this.

The programme

Friday 29 April

16.00-17.00 Arrivals and registration (check-in)
17.00-18.00 Opening session
18.00-19.00 Dinner
19.30-21.00 Meditation, teaching, sharing and relaxation
Start of silence

Saturday 30 April (silent day)

08.00 - 09.00 Mindful movement & meditation
09.00 - 10.00 Breakfast
10.00 - 11.30 Teaching, walking and sitting meditation
11.30 - 12.30 Individual time or walking – possibility for an individual talk with the trainer
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch
13.30 - 14.15 Sitting Meditation
14.15 - 16.00 Mindful walking and sitting meditation
16.00 - 16.30 Tea/coffee time – possibility for an individual talk with the trainer
16.30 - 17.30 Walking and sitting meditation
18.00 - 19.00 Dinner
19.30 - 21.00 Meditation, teaching & relaxation

The programme

Sunday 1 May

08.00 - 09.00 Mindful movement & meditation
09.00 - 10.00 Breakfast
10.00 - 11.30 Teaching, walking and sitting meditation
11.30 - 12.30 Individual time or walking – possibility for an individual talk with the trainer
Breaking the silence
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch
14.00 - 15.30 Sitting meditation & closing session
15.30 - 16.00 Tea-time and departure

This is an indicative programme, the actual timing might change (except starting and end times). The final programme will be displayed at the location.

The teacher


Berenice has been certified as MBSR-teacher by Arbor-Seminare in Germany, with additional specialisation in Mindful Communication, Self-care and Mindfulness for parents and educators. She is an experienced mindfulness teacher and participants like her warm and quiet style.


Rates

For the retreat of 2 nights with meals and accommodation in a shared twin room:

  • 'Early bird rate' - Until 31 March 2022: € 425 (incl. VAT)
  • As from 1 April 2022: € 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:

  • Supplement charge for single room: € 30 per night. Please send us an email upon registration via info@brusselsmindfulness.be to request a single room. We will send you an additional invoice shortly before the start.

Meals

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 April or whenever the retreat is fully booked. We encourage you to register as soon as possible to secure your place and to enable us to decide in time whether there are enough participants to organise the retreat.

If you wish, you might be able to come a day earlier or stay a night longer at the location. In this case, please contact the owners of the place directly. You can reach them via the contact details on their website.

"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.

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Please check our terms & conditions about cancellations and refunds.

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

Many thanks for your registration. We look forward to meeting you soon.

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