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Thursday December 28th 2017 14:30 to Monday January 1st 2018 12:00

The symbol of this year’s retreat is, as last year, the phoenix, a symbol of (ego)death and resurrection, metamorphosis and transformation. The intention for this retreat is to go inwards, through the pathway of the body, the heart or the head. Perhaps through all three at the same time.

We don’t believe we have the answers alone, and therefor invite you to bring your knowledge, know-how and gifts to the open space. 

The organizational format of the retreat will be open space technology. This, in short, means that you will be co-creating this retreat with us. Not only the workshops, rituals, art projects and concerts, but also the meals and the daily Seva chores. We offer space to co-create a joined journey, in which everyone is invited to offer and receive, facilitate and participate alike according to what you feel a need for. Every participant will be assigned to a Seva team. This Seva team will be asked to cook a meal for the group, and is responsible for keeping the common rooms clean and cosy during one of the days. We will take care of the preparatory work like shopping and harvesting.

Guiding questions for the retreat: What is inner and outer transformation & Metamorphosis? How to transform yourself and/or the collective (even society at large)?

The open space principles:

Whoever comes is the right people
Whenever it starts is the right time
Wherever it is, is the right place 
Whatever happens is the only thing that could have, be prepared to be surprised!
When it’s over, it’s over (within this session) 

The law of two feet: 

If at any time during our time together you find yourself in any situation where you are neither learning nor contributing, use your two feet, go someplace else.

We will also offer a mini open space for children, allowing them to be part of the journey in a playful way. And flag the adult workshops which might be suitable for children too. We already have some workshops in mind, and want to include the children in the Seva teams.  

We, each Vlierhof community member involved with organizing the retreat, will also offer some workshop for the open space. There will be three time slots per day where everyone can offer workshops related to the theme of the phoenix and of going inwards. Water boils at 100 degrees celsius, not at 99 or even 99,9 degrees. Both with the themes and with the open space we are inviting your being in its totality.


We start together on Thursday December 28th at 14:30. You are welcome to arrive as of 12:00 and join us for a warming soup at 13:00 before the start of the retreat. And if you have any leftovers from your christmas meals, please feel very welcome to bring them along and share them!

The Program

If you already have ideas for Open Space sessions you are welcome to share them. We will finalize the program together during the retreat.

Open Space Suggestions


Prices are for room and board – 3 meals a day, 4 nights including the New Year’s celebration when you join the full program!

Donations to the Vlierhof organizing team are very welcome.


Full program

Starting the


Joining on

the 30th

Single room 195€ 115€
Double room 135€ 85€
Four-person room 115€ 75€
Dormitory 105€ 70€
Without accommodation 85€ 50€


Children until 12 years old 50%


Please register using the google form


We ask that you pay an advance of 50 EUR on the following account to secure your spot in the retreat:

Bank account: Vlierhof
IBAN NL92.RABO.0187.4057.94

Please name it “Phoenix Retreat + your last name”