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5 Days Qigong and Taoist Meditation Retreat in The Netherlands

Erve Veldink, Eibergseweg 42, 7273 SR Haarlo, Netherlands

Tai Chi and Qigong Retreat in The Netherlands

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These five-day retreats are ideal for anyone who would like to explore the ancient Chinese self-care systems of Qigong and Tai Chi. These are both moving meditations based on slow movements and conscious breathing techniques. The retreats are held at Erve Veldink, a lovely course center based in an old farmstead with a history that goes back to the 14th century. Erve Veldink has been running and hosting self-development courses for the last 35 years. The center is in a peaceful, green setting in the eastern part of the Netherlands, not far from the German border. There is ample time during the retreat for walks in the countryside.

Meet the instructors

Stephan
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Highlights

  • Daily Taoist meditation session
  • Daily qigong and tai chi practice
  • Relaxation in a hot tub and wood-fired sauna
  • Optional daily activities including outings and guided walks
  • Chance to explore the great island of Bohuslän
  • 3 organic and vegetarian daily meals
  • Daily herbal teas, water, and coffee
  • 4 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Dutch, German, Swedish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 12
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Sauna
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Conference room
  • Free bicycle
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet

During this retreat, you will be staying in a renovated farmhouse, which is built in the 1800s. Standard accommodation will be in a shared dormitory. Options of double rooms (also for single occupancy) and either shared or single accommodation in one of the holiday flats are also available.

Program

Experience a relaxing and inspiring five-day retreat exploring the extraordinary world of Taoist mind and body practices. A fully-qualified instructor leads qigong, tai chi, and Taoist meditation sessions every morning and afternoon in a group yurt. Introduction to traditional Chinese healing herbs, Taoist diet and nutrition, as well as basic acupressure techniques are also included.

There will be at least one evening session with a local flair such as a live performance of Swedish folk music. Guided walks in the stunning, natural setting of Flatön and, optionally, renting a kayak for a day on the water are some of the nature-based activities available. The hot tub and wood-fired sauna are just the thing for a contemplative and rejuvenating time.

Sample schedule

  • 07:30 Qigong and Tai Chi in the course hall
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:15 Tai Chi related morning session
  • 10:30 Tea break followed by personal free time
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 Optional Taoist-related afternoon session
  • 16:30 Qigong in the in the course hall
  • 18:30 Dinner

There will be at least one evening session with music and tales.

Included excursions

If the weather permits there will be an afternoon excursion to a local forest.

Instructors

Stephan Wik

Location

The retreats are held at Erve Veldink, a lovely course center based in an old farmstead with a history that goes back to the 14th century. Erve Veldink has been running and hosting self-development courses for the last 35 years. The center is in a peaceful, green setting in the eastern part of the Netherlands, not far from the German border.

Food

All three daily meals are included in the price of this retreat. You will be served healthy vegetarian meals prepared with organic produce and ingredients that are locally sourced whenever possible. Herbal teas, delicious water from the deep well, and coffee are also provided. The meals are prepared in accordance with whatever dietary requirements you may have, so please advise Greenstones well in advance of your specifications.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Borrow a bike and go cycling around the area
  • Walk on one of the numerous signposted hiking paths

Spa treatments

Massage and craniosacral sessions available at an additional cost.

What's included

  • 5-day Qigong retreat
  • 4 nights accommodation (Mon - Thu)
  • Access to sauna
  • Daily teas, herbal teas, water, and coffees
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • Daily QiGong, Tai Chi, or Daoist healing
  • Arts sessions
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Use of a bicycle

What's not included

  • Airfare costs
  • Airport transfers
  • Any additional activities, services, or trips
  • Massages

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airports are Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) and Düsseldorf International Airport (DUS).

Arrival by train

The nearest train station (Ruurlo) is about two and a half hours from both.

Arrival by taxi

A taxi costs about 30 EUR to Erve Veldink from the train station.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16.94% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Availability

Arrival: Monday July 15, 2019
Departure: Friday July 19, 2019

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