Mindfulness 'Stress Reduction' Weekend in a Tibetan Monastery, Huy (Belgium)

The yoga & Mindfulness weekend retreats are held in the Tibetan Monastery Yeunten Ling in Huy, in the beautiful green surroundings of the Belgian Ardennes. A beautiful monastery, adapted to today's requirements.
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There is a lot of stress in Western society. Doing more with fewer people seems to be a normal new norm. Profit maximization remains number 1 instead of profit optimization in combination with attention to human well-being. Through social media, the world and beyond has become open and transparent and we are overwhelmed with an enormous amount of information and communication. We want a good balance between our private and business activities but we are not successful.

Where are you in the graph of work quantity and work pressure?

Yoga en Mindfulness Weekend Retraite Werkdruk 

To be able to relax and learn on a deeper layer, this weekend has been specially composed with the following components ( see program )

The starting point of the retreat is stillness, depth relaxation, energy building, insight knowledge and wisdom. In addition to individual inner vision, there is also room for sharing and connecting with each other if you wish. During the yoga & amp; mindfulness weekend different yoga techniques and mindfulness meditations are combined with each other, to bring depth to yourself and to experience how both reinforce each other in operation. You will become acquainted with a mix of hatha yoga, Tibetan yoga, Chi Kong, mindfulness, meditation, breathing exercises and rituals. The weekend is for both beginners and advanced.

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Yoga ensures a healthy and relaxed body and thus paves the way for a deeper inner vision and feeling. We examine and experience our three bodies: the physical body (attitudes), the energetic / emotional body (feeling) and the mental body (thinking). With power, inspiration and connection as a starting point, you learn to recognize and understand your automatic thinking and behavior patterns through yoga and mindfulness exercises. This way you learn to function more effectively, both at home and at work.

Throughout the weekend you can enjoy a nice collection of yoga books and magazines, nature walks, get to know inspiring people and you can use the environment for your tranquility. In between, delicious vegetarian meals are prepared.

The Yoga and Mindfulness weekend retreat is given by Hans Kloosterman.

“ Hans gives safety and confidence. He connects Buddhist values ​​with the lives that most of us deal with every day: a life full of crowds, traffic jams and hassle. And that is precisely what makes his retreat particularly valuable. He is sober and what he says has been lived through. I would like to come back to Hans later on retreat. &”.

- Jacqueline Welie

At this retreat there is a choice of different Ayurvedic massages:

Ayuvedic head massage

Head, neck and shoulders are important energy centers in our body. By accumulating stress, this area can stiffen, which in turn causes other complaints. By the massage technique, by means of pressure points, also called weel marma points, the blockages can be lifted. We use specific head massage oil for this treatment. Duration of treatment: 40 minutes. Costs 40EUR.

Ayuvedic foot massage

With the Vital copper foot dish, with Ghee, and spice paste. Ghee is clarified butter from which the proteins have been removed. It contains no carbohydrates and sugars, and it is lactose free. Ghee is also used in Indian cuisine. The footrest, along with the Ghee, has a relaxing and strengthening effect on the body. The foot massage is part of the Ayurveda; the traditional Indian health theory. The copper in the shell supports the cleaning effect of the massage technique. Duration: 30 minutes. Costs: 35EUR


This is a total body massage with warm oil, adjusted to your body constitution. The type of oil is determined before the treatment. The body massage technique uses pressure points, also called marma points. This way, blockages in the body can be removed. It provides relaxation, relieves pain, and promotes the production of oxytocin (hug hormone), and serotonin (happiness hormone). Duration: 60 minutes. Cost: 60EUR.

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14.00-15.00 Reception and distribution of rooms
15.00-17.30 Introduction and Tour of the monastery and the monastery gardens
19.00 Entrance silence - Soup meal, in the dining room
20.30 Mindfulness depth relaxation + Healing music
21.30 Tea
22.00 Good night
Saturday - Silent day
7.00 Yin Yoga
8.30 Breakfast, in the dining room
09.30 Walk through the woods
10.50 Coffee & amp; tea break, in the dining room
11.00-12.00 Mindfulness - stress education
12.00 Hot meal (vegetarian) in the dining room, free time.
13.00-13.30 Karma yoga
13.30-16.00 Free time
16.00-17.30 Satsang: questions from studends to teacher, mantra singing, yin yoga.
17.30 Snack
18.00-19.00 Ritual of the institute, solving obstacles / compassion
19.00 Soup meal in the dining room
20.30-21.30 Prayer to increase trust, hope, acceptance, letting go, etc.
21.30 Tea
22.00 Good night
Sunday - Silent day
7.00 Yin Yoga
8.30 Breakfast, in the dining room
09.30-10.30 Walk through the woods
11.00-12.00 Teaching a.h.v. topic: are you on your path of life?
12.00-12.30 Warm Vegetarian Lunch - After lunch the silence is lifted.
12.30-14.30 Room cleaning + Free time
14.30-15.30 Share and connect + Healing Singing Bowl Concert
15.30-16.00 Tea and good journey
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International participants: fly to airport at Brussels or Liège. Rent a car at the airport or take the train to the city of Huy (60 min). At the station you can choose a bus or a taxi to the Tibetan Institute (15 min)

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The teacher

Hans Kloosterman

Hans Kloosterman

Hans Kloosterman has gained much of his knowledge and skills as a monk in a Tibetan monastery and studies body and soul from Buddhist and Hindu philosophy and way of life.
The last 5 years Hans has supplemented his knowledge with partial certificates in Western psychology, mainly focused on stress reduction, burnout and trauma processing.

This background combined with 25 years of entrepreneurial and management experience in the fashion sector in the purchasing, sales and recruitment and selection departments makes Hans a special teacher and coach.

Hans is the author of the bestseller book ‘From snob to monk’. His calling is: “Discovering your True Self”. See also .


About Erna Vonck

Erna Vonck

Erna Vonck (1959) gives hatha yoga, dru yoga, ayurvedic massage, ayurvedic cooking. As a teacher in Sport in Beweging there was the awareness of how important relaxation is.

They first has the Astanga Yoga training with Tony Goes in Montfoort followed the Saswitha Yoga teacher training in Bilthoven. The specialization year was devoted to yoga for the elderly and teenagers. Additional modules included Breathing therapy and Ayurveda.

Erna has been connected to a school community in Laren where she gives yoga to teenagers. She has the Ayurvedic massage training at Jade in Utrecht and is also working as a masseuse.

All things share the same breath, the beast, the tree, the man … the air shares its spirit,

with all the life it supports. ~ Chief Seattle

Hjet van der Zee 

Henriette van der Zee

In 2004 I started Asana, a center for yoga and massage, and I gladly admit that I have worked the longest with whom I work. One of the reasons is that I am happy to be responsible for the things I do and the choices I make. I do something good, beautiful then! If I do something wrong, I have done it myself and it is up to me to do something with it. I love that. Being responsible for the things you do and creating opportunities to do something with them to learn from. I would like to pass that on by giving yoga and massage.

I have followed various teacher training courses in the field of yoga.
Started at Saswitha in Bilthoven, the Hatha yoga teacher training (4 years).
Then a Poweryoga teacher training (1 year) at YogaMoves, Utrecht and at
Ron van der Post, the dynamic yoga (3 years) plus the one-year master's degree,
in Groningen and Nijmegen.
My first acquaintance with massages was on the advice of my companion who indicated that that would be something that would suit me. I hadn't come up with that idea myself. At Saswitha I started with a basic course and I never stopped. I mainly give Ayurvedic treatments because it contains everything. Especially because it has a preventive effect. Ayurveda is a health science and not a disease theory. That fits with my attitude to life. I have followed a number of training courses with Vaidya Acharya Naveen Gupta, ayurvedic doctor, and worked with him for a period where he did the diagnoses and I did the execution. In addition to being a full-time yoga teacher, I also give treatments from home and at home.

Ernst van der Zee

Ernst van der Zee

After twenty-five years of designing and managing
my own production company, specialized in Plexiglas machining, it was time to change my mind
give way. My union with Henriette gave
other topics and opportunities a chance.
Once during my studies at the Social Academy in Groningen, I was very interested in bodywork. I then started taking yoga class and some training in bioenergetics.

The professional turnaround did not take place until thirty years later.
I took very thorough courses at Saswitha in Bilthoven
ayurvedic massage. It caught me, I turned out to have talent.
In Amersfoort I did weekly training in emotional
bodywork. I started training as an energetic therapist
at People & Intuition, also in Amersfoort. It was purely energetic
too floaty for me. The physical contact is more my entrance to healing.
A wonderful training to become a craniosacral therapist followed at PCSA in Bussum. Finally, I followed a basic year of Shiatsu and traditional Chinese medicine at Qing Bai. But diseases (and healing) hardly interest me. Mental awareness and the possibility of liberation all the more.

In the meantime, massaging had become my profession. Especially when I started working a few days a week in Fontana Nieuweschans and Sauna de Waterlelie in Zevenhuizen, where I have been leading the massage department for three years. In addition, I give massages or cranio treatments in our practice at home, or on location.

If guests are often impressed by the excellent treatment with a really profound effect, I always pay tribute to the Ayurvedic massage principles. It is the mother of all massage forms. A number of times I have been able to pass on these techniques and my experience in short courses; very nice!

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What do you get

  • 2 nights
  • 5 yoga classes of 1.5 hours
  • 3 guided mindfulness meditations
  • 3 fully catered vegetarian meals per day & nbsp;
  • 2 weeks in advance you will receive an email with more info / details and a carpool list
  • Unlimited water, tea, coffee and fruit

Your contribution

Costs for this fully catered weekend are € 495 per person including single room with shared shower and toilet in the hallway. The Bestseller book "from Snob to Monk" can be bought on site and signed by Hans. Price: 19.95.

Because of the corona regulations, everyone gets a single room as standard. If you want to have a double room in a double room, this is allowed if you come from 1 household. There is then a discount.

In addition, there is also the possibility of a large studio with its own bathroom and toilet, but there is an additional charge per weekend:

Large studio with private bathroom and toilet Surcharge € 100,-- per room
Renting a set of sheets (duvet + pillow are available) Surcharge € 9,-- per person

Earlier experiences of participants

It was a complete and unique experience. Both the location, the activities, the silence and the vegetarian meals fit in the picture. The teachers, Hans and Erna are complementary to each other; Hans, with a touch of humor and Erna with her softness, what they say and do really comes in! I recommend it to everyone.


My Autobiography

From Snob to Monk

To inspire people to search for their own life path, with that in mind I've written 'From Snob to Monk'. In this book I tell the story about my career, my entrepreneurship in recruitment and selection, my luxury life, my relations and the big turn in my life. A car accident showed me the way to my true lifepath: buddhism and detachment. Apart from being a biography of my search, 'From Snob to Monk' also acts as a guide to bring mindfulness into practice. How do you transform your thought and behavorial patterns and how can buddhist insights and meditations be helpful to accomplish that.

ISBN 978-90-818639-8-8
€ 19,95

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