New Year Retreat

Event Highlights

  • Morning and evening meditations in group setting
  • Optional one on one time with an experienced teacher
  • Enjoy self cooked meals from provided vegetarian and organic foods. Meals can be shared among guests, or choose to cook for yourself.
  • Our space borders on a nature reserve, offering a wonderful environment for outdoor reflection and enjoying a marvelous display of birds and other wildlife.
  • The energy and space we keep is always inclusive, safe, and accepting of all peoples wherever you may be on your path and whatever religion or belief you hold.


For our retreat guests, we will suggest a daily schedule encompassing times for meditation or prayer, contemplation, walks in nature, reading, creativity, and small talks to share and reflect upon the inner process. Guests are free to choose in how far they would like to follow our suggested schedule and participate in these activities.

It is also possible to (partly or completely) follow your own retreat rhythm or plan.

07:00 - 08:30: Sitting in Silence/Meditation (with group in meditation room or on your own // or Yoga, Tai-Chi, jogging, single-handedly)
08:30 - 09:30: Breakfast
09:30 - 10:30: Helping around the house or in the garden. This is completely voluntary. We believe that working a little bit with your hands can have beneficial effects on your retreat: grounding oneself a.o.
10:30 - 11:30: Mindful walk or jog in nature
11:30 - 12:30: Reading (Library of books available in English and German)
12:30 - 13:30: One-on-one talks and retreat supervision (according to your demand)
13:30 - 14:30: Lunch
14:30 - 15:30: Siesta/Nap
15:30 - 16:30: Mindful walk or jog / Garden meditation
16:30 - 17:30: Reading
17:30 - 18:30: Creative expression (Writing, Drawing, Dancing, Yoga, Dynamic Meditations, etc.)
18:30 - 19:30: Light Dinner
19:30 - 20:30: Reading / Contemplation / Answering Self-Reflectory Questions
21:00 - open end: Sitting in Silence / Meditation (with group in meditation room or on your own)

About This Event

One week for finding inner peace and serenity. Arriving at your inner center and taking a rest from normal life.
Hold a special space for yourself during this magical time when - as it is said - the veils between the inner and the outer world are lighter.

This is a single-person retreat.
There will be other people in the house - likewise on individual retreat.
According to your demand, qualified retreat supervision will be available.

For our retreat guests, we will suggest a daily schedule with times for meditation or prayer, contemplation, walks in nature, reading, creativity, and small talks to share and reflect upon the inner process. Guests are free to choose in how far they would like to follow our suggested schedule and participate in these activities. 

It is also possible to (partly or completely) follow your own retreat rhythm or plan.

Price includes:

Accommodation in duplex room (31sqm, shower bath) with lake viewOrganic vegetarian food (for self-preparation in our shared eat-in kitchen)Group meditationsRetreat supervision
Finding ourselves, we become unique, surrendering to love, we become one

Venue Highlights

We provide space and atmosphere for deep peace and silence.
Individual retreaters are very welcome. Silent retreats are possible. Group events just as well.
Inhabitants and guests usually form a loose community. Shared meals in the kitchens, authentic encounters, deep conversations are part of our daily life.
Guests are free to choose, how far they want to participate or stay for themselves.

The surrounding nature is truly beautiful. The number of large and rare birds around the center is quite unique for Germany: Eagles, hawks, falcons, bussards, red kites, marsh harriers, herons, cranes, storks, swans, flocks of geese and ducks and starlings and swallows, great owls, woodpeckers, sea gulls, kingfishers, bats and many more ... all of them can be seen from the house at different times of the year.

While you are surrounded by nature, the center is located just 25 min away from Hamburg City Center. You can also visit the city of Lubeck or the baltic sea within 35 minutes.


We provide three guest rooms - two of them duplex with a lower and an upper level, connected via an open spiral staircase.
The duplex rooms have a private bathroom included.
The third room is a single room with shower and sink. The bathroom is shared.

Towels, linens, and hairdryers are provided.

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


We do not offer prepared meals.
We provide a broad range of organic vegetarian ingredients for guests to prepare themselves what they need.
Cooking and food preparation can be done individually or with other guests (and sometimes the hosts).


By car:
Hamburg airport is 40 minutes away. Most people find the house easily with Google maps.

By public transportation:
Please, plan your local trip with (contact info blocked) (they have an English subpage).
Entering our address will give you the best way to get to our house. The bus stop, 30m away from the house, is called 'Hoisdorf, Alte Schmiede'. Getting here from the airport usually takes around 1 h if you get the best connections.

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  Write a review - tell others about your experience.

  • Shelly Wu   April 30, 2019

      Best retreat center ever

    Definitely a place I would visit AGAIN AND AGAIN in my entire life. The natural reserve region provides rich ecology, with pleasing view of lake, sunshine and starry night in the garden, four lovely cats, two brilliant hosts...Little Paradise is just like an independent and isolated time space in this civilized and complex world. Having spent 2 weeks here, I would say the best experience is always beyond words. You don't need to find peace, peace finds you here:)

  • Jade Lrr   February 20, 2019

      A real Little Paradise...

    Little Paradise is an amazing place and I enjoyed a lot my 3 weeks in this beautiful house. Expect stillness and silence, but also very nice people and interesting discussions. I was not on retreat but participated in every morning and evening meditations: wonderful experience ! The garden and surroundings are beautiful too, many walks or biking trips are possible. Thank you again, Maria and Antje !

  • Signe Ho   January 13, 2019

      Not meditation

    .... Not anything to do with meditation.

  • alice   May 01, 2018

      Lovely place to stay close to Hamburg

    Will recommend to anyone who wants to have a peaceful stay close Hamburg!

  • Julianne Griffin   April 12, 2018

      Little Paradise

    Little Paradise is a wonderful place to take stock and reconnect to you core self. Surrounded by the beauty of nature it is also perfect for allowing yourself to relax and unwind in a tranquil setting. Would recommend to anyone who feels the need to stop slow down and reconnect with themselves and the rhythms of life.

  • Helena Gram   March 31, 2018

      If you want to be relax, connected with nature and find harmony this is your place

    I spent a few days at this guesthouse. I though that was going to be just a relaxing experience to save energy to get back to routine. But it was more than that. I did meditations in the morning and afternoon, I ate so good productos, organic, ecological food, I started to sleep better that I used to do it, I met new and interesting people and everyday I took a walk to do exercise and enjoy nature. This house is really a little paradise. You have your own space, but also a sharing space with self-aware persons that helps you to mature. For anybody who wants to be reconnected with the nature and the world this is the perfect place, no doubt.

Thank you!

We're glad you've joined our retreat community. See you around :)

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Why Retreat?

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

I teach yoga part time and am a mom of two toddlers full time. I love my life, but goodness do I need a break. My husband and I have been putting off our wedding ceremony for 4 years because life has gotten in the way. We haven't had a single night alone since our family has grown. I wouldn't change a thing about our lives now, but it would be so wonderful to remember what it's like to 'just be us.' Antrim

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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