Retreats - Mindfulness and Yoga

Mindfulness Journeys integrates meditation and yoga teachings, and provides retreats with a love for travel, culture, food, and nature activities.

  • Brussels, Belgium
Limited availability

Speaks English

from US$1,976
from US$1,976
Price for:

7 days / 6 nights

Limited availability

Speaks English

from US$1,813
from US$1,813
Price for:

8 days / 7 nights

Brian Hilliard

Brian carefully and expertly guides beginners and experienced meditators through all the steps of mindfulness meditation. He provides lots of opportunities for you to build on strengths and let go of weaknesses, while inviting you to engage in solitary connection with yourself, and warm and friendly group interaction. At 18, Brian got life-changing teachings from the great Tibetan master Chőgyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Following many advanced seminaries and years of training, Brian completed the traditional Tibetan three-year retreat, and has studied and taught mindfulness for over 35 years.

Gina Hardy

Gina practices and teaches yoga in the UK and Europe for over 20 years. She qualified with distinction as a teacher in 2008 and is a member of the Independent Yoga Network in the UK. Her teaching style is grounded in Hatha and Yin yoga, and she focuses on listening to the body and exploring how to find the yoga practice that is perfect for each person. Gina's style is grounded, clear, and very informative. Gina has a solid foundation of yoga experience along with inspiring teaching that uplifts and nurtures.

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  • Review by Lisa G. from Scoraig, Scotland

    "I liked the relaxed atmosphere, the caring attitude from both of you. A definate feeling of the space being held with love and gentleness. The general ambience also."

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  • Review by Kim S. from UK

    "The ambiance created by the two of you. You both bring unique and special qualities to the experience. A good balance of teaching and demonstration while keeping and holding a relaxed, caring and fun atmosphere."

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  • Review by Anina H. from UK

    "What makes this retreat unique?"

    "The individuals Brian and Shannon taking care of us. Talking us through the process of meditation and mindfulness."

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  • Review by Rose O. from UK

    "What makes this retreat unique?"

    "Just how lovely you, Shannon and Brian are!"

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  • Review by Mary L. from UK

    "I really liked the structure of the week. I felt totally safe to hand over all responsibility to you. I loved the gentle development of the disciplines of mindfulness, running and yoga. I enjoyed the breaks in the afternoon."

    "I’ve never been on a retreat before so I can’t compare to others, but for me it’s about the people running it and the way you’ve shared your time and knowledge with us both on the study element but also at meals and in Marrakech. It felt very welcoming and inclusive."

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Testimonials

  • Review by Jeremy Lazell from UK

    "As a travel writer with 20 years experience, my trip with Mindfulness Journeys to Morocco was the best week of my professional life. Gentle and warm, but also highly professional and organised, Brian and Shannon were superb teachers and infectiously generous people: I came away feeling extraordinarily relaxed and refreshed, armed with a set of meditation skills that I still use every day, six months after the trip. It would be no exaggeration to say that the trip changed my life."

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  • Review by Brian and Anita H. from London, United Kingdom

    "The location, beautiful surroundings, food, and atmosphere were amazing. The size of the group and dynamics were perfect. The meditation instruction was incredibly helpful, and unfolded nicely at a great pace. We also liked not being connected to the world of digital and phone. Brian and Shannon complement each other very well. This was a lot more intimate than other retreats. There were great discussions, openness and maturity by the whole group."

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  • Review by Becky S. from Birmingham, United Kingdom

    "In the last few years I had completed half marathons, triathlons and two marathons. I was struggling though, instead of flying I was stumbling; I was losing the love for running. Then I came across a briefing in the Sunday Times, how to improve your running through meditation. I had never meditated before, but was open to the idea especially with only 4 weeks to go to the London Marathon. The Morocco retreat was incredible, and I strongly recommend it. From the time of arriving, I instantly fell in love with the place, and at peace, partly because Shannon was there to ensure I was comfortable from day one to the end, but also the setting for the week was beautiful. Surrounded by mountains, spectacular sunrises, delicious food, lovely people and with no contact with reality, it was picture perfect. Then came Brian, in his quiet intellectual, unassuming, gentle manner, working his magical charm through his skilful meditation techniques, he managed to transform and help me find my way and focus again. I could breathe, see clear light and felt completely energised. Truly amazing things can happen when you open your mind to meditation, not to mention the fact that I had the best race of my life in the London Marathon 2016, my running mojo had returned…Thank you Brian and Shannon."

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  • Review by Michael N. from London, United Kingdom

    "I liked the rigour of physical practice and the discipline of several hours a day meditating with the teaching gradually deepening my practice. The sharing in the group intensified the experiences and liberated my emotions. Brian’s teaching and Shannon’s care for us made the retreat truly unique."

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  • Review by Jo L. from London, United Kingdom

    "I had come to a time in my life when I needed to spend time for just “me”. As I have spent many years practising Tai Chi and Pilates, and have always wanted to visit Morocco, it seemed perfect. It was an experience I will never forget: meeting Shannon and learning from the true expert Brian in the magical desert of Morocco and it’s ring of Atlas Mountains. By the end of the week I felt fully recharged, lighter in my emotions, and truly ready with bounds of confidence and strength to face the world again. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is looking to switch off and find themself."

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  • Review by Sara from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "The retreat was incredible. I was held by both of you from the moment of my first email, through to meeting up with you at the airport, to that first session on the first day. I am ever so grateful. Grateful for your love and your care, your teachings and your taste. Grateful for the conditions you created for me to be held. And you should be really proud. Thank you so very much. What an incredible experience. This trip was precisely what I needed and will likely need again in May or September in Greece."

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  • Review by Jane
    10 out of 10

    "It was unbelievable! In 25 years of travel writing Ive never experienced anything like it. Thank you."

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  • Review by Ralph from Amsterdam, the Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "During my one month retreat Brian patiently watched me drop the mental baggage that I brought in from my wordly life. As my sensitivity increased while opening up, he kindly and skillfully led me to a more confident attitude towards my being."

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  • Review by Olga from Barcelona, Spain
    10 out of 10

    "Brian Hilliard as a teacher is fully present and creates an open space that allowed me to cultivate mindfulness and awareness. He has a kind, clear and precise way of communicating. His powerful and accurate questioning aroused my curiosity and made me explore deeply. His listening nourished me in my personal process of integration. I really appreciate Brians generosity, wisdom, skill and creative approach to interaction. I highly recommend him for one-to-one and group teachings."

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  • Review by Mimi from Ireland
    10 out of 10

    "Brian Hilliards teachings are infused with his decades of practice and study of meditation. He is the real deal. Insightful, wise, funny, he shows us how the profound teachings are helpful in navigating our everyday lives. Brian is also a gracious host, providing good food and conversation. Taking a Mindfulness Journey with him is magical."

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