• Want to open the window of your mind?

    ...allowing fresh air, flow, and new perspectives to enter,

    every single day?

     

     

     

    Welcome to the Open Mind Retreat

    26 September - 3 October 2020

    Portugal

  • Meditation, mindfulness, compassion, neuroscience, yoga, massage,

    reiki, organic food, community, free afternoons...

    The retreat consists of...

    • Open Mind sessions - Sharings, reflections and theory will be alternated by sitting and walking meditations, and some silent moments to integrate some insights deeper. 
    • Daily Yoga sessions - Hatha flow in the mornings for an active freshness, Nidra or Yin yoga in the afternoons for deep relaxation
    • Optional Reiki and Thai Aryuvedic massages to release blockages and enter deep relaxation
    • Free afternoons to explore the cute villages and beaches around, or chill in the 75ha garden.
    • Delicious vegetarian/vegan food buffets - organic, very tasty and mostly from the own garden! 
    • An amazing community of people with different backgrounds, dreams and hearts - both total beginners and experienced meditators and yogis, are welcome. In this journey we go beyond the 'knowing'. Life as it is. Simply. Here. 
  • "I have just returned home after a beautiful week in Alentejo Portugal. I could not have drawn a better picture or written a more perfect story of how that week could have been.

     

    The content was so clear and delivered by Geraldine in such a deep compassionate way that my heart grew softer and bigger with each new day. I discovered so much about myself and learnt to open my heart and share.

     

    I would like to truly and sincerely encourage anyone searching or needing self love, alone time for inner self, nourishing of the mind, body and spirit, to offer this wonderful gift to yourself. I am so grateful that I did. Thank you to all involved in ensuring such a special experience. "

     

    Lisa (Australia & Portugal) - Open Mind Retreat 2018

    "More than expecting.... I was not expecting the deep insights and transformations which came as a result of this Open Mind Retreat. A balance of deep meditations, yoga, and inspirational open heart mindfulness teachings made the opportunity for personal growth and life enrichment.

     

    Fabulous guidance and support from Geraldine, the course provider. It is a truly experiential process. I’m over 60. The group was all ages, all of us on a similar path. This particular course focused on open heart open mindfulness.

     

    Quite frankly, the best retreat ever, and all taking place in a glorious setting of rural Portugal. Great food, some nice time out at nearby beaches, and much slow time with the natural beauty of the retreat. Can’t praise the course highly enough."

     

    Allyson (UK) - Open Mind Retreat 2018

    "I was curious and a bit resistant in the beginning as being a down-to-earth engineer. In a day or two I began opening up and as days went by the retreat center became my home. After a while I understood why people come back to this retreat.

     

    That atmosphere is so magical I feel the urge to recreate it around me - I never ever in my life felt so safe and beautiful and openhearted as there, surrounded by the wonderful souls of the group.

     

    The teaching I learnt was spiritual but also based on cognitive science and these two things now are connected in my mind, it was a real eye-opener. The place itself is an ancient paradise with so pure energy! The food was amazing. The massage was the first in my life which was truly spiritual.

     

    I have kept continuing yoga and meditation practice ever since I came home. I am very grateful! Namaste"

     

    Anna (Poland) - Open Mind Retreat 2018

    "An amazing week, that will remain forever in my soul, spirit & heart. Extraordinary organization and content, from practice to theory, meditation, yoga, delightful food in a beautiful place.

     

    I have learned so much about myself as an individual, whilst being part of a fantastic diverse group of people coming from all part of Europe. Thank you so much A Lotus Seed, and thank you Geraldine for being such a kind, loving, knowledgeable and compassionate person.

     

    I would definitely recommend anyone still hesitating in joining one of your retreat to go for it!​"

     

    Melanie Golay Sunier (Switzerland)- New Year's Retreat 2017

    "This retreat was life changing for me. I met beautiful souls and minds including mine :) Geraldine and the entire team were doing an exceptional job at making us feel comfortable. Food was amazing healthy. I can recommend this experience to everyone who is seeking a deeper connection.​"

     

    Fabian-Carlos Guhl (Germany) - New Year's Retreat 2017

  • What will you learn?

    See if you can read this with an open mind though as this list could be longer or shorter depending on what you bump into.... this retreat is foremost an experience. An investigation into your own being, and an observation of the different components of experience. The outcome of this investigation is OPEN to receive what one needs in this moment in life.

    During the open mind sessions you'll learn...

    1

    Mind

    • developing open mind qualities like focus, open concentration, compassionate attention, choiceless attention, curiosity, creativity and a beginner's mind
    • unraveling the mind-body mechanisms and patterns 
    • letting go of thinking patterns and story lines 
    • developing cognitive flexibility to see new possibilities
    • learning the art of being present
    2

    Body

    • restoring balance in the body as a gateway for an open mind
    • observing the influence of mental and emotional states on the physical body
    • walking meditation, alignment-based Iyengar and Hatha yoga (morning) and yin/nidra yoga (afternoon), meditative dancing (optional)
    3

    Emotion

    • observing the true nature of emotions: non-self, impermanent, feedback loop
    • tapping into different layers of open attention relating to letting go, acceptance, compassion, and empathy
    • learning the role of subconscious mind and old emotions in developing in open mind
    • open mind practices in dealing with stress and emotions
    4

    Brain

    • learning to tap into the adaptive brain network and implications for the open mind state
    • tapping into the parasympathetic nervous system
    • storing positive experiences in memory to create new neural traces
    5

    Heart

    • tapping into the open brain waves of gratitude, shared joy, equanimity, and loving kindness
    • learning to soothe the heart rythm pattern for an open mind to flourish
    • activating the soothing system for the release of oxytocin
    6

    Behaviour

    • replacing old, habitual, automatic ways with new flexible and intentional ways of behaving
    • learning the subconscious mechanisms that drive your actions
    • taking actions in creating the life you want 
  • "The retreat was a truly profound, beautiful and powerful experience. I have been meditating and attending retreats for many years but found this one particularly helpful.

     

    What did I love? Staying in a quiet, wild, peaceful haven of nature; eating the most delicious and healthy food prepared with love; doing daily yoga with wonderful teacher Anna; being with like minded souls.

     

    But above all, the teachings and meditations with Geraldine who has such wisdom beyond her years, so much insight, clarity, groundedness and humanity.

     

    After following the path and meditating for many years, something finally truly clicked about how we create own suffering and can free ourselves. I can’t thank Geraldine enough."

     

    Sara Jane Lawer (UK) - Open Mind Retreat 2018

    "This was the second retreat for me with Geraldine. It was incredibly interesting for me to observe the different stages and states of mind and heart between the first and the second retreat.

     

    Each was incredibly powerful in its own way and brought me big steps closer to myself.

    During the Open heart retreat I really experienced the sense of freedom and joy that arises from being unafraid of being truly me.

     

    The space that Geraldine creates is a safe space free of judgement and immensely welcoming. During the retreat I have the time and space and depth to explore deeper in all the places where I get stuck.

    And I was incredibly blessed to have intuitions during the retreat on how to get a bit more “unstuck”.

     

    I have only words of awe and gratitude and after 10 days I am still on a high ☺️

    Thank you Geraldine. Thank you to all the participants and companions on this journey."

     

    Claudia (Italy) - Open Mind Retreat 2018

    "The heart retreat made connect with my body again, my breath, but also with my insecurities and pains. Géraldine helped me plant a seed to deal differently with them, to speak another language with myself.

    To stop to seek control and generate more selfloathing and conflict, and instead give yourself the tolerance, trust and love you would give to a loved one.

     

    The location is gorgeous, but the most outstanding aspect of this retreat is the integrity, knowledgeability and care of the trainer.​"

     

    Camille Ghekiere (Belgium) - Rewilding Heart Retreat - April 2018

    "Geraldine has the gift of teaching

    which feels authentic.

    I feel she is expressing a lifestyle

    not just teaching from a text book.

    I feel blessed to have

    had this amazing experience.

    I would highly recommend her retreats.

    The location was also breath taking."

     

    Maggie Godden (UK) - Open Mind Retreat 2018

    I had the most wonderful week in Portugal. I came with a troubled mind and left a happier person with a lot of clear insights and tools, not only to deal with difficult feelings, but also to better appreciate the beautiful moments. This week opened up my mind and my heart. I have met some beautiful people and the combination of morning yoga, mindfulness sessions and time to relax and let everything sink in is really nice. Also the beautiful location and the tasty food make this week absolutely recommendable.

     

    An (Belgium) - Mindfulness retreat - October 2016

    .... An joined again in the Radiant Heart Retreat - October 2017

  • Who

    Géraldine Gobert

    Mindfulness - Meditation - Self-compassion - Coaching - Neuroscience

    Hello! I'm Geraldine and I started A Lotus Seed with the believe that each of us is its own best teacher, but can use guidance in making the mind fit for its purpose. I believe in tackling the root cause instead of symptoms, and in learning to observe deeply enough to investigate inner and outer experiences. I believe in the plasticity of the brain, and the importance of connecting body with brain.

     

    The first retreat I did 12 years ago changed my life. It gave me the tools for an immense freedom in thoughts and actions. Not being a slave anymore of what I think, and intentionally choose to what I want to give attention and in which way.

     

    I have facilitated trainings and retreats for at least +3000 people, including companies like Liberale Mutualiteit, Colruyt, Rogers Corporation, Odissee University of Brussels, CM, Louis Vuitton, Provincie West-Vlaanderen, Thomas More, OCMW Brugge, Manager Magazine

    (in cooperation with I AM)

     

    Experience

    I followed a 3 year teacher-trainer course in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and mindfulness-based stress reduction from the Institute of Mindfulness.

    Besides that I also followed teacher trainer courses in self-compassion, neuroscience, cognitive psychology, positive psychology, life coaching, trauma therapy coaching, yoga (200 hrs ytt), reiki and energetic healing.

     

    Some of my guides on the path were Dr. David Dewulf, Dr.Mark Williams - designer of the MBCT program - University of Oxford (UK), Christina Feldman & John Peacock - Insight Meditation Society (US), Dr. Chris Germer - Harvard Medical School (US), Dr. Kristin Neff - Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (US), as well as monks in various monasteries across Europe and Asia. In Belgium I worked for the Institute of Mindfulness; coordinating projects, and scientific research about mindfulness.

     

    Rhea Mcateer

    Hatha -Yin - Nidra - yoga

    15 years ago, at the age of 19 Rhea fell in love with yoga in her native country Scotland, feeling an immediate and deep connection to the holistic practice. Her dedication to yoga lead to teaching and in seeking authentic guidance she found Tattvaa Yogashala, in Rishikesh, India, where she studied 300 YTT (RYS), under Yogi Kamal.

     

    From then, she has been teaching and deepening her practica as a yoga teacher in the styles of hatha, dynamic flow, and yin yoga. Her combined passion for yoga and travel has taken her around the world to teach - Brasil, India, Thailand, Cambodia, Scotland and Toulouse.

     

    Over the past years, she has been accredited in various massage techniques going from Shiatsu, Thai massage, Reiki, to Swedish and Shantale styles....

     

    Rhea’s naturally calm and peaceful character perfectly harmonises with her yoga teaching style and the therapies and massages she offers. The ease in which she is able to connect to a person on a deeper, energetic level ensures a nurturing, grounding and vitalising experience.

     

    Baptist Sakya

    Thai Vedic Bodywork - Traditional Thai massage - Yogi - Ecstatic dj

    Baptiste spend the last 13 years following the lineage of his family in holistic medicine learning natural healing techniques in order to heal himself and help others heal. He’s a certified massage therapist in Traditional Thai Massage, Thai Yoga Massage, ThaiVedic Bodywork, Reiki and Aromatherapy.

     

    ThaiVedic Bodywork combines timeless Ayurvedic principles of diagnosis and treatment with Buddhist Thai Yoga therapy; bridging one of the world’s greatest holistic medicine systems with the therapeutic techniques of Thai Yoga Massage. Every massage is specially designed to heal regarding on the qualities of your Ayurvedic constitution.

     

    Besides that, he is also a yogi, a warm human being, and ecstatic dj :) !!!! So who knows in which dance he will lead us ;)? 

  • "I attended the April retreat in Portugal, and it was just everything I had hoped it would be. I had a truly nourishing week full of compassion and selfcompassion, in an amazingly beatiful nature location, filled with silence, nature sounds and beautiful views.

     

    Geraldine guided us into meditations that helped me break down important barriers towards myself. All of this in a very natural fluent way. I experienced a lot of freedom to follow my own rhythm, to be silent when wanted, to engage in group activities when wanted. It was actually pure joy to me, even though sometimes I was processing some grief.

     

    The pictures and movies on the website give a true representation of the retreat as it is. I would say, if it appeals to you, take your chance, it is really worth it!"

     

    Lore Verdin - Rewilding Heart Retreat - April 2018

    "It was a very special week for me. A week that concluded a very special year. More and more I realize the difference between a good spiritual guide/leader and a natural spiritual leader. The natural spiritual leader incorporates the words, the thoughts, and extrapolates it into a body of experience that comes from the heart to reach all hearts, from the body to reach all bodies, from the mind to reach all minds.

     

    You are, Geraldine, a natural spiritual leader. And I feel blessed to have had the beautiful opportunity of knowing you, seeing you, and feeling you. As Pema Chadron says: "Nothing ever leaves you untill it teaches you what you need to know".

     

    This week with you and the group have helped me immensely to tune my "bodies" and my heart, and to open up to learning more. You contributed a great deal to my path towards liberation and breaking chains. Thank you."

     

    Claudia (Italy)- New Years Retreat 2017

    "MAGIC!!! Although I already did a lot of workshops/courses but the content of this course was new to me and very appealing & inspiring. Geraldine adapted the content and the pace to the group, which was amazing.

     

    The location was absolutely magic. The food was nourishing for body & soul. With so many, so different people Geraldine and the team managed extremely well to have a loving & caring group dynamic. It was heartwarming to connect deeper and I felt really safe.

     

    The possibility of having a massage was a gift from heaven! I very much enjoyed the yoga classes by Ana, especially the yin yoga. The location were the yoga took place was really amazing, and I enjoyed the energy of sunrise/sunset even more!

     

    My 3 personal intentions for this retreat at the beginning of the week all came true: connect with others, self care, more clarity about my life goals. I even got a bonus: since I long time I was able to really FEEL again and not to be scared when I feel an emotion coming up... this made me stop smoking finally (I liked to literally burn my emotions before because I was so scared to be overwhelmed).

     

    Conclusion: I left Portugal with a radiant heart full of love, compassion, hope and inspiration, for which I am so grateful and A Lotus Seed deserves all the credits for this, THANKS!"

     

    Jessy Zander - Radiant Heart Retreat - October 2017

    "Joining a retreat of meditation and yoga was for me a first experience.

    I expected that week to get to know myself, but also to avoid a physical and psychic reaction of overwork. During my 20 years of professional independence, I put myself fully at the service of my clients and I put my couple, my friends and myself after them.

     

    Through meditations I discovered features of my personality that I was not aware of. Géraldine knows very well how to guide through meditations. Her tips made me dive deep inside me. The theoretical part before or after each session helped me to understand my reactions and emotions. Yoga, more energizing in the morning and calmer in the evening, supported me in my request.

     

    It's been two weeks since I came back and, against all odds, I still enjoy this positive energy, and most importantly, I learned to respect myself and listen to myself. I can better balance my private and my professional lives.

    This retreat has completely changed my life, my perception of what is really important. I cannot thank enough Geraldine and Anna for allowing me to become aware of what really matters to me in my life.

     

    I was also lucky to find myself in a group of wonderful people. A big thank you also to all the participants for their kindness, their tolerances and their love.

    A big thank you also to the whole team of the retreat center who, with their smile, their kindness, their wonderful vegetarian cooking makes you feel like being at home. This place is a magical place, away from everything, in the heart of nature ... a real haven of peace and serenity."

     

    Anouk Thill (Luxembourg) - Rewilding Heart Retreat - April 2018

     

    "I had the feeling no words could describe how I had experienced my first mindfulness retreat. After the retreat I actually physically felt my heart had grown and I'm accepting my thoughts and feelings with more openness and gentleness. I'm very grateful for this experience!!"

     

    Fleur Naudts (Belgium) - Mindfulness Retreat 2016

    - Fleur joined again in the Radian Heart Retreat 2017

     

  • For who ?

    This retreat is an investigation and observation in your own mind and body .... That is precisely why it is a unique adventure for everyone ....

     

    This retreat is for everyone who wants to gift him/herself a week of inner process, deeper insights, meditative practices, and taking care of oneself while enjoying a beautifull environment, nature, and community feeling.

     

    But it's not for everyone...

    This retreat is for you if...

    • If you value deeper learnings,  and would like to learn the art of being present and skills in dealing with brain, thoughts, body and feelings
    • If you want to learn to let go of thoughts ... and experience more freedom in being ...
    • And enjoy the moment and the beautiful things in life ...
    • But also want to grow from the challenges and unpleasant experiences on your path
    • If  you want to experience a beautifull process within yourself and with others, on a magical place, in the middle of nature, …
    • If you are willing to see things of yourself - your core, why you do certain things, your patterns (thinking and doing patterns), …
    • And to take committed actions and make choices as a result of the insights you gain ...
    • To go back to your core, to fully experience life ...
    • And realize that this also requires a certain commitment and willingness to step into a process ...

     

    Then this retreat is definitely for you !!

    This retreat is not for you if...

    • You are looking for an instant peace of mind... Mindfulness is a process and a path and not a 'quick fix'
    • You look for ecstatic experiences.  The approach is straight-forward and very grounded – we value reality and groundedness as a way of growing from acceptance, love, and openess. 
    • You are not interested in how we function as human beings, in the mind, body and emotions, Eastern philosophy, cognitive psychology or neuropsychology ...
    • If your English is not well enough to understand everything that is said and communicate with others in the group
    • You are dealing with autism, ADD, anxiety disorders, or a severe form of depression
  • "I learned that mindfulness is not something dreamy, but hands-on, intense and impactful. I learned to embrace both my focus and my distractions, to accept what the moment brings without judgment. I found new directions in life but more importantly I rediscovered myself in so many ways. I see myself with much more focus now than I have ever done before. That is the biggest gift I received”

     

    Arne Bakker (Holland) - Mindfulness Retreat - April 2016

    The meditation week has started a whole process inside me. My awareness increased. I'm noticing more my emotions and thoughts. I learned giving space to emotions and experienced the usefulness of it. I learned to find peace!

    Ineke from Belgium - Mindfulness Retreat - April 2016

    "Having avoided being confronted with myself and my feelings for most of my life this week was exactly what I needed and maybe subconsciously looked for: A week of bliss yet intensive work on myself.

     

    The retreat was excellent in every way from beginning till end: the organization, the duration, the remote location in a stunning environment, the delicious and nutritious food, the daily meditation and reflection sessions with Geraldine, the daily yoga sessions with Anna’s soothing voice, the option to get a Reiki massage as well as the love and care from all the people at the retreat center and in the group.

     

    I came with the idea to take a week off for some relaxation, slowing down and disconnecting from my daily life, including the Internet. I returned more connected to myself and with the realization that I can create my own “safe haven”.

     

    I had hoped to find answers to questions I never really dared to ask and left with insights about myself that go beyond these questions.

     

    Thank you for everyone, who helped, guided or just surrounded me during this journey! It would have not been possible without you."

     

    Sylvie Rockel from Brussels - Heart Radiant Retreat - October 2017

     

     

     

     

     

    On my first retreat, I enjoyed the space of breathing, the strength of feeling & acceptance, the freedom of being, the joy of silence, the beauty of nature, the experience of self-compassion… I feel very grateful for it. Thank you for making me discover the mindfull path of meditation and teach me that above the mountain there is a sky that represents gentleness & kindness!

    Katia (Belgium) - Mindfulness Retreat - April 2016 - October 2016

    .... Katia joined again in the retreats of 2017 in Portugal and France

    What I learned during the week is that thoughts and feelings are impermanent, imperfect and don't identify me. This insight brings an invaluable openness and calm into life!

     

    The location is wonderful, it felt like the hills ware giving you a hug, creating a safe cradle for being at ease.

     

    There was a good build up during the week, delving deeper and deeper into the "open mind" concept in practice and theoretical context without the emphasis being too much on one or the other.

     

    The sharing was valuable as was the alone time. The balance of those moments meant you could learn/be inspired by others but also focus on your own reasons for being there, your own "path".

     

    Katrien (Belgium) - Open Mind Retreat 2018

  • Why is this retreat different?

    Besides the fact that we stay in an amazing eco-retreat center, in the middle of nature, we also value the following:

    No blabla

    No superficial tips and tricks, no tranformation to ‘a better version of yourself’ but a proven process of deeper practices to connect with an open awareness to deal with the waves of life, sometimes in joy, sometimes in pain…We can only grow out of acceptance and recognition with what we encounter, not out of a fight or striving for something better.

    Holistic

    Mindfulness-based meditation (mbsr-mbct) forms the core of the open mind sessions, and will complement heart-, and positive neuro-plasticity meditation practices. ​

    A Lotus Seed integrates both and adds insights from neuroscience and deep ancient Buddhism (Theravada and Tibetan) to deepen the practice.

    There is also 2 sessions of yoga a day (hatha, nidra, and yin), and the opportunity to get healing massages (Thai-Aryuvedic and reiki).

    A journey within

    This retreat is not just a vacation. It's also not a yoga vacation in which you have 2 hours of yoga and some occasional meditation… It’s a journey within yourself with meditations, different practices, context theory, sharings and reflections ... this allows you to get in touch with an open awareness for all layers : brain, mind, body, and heart.

    Balance

    Besides that, it's also an opportunity to let your body recover and enjoying the surroundings, nature, food, and a wonderfull group. The open mind sessions forms the core of this inner journey and the practice builts up with each day so it's good to be there. Early morning and late afternoon you can also practice yoga which is optional. In the afternoon you are free to give yourself the time to relax and enjoy being in nature, or at the beach, take a massage, make a walk,… Check the timetable beneath under 'practicals'.

    Looking deeply enough

    Mindfulness is simple, mild and honest observation, stripped of interpretation. Because it is not always easy ‘to see’ what we observe, our mind starts interpreting, evaluating, and projecting again, … During this retreat you will also learn to unravel the mechanisms of your subconscious, so that you can gain a deeper insight into the true causes of suffering and happiness instead of combatting symptoms or search for quick fixes.

    Skill training

    We do not delve in stories about the past, the future, who you are or not are. Instead we learn to observe the stories, and beliefs in a particular way, without going into the content of the story. This allows us to arrive in the here and now, and to master the new skills.

  • Practicals & Applying for the retreat

    Program, price, transport, reservation...

    The participation for this retreat is application-based only!

    Don't forget to apply here: https://www.alotusseed.org/#application

    * last places available *

     

    Program

    Group sessions, and an exploring afternoon ! 

    We start the day with an energizing Hatha flow yoga to stretch our body and wake up. After a healthy breakfast, the morning open mind session forms the core of the program in which we'll meditate, reflect and learn about the broader context of brain, body and mind.

     

    In the afternoon, there is enough free time to explore the region, go to the beach, make some beautiful walks, read a book, dive into the bio-pool, take a massage, ....

     

    In the evening there is restorative/ ying yoga to relieve deep tension from the muscles and enter a deep relaxation. Sometimes there will also be the possibility of practicing super relaxing Nidra yoga.

     

    After dinner, we do a smaller open mind meditative practice to relax and reflect about the day.

     

    The program formally ends on Friday late evening but you'll be able to have a nice breakfast and yoga session on Saturday before leaving to the airport.

    Your investment

    Request your room type here...

     

    • 1250 pp for a suite room (double bed & in-room bathroom) 

     

    • 950 pp for a cosy twin room (2 persons)  

     

    • 890 pp for a beautiful shared luxury cabin in the forest (for 3 persons) 
      • send me an email to know more! 
      • also possible to take one of the twin room options at 950 in the cabin 

     

    • 850* pp for a cosy shared room (you share the room with 4 - 6 others) with a shared bathroom and a little living room 
     
    • 790 pp in a shared room occupancy if you are living and working in Portugal

     

    Notes:

    • Your place will only be secured after payment. Make sure to reserve your place before booking your flight! Rooms are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis.
    • Payments can be made by installments!

     

    • Cancellation policy:
      • more than 90 days - 100 % refunded
      • more than 60 days - 80% 
      • 60 days -   70% 
      • 40 days - 50% 
      • 20 days -  30% 
      • 10 days  - 10% 
      • 7 days - no refund

    Included

    A week to rejoice your energy and clear your head!

    • 7 nights stay in a jewel of nature, peace and silence
    • 3 healthy (vegetarian) meals a day with organic ingredients
    • Integrated course with 6 open mind sessions combining meditations, sharings and reflections (3h/each), 7 hatha yoga sessions (1h/each), 5 yin or nidra yoga sessions (1.5h/each)
    • Course material with booklet and meditations
    • Excluded: transport to and from the retreat center with shared rented cars, other kind of drinks, group activities during the afternoon, massage, ...

    Transport

    We'll meet you at the airport

    There is the possibility of sharing a rental car with fellow participants from Lisbon airport (or Faro airport if some come from Faro). This way you'll also have a car to explore the beautiful environment in the afternoons! Rental costs can amount around 55-65 euros pp for a whole week. You can also rent your own car or come by public transport.

     

    Fly to Lisbon or Faro from all major cities in Europe.

    Estimated cost: €40-150 with low-cost (Ryanair, easyjet, vueling....) or €120-250 with any other major airline.

     

  • I want to join!

    * The retreat is on application basis only! *

    * Please state your reason/motivation for joining the retreat. *

    As we want this retreat to be qualitative and valuable for each participant, we ask you to apply for this retreat, and answer some questions. The answers will be kept private and allow us to better understand your situation and the reason you are joining. Thank you for your participation ♡

  • Can't join this time or can't decide right now?

    Let us know!

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  • A Lotus Seed retreat in the news

    Portugal...

    Publico, RTP, Time Out Lisboa

     

    Time Out Lisboa and newspaper Publico documented A Lotus Seed events with an article about meditation. And also RTP made a reportage about Meditation in the park in Lisbon.

    This session was part of a series of meditations in the parks of Gent, Brussels and Lisbon in summer.

    Belgium

    Goed Gevoel, Liberale Mutualiteit

    Melanie described her first Lotus Seed retreat experience in a Belgian Lifestyle Magazine 'Goed Gevoel'.

    Liberale Mutualiteit (a health fund in Belgium) found it was time to introduce its members to mindfulness too - read here more here on p. 14 and 15.

  • Watch

    Memories of past mindfulness and heartfulness retreats in Portugal ♡

    See more videos of the retreat here ....

  • Connect

    Happy to connect with you on info@alotusseed.org or on whatsapp +32478135069

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Special and / or sensitive personal data that we process
A Lotus Seed processes special and / or sensitive personal data about your health when registering an activity. This is to detect any contra-indications to participate in a training or retreat and to refuse participation if we believe that it is not conducive to your health to participate.

For what purpose and on what basis we process personal data
A Lotus Seed processes your personal data for the following purposes:
- Sending our newsletter 
- To call or e-mail if this is necessary to carry out our services if you are registered for an activity (request for participation, evaluation contraindications, payment request, practical information, evaluation form, follow-up mails, ...)
- To evaluate your participation request for an activity and refuse participation if we believe that it is not conducive to your health to participate
- Inform you about changes to our services and products
- To deliver goods and services to you

Do you not want to give the mandatory contact details for such activities?
Then we can not automatically validate your registration, since we can not contact you or process your registration. If you do not want to fill this in, please contact us via info@alotusseed.org and we will discuss with you how we can process your registration in a different way.

How long we store personal data
A Lotus Seed does not store your personal data longer than is strictly necessary to realize the purposes for which your data is collected. Your data will be removed from our systems after 5 years of inactivity.

Sharing personal data with third parties
Your details will not be passed on, shared or sold to third parties. A Lotus Seed only provides information to third parties if you have given permission for this (eg in the case of applying for reimbursement insurance) or to comply with a legal obligation.
Cookies, or similar techniques, that we use
A Lotus Seed uses functional, analytical and tracking cookies that are processed by a Strikingly website. A cookie is a small text file that is stored in the browser of your computer, tablet or smartphone when you first visit this website. A Lotus Seed uses cookies with a purely technical functionality. These ensure that the website works properly and that, for example, your preferred settings are remembered. These cookies are also used to make the website work well and to optimize it.

On your first visit to our website we have already informed you about these cookies and we have asked you for permission to place them.

You can opt out of cookies by setting your internet browser so that it does not store cookies anymore. In addition, you can also delete all information previously saved via the settings of your browser.

View, modify or delete data
You have the right to view, correct or delete your personal data. You also have the right to withdraw your consent to the data processing or to object to the processing of your personal data by A Lotus Seed and you have the right to data portability. This means that you can submit a request to us to send the personal information we hold to you or another organization mentioned by you in a computer file.

You can send a request for access, correction, deletion, data transfer of your personal data or request for cancellation of your consent or objection to the processing of your personal data to info@alotusseed.org.

To ensure that the request for access has been made by you, we ask you to send a copy of your ID with the request. Make your passport photo, passport number and national register number black in this copy. This is to protect your privacy. We respond as quickly as possible.

How we protect personal data
A Lotus Seed takes the protection of your data seriously and takes appropriate measures to prevent misuse, loss, unauthorized access, unwanted disclosure and unauthorized modification. If you feel that your data is not properly secured or there are indications of abuse, please contact us at info@alotusseed.org

Thanks for your confidence,
A Lotus Seed. 

 
 
 
 



Privacy Statement - Nederlands

A Lotus Seed, gevestigd aan Korte Rijakkerstraat 7, 9030 Gent, Belgium, is verantwoordelijk voor de verwerking van persoonsgegevens zoals weergegeven in deze privacyverklaring en bevestigd de naleving van de Europese richtlijnen omtrent naleving van de persoonsgegevens. 

Contactgegevens:
www.alotusseed.org Korte Rijakkerstraat 7, 9030 Gent, Belgium +32478135069

De verantwoordelijke Gegevensbescherming van A Lotus Seed is te bereiken via info@alotusseed.org
Jouw persoonlijke gegevens worden vertrouwelijk behandeld
A Lotus Seed respecteert de wet op de privacy voor de bescherming van de persoonlijke levenssfeer ten opzichte van de verwerking van persoonsgegevens. (Algemene Verordening Gegevensbescherming). We hechten namelijk veel waarde aan de privacy van onze klanten.
De persoonlijke gegevens die je doorgeeft aan A Lotus Seed worden vertrouwelijk behandeld.
Ze komen terecht in ons eigen informatica bestand en worden niet doorgegeven, gedeeld of verkocht aan derden. 

Persoonsgegevens die wij verwerken
A Lotus Seed verwerkt je persoonsgegevens doordat je gebruik maakt van onze diensten en/of omdat je deze gegevens zelf aan ons verstrekt.

Hieronder vind je een overzicht van de persoonsgegevens die wij verwerken indien deze gevraagd worden om de diensten te leveren, en door jou ook gedeeld worden:
- Voor- en achternaam
- Telefoonnummer
- E-mailadres
- Locatiegegevens
- Geslacht
- Geboortedatum
- Adres
Bijzondere en/of gevoelige persoonsgegevens die wij verwerken
A Lotus Seed verwerkt bijzondere en/of gevoelige persoonsgegevens over jouw gezondheid bij inschrijving van een activiteit. Dit is om eventuele contra-indicaties ter deelname aan een training of retraite op te sporen en deelname te weigeren indien wij van mening zijn dat het niet bevorderlijk is voor je gezondheid om deel te nemen. 

Met welk doel en op basis van welke grondslag wij persoonsgegevens verwerken
A Lotus Seed verwerkt jouw persoonsgegevens voor de volgende doelen:
- Het afhandelen van jouw betaling 
- Verzenden van onze nieuwsbrief 
- Je te kunnen bellen of e-mailen indien dit nodig is om onze dienstverlening uit te kunnen voeren als je ingeschreven bent voor een activiteit (aanvraag deelname, evaluatie contra-indicaties, betalingsverzoek, praktische informatie, evaluatieformulier, follow-up mails, …)
- De gezondheidsgegevens worden gevraagd om je aanvraag tot deelname te evalueren en deelname te weigeren indien we van mening zijn dat het niet bevorderlijk is voor je gezondheid om deel te nemen. 
- Je te informeren over wijzigingen van onze diensten en producten
- Om goederen en diensten bij je af te leveren

Wil je de verplichte contactgegevens niet meegeven voor dergelijke activiteiten?
Dan kunnen we je inschrijving niet automatisch valideren, aangezien we je niet kunnen contacteren of je inschrijving verwerken. Indien je dit niet wenst in te vullen, neem je best contact met ons op via info@alotusseed.org en dan bekijken we samen met jou hoe we je inschrijving op een andere wijze kunnen verwerken.
Hoe lang we persoonsgegevens bewaren
A Lotus Seed bewaart je persoonsgegevens niet langer dan strikt nodig is om de doelen te realiseren waarvoor je gegevens worden verzameld. Jouw gegevens worden na 5 jaar inactiviteit verwijderd uit onze systemen. 

Delen van persoonsgegevens met derden
Jouw gegevens worden niet doorgegeven, gedeeld of verkocht aan derden. A Lotus Seed verstrekt uitsluitend gegevens aan derden wanneer daar door jou toestemming is voor gegeven (bijvoorbeeld in het geval van aanvraag terugbetaling mutualiteit) of om te voldoen aan een wettelijke verplichting. 
Cookies, of vergelijkbare technieken, die wij gebruiken
A Lotus Seed gebruikt functionele, analytische en tracking cookies die worden verwerkt door een Strikingly website. Een cookie is een klein tekstbestand dat bij het eerste bezoek aan deze website wordt opgeslagen in de browser van je computer, tablet of smartphone. A Lotus Seed gebruikt cookies met een puur technische functionaliteit. Deze zorgen ervoor dat de website naar behoren werkt en dat bijvoorbeeld jouw voorkeursinstellingen onthouden worden. Deze cookies worden ook gebruikt om de website goed te laten werken en deze te kunnen optimaliseren. 

Bij jouw eerste bezoek aan onze website hebben wij je al geïnformeerd over deze cookies en hebben we je toestemming gevraagd voor het plaatsen ervan. 

Je kunt je afmelden voor cookies door je internetbrowser zo in te stellen dat deze geen cookies meer opslaat. Daarnaast kun je ook alle informatie die eerder is opgeslagen via de instellingen van je browser verwijderen. 

Zie voor een toelichting: https://veiliginternetten.nl/themes/situatie/cookies-wat-zijn-het-en-wat-doe-ik-ermee/

Gegevens inzien, aanpassen of verwijderen 
Je hebt het recht om je persoonsgegevens in te zien, te corrigeren of te verwijderen. Daarnaast heb je het recht om je eventuele toestemming voor de gegevensverwerking in te trekken of bezwaar te maken tegen de verwerking van jouw persoonsgegevens door A Lotus Seed en heb je het recht op gegevensoverdraagbaarheid. Dat betekent dat je bij ons een verzoek kan indienen om de persoonsgegevens die wij van jou beschikken in een computerbestand naar jou of een ander, door jou genoemde organisatie, te sturen. 

Je kunt een verzoek tot inzage, correctie, verwijdering, gegevensoverdraging van je persoonsgegevens of verzoek tot intrekking van je toestemming of bezwaar op de verwerking van jouw persoonsgegevens sturen naar info@alotusseed.org.

Om er zeker van te zijn dat het verzoek tot inzage door jou is gedaan, vragen wij jou een kopie van je identiteitsbewijs met het verzoek mee te sturen. Maak in deze kopie je pasfoto, paspoortnummer en rijksregisternummer zwart. Dit ter bescherming van je privacy. We reageren zo snel mogelijk, maar binnen vier weken, op jouw verzoek .

Hoe wij persoonsgegevens beveiligen
A Lotus Seed neemt de bescherming van jouw gegevens serieus en neemt passende maatregelen om misbruik, verlies, onbevoegde toegang, ongewenste openbaarmaking en ongeoorloofde wijziging tegen te gaan. Als jij het idee hebt dat jouw gegevens toch niet goed beveiligd zijn of er aanwijzingen zijn van misbruik, neem dan contact op via info@alotusseed.org

Bedankt voor het vertrouwen, 
A Lotus Seed.