Welcome at a peek to see what I do with Meditatie Amsterdam!
In the years I organise workshops, courses, open meditation evenings and retreats now, I litterally guided hundreds of people by learning to meditate, often from their very first experience with it. I gave more than 20 meditation workshops and in 2,5 years about 200 different people visited my weekly meditation evenings.
Here is a short overview of some of my activities the last few years.
Workshop Meditation at Lululemon
Amsterdam - July 2019
Het sport clothing brand Lululemon makes that people can feel optimal during their sport activities. They focus on sport instructors, runners and yoga and also have an eye out for the mental side of things.
On a regular basis they organise workshops like yoga, Tai Chi and meditation at their beautiful location at the Hartenstraat in the ‘Negen Straatjes’.
For this edition they invited me to do a workshop about meditation for an enthousiastic group of people.
Workshops meditation International Yoga Day 2019
Amsterdam - June 2019
Sento requested me to organise two workshops about meditation on the International Yoga Day 2019, alongside the workshops of some well known yoga teachers.
Although meditation and yoga are closely linked, they have their own area of expertise and skills. A lot of yoga teachers give meditation exercises in the classes, but are they actual meditation? This and more were the subjects in these workshops.
For the answer to the questions above and more about the relationship about yoga and meditation, read my blog (in Dutch) about it.
Amsterdam - 16th February 2019
A day full of meditations and silence to come to an optimal recharge and relaxation and a deepening of the meditation skills.
A very nice and inspiring day with a small group of people that attended my classes for some time already.
Workshops Dealing with stress (and how meditation helps with that)
Hogeschool van Amsterdam - September and December 2018
Stress and burn-out problems are growing problems nowadays, not only in the business world.
The HvA asked me to give a training about that for this vulnerable group, which lead to 16 workshops of an hour for more than 300 first grade students at the HES.
Really special to do and to work with this nice group of people.
Workshop Meditation for people with cancer
Amsterdam - November 2018
In collaboration with the Cancer Care Centre Amsterdam I made a workshop for this special group of people.
Having the diagnosis cancer it often is a huge challenge to find or maintain peace of mind and balance. Your life is turned upside down and how do you keep clarity and perspective when this seems far away and there even doesn’t seem to be a future at all anymore?
This workshop aims at how, in times of strong emotions and insecurity and an unstable health situation, to find balance and to restore the connection with and trust in the body.
Retreat Restore Your Natural Rhythm
Enkhuizen - October 2018
My first real solo retreat!
With a wonderful group of people in a beautiful villa in Enkhuizen, situated next to a forest, we dove into meditation for a weekend.
The participants all noticed that the effects of the 48 hours of explanations, reflection, cosiness and of course a lot of meditation, were still present days after and it brought them structurally ahead with their own practice and life in general.
Create Your Dreamlife retreat
France - May 2018
Together with Jamie, this was the first retreat I (co)organised.
In a beautiful villa in the French Magoar and with beautiful people we had an inspiring week, where I gave multiple meditation sessions a day of the top floor.
The sessions in the jacuzzi were most popular though…
Workshop Meditation for the Crisis managers from Slachtofferhulp Nederland
Central Netherlands - October 2016
The crisis managers from Slachtofferhulp have to be able to keep their calm and peace under extreme circumstances and have to be in control over their emotions in those moments.
Meditation trains this more than anything and it was great to help these people, that do such important work, to attain a tool to keep themselves mentally in optimal shape.
Meditation at the workshops of Jamie Vousten
Amsterdam - September and October 2016
As part of the program of Jamie’s one day workshops, I guided the meditations in a relaxed setting. Meditations that had a connecting and deepening effect in between the teachings that Jamie gave.
Fun days with nice groups of people and inspiring teachings from Jamie.
Open meditation evenings
Amsterdam - since September 2015
At the request of the participants of the workshops, that wanted a follow up, I started organising my meditation evenings in September 2015. Since then I have an open meditation evening on a weekly basis where beginners as well as more experienced meditators can attend.
The evenings are partly a guided meditation and partly explanations or the answering of the questions that people have or occur during the meditation.
Meditation workshops as a fundraiser for Nepal
Amsterdam - May 2015
I already organised meditation workshops on a regular basis, but this one was special. After the devastating earthquake in Nepal in 2015, I started a fundraiser to raise money for the people that were without homes and food. Nepal has a special place in my heart. It is not only the place I started meditating, I also visited it several times for volunteer work.
Also it is where my ‘Nepalese family’ lives and I stay whenever I am there. They made sure the money we collected over the three meditation workshops (over a 1000 euros) was given to the people in need in a small village just above capital Kathmandu, without interference of organisations where the people that work there have to be paid as well. I am still thankful for the over 30 people that joined the workshops that day and contributed so generously.
Amsterdam - February-March 2015
My first full eight week course, which was attended by nine enthusiastic participants.
In weekly sessions of two hours they got the basis and backgrounds of meditation and there was of course a lot of room for the practice itself.
The participants were unanimous afterwards: it was a ‘gezellige’ and more than useful course.
Amsterdam - January 2015
Together with yoga instructor Roos I organised a retreat day that was built around meditation, yoga and healthy food.
Eight people that wanted to give their year a fresh and clear new start, all gave us the feedback that they had a nice and inspiring day. The meditation part were lectures and practice sessions.
The first workshop, where it all started
Amsterdam - February 2014
More and more people around me started asking me about meditation after they saw the effects that it had on me so clearly.
Eventually it was my dear friend Eva that asked me to organise a workshop for her students at Felicitat. That was the start for my own workshops, that I give on a regular basis since that day.
Janna (29) from Amsterdam
The one-day meditation retreat was great and left me full of serenity and more space. We did several types of meditations throughout the day, with Roel kindly guiding us along the way. He is a great trainer and can really help you gain new insights and improve your practice.
Keef (41) from Amsterdam
With Roel’s approach and guidance I’ve come away from the evening sessions that little more connected and more composed. These sessions have helped me to slow down, and that by making time to mediate is just as important as any other part of my life. Roel has been a great help in helping me to make mediation part of my routine.
Sander (21) from Amsterdam
Student International Business & Management Studies
Thanks to Roel’s training Stress Management, I got new insights in how I can handle certain situations better and did I learn techniques that help me to achive calmness in stressful periods. I was happily surprised with the result and experienced it as a super interesting and informative workshop. Also my questions afterwards were answered completely.
Jessica (33) from Amsterdam
For his retreats Roel collects nice groups of people and that he also puts energy in making a well fitting program and finding a good location, is clearly visable. Roel brought us a variety of meditations during the retreat and because also the meals and all other things were very well taken care of, I could really let everything go during the weekend. Absolutely something to do again!
Simone (25) from Zurich
Physiotherapist and dancer
A workshop with Roel is not just learning about meditation, he gives you the tools to practically implementing what you learn in your life. After my first workshop my life looked different than before and it still looks different now. He has a unique way of teaching and explaining, very clear, easy to grab and approachable for the most different kind of people.
Arie (56) from Amsterdam
In his clear and concrete approach Roel again and again lets me see where I tend to get distracted and lose contact with being conscious of what happens. He also taught me how to control my state of mind myself by using meditation. I regularly visit his open meditation evenings and each time it brings me closer to the essence of meditation and with that myself. Meditating in a group and with Roel’s guidance, tips and answers to our questions, deepens my meditation practice. I can clearly notice how this benefitted me in several areas of my life.