Saturday 15-22 October 2016
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
The basis is an integrated MBSR-MBCT* mindfulness program, which has been showing psychological and neurological benefits (see science section). A Lotus Seed Retreat gives special attention to neuroscience and fuels it with insights from Buddhist and Western psychology.
For beginners and meditators it's an ideal opportunity to delve into A Lotus Seed's theme: How can I let go of the old and make space for the new to arise.
Letting go of blockages, thinking patterns, impulses, stories, but also the overload in information and todo's
.... Making space in your mind, while strengthening the connection to your body
.... Identifying the choices that are the most aligned to who you are, between the endless possibilities
.... Tapping into the capacities and creativity that is already inside you
.... Developing a clear and focused mind
*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 as well in schools. A Lotus Seed integrates the latest research and forms a unique program.
Why would I go on a retreat?
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 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.
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 not too far from Portugal's wild scenic coast lines. It has everything you need: garden surrounded by 71 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.
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 his movie...
This week gave me some great insights into what I am dealing with and gave me time and space to explore them further. I greatly enjoyed being there
- Joachim Brackx - Global Sales Director at Loopingtales
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.
- Katia Gobert - Founder at Raisin Noir
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 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 mindful yoga, meditation or walking meditation session. After a healthy and tasty breakfast, the morning session forms the core of the program.
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.
In the evening, there will be a relaxation session and a moonlight walking.
Choose your budget!
^^Early birds price^^ if you book before the 15th of July!
^^€890^^ instead of €990 pp for a dorm room (4-6 people)
^^€950^^ instead of €1050 pp for a triple room
^^€990^^ instead of €1150 pp for a twin room
^^€1150^^ instead of €1250 pp for a suite (double bed & in-room bathroom)
Prices include VAT (21%).
** 10% reduction on the price if you join with two people. 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!
Note: A lotus seed is a social enterprise meaning that proceedings will be reinvested to increase awareness and impact (see About).
One full week to rejoice your energy and clear your head!
Reserve your spot HERE !
JOIN TODAY and get the early-birds price...
Your reservation will only be complete after payment.
- payments can be made in full or 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 and A Lotus Seed takes care of the rental logistics and damage waiver. Rental costs will be around 50 euros pp for a whole week.
Fly to Lisbon or Faro from all major cities in Europe.
Estimated cost: €40-150 with low-cost (Ryanair or Vueling) or €150-250 (Brussels Airlines or Tap)
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), 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, 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.
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.
A Lotus Seed = Social Enterprise
Reinvesting to increase impact
A Lotus Seed is a social enterprise, meaning that proceedings will be reinvested to:
* make a documentary about the integration into health care and medicine.
* develop longer term retreats for people with addictions who only have a clinical option as an alternative.