Open your heart

We will focus on the heart this midweek. The heart is central. We are in the head too much and live less and less from the heart. We are going to open the heart and remove blockages on the heart chakra. This way you can fully enjoy

keep yourself and make the optimal connection with the other person out of free will and love it just as much. Then there is no duality but wholeness and then you live from the heart in unity, love, light, freedom and joy.

The beautiful virtues such as love, compassion, passion, natural kindness and joy live in the heart. We are going to work on a good balance between belly, heart and head. Learn to make contact with the silence and softness of the heart. The heart distributes the energy to the lower 3 chakras and the upper 3 chakras

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How are we going to do that?

• Yoga, Chi Kong and Taoist physical exercises aimed at opening the heart.
• Meditations and mindfulness exercises to activate and increase the heart qualities / virtues, the so-called 4 transcendent virtues from Tibetan Buddhism.
• Dance the heart sutra dance.
• To treat the Prajna paramita, the wisdom of the heart, the heart sutra of the Buddha. Form is emptiness and emptiness is form. Sing the mantra that comes with it.
• Hridaya mantra + mudra to surrender to the deep level of consciousness present in the heart.
• Pranayama / breathing exercises to balance the abdomen, heart and head, as well as transformational breathing to remove blockages in the heart.
• Communicate from the heart: practice open dialogue from the heart, learn to communicate non-violently.

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Inspirational movies

I would also like to share two inspiring videos with you from Adam Roa that beautifully display the theme for this summer midweek: 'You're the one you're looking for', click on these links to view them: and

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Yoga takes care of...

a healthy and relaxed body, thus paving 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 through yoga and mindfulness exercises to recognize and understand your automatic thinking and behavior patterns. Through the insights during these lessons you are able to better shape your life and to broaden your consciousness. This way you learn to function more effectively, both at home and at work.

During the entire midweek you can enjoy a nice collection of yoga books and magazines, nature walks, meet inspiring people and you can use the environment for your tranquility. In between, delicious vegetarian meals are prepared.

Number of participants

The minimum number of participants in this retreat is 8, the maximum is 30.

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The sessions to follow are not mandatory. Relax when you feel you need it. All meals are vegetarian.


14.00 Reception and distribution of rooms
15.00 Introduction
16.00 Mindfulness & Chi Kong
17.30 Break
19.00 Dinner
20.00 Body scan & meditation on love & kindness, equanimity, compassion and joy.
21.00 Tea
22.00 Good night

7.00 Yoga on the Psoas muscle, release, release of old tension and restlessness.
8.15 Breakfast
9.30 Silent walk through the woods
10.50 Coffee & tea break
11.00-12.00 Mandala drawing from the heart. How does your heart feel now? + discuss in pairs
12.00 Lunch
12.30 Karma yoga
13.00 Free time
16.00 Pranayama / breathing exercises. Clear blockages around the heart. Where does it flow and where not?
17.30 Snack
19.00 Dinner
20.00 Meditation: the elephant & compassion meditation
21.00 Tea
22.00 Good night

Wednesday (Silent Day)
7.00 5 Dru yoga, Healing sounds of the Tao & silence meditation
8.15 Breakfast
9.30 Silent walk in nature
10.50 Coffee & tea break
11.00-12.00 Meditation on your life path / life from the heart. Blockages on the heart, what prevents you from opening your heart / living from your heart? Or what does it take to open your heart / to live from your heart?
12.00 Lunch
13.00 Karma yoga (washing dishes, gardening, etc)
13.30 Free time
16.00 Yin yoga & heart dance
17.30 Snack
19.00 Dinner
20.00 Meditation on your life path / life from the heart. This is what I really want!
21.00 Tea
22.00 Good night

7.00 5 Dru yoga, Healing sounds of the Tao
8.15 Breakfast
9.30 Walking in nature
10.50 Coffee & tea break
11.00-12.00 Mindful communication from the heart
12.00 Lunch
13.00 Free time
16.00 Yin yoga
17.30 Snack
18.00 Attend Tibetan prayer
19.00 Dinner
20.00 Prajna heart / wisdom paramitra sutra of the buddha + chanting mantra
21.00 Tea
22.00 Good night

7.00 Various Yoga, summary
8.15 Breakfast, in the dining room
9.00 Clean up rooms and put things in the car
10.00 Share, deepen and connect + View drawing / mandala. What has changed?.
11.00 Action list to start living from your heart.
11.30 Singing bowls concert
12.00 Lunch
13.00 Tea and Good trip!

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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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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, center for yoga and massage and I like to admit that it has been the longest with whom I have worked and that it is still with me. One of the reasons is that I like to be responsible for the things I do and the choices I make. Am I doing something right, good then! If I do something wrong, I have done it myself and it is up to me to do something about 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 this 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 Power Yoga teacher training (1 year) at YogaMoves, Utrecht and
Ron van der Post, dynamic yoga (3 years) plus the one-year master's program,
in Groningen and Nijmegen.

My first acquaintance with massages was on the advice of my life companion who indicated that it was something that would suit me. I had not come up with that idea myself. At Saswitha I started with a basic course and 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. That suits my life attitude. I have had many training courses with Ayaida doctor Vaidya Acharya Naveen Gupta and worked with him for a while where he made the diagnoses and I performed. In addition to being a full-time yoga teacher, I give treatments at home and at home.

Ayurvedic massages 60 minutes by Henriette van der Zee

Ayuvedic head massage
Head, neck and shoulders are important energy centers in our body. Accumulation of stress can stiffen this area, causing other complaints. Through the massage technique, by means of pressure points, also called weel marma points, the blockages can be removed. We use specific head massage oil for this treatment. Duration of treatment: 45 minutes. Costs 45 EUR.

Ayuvedic foot massage
With the Vital copper foot bowl, 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 foot shell, together with the Ghee, has a relaxing and strengthening effect on the body. The foot massage is part of Ayurveda; the traditional Indian health theory. The copper in the bowl supports the cleaning effect of the massage technique. Duration: 45 minutes. Cost: 45 EUR

This is a total body massage with warm oil, adapted to your body constitution. The type of oil is determined before the treatment. The body massage technique uses pressure points, also called marma points. In 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: 60 EUR.

The program components are not mandatory, so you can always book an extra massage during a lesson.

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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Costs and Data

The costs for this week are 795 euros incl. VAT (full board) based on a single room with shared bathroom and toilet.

You get during this midweek

* 4 nights in a single room with shared bathroom
* Silent periods, for example during nature walks, some lunches and meditations
* Unlimited water, tea, coffee and fruit
* 3 vegetarian meals per day
* Holistic massage (not included in the price)
* 2 weeks in advance you will receive an email with more info / details and you can indicate whether you want to carpool.

Extra Options:  
Large studio with private bathroom and toilet Surcharge € 200,-- per room
Renting a set of sheets (duvet + pillow are available) Surcharge € 9,-- per person

In the free time of the program there is the possibility to book a massage. Please pay cash.
Please indicate in the comments field, when registering, if you are interested in this.

The massages offered this week:

Rebalancing massage 60 minutes by Hans Flierboom

Ayurvedische massages 60 minutes by Henriette van der Zee

- Ayurvedic head massage
- Ayurvedic foot massage
- Abhyanga - body massage

Read more here

The program components are not mandatory, so you can always book an extra massage during a lesson.

The Bestseller book “van Snob tot Monnik” can be bought on site and signed by Hans. Price: 19.95.

Earlier experiences of participants

This morning on my own cushion again meditated after a nice midweek in Huy. A friendly smile and tears of joy and gratitude appeared. Grateful for the beautiful meditations and yin yang yoga, the group that carried and worn each other by Hans, Hans, Henriette and Erna, the monastery and its people. Everything is there so that we can become an even more beautiful version of ourselves.

- Carin

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