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Learn to meditate and live mindfully - an immersive weekend
In person (non-residential), Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 July 2023, each day from 10.00 to 16.00 CET
with senior mindfulness teacher Steve Savels
Early bird rate of 345 EUR until 8 June 2023! Click the Register button above, or scroll down to register!
Combine learning about mindfulness and meditation with "getting away" in a safe, calming location close by. Focus on meditation and on reconnecting with yourself, as well as with like-minded people. Experience how to boost your wellbeing with mindfulness and get away with a toolbox to boost your mental health.
What does a learn to meditate weekend look like?
Take a break and use this weekend workshop as a mini-pause. Recharge your batteries through relaxing meditations and outdoor practices in our garden. Walk away with new tools to better handle the stress and difficulties in your life.
The focus of the workshop will be on learning to meditate in different forms: sitting, lying down, walking, moving, ... We will make time for sharing your experiences and asking your questions. While the main focus is on practicing there will also be an introduction into the main concepts of mindfulness and how you be more present for your life.
Why should I learn about meditating?
Many of us find it difficult to create a balance between the demands present in our work and personal lives. We need tools to help us deal with the stress and uncertainty present in our rapid lifestyle. It is important to develop mental resources in order to cope with the challenges we face and replenish our energy levels.
Practicing mindfulness meditation can contribute to a shift towards greater mental and emotional wellbeing. By learning to meditate, 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 discover resources within yourself for more resilience and happiness.
This workshop is intended for people who want to discover mindfulness meditation. If you have some experience with mindfulness, or you have done a course before, it might also be interesting as a refresher, especially if it has been a while since you've been practising.
In this weekend workshop you will learn how to
- Find inner resources of calmness and clarity that can help you manage stressful situations.
- Be more in the present moment so that you can fully enjoy the lovely things in life
- Deal more skilfully with difficult thoughts and emotions that might otherwise stress you out or drag you down.
- Gain more focus and concentration
- Reconnect to what matters in your life and find more calm and clarity in doing so.
- Be kinder to yourself.
How to bring mindfulness skills into your life
- Finding peace in the midst of the turbulences of your life by learning to use your breath as an anchor.
- Increasing your body awareness: using your body as a sensitive radar instead of an amplifier of stress.
- Finding new ways of dealing with difficult thoughts and feelings and learning to shift to a more relaxing mode.
- Practising how to step out of vicious cycles of worrying and getting more in control of your mind and your life.
- Becoming aware of your inner critic and how to disengage from it, ultimately adding a softer and more compassionate inner voice.
- Cultivating inner qualities of compassion, gratitude and care for yourself and others.
Rewiring the brain
The mind is like a garden: if you leave it untended, it will grow all kinds of strange weeds. But if you take good care of it, you can pull the weeds and plant new seeds.
This is the essence of “neuroplasticity”, which means that we can rewire our brain by becoming more skilful in choosing where our attention rests upon. We can learn to change our brain for the better and activate areas linked to self-regulation, wellbeing, concentration, contentment and awareness, and less the impact of stress, fear and anxiety.
What are the benefits of mindfulness meditation?
The majority of people practising mindfulness meditation report lasting physical and psychological benefits including:
- An increased ability to relax and to find inner calm.
- Greater energy and enthusiasm for life.
- Heightened self-confidence.
- An increased ability to cope more effectively with stressful situations.
- A greater sense of overall wellbeing.
- A better immune system.
Features of this mindfulness weekend
During these two days, you can enjoy:
- 2 full days, including coffee and tea breaks
- Lots of practical exercises to build mindfulness into your daily schedule without needing to invest extra time
- Workshop led by senior mindfulness teacher and psychologist Steve Savels
- Beautiful and convenient location with a garden in the midst of Brussels
- Location easy to reach with public transport
- Course given in English
- The group will consist of minimum 8 to maximum 18 participants
- Small groups for sharing
- Possibility for outdoor meditations whenever the weather allows it.
About your mindfulness teacher
As a registered psychologist, certified life coach and senior mindfulness trainer, Steve helps people (individually and within organisations) to find clarity and peace of mind, define what truly matters to them and to live and act accordingly.
Steve says: Practising mindfulness has helped me personally to get unstuck from a life that didn't give me satisfaction and meaning, overcoming the fear and other obstacles preventing me from living the life I really wanted to live.
Rate for learn to meditate immersive weekend
Early bird pricing of €345 (incl. VAT) until midnight 8 June 2023.
Regular fee of €395 (incl. VAT) for the intensive meditation weekend workshop, including:
- Small group (less than 18 people) in a beautiful location
- Tea and coffee breaks
Note that this is not a residential retreat and accommodation is not included.
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 workshop. Scroll down for registration form. Registrations will close on Sunday 2 July 2023 or whenever the course is fully booked.
Please check our terms & conditions about cancellations and refunds.
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 Steve Savels via email@example.com.
Many thanks for your registration. We look forward to meeting you in the event.
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Please check our terms & conditions about cancellations and refunds.
What participants of previous retreats said
"The location, schedule and teachers created an optimal environment for me to get my mind set to meditation. A wonderful and intense experience which may have lasted longer - but five days is fine!"
"The retreat allowed me to settle my mind, to feel safe and supported. The place was ideal to relax and practice. Jake is an amazing teacher and I learned a lot from his guidance and the way he walks the talk. I will definitively return."
"I attended a 5-day summer retreat with Brussels Mindfulness and I really felt that I deepened my commitment to my mindfulness practice even more. It was a beautiful location in the middle of nature and we were able to attend an intense programme of different mindfulness practices throughout the 5 days; The teachers and the group were very kind and supportive and I felt very well taken care of during the whole stay. Thank you, Brussels Mindfulness team!"
"The Summer 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 organising this retreat on such an excellent level!"
"A 5-day silent retreat is an excellent way to deepen one's meditation practise and push the reset button. Sometimes it is not always an easy experience but the Brussels Mindfulness staff provides excellent support to guide you through. I thoroughly recommend their retreats, which are extremely well organised."
Read more testimonials here.
Health & Well-being Guidelines
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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