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Yoga Retreat in Belgium

Connect deeply with nature in and around you. During this retreat, you will stay for a week in a tent community in the magical forests of the Ardennes. You explore outdoor meditation, yoga and make deep contact with the outside world around you through nature connection exercises, silent walks, and moments of reflection. You will completely relax and live off-grid, not having to deal with modern-day life or stressful input. You will extensively

connect with yourself and your own wild nature.

Meet the instructors

Laura & Sophie
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Highlights

  • Daily silent meditation and yoga
  • Deep and respectful connection to the forest
  • Day walks to beautiful natural places in the area
  • Time to relax on the way (swimming in a river, campfire)
  • Living in a community in a natural place
  • Reflection moments and simple rituals
  • 5 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

6 days with instruction
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Accommodation

During the forest retreat, you spend a whole week on a piece of forest land of Chamai in the picturesque village of Hodister, in the vicinity of the Ourthe valley. There is a communal shelter for meditating, cooking, and gathering in the community. You sleep in your own covered hammock or tent around this communal shelter, in the forest. You can borrow a hammock with a tarp on request from the organization.

You carry your own stuff in your backpack to the forest. On the first and last day of the program, you will spend the night at the Chamai retreat center. There you spend the night in a shared room per two or three or in a sleeping loft. You can also spend the night in your own tent or hammock in the garden.

Program

Every day you go out and discover new places in the wooded area, and you make a day trip to a beautiful location nearby. Being together as a community in nature gives you renewed confidence in yourself because we support each other in the simple everyday tasks. These daily activities become part of our meditation practice. In this way you naturally become “aware” of who you are, what you want in your life. And how you can reconnect more with this Greater Presence. We actively support you to "embrace" your own presence.

Experience

  • Morning meditation and yoga
  • Time in silence with the group and solo time in the woods
  • Deep and respectful connection to the forest
  • Living in a community in a natural place
  • Connecting with your wild, natural self
  • Day walks to beautiful natural places in the area
  • Reflection moments and simple rituals
  • Overnight stays with the group in the forest and cooking on the campfire
  • Learning from nature skills such as making fire, knotting shelters, wild edible
  • plants
  • Time to relax on the way (swimming in a river, campfire)
  • Digital detox

Itinerary

You start the day in silence with reflection, meditation, and yoga in the communal shelter. Then you have breakfast together. Each of the participants and guides takes on a task every day in the camp in the morning or in the evening: gathering wood, fetch water, make a fire, cook, do the dishes.

After breakfast, you have a sharing circle, after which you either leave for a day trip or explore the forests in the area. Sometimes you meditate with a question or a reflection in silence, sometimes we do this in conversation, with a specific assignment or exercise to connect more deeply with your own wild nature.

In between we stop every now and then for a break at a nice place and to have something to snack on. Towards noon we have a longer stop for lunch followed by a session of nature teachings. Towards the later afternoon, you return to the camp, after which you cook and eat together by the campfire. The evenings are usually free, but occasionally you also hold a ceremony by the fire.

Overview of the days

Day 1: Finding grounding on the earth

  • 15.30 Arrival at Chamai Retreat Center
  • 16.30 Introductory meeting and practical agreements
  • 18.30 Supper
  • 19.30 Free evening

Day 2 to day 6: Connecting and being together in the open air

  • 08.00 Silence meditation and yoga
  • 09.15 Breakfast
  • 10.00 Day program: hiking, nature connection exercises, activities, solo time
  • 12.30 Lunch with nature teachings
  • 13.00 Day program: hiking, nature connection exercises, activities, solo time
  • 17.00 Return to camp
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Free evening around the campfire with songs, music
  • Return on the evening of day 5 to the Chamai Retreat Center. Dinner and overnight stay on site in shared rooms or in the tent.

Day 6: Return to your home

  • 07.30 Silent meditation and yoga
  • 08.30 Breakfast
  • 10.00 Integration and last part circle
  • 11.30 Goodbye

Instructors

Laura Jonker

Sophie vanden Kerckhove

Location

The retreat takes place in a wooded spot in the forests of the Belgian Ardennes, near the picturesque village of Hodister. During the first and last night, you will spend the night at

the Chamai retreat center, in the village of Hodister in shared rooms or in your own tent in the garden.

Food

During the retreat, Zijn Vol Zin prepares meals from fresh (as much as possible) organic and fair trade ingredients. You eat vegetarian or vegan. The meals are simple and nutritious, with

the intention of warming and satiating.

  • In the morning delicious porridge with seeds and fruit
  • In the afternoon bread with spreads and vegetables
  • In the evening a warm dinner and now and then a dessert
  • Snacks

If you have special dietary requirements, you can indicate this when making a reservation. It is best to bring extra snacks such as muesli bars and fruit bars yourself.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Raw food
  • Lactose Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 5 overnight stays (3 nights in the forest)
  • Teachings
  • Ceremonies
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

What's not included

  • Pickup service and pick-up service
  • Airline tickets

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by train

Transit ticket from Bxl airport to Bxl central. From there you can take the Arlon - Luxembourg train and get off at Marloie station. Zijn Vol Zin will pick you up (cost 10 EUR) or carpool at Marloie station.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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6 days / 5 nights
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Sunday June 5, 2022
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