15 June – 17 June 2018
We are very excited to present our very first Yoga and Seasonal Cooking Weekend Retreat at Indrani Lodge this June. We all know that both yoga and healthy food are good for us and that we enjoy both of these things on retreat, leaving us feeling refreshed and energised. But then we return to our daily lives and quickly slip back into our old habits. This retreat is different: our aim is to teach you how to take these tools home with you and integrate them into your lifestyle. On our beautiful farm in the Belgian countryside is the perfect setting for you to practice yoga, meditate and participate in healthy cooking workshops that teach you how to prepare healthy, seasonal, nutritious food. Our yoga programme will be led by guest teacher, Ina Maes from ‘Mind In Motion’ based in Antwerp, who will offer a balanced practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Yin Yoga. This will be complemented by our seasonal cooking sessions, which will be a veritable celebration of local, seasonal and nutritious food. Vanessa, our nutrition food coach and natural chef, will guide you through hands-on cooking lessons and discussions where you will create balanced, nutritious and healthy meals that are as delicious as they are good for you. Either join us for full board and accommodation or drop in as a day visitor. We look forward to seeing you!
This Experience Includes
- Daily yoga and meditation
- Source foods from our organic garden / garden foraging
- The seasonal cooking workshops
- Healing massage
- Sauna & heated pool
- Relaxing time away in the Belgian countryside
Indrani Lodge is located in the centre of a triangle that places the centre of Brussels, Brussels International Airport and Brussels South Airport all within 35 minutes away. Apart from being easily reached by plane, the Eurostar provides easy access from nearby cities like London, Paris and Amsterdam. The location of Indrani Lodge places a welcome distance between you and the hustle and bustle of the city, yet is close enough to maintain a sense of connectedness and access to both Europe and the world with convenience and ease.
What to do
Once here, you find yourself surrounded by verdant green space and the sounds of nature. Whether you are attracted by unspoiled walks or horse-rides through rural farmland, ancient abbeys, historical battle sites or a round of golf at one of a number of nearby courses, Indrani is the perfect launchpad from which to explore the area.
Yoga & Meditation
Each day will start with a 20 minute mindfulness meditation followed by ashtanga yoga that involves a more dynamic active sequence. In these sessions you will be encouraged to breathe as you move from pose to pose. These classes can be adapted to any level from beginner to a more seasoned practitioner. The evening will conclude with a relaxing yin class. Yin yoga is slow paced where poses are held for five minutes or longer. The purpose is to apply pressure to the connective tissue with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility.
We live in a society dominated by stress and eat foods replete with chemicals, pesticides and lacking nutritional value. This leaves us with no energy at best and ill and allergy- stricken at worst. It is important that we eat real food, incorporate more plants into our diet and learn how to prepare nutritious meals that are free of pesticides, chemicals and food that promotes inflammation. During the cookery course Vanessa will guide you through this process. She will help you understand the truth about fat, sugar and superfoods, as well as teach you techniques that can boost the nutritional value of your food. In a very hands-on way you will prepare some of your own meals, sourcing many of the ingredients from the farm’s own organic garden. You will leave you feeling informed and inspired, with a new toolset in your knapsack. Whether you are vegetarian, vegan, mediterranean, paleo, keto, have food intolerances such as gluten and any other food plan we are happy to adapt.
We offer different kinds of massage therapies at Indrani. Its great opportunity to take some some time out for yourself to nourish yourself over the weekend retreat. Massage has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, relax muscles, rehabilitate injuries, reduce pain, and promote overall health and wellness. During our retreat you will have the option of booking a massage. Please inform us ahead of time if this is something that would interest you.
Vanessa Jaich– Holistic Food Coach, Natural Chef and Yoga Teacher
Trained in culinary Nutrition at CNM (College of Naturopathic of Medicine) in London and is a Macrobiotic Health coach. She is dedicated to helping people use food as medicine combined with integrating yoga and meditation techniques for overall wellbeing. She also specialises in yin yoga which she has taught for many years.
Ine Maes – Yoga Teacher
Founder and owner of Mind in Motion, a yoga studio in Antwerp, first came to yoga through her training as a dancer. Ine is a certified Ashtanga Yoga and Rocket I, II and III teacher and also teaches Yin Yoga and Meditation. As a mother of three and with over 20 years of experience in the practice and teaching of yoga, Ine would love to share what tools she has learnt to help you to improve your wellbeing.