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3 Days Transformation Yoga Retreat in Belgium

  • Villa Varia, Weligerveld 2, 3212 Pellenberg, Leuven, Belgium

Overview

Belgium Yoga Retreat on Death and Dying

While this retreat will be firmly grounded in the Kundalini yoga philosophy on birth, death, and the cycle of reincarnation, which finds its clearest expression in the teachings of the Sikh Gurus, all discussions will be held in a space that is open and respectful to people from all backgrounds, dharma’s, and religions. You will however explicitly draw from both the Kundalini yoga and Sikh teachings as they form the philosophical backdrop for the kriyas and meditations you will be practicing.

Highlights

  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Several pranayama exercises
  • Discussions about birth, death, and reincarnation
  • Up to six hours of Kundalini yoga practices per day
  • Tea, snacks, nuts, and fruit
  • Healthy vegetarian meals
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 3 days with instruction
  • Dutch, English
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In this retreat, you will be staying in Villa Varia, Pellenberg. This villa has several bedrooms, a yoga room, and a yurt in the garden.

We live in a society where death is still an enormous taboo. We don’t talk about it, we don’t learn about it. In all honesty, we just deny it. You never really look into the nature of death as part of the cycle of life. When death occurs, we give everything into the hands of an undertaker, an entrepreneur, and we hardly get involved ourselves.

Nor do we ever examine our reactions to the question (What is death?), even though most of us don't want to admit it, death is the greatest fear. We must conquer our fears to live as Raj Yogis. Our denial of death produces either fantasy or fear in the subconscious, which blocks prosperity and creates (dis-ease) in our life and our relationship. We must learn how to confront the moment of death and determine ourselves within it so that we can (cross over).

In Kundalini yoga and Yogi Bhajan’s teachings the topic of death and the questions it raises are addressed openly and the fear of death is addressed head-on through the answers given and the techniques practiced.

What happens at the moment of death?, what happens after death?, what is death? does it announce itself, and if so, how?, what happens to our physical body, to our tattvas?, what happens to your nine other energetic bodies?, how does the cycle of reincarnation work exactly?, what determines or who decides if my soul has to come back, and what my next life will be?.

In Kundalini yoga your whole practice is essentially geared towards that final moment of crossing over, with every breath you remind yourselves that this might be your very last. You continuously practice the art of letting go, so that you can live lightly, gracefully and courageously, and learn how to die with grace and courage.

In this retreat, you will amongst other things, practice living without breath and conquering your fear of death through several pranayam exercises. You will focus on how to let go of the thoughts that weigh you down and tie you to your karmas. You will let yourselves be guided toward living weightlessly, lightly, as a mere guest on this earth. You will start rehearsing for that one certainty in life, the fact that one day you will leave this earthly plane again.

You will do so through several meditations, including some specific ones Yogi Bhajan has given to prepare yourselves for that final and determining moment of crossing over. You will study different shabads (teachings set to music) from the Sikh scriptures that in detail answer all questions on life, death, and what happens after death.

The overall aim of this weekend is to practice how to live gracefully and weightlessly and already during your lifetime, break the emotional bonds and attachments to this life on earth, so that you can live as a lotus flower amidst the mud, unaffected, unattached, and are free to go when that last breath comes.

You will explore how you can die a conscious death through practicing the pranayam of dying, journeying towards the light and the icy realms, floating free of earthly concerns, and consciously releasing yourself.

  • Japjeet Rajbir Kaur Khalsa

    Japjeet is a Kundalini Research Institute and International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association-certified Kundalini yoga teacher. She is also an intern teacher trainer of the Kundalini Research Institute Aquarian Trainer Academy, through Karam Kriya School under lead trainer Shiv Charan Singh. From 2008 until 2011, Japjeet taught Kundalino yoga in Belgium, and then, starting from January 2012, she has been teaching Kundalini yoga in the United Kingdom and running retreats in mainly the United Kingdom and Belgium.

Villa Varia is situated in a beautiful natural reserve close to Pellenberg hospital but is at the same time easily accessible from Leuven and Tienen. The energetic place which has come to exist here is described by others as (a home. an oasis. a place to find peace).

Nearby places

  • Leuven railway station, 8 kilometers
General
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • River nearby

During this retreat, every day, you will be served all vegetarian and mostly vegan, organic, and gluten-free meals made with fresh ingredients. You will also be served tea and snacks such as fruit, nuts, and homemade cakes. Prabhu Anand, the host of the Villa Varia, is a professional cook. If there are any food intolerance or allergies, you can let Prabhu Anand know well in advance. Bringing or preparing your own food is not allowed.

Explore Leuven

Leuven is one of Belgium's finest medieval cities and the oldest university town in Europe, with its university library serving as a landmark in the city. You can visit the world-renowned Grand Béguinage which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the renowned M-Museum.

Visit the Castle de Maurissens

The eclectic Castle de Maurissens is named after its noble patron dated back from 1916. Since 1949, the castle lies within the park property of the Catholic University of Leuven.

Visit the Saint Peter's Church of Leuven

Saint Peter's Church of Leuven is situated on the city's Grote Markt (main market square) right across the ornate town hall. It was built mainly in the 15th century in Brabantine Gothic style. The church has a cruciform floor plan and a 93 meter long low bell tower that has never been completed.

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Group discussions
  • Healthy vegetarian meals
  • Pranayama exercises
  • Tea, snacks, nuts, and fruit
  • Airfares
  • Ground transportation

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Brussels Airport (BRU).

Arrival by bus

You can take De Lijn bus 3 from Leuven station to the venue (Pellenberg Hospital).

Arrival by train

Villa Varia is eight kilometers away from Leuven railway station. There is a direct train from the airport to Leuven station which takes only around 15 minutes.

You can also take a 24-minute train ride from Brussels Midi train station to Leuven station, while the Brussels North station is only a 15-minute train ride away.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Shuniya Yoga an inquiry.
  • Review by Hege Haugvik
    10 out of 10

    "The retreat was a great boost and just what I needed in order to meet autumn with lots of energy! The place itself is beautifully situated in a calm area where you can go for nice walks during breaks. The classes where very well organised by Japjeet - probably one of the best yoga teachers I have ever encountered (and I've had a few!), as well as were challenging and informative. I have learned a lot, met really nice people, and eaten lots of delicious vegan food thanks to the great cooking by Ingrid and Mathilda. This retreat exceeded my expectations and I would recommend to anybody looking for some time out from life's daily routine and stress."

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  • Review by Libby Ferguson
    10 out of 10

    "It has been just a few weeks since I participated in the Excel and Celebrate retreat with Japjeet, Ingrid and 13 inspiring women from many different backgrounds and at different stages in their life experience. I am already noticing the differences in my life and feeling the benefits of this multi-faceted experience. I feel truly honored to have been able to participate in this life-changing course. Japjeet is a passionate, knowledgeable and 'human' teacher. She does not teach from a parapet, but is able to identify with and make time for every single woman in the room. The course was truly geared towards real-life situations allowing us to learn for ourselves simple ways to improve our current lives and relationships, based on the incredible Kundalini Yoga teachings. Japjeet is able to create an incredible atmosphere of love and trust, allowing women from many different walks of life to inspire and support one another on this journey of self-discovery. This is not your average yoga retreat - it brings up things, awakens new opportunities and ways of seeing - all in a totally supportive environment. Ingrid, our wonderful host has created a haven of love, peace and tranquility that is evident in the delicious food that she makes and the beautiful space that she has created. I have come home with a more open-hearted and joyful approach to life. Current challenges that I was experiencing in my relationship and my work feel much lighter. Stress and unease, that had become such a normal part of my life have reduced, and I have thus created more space for joy. I feel healthier, more energetic and inspired to create the life that I want for myself and my partner. This retreat is a true gift for any woman wanting to improve her life, health and relationships."

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  • Review by Traveler from Belgium
    10 out of 10

    "What a week. So powerful, transforming, a real eye opener. Kundalini yoga already changed a great deal of my life but this women's' retreat was the cherry on the cake. Not that I’m ready, not that I arrived but it pushed me forward on this long road of finding peace with myself, with the world. I am a control freak but this retreat taught me so much about the importance of self care, about the differences between men and women and that we forgot and lost a great deal of our cultural ancient wisdom. Thank you, I am grateful. This week brought me closer to myself."

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  • Review by Karine Van Greevenbroek from The Netherlands

    "I went on this retreat in August 2016. The location had a pleasant ambiance because of the beautiful garden and surroundings. I learned a lot about Kundalini yoga and the Kundalini lifestyle. The program is focused on transformation and you could really see this happening in the group. The food was delicious! Accommodation was basic."

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  • Review by Rachel
    10 out of 10

    "What an intense Kundalini yoga weekend! I'm grateful for all the classes, training, and amazing KY-moments and people from the previous years that formed the preparation for this rebirthing weekend and enabled the positive intention I came with and the results I got from it. I'm extremely grateful to Japjeet Kaur who facilitated the deeply transformative process during the whole weekend and to the other students who embarked on the journey with me. Pure bliss. Incredible!"

    "Japjeet it was really so special, I feel reborn! I'm amazed at the power of Kundalini yoga (this yoga is even more powerful and beautiful than I had ever realized; even though I started years ago with Kundalini yoga, this weekend was incredibly special!) and I deeply admire the way you guide people through this process, as it was quite a big group (which made it even more beautiful and powerful!) and a very intense and deep process! I deeply bow before you, Sat Nam, thank you and much love, and I'll definitely be back soon again! I wholeheartedly recommend this experience to everyone!"

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  • Review by Sat Dharam
    10 out of 10

    "Last lesson was so nice again, thank you. I am so glad that you are giving classes in Coventry and you bring motivation and I am doing meditation and yoga at home as well."

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  • Review by Michiel
    10 out of 10

    "Sat Nam Japjeet and Prabhu Anand, what an incredibly amazing job you do together, the pure love and discipline and the truth of it are still buzzing in me on this day after the retreat. I'll probably write about this experience, there have been shifts and transformations that I hadn't expected, so beautiful! Much love."

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  • Review by Rianne
    10 out of 10

    "Dear Japjeet, I have truly enjoyed this weekend. It was blissful and what a lovely sangat again. You really make sure that everyone can feel safe and relaxed in the group! Thank you, thank you, thank you!"

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  • Review by Bettina
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you Japjeet for the intense weekend! Arms and legs are stiff, but a wonderful feeling resides inside! Thank you for holding the space and facilitating the process. By bringing both humor and discipline to the weekend, you have allowed us to grow and evolve more than we could ever have imagined! I am also filled with deep respect for these teachings. Such wisdom! I feel so grateful for having been a part of this! Again, thank you for your work this weekend. I really feel that things have changed on a deep level and in a profound way, although I can't put my finger on it yet."

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  • Review by Leah
    10 out of 10

    "Another great day doing what I love and nicely finished off with a beautiful session of Kundalini yoga. Just what I needed yet again! A celestial communication meditation focusing on opening the heart space and being centered in the neutral mind. Thank you Japjeet Kaur Khalsa, my amazing teacher, who gives so much at every class. I am truly grateful. Wahe Guru."

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  • Review by Ian
    10 out of 10

    "Thanks for this evening! We both really enjoyed it. Although we were feeling tired and aching, it was relaxed and happy!"

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  • Review by Nina
    10 out of 10

    "It was good of you to let me drop in blind! It was still very stiff but a lovely morning and the students were so welcoming. Thank you Japjeet! You are inspiring as ever. Wahe Guru!"

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  • Review by Lindsay
    10 out of 10

    "These classes are the best combination of physical exercise and spiritual teachings I have ever come across."

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  • Review by Hari Sadhana
    10 out of 10

    "I enjoyed yesterday's workshop tremendously."

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  • Review by Laura
    10 out of 10

    "Thanks for a really wonderful workshop day. Wish you lived closer so I could go to your regular lessons."

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  • Review by Sue
    10 out of 10

    "Just a quick email to say how much Hilary and I enjoyed yesterday. You are a wonderful teacher. We both learned a lot and got so much from it. My intention is to do the left nostril breathing while I am on my travels to calm me down before my training and presenting sessions over the next two weeks. I can highly recommend the burnout and depression workshop. I was on yesterday's workshop and it was brilliant. Japjeet is a fantastic teacher, whatever your level of experience. A very generous and knowledgeable teacher who puts everything into everyday language. Fantastic experience!"

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  • Review by Shalini
    10 out of 10

    "I really enjoyed yesterday's session (in fact I love them all but yesterday's was especially good!). I just wanted to let you know as well how much I have been enjoying the classes. I feel a much calmer and happier person since attending and I use the skills you have taught us everyday! I wish I could introduce everyone to this experience!"

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  • Review by Mirka
    10 out of 10

    "What is happiness? Attending Japjeet Kaur's Kundalini yoga classes!"

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  • Review by Manveer
    10 out of 10

    "I'd like to thank you for my first Kundalini yoga experience today, Japjeet. I feel fantastic! Here's to many more KY uplifting experiences! God bless."

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  • Review by J'anna
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you, Japjeet! I have really benefited from today's class. Since I've been coming starting January 2013, I've been transforming. I love the transformation of my mind, my whole body, and soul. I am healing from the old to a new me. I have realized it might take me some time for further practice and I am willing to learn. Until now, nothing would cure or heal my spine and back, but these classes have and KY is strengthening every bone and muscle. Thank you for your teachings. Satnam."

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  • Review by Leah
    10 out of 10

    "Kundalini yoga is fantastic, it is completely holistic, and Shuniya Kundalini yoga's teacher Japjeet Kaur Khalsa is very authentic, she lives and breathes yoga. I have been doing yoga for years and I am so glad I have recently found this practice, I know it is really working to help balance the body system and strengthen the mind and spirit, if you like a challenge give it a go."

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  • Review by Mukti
    10 out of 10

    "Brilliant class today, Japjeet. I loved every minute of it. I will definitely become a regular. This is exactly what I needed to push me to the next level of my journey."

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  • Review by Parvinder
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you again for a truly amazing experience in Granada. The time we spent at the retreat will be cherished forever! You really are a loving and gifted individual, blessed on this earth to touch as many souls as you can. I wish you love and light in all that you do and can't wait for the Yoga lessons to start! (already doing the frogs... Ouch! The kids love the animal exercises!)"

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  • Review by Ruji
    10 out of 10

    "Still dealing with the feelings of the retreat and passing on the feelings to others. We just cannot wait for the next time."

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  • Review by Lajpreet
    10 out of 10

    ""This 'Excel & Celebrate' programme has opened up a new world for me! It has given deeper meaning to my 'womanhood'. For the first time in my life I was told that a woman has eleven moon points and that the energy changes from moon point to moon point every two and a half days, in a fixed pattern that repeats itself every month. I learned that we can make our own personal graph which can help us so much, for example in planning our daily life (when to make important decisions and when not to, e.g. not when the moon energy is in a point that renders us insecure). I learned that this moon cycle is also the reason why men find us women so hard to fathom - because it makes us so complex. At least once a week I flip through the manual and every time I again feel the energy that we created as a group! I can only recommend to every woman out there to participate in this 'Excel & Celebrate' programme. Japjeet is an incredible teacher, I am grateful that she crossed my path!""

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  • Review by Sabine
    10 out of 10

    "I got to know Kundalini Yoga and Japjeet Kaur two years ago, during an 'Excel & Celebrate' weekend workshop. What I loved most about the workshop were the empathy within the group; the respect for each other, for oneself, and for All that Is; the power, connection and love; and the teachings behind this programme. Meanwhile I've started taking Kundalini Yoga classes twice a week and I feel the changes in my body - emotionally I'm a lot more balanced than I was two years ago. Japjeet Kaur is a patient and very stimulating teacher, who truly lives what she teaches. I can only recommend this workshop to anybody!!!""

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  • Review by Ingrid
    10 out of 10

    "Kundalini Yoga, through its versatility, has brought more structure and more depth to my life. I've been practicing Kundalini Yoga for a year now. At first I attended weekly classes, but slowly it became part of my daily life, through an intense but very harmonious process. To me Japjeet Kaur is a very inspiring woman, she has that female power, that Shakti, that our times so desperately need. Both the regular classes and Japjeet's women workshop 'Excel & Celebrate' are like an oasis where in deep honesty and vulnerability you can come closer to your essence and your womanhood, where you can share this process with other women, and where you can experience the sense of recognition and mutual support. I can only say: give yourself this gift."

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  • Review by Prabhujeet
    10 out of 10

    "After having practiced Hatha Yoga for three years, I encountered Kundalini Yoga. What an immense difference! The difference doesn't just lie in the yoga form as such - which is much more dynamic - but mostly in its effects. I can see why Kundalini Yoga is called the mother form of yoga. Yoga, for me, is a way of release, it's where I can get rid of stress, where I can accept the past and be in the here and now. Where I can take some time out for myself. And believe me, that feels so good! I also attended Japjeet Kaur's women's program 'Excel & Celebrate.' I'm a rather introvert person, but I'm glad I decided to join that workshop. I learned so much about myself there, understood so much more about myself afterwards. I was surrounded by such kind, warm, loving people. We did some beautiful 'processes'. There were tears of sadness and support, but also of love, happiness and joy. I also discovered that sometimes there is so much pain and suffering 'hidden' where on the outside you would just see a strong, cheerful person. I'm not alone! The inspiring words from this program 'I Am a Woman, I Am Divine' and 'Bountiful, Blissful and Beautiful', are still with me."

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