About This Center

We teach meditation as a tool to free yourself from exhausting life patterns. We help you to discover the life you want to live.
Institute for Meditation offers meditation teacher trainings in Ubud, Bali and Koh Phangan, Thailand. We offer meditation retreats in The Netherlands.

Our Signature

Institute for Meditation stands out from other meditation schools by its personal approach and focus on self enquiry. In our trainings and retreats we explore our attitude towards relationships, work, emotions, thoughts and bodily sensations. We offer different meditations to explore the nature of stress, control, resistance, flow and relaxation. We regard the open sharing of individual experiences as the core of our teaching programs.
Another clear characteristic of our school is that we do not stick to one lineage of meditation. We teach simple yet profound models, theories and philosophies from different traditions to deeply understand the meaning of meditation. To experientially explore the meaning of meditation, we also use different techniques of meditations which have their origin in the different traditions. We sit in silence, but also dance, discuss, shake, shout and go into nature.
We don’t believe force is necessary for change. Any force will inherently bring stress in your life, however subtle this tension may be.. We therefore use meditation as an effortless tool to look at life and conciously live the life we want to live!

About meditation
The essence of meditation is to simply become aware of how you think and feel. Take a moment to look at it closely. What do you want and what do you resist? Become aware of what is actually happening in your life.. Automatically it will become clear where you are drawn towards; a spontaneous movement happens by itself.
About our journey
Before founding Institute for Meditation, we have been living in different countries, eastern and western countries, with different cultures, different views on life. We’ve been astonished to notice how radically different you can look at for instance 'death' when you are born in The Netherlands or when you are born in India. This doesn’t only account for the subject of ‘death’, but also for almost any aspect of ‘life’. Relationships, work, love, freedom.. Seeing the other side, was being relieved from our conditioned, restricted, one-sided view of what is right and wrong, important and unimportant. Seeing and acknowledging the other side, automatically relieved us from our urge to control life in one direction.
About our learning
We experienced how teachers and other open-minded people were able to bring new perspectives to our lives. They made us aware of our basic assumptions about how we look at the world. With the support of our teachers, we were able to see the ideas, beliefs and assumptions that limit us to live our passions. Once we started seeing the limiting beliefs more clearly, we consequently started seeing new opportunities to live the way we wanted. We gained the capacity to move more freely, whenever and wherever we felt drawn towards something new.
About our vision on human nature
Most psychological and spiritual traditions assume that every person has a deficiency or lack that needs to be fixed. We don’t believe in human deficiencies nor fixing. We do acknowledge human beings tend to hold on to particular beliefs and perspectives: patterns of thinking. We believe the only way to break out of this narrow-minded thought process, is to help each other becoming aware of our beliefs. Once we recognize our beliefs, we can understand how our daily lives are shaped by these beliefs. We facilitate this ongoing proces of self enquiry with insight meditations, group sharings and exploring creative perspectives on how to live the life you want to live.
About why we would love to meet you..
We like to share an open attitude which allows every aspect of life.
We like to share an effortless approach to meditation.
We like to share a playful and curious exploration into the mystery of life.
We would love to meet you!

“From the moment I met Merel & Paul it felt very natural and I was at ease. The training brought me back to the core of who I am. It changed my life and that's very special. Thanks a lot!” - Anne-Marie, The Netherlands “They're really passionate about what they share, and that gives you a great passion for it as well. It's an open view of meditation and how you can apply it practically in your day-to-day life. Genuinely, thank you both.” - Colette, Ireland “I like the freedom of the way of teaching and of the practices we did. Paul & Merel guided us into a research of understanding ourselves. The training gives a lot of space for your personality and process. You rock guys, thank you!” - Berenice, France

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Body, like the mountain
Heart, like the ocean
Mind, like the sky. Dogen

Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

To fix me and therefore fix the world. Rogers

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.