21-28 April 2017
Start your application HERE...
**also possible to arrive on Saturday 22nd**
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
A neuro-science based program integrating the full MBSR-MBCT* mindfulness meditation, (self-)compassion program and positive neuro-plasticity practices. In the morning there is also yoga to wake up energetically and in the afternoon you can follow another yoga class to stretch your body and energize or take a therapeutic massage.
These practices have been showing psychological and neurological benefits, activating brain parts linked to focus, awareness, creativity, positive feelings, cognitive flexibility, and empathy & compassion for yourself and others (see science section).
Suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators, we'll learn
*MBSR-MBCT is a combination of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness-based cognitive training (MBCT), and are the most widely researched meditation programs in the world. It's used in companies, hospitals and schools. Compassion and positive neuro-plasticity are the most recent researched fields and complements mindfulness in strengthening positive neural pathways. A Lotus Seed integrates both.
Why would I go on a retreat?
Going on a retreat allows you to become fully emerged in the program without distractions or thinking about time, food or others. It allows you to train your mind for concentration and awareness; essential for deep rooted transformations.
Meditation and self-exploration is not always easy. It requires effort and intention, even when you don’t 'feel like it’. These moments is often when we get stuck because we are so often enslaved to our thoughts and feelings.
Going on a retreat can give you the extra support you need and is a powerful step in the exploration of your inner journey. Participants say a process started after joining the retreat, bringing clarity and focus to their thoughts, emotions and life.
A LOTUS SEED RETREAT
With A Lotus Seed you can count on extensive expertise, and the spirit and warmth of the community !
We focus on the brain, mind, body, and heart and the linkages between. We believe in the power of bringing neuroscience, compassion practices and the linkage between Eastern and Western psychology into the picture for a holistic understanding. We start from experience rather than theoretical and mental constructs.
But A Lotus Seed Retreat is also vacation... located in the midst of Portugal's most beautiful nature, within the Natural Reservation Park of Costa Vicentina, and 10 mins drive from Portugal's wild scenic coast lines. It has everything you need: garden surrounded by 75 hectare of nature to make beautiful walks, a bio-pool to refresh afterwards, a massage hut in the middle of nature, and a meditation-, yoga- and relaxing hall. On top of that, you'll be served amazingly fresh and healthy biological food. And in the surroundings you can even go surfing, or horse riding, walk parts of the 'Rota Sao Vicentina' trail along the coast, or just stay on the retreat spot to enjoy a lovely masage, read a good book and take a well-deserved rest.
This was the retreat of 2-9 April 2016 ! Take a look to feel the atmosphere...
Take a look and enjoy!
Anne shares his experience....
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...
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 a second one! I 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 Gobert - Founder at Raisin Noir
This week gave me some great insights into what I am dealing with and gave me time and space to explore them further!
- Joachim Brackx - Global Sales Director at Loopingtales
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.
- Ineke Vanobbergen - Team Manager
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.
- Matteo Tangi - ETB & Possiblility Management Coach
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!
- Amaryllis Laenen - Talent Coach & Founder at Make it Work
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.
In the evening, there will be a relaxation session with reflection about the day and a moonlight walking.
Choose your budget!
Choose your room!
€850 pp for a dorm room (4 people)
€890 pp for a triple room
€950 pp for a twin room (with the possibility of sleeping alone)
€1050 pp for a luxurious bungalow in the middle of nature (double bed and sofas but bathroom further away)
€1150 pp for a suite (double bed & in-room bathroom)
Prices include 21% VAT
** Bringing a friend? Living and working in Portugal? Or arriving on Saturday the 22nd instead of 21st? 10% reduction!
** If you would like to join with more friends, contact me for a special offer!
** If you cannot afford it, but would like to participate, contact me!
One full week to rejoice your energy and clear your head!
Reserve your spot HERE !
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Your reservation will only be complete after payment.
** Payments can be made by installments
** Cancellation policy:
We'll meet you in Lisbon!
We meet at the airport of Lisbon and drive together to the retreat center.
Rented cars will be shared among participants. Rental costs will be around 75 euros pp for a whole week. 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 !
Hi ! I'm Géraldine Gobert !
I would love to meet you ! In words, in silence,
in eyes, or in the heart
I believe that each of us is its own best teacher, but can use guidance in making the mind fit for its purpose. I see myself as a guide on your path, rather than a teacher.
The first retreat I did changed my life. It gave me an immense freedom to let go and intentionally choose to direct my attention with more compassion. It became my anchor in the midst of challenges and it keeps surprising me, day by day.
I want to make it accessible to a wider public, not only for individuals, but also for a society in transition.
A sustainable and compassionate society; is what I dream of. Will you be joining me?
Integrated into companies, schools and public trainings.
After years of own practice, I followed a 2 year intensive teacher-training course from the Institute of Mindfulness in Belgium.
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 am facilitating workshops and trainings for public, and organizations, of which previously: Colruyt, Rogers Corporation, Odissee University of Brussels, CM, Provincie West-Vlaanderen, Thomas More, OCMW Brugge, Louis Vuitton, Manager Magazine
(in cooperation with I AM)
And before that?
Portugal. Sao Tome. Social entrepreneurship. Innovation. Economics.
Lived in Portugal for several years. Studied Economics. Became excited about social entrepreneurship and Innovation too. Lived also in Sao Tomé (West coast of Africa), where I helped developing a Mircofinance program to support small entrepreneurs.
In Belgium I worked for the Institute of Mindfulness; coordinating events, projects, and scientific research about mindfulness.
In my free time, I facilitated creative processes and events for social innovators and entrepreneurs; and as a member of makesense.org supported community development in Gent and Brussels.
In the news!
On Portuguese news!
Publico, RTP, Time Out Lisboa
It started with Time Out Lisboa and newspaper Publico documenting the events with an article about meditation and A Lotus Seed. The week after National television channel RTP made a reportage about Meditation in the park in Lisbon.
These 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
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:
MENTAL & PHYSICAL HEALTH
Meditation has long-lasting effects on how you perceive and deal with reality and the challenge in your life:
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:
After only 2 weeks, structural changes -volume and activity- have been observed in (among others):
About A Lotus Seed
A seed for your mind & body, wakening the heart.
Mindfulness & meditation
All trainings are based on scientifically investigated 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.
Portugal, Brazil, Sao Tomé e Principe, ....
One week of emergence into meditation and mindfulness, yoga, walking, healthy food, sun, nature, and a fully embodied program to rejoice your mind, body and heart.
It's an opportunity to learn how to train your brain all the while opening your mind and heart to a new environment in one of our unique destinations across the globe.
Planting seeds in organizations, companies and schools
Cultivating seeds in companies, organizations and schools has the potential to change the dynamic of your organization, provided it is well guided.
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.
Let's start this path together!
I'll be happy to welcome you to our lotus community
& inform you about upcoming events.
Signing up for the retreat, meditation in the park or just a question?
Let me know in the message!