• Who  

    Géraldine Gobert

    Mindfulness - Meditation - Self-compassion - Coaching - Neuroscience

    I started A Lotus Seed with the believe that each of us is its own best teacher, but can use guidance in making the mind fit for its purpose.

     

    The first retreat I did 10 years ago changed my life. It gave me the tools for an immense freedom in thoughts, body choices and actions.

     

    After years of own practice, I followed a 3 year intensive teacher-training course from the Institute of Mindfulness in Belgium. I also followed intensive courses in the fields of self-compassion, cognitive psychology, and integral life coaching. And I keep on learning every day!

     

    I facilitated mindfulness trainings for +1000 people, including companies like Louis Vuitton, Colruyt, Rogers Corporation, Odissee University of Brussels, CM, Provincie West-Vlaanderen, Thomas More, OCMW Brugge, Manager Magazine

    (in cooperation with I AM)

     

    And before that?

    I was taught by David Dewulf, Mark Williams - designer of the MBCT program - University of Oxford (UK), Christina Feldman & John Peacock - Insight Meditation Society (US), Chris Germer - Harvard Medical School (US), Kristin Neff - Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (US), as well as Monks in various monasteries across Europe and Asia. In Belgium I worked for the Institute of Mindfulness; coordinating events, projects, and scientific research about mindfulness.

     

    Before that, I lived in Portugal for several years. Studied economics, social entrepreneurship and innovation. Facilitated business and start-up events and supported community development for MakeSense.org in Gent and Brussels. I also lived in Sao Tomé (West coast of Africa), where I helped developing a Mircofinance program to support entrepreneurs.

    Anna Andrusiewicz

    Hatha - Iyengar - Yin - Nidra - yoga

    Yoga is given by Anna. She is a certified Hatha Yoga teacher and teaches slow flow classes with a strong foundation in classic, alignment-based Iyengar yoga. In the afternoon she also gives wonderful relaxing yin yoga and Nidra yoga sessions. Her style is powerfull, as well as gentle, and always compassionate.

     

    Anna's journey on the yoga mat has brought her closer to herself and opened her heart to her inner truth. Oh and besides that, she's a gentle and loving human being, nature and peace lover, and a great inspiration!

     

    She's originally from Poland, but has been traveling, working and meditating all over the world - especially in Portugal where we have met!

    Geraldine de la Vigne

    Massage & Reiki therapist

    Geraldine has been working as a holistic massage therapist for the past 5 years in Brussels and on different retreats around the world. She followed a 3 year intensive body-mind therapist education at Atmaram school in Brussels, she is a certified Reiki Usui practitioner and has a certification in Equine therapy from Louvain-La-Neuve.

     

    But more than tat, she has an inspirting personality embedding an exceptional kindness and compassion. During her treatments she can provide you with a deep relaxation state and dissolve any physical or emotional blockage that might be there.

     

    She has a special connection with Portugal too and goes surfing and traveling whenever she can.

  • Testimonials

    Jessy Zander - Radiant Heart Retreat - October 2017

    MAGIC!!! Although I already did a lot of workshops/courses but the content of this course was new to me and very appealing & inspiring. Geraldine adapted the content and the pace to the group, which was amazing. Beautiful booklet, which makes it easier to treat some themes again later on or at home. The location was absolutely magic. The food, as simple as it was, was nourishing for body & soul and I was grateful that I didn't have to think about grocery shopping and cooking for a week. For such a big group with so many, so different people Geraldine and the team managed extremely well to have a loving & caring group dynamic. It was heartwarming to connect deeper with some of the girls and I felt really safe. The timing of the retreat was excellent since we were able to enjoy a lot of energy from the sun, but still sleep well because of the colder nights. The possibility of having a massage by Géraldine de la Vigne was a gift from heaven! What she does with her hands is really magical.... I very much enjoyed the yoga classes by Ana, especially the yin yoga. The location were the yoga took place was really amazing, and I enjoyed the energy of sunrise/sunset even more! As I told you before we left, my 3 personal intentions for this retreat at the beginning of the week all came true: connect with others, self care, more clarity about my life goals. I even got a bonus: since I long time I was able to really FEEL again and not to be scared when I feel an emotion coming up... this made me stop smoking finally (I liked to literally burn my emotions before because I was so scared to be overwhelmed). Conclusion: I left Portugal with a radiant heart full of love, compassion, hope and inspiration, for which I am so grateful and A Lotus Seed deserves all the credits for this, THANKS!

    Fabian-Carlos Guhl - Germany - New Year's Retreat - Dec 2017

    This retreat was life changing for me. I met beautiful souls and minds including mine :) Geraldine and the entire team were doing an exceptional job at making us feel comfortable. Food was amazing healthy. Afterwards I had a hard time getting back into "real life". I can recommend this experience to everyone, who is seeking a deeper connection.​

    Melanie Golay Sunier from Switzerland - New Year's Retreat 2017

    An amazing week, that will remain forever in my soul, spirit & heart. Extraordinary organization and content, from practice to theory, meditation, yoga, delightful food in a beautiful place. I have learned so much about myself as an individual, whilst being part of a fantastic diverse group of people coming from all part of Europe. Thank you so much A Lotus Seed, and thank you Geraldine for being such a kind, loving, knowledgeable and compassionate person. I would definitely recommend anyone still hesitating in joining one of your retreat to go for it!​

    Sylvie Rockel from Brussels - Heart Radiant Retreat - October 2017

    Having avoided being confronted with myself and my feelings for most of my life this week was exactly what I needed and maybe subconsciously looked for: A week of bliss yet intensive work on myself. The retreat was excellent in every way from beginning till end: the organization, the duration, the remote location in a stunning environment, the delicious and nutritious food, the daily yoga sessions with Anna’s soothing voice, the option to get a Reiki massage as well as the love and care from all the people at the retreat center and in the group. I came with the idea to take a week off for some relaxation, slowing down and disconnecting from my daily life, including the Internet. I returned more connected to myself and with the realization that I can create my own “safe haven”. I had hoped to find answers to questions I never really dared to ask and left with insights about myself that go beyond these questions. I learned to accept myself the way I am and that this is not the same as not trying to improve and grow every day. Thank you for everyone, who helped, guided or just surrounded me during this journey! It would have not been possible without you.

    Fleur Naudts - Manager Volvo - Mindfulness Retreat - October 2016

    .... Fleur joined again in the Radian Heart Retreat - October 2017

    I had the feeling no words could describe how I had experienced my first mindfulness retreat. After the retreat I actually physically felt my heart had grown and I'm accepting my thoughts and feelings with more openness and gentleness. I'm very grateful for this experience!! 

    Myriam Foré from Belgium - Heart Radiant Retreat - October 2017

    Amazing retreat. Felt so relaxed. Everybody should do this once in a lifetime to stop your busy life for a week and go to your inner self and listen what it has to say.

    An Heyerick - Stad Gent - Mindfulness retreat - October 2016

    .... An joined again in the Radiant Heart Retreat - October 2017

    I had the most wonderful week in Portugal. I came with a troubled mind and left a happier person with a lot of clear insights and tools, not only to deal with difficult feelings, but also to better appreciate the beautiful moments. This week opened up my mind and my heart. I have met some beautiful people and the combination of morning yoga, intensive mindfulness sessions and time to relax and let everything sink in is really nice. Also the beautiful location and the tasty food make this week absolutely recommendable.

    Katia G.- Founder at Raisin Noir - Mindfulness Retreat - April 2016 - October 2016

    .... Katia joined again in the retreats of 2017 in Portugal and France

    On my first retreat, I enjoyed the space of breathing, the strength of feeling & acceptance, the freedom of being, the joy of silence, the beauty of nature, the experience of self-compassion… and I feel very grateful for it. I loved my first retreat so much that I went on other retreats with A Lotus Seed. Thanks for making me discover the mindfull path of meditation and teach me that above the mountain there are clouds that represent gentleness & kindness.

    Ineke - Team Manager - Mindfulness Retreat - April 2016

    The meditation week has started a whole process inside me. My awareness increased. I'm noticing more my emotions and thoughts. I learned giving space to emotions and experienced the usefulness of it. I learned to find peace.

    Matteo T. from Italy - ETB & Possiblility Management Coach - Mindfulness Retreat - April 2016

    A Lotus Seed Retreat has been an experience that I acces with my memory with pleasure, indulging in the soft and warm sensation that it left in my body and my mind. I’m deeply thankful to Geraldine for her work and for her clear and loveful space holding.

    Amaryllis Laenen - Talent Coach & Founder at Make it Work - Mindfulness training - June 2016

    Following a training with Geraldine, I learned useful tools and interesting insights which I'm still applying on a daily basis. She has impact and inspires and admire her unprejudiced and milde attitude. Now I stand with much more attention and focus in life!

  • Practicals

    Program, price, transport, reservation...

    Reserve your spot NOW !

    Program

    Group sessions, and an exploring afternoon ! 

    We start the day with a rejoicing alignment-based Iyengar yoga to strengthen your muscles and get energized to move more easily throughout the day. After a healthy breakfast, the morning mindfulness session forms the core of the program in which we'll meditate, reflect and learn about the broader context of brain, body and mind.

     

    In the afternoon, there is enough free time to explore the region, go to the beach, make some beautiful walks, read a good book, dive into the bio-pool, take a massage, or join in one of the group activities if you wish to. And there is also restorative/ ying yoga in the afternoon to relieve deep tension from the muscles with gentle passive stretching (except when there is a group activity planned).

     

    In the evening, there will be a relaxation session with reflection about the day and a moonlight walking.

     

    The program formally ends on Friday late evening the 27th of April or the 11th of October but you'll be able to have a nice breakfast and yoga session on the 7th in order to unwind before leaving to the airport.

    Your investment

    << Early birds till the 28th of February >> Choose your room!

    << €790>> instead of 850 pp for a shared room (4-6 persons)

    << €850 >> instead of €890 pp for a twin room (2 persons)

    << €990>> instead of €1050 pp for a suite (double bed & in-room bathroom)

    <<€1050>> instead of €1150 pp for a suite with heating (double bed & in-room bathroom)

     

    Prices include 21% VAT

     

    ** 10% discount if you join with a friend - without early birds.

     

    ** If you would like to join with more friends, contact me for a special offer!

     

    ** If you don't have the financial means but would like to participate, please let me know with what you would like to bring in return!

    Included

    One full week to rejoice your energy and clear your head!

    • 7 nights stay in an oasis of peace
    • 3 healthy (vegetarian) meals a day with local ingredients to detox your body
    • Integrated MBCT-MBSR course with 14 (2x7) mindful yoga sessions (1h/each), 6 morning mindfulness sessions (3h/each), 7 evening relax sessions (1h/each)
    • Course material
    • Optional group activities
    • Excluded: transport to and from the retreat center with shared rented cars, alcoholic or soft drinks, massage, ...

    Reserve your spot HERE !

    JOIN TODAY and get the early-birds price...

    Your reservation will only be complete after payment.

     

    ** Payments can be made by installments

     

    ** Cancellation policy:

    • more than 60 days - 70% refunded
    • 60 days -   60% 
    • 40 days - 50% 
    • 20 days -  30% 
    • 10 days  - 10% 
    • 7 days - no refund

    Transport

    We'll meet you in Lisbon!

    We meet at the airport of Lisbon and drive together to the retreat center.

     

    Rented cars can be shared among participants. Rental costs will be around 55-65 euros pp for a whole week. But there is also the possibility of renting your own car. This way you'll also have a car to explore the beautiful environment!

     

    Fly to Lisbon or Faro from all major cities in Europe.

    Estimated cost: €40-150 with low-cost (Ryanair - eg. from Zaventem Brussels airport -, Vueling or Easyjet - from Lille airport-) or €120-250 (Brussels Airlines, Tap Portugal or any other major airline).

     

    If you fly to Faro, there is also possibility of taking public transport.

     

    Tell us where you come from and we'll help you book your flights !

  • Watch

    Anne Bakker was one of the participants of the first Lotus Seed Retreat in Portugal, April 2016. He shares his experience through a movie he made...

    This was the first mindfulness retreat of 2-9 April 2016 !

    Take a look to feel the atmosphere..

    Memories of past mindfulness and heartfulness retreats in Portugal ♡

  • A Lotus Seed in the news

    On Portuguese news

    Publico, RTP, Time Out Lisboa

    Time Out Lisboa and newspaper Publico documented A Lotus Seed events with an article about meditation. And also RTP made a reportage about Meditation in the park in Lisbon.

    This session was part of a series of meditations in the parks of Gent, Brussels and Lisbon in the summer of 2016.

    Belgian Magazine Mingle

    Goed Gevoel, Liberale Mutualiteit

    Melanie described her first Lotus Seed retreat experience in a Belgian Lifestyle Magazine 'Goed Gevoel'. Another article points to the benefits of mindfulness and the retreat.

    A health fund in Belgium (Liberale Mutualiteit) found it was time to introduce its members to mindfulness too.

  • Science

    Meditation is also a training of your brain. It creates new networks and cells and activates certain parts of the brain linked with concentration, wellbeing, self-regulation, empathy, compassion, learning, memory and awareness and less so with parts linked to ego, fear and depressive feelings.

     

    So let's have a look at what science tells us...

  • Science in a nutshell

    FOCUS * ATTENTION * AWARENESS

     

    Focus & attention have far reaching consequences for your work, relationships, sports, daily activities… but is also linked to our ability to control impulses, emotions and achieve long-term goals. Meditation allows you to:

    • become aware and let go of distraction 
    • experience joy and gratitude with everyday activities by coming back to the present
    • keep mind-wandering in check and worry less
    • important for craving, addictions and creating new habits

    RESILIENCE * 

    MENTAL & PHYSICAL HEALTH

     

    Meditation has long-lasting effects on how you perceive and deal with reality and the challenge in your life:

    • resilience & significant decreases in fear, anxiety, stress and depressive symptoms 
    • regulation of negative self-beliefs 
    • intentially choose how to respond on emotions instead of responding impulsively
    • Improvement of sleep, immune system, blood pressure and physical pain (important for chronic pain diseases)

    CREATIVITY * INNOVATION

    EMPATHY * COMPASSION

     

    Non-reactive observation allows for new ideas and empathy to emerge and promotes:

    • cognitive flexibility and divergent thinking
    • ability to filter information in creative processes
    • empathy & more qualitative communication 
    • relating to other's states of minds, motivations, desires, ...
    • understanding and less conflict
    • appreciation for others
    • more compassion for others and yourself

    CONSISTENT WITH

    NEUROSCIENCE...

     

    After only 2 weeks, structural changes -volume and activity- have been observed in (among others):

    • PREFRONTAL CORTEX - overriding automatic behavior and regulating emotions, including stress and fear and enhancing empathy
    • ANTERIOR CINGULATE CORTEX - for focus, self-regulation, learning from past experiences, purposefully direct attention and behavior
    • ANTERIOR INSULA - bodily sensations, 'gut feeling' and empathy
    • AMYGDALA - responsible for automatic reactions, including fight or flight responses
    • HIPPOCAMPUS - resilience to stress, learning and memory
  • About A Lotus Seed

    A seed for your mind & body, wakening the heart.

    Who

    Hello, I'm Géraldine

    Over the years that I'm facilitating trainings and retreats, a lot of interesting persons, organizations, emotions and energies have crossed my path... super grateful! I started my own path into meditation about 10 years ago, and since then, it has impacted my life to the deepest level and the deepest cell in my veins... You can find more of my education here. I keep on learning and exploring and love to share what I have learned with others. Make sure to get my newsletter to stay up-to-date!

    Mindfulness, heartfulness, compassion & meditation

    We are passionate about the brain, body, mind & heart!

    A Lotus Seed believes in the plasticity of the brain, authentic and compassionate feeling of emotions and the strengthening of mind-body-heart connection for a life filled with focus, creativity and equanimity. All trainings are based on mindfulness and compassion trainings that have been showing changes in brain structures already after a couple of weeks (see 'science'). Trainings are in Dutch and English.

    Retreats & Trainings

    Belgium, Portugal, France, Brazil,...

    A Lotus Seed has a dream and that is making meditation, mindfulness, and compassion widespread available through Europe and the world.

     

    In Belgium, A Lotus Seed facilitates MBCT-MBSR trainings for public and company teams. The retreats in France, Portugal and Brazil are a one week emergence into meditation, mindfulness, heartfulness, yoga, walking, healthy food, sun, nature, and a fully embodied program to rejoice your mind, body and heart.

    Planting seeds in organizations, companies and schools

    Tailer-made integration

    Cultivating seeds in companies, organizations and schools has the potential to change the dynamic of your organization.

    Whether short or long courses, experience allows it to integrate it into the daily workings of your organization and adapt it to the context; whether it's for managers, entrepreneurs or employees; teachers or students.

    Meditation in the park!

    Summer vibes!

    Every summer we organize meditation in the park sessions in different cities... in 2015 there were daily sessions, in 2016 and 2017 we organized monthly sessions! Examples include: Gent 2015, Gent 2016, Brussels 2016, Lisbon 2016, Gent 2017

  • Blog

    Thoughts, musings, and ruminations. A weekly blog post will be posted from 2018 onwards!
    Make sure to receive an update by leaving your contact here

    A lot of the challenges we face in our body and heart, is often related to a lack of self-care. More specifically, the right type of self-care. We can go the doctor, take some meds, or remunerate on why we are feeling like this. While perhaps all that is really needed is a decent act of self...
    February 14, 2018
    Yesterday evening I received flowers from a participant. A very kind gesture. It was the last session. One in which we do my favorite meditation: loving kindness. A meditation in which you send loving wishes to yourself and others, including a person with which you have difficulties. Sending...
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