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CONSCIOUS WEEKEND RETREATS

We are very excited to offer our first two Conscious Weekend Bike Retreats this summer! These combine 3 days of biking in the tranquil nature around Berlin with meditation, yoga and breathing exercises, while staying 2 nights at a peaceful accommodation in the middle of nature for a restorative and nourishing weekend.

  • June 7-9 at Wassermühle Hohenfinow

  • August 9-11 at Seminarhaus Stolzenhagen

 

 

Being physically active and being out in nature both help to relax the mind, get out of your head and be present with the actual experience of the moment. Combined with yoga, meditation and breathing exercises, this is a great way to become more conscious of body and mind, and feel more connected with the world around you.

Program

During the days we will be biking in the wonderful nature around Berlin, with its many forests, lakes, and stunning bike paths, combined with some small breathing and meditation exercises during the stops. In the mornings we start the day of with a yoga class, and at the end of the riding we offer a shorter yoga / stretching session. In the evenings we finish the day with a meditation session where we also give some more explanation and context.

Friday will be the longest biking day: we meet in the morning at 10am and ride about 70 km / 5 hours (excluding stops) to get to our accommodation. Saturday we’re also out all day, biking a loop starting and ending at our accommodation, but with less distance and more time for meditation, yoga and breathing exercises, as well as swimming and relaxation. On Sunday we finish with a half day of biking, ending at a station to catch the train back to Berlin around 3 pm.

It is also possible to join the retreat on Friday evening, in case you're not able to start with us on Friday morning. Then you'd join our program with our first dinner at 18:30 or our first evening meditation session at 20:00 h. Our accommodation is a 5 minute walk from station Niederfinow, which is about one hour train ride from Berlin Hbf. When booking, please let us know if you want to opt for this possibility.

Accommodation & Food

For the first weekend, we will stay at the Wassermühle Hohenfinow, a beautiful and peaceful location surrounded by nature, where there is the option of booking a single room, a double room, or camping (bringing your own camping gear). There is limited availability for each of these, so the sooner you book, the higher the chance your preference is still available.

Breakfast, (packed) lunch and dinner (plus snacks in between) will be provided from Friday lunch till Sunday lunch, and coffee and tea are available at the accommodation.

Bikes & Luggage

You're very welcome to come with your own sports bike (as long as it is properly functioning and reliable).  Otherwise you can rent a lightweight touring or gravel bike with us, for a reduced price of 70 € for the three days (including helmet and small bike bag).

We have a van to transport your personal luggage from the meeting point to our accommodation (and back to the train station at the end), so you don't have to carry anything that you don't need on the ride. We really recommend not carrying a backpack (which can become very uncomfortable), but rather use a bike bag on the rear rack; we can provide those if you don't have that yourself.

Costs & Payment

The costs for the weekend consist of two parts:

  • The costs for the accommodation and food, depending on your choice of lodging:

    • Single room: € 240

    • Double room: € 200

    • Camping: € 160 (bringing your own camping gear)

  • The registration costs that covers the guiding and everything else:

    • After May 1st: € 160 and up (on a sliding scale)

    • Early bird till May 1st: € 130

Upon booking, you only pay the registration costs. The costs for accommodation and food can be paid by

bank transfer or Paypal until 3 weeks before the retreat; you will receive the payment info after booking.

 

Cancellation Policy

In case of cancellation:

  • until 6 weeks before the start of the retreat, you receive a refund of the registration costs, minus a € 20 administration fee;

  • between 3 and 6 weeks before the start of the retreat, any paid accommodation costs will be refunded, but there is no refund of the registration costs;

  • less than 3 weeks before the retreat, there is no refund of either registration or accommodation costs.

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