A mindfulness silent meditation retreat lasts around 3.5 to 4 hours. During these 3.5 hours we practice various mindful meditation exercises in silence (e.g. sitting / breathing meditation, mindful walking, mindful listening ). All exercises are guided by the trainer (who is talking for the instructions).
The idea of a silent mediation retreat The idea of a mindful silent retreat is unplugging, slowing down and creating awareness from moment to moment, such as your movements, your wandering mind, your response. Think about walking up or down the stairs, fully aware of all sensation while drinking a cup of tea or simply relax.
By embracing stillness, you will have the opportunity noticing better your state of mind, your bodily experiences or feelings.
What are we going to do?
We will start at 9.00 am and end at 13.00h. During the welcome talking is allowed. First the trainer will outline the details of the program. As soon there are no more questions, the signal for silence follows.
Meditations: We will practice various mindful meditations such as yoga, body scan, breathing meditation, mindful listening or seeing.
Breaks: Every meditation exercise is followed by a break. So you have the space and time for reflection, for walking around, eating, drinking and/or writing down some notes. (Depending on the time and the weather, an exercise can also take place outside.)
Ending: After 3.5 hours we will end the mediation exercises and the silence. During the last half an hour there is the possibility of sharing experiences. But you also have the choice taking the stillness with you by leaving quietly.
Who can join? It is recommended that you have some experience with meditation (such as mindfulness, zen, yoga mediation, vipassana etc.).
Practically - Wear some comfortable clothing that doesn't pinch (layers). - A pair of warm socks are always recommended. - And notepad (in case you want to write something down). - Bring your own lunch or snacks in case you get hungry.
We serve tea, water, coffee and cookies. Yoga-mats, pillows, and blankets are available at our location.