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A silent retreat (residential or non-residential) organised by Brussels Mindfulness, for everyone who wishes to have more kindness and compassion in their life and to increase their wellbeing.

Ideal for people who have done a mindfulness or a follow-up Mindfulness & Heartfulness course and want to refresh or deepen the meditations – and for everyone who would like to take a rest and connect to your own warm heart and inner peace.

With Steve Savels (mindfulness & heartfulness teacher) and myself.


Since you were a child you may have learned that in order to be successful in life, you need to be hard on yourself. We are taught that being self-critical is the best way to improve ourselves. And this attitude may have indeed brought you some success.

But, at the same time, we often also develop an inner harshness towards ourselves. Our inner critic becomes so strong over time that our achievements never seem to be good enough, something always pushes us forward to the next goal. This can be exhausting. And it blocks us from enjoying our life.

The inner critic may even turn into an inner bully, repeating the message over and over again that you are not good enough, that there is something wrong with you. Which can have a paralysing effect, keeping you from actually doing the things you would most like to do.

The practice of heartfulness – in addition to mindfulness – helps to develop an inner kindness to counterbalance the inner harshness.

One of the biggest misunderstandings is that this would make you soft or passive. The contrary proves to be true: kindness and compassion often provide a much more fertile ground that can allow you to be more active and do the things that truly matter to you.

In this retreat you will explore some specific heartfulness meditations, together with other mindfulness practices. You will tap into your own sources of inner healing and your inherent abillity for mindfulness so that you can feel resourced afterwards.

Instructions will be given in English.


What to expect

  • Mindfulness & heartfulness meditations.
  • Mindful yoga.
  • Teachings on how to cultivate kindness and compassion in your life.
  • Practical exercises and sharing in small groups.
  • A beautiful location in the countryside where you can unwind.
  • Tasty organic vegetarian food.
  • The power of a group of like-minded people willing to learn and practice together.
  • A resourcing guided walk in the beautiful countryside.
  • An ayurvedic massage (optional)

Scientificilaly proven benefits of self-compassion

  • Reduced feeling of anxiety, stress and rumination
  • Increased sense of self-worth and confidence
  • Greater sense of wellbeing and calm
  • Increased happiness
  • Increased feeling of social connection
  • Improved emotional resilience and decrease of risk for burnout
  • An improved ability for positive aging


What you walk away with

  • A set of mindfulness & heartfulness meditations for more kindness and compassion in your life.
  • A renewed ability to connect to your own sources of deep joy, love and calm.
  • An ability to grow resources within yourself helping you to become more resilient.
  • New ideas and inspiration on how to deepen your mindfulness and compassion practice.
  • Some new friends who are interested in personal growth and compassion

The teacher

Steve Savels is an experienced mindfulness teacher who has led many retreats and days of mindfulness. People appreciate his gentle and calm style with lots of humour. He is a also certified teacher of the Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living (MBCL) programme.

Extra: massages available

I will offer Ayurvedic therapeutic massages (body and head) during this retreat. These massages offer a wonderful opportunity to deepen your relaxation and get more in touch with your body.

Once you have registered, in the weeks before the retreat, you will receive more information about how to book a specific slot.


Click here or more information and registration.


See you there!