Spring Mindfulness Retreat for Renewal and Revitalization
Friday 8 to Sunday 10 March
At the beautiful retreat center "Maison du Chemin des Roches" in Dongelberg.
A silent retreat weekend to immerse yourself into the universe of mindful living to unwind and recharge from within.
Join us for a deeply restorative and renewing weekend in beautiful Wallonia. Together we will take time to slow down, unplug and reinvent ourselves. Take a break from the stress of technology, work, and all the demands of your busy life and nourish yourself with wholesome practices and food.
For people who already practice mindfulness or yoga and would like to deepen or refresh their meditation practice.
Immerse yourself in the tranquility of this unique and beautiful space and enjoy yoga, guided mindfulness meditation and mindful walking. Let yourself be nourished by delicious organic vegetarian food prepared with love by experiential cook Viannou.
Special treat for those interested: Ayurvedic massages for deep healing with Katrien Maes.
Clearing out mental and emotional clutter and toxins
When we think of renewal we often think of rebirth; something old dies and something new is born. Why not use this season of renewal as a reminder to get rid of things that are weighing you down and sapping your energy? Taking some time for a detox from digital devices, alcohol and unhealthy food in order to make space for something new.
Simultaneously with the outer ritual of spring cleaning that often occurs at this time of year we will be doing an internal spring cleaning together. We will have time to think about what we can do to renew ourselves and to better balance our lives. What better time than spring to re-group and re-prioritize, and even re-invent ourselves?
Starting something new
It’s a great time to focus on spring as a time of new beginnings and resolve to do something you’ve always wanted to do but never felt you had the time. Why not starting by being kind to yourself and taking a pause?
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 buildings and grounds.
This retreat is a gift to yourself; a promise to honour who you are and to start truly taking care of yourself.
You will be enjoying the company of like-minded international people. Two trainers will be taking care of your wellbeing - a mindfulness trainer and a cook, so that you can benefit from the perfect combination of mental and physical wellness.
The retreat will be given with English instructions. There will be times during the day where you can share with others and other times where you will be invited to practice “noble silence” to deepen the learning and reflection.
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.
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 email@example.com and we will contact you to discuss this further.
As this retreat has a focus on food it is especially suitable for people who are interested in cooking and would like to make a shift towards more healthy cooking and eating.
Carpooling will be facilitated before the retreat. Please note that we can only accept carpooling requests until one week before the start of the retreat and we simply try to put participants in touch with one another.
As with all our offerings, this retreat is trauma-sensitive.
The retreat satisfies the prerequisite for attending our Brussels Mindfulness MBSR Teacher Training programme.
You will be enjoying:
- Different forms of meditation and yoga.
- Practices for deep relaxation.
- Delicious, healthy vegetarian food prepared with love.
- Exclusive use of the whole location with its beautiful garden, diner and meditation hall.
- Free time to enjoy walks or simply resting/ reflecting in the beautiful surroundings.
- A group of likeminded people with whom you can share experiences.
- Periods of silence to encourage reflection and relaxation.
- The possibility for a healing Ayurvedic massage
- Some forms of detox (digital, nutritional, mental) to make space for more wholesome energies in your life.
You will take away with you:
- The renewed ability to tap into your own inner resources and to take care of yourself.
- Powerful new insights to take back into your daily life.
- A renewed or deepened 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.
- An idea of how to stop some unhelpful (eating) habits in your life and how to replace them by more useful ones.
- The ability to respond more skillfully to life's challenges when they arise.
- Finding a way to peace and wholeness in this busy stressful world we live in.
- New inspiration for vegetarian cooking
- A renewed ability to be more present with your food and to listen to your body's signals
- New like-minded friends
- Beautiful and relaxing eye cushions for deep relaxation
The retreat will take place in the beautiful "Maison du Chemin des Roches" in Dongelberg, about 30 minutes from Brussels.
The accommodation is in simple, but comfortable double rooms with shared bathrooms. There are single rooms available upon additional charge.
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.
Let yourself be nourished by great vegetarian meals
This retreat will offer vegetarian meals. Let yourself be nourished by the organic, tasty and healthy food prepared with love by Viannou. 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.
Places are limited for this special retreat. We encourage you to register as soon as possible to secure your place.
Meet your teachers
Beate is a certified and experienced mindfulness (MBSR) and positive neuroplasticity teacher, authorised by Dr. Rick Hanson. She is also a teacher trainer, supervisor and trained as trauma-sensitive mindfulness teacher by David Treleaven. She has led many retreats to an international audience over the past years and she likes to combine mindfulness and positive neuroplasticity meditations which have a calming and uplifting effect. Participants like her warm and inclusive style and some of them come back regularly to her retreats.
Amazed by what Nature has in place to take care of itself and its inhabitants, Viannou loves to offer her gratitude for this by transforming natural ingredients and the life that emerges from them - for the pleasure of all our senses!
In addition to influencing our health and emotions, the way we eat impacts the Earth and those who cultivate it. By cooking for communities, Viannou also wishes to actively raise awareness of mindful eating and contribute to our collective healing and growth.
Extra: Massages available
Katrien, experienced Ayurvedic therapist, will offer full-body massages during one day of the retreat at the rate of €75 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.
Friday 8 March
13.30 Arrivals, tea and registration (check-in)
14.00 Welcome, introductions, mindful movement & meditation
15.45 Teaching and sitting meditation
17.00 Intro to Walking meditation and Bodyscan
20.00 Evening meditation and sharing, Start of the silence
Saturday 9 March
7.30 Mindful yoga & meditation
9.00 Karma yoga (helping in the kitchen)
10.00 Teaching, sitting meditation & mindful walking
13.00 Lunch - enjoying our delicious meal with all our senses
14.00 Cleaning up the kitchen, Individual time
15.30 Teaching, Walking and sitting meditation
17.00 Tea time
20.00 Meditation, sharing & relaxation
21.00 Rest and start of silence
Sunday 10 March
7.30 Mindful yoga & meditation
8.15 Enjoying breakfast and explanation of a healthy breakfast
9.00 Karma yoga (helping in the kitchen)
10.00 Teaching, Walking and sitting meditation
11.30 Individual time or walking
Breaking the silience
14.00 Closing session
15.30 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.
For the retreat of 2 nights with meals and accommodation in a shared twin room:
Early bird fee 499€ (incl VAT) until 1 February, as of 2 February full fee of € 549 (incl. VAT)
Included in the fee:
- Teaching and administration fee
- Accommodation in a double room with private bathrooms
- All meals, coffee and tea breaks
- Lots of delicious meals
- Exclusive use of the entire location with its beautiful meditation hall, diner, library and gardens.
Not included in the fee (please provide cash):
- A single room - please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about this possibility before registering - an additional fee of €30 will apply (exceptional discount on single room)
- Rental of bed linens - if you are not able to bring your own you can rent them at the location for the fee of €20
- Ayurvedic massage: €80
It is possible to postpone your registration to another activity until one month before the event (with a 75€ administration fee). As of 30 days before the event no postponing will be possible anymore. Should you not be able to come it is possible to transfer your place to someone else (upon our approval). For more information please refer to our terms and conditions.
"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."
"...Thank you for a lovely unforgettable weekend with so much action and so much inaction."
Read more testimonials here.
Important information on your mental well-being 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.
Do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions. For administrative and practical questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
Many thanks for your registration. We look forward to meeting you in the course.
Registration for the retreat
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