Finding deep rest
Friday 19 August to Sunday 21 August. Starting on Friday at 15.00, at the beautiful "Maison du Chemin des Roches" in Dongelberg.
With mindfulness teacher Beate Trück.
Would you like to take a break and recharge your batteries before the September rush? This silent retreat is open to everyone who is looking for some peace and reconnection with their purpose before life and work get busy again.
We welcome advanced meditators on this retreat who would like to boost their mindfulness practice as well as beginners who are looking for an intensive format. The retreat satisfies the prerequisite for attending our MBSR Teacher Training programme. As with all our offerings, this retreat is trauma-sensitive.
This retreat will provide you with a deep immersion into mindfulness in order to find deep rest and mental space. It is a great opportunity to take care of yourself before the busy working season starts again. By practising mindfulness with a group of like-minded people you will be able to reconnect with yourself and what really matters in your life. You will learn how to tap into your inner calm, which is inherently present within everyone. By practising mindfulness meditation you will discover or deepen strategies to live a more conscious and connected life.
Special treat for those who'd like to: Ayurvedic massages for deep healing with our beloved Katrien Maes.
What does a retreat look like?
Being away from day-to-day demands and all the external chatter means time to reflect and 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.
We will be practising various meditations in different forms from sitting to lying down and walking meditations, helping you to unwind and to nourish yourself from within. Periods of silence and digital detox help to recharge ourselves from the busy periods earlier this year and to prepare for the new working season. Together we will step out of the 'doing mode' and switch to being and sensing. At specific times during this retreat we will make time for you to share your experiences and ask your questions.
What to expect
Practicing mindfulness meditation can contribute to a shift towards greater mental and emotional wellbeing. By learning to include mindfulness in everything you do, you learn to make a shift from endless thinking and worrying to dropping into your senses and connecting with the richness of the present moment. You learn to see more clearly how you unwillingly contribute to your own stress and unhappiness and you (re)discover resources within yourself for more resilience and happiness.
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. It will be partly in silence to deepen the healing power of mindfulness. At other moments, participants will be encouraged to share what they experience or – if they wish – to journal.
Would this be your first retreat? Have a look at our article about what happens on a mindfulness meditation retreat. Please feel free to contact us in case you feel unsure whether this is a good time for you to join a retreat.
You will be enjoying
- The alternation of formal practices such as siting and walking meditation
- Daily yoga sessions
- Practices for deep relaxation
- Delicious organic vegetarian food that will support and nourish your body and mind
- A beautiful and peaceful location
- Free time to enjoy walks in nature or simply relax in the beautiful surroundings
- A group of like-minded people with whom you can share experiences and grow together
- Silence to encourage reflection and healing
- The possibility for a healing Ayurvedic massage
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 in order to live more consciously
- A new sense of inner freedom and the ability to see more clearly what really matters to you
- Self-compassion and being on your own side
- 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
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.
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 programme (indicative)
Friday 19 August
14.00 - 15.00 Arrivals and registration
15.00 - 17.30 Opening session
18.00 - 19.00 Dinner
19.30 - 21.00 Teaching, sharing & relaxation, start of the silence
Saturday 20 August
07.45 - 08.30 Mindful movement & meditation
08.30 - 09.45 Breakfast and Karma yoga
10.00 - 10:45 Guided sitting meditation and instructions
10.45 - 11.30 Walking meditation
11.30 - 11.45 Tea/coffee
11.45 - 12.30 Guided sitting meditation
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch
15.00 - 15.45 Guided sitting meditation
15.45 - 16.15 Walking meditation or group sharing
16.15 - 16.30 Tea/coffee
16.30 - 17.15 Body scan meditation
17.15 - 18.00 Walking meditation
18.00 - 19.00 Dinner
20.00 - 21.00 Meditation, sharing & relaxation
Sunday 21 August
07.45 - 08.30 Mindful movement & meditation
08.30 - 09.45 Breakfast and Karma Yoga
10.00 - 11.00 Teaching & sitting meditation
11.00 - 11.45 Walking meditation, end of the silence
11.45 - 12.30 Group sharing or individual time
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch
14.00 - 15.30 Sitting meditation & closing session
15.30 - 16.00 Departures
This is an indicative programme, the actual timing might change (except starting and end times). The final programme will be displayed at the location.
Beate is a certified and experienced mindfulness teacher (MBSR) and also a positive neuroplasticity teacher authorised by Dr. Rick Hanson. She has led many retreats to an international audience over the past years and is also responsible for the 2-year mindfulness teacher training at Brussels Mindfulness.
In her retreats she likes to combine mindfulness and positive neuroplasticity meditations which have a very calming and uplifting effect. Participants like her warm and inclusive style and some come back regularly to her retreats.
Extra: Massages available
Katrien, 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 19 July 2022: € 449 (incl. VAT)
- As from 20 July 2022: € 499 (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: € 30 per night. Please send us an email upon registration via firstname.lastname@example.org to request a single room. As single rooms are limited, your request is not guaranteed until you receive our confirmation. We will send you an additional invoice shortly before the start.
- Ayurvedic massage: €70
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 17 August 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.
Do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions. For administrative and practical questions, please contact email@example.com. 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 Beate Trück via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many thanks for your registration. We look forward to meeting you in the course.
In order to ensure the health of all our participants, we will implement Covid measures according to the official regulations following the corona barometer at the time of the event. These measures will be communicated to registered participants prior to the start of the event.
Important information on your mental wellbeing and silent retreats
While meditation retreats can be very nourishing; they do require sustained meditation practice throughout your time there. This also demands some stability of psychological health and can be triggering for some people.
Have you experienced significant trauma or psychiatric illness, or are your currently struggling with your mental health such as with anxiety, depression, or burnout? If so, a retreat might not be the best option for you. The teacher might not be able to give you the kind of individual psychological care and support you need right now.
If you are currently under the care of a mental health professional, please discuss your attendance with them. You should be in a relatively stable period of mental well-being and have adequate psychological resilience.
Please fill in the questions in the registration form as open and honestly as possible, this will give us an idea of your current situation. The teacher of the event may reach out to you for more information
If you are unsure, or have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us directly at email@example.com.
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