• Delve into being: Portugal

    15-22 October 2016

    Travel and explore while learning the core of mindfulness meditation

     

    ...we'll delve deeper into this year's retreat theme:

    How can we truly let go of the old to make space for the new to arise?

     

    Letting go of blockages, thinking patterns, impulses, stories, but also of the overload in information and todo's....

    Making space in the mind, while coming closer to our body.

     

    I am interested!

     

    ps: Want to enjoy the early birds price? Apply for your spot >> HERE <<

     

  • Watch

    This was the retreat of 2-9 April 2016 ! Take a look to feel the atmosphere...

  • Testimonials

    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...

  • 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

     

  • Practicals

    Program, price, transport, reservation...

    Reserve your spot NOW !

    Program

    Group sessions, and an exploring afternoon ! 

    We start the day with a rejoicing mindful yoga. 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 21st of August!

    ^^€790^^ instead of €850 pp for a dorm room (4-6 people)

    ^^€850^^ instead of €890 pp for a triple room

    ^^€890^^ instead of €950 pp for a twin room

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

     

    Prices include 21% VAT.

     

    ** 10% reduction on the price if you join with two people or if you are living and working in Portugal. If you would like to join with more friends, contact me for a special offer! without early birds

     

    ** 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).

     

    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 7 mindful yoga sessions (1h/each), 7 morning meditation & group discussion 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

    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 30 days - 70% refunded
    • 30 days -   60% 
    • 20 days - 50% 
    • 10 days -  30% 
    • 7 days or less - 10% 

    Transport

    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 65 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, Vueling or Easyjet) or €120-250 (Brussels Airlines or Tap Portugal)

     

    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 !

  • Who  

    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?

    My experience

    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, 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.

  • 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 

    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.

    Mindfulness & meditation

    Science-based

    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.

    Retreats

    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

    Tailer-made integration

    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.

    * organize daily meditation sittings in the park, and create a community of meditators in a given city: Gent 2015,

    Gent 2016, Brussels 2016, Lisbon 2016

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