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4 Days Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga Retreat Netherlands

  • Fontana Resort Bad Nieuweschans, Weg naar de bron 3-9, 9693 GA Bad Nieuweschans, Oldambt, Groningen, Netherlands


Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga Netherlands Retreat

Mindfulness meditation is a special technique in which you will learn a basic posture of letting go, patience, acceptation, and mildness. This presents a paradox: something changes without the goal that something needs to be changed. A part of the physical and mental pain which you experience exists due to the thoughts you have about it. In this course, you will learn to be in the present and to accept thoughts and feelings without judgments. Yoga exercises support this process. Learn how to combine yoga and mindfulness meditation, and you can continue this meditation form at home.


  • Body scan relaxation
  • Morning Hatha yoga sessions
  • Unlimited access to the wellness center
  • Mindfulness meditation practices
  • 3 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • 4 days with instruction
  • Dutch, English
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Fontana Resort Bad Nieuweschans has a hospitable 4-star hotel in which you can feel right at home. The hotel has 67 non-smoking rooms which are comfortably and attractively furnished with a balcony and a terrace.

Room amenities

  • Balcony
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Low dryer
  • Safe deposit box
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Terrace

Resort facilities

  • Bathrobe park
  • Bitter Ernst salon
  • Cinema
  • Fitness center
  • Lounge
  • Medical center (physiotherapy consultations and rheumatism treatments)
  • Spa and wellness center (the thermal bath, steam water spa, sauna, relaxation room, swimming pool, Turkish bath, lavender room, and massage and body treatments)
  • Waters of the World restaurant

Yoga and mindfulness

Through yoga classes, you will connect yoga with mindfulness meditation exercises. Mindfulness meditation will allow you to focus your attention on one thing and make all other thoughts, such as work and other matters, get sidetracked. Your attention is fully focused on the movement. As a result, you can relax.

The exercises are slow and typically performed in silence. Your attention is fully focused on the exercise. Sometimes, the exercises are combined with the body scan (a relaxation from head to toe) or a guided fantasy. The most important thing is to always relax and focus your attention. All muscles will be affected so you will experience your body relaxed after an hour. For your mind, you will have a sense of calm and peace. It makes you experience the day, leave everything that has happened behind, and go to a deep relaxing sleep at night.


During this retreat, you will get to know the different sides of mindfulness meditation which will be preceded by Hatha yoga exercises. You will also have some sessions of body relaxation or body scan, guided fantasy, and mindfulness meditation. After class, you can share your experiences with other students in a safe and pleasant atmosphere.

First day

  • 12:00-13:00 Check-in
  • 13:00-14:00 Introduction (an overview and explanation of the program will be given) and lunch
  • 14 00-16:30 Fontana Resort tour, DVD screening about mindfulness, meditation practice, and coffee / tea break
  • 18:00-20:00 Dinner
  • 20:00-23:00 Time to use the spa and wellness center

Second day

  • 08:00-08:30 Hatha yoga practice
  • 08:30-09:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30-11:30 Body scan, sitting meditation practice, and coffee / tea break
  • 12:30-13:30 Lunch
  • 14:00-17:00 Time to use the spa and wellness center
  • 17:00-18:00 Meditation practice
  • 18:00-20:00 Dinner
  • 20:00-23:00 Tiime to use the spa and wellness center

Third day

  • 08:00-08:30 Hatha yoga practice
  • 08:30-09:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30-11:30 Meditation practice and coffee / tea break
  • 12:30-13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30-18:00 Time to use the spa and wellness center
  • 17:00-18:00 Meditation practice
  • 18:00-20:00 Dinner
  • 20:00-23:00 Time to use the spa and wellness center

Fourth day

  • 08:00-08:30 Hatha yoga and meditation
  • 08:30-09:30 Breakfast and check out
  • 09:30-10:45 Meditation and evaluation
  • 10:45 Time to use the spa and wellness center

Philip van der Linde

Philip is a yoga and mindfulness meditation teacher since 1988. He has a great deal of experience in teaching Hatha yoga, yoga therapy, and meditation classes in the Netherlands. He received a diploma in yoga teacher training in Scheveningen, a diploma in meditation teacher training at Osmosis, and has joined an 8-week mindfulness training (MBSR).

You will be staying at Fontana Resort Bad Nieuweschans in Netherlands. Its wellness center is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate yourself. Fontana Resort Bad Nieuweschans provides a pleasant atmosphere where you can learn a new basic attitude in life, gain many experiences, get inspired, move, and gain insight into yourself. Wellness, meditation, and yoga are a perfect combination to be practiced at this resort.

Waters of the World restaurant serves an extensive breakfast buffet in the morning which uses regional products. Lunch and dinner are also served in the restaurant (clothing required). Coffee and tea break will also be provided.

  • Enjoy massages and spa treatments
  • Exercise in the fitness room
  • Pamper yourself in the lounge, cinema, and salon
  • Relax at the wellness center
  • Relax, exercise, walk, and watch the birds in the Bathrobe park
  • Savor the food at Waters of the World restaurant
  • Swim at the resort’s swimming pool

Thermal bath

The thermal water does not only relax body and mind. It also has a beneficial effect on the health. During the bathing process, the body warms up. This causes the blood-vessels to widen, the blood-pressure to drop, the heartbeat to accelerate, and the absorption of oxygen to increase. Owing to this, the body loses extra waste matters. Besides that, all the minerals in the water have their own specific effect on the body. The high grade of salt strengthens the upward pressure and makes the body almost float in the water. This effect relieves the muscles and the joints.

Advice: bathing too long and too often makes the minerals work too intensive. Please bathe no longer than 30 minutes and do not move intensively during the bathing. Afterwards, it is advisable to rest in the relaxation room and to take another bath after at least 5 hours.

Steam and thermal spa

In the steam and thermal water spa, you can enjoy the benefits of warm steam coupled with the soothing effects of thermal heated water flowing over your shoulders. Delicious fragrances are added to the steam which is alternated daily and matched with the seasons. In addition to its relaxing qualities, the steam spa is particularly beneficial for the respiratory system and the skin. The steam spa has a 100% humidity level at a temperature of approximately 47 degree Celsius.


The fluctuations of the temperature on the sauna stimulate the blood-circulation. In consequence of this, your body loses waste matters and your skin is cleansed. The warmth of the sauna square relieves the pain in your muscles and joints and frequent sauna visits increase your resistance and energy level.

Advice: to optimize results and in connection with hygiene, a visit to the sauna should be undressed. The fluctuation of the temperature during a round has a very relaxing effect and gives a feeling of well-being. Do not forget the basic rule of the sauna which is “heat up first, than cool down and relax for a while”.

There are some facilities in the sauna room that you can enjoy:

  • Balneo pool
  • Cooling down pavilion
  • Finnish sauna
  • Foot bath
  • Heart pavilion
  • Herbal sauna
  • Infrared sauna
  • Kelo sauna
  • Salarium
  • Sauna lounge, open sauna space, and sun lounge
  • Scrub salt corner
  • Steam spa
  • Whirlpool

Relaxation room

Considering the effect of the various spa facilities on your body, it is important to alternate sauna sessions with moments of rest. To do so, you can head to Fontana Bad Nieuweschans’s wonderful relaxation pavilion. You can recover from your sauna session in a comfortable deck chair, relishing your spa experience. The relaxed atmosphere and the unique facilities at the relaxation pavilion will ensure a pleasant break in your spa day.

The facilities are:

  • Lavender room
  • Relax lounge
  • Relaxation pavilion
  • Silence area


Massages ease muscles and joint aches, improve blood flow and stimulate the outflow of toxins. Massages can be wonderfully relaxing for the mind as well. There are all kinds of massage to choose from, so find one that matches your wishes and addresses possible problem areas. The treatments are available at an extra cost. For more information, please contact Fontana Resort Bad Nieuweschans.

Body wraps and scrubs

Thalasso originally means ‘obtained from the sea’. Green algae from the Arctic Ocean contain vitamins, minerals, and spore elements. The algae nourish and cleanse the body and result in firmer skin. In combination with heat, the algae sooth aches in muscles and joints. The thalasso studio treatments do not just benefit the body - they relax the mind as well.

There are several kinds of body wraps and scrubs that you can choose. The treatments are available at an extra cost. For more information, please contact Fontana Resort Bad Nieuweschans.


Aromatherapy is a naturopathic specialization within the field of herbal medicine. Aromatherapy focuses on the medicinal effect of pure essential oils that promote health through the skin’s ability to breathe and absorb. There are several kinds of aromatherapies that you can choose. The treatments are available at an extra cost. For more information, please contact Fontana Resort Bad Nieuweschans.

Face and skin

A face and skin treatment by one of the resort’s skin care specialists leaves you feeling great about your skin and look. Relax, enjoy, and reenergize yourself. Experience the rejuvenating results of this treatment’s highly effective active ingredients on your skin. Besides face and skin, the resort also offers hands and feet treatments.

There are several kinds of treatments that you can choose. The treatments are available at an extra cost. For more information, please contact Fontana Resort Bad Nieuweschans.

Tanning studio

A healthy glowing skin, particularly in winter, is definitely worth a visit to Fontana Resort Bad Nieuweschans’ tanning studio. The minimum age for using the tanning beds is 18. The price for 20 minutes of tanning is 80 EUR.


Fontana Resort Bad Nieuweschans’ salon offers the best possible treatments for your hair. They also sell hair care products and jewelry. The hair treatments are available with an extra cost. For more information, please contact Fontana Resort Bad Nieuweschans.

  • 3 nights’ accommodation
  • Body scan sessions
  • Daily meals
  • Daily morning Hatha yoga sessions
  • Mindfulness meditation practices
  • Tourist tax
  • Unlimited access to the wellness facilities (thermal bath, relaxation area, and all sauna facilities) and reading materials
  • Body treatments
  • Massages
  • Therapies
For information about the booking conditions, please send Meditatie en Inzicht an inquiry.

Landsmeer, Netherlands

Meditatie en Inzicht is a mindfulness center offering mindfulness meditation classes and workshops in the Netherlands with the focus on helping people enjoy life and gain inner peace and balance.

from US$492

4 days / 3 nights


Arrival: Tuesday December 27, 2016
Departure: Friday December 30, 2016

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