2-night Spring Weekend Retreat

30-04-2021 till 2-05-2021

Het Verblijf
Rosweg 54
1750 Sint-Martens-Lennik

2-night Spring Weekend Retreat

Friday evening 30 April to Sunday 2 May 2021.  

At the beautiful farm "Het Verblijf" in the Flemish Pajottenland close to Brussels. 

Silent retreat "Finding your thread"

A weekend retreat that you offer to 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.

With Berenice Boxler


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 that 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 re-connect to the present moment with different practices so that 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 so 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, groundedness 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.

Here are some of the things 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 that needs to be heard and felt.
  • Allowing to let the doing 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.

Special lockdown offer: upon registering for this course you receive a free morning meditations pass of 5 sessions to be used immediately and whenever it suits you. 

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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. Two people will be taking care of your wellbeing - one mindfulness teacher and one massage therapist, so that you can benefit from the perfect combination of mental and physical wellness.

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 given with English instructions. This will be a partly silent retreat. 

There will be the possibility for a massage treatment at reasonable additional cost. 

Car pooling will be organised shortly before the event.

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 and we will contact you to discuss this further.



You will be enjoying

  • Different forms of meditation and yoga.
  • Exercises for deep relaxation.
  • Delicious,organic vegetarian food prepared with love by the hosts of the farm, Inge and Hugo.
  • A relaxing atmosphere in the beautiful garden and rooms of the farm.
  • Free time to enjoy walks or simply relaxing in the beautiful surroundings.
  • A group of like-minded people.
  • Exclusive use of the whole location.
  • Beautiful rooms with private bathrooms.
  • Outer silence to encourage reflection and relaxation.
  • The possibility for an ayurvedic massage for inner healing and relaxation.
  • Possibility for individual talks with the teacher.   


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 take back into your daily life.
  • Practical tools how 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.
  • Having an idea of 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 with sheep and cows around.

The location is a haven of peace and calm. 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 rooms are spacious, eco-friendly, and very comfortable with private bathrooms.

The beautiful location with its cosy living room, library, the courtyard and the meditation hall are for exclusive use for the participants of the retreat.

Around the farm there are many beautiful walks through the fields.



To ensure your comfort during this event, we take measures following the guidelines concerning health standards:

  • Small groups (maximum 12 paricipants) to allow enough space between participants during all activities.
  • Amenities to wash and disinfect your hands regularly.
  • The location is cleaned and ventilated several times a day.
  • Possibility for outdoor meditations whenever the weather allows it.
  • We encourage you to use your mask and not to participate should you have symptoms.


The programme

Friday 30 April

18.00 -19.00  Arrivals - check-in

19.00 - 21.00 Introductions, opening meditation and relaxation 

Saturday 1 May (silent day)

8.00 - 9.00    Mindful movement & meditation

9.00 - 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  Guided mindful walk

16.00-16.30  Teatime – 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 Talk, meditation & relaxation 

Sunday 2 May

8.00 - 9.00   Mindful movement & meditation

9.00 - 10.00 Breakfast (in silent)

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

13.30-14.30  Mindful movement & body scan, breaking the silence

14.30-16.00  Talk, meditation, group discussion

16.00-16.30 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 Boxler

Berenice has been certified as MBSR-teacher by arbor-Seminare in Germany, with additional specialisation in mindfulness for parents and teachers, as well as mindful communication. She has also followed further training to bring Mindfulness into Schools and to start teaching children and teenagers. She is an experienced mindfulness teacher and participants like her warm and calming style.



Extra: massages available

A massage therapist will offer therapeutic massages (body and head) during this retreat at a reasonable additional cost. These massages offer a wonderful opportunity to deepen your relaxation and get more in touch with your body. 

Once you have registered, in the weeks before the retreat, you will receive more information about how to book a specific slot.

Please check our terms & conditions.


Feedback from former retreats

"The retreat was truly excellent. A wonderful location, a phantastic 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 envrionement. I unreservedly recommend it!"

"The location, schedule and teacher created an optimal environment for me to get my mind set to meditation. a onderful 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."

"The  retreat was like a breath of fresh air! The timing was just perfect for me. After these days I feel rested and recharged on mental and physical level. Thank you Brussels Mindfulness for orgainising this retreat on such an excellent level!" 



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

'Early bird rate' - Until 28 March 2021: € 395 (incl VAT)

As from 29 March 2021: € 445 (incl VAT)

The fee includes the following:

  • teaching and administration fee
  • accomodation in a double room with private bathrooms
  • all meals, coffee and tea breaks


Single rooms:

The location has installed a new ventilation unit in the rooms to ensure good air quality. 4 double rooms are set up in such manner that the beds are more than 4m apart (with shared bathroom). Couples or friends can take a regular double room and single rooms can be provided upon request against a supplement of €30 per night (please contact us via info@brusselsmindfulness.be).

You can also participate in this retreat in a non-residential formula (€ 300 incl. VAT). Please contact us via info@brusselsmindfulness.be if you wish to do so, as we need to make you a manual invoice.



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. 

If you wish you might be able to come a day earlier or maybe 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.


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.

Registrations will close on Wednesday 28 April 2021 or whenever the retreat is fully booked.



Do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you would have any questions.

For administrative and practical questions, please contact info@brusselsmindfulness.be.

If you want to discuss something directly with the teacher, here's how you can contact us:

Berenice Boxler - berenice.boxler@brusselsmindfulness.be

Many thanks for your registration and we are looking forward to meeting you at the retreat.

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