1-night "Happy Brain" Weekend Retreat

20-10-2018 till 21-10-2018

The Abode
Rosweg 54
1750 Sint-Martens-Lennik
Carpooling will be organised shortly before the retreat.

1-night "Happy Brain" Weekend Retreat

Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October 2018. 

At the beautiful farm "The Abode" in the Flemish Pajottenland close to Brussels.
Carpooling will be organised shortly before the event.

How to get a happy brain

Residential and non-residential retreat for everyone who wants to lead a happier life. Based on the scienifically validated method of positive neuroplasticity (PNP) by Dr. Rick Hanson.
With Beate Trück (mindfulness and PNP trainer)


Why is it so hard to let go of unwanted thoughts and patterns? And what are practical steps that we could take to become free of some old “baggage”, and simply be happy?

In this retreat, we will show you a simple method to transform ordinary day-to-day experiences into inner strengths, such as resilience, self-confidence, compassion, joy and a feeling of being loved. The mindful internalisation of such psychological resources can help us deal with feelings of anxiety, depression, anger, addiction, loss, and shame, and support well-being, emotional healing, and spiritual praxis.

Based on the neurobiology of learning, Dr. Rick Hanson has developed a simple method called “HEAL” for taking in the good. It consists of four basic steps, whose application lasts only a few seconds each time:

  • H – Have a beneficial experience, either by noticing one or by creating one in your imagination.
  • E – Enrich the experience, in terms of duration, intensity, multimodality, novelty, or salience.
  • A – Absorb the experience, i.e. make your memory systems more receptive by priming and sensitizing them.
  • L – Link positive and negative material, in effect overwriting negative memories (optional step).

The retreat will combine basic information about the relevant functions of the brain with practical HEAL exercises and mindfulness meditations. It is recommended for everyone interested in or engaged in spiritual practice, who would like to enhance its effect and who would like to deepen a sense of peace, joy, and love.


What to expect

  • Mindfulness meditations.
  • Mindful yoga.
  • Teaching based on the HEAL method by Rick Hanson, geared towards application in simple steps.
  • Practical exercises and sharing in small groups.
  • A beautiful location in the countryside where you can unwind.
  • Tasty organic vegetarian food.


What you walk away with

  • A comprehensive syllabus with some practical tips and tools.
  • A set of mindfulness meditations for a happy brain.
  • A renewed ability to connect to your own sources of deep joy and calm.
  • New ideas and inspiration on how to deepen your mindful or spiritual practice.

The trainer

Beate Trück

Beate is managing partner and trainer at Brussels Mindfulness. She is an experienced mindfulness trainer, trained for MBSR at arbor-Seminare, and has given many retreats to an international audience over the past years. Participants like her warm and inclusive style and some of them come back to her retreats regularly. She was trained on positive neuropsychology and HEAL by Rick Hanson from 2015 to 2018. More information on HEAL and positive neuropsychology can be found at http://www.rickhanson.net/.

The programme


9.00 Arrivals, coffee and registration

9.30 Welcome & start with some mindful moving and meditation

10.00 The brain and the mind

12.15 Lunch break

14.00  Having a good experience

15.30 Tea break

16.00 Enriching and absorbing a good experience

17.30 Mindful walking 

18.30 Dinner

19.00  Experiencing key resources, including relaxation and sharing

20.30 end of day



8.00 Yoga and meditation

9.00 Breakfast

10.00 Growing strengths for safety and satisfaction

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Mindful walking

14.00 Growing strengths for connection

14.30 Wrap-up, final meditation, sharing

16.00 Tea and cake

16.30 End

This is an indicative agenda and is subject to change. All teaching parts involve meditative and other exercises, in small or bigger groups.



Rate for the retreat of 1 night with meals and accommodation in a shared twin room: € 330.

Register now and pay only a deposit of € 150. Balance due beginning of October 2018.

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 Tuesday 16 October 2018.

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