Coming up in Amonines
30 april – 6 may: Nâm Retreat of Silence
22 – 24 april: Weekend of Silence
9 april: Intervision
After some pretty stormy days and lots of rain now spring is in the air!
This invites guests for a nice nature walk or help out in the garden, to start cleaning up after
the winter season and to start some early spring plannings for the vegetable garden.
Last week was such a week where we had guests coming for private retreats, regular visits,
to help out a bit, enjoy nature and participate in our daily rhythm.
The purpose of every week(end) can be different here in Amonines.
One weekend for example we organised a Weekend of Silence, we do this regularly and
these weekends are popular and very often fully booked as was this weekend (including an
online participant). Those who joined the Zoom meeting last Saturday with Yoginâm could
see us in two meditation rooms because we did not all fit in the Lapirum downstairs.
In such a Weekend of Silence we facilitate a meditation rhythm of four meditations a day. We
maintain an absolute silence between Friday 7pm and Sunday 10.30AM and we suggest you
not to read and turn off your phone, just do nothing and give space to what is there in the
moment. One person gave her feedback on this weekend: “So nice to just be and let things
flow but not having to do anything with wat comes up like emotions, just let them pass again”.
These weekends, simple as they are, are often special by themselves. The next weekend of
silence will be held from 22 to 24 April.
The last weekend of this month we are renting out the Asharum to somebody who also gave
a workshop weekend for her clients last year in October. Unfortunately, she could not come
with as many participants as she planned so some guest rooms became available again for
regular bookings and private retreats.
We are renting out the Asharum six weekends (or week-days) a year which is also our
maximum for we need weekends also for own activities, general visits and private retreats.
Anyway, this too is a nice development. It is very nice to share this place with other people.
The first week of March we have another fully booked Reflection Week.
Five days in which, through imagination exercises, we are going to explore our relationship
with ‘Totality’. An exploration without giving direct words to what it is or should be, an
exploration in which we try to stay in the openness of ‘What is…”.
Besides these exploration exercises there will be a daily meditation rhythm, moments of
active service and moments for silent reflection.
On top of these activities we are more actively creating and promoting online activities. Our
Reflection Week and Weekend of Silence but also a Private Retreat can be participated in online.
And for those who find it difficult to start up a daily meditation rhythm they have the
possibility to get support from our side for the period of one month, which can be prolonged
of course. And once every six weeks there will be an intervision online. Last weekend was
the first time for this intervision. It was very nice, we all agreed it was very valuable and
inspiring to meet in such a way so… to be continued!
You can learn more about all the possibilities online here.
And since we are more often fully booked and we cannot always use the second bed in the
rooms anymore we are planning to make two more guest rooms. This is getting more and
more concrete, we are waiting for a price offer still but we are also already actively working
on the preparations. Space is being made by emptying what used to be a cupboard before
and will become a guest room. But also cleaning up parts of the overside to where some
things will need to be stored. A router needs to be replaced as well as cables.
In the week of March 7th the first breaking off will be started by Goran and then in April and
May some local professionals will come and finish things in such a way that we officially
comply with fire regulations. Also since two rooms are directly bordering on the ‘appartement’
the walls will be sound absorbing to create some privacy.
So if all goes as planned we will have seven guest rooms by the end of this spring! Will you
be coming to try them out :)?!
Wishing you well and hope to see you this spring in Amonines!