A mindfulness retreat allows you 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. It is a moment to pause and nourish yourself from within, through guided meditations and mindful walking, supported by the concentration and energy of the group.
While our courses have a mix of teaching, practising and sharing, the focus in the retreats is on practising with a light touch of teaching and sharing. We offer formats from one-day mindfulness retreats to several days in beautiful locations. Our locations are carefully chosen and all offer organic food made with love and beautiful walks around the building.
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.
We all have an innate capability for inner peace and calm, but sometimes we forget the way to get there. Through guided practices and silence, we will tap into our inner realm of calm, grounding and connection. Together we will take time to slow down, unplug, relax and become quiet. We will practice connecting to 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 back to the present moment.
People have reported that long after a mindfulness retreat, they could still feel the benefits of it, and that this nourishing feeling goes on for quite a while.
A meditation retreat is an ideal follow-up for people who have completed an 8-week course and would like to deepen or boost their practice. It is also possible to join as a newcomer – we will not turn anyone away. In that case, you might want to check with the teacher beforehand if this retreat matches your expectations and is suitable for your current situation in life. Some of our retreats are for beginners and some for advanced meditators. Please check the event page thoroughly to see which one is most suitable for you.
Types of Mindfulness Retreats
One-day retreat: Day of Nourishment
A Day of Nourishment is a one-day retreat that allows you to take a deeper dive, so you can at the same time refresh and deepen your practice. It helps you reconnect with meditation, discover particular themes, and boost your motivation to continue with it in daily life. It is also pleasant to feel the benefit of meditating in a group.
During this day, we will practice a mix of different forms of meditations centering around the theme of the day as well as mindful walking and stretching, to nurture ourselves and tune into what really matters to us.
The day will mostly take place in silence, with English instructions given by the teacher. If the weather allows it, we will use the lovely garden for outdoor sessions and walking meditations.
Throughout the day we will be practising digital detox to give our mind some rest. Please put your phone in flight mode or do not bring it at all so you are not tempted to check your messages.
Tea breaks and lunch are part of the programme, although participants are required to bring their own lunch.
Some benefits of a day of nourishment:
- Feeling more rested, relaxed and calm
- Easing the voice of the inner critic and developing a kinder, more compassionate mind
- Improving your focus and concentration
- Gaining greater physical and psychological well being
- Deepening your mindfulness practice
- Finding a new sense of inner freedom
- Being able to see more clearly what really matters to you
- Developing a sense of contentment and fulfilment
- Feeling connected with and supported by a group of like-minded people
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.
Our multi-day retreats range from 2-night to 5-days in beautiful retreat centres outside of the city. Accommodation and meals are included, and you will be led throughout the weekend by one of Brussels Mindfulness’ trained mindfulness teachers.
Each retreat has its own theme that the practices will dive deeper into. There are also often optional extras available, such as booking an Aryuvedic massage to even more fully relax and recharge during your time away.
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.
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 well being
- 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