Would you like to take a break from your daily habits and rediscover what's important to you?
Or are you simply curious to learn more about meditation?
Then join our Summer Silence Meditation Retreat in The Netherlands!
This retreat will bring you profound relaxation,
authentic connections and new perspectives
on how you want to live your life.
Institute for Meditation is a recognized Education Provider by Yoga Alliance©.
Silence to Reflect, Space to Express
In this retreat you will be silent for a week. The silence is conducted to break the daily focus on the outside world, and turn inwards. In this week you will be guided towards the subtleties of your experience; of your thoughts, emotions and physical sensations.
Although you will be silent during the day, there will be guided meditations where you will connect with other participants and share your experience. By expressing your inner world, you will become more aware of what you are experiencing. By sharing our experiences, we can learn from each other.
During this retreat you will abstain from talking, use of mobile, drugs, alcohol, nicotine and coffee.
Every day we start at 7.30am with a Silent Sitting Meditation. This silence will prevail the rest of the day!
During this retreat you will explore the relationship between body and mind through
intuitive movement meditations, often guided by the most beautiful music.
Every morning we will join together at 11.30am in an Intuitive Movement Meditation.
During this retreat you will explore the nature of stress, control, resistance, flow and relaxation. You will be guided into meditations and conversations.
Every afternoon at
4pm we willl join together for an Insight Meditation & Dialogue.
During this retreat you will be offered inspiration through walking meditations in the forest, inspiring movies and more. Just relax and experience!
In the evenings we will come together at 8pm for an evening activity.
Requirements for participation
All our events are suitable for both beginners as well as advanced meditation practitioners.
The willingness and commitment to participate in all scheduled activities.
We will enquire about your motivation to see if this retreat is suitable for you. If we believe your motivation is not in accord with the offered program, we will direct you to other providers.
This retreat will take place in group accommodation De Torenvalk. The accommodation is surrounded by forest, so a walk in nature is literally one step away from your stay.
The accommodation has two floors with 2-, 3-, 4- and 7-person bedrooms, including hangout ereas on both floors. Downstairs every bedroom has it's own bathroom, including shower and toilet. There's also two separate showers and toilets. Upstairs there's a toilet; you can use the showers downstairs. There's a big kitchen with fridges and spacious outside terrace. This accommodation offers many spots to read a book, write down your experience or simply take a rest.
The accommodation is located in the picturesque village Odiliapeel, in the province of Noord Brabant. It's about an hour drive from Utrecht and a 30 minute drive from Nijmegen. It's accessible with public transport; we can pick you up from the bus stop in Odiliapeel on Friday, and drop you off again on the leaving day. A supermarket is a 15 minute walk from the accommodation; you're free to get your own snacks.
Adress: Torenvalkweg 4, 5409 ST Odiliapeel
All meals are included. We'll only serve vegetarian food. With breakfast and lunch you can make/pick your own food of choice, bread or yoghurt. In the evening, a vegetarian buffet will be served. You'll be washing your own dishes after each meal.
Friday 9th of August till Friday 16th of August 2019. Check-in on the 9th at 3pm, check-out on the 16th at 10 am.
What to bring
Towels, easy clothing, meditation pillow or meditation chair (recommended), yoga mat (optional), blanket or big scarf (for meditation), paper notebook/diary and pen, optional: earplugs, books (recommended: novel instead of self-help book).
Friday (Day 1)
15.00 - 18.00 Welcome and check-in rooms
18.00 - 19.00 Dinner
20.00 - 21.30 Introduction & Meditation
Saturday - Thursday (Day 2 - 6)
7.30 - 08.30 Silent Sitting
09.00 - 10.00 Breakfast
11.30 - 12.30 Intuitive Movement Meditation
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
16.00 - 18.00 Insight Meditation & Dialogue
18.30 - 19.30 Dinner
20.00 - 21.00 Evening Activity
Friday (Day 7)
7.30 - 08.30 Closing Ceremony
09.00 - 10.00 Breakfast, Packing & Goodbyes
*Timings and content are subject to change!
€690 incl vat (until 1 May 2019)
Including shared bedroom and 3 vegetarian meals per day.
€750 incl vat
Including shared bedroom and 3 vegetarian meals per day.
Payments by bank transfer or Paypal accepted. Payment request will be sent upon approval of application.
Cancellation by Institute for Meditation: the paid amount will be fully refunded. Cancellation could occur until the 1st of July due to too few registrations.
Cancellation by participant: more than 30 days before the starting date of the retreat, 50% of retreat fee will be refunded. Within 30 days before the starting date of the retreat, no refunds will apply.
What Participants Say
“This week was really an eye-opener. I have decided to take my life in my own hands again, to follow my heart and my dreams. I really want to thank Merel & Paul for that.”
— Loes, The Netherlands
“I've gained a lot of new insights about myself. Paul & Merel provided a good and safe atmosphere so I could be myself.”
— Julia, The Netherlands
Paul is a philosopher, massage therapist and expert meditation teacher.
With Merel he has been running meditation courses in India, Portugal, Thailand and The Netherlands.
He studied meditation and Eastern philosophies while living in meditation communities in India and Australia.
He is a certified massage therapist (300+ hours of education), has a bachelor's degree in teaching and has a Master's degree in sociology.
Merel is yoga teacher (E-RYT500), yoga therapist, entrepreneur and expert meditation teacher.
She has been living in India for six years, where she founded and managed a successful yoga and meditation teacher training school. Throughout the years she has trained over 300+ students to become successful yoga teachers and therapists. She now focusses on her yoga teacher training school in The Netherlands Dutch Yoga Academy and on teaching meditation with Institute for Meditation.
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