2-night "Happy Brain" Weekend Retreat

About us

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 practice. 

Based on the neurobiology of learning, Dr. Rick Hanson has developed a simple method called "HEAL" for taking in the good.

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 personal growth and spiritual practice, who would like to enhance its effect and who would like to deepen a sense of peace, joy, and love. 

On the first day, I kept falling asleep, but the next day it was already better. I feel much more centered now, more calm. My friends have already remarked it! As a matter of fact, what I’ve noticed is that I don’t worry so much about the hectic times that are coming anymore. Before, I kept picturing in my mind how difficult it was going to be, but now I take things more as they come, and that’s a much calmer state to be in. I have tried to incorporate mindfulness into my daily life, and this kind of retreats really helps.

Event Highlights

  • Mindfulness meditations.
  • Mindful yoga.
  • Teaching on positive neuroplasticity and the functioning of the brain
  • Understanding and practicising of the HEAL method by Rick Hanson
  • Practical exercises and sharing in small groups.
  • A beautiful location in the countryside where you can unwind.
  • Tasty organic vegetarian food.
  • A group of likeminded people.
  • Exclusive use of the whole location.
  • Beautiful rooms with private bathrooms.

Venue Highlights

The retreat will take place in "The Abode", a former farm in the peaceful Flemish Pajottenland with sheep and cows around.
The location is a haven of peace and calm. The hosts, Inge and Hugo are yogis and prepare the food with lots of love and care. The food is very tasty, organic and homemade. Tea, coffee, fruit and snacks are available throughout the retreat.

Amenities

  • Free Parking
  • Coffee/Tea

Schedule

Friday
19.00 - Arrivals - check-in
20.00 - Introduction, opening meditation and relaxation

Saturday
8.00 - 9.00 Mindful yoga & meditation
9.00 - 10.00 Breakfast
10.30 How to grow resources in the brain and the mind
11.30 Tea time
11.45 How to turn a good experience into an inner resource: The HEAL method
13.00 Exploring lunch with all our senses
14.30 Mindful walk using all our senses and practising taking in the good (with Hugo Boon, yoga teacher and owner of the "Abode")
In case of bad weather: Nourishing yoga and relaxation session with Hugo Boon.
17.00 Tea time and dessert
18.30 Delicious Dinner
19.30 Experiencing key resources, including relaxation and sharing
21.30 End of day

Sunday
8.00 Yoga and meditation
9.00 Breakfast: starting the day with healthy food
10.00 Growing strengths for safety
10.45 Tea time
11.00 Growing strengths for satisfaction
12.30 Mindful lunch
13.30 Mindful walking
14.00 Growing strengths for connection
14.30 Wrap-up, final meditation, sharing
16.00 Enjoying tea and cake together
16.30 End

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free

Menu/Cuisine

Delicious vegetarian Food.

Accommodations

Twin bedrooms. The rooms are spacious, eco-friendly, and very comfortable with private bathrooms.
The beautiful location with its cosy living room, library, the courtyard and the meditation hall are for exclusive use for the participants of the retreat.

Tags: meditation yoga

Thank you!

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Why Retreat?

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

Relaxation. Ashley
 

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.

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