Embody your writing. Join Jasmijn and Geertje for a unique week of fearless fun in the relaxing and inspiring Dechen Chöling centre. Taught in English only.
Yoga & Writing Retreat
Interested in how deepening your body practice could boost your creative writing – and life? Then come treat yourself to this beautiful Autumn retreat.
Allow yourself to be nourished by this deeply invigorating week in the heart of rural France. During this well-tested and well-loved retreat, you are invited to explore the basic connection of your mind and body. Supported by the group and the beautiful land of Dechen Chöling in Autumn, the fruit of this week is a renewed wakefulness to yourself, your body and your writing.
Each day consists of a dynamic early morning and restorative afternoon yoga session and two writing workshops. There will also be plenty of time for exchange and exploring the beautiful land of Dechen Chöling. Parts of this retreat will be held in silence..
Jasmijn’s yoga sessions will be offered every morning and afternoons. The classes will be breath-oriented. It is a principle that when applied with intent and intelligence, can create a powerful experience of opening your mind and heart.
All sessions are open for both beginning and advanced students. Our focus will be on yoga basics. In the course of the week Jasmijn will guide you through the key principles for safe, strengthening and restorative movement.
Her morning (vinyasa) session consist of energizing guided movement and breath. She will be working at a slow but deep pace, asking you to feel each step of the way, working your way towards new edges of both body and mind. Afternoon sessions will be more restful, restorative, yin and with focus on the breath and meditation.
Geertje offers writing sessions in the morning and late afternoon. They are based on ‘writing practice’, short timed writings, developed by zen practitioner and writer Natalie Goldberg. Writing practice offers the possibility to connect to writing as a practice with a strong structure and lots of free-flowing creativity and meditative elements. During the writing workshops, we connect with mind, body – and each other. This connects you to your own voice and to a very personal, joyful, disciplined form of creativity.
You don’t have to consider yourself a writer to participate in the writings parts of the retreat. Geertje’s workshops have been found beneficial for both seasoned writers and absolute beginners. You won’t have to create an end product. Feel free to bring a writing project – there is free time in the afternoon to work on it.
Previous participants about this retreat
“This week was perspective changing – of myself, others, writing, and body knowledge. It was a blessed time.”
“This experience was wonderful – it went beyond all hopes and expectations.”
Danke für alles! Es war eine der wundervollsten Wochen in meiner Leben.
“This week both relaxed and energized me so much at the same time.
Als dit niet bestond moest het uitgevonden worden.
I didn’t expect to go this deep. I feel revived and really satisfied. It was everything I was looking for –and more.
About the programme
All parts of the program are suitable for everybody – all levels of experience. If you are new to yoga, this retreat is a great opportunity to be introduced to a vinyasa practice and to gain a direct experience of its great benefits on your body and mind! No writing experience required, as we look for a ‘Beginner’s Mind’. Feel free to bring one!
This program will be held in English only (no translation). However, you are free to write and read in your native tongue. The yoga & writing retreats attract people people from all around the world, with many different languages, and this usually deepens the unique and diverse experience of the retreat.
You practice yoga, twice a day, in the morning and afternoon. During the day we offer guided writing practice and exercises, group exchange and optional meditation. In the afternoons and evenings there is plenty time for play, relaxing, walking, reading and writing. Together we create an environment where we can drop down our bodies, our minds, our lives, each in our own way and pace. And delicious veggie cuisine and free time to relax, write and wander around the beautiful landscape.
Dechen Chöling works with a ‘rota’ principle of asking every visitor to contribute one hour of their day to help out wherever is needed: whether it’s cleaning showers, helping out in the vegetable garden or setting tables. It’s considered a meditation in action.
Please bring: Yoga mat, any props you might want to bring such as blocks, belt, etc, and for the writing: notebooks and fast-writing pens.
Arrival day (Nov 4): Orientation talk at 8 pm. You’re invited to come as of 5 pm in order to register and settle in your room. Dinner is served at 6.45 pm.
End of program (Nov 9): Closing circle and Banquet in the evening.
Departure day (Nov 10): You may leave anytime (no program). You’re welcome to stay and have lunch (included).
Daily program schedule:
7:15 – 7:45 Little snack (if you need it)
8:00 – 9:15 Yoga with Jasmijn
9:15 – 9:45 Breakfast
9:45 – 11:00 Free time
11:00 – 12:30 Writing with Geertje
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 16:15 Free time
16:15 – 17:15 Reading groups with Geertje
17:15 – 18:45 Restorative /Yin Yoga with Jasmijn
18:45 – 19:45 Dinner and free evening