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, 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 (walk-in: from 8.45am) and end at 12.30/13.00h. During the welcome talking is allowed. First the teacher will outline the details of the program. As soon there are no more questions, the signal for silence follows. Note: Our teachers guide you through the entire retreat. Thus they are talking for instructions and keep an eye on you, so you are not lost.
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'll 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?
The silent meeting is open to anyone (men and women) who is somewhat familiar with meditation (such as mindfulness, zen, yoga meditation, vipassana, etc.).
- Wear some comfortable clothing that doesn't pinch (layers). - A pair of warm socks are always recommended. - A notepad (in case you want to write something down= empty your head). - Bring your own lunch or snacks in case you get hungry.
We serve tea, water, coffee, fruit and cookies.
Yoga-mats, blankets, meditation kussens are available at our center.
Date: 19th November 2023 (Sunday morning)
Time: Walking-in 8.45am| Start 9.00am| End 12.30| Optional discussion: till 13.00pm
Terms & Conditions Tickets are not refundable 7 days prior to the event date. You can cancel up to 7 days before the event. Mindfulness Center Haarlem always charges € 5,- cancellation and administration costs for this ticket service usage.
Refunds are not possible if cancellation is made within 7 days before the event. You may, in consultation, have someone else come in your place.
Each silent meeting reservation is unique and will provide access to the meeting in one place. If misuse (by copying tickets) takes place, all tickets will be cancelled.
Alexandra (German) is a certified mindfulness trainer (category 1).
As an expert on themes related to stress management she is frequently invited as speaker or trainer in organisations or events. She works annually with up to 200 clients from various levels of professional and cultural background.
“Given my former profession as a communications manager you can expect a down-to-earth and structured approach in my trainings. I always try to offer a mixture of interactive discussion, exercises, theoretical content – all with a great dose of humour.”